EU funding large-scale solar projects in Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Chad

Last week the EU’s Africa Renewable Energy Initiative announced 14 new renewable energy projects across the continent, representing 1.7GW, with a total potential investment of almost €4 billion.

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Canadian Solar secures funding partly for 191MW project in Brazil

Solar power company Canadian Solar announced Monday that it has secured US$20 million in funding from the China and Portuguese-led Countries Cooperation and Development Fund (CPDFund) to support a number of solar projects in Brazil — including the 191MW Pirapora I Project in the state of Minas Gerais.

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Sri Lanka to tender 100MW floating solar plant, funds module R&D

Sri Lanka will go ahead with an international tender to set up a 100MW floating solar plant on the Maduru Oya Reservoir in the eastern part on the island.

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Movers & Shakers: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Lark Energy, Vaisala, KYOCERA and more

In this week’s Movers & Shakers, PV Tech investigates Bill Gates’ US$1 billion clean energy fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, by speaking to new Science lead Eric Toone. We also report on Glasspoint Solar and Lark Energy’s US expansions, new executive appointments in Asian firms Kyocera and 3TIER India, and thousands of energy jobs in the pipeline in the wake of Spain’s renewable energy tenders.

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International PV players ready for Japan’s large-scale tenders

The prospect of Japan introducing a tender system for large-scale solar project rights from this year does not phase international companies doing PV business in Japan, who have said they are ready for the new policy.

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World Bank approves US$480 million guarantee for Argentina’s RenovAr programme

The World Bank has approved a 20-year US$480 million guarantee for Argentina’s flagship renewable energy plan, known as the RenovAr programme.

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India’s SECI scraps 150MW local content solar tender in Rajasthan

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has scrapped 150MW of solar capacity that was due to be auctioned under local content rules, in what may be a sign of the WTO ruling against the DCR taking effect.

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Actis commits US$525 million for new Latin American platform, acquires 1.5GW of SunEdison assets

Growth market investor company Actis has acquired over 1.5GW of solar PV assets from bankrupt SunEdison in Latin America as part of a US$525 million commitment to launch a new Pan-Latin American renewable energy platform — Atlas Renewable Energy.

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Malaysia to auction 460MW of large-scale solar PV

The Energy Commission of Malaysia (EC) has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) document hoping to auction up to 460MW (ac) of large-scale solar capacity.

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East Africa’s largest industrial solar system installed in Kenya

Commercial, industrial and residential solar provider SolarAfrica has installed what is claimed to be East Africa’s largest industrial solar system in Kenya.

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Japan to lower tariffs, cancel projects after paying ¥2.3tr last year for FiTs

Japan is set to lower its levels of feed-in tariff (FiT) payments once again, while a multi-gigawatt pipeline of unbuilt large-scale PV projects will be “cancelled” at the beginning of April.

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