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Ethiopia’s 250MW Scaling Solar tender moves forward

Ethiopia has issued Request for Proposals (RFP) as part of its 250MWac Scaling Solar tender, asking the 12 pre-qualified bidders to submit their final proposals before the end of June.

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‘World first’ grid-scale lithium-vanadium hybrid project will be in the UK

Pivot Power will collaborate with manufacturer and system integrator redT on what is claimed to be the world’s first grid-scale hybrid battery energy storage project to use a combination of lithium-ion and vanadium technologies.

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New DoE framework puts energy storage at heart of Philippines’ energy reforms

Questions around who should own, operate and ultimately benefit from the deployment of energy storage systems could soon be resolved in the Philippines after the government Department of Energy issued a set of draft guidelines.

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ROUND-UP: Bifacial covers Chilean tower, Sungrow’s 1GW shipments, SolarEdge hits 1 million

LONGi’s bifacial modules added to Latin America’s self-styled tallest timber building, Sungrow hits 40% inverter market share in Vietnam, SolarEdge in monitoring milestone.

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Aggregation models and cheap financing could unlock rooftop solar for India’s SMEs

Adding rooftop solar to India’s small-scale business sector will be critical in the rush to its countrywide 40GW rooftop PV by 2022 target, but a new report has highlighted key barriers and solutions.

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IRENA: PV dominates in 171GW global renewable push in 2018

Asia becomes major driver of 94GW PV addition worldwide, with other frontrunners including the US, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Egypt and Mexico.

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Brazil’s distributed generation reform to respect existing users

Power market regulator ANEEL confirms compensation rules due for publication in H2 2019 will only affect new connections.

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Hawaii PUC approves solar-plus-storage at 10 cents per kilowatt hour or less

A large tranche of utility-scale solar – and storage – projects in Hawaii has been approved by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC), each quoting a cost per kilowatt hour of US$0.10 or under.

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Industry hails oversubscription at latest German solar tender

Awarding of 505.2MW from collective bids of 869MW is a positive turn for sector but land restrictions will stifle deployment, says Germany’s BSW Solar.

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Cryogenic storage: €1bn JV to take ‘versatile, environmentally friendly’ systems to new territories

Liquid air energy storage (LAES), so far only deployed at scale at two sites in England, will be available in a number of new territories after manufacturer Highview Power signed a deal claimed to be worth €1 billion (US$1.12 billion).

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Tesla batteries reach Eritrean villages in SolarCentury’s minigrids

UK company Solarcentury has commissioned two solar-storage-diesel mini-grids in rural communities in Eritrea that are far away from the grid and have relied purely on diesel power until now.

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