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Ukraine’s PV capacity tops 530.8 MW

Ukraine installed almost 100 MW of new PV systems in 2016. The country’s cumulative installed PV power reached 530.8 at the end of last year. Local agency SAEE predicts 150 MW of new PV installations for 2017, while the association UARE expects between 300 MW and 400 MW.

Veolia opens solar module recycling facility in France

The French environmental services provider has secured a 4-year contract from PV cycle for the treatment of end-of-life photovoltaic modules.

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France supports South Africa grid improvement with $477 million

The French Development Agency (AFD) has provided South Africa’s power utility Eskom with a ZAR 6 billion ($477.7 million) credit facility. Eskom, which has delayed the development of several large-scale PV projects over the past years due to grid issues, will use the funds to improve its network and integrate more renewable energy power.

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PV in Slovakia is kept alive by residential segment

Slovakia has seen small amounts of PV installed over the past three years. In 2016, however, the market showed the first signs of a recovery led by the residential segment. The country reached 545 MW of installed PV power at the end of 2016.

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Sweden’s plan to reduce tax for self-consumption by 98% moves forward

The Swedish government is proposing a 98% reduction to the tax on electricity generated by renewable energy power generators over 255 kW. The new rules were submitted to local Parliament and, if approved, would come into force by January 2018 at the latest.

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DEWA completes 200 MW phase II of 1 GW Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Construction on phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is now finalized. The 200 MW unit of the 1 GW solar park came online a month ahead of schedule. DEWA revealed the plant was built at a cost of 1.2 billion AED ($326.7 million).

SunPower supplies 130 MW of modules in France

The US module manufacturer will supply 130 MW of modules for 25 projects selected in France’s recent tender for PV projects larger in size than 250 kW. Most of the modules will be manufactured at the company’s factory in Toulouse, south-western France.

Enel Green Power more than doubles global solar capacity in 2016

The renewable energy unit of Italian utility Enel installed 763 MW of additional solar capacity in 2016. Most of this capacity is located in Latin America and South Africa.

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Ternienergia to install 10 MW solar plant in Tunisia

The Italian solar developer will build a 10 MW PV facility in Tozeur, southern Tunisia. The company will sign the $12.5 million contract for the project within a few days.

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Eni, Sonatrach start construction on 10 MW PV plant in Algeria

Italian oil producer Eni and Sonatrach — an Algerian state-owned company that specializes in the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources — have broken ground on a 10 MW solar facility in southern Algeria.

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