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Sweden increases budget for solar incentives by $48m

Funding for the rebate scheme had already been increased in April. Overall, the budget for this year now amounts to almost $125 million.

Greece to tender 287 MW of new solar capacity in December

The nation’s energy regulator today announced separate tenders for solar and wind generation capacity will be held on December 12.

Germany will need 160 GW of solar by 2030 to prevent power shortages

EuPD Research has calculated what needs to be done to replace the nuclear and coal generation to be phased out in Germany. Accelerated expansion of PV appears the best short-term option. However, storage capacity will need to increase 30-fold by 2040 so solar can become the main pillar of the country’s energy system.

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Kosovo planning auction scheme for solar and wind capacity

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is helping the Kosovan government develop a competitive scheme for the award of payments to renewable energy generators. The Balkan state wants to add 400 MW of clean energy capacity by 2026.

Bangladesh’s first state-owned solar plant comes online

The new generation facility was financed by the Asian Development Bank and built by Chinese company ZTE Corp. The project will sell power to the grid for $0.065/kWh, a record low for solar in the country.

Essent takes over Belgian solar installer Aralt

The Essent business of German utility RWE wants to widen its clean energy offer for Belgian clients. Last year Aralt achieved a €5 million turnover.

Value of local manufacturing demonstrated, utilization up but still a long way to go

Indian module manufacturers are gearing up for an end-of-year surge in solar project procurement and hoping their investments in incorporating global manufacturing benchmarks will translate into enhanced sales.

50 MW solar park comes online in Malaysia

The Kuala Ketil Solar Farm is in the state of Kedah, northwest Malaysia. Built by Chinese state-owned Edra Power, the plant also hosts agricultural activity.

The cooling effect of PV

Research from Finland’s Aalto University claims the residential cooling sector could sustain 540 GW of solar generation capacity if the world’s air conditioning systems were solar powered. Academics say synergies between PV and the cooling industry will become stronger as demand for the latter shifts nearer the equator, where seasonal differences in weather are less pronounced.

Does slew of solar mega tenders mean Gulf nations are belatedly accepting the inevitable?

With Kuwait, Qatar and even renewables laggard Saudi Arabia following in the wake of regional clean energy pioneer the UAE, a raft of huge solar tenders is entering the Middle Eastern project pipeline. Obstacles remain to overseas project developers but significant rewards are on offer.

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