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Cameroon to install more off-grid and grid-connected solar capacity

Bank of China has agreed to lend $123 million for the country’s solar rural electrification program, while its power utility is planning to build three PV plants with a combined capacity of 35 MW.

Brazil could open renewable energy auctions to hybrid projects

The Committee for the Environment of the Brazilian Senate has approved a bill to modify the legislation of the electric system and grant access to the country’s energy auctions to large-scale hybrid renewable energy projects.

Argentina to authorize private PPAs between large power consumers and renewable energy producers

A draft of the new rules was submitted to public consultation by the Argentinean government. The new regulation, if implemented, would authorize the sale of power to large industrial power consumers by direct agreement.

Oman to tender 200 MW of solar by the end of 2017

The country’s power utility is currently seeking legal advisors for the tender it intends to launch for its first large-scale solar project.

African Development Bank considering $18 million loan for 50 MW PV project in Egypt

The Alcazar II solar project is being developed in the 1.8 GW Benban solar complex by UAE-based Alcazar Energy.


O&M business must get to scale

At the first day of the conference PV Asset Management and O&M Europe 2017, which winds up today in Hamburg, almost all the participants agreed on the fact that the business is becoming more and more complex, and that getting to scale may provide a path through a period of further consolidation.

Jinko bags 187 MW module order from Japan

The panels will be used by a unit of Quantum Group for three large-scale PV projects in the Japanese prefectures of Ibaraki, Gunma and Mie.

Arcelormittal increases capacity of metallic coated steel for solar applications

The French steel maker announced the production of its Magnelis coated steel will be increased in Avilés, northern Spain.

EBRD approves $500 million package for 750 MW of solar in Egypt

The funds will be used to finance 13 large-scale PV projects being developed under the country’s FIT scheme. All the projects will be located near Benban in Upper Egypt.


Aktif Bank and Halk Enerji set up joint venture to deploy 100 MW of solar in Turkey

The new company will develop both unlicensed and licensed PV projects. The joint venture is also expected to become a R&D platform for energy storage.

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