Funding the key obstacle to renewables in Asia

Banks categorize renewable energy projects as risky and believe they offer lower rates of return than fossil fuel schemes, making them reluctant lenders.

Batteries material market set to grow 9% until 2022

A report by Technavio suggests the global market for battery materials could grow 9% annually in the next four years. Analysts point to the increasing installation of storage systems with PV as a key driver. pv magazine has covered previous reports predicting significant growth in PV and storage systems.

Trony shares to be wiped from exchange on Thursday

Drawn-out business of the removal of the thin-film manufacturer’s stock from the Hong Kong exchange is almost at an end. Trading in the Shenzhen-based company’s shares has been suspended for more than six years.

Danish Energy Agency expects wind to be only winner in wind-solar tenders

In a report on the outlook for the Danish energy market, the agency predicted solar will keep having a minimal share in the country’s energy mix as it grows from around 900 MW to just 1.4 GW by 2030.

Spanish government approves Solarcentury’s 300 MW PV project

The Ministry of the Ecological Transition has given the green light to a solar park near the municipality of Talayuela, in the southern region of Extremadura. Work on the facility may begin this year with completion scheduled for 12 months later.

Adding businesses to microgrids helps financial viability

Adding energy-intensive industries to microgrids can help refinance system costs and can lower tariffs for residential consumers, a study suggests. To achieve this though, accurate system design and sizing are essential.

GA Powers ahead with 58 MW of solar in Vietnam

German developer settled on Ha Tinh province after two years assessing several regions of the southeast Asian nation, and stressed the decision was in large part due to the welcome offered international investors.

Coalition fudge in Australia means a NEGative outcome

Ignoring opposition appeals for cross-party support on clean energy policy ‘because Labor wants to drive up energy prices’ Australia’s ruling coalition will introduce an energy policy that features no emissions reduction targets.

Solar set to make rum taste even sweeter in Guyana

The government of the South American country has changed the designated use of a plot of land near Diamond, for the construction of a solar plant, among other projects. The PV facility is being planned by local rum producer Demerara Distillers Limited.

Pilot brings to off-grid Rwandan communities

Wifi hotspots powered by PV will bring internet access to remote communities for the first time under a scheme run by a ‘next generation utility’ which hopes to expand to provide more conventional utility services in future.

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