India’s Karnataka reduces benchmark solar tariff after record lows in other states

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has reduced the benchmark tariff for grid-connected utility-scale solar in the Indian state from INR6.51/kWh (US$0.101) to INR4.36/kWh (US$0.068).

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Indian solar tariff record toppled again in Andhra Pradesh

Indian solar tariffs reached yet another new low yesterday with the Indian arm of French clean energy firm Solairedirect winning 250MW(ac) of capacity in Andhra Pradesh with a record bid of INR 3.15/kWh (US$0.0494).

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Spain’s new renewables tender branded ‘unfair’ by solar industry

Spain has made the second of four steps necessary to carry out its 2-3GW renewable energy tender by passing a ministerial order, but the country’s main solar association has taken issue with with what it believes is a blatant favouring of wind energy in what should be a technology neutral auction.

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Eskom misses deadline for financial close of outstanding PPAs

South African utility has failed to meet the deadline imposed by the country’s previous minister of energy for the financial close of outstanding PPAs under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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BYD officially opens 200MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Chinese automotive to renewable energy technology company BYD has officially opened its first solar module assembly plant in Brazil with a nameplate capacity of 200MW that will include glass/glass modules.

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Algeria to invite bids for 4GW solar tender

Algeria plans to invite bids for 4GW of solar, according to a statement by energy minister Noureddine Boutarfa last week.

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Enel signs PPA for 34MW PV project in Zambia

Enel Green Power has signed a 25-year PPA with Zambia’s state-owned utility ZESCO for a 34MW PV project in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in southern Zambia.

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WEG bags 62MW solar EPC in Brazil

WEG has bagged an EPC contract to build two solar PV projects of 31.12MW capacity each, being developed by Nordic Power Partners (NPP) at Coremas, Paraiba, in northeast Brazil.

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India solar tenders stalling after Rewa’s low tariffs

India needs to pick up the pace of its solar tendering to stay in touch with its ambitious targets, but recent low bids have caused widespread reworking of state tenders, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group.

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Enel starts construction of 238MW plant in Mexico

The Mexican subsidiary of Enel Green Power has begun construction on the 238MW Don José PV plant in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Spain takes first step towards renewables auction but capacity still unclear

Spain has approved the first of four norms necessary to carry out a major renewable energy tender, but the size of capacity available remains in doubt.

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