Welcome to Azure International

Azure International is a leading investment and advisory company focused on China's cleantech energy sector. Founded in 2003, we have a team of 20+ local and international professionals based in China with backgrounds in engineering, marketing, manufacturing, consulting, policy, government relations and finance. In addition to deep advisory capabilities in renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon management, and energy finance, we have proven capability to invest in and accelerate the development of clean energy companies.  Our portfolio and partner companies have achieved both significant commercial success and returns to investors. Azure provides the necessary expertise and execution capabilities in China to lead relationship development with government and strategic partners, project execution, sourcing, sales and technology development – all with deep understanding of Chinese and international requirements.

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Solar – Shandong Provincial Government Establishes 100Mn RMB Fund to Support PV: To meet an installation target of  1.6 GW by the end of 2015, Shandong’s provincial government is providing a series of financial incentives to project developers on top of national subsidies that will be funded through a 100Mn RMB fund. Additional incentives include an RMB0.05/kWh production subsidy for distributed generation projects and a 50% reduction of VAT taxes. (BJX CN)

Solar – U.S. ITC Delays Announcement of Final Ruling on Anti-Subsidy and Anti-Dumping Case: The U.S. International Trading Council delayed a final judgment until January 2015 regarding its investigation of Chinese PV Manufacturers. According to the preliminary ruling by the Department of Commerce, the U.S. may impose up to 35.21% anti-subsidy tax on PV products manufactured in China. (BJX CN)

Solar – 9.2 GW PV Project Pipeline Announced for Hebei Province: The Evergrande Group announced its intention to invest 90 billion RMB in PV projects in Zhangjiakou, Hebei. According to the group, the projects will include 6000 MW in centralized plants, 3000 MW in agricultural related projects and 200 MW in distributed projects. Much of the electricity generated from these projects will likely feed into Beijing, helping shift the city’s reliance away from coal-powered generation and improve air quality. (BJX CN)

Solar – MIIT Releases Third Round of Approved PV Manufacturers: China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies released its third round of approved PV manufacturers. This round contained 28 new companies that meet national standards requirements according to the MIIT. The list of approved manufacturers is intended to guide domestic procurement processes and ensure quality. (BJX CN)

Policy – NEA Releases Notice on Energy Resource Planning and Investment Oversight: In an attempt to better align project approval and long term energy needs as well as reign in project development rights speculation, the National Energy Administration released a Notice on October 12. Particularly focused on renewable energy development, the document notes that certain control policies have not been fully implemented at the local level, corruption is an issue and the project approval process is not sufficiently transparent. The head of the NEA, XinXiong WU will lead the implementation of this notice in cooperation with provincial level Development and Reform Commissions. (NEA CN)

Policy – China to Add New Taxes on Coal Imports: Policymakers have announced their plan to tax thermal coal imports at 6%. This move follows a number of recent moves by the Chinese government to control growing coal imports. Cheap coal imports have badly hurt China’s domestic coal mining industry and have driven down the overall cost of coal-fired generation. Whether or not this move will push greater consumption of lower quality, higher polluting coal remains debatable. However, continued efforts to lower coal imports along China’s east coast should increase the country’s reliance on coal bases in the northern and western regions, thereby shifting pollution away from the eastern population and load centers. (Cleantechnica EN)

Policy - China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection Criticizes Smog Response in China’s Northern Cities:  According to the MEP, several cities in northern China failed to follow their preset emergency smog response plans during an extreme event last week. MEP teams found a number of measures to be unenforced, such as controlling the use of heavily polluting vehicles, during inspections of six cities last week. Ultimately, lower temperatures and shifting winds helped disperse the heavy layer of smog on Saturday. (Xinhua EN)

Policy – Zimbabwe Power Company Inks US$1.5bn Deal with SinoHydro for Thermal Plant: Following a growing trend of power infrastructure investment in Africa, SinoHydro announced a deal to provide a 600 MW expansion to the Hwange Power Plant. China’s ExIm Bank will provide a US$1.1bn loan. (NewdayZW EN)

Resources – Russia and China Planning Western Gas Pipeline: Along with the announcement of 38 finance, energy and defense related deals signed between Russia and China, Russia’s Prime Minister announced that China and Russia may begin building a Western natural gas pipeline that could be completed by the end of 2015. China has pursued a number of pathways to solve its natural gas shortage problems, including the construction of LNG terminals and a US$400Bn Russia pipeline deal announced in  May 2014. Increased availability of gas in China’s western regions may open up opportunities for natural gas-fired generation development, which can support more renewable energy integration by providing greater flexibility. (IB Times EN)


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