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Four African nations join International Solar Alliance

Djibouti, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Ghana have signed a framework agreement to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), while Comoros is expected to sign and submit its ratification instrument today.

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Solar dominates in Access Power’s ACF winners’ shortlist

Emerging market project developer, owner and operator Access Power has announced the shortlist of winners for financing under its Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) fund, with solar forming the largest share of projects.

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Enel buys up lucrative UK project in “one of the most advanced markets” for battery storage

Italian energy company Enel has agreed terms to buy Element Power’s 12.5MWh battery storage project, which secured one of the most highly remunerated contracts in last year’s Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender by the UK’s transmission system operator National Grid.

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Nepal looking to launch grid-connection program for 25MW of solar

The Nepal Electricity Authority is on the search for consulting services in preparation of the launch of the energy authority’s Nepal Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency Project.

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90MW solar project portfolio approved in Brazilian state of Ceará

Consejo Estatal de Medio Ambiente (Coema), the state environmental authority in the Brazilian state of Ceará, announced last week that it has approved the Steelcons Sol do Futuro solar complex — a 90MW portfolio of three PV projects.

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Solarpack receives funding for 135MW solar portfolio in Chile, India

Spanish PV project developer Solarpack announced last week that it has closed the financing process for nine PV projects in Chile and India for a total amount of US$104 million.

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Eskom under investigation by South Africa’s energy regulator over PPAs

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has launched an investigation into Eskom’s ongoing refusal to sign outstanding PPA contracts under the country’s renewable energy procurement programme (REIPPPP).

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Yet another India solar tariff record of 2.44 rupees in Rajasthan

After Indian solar tariffs breached a jaw dropping US$0.04/kWh earlier this week in a Rajasthan auction, prices have dropped to yet another record in the same location.

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d.light partners with microfinance institution Musoni for off-grid solar in Kenya

Off-grid solar product distributor d.light has partnered with cloud-based microfinance institution Musoni to expand access to solar for low-income consumers in Kenya.

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India’s NTPC invites bids for 24MWh battery storage to pair with 17MW PV farm

India’s biggest utility, NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) is seeking bidders to add a 6MW / 24MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) to a 17MW PV plant in Manglutan, South Andaman.

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Indian solar tariffs well below three rupees in new Rajasthan records

India solar prices have continued their downward spiral, this time with record low bids of INR2.62/kWh (US$~0.04) from Phelan Energy Group and Avaada Power in the state of Rajasthan.

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