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China’s year-long solar policy hiatus crippled utility-scale solar, new gov figures show

China added 11.4GW of solar capacity in the first half of 2019 – less than half the capacity installed a year prior.

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Enel works on addition to Latin America’s self-styled largest PV project

Developer breaks ground on 133MW extension of bifacial-powered São Gonçalo solar park, meant to go live in 2020 with total capacity of 608MW.

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Atlas switches on second Brazilian solar project

Powering-up of 156MWp plant in Bahia adds further momentum to PV ecosystem in Brazil’s northeast, the target of an upcoming government-sponsored auction programme.

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North Carolina plans for life after ‘uneconomical’ coal

North Carolina’s draft Clean Energy Plan was published last week, including the retirement of 4GW of coal and putting in place measures to drive renewable energy and EV adoption in the US state.

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Botswana, Cameroon issue tender, sign contracts for combined 125MW of PV capacity

The African countries of Botswana and Cameroon have taken steps to add a combined 125MW of installed PV capacity to their respective national grids.

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Q CELLS achieves 91% bankability score in latest BloombergNEF survey

‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Q CELLS scored a 91% bankability rating in the latest Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) latest Solar Module & Inverter Bankability 2019 report.

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AIIM, Nedbank to co-fund 40MW C&I pipeline in Southern Africa

Developer Sola Group partners with institutional duo to raise ZAR400m for PPA-backed pipeline, meant to bring down C&I costs by aggregating deals.

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LONGi Solar’s bankability ratings top 91% in latest BloombergNEF survey

‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology, has achieved its highest ratings to date in the recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Solar Module & Inverter Bankability 2019, report.

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IFC: Papua New Guinea becomes global off-grid solar hotspot

Distribution networks and awareness campaigns help spur US$259m-a-year market of off-grid PV lighting, making a leader of a country where only 13% enjoy grid access.

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Leclanché to build 35.6MW/44.2MWh solar-plus-storage plant on St. Kitts and Nevis

The Swiss battery firm claims that the project will be the largest solar-plus-storage facility in the Caribbean.

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Nigeria’s VP hails power of solar universities to decommission ‘hundreds of generators’

Federal universities in Nigeria have welcomed the commissioning of the first megawatt-scale solar hybrid project that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the grid and are expected to be rolled out at every such institution in the country.

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