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Weekly Round-Up: Gigafactory in Spain, financial close in Armenia, PPA in Sweden

Solar and storage are developing at a relentless pace and pv magazine cannot cover all the interesting developments that are announced day by day. In this weekly Round-Up, we provide a quick review of all facts and deals that should not be off of our readers’ radar.

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Solar-plus-storage vs grid enhancement in Sweden

Sweden saw extraordinary high spot prices during last summer, due to difficult power transmission from the north, where most of power generators are located, to the south of the country, where most of the demand is concentrated. According to Swedish PV association Svensk Solenergy, solar-plus-storage offers a quick and scalable solution to avoid expensive and slow grid improvements.

Sweden issues €5m call for battery studies

Researchers have just under four weeks to apply for backing for their projects, in areas including battery reuse and recycling, circular manufacturing and supercapacitors.

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Sweden continues rooftop PV rebate scheme for businesses, municipalities

Sweden was set to replace its rebate scheme with unspecified tax breaks by the end of this year, but the government has instead decided to allocate another $31.5 million for 2021 – for enterprises and municipalities only.

15-year PPA for 18 MW solar park in Sweden

Built by solar developer Alight, the PV plant will provide 40% of restaurant and catering company Martin & Servera’s electricity demand.

Work begins on Sweden’s largest rooftop PV project

A 5 MW array is being deployed at a logistics center owned by Stockholm-based real estate specialist NREP.

BayWa r.e. secures land for largescale PV farm in Sweden as part of major growth plans

Today, at Solarplaza’s The Solar Future Nordics event, BayWa r.e. announced it has secured 98 ha of land for the development, construction and operation of a largescale PV farm in Southern Sweden, which marks the start of an anticipated sustained period of growth and expansion for its solar business in the region.

Sweden exempts from energy tax on self-consumption all PV systems of up to 500 kW

On the top of the new fiscal measure, the Swedish government has also announced that the rebate scheme for rooftop PV, which was originally scheduled to be closed this year, will be continued in 2021. It will only apply to municipalities and enterprises and with a limited budget of 260 million SEK ($29.6 million), however.

Sweden closes rebate scheme for rooftop PV

The government said developers have one more month to apply for the subsidy. It also delayed the project-completion deadline from Dec. 31, 2020, to June 30, 2021. From next year, rooftop PV will likely be supported by unspecified tax breaks.

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Sweden exits coal two years early

The Nordic nation is now the third European country to have waved goodbye to coal for power generation. Another 11 European states have made plans to follow suit over the next decade.

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