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JinkoSolar secures $39 million loan from China Development Bank

Xinjiang Province, China

The credit line will bankroll two PV projects with a combined capacity of 35 MW that have already gone online.

Brazil's solar potential in the spotlight at Intersolar South America

Intersolar South America 2013, Expo Center Norte, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Intersolar South America opened in Sao Paulo on Wednesday with a clear focus on the domestic market. The event’s first day made apparent Brazil’s solar potential in both distributed generation and large-scale power plants.

EIB to support Indian renewable energy projects with EUR 80 million loan

The European Investment Bank (EIB), supported by Italian export credit agency SACE S.p.A, signs EUR 40 million loan as first instalment to SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited (SREI) to finance renewable energy projects in India.

Germany: RE law reform threatens energy transition

Bundestag, Berlin, Germany

As Germans prepare to go to the polls on Sunday, renewable energy policy remains a point of contention among diverse interest groups. Proposals to overhaul the current RE law leave out grass-root endeavors, however.

Energy Capital developing 300 MW plant in Utah

Notch Peak, Millard County, Utah

The U.S. state of Utah has lagged behind other western states in installed solar capacity, but that is slowly changing. Energy Capital Group has unveiled plans for a 300 MW PV plant in the state.

PV book-to-bill ratio to remain at sub-parity levels for Q3

NPD Solarbuzz forecast a tenth consecutive quarter where net bookings for PV equipment lag behind recognized sale revenues.

China imposes new solar industry guidelines

Yingli solar PV production

The Chinese government has issued new regulations requiring domestic PV manufacturers to not only invest in the expansion of production capacities, but also in research and development and quality control.

Spain's competition watchdog blasts government plans to tax solar

CNC HQ in Madrid, Spain.

The country's National Competition Commission has warned the government that its plans to limit and tax solar power generation will damage Spain's economic competitiveness.

Boston ranked as most energy-efficient US city

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Boston as the most energy-efficient of 34 major U.S. cities rated.

Commercial segment set to lead solar storage market by 2017

IHS storage graph 9.13

While the commercial sector currently makes up the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, it is projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the next four years and dominate the market in 2017.

California embracing third-party residential PV ownership

SolarCity US residential solar

While the residential PV market in California is booming, most of the new installations are owned not by homeowners but rather by third-party companies.

BayWa r.e. to construct 45.4 MW solar farm in Aquitane, France

Munich-based renewable energy company BayWa r.e. begins construction on the largest solar power project in the company's history -- a 45.4 MW solar farm in the Aquitane region of France.

Renewable energy now the cheapest option for Americans, study finds

Clean energy sources such as solar and wind are more cost-effective than coal-fired power plants when health and climate impacts are factored in, according to Springer's Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Turkmenistan conference highlights renewable energy, Russian partnerships

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Multinationals such as GE, Alston, Siemens and Sumitomo attended the 6th International Exhibition and Scientific Conference in Ashgabat. Despite plentiful resources, renewable energy is playing a bigger role in Turkmenistan.

ReneSola closes $70 million share offering in preparation for polysilicon optimization

Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola successfully closes $70 million securities offering on the NYSE, announcing that proceeds received are to be used for polysilicon production optimization.

Sol Voltaics receives $9.4 million funding for nanotech development

The Sweden-based startup convinces Norwegian investors Umoe and others to invest close to $10 million to help the company develop the nanotechnology that can create 25% more efficient solar cells.

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