Modi fires starting gun on India’s National Energy Storage Mission

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi made an official commitment towards the launch of the country’s first National Energy Storage Mission yesterday at a ministerial event also attended by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

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BBOXX, GE announce partnership to provide renewable energy in Democratic Republic of Congo

UK-based off-grid renewables specialist BBOXX and GE have signed off on a partnership to provide energy access for small businesses, schools and other organisations in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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IFC-backed 40MW solar project in Afghanistan a model for 2GW target

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed an agreement with the government of Afghanistan to design and tender a 40MW solar plant that will set a new model for subsequent projects and support the country’s 2GW of PV goal.

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Storage retrofit will combat curtailment and constraints for India’s first solar-wind hybrid project

The first ever wind and solar hybrid project in India, completed in April 2018, is to be retrofitted with energy storage after strong winds this year led to a curtailment of solar production.

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Germany launches second combined solar and wind tender

Germany has launched its second combined onshore wind and solar power tender.

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Maharashtra utility issues EOI for 10MW of agrophotovoltaics

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) has called for an expression of interest (EoI) for setting up 10MW of agricultural solar PV, involving the creation of green house and poly house sheds.

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AES Tietê acquires 150MW solar park in Brazil

Brazilian firm AES Tietê has acquired the 150MW Guaimbê solar park in São Paulo state from Cobra do Brasil.

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ROUND-UP: JRE Japan project, Conti’s 35MW on Rhode Island, GE supplies Brazil plant

GE and Construtora Quebec partner to build solar project in Brazil, JRE completes 23MW solar project in Japan, Conti Solar to build 35MW of solar in Rhode Island for Southern Sky

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Industrial battery-hybrid projects in emerging markets could see ‘two-year paybacks’

Using energy storage – and often renewables – could see mines, cement companies, data centres and other large industrial operations in emerging markets reduce their electricity costs drastically, the CEO of Greensmith has said.

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Meeco and Groupe Filatex partner on solar and hybrids in Madagascar

Swiss-headquartered firm Meeco has signed a cooperation agreement with Malagasy company Groupe Filatex to build solar projects in Madagascar, starting with two large-scale projects of 7MW and 8MW capacity and one hybrid solar-diesel project comprising of two 500kW parts.

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SECI reduces 5GW solar manufacturing tender to 3GW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has reduced the manufacturing component of its tender linking 5GW of solar manufacturing to 10GW of solar deployment to just 3GW.

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