Portugal: renewable energy sector wants first auction for large-scale solar and wind

Portugal’s renewable energy association Apren said that Spain has paved the way for further development of renewables on the Iberian Peninsula with its recent 3 GW auction, and that a similar tender is needed to revive the country’s solar and wind power sector.

Algeria launches solar energy cluster, names new energy minister

The new solar energy cluster will host small and medium-sized solar enterprises, as well as research institutes and local mining companies. Meanwhile, the Algerian government has named the former CEO of state-owned utility Sonelgaz as energy minister.

Nova Power to build 25 MW solar plant in Ivory Coast

The Moroccan developer will construct the plant as an Independent Power Producer (IPP). The facility will be located in the north of the country.

Spain to launch another 3 GW renewable energy auction before the summer

In the auction, which will be open to wind and PV power projects, all the projects not chosen in the 3 GW auction held two weeks ago will likely have another chance to compete.

Armenia’s first module factory expected to start production by the end of June

Modules manufactured at the facility will be sold under the brand Solaron. The facility will be owned and operated by local company Profpanel LLC.

Hevel commissions 25 MW solar facility in Russia’s Orenbung region

The project was selected in the first round of Russia’s renewable energy tender for large-scale power plants.

Quadran energizes New Caledonia’s largest PV plant

Construction on the 12 MW solar facility started in February. The plant will be owned and operated by French renewable energy company Quadran.

Iranian solar market set to boom as SATBA takes over authority on renewable energies

Interview: Seyed Moslem Mousavi, Chief executive officer of The Iran Renewable Energy Association, revealed that large volumes of grid-connected PV power are expected to come online this year in Iran, and that, however, projects realized with locally manufactured PV modules, which have right to higher FITs, are still missing.

EU greenlights reduction of surcharges for energy-intensive companies in Germany and Italy

The European Commission stated that reduction of cogeneration and renewable energy surchages for energy-intensive industries in the two countries complies with its 2014 Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy.

Ukraine’s project to make Chernobyl solar energy hub moves forward

The prime minister of Ukraine said large-scale solar projects to be built in the contaminated area of the nuclear disaster will be selected through clear and transparent bidding rules.