Canada’s Nova Scotia launches rebate program for residential PV

Solar rebates granted through the scheme are expected to cover around 30% of the costs of a residential PV project.

UK Power Networks to launch London’s first VPP

Distribution network operator, UK Power Networks is on track to launch what it says is London’s first virtual power plant (VPP). To this end, batteries will be installed on around 40 homes in the U.K. capital.

Singapore: Sembcorp Solar awarded 50 MW rooftop PV tender

Sembcorp Solar Singapore Pte Ltd has been awarded 50 MW worth of solar PV rooftop projects by Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Economic Development Board (EDB). The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Solarcentury take charge of 44 MW Dutch solar farm

The project is being developed by Solarcentury and Encavis, who are working on what they claim is the “largest [PV] farm” in the Netherlands, near the city of Eindhoven.

Engie commissions 24 MW PV park in south west France

The project will produce nearly 32 million kWh per year, covering the annual electricity consumption of more than 13,000 people. The total amount invested in the park was €28.6 million.

University of Texas develops new solar system integrating energy generation and storage

Researchers at the University of Texas have been awarded $3 million by the Texan Department of Energy in a bid to accelerate research in battery storage technology to overcome the “Achilles heel” of solar power

Ireland offers funding for European collaboration on renewables

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a €500,000 fund of Irish government and European Commission cash to promote sustainable energy technology development

Japanese scientists develop wireless optical neural stimulator based on PV

A very small implantable device that can be used to control brain patterns has been developed by Japanese researchers using photovoltaic technology. The device is both the smallest and the lightest wireless optical biodevice to have ever been developed.

United Nations provides more funding for solar in Yemen

Solar energy is expanding at a fast pace in the Middle East, including in Yemen, a country which has been plagued by conflict since 2015. Now the United Nations International Development Association (IDA) is injecting another US$50 million to provide urban communities with solar power.

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Eco Energy to roll out off-grid solar to 10,000 rural Pakistani households

A US$600,000 investment has been secured by EcoEnergy to help it provide off-grid solar PV solutions to 10,000 rural households in Pakistan.

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