China slowdown drives ‘disappointing’ renewable finance slump in emerging world

BNEF: Slide in China, Brazil and India drags global annual clean energy investment volumes from US$169bn to US$133bn, while coal power generation soars to new heights.

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AfDB, GCF sign deal to repower hydro-reliant Zambia with small-scale solar

Development finance duo sponsor US$154m scheme to support government of drought-stricken African nation as it deploys 100MW green energy pipeline with the help of feed-in tariffs.

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After luxury resorts, Singapore’s Canopy Power see diverse industries embracing microgrids

A Singapore-headquartered start-up which recently completed microgrid projects including solar and battery energy storage, for luxury resorts in South East Asia, says it wants to take the tech and its concepts into a number of other sectors.

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IFC, NADB grant IEnova’s funding plea for 376MW of Mexican PV

Development bank duo go halves as they award US$200m in green loans to pipeline by Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, featuring four projects in Sonora, Aguascalientes and Baja California.

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Scaling Solar launches in Côte d’Ivoire with 60MW project duo

The World Bank-backed programme will support the development, tendering and financing of a 60MW PV project duo in the West African state.

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California deserves better than ‘draconian’ wildfire shutoffs, SimpliPhi CEO says

Power shut-offs affecting millions in California, enacted by utilities Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison to prevent wildfires and their spreading, are a “draconian” measure and don’t address the real problems, SimpliPhi Power CEO Catherine Von Burg has said.

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Canadian Solar targeting 15GW of solar module capacity in 2020

‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Canadian Solar is targeting to achieve over 15GW of PV module manufacturing capacity in 2020, while relying on China-based merchant solar cell producers.

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Challenges of financing and low renewables still plague energy storage in emerging markets

Concerns around financing ran throughout the Climate Investment (CIF) Funds Energy Storage in Emerging Markets: The Next Frontier event.

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GCL-SI bets on bifacial to carve out slice of Brazilian solar boom

Two-sided panels and support to distributors will help keep up with low-priced rivals and hit 500MW-600MW in module sales to Brazil next year, A-rated firm tells PV Tech at meeting in China.

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Second life lithium battery storage in Kenya to come in at ‘half the cost’ of lead acid

Lithium-ion waste from a solar lantern scheme run by oil & gas major Total in Kenya will be recycled into new batteries for solar home systems by start-up Aceleron.

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Uzbekistan picks Thailand’s Helios to deploy 110MW solar project

Project in Sirdarya follows Helios’ deal for 40MW extension to 300MW-plus Namagan complex and adds to PV growth in Central Asian state, lately known for ultra-cheap solar ventures.

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