Sub-Saharan Africa

Morning Brief: Google’s airborne wind turbine ‘moonshot’ closes, SEIA on Black History Month, solar under storm

Also in the morning brief: Maine’s renewable procurement, Scatec Solar’s big South African solar plant, Silfab Solar’s manufacturing expansion in Washington, plus the NABCEP conference is next month.

Beijing to develop 500 MW of solar in Uganda

State-owned China Energy Engineering said the PV capacity will be developed in two phases in a deal worth $500 million.

Morning Brief: unenthusiastic solar bill in West Virginia, battery storage is suffering from ‘growing pains’

Plus the Rise and Fall of Real Goods Solar, Australian solar predictions and 50 MW of PV in Zimbabwe

Italian PV panels destined for recycling were instead smuggled to Syria and Africa

Illegally re-badged panels were sold to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Turkey and Syria. Italian authorities found 60 tons of panels.

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GivePower takes aim at water scarcity with new solar desalination systems

SolarCity, a nonprofit acquired by Tesla, launched the nonprofit GivePower in 2013 — and the Rive brothers, SolarCity’s founders, are on the board.

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Ethical energy storage needs ethical strategies for cobalt supply

Amnesty International has denounced cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo for human rights violations and the use of child labor since 2016. This has led LG Chem and other companies to insist on standards for battery cell suppliers.

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Report: the commercial opportunity for off-grid solar power in Africa is $24 billion per year

On a continent where 600 million people have no access to electricity, “The combination of solar and fintech is driving an economic transformation.”

Caterpillar, SunPower team up on CAT-branded solar

Caterpillar-branded SunPower modules will be available in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East – but not yet the United States.

Solar and wind plus storage to increasingly replace gas plants

A session at BNEF’s Future of Energy Summit explored how renewables paired with energy storage are successfully competing with new gas plants.

OPIC funds $253 million in overseas solar during 2017

The U.S. government’s lender for U.S. interests operating in developing markets increased clean energy financing in 2017, despite the arrival of the Trump Administration and an ongoing investigation.

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