France awards 500MW large-scale solar, launches major self-consumption and ‘innovation’ tenders

France has awarded contracts to 79 projects in the first 500MW tender of its 3GW large-scale programme, as well as announcing tender programmes for 450MW of self-consumption renewable energy systems and 210MW of ‘solar innovations’ including solar roads.

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Mali’s first PV project opens the door for solar to ‘flourish’ in West Africa

West Africa’s Mail is to build its first ever solar PV project with a little help from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Azuri PayGo Solar Sales surpass 100,000

Off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies announced Tuesday that it has reached the mark of 100,000 sales of its PayGo solar home systems in sub-saharan Africa.

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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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