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The Renewable Landscape: A Look at Clean Energy in Asia


Asian countries may soon lead the world in clean energy technology. Take a look at how they are using it today.

Despite President Obama’s call for the United States to lead the clean energy technology industry, a weak climate bill (H.R. 2454) awaiting the Senate to return from recess promises limited funding for research and development of renewable clean energy technologies.

Asia, however, has recognized the advantages of embracing clean energy development and the race for clean energy dominance is heating up faster than the planet. Here’s a look at the development of clean energy technology in the some of the world’s developing Asian economies.

1. Kunming – China’s “Solar City”

Kunming, China, located in the western province of Yunnan, has been dubbed the “Solar City” by the Worldwatch Institute due to the proliferation of solar water heaters throughout the area. In 2006, the government also funded the construction of 30 solar power plants in Yunnan Province, a locale known for its moderate climate and high number of sunny days.

Source: ChinaWatch, Worldwatch Institute

Image Credit: Matthijs on Flickr under a Creative Commons license

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, a Philadelphia native, writes about cleantech in order to contribute to the discourse on the role of renewables in the world's energy future. When she's not writing, Yael helps organize the annual North American Wine Bloggers' Conference, runs, bikes, hikes, and remains faithfully loyal to her beloved Philadelphia Phillies.


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