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Zambia to tender 150MW-250MW in ‘Scaling Solar’ Round 2

Zambian State-run firm the Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC) has invited expressions of interest for 150MW-250MW of solar PV capacity in Round 2 of the ‘Scaling Solar’ programme.

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Africa can’t afford to wait for energy investment, claims Kofi Annan report

Africa cannot wait for the development of electricity infrastructure and should exploit more quickly deployable solutions such as solar PV, according to a report by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel.

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£180 million electricity reserve scheme ‘left unused’

A £180 million reserve power scheme established by National Grid ended without once being used, the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.

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£180 million electricity reserve scheme ‘left unused’

A £180 million reserve power scheme established by National Grid ended without once being used, the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has claimed.

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France awards 500MW large-scale solar, launches major self-consumption and ‘innovation’ tenders

France has awarded contracts to 79 projects in the first 500MW tender of its 3GW large-scale programme, as well as announcing tender programmes for 450MW of self-consumption renewable energy systems and 210MW of ‘solar innovations’ including solar roads.

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Mali’s first PV project opens the door for solar to ‘flourish’ in West Africa

West Africa’s Mail is to build its first ever solar PV project with a little help from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Azuri PayGo Solar Sales surpass 100,000

Off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies announced Tuesday that it has reached the mark of 100,000 sales of its PayGo solar home systems in sub-saharan Africa.

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EU funding large-scale solar projects in Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Chad

Last week the EU’s Africa Renewable Energy Initiative announced 14 new renewable energy projects across the continent, representing 1.7GW, with a total potential investment of almost €4 billion.

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Canadian Solar secures funding partly for 191MW project in Brazil

Solar power company Canadian Solar announced Monday that it has secured US$20 million in funding from the China and Portuguese-led Countries Cooperation and Development Fund (CPDFund) to support a number of solar projects in Brazil — including the 191MW Pirapora I Project in the state of Minas Gerais.

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Sri Lanka to tender 100MW floating solar plant, funds module R&D

Sri Lanka will go ahead with an international tender to set up a 100MW floating solar plant on the Maduru Oya Reservoir in the eastern part on the island.

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Movers & Shakers: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Lark Energy, Vaisala, KYOCERA and more

In this week’s Movers & Shakers, PV Tech investigates Bill Gates’ US$1 billion clean energy fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, by speaking to new Science lead Eric Toone. We also report on Glasspoint Solar and Lark Energy’s US expansions, new executive appointments in Asian firms Kyocera and 3TIER India, and thousands of energy jobs in the pipeline in the wake of Spain’s renewable energy tenders.

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