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Spanish solar renaissance lifts world to record year for large scale projects

A global ranking of large scale solar project capacities indicates prominent roles for a resurgent Spain, behind the usual top three of China, the U.S. and India, with Australia and the Netherlands also on the rise. There were disappointing returns, though, for the U.K., Italy and Canada.

Macquarie sets up unit to build 8 GW solar project pipeline in Europe

Green Investment Group, owned by Macquarie, has launched Cero Generation, which will operate on a European scale and carry out both ground-mounted and commercial scale power generation projects. It will also provide integrated energy storage solutions.

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Spanish newcomer E22’s 5 MW Li-ion battery to provide network services in West Gippsland

Spanish energy storage company E22 has set to work on its first project in Australia, a 5MW/7.5 MW Li-ion battery in Longwarry, VIC that is set to provide AusNet with much needed network services during the heights of summer congestion.

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An optimistic – but realistic – perspective for sodium batteries

International researchers have analysed the potential of sodium-based energy storage and found recent technical advances have arrived faster than those for the lithium-ion batteries which have been studied for three decades. Issues remain, however, before sodium constitutes a complementary option to lithium.

Windbreak walls for solar farms

Iasol has developed a new way to protect solar plants in windy conditions. The Spanish developer said the solution barely has an impact on project costs or output, while preventing expensive damages.

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Exoskeletons for solar panel mounting

Endesa, the Spanish unit of Italian power group Enel, is using a new technology in the construction of three solar parks in southern Spain.

World’s largest solar project for on-site consumption

Utility Iberdrola will provide solar power to the Spanish site of Saudi petrochemical company Sabic, which has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement. The electricity will be generated by a €70 million, 100 MW solar park.

Iberdrola locks in improved takeover offer for Infigen

Infigen Energy on Friday continued to unanimously recommend a revised offer from Iberdrola to its shareholders, after the Spanish renewable energy giant locked in an $893 million offer.

Spanish startup RatedPower, pioneer in the development of software to optimise the design of solar plants

By scanning millions of iterations, pvDesign finds the best plant configuration and automatically generates over 300 pages of detailed documentation in seconds. The Spanish firm has just landed its first Australian client.

International Energy Agency forecasts 115 GW of new solar this year

The global expansion of PV, wind power and other clean energies will see double-digit growth this year as solar continues to lead the pack.

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