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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US gov’t pays out US$133.5m for military base’s solar-storage-gas resiliency measures

‘Energy resilient infrastructure upgrades’ planned for a US military facility will involve the deployment of 20MW of solar PV, 4MW / 8MWh of battery storage and 4MW of gas-fired backup generation in a project worth US$133.5 million.

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Enel Green Power starts construction of 475MW PV project in Brazil

The Enel Group’s Brazilian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações has started construction of the 475MW São Gonçalo solar park in São Gonçalo do Gurguéia, located in the Brazil’s northeastern state of Piauí.

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Ireland’s fast-response grid services market could be like ‘EFR on steroids’, expert says

Ireland’s DS3 flexibility market will deploy the fastest-reacting batteries in the world under an opportunity dubbed “Enhanced Frequency Response on steroids” by energy expert Felicity Jones, partner for energy storage and flexibility at UK-based consultancy Everoze.

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ROUND-UP: Tunisa delays 70MW tender, Greenko to buy Skeiron, Northern Territory approves 25MW

Tunisia delays 70MW solar tender, Greenko completes acquisition of Orange Renewable and agrees to acquire Skeiron assets, Northern Territory approves 25MW solar project

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Rolls Royce invests in ‘autonomous energy supply’ with strategic stake in microgrid company Qinous

Luxury car brand Rolls Royce, yet to make significant strides towards electrification of its vehicles, has nonetheless made an investment in the clean and distributed energy sectors, acquiring a stake in a microgrid solutions developer.

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