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Cancelled auction won’t derail Brazilian PV progress, says Canadian Solar

Brazil’s solar industry will still see strong growth despite the cancellation of Brazil’s only solar and wind auction this year, representatives of ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar have told PV Tech.

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Siemens to deploy market-based grid balancing battery for German utility

German utility SWW Wunsiedel has ordered a large-scale battery storage system from engineering and technology giant Siemens, which will participate in weekly tenders to help balance the local grid.

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Costa Rica solar-plus-storage microgrid completed by Demand Energy

Turnkey energy storage system provider Demand Energy has commissioned a solar-plus-storage microgrid in Costa Rica at a medical manufacturing facility.

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Building services giant Lendlease takes interest in Australia solar, storage and microgrids

Property and infrastructure group Lendlease has signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) to deliver solar, battery storage and microgrid projects across Australia with Carnegie Clean Energy.

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BNDES and IDB approve US$750 million loan for Brazilian clean energy projects

Brazil’s development bank BNDES and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have approved a US$750 million conditional credit facility for the Brazil’s Sustainable Energy Financing Program.

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Brazil auction cancellation leaves solar industry ‘perplexed’

The last minute decision to drop Brazil’s only solar and wind auction for 2016 has been “received with perplexity” by the Brazilian PV sector, according to the head of the country’s solar association.

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Brazil cancels only solar and wind auction of 2016

Brazil has cancelled its only reserve energy auction for wind and solar in 2016, due to an expected power oversupply in the country, according to a Reuters report.

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Indian solar park infrastructure falling behind PV development

Solar development in India is being held back by delays in preparing the 20GW of solar park capacity planned by the central government, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group.

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IFC, FMO invest in PAYG company to deliver decentralised solar to East Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and FMO, the Dutch development bank have invested a collective €14.62 million (US$15.52 million) in Mobisol, a German pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar service company, in order to deliver renewable energy solutions to off-grid communities in East Africa.

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Capacity Market success evidence of ‘crucial role’ battery storage to play in UK grid

Developers who were successful in winning contracts within last week’s Capacity Market auction have lauded the “crucial role” battery storage is set to play in the future for the national grid.

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Con Edison’s NY investment deferral scheme gets first microgrid at low income housing complex

A programme by utility Con Edison to reduce stress on the electrical grid at low cost to consumers in two districts of New York will get its first microgrid at a low-income housing complex.

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