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Australia’s largest energy provider acquires solar installers

AGL has revealed plans to acquire Epho and Solgen Energy Group, which will make it Australia’s largest climate polluter and its largest commercial solar provider.

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Hybrid operational strategy to use lithium-ion storage in commercial PV arrays

Lithium-ion batteries can not only improve self-consumption in commercial PV systems but are also able to efficiently perform peak shaving and price arbitrage, according to an international research group which has proposed a new strategy to calculate the best system configuration in terms of costs and revenue. The scientists specified, however, that the novel strategy may become effective only if storage system prices will drop under $250/kWh.

Storage and PAYG critical to deployment of African off-grid renewables

The former need not necessarily relate to conventional lithium-ion batteries, however, as a recent webinar staged by Solarpower Europe and EU body GET.invest discovered.

Brazil’s PV module demand reached almost 5 GW in 2020

According to a recent report from Brazilian consultancy Greener, the country imported 4.76 GW last year. Domestic PV module makers had a 3.8% market share with around 190 MW in shipped modules. The analyst also revealed that prices for distributed generation PV systems rose by 20% in 2020.

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France allocates 191.3 MW in commercial and industrial PV tender

The final average price for power generated by solar systems with capacities ranging from 100 kW to 500 kW came in at €91.2/MWh. The price for installations ranging in size from 500 kW to 8 MW was €79.8/MWh.

Malaysia to allocate another 500 MW of rooftop PV under net metering

The NEM 3.0 program will run until the end of 2023 and will see the participation of residential, commercial and industrial prosumers as well as public entities and government ministries.

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France publishes first-quarter FITs for PV systems up to 100 kW

The feed-in tariff granted reduces each quarter, in line with how much solar capacity was installed in the previous three-month period.

EDF acquires US solar installer

EDF Renewables North America said that its latest investment capitalizes on the growth of the commercial and industrial solar market.

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Crossboundary offers up its mini grids business model for African peers to benefit

The Kenyan financial services business has been developing rural mini grids across Africa and has announced plans to show its rivals how such networks can thrive, in a bid to accelerate access to electricity on the continent.

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.

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