Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda has announced that the country’s 2-3GW renewable energy auction will take place on 17 May, following the approval of the final two Resolutions to carry out the tender.
Spain has made the second of four steps necessary to carry out its 2-3GW renewable energy tender by passing a ministerial order, but the country’s main solar association has taken issue with with what it believes is a blatant favouring of wind energy in what should be a technology neutral auction.
A 50:50 joint venture formed by ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS and Turkish firm Kalyon Enerji has been awarded a 1GW local content solar project in the Karapınar region in Turkey at a tariff of US$0.0699/kWh.
In a manual directly aimed at policy makers, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has sought to debunk various myths about integrating wind and solar to the grid, while also providing solutions to bona fide problems that can arise.
France has awarded contracts to 79 projects in the first 500MW tender of its 3GW large-scale programme, as well as announcing tender programmes for 450MW of self-consumption renewable energy systems and 210MW of 'solar innovations' including solar roads.
Tata Power, India’s largest utility company and a division of the mammoth Tata Group, is getting close to generating 1GW of solar power, with its wind assets having already surpassed that milestone figure.