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Solar Saves Lives: The U.S. solar industry launches major hurricane relief effort

The Solar Foundation and 20 solar companies and organizations have joined forces with the Clinton Foundation, Operation Blessing and others to help bring power and clean water to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Western Australia: Synergy reported to partner with Dutch fund to meet its RE obligations

Following hot on the heels of the WA energy minister’s approval to create a green power fund, the state-owned electricity provider is reportedly set to bring in a Dutch fund as an investment partner for its renewable energy projects.

Queensland: Gympie council grants permission for 350 MW solar farm

A massive solar farm in the north-east Australian state of Queensland has received a green light from the Gympie Regional Council. The project aims to scale up to 800 MW of solar+storage capacity over the next four years.

BayWa r.e. connects pilot PV+storage project in Zambia

The renewables arm of the agricultural giant BayWa has completed an 86 kW PV + storage project, which will power irrigation equipment for farmers in Zambia. BayWa r.e. notes that demand for offgrid systems, including storage, for irrigation and other agricultural systems is set to grow.

Ingeteam turns to the skies for PV power plant optimization

Spanish inverter supplier Ingeteam is taking part in a research program deploying drones to inspect existing PV power plants, to spot the causes of underperformance. The SCARAB project is headed by the company and has been provided with almost €650,000 (AU$980,000) in funding from the Spanish government.

ING steps into Australian market, to finance 100 MW Clare Solar Farm

ING has joined the banking syndicate backing the 100 MW Clare Solar Farm, in North Queensland. The deal marks ING’s first large scale solar investment in Australia.


Sterling & Wilson picks up 500 MW Australian pipeline

Indian EPC Sterling & Wilson continues to expand its Australian project pipeline. The EPC reports that it is working on projects worth a total of $600 million.

Foresight to issue new share placement, eyes Australian project acquisitions

Having acquired its first Australian projects earlier this year, UK based Foresight is raising funds for future acquisitions. The Foresight Solar Fund has announced plans for more than GBP 75 million (US$99 million) in investments through the placement of new shares.

Melbourne Energy Hack winners develop marketplace to open underutilised rooftops to PV

‘Solar Air-BnB’ model emerges from 2017 Melbourne Energy Hack. Consumers that do not have access to rooftop for a PV installation can be connected to roofs that are currently free of PV in the innovative solution.

Equis Energy snapped up by GIP in record $5bn renewables deal

The Singapore-based renewable energy developer has agreed to be sold to investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners. China Investment Corp, Canada’s PSP Investments and other co-investors are also involved in the deal, which is the largest yet seen for the renewable energy industry.

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