16 May 2016 11:55 AM GMT

JA Solar has announced that it has started mass production of high-performance PV panels at its high-performance manufacturing facility in Xingtai, Hebei province, China. The new facility, located in the Economic Development District of Xingtai city, has an annual capacity of 1.5 GW with fully automated assembly lines using the latest module manufacturing technologies. The fully automated assembly lines for making standard 60- and 72-cell modules significantly increase the productivity of the facility. The annual production per capita is estimated to be 2 MW, the highest among peers in the industry.

May 6th 2016
ICCI 2016, A Platform For New Investment Opportunities

ICCI 2016 in Istanbul saw new investment opportunities for wind and solar in Turkey. Around 14.000 professionals and 279 exhibitors joined this year`s ICCI. They included big manufacturers like Siemens, GE, Suzlon, Nordex, Enercon or Goldwind and Turkish companies like Zorlu Energji. Significant opportunities for deals were opened in both Solar and Wind, as the national energy roadmap is to have 20 GW wind power installed by 2023.

May 1st 2016
Renewable Energy Generation Investment Surges, Outstripping Coal and Gas

In 2015, coal and gas-fired electrical energy generation drew less than half the record investment made in wind, solar and other renewables; one of numerous important firsts for clean energy. For the first time in 2015, developing world investments in renewables surpassed those of developed nations. The renewable market was dominated by wind and solar PV, which added a combined 118GW in generating capacity. Global investments in renewable energy since 2004, now total $2.3 trillion.

April 27th 2016
Australia’s CEFC Commits US$72 Million to Bioenergy Fund

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corp. has committed A$100 million (US$72 million) to the new Australian Bioenergy Fund.

April 25th 2016
India – Keeping Pace With Rapid Change, Intersolar And Husum Wind Join Forces

HUSUM Wind and Intersolar are forming a strategic partnership in one of the key global renewable markets. India has huge potential for renewable energy, and the Indian government has set ambitious targets for the expansion of wind and solar energy in the years ahead. An additional 4-6GW of capacity is projected for 2016, which would put India in 4th place among the world’s top solar markets. The expansion targets for wind energy are just as ambitious, with the goal of adding 4.1GW within the same time period.

April 22nd 2016
Earth Day Call For Vision And Courage To Meet Climate Targets

The Global CCS Institute has called for urgent action to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through proven carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. With 155 countries indicating their intention to sign the historic Paris COP21 agreement, Page calls upon them to “reduce emissions from every possible sector of the global economy – urgently and without bias,”. “All low carbon technologies must be part of the conversation – including renewables, nuclear power, energy efficiency, and CCS.

April 21st 2016
Turkish Hospital Powered By High Performance Solar Power Wins ICCI Energy Award

The PV plant of the university hospital was awarded due to its model character, its good performance and its contribution to the regional development of the eastern Anatolian province Malatya. Inaugurated in 2015, it has accounted for around one-third of the electricity consumption of the university clinic, that is fully ventilated, heated and cooled by air-conditioning systems. 22,177 Jinko modules are installed. Total costs were 6.4 million Euro. 85 percent were covered by a 7-year bank loan and 15 percent through the general state budget.

April 7th 2016
Mexico: Envision and ViveEnergia Awarded PPC For 90MW Wind Farm

Envision Energy, the world’s leading smart energy solution provider, and ViveEnergia, a Mexican company developing renewable energy projects, were awarded a long-term power purchasing contract with the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). The strategic agreement signed in 2015 between Envision and ViveEnergia represented China’s largest direct investment in Mexico in the sector.

April 6th 2016
EU-India Summit: Added Impetus For EU and India Strategic Partnership

The EU and India decided to step up their cooperation to fight climate change and adopted the ‘Joint Declaration between the EU and India on a Clean Energy and Climate Partnership’. It is key to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and triggers a renewed climate dialogue with India. It intends to reinforce energy cooperation, mainly on renewable energy sources, promote clean energy generation and increased energy efficiency. It will bring together relevant stakeholders, including the EU Member States and the Indian States creating business and technology opportunities between the EU and India.

March 29th 2016
Thailand: Trina Solar Begins PV Production With 700MW Annual Cells Capacity

The manufacturing facility is located in Rayong, Thailand and Trina Solar has also secured $143m in financing agreements with Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited (SCB) and China Minsheng Banking Corporation Ltd (CMBC). “The investment in Thailand fits our strategy of prudent capacity expansion in select overseas markets to deliver industry-leading products to customers in the US and Europe in particular as we strive to increase the profitability of the company,” said Mr. Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar.

March 27th 2016
42MW Futtsu Solar Power Facility Completion Will Serve Tokyo Energy Needs

The facility is one of the largest solar PV projects serving Tokyo.”Japan is an exciting market – it is the third-largest electric grid in the world and renewables represent the only domestic energy resource. With modest improvements, innovation and effective utilisation of the current 27GW of pumped hydro facilities, the Japanese grid offers one of the best opportunities in the world to transition to carbon-free electrical generation”, said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development.

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