Indian state-owned bank IDBI has raised US$350 million through the issue of green bonds, which also received orders of around US$1 billion.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$450 million of financing to initiate an Energy Efficiency Green Bond Facility in the Latin America region.
SB Energy, the offshoot of telecoms group Softbank, and conglomerate Mitsui are close to flipping the switch on a 111MW PV array in northern Japan.
Former UK energy minister Lord Barker has said solar’s future lies in a combination of private wire PPAs and a government-backed net metering scheme.
India as a nation is set to contribute more than any other country to the rise in global energy demand over the next 25 years to meet rising incomes and population, however, its energy demand per capita will still be 40% lower than the global average, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has made a modest, 70-panel installation of new crystalline PV cell and module technologies produced by the institute on the outside of one of its laboratories.
The big-six Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) members face manufacturing pressures over technology migration meaning big advances may not happen in 2016, writes Finlay Colville.
Sonnenbatterie, Germany’s market leader for residential energy storage, has launched an energy trading platform that the company believes in time could make it even bigger than today's existing utility companies, rebranding as Sonnen in the process.
Trina Solar this week announced a US$45 million settlement in an ongoing lawsuit with Solyndra, but a hearing with Yingli in the same case could yield the bigger story, writes John Parnell.
Spanish industrial auctioneer Escrapalia, a subsidiary of Surus Inversa, is holding an online auction of module assembly equipment and a complete automated assembly line from defunct PV manufacturer Isofotón.
Energy storage systems producer Sonnenbatterie GmbH (Wildpoldsried, Germany) introduces the “sonnenCommunity,” connecting households to make conventional electricity suppliers obsolete through self-generated power, the company announced.
The sonnenCommunity combines three technologies: decentralized renewable power generation, advanced battery storage technology and digital networking.
At the Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards ceremony on November 24th, 2015 in London, Heliatek GmbH (Dresden/Ulm, Germany) received the Renewable Energy Design Award 2015.
The start-up develops and produces “HeliaFilm,” an organic solar film. The prize recognizes the international successes of Heliatek as a clean energy producing film supplier, the company reports in a press release.
Adiant Advisors sarl (Fribourg, Switzerland) and bejulo GmbH (Mainz, Germany) on November 26th, 2015 announced the signing of an EPC contract for the erection and maintenance of a solar PV park with a capacity of 5 MWp in Astley, central England.
The PV system is intended to become part of a portfolio of multiple PV parks in the UK and will go on grid by March 31st, 2016, bejulo reports.
KPMG LLP, at the request of the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA), has written a report to assess the potential benefits to the Irish economy from the introduction of a policy support scheme for solar photovoltaics (PV), and to explore the potential policy options.
In the central KPMG scenario, 3.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV is deployed in Ireland out to 2030.
The science and technology company Merck (Darmstadt, Germany) on November 26, 2015 announced the launch of semi-transparent grey-colored organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules. The new materials were developed with Belectric OPV (Nuremberg, Germany) and recently presented to the public at the Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference in Chicago.
The grey modules include Merck’s new lisicon formulation, which achieves superior performance by enabling greater than 50 W/m² power generation, Belectric OPV reports.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Freiburg, Germany) has installed 70 photovoltaic modules on the outer façade of one of its lab buildings. The modules were developed and produced by the Institute and demonstrate the interplay of different technologies.
Together with industry, Fraunhofer ISE developed a crystalline PV module called “TPedge” using a process that saves both time and money and replaces the lamination step. Innovative back-contacted solar cells from the Institute’s own production are integrated into the module.
The consortium Cairo Solar Farm appoints KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions GmbH (KRAFTWERK RPS, Weingarten, Germany) as owner’s engineer of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Egypt.
The Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy announced Cairo Solar Farm’s eligibility to participate in the “2,000 MW Feed-in Tariff Program – First Regulatory Period 2015–2017 with a 50 MW PV project”.
SolarCity Corporation (San Mateo, CA, U.S.) announced that it has promoted Chief Operations Officer (COO) Tanguy Serra to the new role of President, reporting to CEO Lyndon Rive.
The company also announced that CFO Brad Buss plans to retire in 2016. Buss will remain as CFO through the completion of SolarCity's financial reporting for the fiscal year 2015 – expected in early February – and will remain in an advisory role until later in 2016 to ensure a smooth transition.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) announced the appointment of Gener Miao as its Vice President Global Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Miao previously served as Chief of Staff for JinkoSolar's Chairman since 2010. Prior to 2010, Mr. Miao worked at Fosun Group's Tebon Securities and Ingersoll Rand China Investment.
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as “Yingli Solar”, on November 25th, 2015 announced that it plans to release its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, before the U.S. market opens on December 2nd, 2015.
Based upon preliminary data, the Company expects that its total net revenues in the third quarter of 2015 were in the range of USD 340 million to USD 350 million, in line with the management's previous estimation.