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Bank of China raises $3bn in green bonds for clean energy

China flag.

Bank of China has raised approximately $3.03bn via a multi-currency green bond issuance that wrapped up earlier this week, in a transaction the lender says will provide financing to PV projects throughout the world.

SunEdison to build 2.9 MW solar array for Bloomberg's NY data center

Solar in New York.

Solar firm signs PPA with Bloomberg for the delivery of a 2.9 MW solar system to offset 5% of the emissions from the company's Rockland County, New York-based data center; agreement will save more than $2 million.

Indian solar tender to close with bids below 8 US cents per kWh

Solar installation, India.

Second round bid results for the National Solar Mission tender in the state of Andhra Pradesh sees 500 MW of solar to close below INR 5.37/kWh, reports Bridge to India.

Merkel calls for continuation of MIP

Merkel discussed trade on a state visit to China

During a state visit to China, German chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly called for an extension of the EU minimum import prices (MIPs) and import duties imposed on Chinese solar PV manufacturers.

NEXTracker hits 100 MW weekly shipments for advanced solar trackers

NEXTracker in the field.

The California-based solar tracker specialist confirms that its advanced solar trackers are now being shipped in volumes in excess of 100 MW a week globally.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Another busy week in the world of solar ushered in new technologies, new efficiencies and some rather eye-opening reports.

Storage gets the thumbs-up in Germany, some of the largest solar firms in the U.S. launch their latest technology, and an IEA report on self-consumption and net metering sets tongues wagging.

China considering solar subsidy cut

Sichuan, China.

China's central government is considering scaling back support to the booming PV industry, mainly by reducing subsidies for companies that cover the entire industry chain.

8minutenergy breaks ground on 137 MW Californian solar project

Kern County Lake

The renewable energy development company holds official groundbreaking for the 137 MW Springbok 1 solar farm, which is located in California's Kern County, some 70 km north of Los Angeles.

Thailand's Sena eyes 100 MW domestic solar capacity

Thailand flag.

The property development firm aims to reach 50 MW of installed rooftop solar capacity by January across Thailand, and has created a solar subsidiary to oversee project expansion.

Kyocera aiming to double US solar footprint

Kyocera PV site.

The Japanese electrical firm eyes expansion outside of its domestic market, and sees solar+storage as a strong avenue into the growing U.S. residential solar market.

India to push for solar-rich country alliance at Paris climate talks

Modi with Welspun Renewables.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attendance at the UN climate talks timed to coincide with proposal by the PM of an alliance between India and hundreds of other sun-rich nations around the globe.

Wafer shortage looms: IHS

Solar PV wafers

IHS is warning of a short-term wafer supply shortage. Strong end market demand from China and the U.S. is coinciding with a period in which manufactures have expanded module output without having done so with wafer capacities.

Sharp, Softbank propose JV for solar EPC

Solar PV installation.

Japanese firms to form a joint venture to enable expansion of Softbank's solar engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as O&M, from next year.

ADB, India provide $200m clean energy loan to IREDA

Hyderabad, India

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency will dispense funds from the $200 million loan to support eligible renewable energy subprojects across India.

Enel may delist Enel Green Power to bolster growth

Enel Green Power 60 MW PV farm.

Italian utility firm confirms decision on whether to bring its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power into the group is due in November; clean power arm seen as key to Enel growth.

Acciona to up solar investments, rules out yieldco

Acciona PV installation, South Africa.

Spanish clean energy firm confirms it is planning to invest more in solar PV than wind next year, and has ruled out the option of forming a yieldco to absorb its various projects, reports Bloomberg.

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