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France’s Orange enters African off-grid solar market

The French multinational telecommunications corporation has announced a plan to begin providing off-grid solar solutions to Burkina Faso and, at a later stage, in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast.


Kyocera JV inaugurates 13.7 MW floating PV plant in Japan

A joint venture between Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation has completed a 13.7 MW floating solar PV plant in Japan.

Somalia lays ground for solar development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Somalia has issued a Request for Proposals for the financing of a skills development program in the solar energy sector in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa.


ReneSola to develop unsubsidized PV projects in France

China’s Renesola and Germany-based Green City Energy have formed a joint holding company, which will develop a combination of solar projects with and without government subsidies. The current French pipeline includes four PV projects totaling 69 MW.

Essakane Solar commissions 15 MW hybrid PV plant at mining site in Burkina Faso

The power plant will sell electricity to Iamgold’s Essakane Mine – an off-grid gold mine located 330 kilometers northeast of Burkina Faso‘s capital city, Ouagadougou.

Neoen’s 50 MW hydrogen electrolyser at proposed wind, solar facility in Australia receives grant

French firm Neoen has begun development on a hydrogen electrolyser to be colocated alongside a 150 MW wind project and 150 MW solar farm. The project has been awarded a grant of AU$1 million by the South Australian Renewable Technology fund, with more funding yet to be approved.

RE 100 signatories could spur 35 GW of solar opportunities

To meet their 2030 renewable energy targets, RE 100 signatories will need to procure around 172 TWh of additional energy generation, writes BNEF. Up to 35 GW of solar and 51 GW of wind could be deployed, if they met this demand through PPAs.


Over $50 million funding approved for solar projects in Zambia

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved over US$50 million in funding for the development of up to 100 MW of renewable energy projects, primarily solar, in Zambia.

Belgium sets record for power production from solar

On February 25, Belgium recorded the maximum amount of electricity produced by solar PV. Overall, it acounted for an impressive 21% of the country’s electricity consumption.

Ontario utility OPG makes room for solar at demolished coal power plant

The partnership between OPG and the Six Nations of the Grand River development Corporation is set to deliver 44 MW of solar energy when the plant is finished in 2019.


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