Europe

Dubai set to launch phase V of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has issued a tender to seek IPP advisory services for the fifth phase of the gargantuan solar plant. After launching the first four phases, which are set to reach a combined capacity of 1 GW, the emirate is now assessing how to reach the 5 GW target set for the project by 2030

Open letter: German government must protect its solar industry

In an open letter, more than 30 German PV companies and research institutes demand an industrial strategy to retain a domestic solar industry. According to the signatories, that means increased co-operation with France and the consideration of sustainability criteria for PV tenders

Voltalia bags PPA for 50 MW in Kenya

A PV power plant will be located in Kopere, western Kenya, and will deliver electricity to local power provider KPLC

Singulus and SERIS continue HJT research after proof of concept

By proving inductively coupled plasma can be used for HJT-cell production, the research institute and corporate partner will now work on ways to find cost-effective production methods with the aim of making a GW scale roll out of HJT cells viable

Around 250 signatories call for an end to EU anti-dumping measures

In a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, more than 250 organizations and companies from EU member states have called for the termination of trade restrictions applied to Chinese PV manufacturers. The current anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs – and minimum import prices for Chinese crystalline modules and cells – are due to run until 3 September

France sees first-quarter PV additions almost treble

New grid-connected PV systems from January to March totaled 246 MW, to take the nation’s cumulative capacity to 8.3 GW

Gas Natural Fenosa breaks ground on 50 MW solar park

The project was awarded by the Spanish government in an auction held in July. Fenosa plans to finish work on the facility by the end of this year

EDF Solar secures PPA for 7 MW project in central Spain

The solar facility will sell part of its power to a company near Toledo. Through a seven-year PPA, the buyer will cover around 40% of its energy needs

Serbia to switch from FIT to feed-in premiums and auctions

With its feed-in tariff program set to expire at the end of the year, Serbia will be looking to introduce new mechanisms to support renewables in the form of feed-in premiums and auctions. The country’s PV uptake is still in its nascent stage however, with abundant regulatory obstacles still in place

Ireland offers funding for European collaboration on renewables

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a €500,000 fund of Irish government and European Commission cash to promote sustainable energy technology development