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Doubts whether the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme is ‘good thing for Africa’

Doubt has been cast on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) ‘Scaling Solar’ programme after a panel of investors revealed it could be fostering a race to the bottom for unrealistic tariffs, diverting focus from essential bankability.

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Azuri launches PayGo solar in Nigeria

UK off-grid solar company Azuri Technologies has launched an PayGo solar home system partnership with Nigeria’s Delta Power Holding (NDPHC).

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Nidec ASI will be supplier to EDF’s 49MW ‘stacked revenue’ project in UK

Nidec ASI has been selected as supplier of batteries to a 49MW energy storage project in the UK by EDF, which will help balance the grid and generate revenues until at least 2035.

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Greensmith Energy sets record for quickest delivery with first commissioned Aliso Canyon ESS

Energy storage software and service provider Greensmith Energy has completed and connected its 20MW energy storage system at the AltaGas Pomona Energy Facility in California, in response to the four-month long gas leak at Aliso Canyon, California.

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Array Technologies expands into MENA region with utility-scale PV projects

Albuquerque-based Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) has expanded into the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey tracker market by securing several utility-scale projects and opening a new office in Abu Dhabi.

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Soltec installs trackers at 292MW PV plant in Brazil

Single-axis tracker manufacturer Soltec has begun the installation of its SF Utility tracker systems at a 292MW PV plant in Brazil.

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Voltalia breaks ground on its first solar project in Brazil

French renewable energy company Voltalia has broken ground on its first solar PV plant in Brazil.

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Pay-to-own solar provider Fenix International makes waves in Ugandan off-grid solar

A pay-to-own solar system provider known as Fenix International has doubled its off-grid customer base in just 12 months of operation.

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Power Africa partner breaks ground on 1GW solar programme in Burundi

Gigawatt Global, a multinational renewable energy company and partner of Obama’s Power Africa initiative, has broken ground on its 1GW solar programme with the 7.5MW solar project in Burundi.

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Movers & Shakers: Sunrun, Array Technologies, AfDB, Mosaic, Fluidic Energy

In this week’s Movers & Shakers segment, PV Tech focuses mainly on executive shifts in US solar companies involved in storage, trackers, residential loans and more. The African Development Bank is also revamping its management board, with a new head of Renewables.

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High interest in India’s first utility-scale solar-plus-storage tender

India’s first grid-scale solar-plus-storage tender from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received very strong interest with a total of 13 developers submitting bids.

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