Policy, investment and markets News for July 2013

Policy, investment and markets News Archive

UK ‘off track’ for 2020 renewables target

Official energy statistics published today by the UK government report that the UK has missed its indicative renewable energy target for 2011-12.

EU and China agree solar panel price undertaking

The EU is reportedly “satisfied” by the offer of a price undertaking submitted by China’s solar panel exporters, according to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

Inverter market revenue to fall 5 percent Inverter market revenue to fall 5 percent

The global market for PV inverters will decrease by 5 percent to US$6.7 billion in 2013, due to an 11 percent decrease in prices, says a new report.

Solar and wind dominate world market

Solar and wind energy use has grown significantly in 2012, and continues to dominate investment, states a new report.

US utilities aim for almost a gigawatt of new solar capacity

US utilities in Georgia, New York, and Colorado have announced plans to bring a total of 840 megawatts (MW) of solar energy online by 2016 through CLEAN programs set up by the Clean Coalition.

New report covers biofuels in the EU

EurObserv’ER has published a new barometer report, covering the current state of biofuels in the EU.

Europe’s largest energy storage trial deployed

S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos have signed a joint agreement to launch Europe’s largest intelligent network storage project on a UK power networks substation.

PV briefing – California to face historic challenges

At the 11th PV Briefing & Networking Forum USA, part of the Intersolar North America event, delegates discussed the future of renewable energy in the US market, highlighting the importance of California in growing the technology.

Capatis Finance announces Solar PV Funding Solution

Capitas and its partners have announced an investment plan into consented ground mounted solar PV sites.

Conergy to sell global sales units

US based financial investor Kawa Capital Management, Inc has stated its intention to acquire most of Conergy’s global sales units as well as its necessary associated administrative, management and infrastructure functions.

Antidumping tariffs increase Chinese solar prices Antidumping tariffs increase Chinese solar prices

The era of low-cost Chinese solar PVmodules in Europe has come to an end, as the European Union’s antidumping tariffs spur an increase in prices for Chinese solar modules, says a new report.

Alstom and Soitec create a ‘French alliance’ for concentrated PV

Alstom and Soitec have signed a cooperative agreement to provide concentrated photovoltaic power plants.

Wind farm policy could cost renewables jobs

A review of wind farm planning policies in Scotland suggests that ruling out the use of ‘wild land’ could reduce the development of renewable energy in the country, threatening investment and jobs.

REC separates solar and silicon businesses REC separates solar and silicon businesses

REC plans to split itself into two entities, launching the silicon and solar divisions as independent, listed companies.

Employing ‘lean’ principles for safety and sustainability

According to Alison Cook, end user marketing manager UK, Ireland & Benelux at KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL, applying ‘lean’ principles can help companies improve health & safety at work, promote wellness among employees and boost productivity – critical components of a sustainable business.

Australia CPV plant could be country’s largest Australia CPV plant could be country’s largest

Solar Systems has opened what could one day be Australia’s largest ever solar concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) plant, the 1.5 MW Mildura Solar Demonstration Facility.

UK investigates how to deal with low carbon tech UK investigates how to deal with low carbon tech

The Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) – the UK’s largest smart grid project, run by Northern Powergrid, British Gas, EA Technology and Durham University – is looking at how to accommodate increasing numbers of low carbon technologies in a more cost-effective way.

£2.8 million boost for UK offshore supply chain £2.8 million boost for UK offshore supply chain

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the UK has set up a £2.8 million public-private initiative to support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the North East of England to move into the offshore wind and marine renewable energy supply chain.

Rise in global clean energy investment

Global investment in clean energy in Q2 was up 22% from Q1, due to upturn in the financing of wind and solar projects and a 170% surge in equity funding for specialist companies on public markets.

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Platina completes full cycle on 2005 renewable energy fund

Renewables infrastructure specialist Platina Partners LLP (Platina) has announced the sale of the remaining assets in its 2005, Mistral Windfarm 1 fund (MWF), successfully completing the full investment fund cycle securing a gross IRR of more than 40% for investors.

Biopower market boosted by energy targets

According to a new report, Europe’s biomass and biogas power market growth will be boosted by targets produce 20% of its total power from renewable sources by 2020.

David Cameron opens world’s largest offshore wind farm David Cameron opens world’s largest offshore wind farm

UK prime minister David Cameron has officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the London Array, located in the Outer Thames Estuary.

Gamesa to supply 23 turbines to India

Gamesa plans to supply 23 GAMESA G97 2.0 MW wind turbines, producing 46 MW of power, to ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division, subsidiary of the Indian group ITC.

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Masdar launches Seychelles wind farm Masdar launches Seychelles wind farm

Abu Dhabi renewables company Masdar has announced the launch of a 6MW, 8-turbine wind farm in the Republic of Seychelles together with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).

The Switch calls for renewables industry to embrace Agile Positioning business model

The Switch has called for the renewable energy sector to embrace Agile Positioning, an industrial model that allows for greater flexibility and responsiveness to market changes.

Formal consultation to begin on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The proposed £650 mn tidal lagoon has taken another step forward with the announcement that formal consultation will begin on Thursday 4 July 2013 with a series of public exhibitions throughout Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

Poll finds 51% of UK public want more investment in renewables

A poll by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on UK energy policy has found that 51% of people think the government should support the construction of more renewable energy sources like solar, wave and tidal power.

Tidal Energy announces partnership with Milford Haven Port

Tidal Energy said it has entered into a partnership with the Port of Milford Haven to develop an operating base, in readiness for the forthcoming sea trials of its DeltaStream prototype in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire.