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Greenvolt secures 1.2 GW in Polish auction

Greenvolt Power, a Portuguese independent power producer, says it was awarded 1.2 GW of capacity for six battery energy storage systems (BESS) in a recent renewable energy auction in Poland, claiming it was the “top winner.”


More than 2 GW of PV installed in Austria in 2023, predicts analyst

Austrian PV Technology Platform Vice Chair Hubert Fechner tells pv magazine that he is confident that more than 2 GW of solar capacity was installed in Austria last year – and the figure could be as high as 2.5 GW.

UK government preps new mechanism for long-duration electricity storage

Downing Street is inviting stakeholder feedback into a “cap and floor mechanism” of long duration electricity storage (LDES) systems, and the move has been “warmly welcomed” by one of the country’s renewable groups, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA). The organization says the consultation signals the government’s intention for implementation.


UK government identifies energy efficiency barriers in heritage buildings

Onerous permits, a deficit of skilled workers, unclear information and expensive retrofitting costs are some of the difficulties that heritage-listed homeowners and building owners in the United Kingdom face when transitioning toward low-carbon heating and energy efficiency technologies, according to a recent government report.

EU approves billions for German battery factory, French renewables industry

Northvolt is set to secure €902 million ($986 million) of state aid to build a battery gigafactory in northern Germany, while France has been allocated €2.9 billion to ramp up production of batteries, solar panels, wind turbines and heat pumps, according to a European Commission announcement.

Canadian farm lobby presents renewable energy proposal

Rural land for renewable generation should be considered as a last resort, developers should restore environments post-project, and hosting “site objections” should be considered, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) says in its submission regarding proposed renewable energy legal changes in the Canadian state of Ontario.

EV battery prices fell by 50% at end of 2023, says TrendForce

Average sales prices of Chinese power cells at the end of 2023 were half of what they were at the start of the year, according to TrendForce. Despite the drop, the research firm says prices should stabilize in the second half of 2024.


Hemetsberger wages battle for gender parity at SolarPower Europe

PV is often touted as the progressive titan of the renewable energy industry, but when Walburga Hemetsberger joined Europe’s solar lobby giant SolarPower Europe in 2019 as CEO, she faced a problem: her board was male-only. On the cusp of her fifth year in an industry where she is a rare species – a woman in charge – she explains why she fought for more female representation in the solar sector from the belly of her business group.

Solar Philippines begins working on 4 GW solar park

Solar Philippines says it has broken ground on what it touted to be the world’s largest solar array – a 4 GW solar park spread across 3,500 hectares of land in the northern part of the country.


More than half of eligible schools enlist in new solar scheme in Ireland

Ireland’s Department of Education says that just over 900 schools out of 1,600 eligible facilities have signed up to participate in the government’s first round of the Solar for Schools Programme, a nationally funded scheme to cover the costs of 6 kW roof-mounted solar installations.


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