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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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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