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Since January 2013, turbine makers have needed to comply with three of the following four criteria to receive Finame accreditation, which enables their customers to receive loan rates of 6-8% from the BNDES national development bank (far below the 11% base rate). All four will have to be met by January 2016.

23 Jul 2014

Sao Paulo gears up for RE auction

São Paulo, Brazil’s most industrialised state, should announce in the coming weeks an extension of tax incentives for all renewable technologies – including PV – in preparation for the first state renewable power auction in the second half of 2014, a senior official told Recharge.

03 Mar 2014

Brazil wind set for 20% BNDES boost

Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES) is likely to increase lending to the wind power sector by 20% in 2014 to R$4.32bn ($1.8bn) from the R$3.6bn it lent in 2013, the bank's alternative energy department said.

17 Feb 2014

Longyuan seeks offshore growth

Chinese wind power giant China Longyuan said it will speed up growth offshore and push ahead with its overseas projects, while following a "methodical" approach to onshore development at home.

19 Aug 2013

Greencoat plans UK wind spree

Greencoat UK Wind – whose flotation on the London Stock Exchange in March sparked a series of copycats – is putting the finishing touch on new debt arrangements that will allow it to begin acquiring more UK wind farms.

19 Aug 2013

E.ON builds Helgoland O&M base

German utility E.ON has started construction of its operations and maintenance building on the North Sea island of Helgoland, which it will use as operations base for its 288MW Amrumbank West offshore wind farm.

19 Aug 2013

Buffett builds stake in Suncor

US billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company revealed it has bought into Suncor Energy, a Canadian heavy oil producer with a significant portfolio of wind projects.

19 Aug 2013

Vestas starts up giant test bench

Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas has started operating its 20MW test bench – the wind industry’s largest such facility, which will be used to put its 8MW offshore machine through its paces.

19 Aug 2013

Nordex gets 19.2MW Finland order

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has been awarded an order for another eight of its N117/2400 turbines for the Nyby-li wind farm in north-western Finland.

19 Aug 2013

Czech lawmakers axe RE support

The Czech Republic’s lower house of Parliament has voted to end support for new renewables projects and to extend a tax on existing PV installations from the start of next year, in the latest effort to curb subsidies and reduce rising power prices.

16 Aug 2013

Port claims wind-power first

Port operator Eurogate claims it is the first in its industry to run its own wind turbine after installing one at its Hamburg container terminal.

16 Aug 2013

288MW Baltic 2 enters 'hot phase'

The “hot phase” has commenced at EnBW’s 288MW Baltic 2 offshore wind project, with GeoSea’s Goliath vessel setting sail this morning from Rostock to begin installing the 80 subsea foundations.

16 Aug 2013

EPE head: 1.5GW is 'conservative'

Maurício Tolmasquim, the head of the Brazilian Energy Planning Agency EPE, has told Recharge that 1.5GW of annual new wind installations in Brazil represents a “conservative” figure.

16 Aug 2013

Siemens hails service-vessel advance

Siemens has signed a multi-year chartering agreement with Danish ship owner Esvagt for two as-yet-unbuilt vessels that will service the Butendiek and Baltic 2 offshore wind farms in the coming years.

16 Aug 2013

Dong gets £1.1m for UK base

Dong Energy has won a £1.1m ($1.7m) grant to support the £11.5m offshore wind base it is building in Grimsby, northeast England, adding another modest jolt to the Humberside region’s ambitions for the industry.

16 Aug 2013

Vestas execs in €11m lawsuit

Wind group Vestas said its current CEO, and former chairman and finance chief are named in a damages claim for €11m ($14.7m) filed in a Danish court.

16 Aug 2013

Brazil's WEG in NPS turbine deal

Brazilian electrical and automation giant WEG will build a wind-turbine factory in its home country based on technology licensed by US-based Northern Power Systems. 

15 Aug 2013