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Four international companies have been awarded 50MW solar PV projects under Jordan’s Round 2 solar PPA tender, with industry bodies hoping the results will help the Middle East solar market take off.
First Solar has published research suggesting its CdTe thin-film modules would offer a higher energy yield than those based on crystalline silicon technology in the hot, arid conditions typical of South Africa.
Abengoa Yield, the yieldco part-owned by Spanish solar developer Abengoa, has acquired 450MW of assets from Abengoa after reporting its Q1 EBITDA to have more than doubled year-on-year to US$105.2 million.
The president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), Vahid Fotuhi, who was also the organisation’s founder, will step down after more than five years in the job.
Project developer Scatec Solar has boosted its revenue and expanded its project pipeline, according to its first quarter results.
Israeli micro-inverter manufacturer SolarEdge has reported revenue of US$86.4 million in its fiscal third quarter financial results, a 182.7% rise from US$13.6 million in the same quarter last year.
SunEdison will continue to pursue projects in South Africa following its award of an 86MW DC solar project in the fourth round of the country’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program (REIPPPP).
Horizontal tracking systems provided by IdeemaTec Deutschland GmbH will be utilised by the Jordanian government programme for renewable energies in three projects — totaling 43.5MW.
Ecoppia, a developer of water-free PV solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now operational on five PV installations in the Middle East — comprising of over 35MW of installed capacity.
The Egyptian government has signed binding memoranda of understanding for solar projects totalling 220MW.
PV developer First Solar and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar have announced a strategic alliance to develop integrated solar technologies for the microgrid for use in remote communities and mine sites.
Access Power MEA, a developer, owner and operator of power assets in the Middle East and Africa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MERE) in order to develop a 65MW plant.
Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology are to jointly launch a new R&D centre to support deployment of solar in the emirate.
Ghana has put the brakes on its utility-scale solar market with the West African country establishing a temporary cap of 150MW.
The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 10 that will see both groups partner up in order to improve energy security through PV power.