Monica Maduekwe, coordinator of Gender Mainstreaming at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) caught up with PV Tech to discuss ways in which the organisation is addressing existing barriers to equal participation, including utilising a US$1 million fund from the African Development Bank.
Mexican energy developer and operator IEnova has signed a US$115 million deal with local steel firm DEACERO for a 110MW solar plant.
Port of Oakland commissioners voted late last week to approve a US$8.9 million deal to purchase solar power over the next 20 years.
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant of more than US$860,000 to Ghanaian solar company Buipe Solar, in support of a feasibility study for a 20MW PV project in the north of the country.
CIT Group, a commercial lending and leasing provider, has served as the sole lead arranger for a US$59.8 million loan facility to China’s GCL New Energy for its 84.5MW solar portfolio in North Carolina.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has decided to put its new solar incentive programme – the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Energy Target (SMART) – on hold in favour of extending its Renewable Energy Credit programme (SREC) indefinitely.
This week's Movers & Shakers focuses on big career moves in Germany, India and the US. SMA Americas plans a major push into the US market, the International Solar Alliance welcomes a new interim director and India's Hartek Group takes on BHEL's Jeet Chhatwal to develop innovative automated systems and procedures for day-to-day activities which further improve productivity and bring more efficiency.
San Francisco-based SunFunder is a solar finance business with a mission to unlock capital for solar energy in emerging markets. It primarily aggregates investment capital through its beyond-the-grid and Solar Empowerment funds, thereby giving accredited investors the opportunity to invest in their on-grid and off-grid solar portfolio. Andrea Griffin, SunFunder’s vice president of global business development, stopped by PV Tech to discuss investment, currency risk and energy storage in West Africa.
French tracker specialist Exosun has partnered with Lesedi Nuclear Services, a leading South African power company to offer the most localised tracking system in the region.
Lawmakers and solar supporters in Maine have united to fight a widely criticised decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to phase out retail net metering by 2018.
In a move to expand solar access to more Nevadans, senator Mo Denis has introduced community solar bill SB392.
New York has secured a contract with UGE International and Gotham Community Solar to develop and construct the state’s first ever community solar project at a multi-tenant commercial facility in Brooklyn.
Africa’s solar market will accelerate just fine, independent of any financial incentives, a market developer has said.
Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has vetoed anti-solar bill HF 234/SF 141 that would have removed the authority of the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to settle certain electric utility disputes.
Alongside finance and political considerations, customer education has been identified as a key driver of Africa’s emerging commercial and industrial (C&I) solar sector, according to market experts.