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Krannich Solar and Fimer Enter Into Strategic Partnership – Live Discussion, Join Now!


Krannich Solar, one of the leading distributors for photovoltaics worldwide has signed a collaboration agreement with FIMER, the fourth largest solar inverter supplier in the world for the distribution of their inverters in Indian market. The alliance will strengthen the competitiveness through leveraging each other’s competencies and experience and ensure the most efficient and reliable deliveries to the customers.

As one of the top solar inverter suppliers in the world, FIMER has an extensive portfolio of string, central and legacy inverters. FIMER offers a wide range of single and three phase PV inverters ranging from 1.2 kW to 5 MW. FIMER is enriching the Krannich product range with high end energy solutions suitable for residential and commercial projects.

We are very pleased to start working together with FIMER” says Sandeep Banodiya, Sales Director of Krannich Solar India. “The inverters compliment our product range very well as they will offer our customers excellent quality and significant added value. With FIMER we will create a winning partnership in the India like other countries. With FIMER we have a partner that has built up an excellent reputation for quality and reliability.”


“We have a global partnership with Krannich and we would like to strengthen this further with our relationship in India”, says KN Sreevatsa, Country Head of FIMER in India. “Krannich has an excellent team and will be our national partner to enhance our presence in India. We shall offer our entire range of string inverters with our partnership which will help our customers with ease of doing business. We are excited to partner with Krannich in this new era of FIMER”.

Fimer is going to showcase its wide array of string inverters at 3pm on 3rd July, in the webinar. The company will also be discussing about the Fimer – Krannich partnership, join now:

LONGi Attends the Philippines Renewable Energy Summit 2023, Leading the Energy Transformation Wave


LONGi recently attended the Philippines Renewable Energy Summit 2023 in Manila, showcasing its advanced products and solutions. The event focused on vital topics such as utility and distributed solar energy, wind power, and battery storage systems in the Philippine market. LONGi participated in industry discussions, sharing its expertise as well as experience in energy transformation.

Global photovoltaics have entered the “terawatt era,” and LONGi is at the forefront of this revolution. Guided by the philosophy of ‘Steadfast and Reliable Technology Leadership’, LONGi continually enhances its innovation and advanced production capabilities, further promoting the continuous reduction of the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE). Currently, LONGi has achieved remarkable breakthroughs in commercial CZ-Si wafers, elevating the conversion efficiency of solar cells to 33.5% (certified by ESTI). This milestone sets a new benchmark in the field of solar power generation, providing more reliable and efficient solutions for global energy transformation.

The Philippines, with its abundant renewable energy resources, presents immense potential for solar power generation. The government’s National Renewable Energy Program aims to reach a 35% share of renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030.


LONGi’s solutions cater to the specific needs of the Philippine market with its latest generation of high-efficiency modules, Hi-MO 7, which employs n-type HPDC cell technology, boasts a maximum power output of 610 W, and achieves a conversion efficiency of 22.5%. With higher bifaciality, superior temperature coefficient of power, better light-induced degradation resistance, and excellent performance under weak light conditions, Hi-MO 7 is particularly suitable for high surface reflectivity and high ambient temperature scenarios, making it an ideal fit for the Philippine market.

With a focus on localization and proximity to the market, LONGi continues to grow its position in international markets. LONGi’s participation in the summit reinforces its commitment to global energy transformation and a sustainable future.

Together with Huawei, Transforming from Energy Consumer to Energy Producer


Huawei has restated its commitment to continuous investment in the innovation of technologies and products to enable green energy to benefit all industries, thereby transforming them from energy consumers to energy producers, at the Smart PV and Energy Storage System Summit for Nigerian Manufacturing and Commerce 2023.

In his keynote address to the conference attendees, Xia Hesheng, President of Huawei Sub-Saharan Africa Digital Power Business, pointed out that the quest for global carbon neutrality, energy security, and commercial value is driving the rapid development of a new international energy industry. The Energy Industry is shifting from “Natural Resources” to “Technological Innovation”. The urgency of Nigerian Manufacturing’s own transition is being accelerated by power shortages, power instability and rising fossil fuel prices. 

“Huawei believes in what it calls “4T” Technologies will drive the development of Africa’s renewable energy: watT, heaT, baTtery and biT. Over its 25 years of operation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Huawei has developed a deep understanding of the region’s energy and technology requirements. We are committed to utilizing Huawei’s digital power energy technologies to build a better Africa and bring clean energy to more people, families, and organizations,” continued Hesheng.


Huawei called on every industry to take action to transform from energy consumers to energy producers. “This is the best time for solar deployment for the manufacturing industry. Our Smart PV & ESS/UPS match the manufacturing power supply requirements. As the prices of Battery cells and PV panels have dropped, the Return on Investment (ROI) period has reduced significantly”, he added.

“Over the past two decades, Huawei has brought ubiquitous connectivity to Nigeria. In the next two decades, we will also bring ubiquitous green power to industries in Nigeria. Bring Green Power to Every Person, Home, and Organization, Light up Africa with Digital Power Technologies”, he declared.

The Director-General of the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN), Segun Ajayi-Kadir, who was represented by the Director of the Corporate Services Division, Ambrose Oruche, commended Huawei on the partnership initiative, stating that this noble idea would positively transform the manufacturing landscape, especially in the quest for a cost-effective clean energy source.

Oruche explained that he was confident that the partnership with the company would redefine the manufacturing landscape and set new energy efficiency and sustainability standards.

In his remarks, the Acting Managing Director of Manufacturers Power Development Company Limited (MPDCL), Oweh Mba-Sam, explained that the company is committed to partnering with credible vendors such as Huawei to provide sustainable power supply to MAN member companies.

According to Mba-Sam, this partnership serves as an avenue for engagements to guarantee energy optimization for manufacturing through technology such as AI, supported by uninterrupted power devices. He stated that the company is already exploring cheaper alternative power sources or means, such as solar PV, to achieve energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing.

Looking ahead, Huawei will keep innovating and working with partners, industry players, governments, industrial organizations, and standards organizations to drive the high-quality innovative development of the PV and ESS industries. Green PV will become the main energy source for every home and business to accelerate carbon neutrality and build a better, greener future.

Colorado’s Utility-Scale Clean Power Investments Soar to $14 Billion Says New Report


A recent report from the American Clean Power Association (ACP) highlights the substantial impact of utility-scale clean energy projects in Colorado. The report, titled “Clean Energy Powers Colorado,” reveals that more than one-third of the state’s energy capacity is now derived from solar and wind initiatives, positioning Colorado as a top 10 state for renewables deployment. The state boasts a clean energy capacity of nearly 7,000 megawatts (MW), sufficient to power 2.5 million homes.

Colorado’s clean energy sector has benefited from close to $14 billion in capital investments, not only in utility-scale solar, storage, and wind projects but also in a thriving manufacturing sector. The state is home to 12 operational clean energy manufacturing facilities, which have created job opportunities throughout Colorado, pushing the total number of Coloradans employed in the utility-scale sector to over 15,750.

Beyond increasing energy capacity, clean energy projects contribute significantly to state and local revenue. They generate more than $20 million in annual state and local taxes and an additional $28 million in landowner income through leases, resulting in a total annual contribution of $48 million to Colorado’s economy. This revenue plays a vital role in filling budget gaps, supporting essential services, and offering families opportunities to generate income and preserve ancestral lands.


The report anticipates Colorado’s clean energy capacity will more than double by 2030. ACP forecasts an addition of 1,250 MW of battery storage, 4,000 MW of solar, and 4,250 MW of wind to the state’s energy grid, bringing the total clean power capacity to nearly 16,500 MW. This substantial growth signifies a 136% increase in clean energy serving Colorado, with an expected $12 billion in capital investments, $64 million in annual state and local tax revenue, and $78 million in landowner lease income.

Canadian Solar Secures Major Supply Contracts at 2023 U.S. RE+ Trade Show


Canadian Solar Inc. has bagged around 4 GWp of solar module contracts at the 2023 RE+ event in Las Vegas. These contracts will be fulfilled by the upcoming Texas factory and the expanded Thailand module factory. Moreover, the newly introduced EP Cube Lite has garnered positive market feedback, resulting in numerous new system orders during RE+. 

These encompass standalone residential storage systems and complete residential PV plus storage packages, featuring high-efficiency Canadian Solar residential PV modules. The EP Cube Lite helps homeowners reduce electricity costs by utilizing lower-cost daytime energy during the evening peak-rate hours.

“Our cost competitive TOPBiHiKu7 bifacial TOPCon module has received overwhelmingly positive market response as it gives project developers, EPC customers and investors the secure and long-term module supply they have been looking for. We are pleased to be the partner of choice for multiple key stakeholders,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.


“Canadian Solar is one of the few companies capable providing a fully integrated, self-developed and self-manufactured PV module and energy storage system solutions for residential, commercial and utility scale applications. This gives us a significant competitive advantage over many single component offerings in the market,” he added.

Week In ASEAN: Siemens And Progressture Solar Join Forces To Accelerate Malaysia’s Transition To Clean Energy; GoodWe Achieves A 10.95 MW Large-Scale PV Project In Malaysia; And More

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Siemens and Progressture Solar Join Forces to Accelerate Malaysia’s Transition to Clean Energy

Siemens and Progressture Power Sdn Bhd (Progressture Solar) have forged a pioneering collaboration aimed at propelling Malaysia’s green energy transition agenda through cutting-edge digitization technologies. This significant partnership was formally established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the Smart Nation Expo 2023. Its primary objective is to advance integrated energy solutions that seamlessly combine energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) to usher in a sustainable energy future for Malaysia. This partnership is geared towards fostering cooperation with industry stakeholders to deliver seamless energy solutions that facilitate significant emissions reductions and support businesses in adopting sustainable, environmentally conscious practices.

GoodWe Achieves a 10.95 MW Large-Scale PV Project in Malaysia, Debuting its One-Stop Ground Solution


GoodWe, the global leader in solar inverters and energy storage solutions, announces the successful completion of the Solar Citra Project, a 10.95-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project located in Perak, Malaysia. This achievement is one of the initial projects to connect to the grid under the aegis of the Large-Scale Solar 4 program (LSS4) in Malaysia. The project is expected to yield 24.095 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy annually, leading to yearly revenues of $1 million and a reduction in carbon emissions of 17.1 metric tons. The Solar Citra Project marks a milestone as GoodWe’s first large-scale solar farm project to be fully implemented with its integrated one-stop PV solution. This comprehensive solution comprises 52 units of 250 kW-HT string inverters, 2 units of 6750 kVA Medium-voltage (MV) Stations, the SCB3000 communication device, and the SolarOS monitoring platform.

Majuperak Holdings And SPIC Energy Join Forces For Solar Ventures In Perak, Malaysia

Majuperak Holdings Berhad (MHB) has taken a significant step towards sustainable energy solutions by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SPIC Energy Malaysia Berhad (SPIC Energy). The collaboration aims to explore and potentially develop ground-mounted and floating solar photovoltaic projects in the state of Perak, Malaysia. This strategic partnership also includes the possibility of jointly undertaking Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Commissioning Services (EPCC) for these projects. SPIC Energy Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation Limited, operates under the Malaysia Companies Act. It specializes in power plant construction and is globally recognized as one of the largest corporations in renewable energy generation.

President Marcos Invites Singaporean Businesses To Invest In Philippines’ Renewable Energy Sector

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has extended a warm invitation to businesses in Singapore to consider the Philippines as their investment hub for renewable energy. During his participation in the 10th Asia Summit Fireside Chat in Singapore, President Marcos highlighted the government’s efforts to lower electricity rates and attract foreign investors to the country’s renewable energy sector. Under the new policy, foreign investors are now allowed 100 per cent equity in the exploration, development, and utilization of solar, wind, hydro, and ocean or tidal energy resources in the Philippines. President Marcos emphasized that this policy change aligns with the country’s objectives of attracting foreign investments to bolster the renewable energy sector and meet long-term climate targets.

Ayala’s ACEN Corporation Granted ‘Green Lane’ Status For Accelerating Laguna Lake Solar Energy Projects

The Board of Investments (BOI) has granted approval to ACEN Corporation, a company under the Ayala Group, for expedited Green Lane processing of its diverse renewable energy (RE) projects in Laguna Lake. This aligns with the government’s strategy to promote green investments. Specifically, the BOI has given the green light for Green Lane processing to several ACEN subsidiaries, including SolarAce4, AC Laguna, AC Subic, GigaWind1, and Ingrid Floating Solar Power Plants. Green Lane status expedites the issuance of permits, licenses, and resolutions of critical investment-related issues. The government, particularly the BOI, is committed to accelerating eco-friendly investments in the country, and Green Lane processing plays a pivotal role in achieving this goal.

LONGi Unveils Hi-MO 7 Modules in Malaysia, Paving the Way for Energy Transition

LONGi, the world’s leading solar technology company, made a significant presence at the Energy Transition Conference 2023 in Malaysia. During the event, LONGi unveiled its latest Hi-MO 7 modules and showcased its comprehensive product solution portfolio tailored to meet diverse customer applications within the Malaysian market. The Hi-MO 7 modules are the result of LONGi’s innovative practice based on high-efficiency HPDC cell technology, representing a significant advancement from HPC cell technology. These upgraded HPDC cells deliver enhanced conversion efficiency, power temperature coefficient, and higher reliability, resulting in substantial improvements in power generation. Furthermore, LONGi’s industry-leading product lifecycle standards provide a profound level of reliability assurance, ensuring exceptional product quality for Hi-MO 7 and surpassing customer expectations by delivering robust value and impressive returns.

Philippines’ Davao Oriental Partners With Dy Green Energy To Develop 50-Megawatt Solar Power Plant

In a historic move towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy source, the provincial government of Davao Oriental has taken a significant step by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Dy Green Energy, a power generation company, to explore the development of the province’s very first 50-megawatt (MW) solar power plant. The momentous signing ceremony, which took place at the Tourism Complex in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental, saw the presence of distinguished dignitaries, including His Excellency Mr Hoang Huy Chung, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of the Philippines, who expressed strong support for the project.

Sungrow’s Future Energy Roadshow in Malaysia Introduces Innovative Energy Solutions to Support Local Sustainable Energy Development

Sungrow, the global leading inverter and energy storage system supplier, held the Future Energy Roadshow in Malaysia on September 20 with more than 150 clients in attendance. During the roadshow, participants discussed in detail the opportunities and challenges of photovoltaic energy storage development in Malaysia. They also discussed industry technology development trends and shared project cases and experiences. Sungrow also introduced its utility-scale and C&I solutions. With their powerful performance, these solutions are expected to boost Malaysia’s energy transition.

Sunview Group Joins Forces With UOB Malaysia For Solar Power Expansion

Sunview Group Berhad, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fabulous Sunview Sdn Bhd, has announced a significant partnership with UOB Malaysia. This collaboration is focused on providing installation and management services for solar power systems to local businesses and consumers. Sunview, a prominent player in the renewable energy sector engaged in engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) activities, has joined UOB Malaysia’s U-Solar program as its 10th EPCC partner. Under this agreement, Sunview will offer a range of services, including the development, planning, procurement, construction, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. These services will cater to commercial, industrial, residential, and large-scale solar (LSS) projects. 

First Solar Propels America’s Solar Industry with $1.1 Billion Louisiana Manufacturing Plant

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First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR), a prominent leader in solar energy solutions, celebrated a momentous occasion today as it officially broke ground on its highly anticipated manufacturing facility in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The groundbreaking ceremony was graced by the presence of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and esteemed dignitaries from the state, marking a significant milestone in the company’s mission to bolster America’s photovoltaic (PV) solar panel production capabilities.

This colossal endeavor represents a remarkable $1.1 billion investment, making it the most substantial capital infusion in the region’s history. The factory, First Solar’s fifth fully vertically integrated facility in the United States, is poised to play a pivotal role in expanding the nation’s capacity to manufacture solar panels. With commercial shipments slated to commence by the first half of 2026, the facility is projected to augment the company’s nameplate manufacturing capacity by 3.5 gigawatts (GW), propelling it to an approximate 14 GW capacity in the United States and 25 GW worldwide by 2026.

Upon completion, the fully vertically integrated manufacturing facility will span an impressive two million square feet. Designed with cutting-edge technology, it has the capability to transform a sheet of glass into a ready-to-ship Series 7 module in just 4.5 hours, churning out over a dozen new, Louisiana-made solar panels every minute.


Governor John Bel Edwards expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This is a historic day for Iberia Parish and Louisiana as we celebrate this record-breaking investment and the hundreds of good-paying jobs it will create. First Solar’s choosing our state for its newest solar panel production facility solidifies Louisiana’s place as a leader in the global energy transition. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this day happen, and we are all proud to welcome First Solar to Louisiana.”

First Solar’s commitment to Louisiana is expected to result in the creation of more than 700 new direct manufacturing jobs in the state. Already established as the largest employer in America’s solar manufacturing sector, boasting a workforce of over 2,500 employees nationwide, the company envisions having over 4,000 direct employees in the United States by 2026.

Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar, proudly stated, “As America’s solar company, we are proud to welcome Louisiana to the largest solar manufacturing footprint in the Western Hemisphere. This facility, like its sister facilities in Ohio and Alabama, represents First Solar’s investment in our country’s future. We are creating enduring value for the US by building a robust solar manufacturing base and the value chains that enable it. This delivers jobs and economic value today, and establishes the foundations needed for the country to enter the next decade with a secure supply of solar energy technology.”

In a strategic move that aligns with its vision for the future, First Solar embarked on a $4.1 billion manufacturing expansion strategy at the start of the decade. This initiative has seen the company catapult from an approximate 6 GW of global nameplate capacity in 2020 to an impressive 13 GW operational capacity today. Furthermore, approximately 12 GW of nameplate capacity is expected to come online in the US and India between the second half of 2023 and 2026.

In addition to the groundbreaking in Louisiana, First Solar recently commissioned its third Ohio factory earlier this year and anticipates the completion of its new facility in Alabama as well as the expansion of its existing Ohio footprint in 2024. The company also expects its new facility in India to commence commercial production in the fourth quarter of this year. As part of its forward-looking approach, the company is making a substantial investment of up to $370 million in a dedicated R&D innovation center in Perrysburg, Ohio, which is slated for completion next year.

Week In Middle East: Israel Releases Tender For 100 MW Solar Photovoltaic Project In Ashlim; EWEC Calls For Expressions Of Interest For 1.5 GW Khazna Solar PV Project In Abu Dhabi; And More

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Israel Releases Tender For 100 MW Solar Photovoltaic Project In Ashlim

The inter-ministerial tender committee for solar energy projects has released tender documents for the construction of a 100 MW solar power station using photovoltaic technology near the Ashlim settlement. This project will be developed in collaboration with the private sector under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) method for financing, planning, construction, and operation. The concessionaire who wins the tender will be responsible for these aspects for 25 years before transferring the power station back to the state. The initiative aligns with the government’s goal of achieving 30% electricity production from renewable sources of the total electricity consumption by 2030 and reducing emissions in Israel.

EWEC Calls For Expressions Of Interest For 1.5 GW Khazna Solar PV Project In Abu Dhabi


EWEC (Emirates Water and Electricity Company), a leading company in the integrated coordination of planning, purchasing, and supply of water and electricity across the UAE, invited developers and developer consortiums to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development of a new Khazna Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Project (IPP), to be located in Al Khazna area of Abu Dhabi. The development of EWEC’s new solar PV project aligns with the company’s strategic plan to build additional renewable energy plants that increase its total solar power generation capacity to 7.3 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.

Kuwait Fund For Arab Economic Development To Provide Second Loan Of $570 Million For Gulf Electricity Interconnection Expansion Project

The Gulf Electricity Interconnection Expansion Project, overseen by the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), represents a collaborative effort among Gulf and regional stakeholders to address rising electricity demands in Gulf states and Iraq. This initiative promises significant technical and economic advantages. It will enhance the capacity, efficiency, and reliability of the electrical network for GCCIA-member nations, ensuring a consistent supply of electrical energy. Additionally, Gulf countries will have the opportunity to commercially benefit from surplus production capacity. Kuwait stands to gain the most from this project, with an expected increase in its electricity network capacity by around 2,500 megawatts. This boost will improve Kuwait’s electrical network’s operational efficiency.

HD Hyundai Electric Strikes $50.8 Million Deal For NEOM City Substation Project In Saudi Arabia

Hyundai Electric, a South Korean company, has secured a significant contract valued at $50.8 million with Saudi Arabia’s Al Gihaz Contracting Company. This agreement is centered around the development of a cutting-edge 380/132kV Substation as part of the ambitious NEOM City project, which is poised to revolutionize Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure. In accordance with the contract terms, HD Hyundai Electric will be tasked with providing essential electrical components, including High Voltage transformers, High Voltage switchgears, and Reactors for the newly named NEOM Mountain Bulk Supply Point (BSP) Substation.

Abdul Latif Jameel Partners with AWS and FRV for a Sustainable Digital Transformation with Renewable Energy

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), a subsidiary of, Inc., has announced its partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel, a globally diversified conglomerate nearing its 80th year in business. AWS will serve as the preferred cloud provider for Abdul Latif Jameel’s digital transformation efforts, focusing on innovation across key sectors, including mobility, energy, health, and financial services. In addition to this strategic alliance, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a division of Abdul Latif Jameel Global Energy and Environment Holding Company Limited, will supply clean energy capacity to power Amazon’s operations.

Hygenco Green Energies Pioneers Green Hydrogen Projects In The Middle East With Al Jomaih

Hygenco Green Energies, a company specializing in environmentally friendly hydrogen solutions, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Jomaih Energy and Water (AEW) to explore Green Hydrogen projects in the Middle East region. This significant agreement was formalized during the India-Saudi Investment Forum 2023, a high-profile event organized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India, and the Saudi Ministry of Investment, held by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Abdulazziz Al-Saud’s official visit to India.

PetroSolar And Shell Energy Philippines Forge Agreement For Solar Power Supply

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PetroSolar Corporation (PSC), a subsidiary of PetroGreen Energy Corporation (PGEC), led by the Yuchengco Group, has finalized a power supply agreement (PSA) with Shell Energy Philippines Inc.

The agreement will draw power from PSC’s 20-megawatt Tarlac-2 solar farm in Tarlac City. As part of the deal, PGEC will supply electricity generated from its solar plant to Shell Energy, the retail electricity supplier (RES) of the multinational energy company in the Philippines.

Details about the tariff and the specific volume of solar capacity to be provided to Shell within certain timeframes have not been disclosed by the two companies.


According to PGEC’s President & CEO, Francisco G. Delfin, Jr., this agreement with Shell reflects their mutual commitment to clean energy and follows a previous power supply agreement signed between the two firms last year.

PGEC and its subsidiary companies have been expanding their renewable energy (RE) investments, not only in solar farms but also in onshore and offshore wind farm installations in various locations in the Philippines. It is anticipated that the Yuchengco Group and its partner will take a leading role in developing the first offshore wind farm to contribute power to the grid.

Bernd Krukenberg, President of Shell Energy Philippines, highlighted that they chose PetroSolar as a partner due to its established reputation and dedication to RE development. This collaboration demonstrates Shell’s commitment to providing sustainable energy solutions to its customers, especially in the commercial and industrial sectors where RE-generated power supply is preferred.

Shell is also supporting Shell Pilipinas Corporation’s transition to clean energy, including supplying RE-based power to electric vehicle charging stations.

In the Philippines’ energy sector, renewable energy plays a pivotal role, not only in achieving profitability but also in aligning investments with the growing shift towards green energy to mitigate climate change risks.

Scatec Unveils Cameroon’s Solar Hybrid and Battery Storage Facilities in Grand Inaugural Ceremony

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Scatec, a leading renewable energy company, celebrated the inauguration of its solar hybrid and battery storage plants in Cameroon today. In 2021, Scatec entered into a lease agreement with ENEO, a prominent electricity provider, to deliver two cutting-edge solar facilities with a combined capacity of 36MW solar and 20MW/19MWh of storage. These pioneering plants are located in Maroua and Guider, situated in the Grand-North region of Cameroon.

Hans Olav Kvalvaag, CEO at Scatec, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are pleased that this day is finally here, and we get to celebrate this major milestone at Scatec, where we pride ourselves in making renewable energy easily accessible and affordable across growth markets.”

The Scatec’s pre-assembled solar power and battery storage system represent a unique solution and the first of its kind to be deployed in Cameroon. The Maroua and Guider solar power plants are equipped with over 44,800 bifacial solar panels mounted on trackers, maximizing energy production throughout the day. These installations are set to generate a substantial 80 GWh of electricity annually, making a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, estimated to save almost 60,000 tonnes per year.


The solar power plants were completed in phases throughout 2022 and are now fully operational. Reports indicate a noticeable improvement in electricity supply in the northern regions of Cameroon, which were previously prone to power outages. Scatec’s rapidly deployable leasing solution has provided more stable power to residents and industries in the northern parts of Cameroon.

Arnaud Gouet, SVP Utilities at Scatec, highlighted the potential for further expansion, stating, “Having looked at the success of the two projects and how they have helped improve electricity supply in Cameroon, Scatec is well-positioned to further strengthen power supply in Cameroon with more capacity.”

The collaboration between Scatec, ENEO, sub-contractors, and local staff played a pivotal role in the success of these projects. Arnaud Gouet expressed his gratitude, saying, “These solar power plants are the result of a fruitful collaboration between the public and private sectors, symbolizing the collective determination to meet the energy needs of the Far North region cleanly and efficiently.”

Hans Olav Kvalvaag extended his thanks, stating, “We would like to thank the Scatec team that has been working tirelessly on this project. This day would not be possible without your hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank the ENEO team for believing in us and the fruitful partnership that we have developed over the years. And a big thank you to the Cameroonian Government for trusting us with these projects.”

This milestone marks a significant step forward in Cameroon’s journey toward sustainable and reliable energy sources, further contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.

Solis Shines Bright at Technical Seminar in Lebanon Unveiling New Product Innovations


Solis, the world 3rd largest PV inverter manufacturer, recently hosted a highly successful technical seminar in Lebanon, This event served as a platform to unite enthusiastic customers and industry experts. Showcased Solis’ commitment to innovation and fostering customer engagement, unveiling exciting new products and features that are set to revolutionize the Lebanese solar market.

Key highlights of the seminar included:

Product Showcasing: Solis introduced its latest offerings, including the residential Hybrid Pro versions (6kW & 8kW), the S3 Logger, the all-new 29-50 kW C&I energy storage inverter, and the MV station. These cutting-edge products represent Solis’ dedication to meeting the growing demands of the solar storage industry.
New Features Unveiled: Attendees were given an in-depth look at the advanced features of the Hybrid Pro versions and the S3 Logger. These include AC coupling, support for two AC inputs (Grid + Gen), smart load management, and seamless integration with third-party export power control systems. The compatibility with weather stations was also discussed, highlighting Solis’ commitment to precision and accuracy in solar power generation.
Market Entry Strategy: Solis has firmly demonstrated its dedication to making a substantial impact in the Lebanese market. With the recent release of the Solis Six generation advanced power hybrid inverter and the S3 Logger, Solis recognizes that these features are custom-tailored to meet the unique requirements of the Lebanese market offering innovative solutions to enhance solar energy generation and management.
Comprehensive Inverter Lineup: Solis exhibited its complete range of grid-tied and hybrid inverters, providing attendees with a comprehensive view of the options available to them. This guarantees that customers can access the precise technology tailored to
their specific solar energy needs.


The seminar was made informative and engaging by Solis’ top executives, who delivered technical presentations and shared their expertise with the attendees. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights into Solis’ vision for the future of solar energy.

Shivang Gupta, Marketing Manager, showcased Solis’ vision and innovation in the market, providing insights into the strategies driving the brand’s success.

Joy Wang, Sales Manager, captivated attendees with her deep understanding of Solis’ products and their applicability in diverse scenarios, highlighting their real-world impact.

ichel Abi Younes, Technical Sales Manager, illuminated the technical intricacies of Solis’ cutting-edge products, underscoring their capacity to transform the solar landscape.

Solis remains dedicated to driving the adoption of clean and sustainable energy solutions in Lebanon and beyond. The success of this technical seminar reaffirms Solis’ position as an industry leader, committed to providing cutting-edge solutions and unparalleled customer support.

NTPC Solicits Bids for 176 MW Solar Project, Combining 120 MW Ground-Mounted and 56 MW Floating PV in Ramagundam

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NTPC Ltd., India’s largest power utility, has issued an invitation for online bids from eligible bidders for a significant solar project in Ramagundam. The project encompasses a 120 MW ground-mounted and a 56 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at the NTPC Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station (STPS).

The project’s scope involves various critical aspects, including detailed design, civil, electrical, and mechanical auxiliary systems, such as foundation drawings, single-line diagrams, and installation plans. Additionally, it includes the supply and installation of PV modules, power evacuation systems, and a three-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract. An annual maintenance contract (AMC) for essential equipment is also part of the package.

Interested bidders are required to submit their proposals in two envelopes: Envelope-I, containing the Techno-Commercial Bid, and Envelope-II, housing the Price Bid. Furthermore, a Reverse Auction process will be employed to determine the most competitive pricing.


To be eligible, bidders must demonstrate a track record of designing, supplying, and commissioning solar PV-based grid-connected power plants with a cumulative installed capacity of at least 40 MWp. Among these projects, at least one should have a capacity of 10 MWp or higher and must have been successfully operational for a minimum of six months prior to the Techno-Commercial Bid opening.

The last date for the submission of bids, including both technical and price components, is October 20, 2023, by 15:00 (IST). The opening of the Techno-Commercial Bid will take place on the same day at 15:30 (IST). Bidders are also required to pay INR 22,500 for the bidding documents.

This ambitious solar project by NTPC aims to bolster India’s renewable energy capacity and reduce its carbon footprint, aligning with the nation’s commitment to clean and sustainable energy sources.

Yokogawa Releases Upgrade for OpreX Data Model Broker Plant Data Transformation Platform


Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of Design Diagram Converter, a new OpreXTM Data Model Broker component. OpreX Data Model Broker, a product in the OpreX Connected Intelligence lineup, is a data transformation platform that makes use of the ontology AI technique to convert and verify data that is scattered across various systems. The new Design Diagram Converter component is able to read piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) created with 2D CAD software and automatically generate intelligent P&IDs and instrument lists that can be processed by computers. With the automation of plant engineering work that previously had to be done manually, Yokogawa is supporting digital transformation in plant engineering.

Development Background

P&IDs play an essential role not only in design and construction but also in the operation, maintenance, and modification of plants that process oil, chemicals, and other materials. P&IDs are created by process designers for use by the personnel tasked with implementing plant instrumentation, piping, and machinery. However, as these diagrams are intended primarily for ease of viewing, they are not optimized for computer processing, which is necessary for frequent information exchange. In such cases, it is necessary to have a specialist manually extract and process the data from these P&ID drawings, and this is time-consuming and presents quality issues.


To address these issues, Yokogawa has developed the Design Diagram Converter. With high accuracy, this software can read P&IDs created with 2D CAD software, convert them to P&IDs compliant with international standard file formats, and automatically generate an instrumentation list. By automating a task that previously had to be done manually, the workload is significantly decreased, quality is assured through the reduction of human error, and the promotion of digitalizing plant engineering is achieved.

Main Features

  1. Automatically generates an instrumentation list by analyzing P&ID information
    The original instrumentation list can be automatically generated by loading 2D CAD P&ID files into the Design Diagram Converter software. For the analysis of drawings, pattern-matching techniques are used to extract information and the patterns can be tuned using the target drawings. As detection accuracy can be easily adjusted, this makes it easier to start related tasks. Compared to the process in which information is manually extracted from diagrams and lists are created manually, this program is able to reduce total labour time by approximately 60%.
Design Diagram Converter screenshots: Left: Original P&ID diagram before pattern matching / Right: After pattern matching
  1. Automatically generates XML documents that are compliant with international P&ID standards
    With the Design Diagram Converter, information that is read can be exported in the XML document format, which complies with the ISO15926 international standard. The XML documents can be used on other systems and in applications that support the same format, making it easy to use design information from an existing plant asset.

Major Target Markets

Oil and gas upstream, midstream gas and liquid pipelines, petrochemicals, chemicals, renewable energy, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, mining, iron and steel, water distribution, and wastewater treatment.


Digital transformation of P&IDs and automatic generation of an instrumentation list in plants for oil, chemicals, and other materials

Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited and Dugar Power Private Limited Join Forces to Advance Renewable Energy Initiatives in Nepal


Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL), a leading player in India’s renewable energy sector, has inked an agreement with Dugar Power Private Limited (Dugar Power), a subsidiary of Nepal’s esteemed business conglomerate, Dugar Group.

This collaboration marks a strategic move by TPREL into Nepal’s rapidly evolving renewable energy sector. It not only symbolizes a significant step but also promises to catalyze Nepal’s transition towards sustainable energy solutions. TPREL operates under the umbrella of The Tata Power Company Limited, one of India’s largest integrated power companies.

The partnership holds the potential to empower Dugar Power in the integration of advanced sustainable energy solutions within Nepal. By leveraging transformative solar technologies, this alliance aims to generate a diverse range of on and off-grid energy solutions. With adaptability at its core, this collaboration signifies a long-term commitment to fostering energy sustainability in the region.


The agreement also addresses Nepal’s diverse energy needs comprehensively. It offers scalable solutions ranging from 1 KW to MW levels. This strategic initiative opens up new avenues for TPREL, enabling the diversification of its portfolio to include the supply of cells & modules, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services, as well as Operations and Maintenance (O&M) solutions in Nepal.

 Mr. Ashish Khanna, CEO of Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited., said, “This partnership with Dugar Power is a strategic alliance engineered to redefine Nepal’s energy landscape. As we make our entry into Nepal’s promising renewable energy market, we intend to generate a transformative impact. With the combined expertise and resources of both companies, we are optimistic that this tie up will create an enabling ecosystem for sustainable energy transition in the region.”   

Mr. Abhishek Dugar, MD of Dugar Power Private Limited, commented, “Our alliance with Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited is a strategic alignment in achieving Nepal’s long-term objectives for renewable energy and energy self-sufficiency. Our collective aim transcends commercial interests; we are committed to ensuring that clean energy reaches every corner of Nepal. This partnership is a testament to our unwavering commitment to propel Nepal toward a sustainable energy future.”  

Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited stands as a prominent figure in the global renewable energy sector, having delivered over 3GW of cells and modules worldwide. The company’s impressive portfolio includes substantial contributions to major international projects, such as 3.411 MWp in the Netherlands and 3.376 MWp in the USA, among others. Dugar Power, on the other hand, brings specialized expertise tailored to Nepal’s unique renewable energy landscape. 

Both Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited and Dugar Power Private Limited are strategically positioned to elevate Nepal’s energy landscape to unprecedented heights.

BayWa r.e. Launches Germany’s Largest PV Rooftop Installation

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Through a collaborative effort involving property group Goodman, renewable energy company BayWa r.e., and wholesaler METRO, Germany’s largest solar rooftop plant was unveiled at the METRO logistics site in Marl. 

This initiative includes two solar rooftop installations, one with approximately 6 MWp and the other on the second building with around 12 MWp, making it the largest in Germany. Combined, these installations cover an area equivalent to 14 football fields and boast 43,000 photovoltaic modules with a total capacity of 18 MWp. This effort advances the promotion of renewable energies and aligns with the ambitious climate goals of the North Rhine-Westphalian government.

Mona Neubaur, Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy and Deputy Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, said “Germany’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system is now located here in Marl in the Ruhr region. As a lighthouse project, this cooperation is exemplary for the sustainable energy generation of the future and for the accelerated expansion of solar energy here in North Rhine-Westphalia. Inexpensive, locally produced electricity is now a key location factor for companies and a key for our state on the way to becoming the first climate-neutral industrial region in Europe.”


The photovoltaic system will generate green energy to fulfill METRO LOGISTICS’ on-site requirements and surplus energy will be supplied to the grid. Furthermore, the entire building complex has achieved the Gold Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). As the property operator, METRO LOGISTICS benefits from strong partnerships with Goodman, an international property group, and BayWa r.e., a developer and solutions provider in renewable energies.

For METRO, a global wholesaler, climate protection holds significant importance across various fronts. Managing 102 stores in Germany presents diverse challenges, including renovating heating infrastructure, transitioning cooling systems to natural coolants, expanding the electric vehicle fleet, and increasing the adoption of photovoltaic systems.

Christof Prange, Managing Director of Goodman Germany GmbH, emphasized, “We are consistently expanding capacities for the generation of green energy and thus making our contribution to a rapid energy turnaround. The 18 MWp we operate in Marl is roughly equivalent to the electricity needs of 5,100 households”. 

Günter Haug, COO at BayWa r.e., added, “Large industrial and commercial real estate groups like Goodman play a key role in helping companies to optimally use their large roof areas to generate renewable energy. This flagship project serves as an important example and showcase for industrial and logistics companies that want to make a real difference when it comes to sustainability.”

 Christiane Giesen, Chief People & Culture Officer, Labour Director and Member of the Management Board of METRO AG, noted, “The commissioning of the PV plant in Marl is an important step for our climate strategy. METRO has set itself the goal in 2021 to consistently reduce its carbon footprint worldwide and to be completely climate neutral in its own business operations by 2040. An ambitious goal – but with good partners and the right framework conditions from the political side, we are confident that we will achieve this goal and make our contribution to more climate protection.”

TrendForce Report: Surge in Demand for N-Type Solar Cells Alters Market Landscape


In a rapidly evolving solar industry, N-type cell technology has witnessed a significant uptick in production demand, driven by advancements in battery technology, according to a report from TrendForce. The surge in popularity of cost-effective TOPCon cell technology in 2022 has led to the rapid expansion of N-type cell technology, with many solar industry players entering the competition. This shift may also pose a risk to the dominance of PERC cell technology used in producing P-type cells.

TrendForce’s analysis suggests that as large-scale N-type cell capacities become a reality, there is a potential for a substantial portion of PERC cell technology capacities to phase out within the next two to three years. Simultaneously, the gradual increase in N-type cell capacities could lead to sporadic shortages of high-quality silicon materials and wafers tailored for N-type cells, potentially resulting in a noticeable price difference compared to their P-type counterparts.

Abundant Silicon Supply but Widening Price Gap


As of the end of 2023, the total production capacity of polysilicon is projected to reach 2.072 million tons, reflecting a YoY increase of 68.6%. Silicon material output is estimated at approximately 1.483 million tons, sufficient to meet the needs of over 600 GW of solar panel consumption, considering a silicon consumption rate of 0.245 tons per GW. This oversupply aligns with an annual installation demand of approximately 370-390 GW, which may cause a drop in the price of P-type silicon. On the other hand, N-type silicon, in high demand but with limited output, may experience periodic shortages, potentially stabilizing its price and offering better profitability for silicon firms.

Surge in N-Type Cell Slices Demand Spurs Transition Among Silicon Wafer Manufacturers

By the end of 2023, silicon wafer production capacity is set to reach approximately 921.6 GW, marking a significant YoY growth of 64.2%. The rising demand for N-type cell wafers has prompted silicon wafer manufacturers to swiftly shift their focus towards N-type production, leading to an increase in output. However, the inclusion of rectangular silicon wafers may result in short-term supply shortages for certain dimensions of P-type wafers. There is also the possibility of oversupply in N-type wafers if the rollout of N-type cells does not meet expectations. Leading companies like Longi and CMC are actively enhancing their competitive edge through intensified industry competition, leveraging their technological expertise, access to high-purity quartz sand, and a consistent supply of top-quality silicon wafers.

N-Cell Capacity Deployment Faces Delays; PERC Tech Likely to Maintain Dominance

In 2023, wafer capacity is poised to surge, reaching an estimated 1,172 GW, marking a remarkable 106% YoY increase. The lion’s share of this capacity boost is driven by N-type TOPCon cell technology. By year-end, N-type wafers are forecasted to reach 676 GW, constituting 57.7% of the total capacity. Nevertheless, TrendForce has identified delays in N-type cell deployment. Despite this, due to the price disparity between N-P type wafers, PERC technology is expected to maintain its market dominance this year, even as the adoption of TOPCon cells accelerates.

China Expected to Maintain Solar Panel Capacity Dominance

In 2023, global solar panel capacity is forecasted to reach an impressive 1,034 GW, marking a YoY increase of 64.7%. Of this capacity, approximately 335.4 GW is attributed to newly added capacity, primarily driven by Chinese enterprises. With Western countries and India implementing policies supporting local manufacturing, Chinese firms are considering expanding production capacities overseas to bypass trade barriers. According to TrendForce, leading Chinese solar panel manufacturers like Longi, JinkoSolar, JA Solar, and TrinaSolar have already expanded operations to regions including the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Given the maturity of Chinese manufacturers’ technology and cost-effective production, along with the nascent state of solar supply chains overseas and the higher costs associated with expansion, it remains challenging for enterprises from other regions to enter the competition. TrendForce predicts that the global competitive landscape for solar panels is unlikely to see significant changes in the near term, with China maintaining its dominant position, anticipated to hold 80-85% of the capacity share in 2023.

The Solar Week Chile 2023 : Conference & Awards


November 9 @ 9:00 am November 10 @ 7:00 pm America/Santiago

The Solar Week Chile 2023, organized by SolarQuarter Americas, is your gateway to the future of solar energy in Chile. Over the course of two dynamic days, you’ll have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a comprehensive exploration of the solar industry in the region. The event kicks off with exclusive sessions featuring high-ranking government officials, providing valuable insights into the government’s role in shaping the industry’s trajectory. From there, you’ll embark on a journey that covers every aspect of solar energy, from cutting-edge technology trends to the ever-evolving policy landscape.

Husk Power Systems Unveils Africa Sunshot Initiative To Expand Minigrids And Drive Climate-Resilient Growth

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In a significant commitment to drive climate-resilient economic growth in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, Husk Power Systems unveiled the “Africa Sunshot” initiative, aiming to have 2,500 net-zero mini-grids operational in off-grid and weak-grid communities within the region over the next five years. The initiative, announced during the inaugural Africa Climate Summit, sets ambitious goals to elevate the mini-grid industry’s efforts toward achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including universal energy access.

The 5-year objectives of the Africa Sunshot include:

  1. 2,500 Operational Minigrids: Extending energy access to underserved communities.
  2. 1 Million New Connections: Directly benefiting 7.7 million individuals.
  3. 225,000 Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Connected: Boosting economic opportunities.
  4. 150MW Installed Rooftop Solar Commercial and Industrial (C&I): Advancing sustainable energy practices.
  5. 2.1 Megatons of CO2 Emissions Avoided: By displacing diesel generation.

In Sub-Saharan Africa’s 33 least developed countries (LDCs), electrification rates stand at a mere 36%. According to the World Bank, fulfilling the energy needs of 380 million people in the region by 2030 necessitates the construction of over 160,000 mini-grids at a total cost of $91 billion. Current progress indicates that only around 12,000 new mini-grids will serve 46 million people by 2030. Husk’s Africa Sunshot initiative seeks to significantly scale up the industry’s deployment rate to bridge this energy access gap and accelerate progress towards SDG7.


Husk Power Systems currently operates more than 200 mini-grids in Nigeria and India. Under the Africa Sunshot, Husk has set country-specific targets, including 1,000 mini-grids in Nigeria, doubling its previous target, along with 500 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and 250 each in four yet-to-be-identified countries. To enable this ambitious expansion, Husk has proposed a new public-private partnership (PPP) framework to mobilize financing for mini-grid construction in Africa.

Manoj Sinha, Co-Founder and CEO of Husk emphasized the need for operational excellence, government support, and investor commitment to meet the Africa Sunshot’s targets. He stated, “It will also need the active support of governments to get the right policies in place that integrate mini-grids as a central component of national electrification and energy transition plans.”

Olu Aruike, Husk’s Nigeria Country Director, highlighted the opportunity to drive low-carbon and climate-resilient growth across rural Africa by significantly scaling up the mini grid industry. He noted that Husk is already making strides in Nigeria, the largest off-grid market globally, and aims to replicate this success across the continent.

SOLA Group Secures Financing For 132MWp Solar Project In South Africa With African Rainbow Energy

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SOLA Group, a local independent power producer (IPP) in which African Rainbow Energy (ARE) holds a 40% stake, has finalized financing agreements with banks for the construction of a 132MWp solar project situated in North West Province.

This project marks the third significant renewable energy venture completed by SOLA in just six months, bringing its total construction capacity to 390MW, encompassing 588,000 solar panels over an expanse of 750 hectares.

The primary objective of this project is to supply energy to platinum mining operations owned by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) via a long-term power purchase agreement, with power delivery facilitated through the national grid. Eskom, a key partner, will manage the measurement and reconciliation of energy from regulators to consumer accounts.


SOLA will be responsible for the construction and operation of the facility in collaboration with construction firm WBHO.

The SOLA Group has announced plans to generate 270 GWh of clean electricity annually while contributing to the national grid. In perspective, 390MW of capacity would generate roughly 1TWh (terawatt-hour) of energy annually, equivalent to addressing 11% of South Africa’s electricity supply shortfall, as indicated by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Eskom load-shed approximately 8.3TWh of electricity in the previous year.

The project is jointly owned by SOLA and ARM, with senior lending provided by Absa, Standard Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and Nedbank. Over the past six months, this initiative has created around 1,200 job opportunities.

With this recent project and two others under development in North West Province, the region has received investments worth R6.4 billion. Additionally, ARE has now invested in one gigawatt of renewable energy projects.

Chris Haw, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SOLA highlighted that apart from delivering more cost-effective and cleaner energy to the network, this project will boost economic development in an area where employment opportunities have been limited. He emphasized that local employees will gain training and valuable skills that will be in high demand, given South Africa’s estimated need for 6,000MW of new clean power generation annually for the next decade.

Brian Dames, CEO of ARE, stated that this project demonstrates their dedication to building a modern privately-owned utility capable of providing clean energy solutions to large customers. This supports the ongoing transition in the energy sector. Notably, the main shareholder of African Rainbow Energy, Ubuntu-Botho Energy Holdings, was founded by Dr. Patrice Motsepe.

Ethiopia’s Solar PV Market: A Bright Future Ahead

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Ethiopia is well renowned for its extensive history, breathtaking scenery, and unique culture, but it is also becoming more well-known for something else: its expanding solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. This country in East Africa is about to undergo a revolution in renewable energy, and solar PV will be at the forefront of this change. Ethiopia’s solar PV market is poised for success in the future thanks to the country’s expanding economy, an abundance of solar resources, and a dedication to sustainability.

Abundant Solar Resources

Due to its proximity to the equator, Ethiopia has a significant advantage in capturing solar energy. The nation has almost 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, making it the perfect place for solar PV installations. The abundance of sunlight, especially in the eastern and southern regions, offers a reliable supply of energy all year round. Ethiopia’s foray into solar energy generation was sparked by this wealth of solar resources, which also makes Ethiopia a desirable location for solar PV projects.


Government Commitment

The Ethiopian government is aware of the value of renewable energy in attaining its environmental and economic objectives. To achieve this, they have created a thorough National Electrification Programme (NEP) that aims to increase access to power throughout the nation. The NEP devotes a sizeable portion of its funding to solar PV projects that will power remote and off-grid locations, where historically there has not been much access to electricity.

Ethiopia is also making a concerted effort to draw private investment to the solar industry. The government provides tax exemptions and long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) as incentives and favorable policies to both domestic and foreign enterprises. These measures not only encourage the production of sustainable energy but also the nation’s economic expansion and job development.

Rural Electrification and Off-Grid Solutions

Due to Ethiopia’s wide and varied terrain, powering its rural and outlying areas is a significant problem. Solar photovoltaic energy is thought to be a practical way to bring electricity to these remote places. Off-grid solar technologies have gained popularity in Ethiopia, including solar residential systems and microgrids. They provide a reasonably priced and environmentally safe method of supplying electricity to remote populations.

Off-grid solar energy systems have been successfully implemented in Ethiopia thanks in large part to non-governmental organizations and private businesses. By giving locals access to power, these programs not only raise residents’ quality of life but also lessen poverty and increase economic prospects.

Competitive Investment Landscape

The solar PV sector in Ethiopia has drawn both domestic and foreign players. Many solar projects across the country are actively being worked on by businesses from nations including China, the United States, and Europe. Large-scale solar farms and utility-scale PV projects have developed as a result of the investment environment’s competitiveness.

The Metehara Solar Power Plant, a 100 MW plant in the Oromia Region, is one project worth mentioning. One of the biggest in East Africa, this solar farm shows Ethiopia’s dedication to increasing its solar capacity. The Metehara Solar Power Plant’s outstanding size positions it to make a significant contribution to the nation’s power production and lessen its reliance on fossil fuels. A deal has been signed between Ethiopia and the Masdar renewable energy firm of the United Arab Emirates to develop a 500 MW solar plant there.

Challenges and Opportunities

Even with a bright future, Ethiopia’s solar PV business nevertheless has its share of difficulties. These include problems with financing, regulatory frameworks, and grid integration. Upgrades to grid infrastructure are needed to handle the rising amount of renewable energy, and more funding is needed for energy storage technology to handle sporadic solar power.

However, these difficulties also offer chances for the industry to innovate and expand. Ethiopia can develop local competence in the production, assembling, and maintenance of solar technology, which might lead to the creation of jobs and economic progress.

In conclusion, Ethiopia’s solar PV market is poised for growth, propelled by the country’s plentiful solar resources, commitment from the government, efforts to electrify rural areas, and aggressive investment. As the nation keeps using solar energy, it not only sets the road for the growth of sustainable energy sources but also provides its residents with increased economic prospects and living conditions. Ethiopia’s solar PV market has a promising future and is positioned to be a key player in the country’s energy transition and economic growth.

Solar Panel Farm Inaugurated To Power New Azraq Municipality In Jordan

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Kreishan attended the inauguration of a solar panel farm in New Azraq Municipality, which is aimed at generating clean electricity.

This project, financed by the Municipal Services and Social Adaptation Project and overseen by the Ministry of Local Administration and several donor organizations, has the capacity to produce approximately 500 kilowatts of electricity, sufficient to power municipal buildings, streets, and roads.

World Bank Resident Representative in Jordan, Holly Benner, and Project Manager Tawfiq Al Khawatrah were present at the opening of this six-dunnum solar project.


It is expected that the farm will fulfil about 55% of the municipality’s monthly energy requirements. This percentage may increase further when energy-efficient LED lighting is installed in streets, roads, and municipal facilities, as noted by Khawatrah.

Benner emphasized the commitment of the World Bank and donor nations to support various sectors in Jordan, particularly municipalities facing challenges related to the Syrian refugee crisis.

New Azraq Municipality Mayor, Yahya Zeinaldeen, stated that the project, costing $468,000, will significantly reduce the municipality’s energy expenses by JD120,000.