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Week in Review: World Bank's $1bln pledge to batteries for developing countries; Italy's new renewables decree

28 Sept. 2018 by Tom van der Linden, Solarplaza

These were the most important solar industry related news headlines and stories that broke this week.

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World Bank commits $1bln to battery storagy in emerging markets

The World Bank Group announced it will commit $1 billion USD towards financing battery-storage systems in developing countries. It expects to attract an additional $4 billion USD from investors, as well as public and private funds, through its participation in the market.

OPIC pledges $25mln to Africa & Asia off-grid solar fund

OPIC will provide $25 million USD in financing to a fund managed by off-grid solar firm SunFunder, which will be directed at providing loans to companies in the solar off-grid sectors of Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.


Italy improves conditions for renewables in new decree, which also launches new auctions

The Italian government came forward with a new decree related to renewable energy development, which improved conditions for the development of PV plants, and also launched a series of auctions that could bring 4.8 GW of new capacity online (with the first 500 MW auction planned for January 2019). Additional tenders for projects <1 MW for 650 MW of solar and wind were announced, as well as 700 MW of PV projects related to asbestos removal efforts.

France approves 230 MW worth of solar rooftop projects

Approval was given to 392 rooftop solar PV projects, with a combined capacity of 230 MW, under a plan that was launched in 2016, to realize 1,450 MW of rooftop solar within 3 years.

Tanzania launches 150 MW solar auction

Local power utility Tanesco launched a tender for the development of solar power plants across 6 regions in the country, ranging from 20 to 50 MW in size, but with a combined capacity of 150 MW in mind.


Enel completes Mexican solar plant upgrades, connecting 1,089 MW

Enel Green Power México upgraded its Villanueva solar park from 754 MW to 828 MW - once again reaffirming its status as the largest solar PV project in the Americas - and expanded the 238 MW Don José solar park to 260 MW.

Risen Energy signs PPA for 61 MW Vietnamese solar plant

The Chinese solar manufacturer and developer, which only recently set up shop in Vietnam, signed a power purchase agreement with local company Tasco for Risen's upcoming 61 MW solar PV plant in Ninh Thuan.

PPA Signed for 60 MW solar PV plant in Malawi

JCM Matswani Corp, which was backed by InfraCo Africa, JCM Power and Matswani Capital, signed a power purchase agreement with Malawi's national utility for the power produced by the 60 MW Salima Solar PV plant.

Ellomay secures financing for 300MW solar plant in Spain

The Israeli firm said it managed to secure funding from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to support the realization of their 300 MW subsidy-free solar plant in Spain, which should be operated on a merchant basis.

Nordic Power

Statkraft to invest $1.2bln in renewables every year; sets 2GW solar target

Norwegian power firm Statkraft revealed plans to invest $1.2 billion USD in renewable energy each year from 2019 to 2025. It set specific targets for reaching 6,000 MW of onshore wind and 2,000 MW of solar power capacity by 2025.

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