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Solar associations in the Gulf and India have struck a deal that will see the two regions offer mutual support to their PV industries through the sharing of expertise and resources.
Additional renewable energy capacity, including onshore wind and photovoltaic power generation projects, will be granted approval under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), the country’s Department of Energy (DoE) has announced.
Dubai’s state utility company has opened the tender process for 100MW solar PV generating capacity.
ET Solar’s German engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary ET Solutions has completed and commissioned a 7.8MWp solar power plant in Mishmar Hanegev, Israel, for EDF Energies Nouvelles.
Dubai-based investment company Adenium Energy Capital is to co-develop a 10MW PV power plant in Jordan.
BYD, the Chinese solar and storage manufacturer partially owned by investor Warren Buffet, is to supply modules for the first large-scale PV power plant in Rwanda.
Norway based developer, Scatec Solar, is to build a 10MW PV power plant in Jordan.
Concentrator PV (CPV) specialist, Soitec, has said its 44MW Touwsrivier solar power plant in South Africa has reached 50% commissioning.
Dutch consumer electronics company Philips will open a new innovation centre in Kenya which will look into improving African lives through research and development into technologies including solar power and LED lighting technology.
A US$250 million loan for a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Israel has been approved by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US government development finance group.
Egypt’s new prime minister, Ibrahim Melheb has stressed the need for solar energy development in the country, according to a report on Egypt’s state information service (SIS).
First Solar and local partner Shams Ma’an Power Generation have agreed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 52.5MW PV power plant in Jordan.
The African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), established to support Sub-Saharan African independent power producers (IPPs), has closed with US$100 million in committed capital to support small to medium-scale renewable energy projects.
Investors representing trillions of dollars of assets and multibillion dollar renewable energy portfolios gathered in London on Thursday to explore the solar energy’s investment opportunity.
Saudi Arabia will put 700-1000MW of solar power out to tender by the end of the year, according to Vahid Fotuhi, president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA).
Powerway Renewable Energy is building a major stake in local manufacturing in South Africa and using the base to expand business opportunities across the African continent.
Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE institute is leading a research project into the development of a ‘super grid’ that would allow intercontinental transmission of power from renewable energy plants in Africa to Europe.
The Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA), the country’s overseas development body, is to fund a PV project in central Nigeria.
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.