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VivoPower Australian subsidiary scores largest solar contract to date

United States-based solar power developer VivoPower International has secured its largest solar contract to date with Australian subsidiary J.A. Martin Electrical appointed to complete the electrical works for the 204 MWdc Edenvale Solar Farm being developed on Queensland’s Western Downs.

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2021 snapshot: Australia’s distributed PV and storage uptake

Australia’s small-scale solar and battery energy storage installation rate has remained robust in the face of a number of challenges. By virtue of this resilience, it is adding jobs and contributing the country’s decarbonisation, reports Nikhil Jayaraj, the Managing Director of Regen Power.  

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Longi unwraps reasons behind green hydrogen shift

In recent years, Longi has turned its attention to green hydrogen. Li Zhenguo, company founder and CEO, speaks with Vincent Shaw in Shanghai about the strategic shift and how coupling this technology with solar PV will be key to achieving carbon neutrality.

Evergen eyes international market after sealing $15 million FRV-X deal

Australian solar and battery optimization technology provider Evergen will seek to accelerate its expansion in both the domestic and international markets after closing a $15 million fundraising round led by FRV-X, a division of Saudi-owned energy developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures.

ACAP lands $45 million to kick renewable energy transformation into gear

The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics will receive up to $45 million in federal funding over the next eight years as it seeks to develop the next generation of efficient and ultra low-cost solar technologies.

Okra Solar secures $3 million to bankroll mesh-grid expansion

Australian renewable energy tech start-up Okra Solar has raised $3 million to scale up distribution of its solar-based hardware and software solutions and electrify more than 290,000 off-grid homes in Nigeria in the next three years while expanding its operations in Haiti and other countries.

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WA announces ‘ambitious’ plan to cut emissions by 80% by 2030

Days after announcing it would abandon coal-fired power by the end of the decade, the Western Australian government has set an ‘ambitious’ interim emissions target in a bid to reach net zero by 2050.

Energy Estate targets $500 million to accelerate renewables growth

Australian renewables developer Energy Estate is seeking to raise more than $500 million to support its development activities and bankroll the construction of renewable power plants in both Australia and New Zealand.

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Philippines approves 24 bidders for 2 GW renewables auction

Eight of the 24 bidders in the latest renewables auction in the Philippines are focusing on solar, along with eight bidders looking at wind, seven linked to run-of-river hydro, and one connected to biomass.

Solar auctions in India to attract large developers

A new report shows that renewable energy companies will continue to compete in upcoming auctions in India, undeterred by challenges such as rising materials costs and surging interest rates.

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