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Italy now set for 5.4 GW of ‘ready-to-build’ solar projects

Terna, the Italian grid operator, says that it has received grid-connection requests for 144.48 GW of solar projects to date.

PV-powered heat pumps outperform solar thermal-driven counterparts in densely populated areas

New research from Germany showed that PV-powered heat pumps could require less surface than their solar thermal-driven counterparts in district heating networks. The scientists also found that increasing energy prices would have a minimal impact on the viability of both concepts.

S-5! unveils new mounting systems for rooftop solar

S-5!, a supplier of mounting systems, plans to release two new mounting components for rooftop PV systems, including a new mount that allows for module-level power electronics to be attached directly to solar panel frames.

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Juniper Green Energy switches on 105 MW solar plant in India

Juniper Green Energy has commissioned a 105 MW solar project in India, almost nine months ahead of its scheduled date of completion. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution (MSEDCL).

New York’s open-access solar-projection tool beats commercial competition

NYSolarCast, a solar-projection tool developed by the state of New York to handle its growing base of PV facilities, demonstrated equal or superior performance than competing commercial alternatives, according to a year-long analysis.

South African data center specialist to build 12 MW of solar

Africa Data Centres’ new solar farm in South Africa’s Free State will begin as a 12 MW array. It will initially service its Cape Town site, before extending to supply power to the company’s facilities in Johannesburg.

Ivory Coast planning 678 MW of solar

The Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Mines, Oil, and Energy has unveiled plans to build 12 solar plants with a total capacity of 678 MW.

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EU launches investigation into Chinese wind turbine suppliers

Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice president of the European Commission, said this week that the EU authorities are investigating the deployment of several wind farms in Spain, Greece, France, Romania and Bulgaria.

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Negative electricity prices registered in nearly all European energy markets

Spanish consultancy AleaSoft Energy Forecasting recorded negative hourly electricity prices for all but one European energy market it analyzed during the first week of April, including in the Spanish and Portuguese markets for the first time. It also registered an all-time production record for photovoltaic energy in Portugal and the second highest value ever recorded in Italy.

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Solar is starting to sunset use of natural gas in Texas

Texas, the top US state for solar deployment in 2023, is seeing tangible changes to its daily electricity supply, lowering the need for natural gas peaker plants, said the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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