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Zambia’s IDC prequalifies 12 bidders for 300MW solar auction

A total of 12 bidders have been prequalified following the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Zambia’s second round of Scaling Solar tenders for up to 300MW of PV projects.

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Vietnam solar PPA is ‘non-bankable’

A consortium of international chambers of commerce has advised the Vietnamese government that its draft solar PPA template is “non-bankable” and cannot attract financing for PV in Vietnam, particularly for medium and utility-scale projects, according to documents seen by PV Tech.

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100MW of energy storage included in Queensland’s 400MW renewables tender

The Australian state of Queensland has announced a 400MW renewable energy auction with 100MW ring-fenced for energy storage.

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India ROUNDUP: Official 5% GST for solar, SBI 100MW rooftop, US$100m ADB loan to Punjab rooftops

India’s GST Council officially confirms 5% tax on solar equipment, SBI 100MW rooftop approval, ADB US$100 million loan for Punjab rooftops.

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Botswana Power utility invites bids for 100MW solar plant

Botswana’s state-owned power utility has invited bids to build a 100MW plant in the country.

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PV Talk: Sungrow details trends and market developments across the APAC region

Recently, PV Tech sat down with David Zhao, senior vice president at Sungrow Power Supply and president of the company’s PV & storage division, to gain an insight into the company’s market expectations for 2017, notably outside China, and understand key market and technology trends within the APAC and South East Asia regions, areas that have been key to its continued growth in recent years.

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ROUND UP: SunPower’s Michigan pilot, Solar saves lives in Syria, Solar FlexRack in California

News in Brief: SunPower collaborates with Michigan’s largest utility for a residential pilot programme, UOSSM’s Syria Solar Initiative completes a 127kWp solar system to provide electricity to hospitals, an Australian aboriginal community starts construction on a solar-diesel hybrid project backed by ARENA and Utah’s Legend Solar acquires Aspire Energy.

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Ivory Coast to install 25MW PV plant

The Ivory Coast plans to build a 25MW solar PV plant in the north of the country in Benguébougou, Korhogo, which will be one of the first solar plants in the country.

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Spain to hold a second 3GW renewable energy auction before the summer

Spain will hold this year’s second renewable energy auction of up to 3GW before the summer, but the parameters of the tender, which led to wind wiping the floor of the first auction, look to set to remain.

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India proposes compensation for renewables curtailment

The Indian Power Ministry has put forward plans to compensate for grid curtailment of existing renewable energy projects, according to credit rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind Ra).

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Alten Energías Renovables wins tender for 45MW PV project in Namibia

Spanish IPP Alten Energías Renovables has won the tender issued by NamPower, Namibia’s state electricity company, to develop, construct and operate what will be the largest PV project in Namibia and Sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa.

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