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Bank of Philippines funds ThomasLloyd solar joint venture

San Carlos PV plant, Philippines

The financing agreement is seen as key to helping San Carlos Solar Energy deliver a larger portfolio of projects to meet the Philippines' growing needs for daytime power and to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

Ontario predicts future energy mix

A rooftop PV installation in Ontario.

The Canadian province says renewables – including hydro – will provide 46% of its energy needs by 2025. The prediction came as part of Ontario's updated Long Term Energy Plan, unveiled this week.

New York devotes $30 million to large scale solar funding

The Statue of Liberty in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a $30 million fund for projects up to 200 kW in size. The NYSERDA cash can pay up to half the costs of solar projects.

S.A.G. Solarstrom may have to quit solar

S.A.G. Solarstrom.

The German solar developer S.A.G. Solarstrom says escalating project development costs may render its business model unviable. The news comes after the company announced a major deal for British projects has fallen through.

New Delhi power regulators invite feedback on net metering proposals

Delhi, India.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) will soon introduce the city's first net metering scheme, and has called on stakeholders for suggestions and feedback.

Operations and maintenance PV market to treble in four years

First Solar.

A new report examines the O&M market worldwide to 2017. The world's three biggest O&M providers are American despite the U.S. trailing in terms of installed capacity.

Obama orders federal buildings to triple renewable energy use

Barack Obama.

U.S. President says government should lead by example, targeting 20% renewable energy use by 2020 for all 500,000 federal buildings.

asola to resume module production in Germany

asola HQ in Erfurt, Germany.

Having undergone a restructuring process following a takeover by Chinese manufacturer STGCON, the Erfurt-based company will resume production next week.

Japan's PV module shipments soar

Fukuoka, Japan

Japanese demand for PV modules is exploding and the country is on track to become the second-largest solar market in the world behind China. Looming FIT cuts are unlikely to curb demand in the next two years, says EnergyTrend.

Martifer Solar installs 5.41 MW of solar PV in Romania

Romania flag.

The installation is comprised of two solar plants that will supply 13,000 local households with clean renewable energy.

Hanwha Q CELLS increases capital by $188.5 million

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Thalheim, Germany

Strengthening its financial position with an injection of capital, Germany-based Hanwha Q CELLS will expand production capacity and push its global business with power plant solutions and services.

Right-wing lawmakers gunning for US solar users

US solar PV installation

A group of right-wing lawmakers is looking to curb states' efforts to expand solar PV and thwart the Obama administration's clean energy and climate protection efforts.

Malaysia increases surcharge to fund FIT program

The Malaysia flag.

The revised surcharge on renewable electricity will increase from 1% to 1.6% from January 1st, 2014.

SolarCity storage solution guards against increasing US power outages

Solar battery.

The company's DemandLogic smart energy storage system has been designed to use stored energy during peak demand hours, while also providing backup during grid outages.

Toshiba to install and operate PV systems on German apartment buildings

German city of Villingen

The electronics giant plans to sell solar power to residents at lower prices than utilities. Toshiba will initially install 3 MW serving 750 apartments with the aim of increasing capacity to more than 100 MW by 2016.

UK publishes revamped subsidy levels for renewables

UK Moor 1 2.7 MW installation, Spalding Lincolnshire

The Solar Trade Association applauded the move but took issue with some aspects of the country's new Electricity Market Reform, adding that developers may continue to rely on the existing Renewables Obligation scheme until 2017.

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