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Niger joins the Scaling Solar club

The government wants 30% of its power from clean energy sources by 2035 and the 50 MW of solar targeted by the World Bank would make up two-thirds of that ambition.

Scotland announces massive plan for heat pump deployment

The Scottish government wants to deploy renewable-powered heat pumps on at least 1 million homes and 50,000 non-domestic buildings by the end of this decade. For this purpose, it has created an advisory group and is now seeking to gather all potential stakeholders.

Phase V of Dubai solar park to take shape before Phase IV

Utility DEWA has announced the first 300 MW of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be commissioned next month, with the first stage of the fourth phase due to arrive two months later.

Prodiel, Everwood set up joint venture

Called DVP Solar, the newly created company has projects in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Colombia and Peru, and manages 5 GW of photovoltaic plants in operation. It also has another 2 GW of projects in the initial development phase, and plans another 3 GW for the coming years.

UK renewables developer Anesco changes hands

Private equity funds in Ireland and the U.S. have moved for the English company, which developed and sold the first subsidy-free solar farm in England, the 6 MW Clayhill project in Flitwick.

Photovoltaics and geothermal heat pumps for domestic hot water heating

According to a new study from LUT University, domestic water heating costs may be reduced by combining rooftop PV with geothermal heat pumps. Scientists developed a control method to minimize these costs by taking advantage of cheap spot market electricity and maximized PV power generation, as well as considering heat demand, PV generation forecasts, and heat pump efficiency.

UK and Norwegian governments back solar-plus-storage in Mozambique

A solar array planned in the Tetereane district of Cuamba has been described by its developer as the nation’s first independent power project to feature utility scale storage.

Upscaling PV-powered irrigation in India

India’s PV-powered irrigation mission has had a sluggish run, even though the PM-KUSUM scheme provides flexibility and budgetary support for system implementation. An IEEFA report highlights the need to address key challenges at state level to increase deployment.

Solar makes a lot of sense at ground level, too

Solar projects that support native grasses can sequester more carbon than farmland alone.

The weekend read: Driving toward the European solar inflection point

An inflection point for European solar is beginning to take shape as the industry finds itself in a period of acceleration and transformation. pv magazine’s European editors – Emiliano Bellini, Sandra Enkhardt, Gwénaelle DeBoutte, and Pilar Sánchez Molina, along with Jonathan Gifford – look at four trends shaping the market.

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