Masdar, EDF sign MOU to develop sub-Saharan Africa’s off-grid sector

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, and EDF SA, the parent company of the EDF Group, to develop off-grid projects in sub-Saharan African countries.

Germany’s Innogy unveils ambitious solar expansion plans

The renewable energy subsidiary of German power company, RWE aims to build more solar power projects in the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S., and has signed a new agreement for 1 GW of PV in Canada.

EDF energizes 115 MW solar park in Chile

The Santiago solar plant, located near the country’s capital city, Santiago, will sell its output to local power distributors and to the spot market.

Brazil pre-selects 620 PV projects totaling 20 GW for April’s A-4 auction

Overall, the Brazilian government has pre-qualified biomass, wind, solar and hydropower projects with a combined capacity of 48.7 GW.

Germany’s IBC, SolarWorld announce separate solar developments in Turkey

While the German EPC contractor has installed a 4.2 MW rooftop solar PV plant, the manufacturer has agreed to supply 60 MW of modules to the Turkish market.


Hevel energizes another 10 MW solar facility in Russia

The Volgograd Solar Power Plant will sell electricity to Russia’s Wholesale Electricity and Capacity Market.

French company attracts $12.7 million funding for Kazakhstan solar project

France-based Urbasolar SAS has attracted around US$12.7 million in funding for its planned 14 MW solar PV project in Kazakhstan.

Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark to be powered by solar

A 250 kW PV system will provide around 4% of the bridge’s energy needs. The project may be expanded to 700 kW.

The weekend read: The science of soil

Soiling and solar: No two solar plants are ever the same, and the conditions that can impact energy yield can literally change with the wind. Soiled solar modules had long been considered a minor nuisance for the sector, but as understanding of how soiling affects output improves, so have techniques and technologies to tackle the persistent problem of dirty modules.


Germany: Potential grand coalition partners, CDU/CSU and SPD want auctions for 4 GW of solar, wind

Negotiators of the three German parties have agreed on a common preliminary paper. They also agreed on additional tenders for large-scale solar and wind power projects, with a volume of 4 GW in the years 2019 and 2020.