Seraphim to open 500MW cell production capacity in South Africa

Seraphim Solar will establish 500MW of solar cell manufacturing capacity in South Africa. The expansion plans also include facilities for 200MW of half-cut cell module assembly in the country.

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Maharashtra issues tender to purchase 1GW of solar to meet RPO

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender to purchase power from 1GW of solar PV capacity, with certain projects under construction, not yet commissioned or that don’t have a long-term PPA also eligible.

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60MW PV project in Malawi begins construction

Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, helped lead a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the 60MW Salima Solar project within the country.

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Kenya’s 2022 total electrification plan highlights off-grid solar and mini-grids

Kenya’s government has launched a plan for total electrification in the country by 2022, which acknowledges the role that off-grid systems, mini-grids and stand-alone solar plants can have in complementing extensions to the grid and mitigating higher loads.

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US-Israel gov’ts invest in US$12m of solar, storage, microgrids and efficiency innovations

BIRD Energy, a foundation jointly created by the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) will invest around half the amount required to fund US$12 million of solar, storage, energy efficiency and microgrid projects in Israel.

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Scatec and Equinor complete 162MW solar project in Ceará, Brazil

Scatec Solar and its partners Equinor and Apodi Par have grid-connected the 162MW Apodi Solar plant in Ceará, Brazil, Scatec’s first PV project in the South American country.

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ROUND-UP: Neoen 140MW El Salvador financing, Trinahome in Sri Lanka, Lightsource BP in Brazil

Neoen closes financing for 140MW solar project in El Salvador, Trina Solar launches Trinahome in Sri Lanka, Lightsource BP enters Brazil market.

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Africa’s ‘first’ C&I solar funds get US$6 million from OPIC

The US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has provided US$6 million of debt for a commercial and industrial scale solar fund.

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Solar Philippines: Taking a hit on microgrids for emerging economies is an investment for the future

The economics of rural electrification using microgrids should be considered an investment for the future, akin to how Silicon Valley tech providers plough money into initially loss-leading products and services, the chief of developer and manufacturer Solar Philippines has said.

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Azure Power sole bidder again in India’s 10GW solar and manufacturing auction

Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) 10GW solar tender combined with 3GW of manufacturing has once again received a poor response from the industry with only local developer Azure Power submitting a bid.

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Uttar Pradesh launches 200MW solar park tender

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has issued a request for selection (RfP) for a 200MW solar park to be awarded through competitive bidding.

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