Italian PV demand maintains steady pace in January, new opportunities for business

The Italian PV market maintains its path of stable growth in January with approximately 25.7 MW in new systems. Meanwhile, the local government agency GSE has published new rules for the revamping and repowering of existing installations. The Italian renewable energy sector believes that the new rules will create new business opportunities for both solar manufacturers and developers.

Poland added 94 MW of PV capacity in 2016

The Polish solar market has seen its largest growth in 2016 with approximately 94 MW in new installations. The country’s cumulative installed PV power had reached 192 MW at the end of December. A more stable regulatory framework is giving investors more confidence.

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Enertronica secures engineering contract for 50 MW of solar in the U.S.

The Italian solar company has secured an engineering contract to build two PV plants totaling 50 MW in the United States. Furthermore, Enertronica has set up a new subsidiary in Delaware.

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Reunert takes 51% interest in South African EPC contractor Terra Firma Solutions

The South-African investment company has acquired a 51% stake in solar EPC contractor Terra Firma Solutions. The company provides EPC services for rooftop solar projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Algeria to launch 4 GW solar tender by the end of March

The Algerian government is set to launch a tender for the construction of large-scale PV projects totaling 4 GW. The tender will be held in three 1,350 MW phases and will select projects with an average capacity of 100 MW.

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Netherlands’ PV market set to reach 2 GW milestone

The Dutch market keeps showing signs of sustained growth. Estimated new installed PV power for 2016 is expected to surpass 500 MW, while another 600 MW is forecast for this year. Several PV projects developed under the SDE+ program for large-scale renewable energy projects began to come online in the past months.

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Slovenia’s PV capacity tops 259 MW, net-metering expected to support more growth

The small eastern European country has been adding around 10 MW of new PV systems each year over the past four years. A net-metering scheme introduced in 2015 is expected to increase demand for residential installations.

Dutch water and railway operator make space for PV

Dutch government agencies Rijkswaterstaat and ProRail are making land and water surfaces available for the installation of ground-mounted and floating PV plants, as well as for projects from other renewable technologies.

France allocates 534 MW in first tender for large-scale PV, average price came in at €62.5 ($65.9)/MWh

The French government announced that 79 ground-mounted PV projects with a combined capacity of 534.5 MW were selected through the latest bidding round for large-scale solar. Average price for the sale of power from these projects came in at €62.5 ($65.9) per MWh.

Wacker’s Christian Westermeier elected SolarPower Europe president

SolarPower Europe announced that Christian Westermeier has been elected as the organization’s new president. Westermeier is the Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Application Engineering of German chemical company and polysilicon manufacturer Wacker Chemie.

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