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European Commission proposes minimum sustainability thresholds for batteries

The world’s second largest battery market is mulling strict regulation of what type of products can be sold within it. The bloc wants to tighten rules on using hazardous materials and would encourage circular economy approaches. The scope of the commission’s proposal would also affect the design of devices, with phones, laptops and other portable gadgets without removable batteries set to be prohibited.

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Battery manufacturing capacity set to increase fourfold to 1.3 TWh by 2030

Analysts at Wood Mackenzie have looked at plans for the incoming decade and concluded that about 119 manufacturing sites will be up and running by 2030. China currently sits firmly in the driving seat, with Asia Pacific comprising 80% of global manufacturing capacity, but Europe is catching up.

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First private PPA for utility-scale solar in Egypt is signed

The 25-year agreement relates to a 6 MW solar plant that will meet up to 4% of the electricity demand of a facility owned by the Arabian Cement Company, in Egypt’s Suez governorate. The project is being financed by local bank QNB AlAhli under the EBRD’s Green Economy Program.

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France’s EDF enters China’s rooftop solar market

Creation of joint venture with Asia Clean Capital sees the French energy giant announce plans to build, own and operate distributed rooftop solar projects across China.

ACC inks rooftop PV deal with P&G in China

Asia Clean Capital (ACC) has agreed to install rooftop solar systems at facilities owned by Procter & Gamble (Guangzhou) Consumer Products.

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ACC completes 19 MW BIPV project in China

Asia Clean Capital (ACC) has connected a 19 MW building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project to the grid at a shipyard in eastern China. It claims that the installation is the largest BIPV project in the world.

Arizona’s changes to net metering could curtail the state’s solar market

While the Arizona Corporation Commission decided to grandfather current solar customers for 20 years from the interconnection days, new customers will only receive 10 years — which will hurt both solar lessees, loan-holders and potential cash deals.

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