Policy

UK opposition party pledges emission-free energy system

Labour this morning unveiled plans for an energy system free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but it is unclear what proportion of the party’s “clean energy” mix would be met by nuclear.

Indian state of Tamil Nadu targets 400% jump in solar capacity by 2022

The state government is proposing a range of incentives and mandates to drive PV and solar thermal installations to almost 9 GW within four years. Under the proposed policy, 10% of the public fleet would be replaced by electric vehicles.

Indian state to tender for 1.4 GW of new solar

The 71% of capacity which was not taken up in a previous tendering exercise in Maharashtra has simply been rolled over into the new one by the state’s electric distribution company.

Australian energy policy vacuum beyond 2020 officially confirmed

Energy Minister Angus Taylor has announced there will be no replacement for the nation’s renewables target, casting a long shadow over investment predictability in the Australian renewable energy sector.

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Manufacturers and research institutes form alliance in Europe

The European Solar Manufacturing Council has been launched at EU PVSEC in Brussels. Participating research institutes, mechanical engineers, material and PV manufacturers stress the importance of having big solar manufacturers in Europe.

Tanzania launches 150 MW solar tender

Tanzanian power utility Tanesco wants to build solar plants across six regions. Successful projects will range from 20 MW to 50 MW in size and the tender has been launched as the nation tries to ramp up solar’s share of its energy mix.

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“Exciting but scary times” – EU PVSEC gets under way in Brussels

The EU PVSEC conference and exhibition in Brussels began this morning with presentations from key figures in PV development, who celebrated the technology’s achievements so far and predicted even bigger things in the coming years. pv magazine‘s Mark Hutchins was on hand to hear all about it.

Spain preps plan for solar, X-Elio bags 14-year PPA

New measures under preparation by the Spanish government include the setting of a calendar for new auctions, elimination of the solar tax and support for community solar and PV irrigation projects. Spanish developer X-Elio has secured a PPA for two 50 MW solar projects in the southern region of Murcia.

Chinese company to bankroll Moldova’s first big solar park

Vague on detail, the first proposal to build a ground-mounted solar plant in the eastern European country has come from China’s CCCII.

Portugal: A further 1.7 GW of PV projects under review

Portugal’s Directorate General for Energy and Geology is reviewing another big bunch of “unsubsidized” solar schemes.

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