Nigeria’s Unity Bank to use solar-plus-battery storage to drive forward switch from diesel

Daystar Power, a clean energy supplier based in Africa, has teamed up with Nigerian retail banking group Unity Bank to power the latter’s switch away from diesel, using renewable energy and energy storage.

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Remote Scottish island uses ultracaps, flywheels in hybrid microgrid to go (almost) 100% renewable

The remote Isle of Eigg, one of the Scottish Hebridean islands, is now host to a hybrid microgrid which incorporates flywheels and ultracapacitors for high power functions as well as solar, batteries, wind and diesel backup.

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ENGIE signs 25-year PPA for Senegalese Scaling Solar projects

French energy giant ENGIE has signed power purchase agreements for two solar power plants in Senegal.

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African Development Bank makes strides on numerous energy projects in Africa

At the recently concluded Africa Investment Forum, the African Development Bank made a number of gains across the continent when it comes to the development of renewable-energy installations.

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Denmark announces results of PV tender

The Danish Energy Agency has announced the winners of a PV tender for projects up to 1MW across the country.

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India’s NTPC tenders for another 1.2GW of solar

Indian state-run utility NTPC has issued a tender for 1.2GW of solar PV to be connected to the national grid (ISTS) through NTPC Generating Switchyards in Western Region.

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Floating solar surpasses 1GW globally – World Bank

Global floating solar installations had reached 1.1GW as of September this year, a huge rise from just 10MW at the end of 2014, according to the first report on floating PV from the World Bank and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

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Skills gap holding back global decentralised renewable energy sector

The distributed renewable energy (DRE) sector, necessary in a world with millions of people without power, is being held back by a chronic shortage of skilled workers. Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) has just 16,000 people working in renewable energy in a region with 600 million un-electrified people, according to the founders of a new campaign aiming to fill this skills gap.

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Karnataka awards 350MW of solar capacity to Giriraj Renewables and Asian Fab Tec

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has awarded 150MW (3x50MW) of solar projects to Giriraj Renewables at a tariff of INR2.92/kWh (US$0.04), and awarded 100MW (5x20MW) to Asian Fab Tec with a tariff of INR2.89/kWh (US$0.039).

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UK firm Arlington secures £200m investment for 1GW of energy storage, gas peaker projects

Arlington Energy, a clean energy investment group, has announced plans to build out a 1GW portfolio of energy storage and gas peaker projects across the UK after securing initial funding of £200 million (US$255 million) from an offshore fund of institutional investment.

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Industrial pilot for megawatt-scale PV, lithium and flow battery storage completed in Belgium

‘Europe’s largest’ energy storage pilot project at an industrial site, combining 2MWp of rooftop solar with a total of 4.2MWh of energy storage across a lithium-ion battery system and two flow batteries has been inaugurated in Belgium.

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