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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.
German state development bank KfW is to provide €654 million (US$900 million) for a Moroccan CSP project.
The requirement for local content in Saudi Arabia’s early solar power tenders could mean it misses out on global cost cuts, according to IHS.
Swaziland in southern Africa is line for a 100MW solar farm, according to local media reports.
Huge interest has led to the South African government delaying an announcement on a final list of preferred bidders in the latest round of its national renewable energy programme.
High profile solar developments have taken place recently in Dubai, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as lofty ambitions begin to bear fruit.
Nigeria is planning to deploy up to 500MW of solar power capacity across nine of its states in a joint programme with the German government, according to reports.
Ingeteam’s South Africa subsidiary is to supply 78 of its inverters to the Sishen Solar facility in South Africa.
Electricity from solar power could be the cheapest in South Africa by 2020, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.
France is to lend €100 million to South Africa’s national utility Eskom to support the development of solar energy in the country.
Energy and climate change minister, Greg Barker, told the Solar Energy UK event that Britain planned to actively pursue business in solar energy development in Saudi Arabia.
German renewables project developer juwi has begun a joint venture in Dubai.
Module manufacturer JA Solar has won a contract to supply panels for a 5MW project in Israel.
Chinese solar farm developer and mounting manufacturer Powerway has agreed a joint venture with distributor Nizam Energy to develop projects in Pakistan and the Middle East.
A consortium of companies that includes tier one manufacturer Canadian Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding with local Kenyan authorities to develop a 50MW PV in western Kenya.
A contract has been signed for the first solar power plant to be built in the Gulf state of Kuwait, a 280MW solar thermal power plant in Al-Abdaliya.
The US Export-Import (Ex-Im) bank has approved loans worth US$34 million loan to finance the export of heat transfer fluid for use in concentrated solar projects in Spain and South Africa.
Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 on a 155MW PV project in Ghana, said to be Africa’s largest PV power plant to date.
German PV developer juwi has installed a new ‘intelligent’ control system in a village in Kenya designed to integrate PV and diesel generation without the need for storage.
A 500kW rooftop photovoltaic power plant has been built by Turkish-German company KosiFrankensolar on the roof of beverage producer Sural in Antalya, Turkey.
JinkoSolar has scooped a massive solar module supply deal for several utility-scale PV power plant projects led by renewable energy company, Acciona.
The 75MW Kalkbult solar plant has become the first PV project under South Africa’s renewable energy programme to be connected to the grid.
The Desertec Foundation, the non-profit organisation dedicated to providing information on and promoting renewable energy for a sustainable future has launched Desertec France.
Plans to develop 700MW of desert PV capacity in Punjab, Pakistan, have been approved.
The provincial government of Gauteng in South Africa is to spend over ZAR11 billion this year (US$1 billion) installing solar on all state-owned buildings in the province.
Solar Frontier, a subsidiary of the Japanese Shell Group, Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K, is celebrating the six month performance of a 10.5MW array in Saudi Arabia.
Renewable energy technology developer Abengoa has completed construction of South Africa’s first solar tower.
The third bidding window for South Africa’s national renewable energy initiative closes today amid expectations of a surge in competition for the available PV capacity.
Sunpower Israel inaugurated the commercial operation of the largest solar power plant in Israel on Tuesday 6 August.
CNPV Solar Power and Donauer Solartechnik have been contracted to supply and construct the latest in a series of rooftop PV plants to be announced in southern Africa, a 1.1MWp solar PV station at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), Namibia.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has announced a shortlist of sponsors qualified to bid to construct two concentrated solar power (CSP) plants of 100MW and 200MW in capacity.
SolarWorld Africa has begun installing rooftop solar systems for two major agricultural firms in South Africa, Ceres Fruit Growers and Rooibos.
German solar system integrator Mp-tec is expanding its international operations by establishing a joint venture in Ghana, West Africa.
Dubai-based investment company Adenium Capital has purchased a 24MW solar farm in southern Italy.
Plans to build a fully integrated PV supply chain within Saudi Arabia are continuing slowly with reports that Idea Polysilicon Company (IPC) has received four bids to build its proposed 10,000MT polysilicon plant and ingot/wafer operations.
Specialist bank Investec is investing ZAR8 billion (US$813 million) in South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP).