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BDO Unibank issues first green bond valued at US$150 million for IFC
11 Dec 2017 at 4:35pm
Philippines-based commercial bank, BDO Unibank, has issued its first green bond investment for US$150 million to sole investor the International Finance Cooperation (IFC), to expand finance for private sector investments and to tackle climate change.


EDF to develop 30GW of solar in France by 2035
11 Dec 2017 at 2:21pm
The EDF Group, through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles, intends to develop and build 30GW of solar plants in France between 2020 to 2035 on top of its other worldwide commitments.


Meyer Burger to lay off 100 staff in Thun
11 Dec 2017 at 2:04pm
Meyer Burger Technology has announced that 100 staff will definitely be let go from its facility in Thun after a consultation procedure was completed on 28 November. However the security of another 60 positions will be dependant on whether strategic alternatives are found.


Canadian Solar becomes latest module firm to pursue de-listing
11 Dec 2017 at 1:37pm
Canadian Solar has become the latest module manufacturer to pursue a de-listing from the New York Stock Exchange.


South African five-point plan to build 1.5GW of PV every year
11 Dec 2017 at 1:22pm
A five-point Plan has been devised by The South African Photovoltaics Industry Association (SAPIA) to support development starting, with a target of building 1.5GW of PV annually.


Australia hits 1GW in 2017 as small-scale records tumble
11 Dec 2017 at 10:19am
Australia has now commissioned 1GW of solar this year, according to analysis from consultancy firm SunWiz, and multiple other records have been broken.


Construction imminent on major solar-wind-storage hybrid plant in Queensland
11 Dec 2017 at 7:42am
Construction on Australia’s first utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage hybrid project to be connected to the national grid is about to start near Hughenden in northwest Queensland.


Maoneng signs Australia’s ‘largest’ solar PPA
11 Dec 2017 at 7:01am
Developer Maoneng Australia has signed what it claims to be Australia’s largest solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility AGL Energy for 300MW of PV projects in New South Wales.


World’s largest floating solar plant comes partially online in China
11 Dec 2017 at 5:26am
China-based firm Three Gorges New Energy, part of Three Gorges Corporation, has connected part of a 150MW floating PV project to the grid, with the remaining capacity to be connected in May 2018.


African Development Bank to provide US$265 million loan to 800MW Moroccan solar project
11 Dec 2017 at 1:30am
In conjunction with its New Deal on Energy for Africa, the African Development Bank has committed US$324 million in loan support for a pair of renewable projects in Africa, setting aside US$265 million for an 800MW PV and CSP hybrid project in Morocco.


Neo Solar Power benefiting from domestic Taiwan solar demand
8 Dec 2017 at 4:45pm
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a decline in shipments and revenue, due to an end of year slowdown in demand, while highlighting shipments within Taiwan reached a record high as domestic demand continued to increase.


Phoenix Solar to start insolvency proceedings
8 Dec 2017 at 3:05pm
International solar PV systems integrator Phoenix Solar has announced plans to enter insolvency proceedings due to US$ 8.0 million reimbursement claim by a US customer.


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Phoenix Solar AG is forced to file for insolvency
11 Dec 2017 at 1:11pm
Reimbursement claims exceed financial capabilities

Transformation to wind and solar could be achieved with low indirect greenhouse gas emissionsDifferent
11 Dec 2017 at 12:40pm
Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect greenhouse gas emissions in their life cycle.

Campus in San Salvador goes green with solar energy
8 Dec 2017 at 3:00pm
Kaco new energy announced today it supplied 784 kilowatts of inverter power for the Universidad Francisco Gavidia, a University in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Optimising Europe's solar plants: Definitive guidance to support further solar growth
8 Dec 2017 at 11:11am
SolarPower Europe has launched its 2.0 Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practices Guidelines at the O&M and Asset Management Conference.

Alpine shelter equipped with energy storage system
7 Dec 2017 at 3:10pm
Qinous, the Berlin-based manufacturer of turnkey energy storage systems, together with Solare Energie and Bridge Executive Consulting, has equipped the Hochleckenhaus in the Höllengebirge with an energy storage system, a PV plant, and an associated off-grid and energy management system for the Austrian Alpine Association. The hut can now boast o...

SMA Exceeds 3 GW Solar Inverter Sales in India
7 Dec 2017 at 2:59pm
SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has sold more than 1 gigawatt of solar inverters into all market segments in India in 2017. Sales in the commercial segment have even doubled compared to last year.

Renewable Energy Can Account for 37% of Thailand’s Energy Mix by 2036
7 Dec 2017 at 11:41am
With a stronger and more ambitious energy development plan, Thailand’s share of renewable energy in total final energy consumption could surpass its national target by a quarter and reach more than 37 per cent by 2036, according to a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Ministry of Energy of Thailand.

Singulus develops new process for multicrystalline solar wafer
6 Dec 2017 at 11:30am
Singulus Technologies has brought a new texturing process for the machining of multicrystalline solar wafers to production readiness.

New test procedure for developing quick-charging lithium-ion batteries
6 Dec 2017 at 11:15am
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called...

Blockchain is becoming more important in the energy market
5 Dec 2017 at 10:46am
According to a survey by European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin and the startup Grid Singularity, blockchain in the energy sector will continue to gain in importance.


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