Policy, investment and markets News for July 2009

Policy, investment and markets News Archive

EDF and First Solar to partner in French market

EDF Energies Nouvelles and First Solar Inc are to form a joint venture to build France's largest solar panel manufacturing plant.

Report: WWEA conference in Korea

International Solar Energy Society (ISES) member Dieter Holm attended the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)'s 8th World Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition, which took place on Jeju Island in Korea.

juwi group launches major project in the USA

juwi is to set up its first large-scale wind farm on US soil in south-eastern Nebraska.

Companies announce hybrid projects in Canada

Atlantic Wind and Solar (AWSL) and Centripetal Dynamics (CDI) are to collaborate on hybrid wind/solar energy projects in Ontario, Canada.

Renewable energy in Asia - a roundup

Renewable Energy Focus' Asian correspondent, Azam Mahmood, provides an overview over renewable energy projects and politics in Asia.

DoE invests in community renewables, CSP and wind

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced several funding opportunities over the last week including up to US$22 million for community renewable energy deployment, up to US$52.2m for concentrating solar power (CSP) and almost US$14m for wind energy projects.

Q-Cells hit by weak market development in Q2

Q-Cells has been hit by the continued weak development of the global solar photovoltaics (PV) markets in the second quarter (Q2).

US grant programme for utility integration of solar power

The US Department of the Treasury has released guidance documents for the federal cash grant programme for solar electric projects, something the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says it is pleased to hear.

England behind on 2010 renewable energy targets

England is behind on meeting its 2010 target of generating 10% of electricity from renewable sources, according to a report from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), ‘England’s Regional Renewable Energy Targets: Progress Report’.

UK to cut emissions by 34% by 2020 – investing £450m in renewable and clean energy

The white paper released on July 15 by the UK Government, The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, gives details of how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020 – and £450 million of investment for renewable and clean energy technologies.

Renewable energy industry – reactions to The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The UK renewable energy industry has largely welcomed the UK Government’s launch of The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan pledging a 34% cut in emissions by 2020 and £450 million spending on renewable and clean energy.

European Commission: template for national renewable energy roadmaps

The National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) template, published late June by the European Commission, gives governments a binding framework for drawing up the steps they will take to meet binding national renewable energy targets set out in the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC).

Q-Cells takes over Solibro GmbH

German solar cell producer Q-Cells SE has increased its interest in Solibro GmbH from 67.5% to 100% by acquiring the Swedish joint venture partner Solibro AB.

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Renewable energy and financial leaders share perspectives on industry growth potential

The core message coming out of the REFF-Wall Street conference session was a call for the US Government to clarify the parameters of the Department of Energy’s grant and loan programs, in order to free up private capital and stimulate the flow of financing in the industry.

REEEP develops innovative financing for the developing world

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has provided €667,500 in seed funding for 8 new finance projects to accelerate the clean energy market in the developing world.

The US House approves the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) legislation.

Some – most notably Al Gore - are hailing the decision as the most important legislation Congress will ever pass. It sees the US pledging to cut emissions by 17% (below 2005 levels) by 2020, and 83% by 2050.

VC investment in green technologies "rebounds" with US$1.2 billion in Q2 2009

Greentech Media Inc., the online media company covering green technology news and analysis, has released the most recent quarterly data showing that venture capital (VC) investment in green technologies totalled US$1.2 bn in 85 deals in the second quarter of 2009.

Wells Fargo and SunPower Corp to partner on SunPower commercial-scale solar systems.

A new collaborative effort will result in funding of up to US$100 million in SunPower commercial-scale solar systems.

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