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Renewables trouncing nuclear, report shows

Global nuclear power generation increased by 1.4%, whereas solar power output grew by 30% and wind by 16% in 2016, with all renewables representing 62% of global power generating capacity additions, finds the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

NREL: U.S. fixed-tilt solar plant costs fall to $1.03/watt-DC (with charts)

The U.S. government’s premier renewable energy lab has found a 30% fall in utility-scale solar costs year-over-year, leading to levelized costs of electricity competitive with combined cycle gas generation.

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South Africa: All oustanding solar PPAs can find a workable solution

South African consultant and PV expert Chris Ahlfeldt has explained to pv magazine how the impasse of the outstanding PPAs of round 3.5 and 4 of the country’s REIPPPP program may affect solar PV less than other renewable energy technologies. The PPAs relate to twelve large-scale solar projects totaling 813 MW selected in round 4.

Luxembourg launches new incentive scheme for residential and commercial PV

The incentive scheme includes a FIT mechanism and rebates covering up to 20% of the investment for the deployment of a PV installation. The progam is open to PV installations with a capacity of up to 200kW.

First ever solar PPA signed in Sweden

Swedish renewable energy company Eneo Solutions AB was awarded a PPA for a 745 kW rootop PV project by the municipality of Järfälla through a tender process.

Argentine Chamber of Deputies gives preliminary approval to draft bill for distributed generation

The bill, which will now have to be approved by the Senate, is intended to introduce a net metering scheme for residential and commercial PV.

Madagascar introduces fiscal breaks for PV

The new measure was announced by Madagascar’s President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina on the occasion of the inauguration of a commercial PV system installed at a shopping mall in Ankorondrano.

A new vision for the US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): An interview with Daniel Simmons

pv magazine is pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with the Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Daniel Simmons, who was appointed by President Trump five months ago.

Costa Rica to issue new law on distributed generation in 2018

The new law is expected to improve the current regulation and to ensure the legal certainty of future investments in solar distributed generation.

Turkey adds 553 MW of solar in H1 2017

The country’s cumulative installed PV capacity has now surpassed 1.5 GW, while another 500 MW is expected to be installed by the end of 2017.

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