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Botswana utility signs nation’s first PPAs for independent solar projects

Two projects with a total generation capacity of 4 MW will be the first of a planned 12 that are set to bring 35 MW of solar to the grid of the Southern African nation by the end of next year.

‘Polysilicon shortage will continue through 2021’

The latest global PV industry outlook published by trade group SolarPower Europe, has indicated tight supply of the solar panel raw material is expected to persist this year but the trade body said it would be unlikely to drive further price rises.

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Expansion of battery training courses into France could benefit 150,000 workers by 2025

The ‘EBA250 Academy’ battery technician, engineer and researcher skills courses offered in Spain by EU body EIT InnoEnergy will also be rolled out in France, after approval from Paris.

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The prospects for solar in a 1.5C world

We will need 10.7 TW of clean energy generation capacity this decade to stay on track with the most ambitious of the climate change paths agreed in Paris, which would include plenty of solar investment and jobs, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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UK solar industry wants capacity trebled this decade

Solar Energy UK today called on the government to provide it with the same kind of support that has been extended to offshore wind companies.

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.

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The route to a zero carbon Indonesia

With the nation among the world’s top ten greenhouse gas emitting states, energy analysts from three policy advisories have spelled out how Jakarta could hit net zero by mid century rather than 2070, as currently planned. However, the energy transition would require uncharacteristically long term thinking.

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South African bank secures continent’s ‘first green loan’

The private-sector arm of the World Bank says it will lend up to $150 million to Johannesburg-based Absa Bank for green project funding.

Thai plans for 8 GWh lithium battery gigafab

A Florida-based e-mobility company and a business park operator have pledged to invest up to $1 billion into the planned factory, in Chonburi province, starting with a 1 GWh section likely to take shape in 2023.

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A case study in African solar policy problems

Dutch off-grid solar organization GOGLA has focused on the negative effect of the reimposition of VAT and import duties on solar lighting systems in Kenya as emblematic of the lack of legislative support for clean energy across the continent.

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