Solar goes merchant in the Philippines amid lack of regulatory direction

Utility-scale solar projects and hundreds of other power projects in the Philippines are being held up by pending approvals at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a problem compounded by last week’s dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar for grave misconduct related to allegations of corruption.

GE to develop 50MW PV project in Egypt

GE Power Conversion, a subsidiary of General Electric, has received a full turnkey contract from Fas Energy to develop a 50MW PV project for the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).

Work starts on 30MW project in Iran

The Iranian minister of energy was on hand to officially commence construction of a 30MW project in the country’s North Khorasan Province.

Exclusive: UK installed 640MW of solar in Q1 2017

With the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme for UK-based solar incentives finishing on 31 March 2017, the domestic sector once again showed its resilience by installing a healthy 640MW during Q1 2017.

Vietnam solar PPA is ‘non-bankable’

A consortium of international chambers of commerce has advised the Vietnamese government that its draft solar PPA template is “non-bankable” and cannot attract financing for PV in Vietnam, particularly for medium and utility-scale projects, according to documents seen by PV Tech.