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California deserves better than ‘draconian’ wildfire shutoffs, SimpliPhi CEO says

Power shut-offs affecting millions in California, enacted by utilities Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison to prevent wildfires and their spreading, are a “draconian” measure and don’t address the real problems, SimpliPhi Power CEO Catherine Von Burg has said.

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Canadian Solar targeting 15GW of solar module capacity in 2020

‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Canadian Solar is targeting to achieve over 15GW of PV module manufacturing capacity in 2020, while relying on China-based merchant solar cell producers.

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Challenges of financing and low renewables still plague energy storage in emerging markets

Concerns around financing ran throughout the Climate Investment (CIF) Funds Energy Storage in Emerging Markets: The Next Frontier event.

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GCL-SI bets on bifacial to carve out slice of Brazilian solar boom

Two-sided panels and support to distributors will help keep up with low-priced rivals and hit 500MW-600MW in module sales to Brazil next year, A-rated firm tells PV Tech at meeting in China.

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Second life lithium battery storage in Kenya to come in at ‘half the cost’ of lead acid

Lithium-ion waste from a solar lantern scheme run by oil & gas major Total in Kenya will be recycled into new batteries for solar home systems by start-up Aceleron.

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Uzbekistan picks Thailand’s Helios to deploy 110MW solar project

Project in Sirdarya follows Helios’ deal for 40MW extension to 300MW-plus Namagan complex and adds to PV growth in Central Asian state, lately known for ultra-cheap solar ventures.

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Hungary in clean energy tender debut as solar momentum quickens

Budapest launches first ever auction for green premium tariffs under METÁR scheme as pipeline of utility-scale solar projects swells after string of announcements.

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Shell invests in African microgrid provider PowerGen

O&G major Shell has invested in African renewables and microgrid provider PowerGen as it looks to upscale its energy access business.

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Haryana opens 20MW solar tender

Haryana Power Generation Corporation (HPGCL) has issued a tender for a 20MW grid-connected solar project at an old ash dyke in Faridabad.

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IFC launches $50 million climate-smart leasing project in Ukraine

News about the package intended for Kiev-based OTP Leasing emerged just weeks after the IFC officially started preparations for Kosovo’s first government tender.

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Eswatini’s 40MW PV tender brings in 13 approved bidders

After issuing a tender earlier this year for 40MW of PV capacity by 2020 and 40MW of biomass in 2021, the Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority has released a list of 13 pre-qualified bidders that will now take part in the request for proposal (RFP) process.

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