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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SECI issues RfS for 750MW of solar in Rajasthan

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for 750MW of grid-connected solar PV projects in the state of Rajasthan.

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Solarcentury completes PV mini-grids in Eritrea with Tesla batteries

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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Strong international interest in Uzbekistan’s first 100MW solar tender

Uzbekistan’s first competitive tender for 100MW of solar PV in Navoi region has received 23 submissions from international companies.

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PPA signed for ADB-backed 6MW facility in Tonga

Project described as South Pacific’s biggest PV plant to date will supply power to state-owned utility TPL for 25 years.

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Indian bank commits US$83 million to utility-scale solar in DRC

Credit line from Exim Bank to help build 35MW of PV capacity in the African country through three facilities in Karawa, Mbandaka and Lusambo.

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