ROUNDUP: Panasonic’s portfolio microgrid, New launch by Alevo, Sunverge’s aggregation ha

News in brief: A selection of news highlights from the energy storage sector including a new approach to benefit stacking from Panasonic in Colorado.

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Energy storage could ‘drive development’ in emerging economies

Energy storage deployments in emerging markets could grow 40% annually over the next five years, from 2GW today to 80GW, but barriers include the lack of access to low-cost capital, a new report from the International Finance Corporation has found

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Criticism as battery storage lands just 10MW in latest UK capacity market auction

Industry insiders have criticised a lack of encouragement for green energy projects after battery storage won just over 10MW of combined capacity in the latest capacity market auction, well down on the success enjoyed by the technology in December’s T-4 bidding process.

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JA Solar providing 300MW of PV modules for Enel Brazil PV project

China-based PV module manufacturer JA Solar is providing 300MW of its modules for a Brazil PV project to be developed by Enel.

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Doubts whether the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme is ‘good thing for Africa’

Doubt has been cast on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) ‘Scaling Solar’ programme after a panel of investors revealed it could be fostering a race to the bottom for unrealistic tariffs, diverting focus from essential bankability.

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Azuri launches PayGo solar in Nigeria

UK off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies has launched an PayGo solar home system partnership with Nigeria’s Delta Power Holding (NDPHC).

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Nidec ASI will be supplier to EDF’s 49MW ‘stacked revenue’ project in UK

Nidec ASI has been selected as supplier of batteries to a 49MW energy storage project in the UK by EDF, which will help balance the grid and generate revenues until at least 2035.

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Greensmith Energy sets record for quickest delivery with first commissioned Aliso Canyon ESS

Energy storage software and service provider Greensmith Energy has completed and connected its 20MW energy storage system at the AltaGas Pomona Energy Facility in California, in response to the four-month long gas leak at Aliso Canyon, California.

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Array Technologies expands into MENA region with utility-scale PV projects

Albuquerque-based Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) has expanded into the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey tracker market by securing several utility-scale projects and opening a new office in Abu Dhabi.

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Soltec installs trackers at 292MW PV plant in Brazil

Single-axis tracker manufacturer Soltec has begun the installation of its SF Utility tracker systems at a 292MW PV plant in Brazil.

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Voltalia breaks ground on its first solar project in Brazil

French renewable energy company Voltalia has broken ground on its first solar PV plant in Brazil.

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