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.

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.

Cyprus installs largest rooftop PV under net billing program

The 2.5 MW array will operate under a payment system which guarantees grid operators will not be left out of pocket.

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Masdar seals agreement to develop 400 MW of solar in Armenia

The Abu Dhabi-based clean energy group has entered into a formal agreement with an investment fund to develop 400 MW of PV capacity in Armenia, with a projected investment of up to $320 million.

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Greece aims to install 5 GW of PV by 2030

Greece has published a document that lays a path for national energy and climate policy over the next decade, while outlining plans to facilitate significant PV development through 2030.

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Financing African projects remains a struggle

Innoenergy’s recent conference in Berlin repeated the argument financing renewable energy projects in Africa remains a struggle, however it also showcased some hopeful case studies.

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The weekend read: Offgrid goes global

Offgrid solar power has emerged as a vital part of the PV business across the African continent, and is now spreading to other parts of the globe, mainly with solar home systems and microgrids. pv magazine examines the core issues of financing, business models and the quest for user data.

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