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How Saudi Arabia and China could partner on solar energy

A Saudi man speaks to a journalist at a solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh, on March 29, 2018.
A Saudi man speaks to a journalist at a solar plant north of Riyadh on March 29, 2018. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images

Last May, Chinese solar panel manufacturer LONGi signed an agreement with Saudi trading company El Seif Group to establish large-scale solar manufacturing infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. The deal came several months after the Trump administration's imposition of global tariffs on imports of Chinese solar panels and cells.

The big picture: Uneasy about its oil dependence and lack of domestic manufacturing capabilities, Saudi Arabia has long looked to partner with China to develop its burgeoning green industries. But while the U.S.–China trade war has given the kingdom a chance to fortify that collaboration, it also puts Riyadh in the tough position of choosing between the world's largest solar manufacturer and its most important geopolitical ally.

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Ski resorts turn to renewable energy to cut carbon emissions and costs

Skiers are sitting in a chair lift with panoramic view of the Wasatch Range in the Rocky Mountains on March 02, 2015 in Park City, Utah, United States.
Skiers sitting in a chair lift in Park City, Utah. Photo: EyesWideOpen via Getty Images

Last ski season, Vermont's Bromley ski resort, winner of the 2017 Energy Leadership award, installed low-energy snowmaking guns to optimize snow production while reducing energy waste. The new low-energy guns can operate at 10 cents per hour, compared to older versions' $10 per hour.

The big picture: The ski industry is increasingly embracing new innovations in energy-efficient technology — combined with existing technologies such as wind and solar energy and LED lighting — to reduce its carbon footprint and improve its bottom line.

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