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Access Power gets financing for 50 MW PV project in Nigeria

The $1.65 million loan will be used to co-finance a 50 MW solar facility under development in Nigeria’s Kaduna State. The company expect to reach financial close for the project by the end of this year.

SDG&E signs contracts for 83.5 MW more battery storage

The U.S power utility is going for more lithium-ion batteries, including the world’s largest battery system, to accommodate its leading portion of renewable energy.

Help wanted? U.S. solar employers have trouble finding qualified workers, study says

A new report from The Solar Foundation reveals that two-thirds of U.S. solar employers are struggling to find qualified workers and that investment in post-hire training is the key to making sure the industry’s spectacular job production continues.

CJIC starts construction of Kenya’s first large-scale PV plant

The 50 MW Garissa solar park will be built with the support of the Chinese government. The plant will rely on 210,210 solar modules provided by Jinko Solar.

Armenia exempts import of PV components from customs duties

The Armenian government has granted exemption from customs duties for the first time to local developer Investment Media Group. The measure is intended to support the implementation of the country’s $58 million solar program.

Ukraine approves new law to make energy market more competitive

The eastern European country has adopted a new law to liberalize the energy market and to meet requirements of the EU energy legislation. State support for renewable energies will be maintained.

Fortum plans to build Estonia’s first solar park

The Finnish utility has confirmed plans to build a MW-sized PV plant in the Baltic country. The installation would be located near Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city.

Sweden and Norway extend joint electricity certificate system for renewables to 2030

The governments of Sweden and Norway have come to an agreement on how the electricity certificate system for renewable energies will be further implemented. The joint market-based support system of the two Scandinavian countries is open to power plants utilizing biofuels, wind, solar, hydro and tidal energy.

Slovenia launches solar rebate scheme

The Slovenian government has earmarked €3 million to finance solar rebates in 2017. The funds will cover 20% of the costs for buying and installing a PV system under net metering.

Vietnam releases FIT and net metering scheme for solar

The Vietnamese government has issued the long-expected FIT scheme for solar energy projects. The 20-year FIT was set at VND 2,086 ($0.091)/kWh. Furthermore, a net metering mechanism is expected to support residential PV across the country.