Botswana Power utility invites bids for 100MW solar plant

Botswana’s state-owned power utility has invited bids to build a 100MW plant in the country.

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PV Talk: Sungrow details trends and market developments across the APAC region

Recently, PV Tech sat down with David Zhao, senior vice president at Sungrow Power Supply and president of the company’s PV & storage division, to gain an insight into the company’s market expectations for 2017, notably outside China, and understand key market and technology trends within the APAC and South East Asia regions, areas that have been key to its continued growth in recent years.

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ROUND UP: SunPower’s Michigan pilot, Solar saves lives in Syria, Solar FlexRack in California

News in Brief: SunPower collaborates with Michigan’s largest utility for a residential pilot programme, UOSSM’s Syria Solar Initiative completes a 127kWp solar system to provide electricity to hospitals, an Australian aboriginal community starts construction on a solar-diesel hybrid project backed by ARENA and Utah’s Legend Solar acquires Aspire Energy.

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Ivory Coast to install 25MW PV plant

The Ivory Coast plans to build a 25MW solar PV plant in the north of the country in Benguébougou, Korhogo, which will be one of the first solar plants in the country.

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Spain to hold a second 3GW renewable energy auction before the summer

Spain will hold this year’s second renewable energy auction of up to 3GW before the summer, but the parameters of the tender, which led to wind wiping the floor of the first auction, look to set to remain.

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India proposes compensation for renewables curtailment

The Indian Power Ministry has put forward plans to compensate for grid curtailment of existing renewable energy projects, according to credit rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind Ra).

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Alten Energías Renovables wins tender for 45MW PV project in Namibia

Spanish IPP Alten Energías Renovables has won the tender issued by NamPower, Namibia’s state electricity company, to develop, construct and operate what will be the largest PV project in Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa.

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Four African nations join International Solar Alliance

Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Ghana have signed a framework agreement to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), while Comoros is expected to sign and submit its ratification instrument today.

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Solar dominates in Access Power’s ACF winners’ shortlist

Emerging market project developer, owner and operator Access Power has announced the shortlist of winners for financing under its Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) fund, with solar forming the largest share of projects.

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Enel buys up lucrative UK project in “one of the most advanced markets” for battery storage

Italian energy company Enel has agreed terms to buy Element Power’s 12.5MWh battery storage project, which secured one of the most highly remunerated contracts in last year’s Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender by the UK’s transmission system operator National Grid.

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Nepal looking to launch grid-connection program for 25MW of solar

The Nepal Electricity Authority is on the search for consulting services in preparation of the launch of the energy authority’s Nepal Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project.

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