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Italy opens ancillary services market to pilot renewable energy and storage projects

The project is the initial stage of an organic reform of the Italian ancillary services market, which is expected to be implemented in accordance with the European balancing code.

African Development Bank supports 20 MW off-grid solar project in Zimbabwe

AFDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has agreed to provide Oxygen Energy with $1 million in financing to support the preliminary phase of a 20 MW off-grid rooftop solar project in the eastern African country.

Moldova sets solar FIT of $0.10/kWh

A tariff of MDL 1.90 ($0.10)/kWh will be granted for the first time to a 41 kW PV system planned by local developer Opal-Succes SRL. Furthermore, the authority has granted special tariffs to three wind projects totaling 6.5 MW. The country’s new legislation on renewables came into force at the end of March.

Gambia seeks to assess how solar can be combined with its mini-grids

Gambia’s National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has issued a tender to select companies to conduct feasibility studies to assess the country’s potential for solar and hybridized PV projects in mini-grids and close to existing power plants.

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Armenia publishes tender for 55 MW solar project

All pre-qualified bidders are invited to submit project proposals by June 16. The project is part of 110 MW pipeline that the government is supporting through a recently created ad hoc commission.

Italy issues new regulation to promote solar and renewables in non-interconnected islands

The new rules will apply to the country’s 20 minor islands that have no connection with the national grid. Solar installation will be entitled to receive a premium tariff for both injected and self-consumed power.

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EU greenlights France’s new regulation (and FIT) for residential and commercial PV

The European Commission has approved three initiatives of the French government aimed at supporting renewable energies. One of these is the new regulation for residential and commercial PV, which includes a 20-year FIT for power injected into the grid.

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Solbian inaugurates 16 MW flexible solar cell factory in Italy

The Italian manufacturer of crystalline silicon flexible solar modules began production of solar cells in late 2016. The factory is located near Torino, in northern Italy. The cell technology is being provided by Italy-based renewable energy company Day4 Europe.

Scatec Solar sees turnover and profits grow in first quarter 2017

The Norwegian PV project developer and independent power producer had 322 MW of operational PV plants at the end of the latest quarter, while its project pipeline had reached 745 MW.

Swedish Energy Agency pushes for more residential PV

The Swedish agency has launched an initiative to spread awareness on the advantages of PV among homeowners.

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