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Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has signed an agreement to supply PV modules to an unnamed 27.5MW solar power station in Israel which has received conditional feed-in tariff (FiT) approval from Israeli authorities.
International module manufacturer, Upsolar, has announced the establishment of two new offices in Istanbul and Singapore.
PV technology can help stablise the country’s often inconsistent electricity grid, according to Joachim Baumgaertner, managing director of PV developer Green Rhino Energy.
Module manufacturer SOLON will shut its Berlin headquarters and relocate to the UAE, it has announced.
Kenya’s solar feed-in tariff is insufficient for projects to be viable and should be entirely reviewed, according to the head of a company looking to develop large-scale PV plants in the country.
Despite some uncertainties last year over the status of large-scale PV in Kenya, the country’s director of renewable energy, Isaac Kiva, has revealed that 25 projects totalling 750MW are now being advanced.
Abu Dhabi’s research-driven advanced energy and sustainability university Masdar Institute of Technology, has unveiled plans to create a centre for researching “sustainable energy enabling technologies” encompassing the production, storage and efficient use of technology.
Multinational firm International Solar Utilities is planning to develop 600MW of PV power and 300MW of PV manufacturing capacity in Ghana, West Africa.
A 55MW PV project in southern Israel is being fitted with single-axis trackers by Spanish company Grupo Clavijo.
China’s Trina Solar has been awarded a contract to build what is set to be Jordan’s largest PV installation.
Greensolver and Finatech have signed a partnership agreement with the purpose of helping spur the development of a multitude of renewable energy services in Morocco.
The West African island nation of Cape Verde will receive €55 million (US$75.5 million) of financing between 2014 and 2020 from the European Commission, to assist the development of renewable energy.
Nigeria’s first module manufacturing plant has been completed and is now operational.
The company behind what is set to be East Africa’s first utility-scale PV power plant is looking to develop projects in a swathe of other African countries, PV Tech has learned.
Norway-based Scatec Solar is to build the first utility-scale PV plant in Rwanda, also said to be the first of its kind in East Africa.
The government of Jordan has approved power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 200MW of new solar plants in the country.
The tier one Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar has signed up as Gold Sponsor to the Solar & Off-grid Renewables Africa conference and networking event, which takes place on 4-5 March in Nairobi, Kenya.
Israel’s development quota for PV projects has increased by 290MW, after quotas for concentrated solar power (CSP) and wind farm projects were shifted to solar PV.
The Moroccan government has denied that all investors are shunning a US$9 billion solar project in the Western Saharan region following reports that banks were shying away from the disputed territory.
SunEdison and the Government of Saudi Arabia are undertaking a feasibility study to establish a fully integrated PV manufacturing complex, including polysilicon production through to PV module assembly at an estimated cost of US$6.4 billion.
PTiP (Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property), a spin-off from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has commissioned its CIGS thin-film solar module pilot line in collaboration with equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies.
Plans to build a 150MW solar farm in Zimbabwe are nearing approval, according to the companies involved in its development.
Chinese manufacturer, Hanergy, could build a US$500 million thin-film PV factory in the Ivory Coast, according to the country’s government and a statement released by the company.
Wildly varying reports of Kenya’s plans for deploying solar energy have been dismissed by power industry and policy figures in the East African country.
The relatively quick deployment time of solar power could help to fix energy supply issues and get Sub-Saharan economies back on track, according to a new report by Commerzbank.
Chinese PV manufacturer, ReneSola has announced the opening of a new office in Cape Town, South Africa.
Silicon (a-Si) thin-film manufacturer, Masdar PV is to supply the modules for a 6MW IRENA/ADFD funded project in Sierra Leone.
The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, K.A.CARE, based in Saudi Arabia, and Fraunhofer ISE, have signed an agreement to work together on renewable energy R&D activities.
JA Solar and Powerway have formed a joint venture to establish a PV module assembly plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with an initial nameplate capacity of 150MW.
The Middle East and North Africa could see investment in solar reach US$50 billion by 2020 as governments push to exploit the region’s huge resources, research claims.
Thin-film module manufacturer Masdar PV has sold its 11.7MW solar farm in Thuringia, Germany to a renewable energy investor.
Yingli Green has won the contract for 233MW of PV projects in Algeria as part of a unique partnership with two hydro and wind power firms.
The IFC, part of the World Bank, has signed an agreement with China’s Chint Group to develop solar farms and supply chains in emerging markets.
Phoenix Solar’s Singapore-based subsidiary has been awarded the contract to build a 1MWp solar plant in Jordan, along with Jordanian company Mustakbal Clean Tech.
The State Grid Corporation of China, the world’s largest state-owned utility company, has joined the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii).
Kenya’s energy regulator and renewable energy department have both said they are unaware of reported plans by the East African country’s government to suspend the licensing of new solar farms.
Mozambique has officially opened the country’s first PV module production facility.
Renewable energy project operator Juwi’s South African arm has been selected as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 86MW ‘Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska’ solar park in South Africa.
The Dutch economy ministry has announced that Netherlands module manufacturing equipment supplier Eurotron will supply a PV module production line to a manufacturer in Qatar.
Germany-based renewable energy control manufacturer, Skytron Energy, has completed of a monitoring system in Kuwait’s first solar energy plant.
Updated. Market research firm, IHS has reiterated growth projections for PV installations in 2013 of 35GW, while forecasting growth of only 15% to just over 40GW in 2014.
Qatar will use the roofs of water reservoirs for solar energy generation Ahmed Nasser al-Nasser, technical affairs director of Kahramaa, Qatar’s general glectricity and water corporation told the Solar Qatar Summit on Monday.
The 75MW Kalkbult solar plant has become the first utility-scale PV project under South Africa’s renewable energy programme to begin generating power.
The Ugandan government has signed an MoU to build 500MW of utility-scale solar power.
Module manufacturer Canadian Solar has announced two module supply agreements totalling 34.3MW in Turkey and in China.
Canadian Solar has confirmed to PV Tech that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Punjab for future solar developments.
Three solar power stations totalling 300MW will be built and operated in Ethiopia by two US companies, Global Trade and Development Consulting (GTDC) and Energy Ventures.
SunEdison has secured ZAR1.8 billion (US$185 million) in funding for a 60MW solar project in South Africa.
Total S.A. has become a preferred bidder in the third phase of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to build an 86MWp PV power plant using SunPower’s ‘Oasis Power Blocks’ integrated system.
Independent power producer Sonnedix has revealed that its 86MW PV proposal was one of the successful bids in the most recent renewable energy tender in South Africa.