Global solar market grows to almost 100GW

Turkey was the largest European solar market last year, followed by Germany and the UK

Plans for 10GW of solar power systems in Africa

The African Development Bank’s ‘Desert to Power’ initiative hopes to provide electricity to 250 million people

UK-UN pledge support for Uganda’s solar industry

The UK and UN has joined forces to help boost the solar energy industry in Uganda. The partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has pledged to support the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA). More than 70% of the population in Uganda currently don’t have access […]

International Solar Alliance comes into force

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has formally entered into force and received the status as an international organisation. It aims to deploy more than 1,000GW of the renewable source and mobilise around $1 trillion (£0.7tn) into solar power by 2030. The initiative, initially launched at the 2015 UN climate conference in Paris, has so far […]

World Bank lends $100m for Indian solar parks

The World Bank is providing $100 million (£75m) in financing to help install large-scale solar parks in India. The Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project will finance the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to provide sub-loans to states to invest in solar projects. They will be mostly under the Ministry of New and Renewable […]

Egyptian solar gets £72.9m boost from UK

An 800MW solar project in Egypt has received a £72.9 million loan from a UK Government-owned finance group. CDC is providing the finance to the Nubian Suns facility to help the country achieve its green energy targets, meet demand and create jobs. The organisation is part of an International Finance Corporation-led syndicate providing the project […]

Oil giant Statoil takes first step into solar sector

Norwegian oil giant Statoil is taking its first step into the solar industry with a Brazilian joint venture. It has signed an agreement to buy a 40% share in the 162MW Apodi solar project from Norway’s Scatec Solar. Located in the municipality of Quixeré, it will generate enough electricity to power around 160,000 homes. Statoil […]

SolarCity to pay $29.5m to settle US Government allegations

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million (£22m) to settle allegations it violated a claims act to generate more money through a US-based solar deployment programme. The Department of Justice said there was no determination of liability as part of the settlement with the company, now owned by Tesla Motors. SolarCity has also agreed to […]

Onshore wind costs ‘could be halved by 2030’

Onshore wind energy costs could be halved by 2030. That’s according to the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which has analysed the costs of a range of electricity generation technologies. It concluded wind and solar are rapidly becoming the cheapest forms of energy generation. The report suggests the cost of […]

Old rubbish dumps to produce green power

Resource management firm Veolia is to generate green energy from its former landfill sites. It is looking to better utilise the sites and add value as part of its landfill restoration programme, with the installation of solar arrays. The company has been granted planning permission for three sites: Netley in Hampshire, Ling Hall in Warwickshire […]