The UK government is to provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023, along with £105 million for certified green buildings in emerging markets.
Arcadia Power has closed on a US$25 million investment round that the company will now use to expand its outreach to consumers and offer its services. In addition, the company announced that it is developing 120MW of new community solar projects across the US.
Israel-based waterless solar cleaning solutions provider Ecoppia has completed a US$13 million round of funding, led by Swarth Group, GlenRock, Gandyr, and a new investor, Israel's largest insurance group, Harel Group Insurance and Finance.
The government of Jay Weatherill, premier of South Australia, has just formally launched three Calls for Proposals under the AUS$150 million (US$118.5 million) Renewable Technology Fund, a programme to foster private investment and accelerate project development in clean energy technologies.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) launched its new investment plan prioritising how to use US$800 million worth of funds in the next few years, with solar PV innovation one of the main new areas of focus.
US news in brief: A pair of bills expand Nebraskan community solar, Texas utility CPS Energy expands its residential and commercial solar rebate programme by US$15 million, and GRID Alternatives receives a US$2 million grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to continue expanding its work in low-income solar access.
The Obama administration is continuing a last-ditch push for renewables in the announcement of international clean energy funding and initiatives in a host of new incentives and international agreements that don’t require Congress’ consent.