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EDF Renewables Ireland, Circle K sign solar deal

EDF Renewables Ireland solar farms will power Circle K’s 168 locations in Ireland, including the convenience chain’s electric-vehicle charging network, from October 2024.

Guyana launches tender for utility-scale PV, battery storage projects

Bidders are asked to provide qualifications requirements that include business registration or incorporation documents, valid Guyana Revenue Authority and National Insurance Scheme Compliance certificates, value-added tax (VAT) registration certificates for domestic parties, experience, technical ability, and financial capacity. Bidding is scheduled to begin for three projects on Sept. 26.

Jordanians eager to embrace renewable energy

According to a new survey, 91% of respondents support the expansion of renewable energy sources in Jordan. Strategic interests of geopolitical actors, in particular the US, are seen as hindering the country’s energy transition, however.

GreenRock, Solarvest to develop 1 GW green energy project in Taiwan, Malaysia

Recognizing Malaysia’s potential and aligning with the government’s goal of reaching 40% green energy by 2035, GreenRock Energy has become the first Taiwanese company to participate in the country’s green energy projects.

Ethiopia inviting consultants for planned utility-scale PV project

State-owned utility EEP is looking for consultants to prepare a feasibility study that will encompass such key tasks as hydrology analyses, geotechnical and seismic investigations and assessments of meteorological conditions, solar resources and energy yield.

NorSun plans $620 million US wafer fab in Oklahoma

The Norwegian PV manufacturer praises the south central US state for “its robust clean energy, manufacturing ecosystem and workforce development programs” as well as its “its competitive business offerings and site acceleration options.”

DNV’s solar asset modeling platform launches in Europe

Solar Resource Compass provides users with an online service that can deliver indicative energy production estimates for any solar project, including the comparison of multiple irradiance datasets and the calculation of site-specific losses for dust and snow. Many features are still being beta-tested in Europe, but DNV tells pv magazine it is planning to roll out the tool in most of Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Oceania in 2024.

Renewables, grid flexibility could lead to electricity price drop of 25% by 2030

A new report by SolarPower Europe finds that more renewables, electrification and flexibility can boost European competitiveness, slashing average day-ahead energy prices by a quarter in the next six years and a third by 2040.

Saudi Arabia launches ‘unprecedented’ geographical survey of renewable energy sites

Part of the National Renewable Energy Program, the ambitious project will identify the best sites to develop renewable energy projects throughout the country. Contracted companies will install 1,200 stations across all regions of the kingdom to measure solar and wind energy. Beginning this year, Saudi Arabia will tender new renewable energy projects with a capacity of 20 GW annually.

Fraunhofer ISE switching to medium voltage for resource efficiency in PV plants

Enormous quantities of raw materials, such as copper and aluminum cables, are required for energy system conversion when connecting renewable generators to the grid. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE sees a huge potential for savings with higher system voltages and is planning its first pilot PV power plants with this technology.

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