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Funding the key obstacle to renewables in Asia

Banks categorize renewable energy projects as risky and believe they offer lower rates of return than fossil fuel schemes, making them reluctant lenders.

The weekend read: Floating on optimism

The past year has been an exciting period for proponents of floating solar. A range of new projects and pilots have been announced across the globe over the past 12 to 14 months, with IHS Markit’s Solar Deal Tracker now listing floating PV installations in 24 countries throughout the world, all in varying stages of development.

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Sunseap supplying 60 MW multi-rooftop project to Microsoft

Singapore-based solar developer Sunseap will develop 60 MW of rooftop PV across “hundreds of rooftops” on the island-state, to supply Microsoft with solar energy. The companies claim the project will be the largest cumulative solar project in Singapore, alongside being the largest of its kind to supply clean energy to a datacentre in the country.

Cleantech Solar awarded 27 MW of rooftop solar across three Asian countries

The leading solutions provider for corporate customers in Asia has inked long-term PPAs with three different firms, effectively augmenting its current portfolio that has been expanding since last November.

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BBOXX and Bamboo create finance platform BEAM for off-grid sector

Bamboo and BBOXX launch pioneering platform aimed at providing developmental infrastructure for off-grid energy services.

SMA warns of lower annual sales in light of component shortage

Third quarter financial update sees strong growth in Asia but weak U.S. large-scale project demand drags on overall sales. Order backlog increases 25% to €350m.

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APVIA sees steady Q1 growth in Asian PV

The expansion of the Asian solar market in the first quarter of 2017 was broadly similar to the growth seen in the first quarter of last year, although most countries in the region have yet to reveal official installation statistics for the January-March period, the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) said in a new report.

SolarWorld Americas appreciates Trump’s tough trade talk

The panel manufacturer, which operates a production facility in Oregon hopes the president’s call for strict enforcement of U.S. trade laws will give it, as well as other domestic panel companies, a better chance against Chinese competition.

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Asia Pacific will be global leaders in clean energy in 2017, say Frost & Sullivan

A new report published by market analysts Frost & Sullivan expects outlook for clean energy markets to remain positive in 2017, in the face of global uncertainty. The report also states that Asia will lead the economically driven expansion of clean and green energy technologies.

Natcore Technology approved for 200 MW of PV in Vietnam

The U.S. heterojunction PV cell specialist has secured initial approval to oversee construction of 200 MW of solar capacity in Binh Thuan province.

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