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Zambian IPP launches tender for 50 MW of solar

CGM Power Group Ltd., an independent power producer (IPP), is requesting expressions of interest from engineering, procurement and construction companies for the development of a 50 MW on-grid solar plant in northern Zambia. 

Key takeaways from the German-African Energy Forum

The 17th edition of the German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg this week drew more than 300 participants from over 30 countries. The continent’s green energy transition and how to finance it were among the topics on the agenda.

SolarPower Europe presents agrisolar digital map

SolarPower Europe has developed an agrisolar digital map showcasing more than 200 projects across 10 European countries, with a total capacity exceeding 15 GW.

AleaSoft records higher electricity prices in most European markets

Spanish consultancy AleaSoft Energy Forecasting says France, Germany, Spain and Portugal all broke records for daily PV energy production in the second week of May, as prices in all major European electricity markets, except for the French market, continued to increase.

Bangladesh seeking consultants for 100 MW solar plant

The Bangladeshi government has issued a call for consultants to conduct a feasibility study, initial environmental examination, and environmental and social impact assessment for a 100 MW solar plant. The consultants will also be expected to survey the transmission line route for connection to the nearest grid substation.

EU updates guidance on permitting procedures, auction design for renewables

The European Commission has shared updated documents with its member states for speeding up permitting procedures and designing auctions for renewables. It includes the use of non-price criteria in auctions, which the commission says will allow higher value-added projects to be rewarded.

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Longi, Shanghai Electric withdraw from controversial EU tender

Consortia featuring subsidiaries of Chinese solar module maker Longi and Chinese industrial conglomerate Shanghai Electric have withdrawn from a public procurement tender for a solar park in Romania. The European Commission opened two anti-subsidy investigations into their involvement, which have now been closed.

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Barriers to residential PV in South Africa

A scoping review examining the barriers to residential PV installations in South Africa says that no studies have considered how income effects the the likelihood of households adopting rooftop solar. The researchers claim this is “a glaring omission given debates on just transitions.”

Georgia seeks consultants for 6.13 MW solar plant

The authorities in Georgia are soliciting consultants for a 6.13 MW solar plant. The consultants will prepare a feasibility study and technical specifications. The deadline for applications is June 10.

Solar, wind completely replace diesel at South Pole Station

Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory have concluded that renewable energy could partially replace diesel fuel to power instruments and provide heat at the South Pole. They have proposed a solar, wind and energy storage hybrid that could reduce diesel consumption by 95% and save approximately $57 million over 15 years, after an initial investment of $9.7 million.

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