Cyprus’ largest PV park is operating subsidy-free

The 8 MW facility has been developed by a cement producer to supply around 10% of the annual electricity needs of its nearby factory. Under subsidy-free rules, the power will be bought by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus for the average price it would have paid if the electricity had come from fossil fuels.

The weekend read: Building Europe’s battery business

In just three years, Northvolt has progressed from a startup to become Europe’s response to the Asian dominance of global battery manufacturing. pv magazine investigates why Northvolt is setting up units in Sweden, Germany, and Poland, what the firm’s goals are, and how it is attempting to achieve them.

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Greece to install 3 GW of solar in mining regions

Greece has announced plans to install two PV projects at mining sites. The facilities are part of the national utility’s new strategy and in line with the country’s efforts to phase out coal.

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UK energy minister says country is ‘now off coal’ – despite still operating four major coal-fired plants

An all-party U.K. parliamentary group for renewable and sustainable energy event in London has again confirmed the view the government remains unmoved by calls for support for the solar sector. However, a window of opportunity may be about to open for rooftop PV thanks to proposed legislation for new homes building standards.

Greece’s second PV-wind auction to tender 500 MW in April

Energy regulator the RAE has said the country will host its second joint PV and wind capacity auction on April 2.

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Greece to overhaul licensing regime which puts the brakes on solar

The energy ministry has published a plan to radically simplify the renewable energy permitting process. The new system is expected to come into force as early as next month and will be applied retroactively to address a 22-month backlog in generation license applications.

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Nigeria to install new PV mini-grids as domestic off-grid sector surges

Developer PowerGen has installed a new mini-grid in the country and plans to develop nine more projects with the support of the World Bank.

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Mt Athos mini-grid shows Greece the way forward

A monastic community on the Mt Athos peninsula this year installed a solar-storage-diesel mini-grid which is set to be augmented by a biomass combined heat and power system in March.

Greece’s PV tender falls to €0.05382/kWh, as incumbent utility transforms

Greece’s energy regulator has announced the results of the country’s latest round of tenders for renewable energy, which saw the incumbent utility offer the country’s lowest bid for a solar PV project.

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Solar to the fore as Athens Airport announces plan for net zero carbon ground operations by 2025

Greece’s largest international airport has set a goal to operate as a net zero carbon emitter by 2025, mainly via investing in on-site solar. Should the goal be met, the airport will be Europe’s first to rely on self-generated electricity and operate with net zero emissions.

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