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Fire at Spanish solar park

Firefighters were able to extinguish a fire that broke out on Aug. 1 in the transformation center of the Ekian solar park in Álava, Spain.


Impact of heat pumps on Ireland’s energy system

New research from Ireland shows that electrification could lead to more efficient utilization of renewable energy and the national transmission network.


Wirsol secures approval for 445 MW solar-storage power plant in Australia

The Australian state of New South Wales has given the green light for another large-scale solar PV and battery project. German renewables developer Wirsol Energy has revealed that it has secured amended development approval for a 445 MW solar and energy storage hybrid power plant in the state.


Turkey simplify rules for self-consumption, solar irrigation

Turkey’s new provisions state that self-consumption projects and solar irrigation installations can be built without the need for construction permits.

7-Eleven plans rooftop PV for its 1,200 Thai stores

In Thailand, the 7-Eleven convenience store chain uses PV systems at its shops to lower its electricity consumption. Cristobal Chin, the CEO of Chow Energy, shared his thoughts on these projects.


US added 4.2 GW of solar in H1

The US Energy Information Administration expects 17.8 GW of solar capacity to be added to the grid by the end of this year.


Agrivoltaics for rice growth

Scientists in Bangladesh have investigated the potential of agrivoltaics in rice fields. They analyzed the economic viability of bifacial agrivoltaic projects in Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Brazil, and India.


Spain to hold 3.3 GW renewables auction in November

The Spanish authorities have announced plans to allocate 1.8 GW of PV and 1.5 GW of wind power through a new procurement exercise in the fall.


South Africa’s Eskom moves forward with 500 MW BESS initiative

South African utility Eskom has selected contractors for 343 MW of battery storage projects to be deployed in remote locations with limited access to distribution networks, but in proximity to large-scale renewables.


France publishes new FITs for PV systems up to 500 kW

France’s new tariffs range from €0.1951 ($0.1984)/kWh for installations below 3 kW in size to €0.1068/kWh for arrays ranging in capacity from 100 kW to 500 kW.


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