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China’s Clean Energy Switch Already Slowing Climate Change

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What China is doing about energy is already having a measurable effect on global greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2015, the first evidence of the Beijing government’s determination to reduce carbon emissions  may have been seen globally, as it continued an unprecedented increase in carbon-free energy substitutions and cut coal use by a full third in just a year.

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Why Silver Prices Will Rise: Solar

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For every gigawatt of solar power installed, 80 metric tons of silver is required

Silver has long been viewed as an investment in its own right as an inflation hedge.It is also widely used in the manufacture of semiconductors, batteries, various nanotechnology applications, jewelery, photography, and in making solar photovoltaic cells.

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No More Cheap Solar Panels from China?

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China’s cheap solar panels have been essentially subsidizing the global solar boom, according to Varun Sivaram, a researcher at the US Council on Foreign Relations.

We all know already that China has for decades beaten the rest of the world’s manufacturers hands down in super-efficient manufacturing ability that is able to bring prices down; so that it produces not just of the world’s cheapest solar panels, but the world’s cheapest everything – from plastic swords to steel scaffolding to garbage cans.

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Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 7.7 Million

There’s been a lot of news about the growth of the solar industry in the last few years. Given that prices keep falling, rooftop solar’s popularity keeps rising, and large businesses like giant tech companies are getting on board with using solar for their business, it’s expected that solar job growth should keep growing as well. The good news is, it has, and in a huge way. A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says that in 2014, there was an 18 percent rise in employment across the renewable energy industry, up from 6.5 million to 7.7 million people!

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Apple Building Solar Projects in China

Apple seems to always be on the forefront of new technology. From its new watch to the latest upgrades on its phones, tablets, and laptops, Apple is leading in many ways in the tech sector. And now, it’s continuing to establish itself as a leader in solar power advocacy by looking to China to build solar plants.

Building Solar in China

The technology megalith is teaming up again with SunPower to build solar power in China. Although First Solar is the company in charge of developing its solar farm project in California, SunPower has built 90 MW of power for Apple in the U.S. alone, and Apple plans to build 40 megawatts (MW) of solar in the Sichuan Province.

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