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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Canadian Solar resumes IPO plans

Canadian Solar has resumed plans for an initial public offering in Shanghai, and JA Solar has reported that it shipped 27.1 GW of PV modules in the first nine months of this year. Daqo, meanwhile, has signed a $17.9 billion, long-term polysilicon supply deal with an undisclosed customer.

Dubai solar park hits 1.8 GW of generating capacity

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has installed 270 MW of PV panels at the massive Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum project since August, bringing its operational capacity to 1.83 GW.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Daqo secures 46,200 MT polysilicon order

Daqo has secured another big polysilicon order and GCL Technology said it expects a profit of CNY 12.7 billion ($1.76 billion) from its solar materials business in the third quarter. Wafer manufacturer Wuxi Shangji Automation, meanwhile, has secured an order from TOPCon panel maker Da-Solar.


African utility secures cash for floating solar studies

Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) will obtain $2.5 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fund studies into floating solar and battery systems.

African PAYG solar companies have hogged 72% of sector’s investment

The first post-pandemic update on the state of the world’s off-grid solar industry has painted a picture of domination by European companies, but highlighted the potential for new startups in West Africa and an increasing use of PV as a backup to unreliable grid supplies.

Ontario confirms 1.5 GW-plus tender for battery storage

The Canadian province of Ontario will include a big slice of energy storage capacity as it plans its near-term grid requirements.


Solar could have reduced UK gas reliance, says Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief has estimated that the United Kingdom would have needed to import 20 TWh less natural gas this year if successive Conservative governments had not wound down the rewards for generating solar electricity.


Large-scale battery to support German power network

An energy transmission system operator (TSO) has announced plans to install a 250 MW battery project in Kupferzell, Germany, in order to transmit wind power from the northern part of the country to the south.

Rio Tinto unit signs up for 148 MW of solar

Richards Bay Minerals has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with French renewables developer Voltalia, which plans to build a 148 MW solar project in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

Equity investment to back 150 MW of commercial solar in Africa

Norwegian developer Empower New Energy has secured $74 million of mostly public funds from investors and will top it up to build a $100 million, three-year cash pile.