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South Africa commissions largest wheeling project to date

South Africa has commissioned its largest wheeling project, with SOLA Group supplying more than 200 MW of solar power to Tronox Mineral Sands via the Eskom network.

Somalia opens tender for off-grid solar-plus-storage plants

Somalia’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has launched a tender for off-grid solar-plus-storage power plants to serve 46 education facilities in the southeast of the country. The deadline for bids is August 1.

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South Africa imposes 10% import tariff on solar panels

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) has imposed a 10% import tariff on solar panels to protect local manufacturers, attract investment, and deepen the value chain. The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association has questioned the lack of formal industry engagement, calling the timing “not ideal.”

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Mozambique opens tender for solar-plus-storage projects

Mozambique’s energy regulator has launched a tender for solar-plus-storage hybrid projects across several provinces. The deadline for applications is Sept. 13.

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pv magazine covers Africa Energy Forum in Barcelona

The EnergyNet event brings together more than 2,000 energy decision-makers from Africa at the Fira de Montjuïc in Barcelona from June 25 to 28. The attendees include African governments, utilities, regulators, financial institutions, banks, energy developers, technology providers, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors.

Ethiopia inviting consultants for planned utility-scale PV project

State-owned utility EEP is looking for consultants to prepare a feasibility study that will encompass such key tasks as hydrology analyses, geotechnical and seismic investigations and assessments of meteorological conditions, solar resources and energy yield.

Researchers suggest using digested polymers for PV cell coatings, encapsulants

An international research team has proposed to use recyclable biomass-digested polymers as a material for PV coatings and encapsulants. The scientists developed a coating for PV cells that reportedly allows an increase in power output of up to 10%.

Mauritius seeking consultants for four solar-plus-storage projects

The state-owned Central Electricity Board of Mauritius has opened a tender for consultants to assist with the implementation of four 10 MW solar plus storage facilities.

EU set to dig into raw materials supply

The European Union has drawn up new regulations to boost the domestic mining of raw materials and support production of renewable energy products and materials at home. Will it be enough to incentivize investment, or will Europe trail other major economies, such as the United States and China?

Study estimates global floating solar potential at 1,302 TWh

A UK-based research team has calculated the global potential of deploying floating solar arrays on almost 68,000 lakes and reservoirs. It found some countries could generate the majority of their electricity needs from floating solar panels, while five could meet all their electricity demand.

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