Proposed solar-plus-storage projects among Hawaii’s lowest cost renewables ever

Following a report on Friday that Hawaiian Electric has contracted PPAs with 75MW of solar projects including battery storage with developer Clearway, the utility has put before regulators proposals for five other grid-scale projects.

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India’s SECI tenders 7.5GW of solar in Ladakh

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a request for selection (RfS) for 7.5GW of grid-connected solar PV projects, including implementation of power transmission and evacuation infrastructure, in the Leh and Kargil districts of Jammu & Kashmir state.

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JA Solar provides modules for Brazil’s first bifacial mono PERC double-glass project

JA Solar announced that it will supply all bifacial mono PERC double glass modules for SolarGrid’s 3MW PV project in Brazil. This stands as Brazil’s first bifacial double glass solar project.

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ROUND-UP: Czech 7MW year, InfraCo backs Cameroon 50MW, Brazil beer firm goes solar

InfraCo Africa backs 50MW Cameroon project, Czech Republic installs 7MW of solar plants so far in 2018, Brazilian beer company Ambev eyes solar.

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World Bank and AFD partner on solar risk mitigation in developing countries

After a solar risk mitigation plan was announced at the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit in March 2018, the World Bank and French development bank AFD are now working together on a scheme to help remove barriers to solar in developing countries, which is held back by perceived risk.

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Dutch Development Bank & investor Symbiotic put US$35m into ZOLA Electric’s Tanzania push

The Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and investment firm Symbiotics have announced a US$32.5 million facility to finance ZOLA’s operations within Tanzania over the next five years.

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GCF backs solar mini-grids for 100 villages in Burkina Faso

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is providing nearly half the funding necessary for a scheme to deploy solar mini-grids across 100 villages in Burkina Faso.

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India plans 60GW of solar tenders by March 2020 in push to hit targets

India plans to tender 30GW of solar in each of the next two years to give developers time to complete projects ahead of the flagship 2022 targets.

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UK government provides £205 million to renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa and green buildings

The UK government is to provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023, along with £105 million for certified green buildings in emerging markets.

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Global and Indian financiers support solar water pumps in climate-threatened tribal areas of Odisha

India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Development (NABARD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have sanctioned US$34.4 million support for a groundwater recharge and solar micro-irrigation project to ensure food security and enhance resilience in vulnerable tribal areas of Odisha.

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Ohio trucking terminal gets wind-solar-storage microgrid from EnSync

A trucking terminal in Ohio, US, will play host to a microgrid that incorporates around half a megawatt of wind and solar generation combined with battery energy storage from distributed energy technology company EnSync.

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