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Mathematical model to couple pumped hydro with wind and solar in islands

An group of international scientists has developed a mathematical model to design hybrid renewable energy systems relying on pumped hydro storage for islands. According to their analysis, which was applied to the Ometepe island in Nicaragua, a similar system could provide a cost of energy ranging from €0.047/kWh to €0.095/kWh.

Latin America’s first CSP plant now online

A consortium led by Abengoa and Acciona has commissioned a 110 MW concentrated solar power project, paired with 100 MW of PV, in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Chile’s cumulative PV installations hit 4.6 GW

New statistics from ACERA, the Chilean renewable energy association, show that solar covered around 12.9% of the country’s total electricity demand in March.

Chilean startup using PV to produce potable water from humidity

A Chilean startup is using solar energy to produce high-quality drinking water from the humidity in the air. The first plant is located in Chile, but there are plans in the works to expand to Colombia and Peru.

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Solar and wind together overhaul global hydro capacity

The latest set of clean energy statistics compiled by the International Renewable Energy Agency signal a changing of the guard when it comes to clean power, with legacy hydropower facilities overtaken by new intermittent renewables.

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Bolivia introduces net metering for rooftop PV

The new provisions came into force on March 24. Net metering tariffs will have to be established by the energy regulator.

Solución de inversor de gran potencia para red trifásica de bajo voltaje en América Latina

El nuevo inversor de 60kW para red trifásica de 208-240 VCA del fabricante chino Solis será analizado en un Webinar de pv magazine, en el cual se analizará cómo este tipo de aparato puede adaptarse a las características de muchos mercados fotovoltaicos latinoamericanos, con un enfoque particular en México, Colombia y Argentina.

China’s ‘quasi-monopolistic’ stranglehold on solar noted by EU body

The bloc should accelerate investment into mining and processing within its shores, as well as ramping up recycling, according to European employers and trades unions, with coal workers already equipped with the necessary transferable skills.

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Chile wants to export green hydrogen to Port of Rotterdam

The Chilean Minister of Energy and Mining has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to export green hydrogen to the Port of Rotterdam. The deal adds to the one signed with Singapore in early March to identify the best routes to reach Asian markets.

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‘Falling solar module costs are behind us’

Canadian Solar is pivoting towards energy storage and is preparing to IPO its manufacturing and Chinese solar project activity in China, under the CSI Solar operation, by July.

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