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Goldman Sachs facilitating low-interest solar bonds in Japan

JAG Energy's 2 MW Sakaida Solar Way installation.

With interest at the 1% level, bonds are proving cheaper than bank loans and fulfilling strong demand for long-term A-rated notes in the country.


FRV says Australian solar pipeline worthless if RET changed

Rafael Benjumea, CEO of Spanish developer FRV.

Interview: Rafael Benjumea, CEO of Spanish developer FRV, warns that implementation of Australia's RET Review recommendations will discourage investment in the country's solar industry.


Mexican PV project to light up Chihuahua

Chihuahua City, Mexico

The 33 MW-AC plant is being developed by SDC Energreen Aljaval, a joint venture between Mexico's Energreen and Spanish group Aljaval, which is developing more than 300 MW of PV across the country.


France's PV market recovers in the first half of 2014

The latest French government figures show solar PV market recovery continuing in the second quarter of 2014, led by large projects. During the quarter the nation surpassed 5 GW of installed PV.


Utah rejects net metering fee

Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

Decision hailed as a victory for solar in the state as the so-called sun tax is rejected by the Utah Public Service Commission.


India rejects anti-dumping: Industry reaction

Indian flag.

Despite disappointing some manufacturers, the decision by the Indian government not to introduce AD tariffs could prove positive for many local players.


European Council ups 2030 renewables target to 30%

European Union flags.

The new target, an increase on the previous 27% goal, is welcomed by the solar industry, but draws criticism for failing to introduce binding commitments.


TBEA Sunoasis reveals plus-1 GW Chinese PV plans

30 MW installation, Xinjiang province.

The Chinese PV manufacturer and integrator has signed a development framework deal with Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia authorities to develop more than 1 GW of PV projects.


Trina Solar acquires 90% stake in Yunnan Metallurgical New Energy

Yunnan province, China.

The Chinese solar company has signed a share purchase agreement for a 90% stake in the company, and will work on a 300 MW PV project in China's southern Yunnan province.


Mercom Capital lowers 2014 guidance for India to 900 MW

Solar PV installation in Indian village.

Delays caused by anti-dumping discussions prompt Mercom to revise downward slightly its forecast for Indian solar PV in 2014.


China to top 100 GW PV capacity by 2018, says NPD Solarbuzz analyst

Chinese flag.

By 2018, the world will boast at least nine countries with more than 5 GW PV capacity installed, led by China with more than 100 GW.


juwi enters Philippine market with utility-scale plant

Amiram Roth-Deblon, juwi's regional director for Asia-Pacific

The German company will provide complete EPC services for the 6.25 MW solar farm, which is replacing old diesel generators. The project is one of a number of projects in the company's pipeline.


New UK funding scheme will hit solar hard, says industry

Great Knowle solar park, England.

DECC's first round of spending in the Allocation Framework for Contracts for Difference is unlikely to benefit the solar sector, argues the STA and REA.


ReneSola to develop 13 MW solar farm project in UK

Solar farm in Dorset, England.

The Chinese PV company expects the solar farm in Dorset, England, to be fully operational and connected to the national energy grid by end of this year.


Etrion, Hitachi to build 34 MW of utility-scale PV projects in Japan

City of Morioka, Mount Iwate, Japan

Etrion is one of the first foreign independent power producers to secure Japanese domestic financing for utility-scale solar plants. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank provided is funding the projects.


Avancis acquired by China's CNBM

The Avancis factory.

German thin film manufacturer Avancis has announced that its acquisition by Chinese building materials and glass supplier CNBM has gone ahead. It says that preparations to restart its production in Torgau, Germany, will begin...


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