Poor Installation, Grid Constraints and Defective Panels Plague China’s Huge Solar Program

China has bet on solar energy as a cleaner alternative to coal, but whether installed solar panels can meet the country’s need for energy is becoming a troubling question. China had installed nearly 19.5 gigawatts of solar panels as of the end of 2013. However, “many solar installations failed to …

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Bhutan Prospers by Exporting ‘Sustainable’ Energy, But Some Doubt That It is

PUNATSANGCHHU, Bhutan — Traveling in this western Bhutanese valley is like going back in time before the Industrial Revolution, with only forests, rice paddies and scattered farming villages visible from the road. But after one more turn, the peaceful countryside life is suddenly replaced by chugging machinery. Welcome to the …

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China Raises Concerns over Its Power Plant Safety

SHANGHAI — A newly published government report presents a sobering view of safety issues in one of the world’s fastest-expanding nuclear power markets, saying that “the current safety situation isn’t optimistic.” The report, published by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection earlier this week, made the conclusion based on safety examinations …

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