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‘Protectionism only protects backwardness’

Following news the EU will investigate unspecified Chinese wind turbine suppliers in Europe, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning has said “many in the world are deeply unsettled by the EU’s rising protectionist tendency”.

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Coalition to store energy with electric vessels on River Thames

A coalition of organizations are working to position battery-powered vessels on the River Thames to store and feed electricity back into the grid. They say the approach will increase London’s flexible energy capacity and reduce peak electricity demand.

South African data center specialist to build 12 MW of solar

Africa Data Centres’ new solar farm in South Africa’s Free State will begin as a 12 MW array. It will initially service its Cape Town site, before extending to supply power to the company’s facilities in Johannesburg.

Ivory Coast planning 678 MW of solar

The Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Mines, Oil, and Energy has unveiled plans to build 12 solar plants with a total capacity of 678 MW.

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Negative electricity prices registered in nearly all European energy markets

Spanish consultancy AleaSoft Energy Forecasting recorded negative hourly electricity prices for all but one European energy market it analyzed during the first week of April, including in the Spanish and Portuguese markets for the first time. It also registered an all-time production record for photovoltaic energy in Portugal and the second highest value ever recorded in Italy.

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UK records 189,000 new solar installations for 2023

Independent Advisor Solar says there were 189,826 MCS-certified solar installations in the United Kingdom last year, up 37.5% year on year. The researchers have also identified the 10 regions with the most solar panels installations to date.

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Tender opens for solar, storage in Togo

The World Bank’s Regional Emergency Solar Power Intervention Project is funding a tender for solar and storage in Togo, with a bid deadline of June 4.

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Ivory Coast inaugurates 37.5 MW solar plant

The authorities in the Ivory Coast have completed a 37.5 MW solar plant, with a second development phase now underway to increase its capacity to 80 MW.

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Feasibility study assesses PV plants for Ukrainian hospitals, water facilities

A new study by the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine assesses the feasibility of 37 solar projects proposed at hospitals and water supply facilities in 18 Ukrainian cities. It shows the potential to generate around 16 million kWh of clean energy if fully implemented, ensuring uninterrupted power supply.

Pakistan’s net-metering approvals hit 221.05 MW in fiscal 2022-23

Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) approved 221.05 MW of net-metering capacity in fiscal year 2022-23, with a total of 1,596 net-metering licenses issued nationwide.

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