Tunisia postpones deadline for 70 MW solar tender, again

The country’s second 70 MW procurement – for solar projects up to 10 MW in size – was launched in May. The Tunisian government had already extended the deadline for the tender in August.

Decentralized solar-plus-storage would fire sub-Saharan Africa

According to a UC Berkeley study, the falling costs of storage technologies will make it possible for Sub-Saharan countries to rely on decentralized systems based mainly on solar-plus-storage, bringing access to electricity to more than 600 million people.

Solargiga sees shipments increase slightly, revenue decline 11.1%

In the first half of 2018, the Chinese solar manufacturer shipped approximately 1.75 GW of PV products – 3.5% more than it did in the same period of 2017. Revenue from the manufacturing business, however, fell by 12.6%, while total revenue drop was 11.1%.

Nigeria’s MBSO launches tender for 100 MW solar park

The project is being developed by independent power producer Alten Africa in Kogi State, in the central region of Nigeria.

Finland’s 2017 PV market grows by over 100%

Overall, the country’s cumulative installed solar power has reached 80.4 MW, with last year’s PV additions totaling around 43 MW. More growth, mainly fueled by solar rebates and tax credits, is expected to be seen this year.

Japan’s NPC posts 35.3% revenue growth for fiscal 2018

The Japanese equipment provider said its machinery business for the PV industry accounted for almost all of its sales in the latest fiscal year. It expects an increase in both revenue and profits in current fiscal year.

Bpifrance, Tikehau invest €150 million in Greenyellow

Upon completion of the transaction, the French national development bank and the asset manager will hold a 24% joint stake in GreenYellow. Funds will be used to help the Groupe Casino subsidiary accelerate its development phase.

Swiss research group develops methylammonium-free perovskite cells

The organic methylammonium (MA) molecules in the cell were replaced with inorganic elements such as rubidium and cesium. The planar perovskite cells resulting from the research have an efficiency of more than 20%.

France reveals winners of tender for large-scale storage in Corsica and overseas territories

Eleven storage projects with a power rating of 50 MW and storage capacity of 54 MWh were selected by the French Energy Regulatory Commission through the tender. One will be in Corsica, while Guadeloupe and Guiana will each have three projects. Martinique and La Réunion will each host two.

Niger streamlines 20 MW solar project at diesel-fueled thermal plant

The solar plant has been declared a project of strategic interest to fast-track construction. It will be located at the 100 MW Gorou Banda thermal power station commissioned 18 months ago.

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