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China installed 20 GW of solar power in first-half; triple from a year ago

China installed 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity in the first half of 2016, three times as much as during the same period a year ago, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Thursday citing the country’s largest solar industry lobby.

The surge in capacity extended China’s lead over Germany as the top solar generator, said Wang Bohua, General Secretary of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA), according to Xinhua.

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Worldwide Solar PV Market Capacity to Reach 756.1 GW by 2025 at a CAGR of 13.1%

RnRMarketResearch.com adds “Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market, Update 2016 – Global Market Size, Market Share, Average Price, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2025” research report providing analysis of the global solar PV market sector, in the 10 major markets of China, India, Japan, the US, Canada, Chile, Germany, the UK, France, and South Africa. It includes detailed historic and forecast statistics for cumulative and annual solar PV market capacity and annual electricity generation from 2006 to 2025, globally, regionally, and for each of the key countries.

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Latin America on Track to Install 2.7 GW of Solar-PV Capacity in 2016

Across Latin America, public tenders for photovoltaic (PV) projects are raising the pulse of the market, but challenges remain. A recent spike in new solar installations in Latin America is putting the region on track to reach 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic (PV) module capacity this year, according to IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.

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Liechtenstein wins Solar Super State Prize 2016, PHOTON

The Solar Super State Association published the top ten of its »Solar Super State«-Ranking 2016. Liechtenstein defends its number one position with a cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity of 532 W per capita. As in the last year, Japan (number 7 with 260 W per capita) overtakes several inactive European states: Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Greece. If the European states Vatican City State (5), Belgium (4), Italy (3), and Germany (2) stay inactive they will be soon downgraded by Japan. The United Kingdom again is not able to enter the top ten, France again even not the top twenty.

The Solar Super State Association is a Swiss non-profit non-governmental organization that awards the annual »Solar Super State« Prize.

 

http://www.photon.info/en/news/liechtenstein-wins-solar-super-state-prize-2016

http://www.solarsuperstate.org/source/Prize/2016/20160704_SSSP_Wind_Solar_SolarSuperState_Prize_2016_1.pdf

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S. Korea to invest 42 trillion won in renewable energy industry by 2020

South Korea will invest a combined 42 trillion won ($36.6 billion) into the renewable energy sector by 2020 as part of efforts to expand the environmentally friendly power supply system in the country, the trade ministry said Tuesday.

Under the plan, new renewable power stations will be built by 2020 to produce 13 million kilowatts of electricity annually, an equivalent to that of 26 coal plants, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

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Nuevo proceso de licitación de 170 MW en energía renovable generará inversión por 340 millones de dólares

Para el nuevo concurso público se ha destinado una potencia de 170 megavatios (MW) y su energía asociada  exclusiva con recursos renovables no convencionales (energía solar y eólica). La licitación energética contempla un contrato por un período de 20 años a partir del 2019, año en que las empresas iniciarán el suministro de la energía.

Con este tipo de iniciativas se cumple con la Política Nacional de Energía, que entre los lineamientos está: diversificar la matriz energética de El Salvador, además de abrir nuevas ventanas de inversión en El Salvador. Se prevé que este nuevo proceso de licitación  generará una inversión  estimada en $340 millones a desarrollar en los próximos dos años. Este nuevo proyecto energético tendrá una capacidad de abastecimiento de hasta 280,000 hogares de consumo promedio.

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SCALING SOLAR DELIVERS LOW-COST CLEAN ENERGY FOR ZAMBIA

Adding power capacity is a matter of urgency in Zambia, where only one fifth of the population has access to electricity and two years of drought have crippled existing hydropower facilities, causing a national electricity crisis.

It was in this context that the southern African country signed up to try Scaling Solar, a World Bank Group program designed to make it easier for governments to procure solar power quickly and at low cost through competitive tendering and pre-set financing, insurance products, and risk products.

The results of the first auction, which took place in May, have surpassed even the most optimistic expectations, with seven of the world’s leading renewables developers competing for the opportunity to build Zambia’s first large-scale solar plants.

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NEPRA revises upfront tariff for solar, wind power projects

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has decided to initiate suo moto proceedings to determine a new tariff for generation of electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects and generation of electricity from wind power projects.

In this regard, the authority has notified holding of suo moto proceedings publicly for development of new tariff for solar PV power projects and wind power projects.

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Renewable Energy Employs 8.1 Million People Worldwide

More than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year – according to a report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at its 11th Council meeting. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016, also provides a global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large hydropower, with a conservative estimate of an additional 1.3 million direct jobs worldwide.

“The continued job growth in the renewable energy sector is significant because it stands in contrast to trends across the energy sector,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. We expect this trend to continue as the business case for renewables strengthens and as countries move to achieve their climate targets agreed in Paris.”

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DEWA Receives 5 bids for Phase III of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park 800 MW

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received 5 bids from international organisations for the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, said HE Saeed Mohammed AlTayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. The lowest recorded bid at the opening of the envelopes was US 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour. The next step in the bidding process will review the technical and commercial aspects of the bids to select the best one.

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