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Latin America: IDB backs energy efficiency green bonds

Mexico City

The Inter-American Development Bank is facilitating up to $450 million in financing to underwrite energy efficiency projects in several Latin American countries.


Solar cells picking up good vibrations

Queen Mary University of London

Playing pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.


It's all good news in GCL update

GCL-Poly manufacturing.

Polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly has nothing but rises to report to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The figures include a 511% increase in third-quarter polysilicon sales, year on year.


Intersolar India kicks off

Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

Some 170 exhibitors and 8,500 visitors are expected to attend this year's exhibition. The conference, which will see 700 visitors, is highlighting the development of India's solar mission and state programs.


Obama nominates Neil Kornze for top BLM post

Neil Kornze, the BLM's principal deputy director.

Kornze is seen as a main architect of the Obama administration's public lands solar policy at the Bureau of Land Management, playing a major role in developing the administration's Western Solar Plan.


COP 19 starts in Warsaw

Warsaw.

UN climate change meeting opens with expectations at a record low. A Paper on the benefits to solar of carbon taxes and a U.S. commitment to Kyoto seems optimistic.


Suntech granted Cayman Islands liquidation

Suntech production.

Decision by the authorities in the Carribean tax haven means work can start in winding up the international shell company. Complications with the proposed liquidation could obstruct Jiangsu Shunfeng's acquisition of Wuxi...


Punjab chief minister announces 500 MW plant

The flag of Pakistan.

Few details are released about a project deal reportedly agreed with Canada. Chief minister Sharif is also said to have announced plans for a 1 GW electricity generation scheme.


Ascent Solar figures hit by government delays

Peyton Manning.

Rise in consumer electronics sales cannot mask R&D contract losses for CIGS manufacturer Ascent. The Colorado-based thin film maker has announced plans for a manufacturing facility in Suqian, China.


Neo Solar is into profit

Neo Solar's headquarters.

Taiwanese cell maker Neo Solar has returned to profit after completing its merger with Delsolar in May. October saw the company's best revenues since March 2011.


SunEdison secures $185 million for South African project

South Africa flag.

The investment from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will fund the 60 MW Boshof Solar Park in the country's Free State province.


SolarWorld closes in on deal for Bosch solar plant

Bosch solar panel plant, Arnstadt.

The German solar giants have expressed an interest in acquiring Bosch's solar panel plant in Arnstadt, Germany. An official announcement is expected this week.


US Energy Department to slash red tape, spur solar deployment

The Solar Energy Industries Association has welcomed the Energy Department's efforts to simplify, streamline and standardize legal processes for home and business owners to install solar systems.


SolarCity posts third-quarter profit, 52% revenue increase

SolarCity installation van

The U.S. company has reported a strong revenue increase from operating leases as well as a rise in solar system sales and expects to achieve a total of 278 MW deployed this year.


ABB to construct 100 MW PV plant in Canada

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

The Zurich-based power and automation technology group has been awarded an order to build the first phase of Ontario's Grand Renewable Energy Park, valued at CAD$80 million (USD$76.8 million).


Suntech files for liquidation

China Suntech Wuxi HQ

Suntech says it is seeking protection and time to complete negotiations and wrap up its restructuring efforts after agreeing to sell its main assets to Jiangsu Shunfeng.


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