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Renewables Briefing: Bernard Matthews, China Solar Leap, Biggest Wind-Hydro Plant

Turkey company Bernard Matthews is planning a £4m ($6.4) anaerobic digester at its Holton factory in Suffolk, U.K.,  in a move that the company said would provide 13 percent of the site’s electricity needs, according to the BBC. The digester will use about 28,000 tons of liquid waste a year, the company said.

China’s new solar power additions may quadruple to more than 2 GW this year, an official with the research arm of the National Development and Research Commission said, according to Reuters. Li Junfeng said the country’s total solar capacity could reach about 3 GW by the end of 2011, and according to state media, the country has now raised its 2020 solar capacity goal from 20 GW to 50 GW.

The African Development Bank (ADB) has offered to invest $329 million in the world’s largest combination wind and hydropower plant, Green Prophet reports. Morocco is planning the 1,070 MW plant as part of its target to get 10 percent of its electricity from renewable by 2012.

Onshore wind farms will achieve grid parity with coal, gas and nuclear by 2016, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Bloomberg said the cost of electricity from onshore wind will drop 12 percent in the next five years due to lower-cost equipment and improved efficiency.

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