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Algeria’s 4 GW PV auction causes mixed reactions within local industry

The Algerian renewable energy sector is giving mixed reactions to the 4 GW solar tender recently announced by the government. Some operators fear that local enterprises will be excluded from future projects, while others claim that the new auction scheme will solve most of the issues created by the unapplied FIT scheme.

Lebanon to issue RfP for 180 MW of solar by mid-April

Lebanese authorities will issue a request for proposals for the installation of 180 MW of solar capacity by mid-April. The agency received 256 bids for solar energy projects totaling 3 GW in the pre-selection phase of the tender process.

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Fonroche Solaire changes name to Reden Solar, announces plans to deploy more PV plants in France and Puerto Rico

The French solar developer, which is owned by France-based investment companies Infravia and Eurazeo, aims at installing over 80 MW of new PV plants annually over the next three years.

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Ukrainian region of Kherson to host 35 MW solar plant

The Kherson Oblast, Ukraine’s southernmost region, will host a 35 MW PV plant. The region could also see the installation of around 250 MW of PV power this year, according to local authorities.

Scatec Solar releases solid 2016 financial results

The Norwegian solar developer saw a significant increase in revenue in 2016. Project backlog also increased to 731 MW. Last year, Scatec secured 309 MW in new projects in Malaysia, Mozambique and Brazil.

Centrotherm’s order intake rose 55% in 2016

The German PV equipment manufacturer saw its order intake grow by 55% to €141.8 million (US$152.3 million) last year. The solar division was able to increase its turnover by 31%.

Ghana’s new government relaunches solar program

The Ghanaian government has resumed plans to promote large-scale solar and wind projects, as well as distributed generation, in order to solve a crisis in Ghana’s power system. Competitive bidding for power capacity procurement will be introduced in the frame of a reviewed Renewable Energy Act.

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Lebanon approves plan to install 180 MW of solar

Lebanon has approved a plan to promote the development of solar and renewable energy in the country. The plan aims at deploying 180 MW of PV capacity by 2020. The first auction for utility-scale solar projects was launched in mid-February.

Vattenfall to invest $226 million in solar and storage over next two years

The Swedish power utility announced a plan to invest heavily in renewable energies over the next two years. The company said investments in solar and storage will reach 2 billion SEK ($226.3 million).

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Sweden allocates $25.6 million for solar rebates in 2017

The Swedish Energy Agency Energimyndigheten has allocated 225 million SEK ($25.6 million) for the support of solar energy in 2017. The funds will be used for the country’s solar rebate program.

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