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UK: government survey finds 84% support for solar as fracking backing fades

Solar BIPV installation.

Latest edition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's public attitudes tracker finds record-high levels of support for solar and renewables in general, while fracking falls out of favor.

Solar street light campaign kicks off for Cambodia

A solar street light.

A Singapore company has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the installation of solar street lights along the roads in three Cambodian villages.

PV projects buoy Shikun & Binui's Q2 results

Israel, Ashalim

Construction of photovoltaic projects boosted the Israeli group's revenue in the second quarter. The renewable energy division was one of Shikun & Binui's strongest growing corporate segments.

UK: Martifer Solar to develop 50 MW of projects

A solar field in the UK.

Portugal-based photovoltaic developer Martifer Solar will develop 50 MW in the U.K. The projects will have an average size of 10 MW and will be located across five counties in the south of the country.

EIB provides $230 million for renewable energy in Central America

Guanacaste province, Costa Rica

The European Investment Bank has unveiled a funding program to support investment in renewable energy in six Central American countries. Costa Rica's ICE has already begun commercial and off-grid PV programs.

Goldpoly to acquire 400 MW of solar power assets in China

Hong Kong-based PV developer Goldpoly has signed a deal with GD Solar and other companies to purchase new solar power plants in China with an electricity generation capacity of 400 MW.

Energy auction in Brazil rescheduled to November

A Brazil flag.

Brazilian government has rescheduled to November 18 the renewable energy auction A-3, in which solar energy will participate for the first time. The previous date was October 25.

Catalina project completed

The Catalina solar project.

The 110 MW AC (143 MWp) Catalina solar power plant has been completed, in Kern County, Southern California. Bechtel was the EPC on the project.

Komax Solar to be sold

The Komax Group will pull out of the PV equipment business and thus sell its solar arm, Komax Solar. The decision is said to be a strategic move and the group has begun searching for viable buyers.

Record quarterly shipment numbers for Trina Solar

Chinese module manufacturer Trina Solar reported a 64.6% increase in second-quarter module shipments compared to the first quarter while nearly halving its net loss.

Spain's T-Solar signs $67.6 million loan deal for 20 MW California solar park

The U.S.-Mexican North American Development Bank has so far financed eight utility-scale projects in California, Arizona and Texas. Its latest endeavor, a 20 MW park with T-Solar, will serve residents in California and Mexico.

First floating solar power station in India

A floating solar power station is due to be tested in Kolkata, India. An expert team is currently working on the prototype which is funded by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

PV demand in China and Japan to reach 9 GW in second half of 2013

A PV demand increase of 100% is expected from China and Japan in the second half of 2013. Japan remains the most active PV market this year with 150% growth, according to NPD Solarbuzz.

Armstrong invests $30 million in Southeast Asian solar projects

Symbior 1 MW plant Thailand

Singapore asset management firm Armstrong is teaming up with Thai developer Annex Power on a number of solar and other renewable energy projects throughout Southeast Asia.

REC sees boost in Japan but US business in danger due to trade dispute

REC image Moses Lake facility

While Japan is becoming increasingly important for REC's solar panel division, the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China is endangering the group's polysilicon business in Washington.

Chile's Atacama region proves major attraction for developers

Atacama, Chile

Chilean officials say the high interest for solar energy development confirms excellent solar radiation conditions in the region, which looks set to add seven major new projects totalling 658 MW.

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