‘Record’ prices reported as Portugal’s PV auction nears conclusion

Claims of €20/MWh bids emerge as country sets sights on next week to publish results of 1.4GW tender, which must choose winners from 10GW worth of projects.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro to enlist solar to power major water transfer

President anticipates privately funded US$2bn-plus scheme for PV panels to fuel channelling of water towards country’s arid, poorer northeast.

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Queensland shortlists 10 schemes for 400MW renewables, 100MW storage auction

Edify Energy, First Solar among firms chosen by ‘Renewables 400’ scheme, with plans now for government-owned corporation CleanCo to process bids as they come forward.

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Queensland picks ‘top 10 shortlist’ for 400MW renewables, 100MW energy storage auction

A list of 10 proposed projects have been selected for ‘Renewables 400’, a state government push to deploy 400MW of renewable energy generation capacity with 100MW of energy storage in Queensland, Australia.

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Domestic, off-grid ROUND-UP: Poland, Mali, Tonga

Warsaw unveils PLN1bn scheme to co-fund home PV, World Bank supports roll-out in Sahel state, Pacific kingdom breaks ground on off-grid solar.

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ENGIE’s 60MW Scaling Solar duo hits financial close in Senegal

World Bank’s IFC, the EIB and Proparco pour €38 million into PPA-backed projects contracted last year at €0.0380-0.0398/kWh, paving way for construction.

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Investigated former Eskom boss to deploy solar-plus-storage in Zimbabwe

Matshela Koko says last year’s probe in South Africa has pushed him to ‘greater heights’ after securing Zimbabwe’s go-ahead to 100MW/240MWh plant.

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Africa ROUND-UP: Zimbabwe goes solar, Tanzania’s mini-grids, Cameroon’s utility-scale

Harare adopts solar duty waivers as Chinese firm shares upstream plans, UK-backed scheme targets 60 mini-grid systems, Sinohydro to deploy 20MW plant by Lagdo dam.

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Solar offers lowest average prices at Argentina’s ‘MiniRen’ tender

PV applicants for support under small-scale scheme table bids at average prices of US$57.9/MWh, government reveals just days before auction takes place.

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WPD boosts flexibility visibility with Piclo partnership

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has entered a commercial partnership with flexibility platform Piclo.

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Tough to build a software-only ESS business, battery system integrators argue

While software has been described by many as the single most important aspect of how an energy networks integrates, manages and then uses energy storage, two industry heavyweights have said that selling software licensing alone was not a viable business model for them.

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