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South African data-center specialist to build 120 MW solar plant

Teraco, an operator of data centers, has secured its first grid-capacity allocation from South African state-owned utility Eskom. It will soon start building a 120 MW utility-scale PV plant in South Africa’s Free State province to power its facilities.

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Argentina hits 1.36 GW of PV capacity

New figures from Cammesa, the state-owned company that manages Argentina’s wholesale electricity market, show that solar accounted for 3.1% of total national generating capacity at the end of December 2023.

Germany’s new PV additions hit 1.25 GW in January

Germany installed 1.25 GW of solar in January, bringing the nation’s cumulative PV capacity to 82.19 GW by the end of the month, with more than 3.7 million projects in total.

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Ciel & Terre, Hexa Renewables round off 440 MW floating PV array

Ciel & Terre and Hexa Renewables have completed a 192.3 MW extension of a 440 MW floating PV array in Taiwan. The extension includes patented technology featuring concrete pillars and an H-beam system as an anchoring design, in order to address near-shore environmental challenges.

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Rooftop PV could serve 45% of US electricity demand, says Environment America

Environment America says in a new report that rooftop solar could meet 45% of US electricity demand, despite currently only accounting for just 1.5% of electricity consumption.

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Rheem presents residential heat pump

The heat pump uses R-410a as a refrigerant and has a size ranging from 2 tons to 5 tons. It features a rated power of 7.0 kW to 17.6 kW and a cooling capacity spanning from 6.7 kW to 15.5 kW.

Rooftop PV to outpace all renewables in Australia, says Green Energy Markets

A new report by Green Energy Markets (GEM) to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) confirms the future domination of rooftop solar and battery storage in Australia, with a projected cumulative PV capacity potential of 66 GW to 98.5 GW by 2054.

Refurbishing heritage buildings with BIPV, heat pumps, energy efficiency

An energy makeover of a heritage-listed church built in 1965, including new solar PV roof, new insulation, new windows, and heat pumps, enables it produce 149% of its energy requirements. The achievement garnered the project team the Norman Foster Solar Award 2023.

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The Hydrogen Stream: EU auction attracts 132 bids for 8.5 GW electrolyzer capacity

The European Hydrogen Bank’s pilot auction has drawn 132 bids, exceeding the available budget, while Australia has finalized an agreement to build a hydrogen hub.

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Italy’s annual new solar additions hit 5.23 GW in 2023

Italy installed 5.23 GW of new solar in 2023, bringing its cumulative installed PV capacity to 30.28 GW by December, according to trade body Italia Solare.

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