Blockchain a ‘potentially significant enabler’ for solar in the UK

Blockchain technology could be a “potentially significant enabler” for solar in the UK across a number of different sectors, according to SolarCoin co-founder Francois Sonnet.

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Veolia opens France’s first PV recycling facility

French waste giant Veolia has opened the first PV recycling facility in France through a partnership with PV Cycle, a not-for-profit take-back and waste management programme for solar in Europe.

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Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji win 1GW solar tender in Turkey

A 50:50 joint venture formed by ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS and Turkish firm Kalyon Enerji has been awarded a 1GW local content solar project in the Karapınar region in Turkey at a tariff of US$0.0699/kWh.

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Early stage solar and wind grid integration ‘requires little extra effort’ – IEA

In a manual directly aimed at policy makers, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has sought to debunk various myths about integrating wind and solar to the grid, while also providing solutions to bona fide problems that can arise.

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European solar market currently ‘more seller-friendly’

The European solar market is currently more “seller-friendly than buyer-friendly”, resulting in developers trying to sell assets earlier in the process than before, according to BlackRock VP Stéphane Têtot.

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France awards 500MW large-scale solar, launches major self-consumption and ‘innovation’ tenders

France has awarded contracts to 79 projects in the first 500MW tender of its 3GW large-scale programme, as well as announcing tender programmes for 450MW of self-consumption renewable energy systems and 210MW of ‘solar innovations’ including solar roads.

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Bluefield readies post-ROC era ‘asset management journey’

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) has said it is ready to shift gear following the looming closure of the Renewables Obligation Certificate subsidy scheme.

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Low Carbon boosts asset management portfolio with Wirsol deal

Renewables investor Low Carbon has bolstered its portfolio of solar assets it has under management by taking on a new tranche of assets from Wirsol.

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Foresight splashes the cash on UK’s largest solar park

Foresight Solar Fund has acquired the 72MWp Shotwick Solar Park, which remains the UK’s largest by generation capacity.

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NextEnergy Solar Fund secures £150 million refinancing as it narrows in on ‘significant pipeline’

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF), one of the top six owners of UK solar farms, has refinanced a swathe of its assets as it edges closer to yet more acquisitions.

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BayWa r.e. taking aim at UK O&M market share with Green Hedge acquisition

BayWa r.e. is aiming to leverage its international presence and scale to improve the standard of O&M services for UK customers following its acquisition of Green Hedge Operational Services.

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