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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.


Phoenix Solar narrows losses in 2013

Phoenix Solar module.

The German solar PV company reported a consolidated loss of €10.7 million ($14.7 million) last year, down from €37.3 million in 2012.


EDPR gets funding for plants in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Black Sea Trade Development Bank are to work together to finance EDP Renovaveis’s (EDPR) building of 50 MW of solar plants in Romania.


Centrotherm revenues grow 70% in second half of 2013

Centrotherm HQ, Germany.

Strong start to 2014 follows encouraging 2013 in which the company significantly reduced its consolidated net loss from the previous year.


Microinverter, DC optimizer market surpasses 2 GW capacity

Enphase PV microinverter.

Figures from GTM Research suggest the market is evolving from niche sector to successful, growing segment of the solar industry.


Iowa votes to triple solar incentive

US Iowa Senate

The Senate of the U.S. state voted unanimously 46-0 to boost state tax credits for solar PV installations.


GCL-Poly signs credit deal with China Development Bank

China flag

Chinese polysilicon and wafer supplier GCL-Poly has signed a credit facility agreement with the China Development Bank in order to further develop its domestic solar farm business.


Greece amends retroactive FIT cuts; leaves solar PV sector divided

Greece solar installation.

MPs to vote on amended PV bill over the weekend as Greek solar agencies squabble over industry's future.


Philippines set to unveil 22 MW solar facility

Solar

The Philippines is about to unveil its first major solar facility that feeds into the power grid.


United Photovoltaics Group finalizes deals for 295 MW of new PV

Temple in Inner Mongolia.

The Chinese solar company formally agrees the acquisition of 195 MW in China from GD Solar, seals deal for 100 MW from Singyes.


Plans submitted for English solar plant

England

Plans have been submitted for a 4.9 MW plant near Devizes in the English county of Wiltshire.


SolarWorld narrows losses, but return to profit in 2014 doubtful

Frank Asbeck, SolarWorld CEO.

Following a complete financial restructuring in 2013 the company managed to stem its losses, eyeing reinvigorated revenues this year.


BluEarth begins buying solar plants from Canadian Solar

Canada

Canadian Solar has sold its Little Creek solar plant to BluEarth Renewables in a deal valued CAD $53m.


Hindustan Cleanenergy to build solar projects in Indian regions

India

Hindustan Cleanenergy has signed PPAs for three solar projects in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh regions of India.


Solar maintenance takes the stage at Solar O&M Conference

Solar PV installation in North America.

U.S. commercial solar industry draws criticism for poor O&M record at the show as discussions center on need for systematic and standardized approach.


Manz posts record revenues despite sector contraction

Dieter Manz, CEO of Manz

The German plant manufacturer posts €266.2 million revenues for 2013, driven by growth in the display and semiconductor sectors. CEO calls for active industry PV policy in Germany.


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