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Green economy could add $45 billion to Kenya GDP, says UN

Kenyan children inspecting a solar module.

Greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources among the benefits of switch to greener economy, says report.


Wacker strikes polysilicon deal with Chinese government

Wacker polysilicon

The amicable solution reached with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce ensures Wacker's minimum import prices are based on market levels. MOFCOM will refrain from applying punitive tariffs.


Belectric, DAW partner on integrated organic PV products

The PV group is working with German coating specialist DAW to develop organic PV construction elements that form part of buildings, which they describe as "the next step" in solar technology.


JA Solar joins the path back to profit

JA Solar module inspection.

The Shanghai-headquartered solar company posted its first profit in 10 quarters as Chinese demand fuelled shipments.


Japan rebalances its solar market

Tokyo.

The nation's previous overreliance on residential installations has been corrected as the commercial and utility segments have grown more rapidly during the country's 18-month solar boom.


First Solar completes Japanese project

First Solar installers at work.

U.S. solar player First Solar has announced completion of a 1.3 MW solar project in Japan. The Arizone company has full ownership of the Kitakyushu-shi scheme.


Loop Solar targets 3 GW off-grid market

A solar street light in Tamil Nadu, India.

Indian solar lamp supplier Loop Solar says the country's off-grid solar lighting market will explode over the next five years. The company says the market will grow despite, rather than because of, a federal incentive scheme.


Texas utility secures rock-bottom price for solar

Austin, Texas

Under the unprecedented agreement between Austin Energy and SunEdison, the utility will buy solar power for less than $0.05 per kilowatt hour.


Iowa raises solar tax credits

The Iowa state senate chamber.

As investors contemplate the eventual expiration of the federal investment tax credit, the state of Iowa has raised the credits available for residential and business installations. Minnesota has prepared America's first...


Baoding Tianwei pledges to make July payment

Stock market traders.

The prime candidate to follow Chaori Solar into a Chinese default insists it will meet its obligations over a 2018 note. But brokerage has voiced concerns about Tianwei's ability to roll over its bank loans.


Second delay for Shunfeng-Suntech acquisition

Wuxi Suntech's headquarters.

Investors hit by a profit warning last month are given fresh cause for concern. Shunfeng has now pledged to reveal details of the acquisition on Friday.


SunShot invests $2.2m in three solar start-ups

The Department of Energy's Incubator program has announced the recipients of its eighth round of awards. Belmont-based CelLink Corp says it can reduce panel manufacturing costs by 10%.


Canadian Solar opens microgrid testing center

The new facility at Guelph, Ontario, is part of the company's Total Solutions downstream business. The testing center was part-funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy.


$100m renewables fund for sub-Saharan Africa

The African Renewable Energy Fund closed its first round of capital raising with $100 million in the bank. The fund hopes to double the amount available for 5-50 MW schemes within 12 months.


Second Chinese company has shares suspended

Trading in panel maker Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electrical's shares has been suspended after the company reported back-to-back annual losses. A domino effect could be about to kick in in the Chinese solar sector.


Hanwha SolarOne losses shrink amid soaring shipments

Hanwha SolarOne module factory.

Solid demand from Japan and China saw the solar company end 2013 on a high, forecasting further growth for 2014.


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