UK regulator sets rules on DNO ownership of energy storage, as one puts US$5m battery online

UK electrical distribution system operator Northern Powergrid has begun using a £4 million (US$5.27 million) battery paid for by consumers to sell services to National Grid, despite plans from the national regulator Ofgem to prevent distribution network operators (DNOs) from doing so in future.

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Brazilian green bond issuance exceeds US$3.5 billion

A new report from the Climate Bonds Initiative noted that the Brazilian green bonds market has now reached US$3.67 billion.

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Report: Tanzania’s mini-grid sector making major strides following new policy implementation

A new report from the World Resources Institute sheds some light on the growth of the mini-grid sector within the country of Tanzania.

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Private home microgrids prove more cost-effective than poles, wires in New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s main gas and electric distribution companies has turned to distributed energy storage systems as a cost-effective alternative to long-distance wires and related infrastructure.

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Ethiopia launches RfQ for 250MW of solar

State-run utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for two solar PV projects each with a capacity of 125MW.

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SECI tenders for EPC on 200MW of solar PV for Coal India under DCR

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for EPC services on two 100MW solar PV projects for state-owned mining corporate Coal India Limited (CIL) in Madhya Pradesh.

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AfDB to help finance 50MW PV portfolio in Burkina Faso

The president of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, arrived in Burkina Faso’s capital city of Ouagadougou and pledged to financially support a 50MW PV portfolio to electrify rural areas within the country, per AllAfrica.com.

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Scatec Solar taps Statoil for partial funding of 162MW project in Brazil

Independent solar power producer Scatec Solar ASA has teamed with Norway’s multinational oil and gas company, Statoil ASA to support the funding of a 162MW solar power plant project in Brazil.

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DNV GL updates GRIDSTOR best practice guide

Accreditation and certification house DNV GL has just published an updated version of GRIDSTOR, a best and recommended practice guide for stakeholders in the grid-connected energy storage sector.

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SECI planning two 10MW floating solar projects in India

The projects in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh will use crystalline silicon cells and the modules will be 310Wp output with the floating structure and anchoring designed by Arka.

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NTPC tenders 15MW of solar under DCR in Kerala, NSPCL tenders 7MW EPC in Chhattisgarh

India’s largest utility NTPC has issued a tender for the development of a 15MW ground-mount solar PV project at its own Kayamkulam thermal power plant in the state of Kerala using local content rules.

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