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Consortium of EDF, Masdar and Green of Africa win tender to build world’s first hybrid PV and CSP with storage solar plant in Morocco

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) announced the awarding of the tender for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the project Noor Midelt I to the consortium led by EDF Renouvelables (France), in collaboration with Masdar (United Arab Emirates) and Green of Africa (Morocco) after a competitive international bidding process.

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $105 Million in New Funding to Advance Solar Technologies

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced this week up to $105.5 million to support America’s continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology. Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), DOE will fund about 70 projects to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies, as well as facilitate the secure integration of those technologies into the nation’s electricity grid. Funding will also support efforts that prepare the workforce for the solar industry’s future needs.

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Morocco Launches World’s Largest Solar CSP Plant

HM King Mohammed VI chaired on Thursday, the official commissioning ceremony of the first plant of the Noor Ouarzazat solar complex (Noor I), and the official launch of the construction works of the second and third plants (Noor II and Noor III) of the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world.

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Cornerstone laid at one of world’s largest solar-thermal power plants in Israel

Megalim Solar Power, Ltd., a company established by BrightSource Energy, Alstom and the Noy Fund, hosted yesterday a Cornerstone Ceremony in the southern Negev desert region of Israel to celebrate progress on the Ashalim solar project, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

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CSIRO installs solar thermal plant for Cyprus Institute to undertake joint solar research

Australia’s CSIRO scientists have designed and installed a solar field in Cyprus which places the island nation at the frontier of solar energy research in Europe.

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