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Archive for July, 2011

15 July 2011

Arizona utilities look for business tie-ups with wind developers

Developers of wind energy projects in the US state of Arizona are being sought by Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services, who have together launched a request for proposals. The pair said they are looking for projects up to 50MW, with the selection process managed by independent monitor Accion Group. The state’s first wind[...]

15 July 2011

Natural Power strengthens North America team

Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has strengthened its North American team with the appointment of Gary Winslow to manage the company’s due diligence department.

15 July 2011

Solar developers sought for Nevada project

The city of Boulder, Nevada, has announced it is on the search for solar power developers who can construct and operate a utility-scale system.

15 July 2011

Lufthansa to begin commercial biofuel-powered flights

German aviation company Lufthansa has launched a six-month biofuel trial on planes flying between Hamburg and Frankfurt, Germany. The test flights will run a hybrid mix that is 50 per cent regular fuel with the other half made up of biosynthetic kerosene.

15 July 2011

Abound Solar enters supply agreement with Abel ReTec

US photovoltaics manufacturer Abound Solar has agreed a long-term purchase agreement with German renewable project developer Abel ReTec.

15 July 2011

Horizon to consider cleantech investments after closing credit facility

Horizon Technology Finance, which provides secured loans to venture capital and private equity-backed cleantech companies, has closed a $150m credit facility, opening up financing opportunities in the area.

15 July 2011

QSolar makes first shipments from Chinese factory

Canadian photovoltaics developer QSolar has begun shipping modules form its new manufacturing base in Shandhai, China. The first shipment of equipment with a 100kW capacity was made in the first week of July to Italian solar installers Solexia as part of a 317kW order.

15 July 2011

Swiss utility EKZ opens purse for renewables projects

Swiss electricity provider EKZ is on the hunt for renewable energy projects as it looks to increase its spend in the space over the coming years.

15 July 2011

Sopogy partners with MAI Development to build solar farm in Thailand

thailand_170_170 US-based photovoltaics manufacturer Sopogy has signed an agreement with Thai conglomerate MAI Development for the construction of a 6MW solar plant in Bau Yai, south-east Thailand.

14 July 2011

GE gets order for Mekong Delta wind farm

Local developer Cong Ly Company has ordered ten of General Electric’s 1.6-82.5 wind turbines that will produce 16MW for Vietnams ‘rice basket’ region.

14 July 2011

Singapore releases $195m to support cleantech R&D efforts

Singapore has released $195m to advance the country’s renewable power and energy efficiency drive. The funding will be made available to start-up companies in the industry, with the financing handed out over the next five years, according to local news reports. The Straits Times Singapore said money will go towards researching solar energy, making the[...]

14 July 2011

Analyst predicts falling European solar demand in 2012p

image description Demand for solar technology across Europe will drop in 2012 for the first time since 2004 signalling tough times ahead for manufacturers throughout the supply chain, according to an industry analyst.

14 July 2011

Renewable Power International sold to consortium of investors

A consortium of investors comprising Cube Infrastructure Fund, Demeter Partners and two family offices have acquired Renewable Power International from Madrid-headquartered holding company RP Global for an enterprise value of $230m.

14 July 2011

Enel Green Power opens wind farm in France

Renewables company Enel Green Power France has opened a 10MW wind farm in the Champagne Ardenne region of northern France. The Enel subsidiary now has 148MW of installed renewable generation facilities in France.

14 July 2011

Private equity investor Acon acquires Colombian waste management company Grupo Sala

Private equity fund the Acon Latin America Opportunities Fund has acquired Colombian waste management business Grupo Sala.

14 July 2011

Finnair to launch longest commercial biofuel flights yet

Finnish airline Finnair is due to begin flights from Amsterdam to Helsinki next week using planes powered by biofuel.

14 July 2011

Troubled JA Solar shares rally after CFO resigns

stockticker_170 JA Solar, a global solar product manufacturer, has appointed Min Cao to succeed former CFO Anthea Chung. Chung announced her resignation after JA Solar shares hit a 52-week low.

14 July 2011

REpower Italia reaches 500MW wind milestone

REpower Italia, a subsidiary of German utility REpower, has reached a milestone of 500MW of wind power installations across Italy.

14 July 2011

San Francisco launches commercial solar incentive scheme

The US city of San Francisco has launched a programme designed to make it possible for small- to medium-sized businesses to pay less for solar power than electricity from the grid without the need for local rebates.

14 July 2011

Masdar pledges $290m for cleantech sector

masdar_600 Abu Dhabi low carbon initiative Masdar will look to plunge $290m into the renewable energy and cleantech sector before 2014 as the business looks to increase its global standing.

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