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Foster and Partner’s carbon-neutral Masdar City is springing to life in Abu Dhabi, and we recently had a chance to take a first-hand look inside this ambitious sustainable development! Just last Friday we checked out the city’s first eco street fair and Organic Market — a family affair complete with cotton candy, clowns, and princess fairies that also gave locals and visitors their first glimpse of some of the world’s most advanced architectural and cleantech developments.
 
It also gave eco-businesses and organizations, such as the Land Art Generator Initiative, an opportunity to strut their good green stuff – read on for a first look! Read more…
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E.U. grants aid to Sharp, Enel, STMicroelectronics merger for Italian PV investment

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The European Commission has granted 49.06 million euros ($69.99 million) in aid to the joint venture of Sharp Corporation, Enel Green Power SPA, and STMicroelectronics for photovoltaic investment in eastern Italy.

The joint venture created the company 3Sun SrL, which will invest 358.68 million euros for the production of PV modules in Catania, an Italian city in the east coast of Sicily.

The plant will produce thin-film PV modules with a projected 240 megawatts per year production capacity. It’s completion is expected by the end of 2012.

Italy generated 193 gigawatt-hours of electricity from solar PV in 2008, estimated by the International Energy Agency. Read more…

Italian ministers reach deal on solar incentives

08/05/2011 1 comment

Marstal Solar power plants, have a area of 18,...

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Italy‘s environment and industry ministers reached an accord on plans to cut solar incentives, the environment minister said on Wednesday, after delays that had aroused complaints from international investors and solar firms.

The draft decree, which caps spending on Italy’s generous solar power incentives, has been in the works over the last couple of months.

But differences of opinion between Industry Minister Paolo Romani and Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo on certain elements of the decree slowed the decree’s signing.

“We found an agreement last night, and it’s now just a matter of hours for a decree to be finally signed,” Ms. Prestigiacomo told reporters.

Ms. Prestigiacomo said the draft decree would be presented to the cabinet on Thursday. Read more…

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