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Investment in renewable energy growing

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The United Nations says global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year.

A report released by the U.N. Environment Program says solar energy alone attracted investments of $147 billion in 2011.

This was helped by falling costs for solar cells as Chinese manufacturers sparked a price battle that put several American and German competitors out of business.

China claimed almost a fifth of the total investment volume.  The Asian nation spent $52 billion on renewable energy.

The United States was close behind with investments of $51 billion.  Germany, Italy and India made up the top five.

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