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Articles by Nicholas Brown

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El Hierro to be first island powered exclusively by wind & water

El Hierro to be first island powered exclusively by wind & water

El Hierro (one of Spain’s Canary Islands off the coast of Africa) will become the first in the world to be fully powered by wind and water.

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Toshiba to build, operate solar systems for German apartment buildings

Toshiba to build, operate solar systems for German apartment buildings

Toshiba to launch new self consumption solar business model in Germany that will see it sell power to residential customers at a lower price than utilities.

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Sydney's plan to go 100% renewable by 2030

Sydney’s plan to go 100% renewable by 2030

Allan Jones discusses ambitious plan to use wind and solar to generate 30% of the city’s power, with the other 70% coming from biomass-fueled trigeneration.

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The new Tesla model S is almost maintenance free

The new Tesla model S is almost maintenance free

A car which requires almost no maintenance? Tesla’s new electric model S may be the answer.

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Australia's Evans Electric develops in-wheel EV motor

Australia’s Evans Electric develops in-wheel EV motor

The Australian company Evans Electric has developed an electric car that is literally direct drive.

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Georgia votes for 525MW of new solar projects

Georgia votes for 525MW of new solar projects

Georgia Power to buy 525MW of solar, in move supported by the Tea Party and portrayed as a property rights issue pitting private citizens against utilities.

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Graph of the Day: China first to pass 3GW utility-scale solar

Graph of the Day: China first to pass 3GW utility-scale solar

China has surpassed the 3GW milestone for utility-scale solar power production capacity – the first country to do so.

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Georgia agrees to help fund 1GW solar PV plant

Georgia agrees to help fund 1GW solar PV plant

Georgia (the country) is moving closer to constructing the world’s biggest solar PV plant after agreeing to help fund the $1.5bn project.

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Siemens installing US first regenerative energy storage unit

Siemens installing US first regenerative energy storage unit

German manufacturer to install regenerative braking energy storage system for a new Oregon light rail line – a first in the US.

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How adding an electric car cut solar payback time in half

How adding an electric car cut solar payback time in half

How buying an electric vehicle could reduce the payback time of a solar power system by 50 per cent?

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Nissan Leaf gets $15,000 price cut in Australia

Nissan Leaf gets $15,000 price cut in Australia

The price of Nissan’s fully electric Leaf has been slashed from $51,500 to $36,500 without on-road costs, to help ‘stimulate the market.’