Brazil awards 806MW of solar with its lowest ever tariff in latest auction

Brazil’s ‘A-4’ power auction has seen energy agency EPE allocate 806.6MW of solar at the lowest ever price in the country.

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South Africa’s delayed PPAs finally signed

The South African government has signed 27 power purchase agreements (PPAs) after resolving the latest twist in the long-running saga.

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Orange extends household solar kit offering to five more African countries

Orange, which already provides energy access through solar to residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Madagascar, is extending its services to Burkina Faso, and further ahead in Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire by June this year.

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Ethiopian utility pre-qualifies 12 bidders for 250MW Scaling Solar tender

State-run utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has announced the list of pre-qualified bidders for the country’s 250MW(AC) Scaling Solar tender.

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ROUND-UP: Chint 15MW in Netherlands, Burkina Faso hybrid gold mine, SE Asia solar-battery micro-grid

Astroenrgy completes 15.5MW project in the Netherlands, Total Eren and Wärtsilä deliver hybrid PV and thermal plant at Burkina Faso gold mine, Solar Philippines completes Southeast Asia’s largest solar-battery micro-grid.

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EBRD, IFC & EIB to commit US$425 million to fund green bonds for growing markets

Three development banks have made a combined investment of US$425 million to a fund that will invest in green bond issuances by financial groups in emerging sectors.

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Skeleton Tech CEO: Bankability of ultracapacitors could be key to lithium-ion hybrid potential

Some of the “world’s biggest insurance companies” are investigating the advantages of pairing lithium batteries with ultracapacitors in energy storage systems, which can lower costs and extend battery lifetimes, the CEO of an ultracapacitor maker has said.

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India ROUND-UP: Topaz and Appolon bifacial MoU, NTPC tenders 2.75GW, CECEP module supply

Topaz and Appolon eye India’s first bifacial module plant, NTPC tenders 2.75GW of solar in India, CECEP bags 35MW module supply deal in India.

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Canadian Solar breaks into Africa with 6MW project completed in Namibia

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has completed construction and started commercial operation of a 6MWp PV power project in Keetmanshoop, Namibia, its first project in Africa.

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Unions block US$4bn of investment in South African renewables to protect coal jobs

Two unions in South Africa have blocked the signing of renewable energy power purchase agreements claiming that doing so will lead to job losses from closed coal plants.

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Eskom set to end renewable uncertainty with signing of 27 contracts

Eskom will sign the 27 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) from South Africa’s fourth round tender next week, the country’s energy minister has confirmed.

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