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Daily news round-up: UK reveals details of next renewables auction, Iran’s first floating PV and more hydrogen

Taiwanese cell manufacturer Inventec Solar reportedly halted production this month and Ireland is preparing to remove rooftop solar panel restrictions, according to the Irish Independent.

Dubai ready to explore floating PV in Persian Gulf

Amid mounting political tensions in the region, the city has issued a call for consultants to help it towards its ambitious 2050 climate goals through the use of a PV technology which is proving increasingly popular around the world.

Iran’s operational PV capacity reaches 250 MW

According to new numbers released by Iran’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA), renewable energies have reached a combined cumulative capacity of 650 MW, with solar representing a 39% of the total.

8.5 MW PV project connected to the grid in Iran

Pars Reys Energy Bahar, a subsidiary of French energy company Hanau Energies Group has announced the completion of an 8.5 MW PV project in in Damavand County, 130 km from Iranian capital Tehran.

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Italy’s Maresca Group plans 200 MW of solar in Iran

Following the completion of a 10 MW solar PV plant on the Iranian island of Qeshm, the Italian company is now planning to build another two projects with a capacity of 100 MW each in the country.

Financing PV projects in Iran remains challenging

Interview: Iran intends to build new PV and wind power plants totaling 5 GW in the coming years. The first PPAs have already been signed. Among them, Germany’s Geon secured a FIT contract for a 120 MW solar park. The company’s managing director, Sharam Roghani explains why this is only half the battle and why financing projects in Iran remains difficult. He has not found a lender yet, and time is running out.

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Norwegian firm signs 2 GW, $2.9bn solar project deal in Iran

Saga Energy, a partner of Taiwan’s Delta Group, has inked a €2.5 billion deal to construct 2 GW of solar PV in Iran, working alongside local partner Amin Energy. Company also hopes to build module fab in the country.

Interview: Quercus CEO reveals more about 600 MW Iranian solar project

Diego Biasi, CEO of British investment firm Quercus, talks to pv magazine about the company’s plans to develop a 600 MW solar farm in Iran, which will not only be one of the biggest PV plants in the world but a seismic solar development for both the MENA region and Iran.

Iran sees number of solar parks under construction or coming online increase

Another 20 MW solar plant was connected to the grid in the Iranian southeastern province of Kerman, where at the same time construction started on a 100 MW PV facility.

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Construction begins on 30 MW solar plant in Iran

The solar facility is being built under the country’s FIT program in North Khorasan, a province located in northeastern Iran.

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