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Weekend Read: Energy sovereignty

Native American lands boast serious PV potential in the United States but getting projects off the ground hasn‘t always been easy. Different tribes are willing to take power generation into their own hands and the landscape could be shifting, thanks to funding from the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and other programs.

The Hydrogen Stream: Luxury regions invest in marine hydrogen services

SBM Offshore has installed a floating facility in Monaco to produce green hydrogen from renewables, while Axpo and its partners have revealed plans to use hydrogen to power a passenger vessel in Switzerland.

Malta extends FITs, rebates for residential solar and batteries

Malta has extended its feed-in tariffs (FITs) and a rebate scheme to support the adoption of residential solar and battery energy storage systems for another year. The authorities will start accepting applicants for the two initiatives again from Feb. 23.

South African province approves 800 MW solar project

The provincial government of Gauteng, South Africa, plans to set up a solar park with a capacity of at least 800 MW. Premier Panyaza Lesufi says 100 MW could be connected to the grid from April.

Saharan dust drops irradiance across Europe

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Saharan dust carried by Atlantic winds passed over Europe via the Iberian Peninsula. This caused irradiance drop particularly in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

New research analyzes performance ratios of bifacial PV

A comparison between monofacial and bifacial PV systems in Ghana showed how changes in system parameters can affect the bifacial gains. The researchers found that changing the albedo of a land-based system can increase the bifacial gain from 5.25% to 14.5%.

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US residential solar prices falling amid surging interest in storage

The 18th edition of the EnergySage Marketplace Report indicates that the US residential solar segment faces persistent inflation, the California NEM 3.0, and rising loan fees, but prices have fallen and consumer interest in storage is strong.

New bifacial agrivoltaic solar panels from Greece

Brite Solar, a Greek specialty module manufacturer targeting the agrivoltaics greenhouse and PV canopy segments, is building a 150 MW production line. Marketing its modules to farming cooperatives, integrators and installers since the end of 2022, Brite solar has pilot installations in North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. In January it announced raising $9.26 million in venture capital.

Somalia seeks consultants to support grid expansion plan, PV minigrids

Somalia is seeking consultants to help it expand its grid network and develop solar minigrids. The work will involve drafting tender documents to repair and expand the electricity network in the city of Bossaso.

Big batteries to create tailwinds for large-scale solar in Australia

The accelerating deployment of large-scale energy storage is one factor behind the tailwinds forming for large-scale solar in Australia. Rystad Energy Senior Analyst David Dixon said that with gigawatts of big batteries under construction, the flexible load will create demand for solar during peak PV production periods.

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