Senegal plans 200MW solar via IFC ‘Scaling Solar’ programme

The government of Senegal plans to develop 200MW of solar power as part of the World Bank Group’s initiative ‘Scaling Solar’, which aims to assist African countries in procuring renewable energy quickly and affordably power through private investment.

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Energy storage included in major Indian PV tender

Energy storage is to be included in India’s state-run solar energy tenders for the first time under plans to help smoother integration of renewables into the grid.

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Japan set to OK auctions as power company applies curtailment rules

Japan’s renewable energy laws are likely to result in the introduction of an auction process for large-scale solar, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) confirming that it has put a plan for approval before the cabinet.

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Flow battery maker Vizn wins Idaho Labs micro-grid trial project

Flow battery manufacturer ViZn Energy Systems has won a contract to provide a 128kW/320kWh system for a US department of energy project.

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IFC supporting Madhya Pradesh to attract US$750 million investment for 750MW PV plant

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, is supporting the government of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to implement a 750MW solar plant near Rewa.

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Solar investment tops US$160 billion in 2015 despite oil price plunge, says BNEF

Global investment in solar energy in 2015 reached a record US$161.5 billion off the back of 57GW of PV installations, according to the latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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UK firm completes first securitisation of African off-grid solar

UK off-grid solar firm BBOXX and Dutch social investor Oikocredit have closed the first ever securitisation of African off-grid solar arrays.

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Top Indian PV developer ACME sees opportune moment for piloting solar-plus-storage

One of India’s largest solar developers, ACME Cleantech Solutions, believes that its strong track record in PV installations will set it in good stead to pioneer solar-plus-energy storage solutions across the country, in what it claims is an opportune moment to start pilot projects.

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Energy Storage 100 invites industry’s heavy hitters and most influential players

Globally, energy storage is developing rapidly. Businesses that are shaping the market are being asked to nominate themselves to join the Energy Storage 100, a new industry initiative from Energy Storage News’ publisher, Solar Media.

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Mobile school for refugees in France will be powered by PV and energy storage

A team of teachers volunteering to educate refugees and displaced peoples among the camps of Calais in northern France, will power a mobile school with a solar-plus-storage system.

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Off Grid Electric’s Africa electrification push attracted US$70 million investment this year

Off Grid Electric, a company specialising in providing electrification to rural communities, has created a US$45 million investment vehicle, bringing its total raised this year in equity and debt financing to US$70 million.

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