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The green west coast of Europe

Our reporter Simon
Simon disappears into one of the wave power machines

We visit Portugal to find out about the country's ambitious renewable energy targets.

They are already generating 40% of their electricity from renewable sources with a target of 45% set for 2010.

The biggest solar power plant in the world, the biggest wind farm in Europe and the first commercial wave farm are all being built there.

Simon Gompertz finds out how Portugal is planning to encourage households to generate and sell their own green power, and the incentive tariffs being offered to producers.


You can watch Simon's reports by clicking on the pictures to the right of this page.

Simon kicked off his renewable series with a visit to what is expected to become the biggest solar power station in the world. It is currently under construction in the sun-drenched south of Portugal.

We report from what will soon be the biggest wind farm in Europe. He looks at the jobs and opportunities being created from renewable generation in Portugal.

Simon finds out why Portugal is building ten new dams and how it's adding to several existing dams, like the one he visited in Alqueva in the south of the country.

Simon gets to go inside one of the British wave power machines which are poised to head out into the Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. He first saw them two years ago when they were being built in Scotland. Simon brings you the latest news and look at the terms promised to the companies and investors involved in the world's first commercial wave farm.

We look at a new system to encourage Portuguese households to generate their own renewable power and to sell it to their National Grid. He investigates how their tariff system differs from the one used in the UK.

Also in the series...

Working Lunch quizzes Portugal's Energy Minister, Manuel Pinho, about how he intends to achieve the country's high target of 45% of electricity used to come from renewable energy sources.

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