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Indian court cancels a 6.4 GW solar auction

The High Court in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has given orders to cancel the 6.4 GW mega solar tender announced by the Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Ltd (APGECL) in November 2020. Further, the state has been asked to issue a fresh tender and cancel the power purchase agreements (PPAs).

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EDP Renewables acquires 628 MW of renewable energy assets in Chile

EDP Renewables has announced the acquisition of 628 MW of wind and solar assets under two separate deals with Atacama Energy and Lader Energy in Chile. The acquired capacity comprises a 77 MW wind farm which has a 20-year power purchase agreement and set for operation in 2023 and 551 MW of solar and wind farms, which are currently under development.

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AREF II raises Euro 130 million to develop renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II (AREF II) has raised Euro 130 million from seven investors to finance renewable energy development in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. The investors in the AREF II include the Swedish government’s Swedfund, the UK government’s CDC Group, CDP, and the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa. The funds that they have mobilised are to be used to finance clean energy, including wind, solar, run-of-river hydro, and storage projects. AREF II aims to mobilise a further Euro 300 million to increase Africa’s renewable energy footprint.

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North Macedonia signs contracts to develop 100 MW of solar projects

The North Macedonia government announced that it has signed contracts with Bulgarian solar energy group Solarpro Holding and the Turkish Fortis Energy Electric for the construction of 100 MW of solar power plants. The projects will be located at the site of the old mine in Oslomej. The estimated cost of the project is Euro 70 million and the construction is expected to open 100 new jobs in the country.

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Jinchen to install 10 GW of production lines in India

Chinese manufacturer, Jinchen Machinery has announced the receipt of solar module production line orders of about 10 GW from India in 2021. Out of total orders, it has already installed 2 GW of equipment while the remaining capacity will be supplied over the next 2-3 months. The company also plans to open its office in Surat, Gujarat by August 2021, to serve its Indian customers.

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India’s SJVN and NIWE sign MoU for renewable energy projects

SJVN Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Institute of Wind energy (NIWE) for the development of solar and wind energy projects. As per the memorandum, the institute will provide ‘technical consultancy services’ for development of sola, wind, wind-solar hybrid as well as wind and solar projects with a battery storage component for SJVN.

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ARENA announces $43 million Industrial Energy Transformation Studies Program

On behalf of the Australian government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced the upcoming launch of the $43 million Industrial Energy Transformation Studies Program. It has been announced as part of the Federal Budget and aims at identifying opportunities to reduce energy costs and emissions in the industrial sector.

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More incentives for electric two wheelers in India under FAME II amendments

ndian government’s Department of Heavy Industries, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has announced amendments to the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME II) programme. Moving from a uniform demand incentive of Rs 10,000 per kWh for all vehicles, the new amendments now provide specific demand incentive for electric two-wheelers of Rs 15,000 per kWh.

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ABB and Axpo partner on developing a green hydrogen pilot project in Italy

ABB and Swiss utility Axpo have partnered to develop modular green hydrogen production plants in Italy. The two companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding to that effect and aim to develop a feasible business model of producing affordable, green hydrogen. They will work together on feasibility studies and assess ways to reduce costs while ensuring a low carbon footprint.

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Zimbabwe launches tender for 4.5 MWp solar plant in Chiredzi

The Malilangwe Trust and Sustainable Agriculture Technology in Zimbabwe have invited bids for the selection of a company to provide engineering, design, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a 4.5 MWp solar PV plant in the country. The plant will be located 30 km from Chiredzi, a town in Masvingo province. The last date to submit bids in June 30, 2021

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Maldives floats tender for 40 MW/40 MWh of battery energy storage systems

Maldives’ Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology has floated a tender for the engineering, procurement, construction of a 40 MW/40 MWh battery energy storage systems (BESS) across 11 select islands. The BESS are set to improve renewable energy penetration for island grids and ensure efficient operation of generators in the solar-diesel hybrid generation mix.

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