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French presidential election: what to expect for solar from the winners of the first round?

Both winners of the first round have said they want more solar during their electoral campaigns. While Macron promises to double installed PV capacity by 2022, Le Pen claims she will push for a massive deployment of solar and biomass (not wind), although under an “intelligent protectionism”.

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OSCE helps Turkmenistan take advantage of its solar potential

The international organization has organized an event to help local government and institutions to develop a national strategy for solar energy.

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Fimer provides inverters for 754 MW PV project in Mexico

The Italian inverter maker will supply its devices for Mexico’s largest solar project. The company is also planning to expand capacity at its manufacturing facility in northern Italy.

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Access Power gets financing for 50 MW PV project in Nigeria

The $1.65 million loan will be used to co-finance a 50 MW solar facility under development in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The company expect to reach financial close for the project by the end of this year.

Arkema increases fluoropolymer production capacity in China by 25%

The capacity increase at Arkema’s Changshu platform near Shanghai aims at better serving the company’s customers in the storage and photovoltaic sectors.

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CJIC starts construction of Kenya’s first large-scale PV plant

The 50 MW Garissa solar park will be built with the support of the Chinese government. The plant will rely on 210,210 solar modules provided by Jinko Solar.

Armenia exempts import of PV components from customs duties

The Armenian government has granted exemption from customs duties for the first time to local developer Investment Media Group. The measure is intended to support the implementation of the country’s $58 million solar program.

Ukraine approves new law to make energy market more competitive

The eastern European country has adopted a new law to liberalize the energy market and to meet requirements of the EU energy legislation. State support for renewable energies will be maintained.

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HSH Nordbank provides $24.6 million financing for 37.9 MW PV project in Denmark

The German bank announced that it will finance a second solar park in the Scandinavian country. The PV plant will be located in the municipality of Vandel/Billund, in southern Denmark.

Peru will not hold renewable energy auction in 2017

Minister of energy Gonzalo Tamayo said that Peru’s next auction will likely take place in 2018. The ministry is now reviewing several projects selected in the 2016 auction which are not being implemented.

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