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An application has been put forward to Hawaii’s regulator to approve NextEra Energy’s proposed merger with the state’s main electric utility, Hawaii Electric Co (HECO), a move the two bodies have claimed will boost Hawaii’s clean energy ambitions.
Trina Solar has claimed its State Key Laboratory Testing Center has become the first institute to attain TUV Rheinland’s Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service (“UAS”) Certificate.
Japanese electronics firm Kyocera Corporation has said that steeper than expected PV module price declines in Japan, coupled to a halt in grid access applications by many utilities, led to solar sales declining in the fourth quarter of 2014.
San Francisco headquartered ‘yield-co’ Pattern Energy could acquire a pipeline of up to 1GW of solar farm projects in Japan, having purchased a majority stake in Green Power Investment Corp.
Lowering interest rates for Indian solar projects from around 14% to 7% would save around one-third of the project’s entire lifetime cost, according to a senior climate financier.
Developer China WindPower Group is to build a 20MW PV project in Tibet, according to a statement made to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Both the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the Financial Times (FT) have recently attempted to delve into the financial and business operations of the Hanergy group of companies with mixed success.
The present buoyant relations between the US and India over clean energy policy could face their first test next week as a World Trade Organization panel prepares to hear a US complaint over India’s solar domestic content requirement.
Spanish engineering firm and power electronics manufacturer Ingeteam is to design a CSP power plant with thermal storage in Qinghai province, China.
GCL New Energy Holdings has guided plans to build 2GW of PV power plant projects in China in 2015, increasing by 500MW per annum to reach planned installations of 3GW in 2017.
Japan’s electric utility companies that had stopped considering applications for utility-scale solar look set to resume doing so, although projects will be subjected to stricter new rules.
The leaders of the US and India have reasserted their ongoing clean energy partnership with President Obama hinting at additional financial support during meetings in India.
The PV industry’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has signed its eighth supply contract with bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. GCL-Poly is in the process of becoming a majority shareholder in the struggling firm.
Japan will produce definitive targets for renewable energy this year, according to a government official. The country’s government has taken criticism from pro-renewable energy groups for not doing so previously.
US-based fabless PV module supplier, Andalay Solar has secured a 50MW annual sub-contracting manufacturing partnership with Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).