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MIT researchers release evaluation of solar pumps for irrigation in India

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) study of solar pump technology used in India assesses technical performance and explores innovative business cases to increase user adoption. The study also helps farmers to choose the right size of the pump according to their requirement or size of fields.

Switching to solar can boost education, prosperity for developing world, study finds

Research from the Overseas Development Institute estimates that children in developing world can gain 15 minutes extra study time a day if their homes switch from fossil fuel to solar, while households can enjoy savings of $10 per month.

ENGIE teaming with Heliatek to install HeliaSol lightweight technology at French school

ENGIE‘s teams have responded to tender calls by the Charente-Maritime Department, and will offer to cover a 530 square meter roof of secondary school Pierre Mendès-France in la Rochelle using HeliaSol technology.

Jordan connects 12.9 MW PV plant located at refugee camp

Array at the Zaatari refugee camp on border between Jordan and Syria is world’s largest solar plant located within an official refugee camp, the UN says. Facility meets power needs of nearly 80,000 displaced Syrians.

Attijari bank finances Tunisia’s solar rebate program with $73 million

The funds will be used by local state-owned utility STEG to support the deployment of 85 MW of new residential PV capacity across the Northern African country.

94,000 new solar jobs in Europe by 2021, says SolarPower Europe President

New Solar PV Jobs & Value Added in Europe report by SolarPower Europe and EY posits encouraging future for the continent’s solar industry. Positive political engagement by leading EU Member States will aid such growth, writes SolarPower Europe President Christian Westermeier exclusively for pv magazine.

Yingli to supply 38 MW in China

Yingli Solar has agreed to supply PV modules for 38.4 MW of solar capacity that is being built under China’s PV poverty alleviation program.

Madagascar commissions its first solar-plus-storage project

A solar facility made up of 720 solar PV modules and coupled with a 315 Kwh storage system is expected to power several communities of the Bongolava region.

Redavia completes solar minigrids in Tanzania

Redavia has commissioned 178 kWp of PV-powered minigrid capacity at two sites in western Tanzania’s Songwe region.

Amid devastation, Tesla begins restoring power in Puerto Rico

Current estimates suggest 80% of Puerto Rico is still without power, but thanks to Elon Musk’s efforts at least one children’s hospital has been able to turn the lights on.