Renewable Roundup: 17 nations have gained 1 GW of renewable generation since 2010

  • Published on May 28th, 2020

The news is coming thick and fast now. I mentioned some items from the PV Magazine Weekend Roundup recently, including some more countries breaking into the Gigawatt Club this year or next – including Indonesia, Myanmar, and (finally!) the US.

More countries joining the renewable energy Gigawatt club
More countries joining the renewable energy Gigawatt club. Image from PV magazine/Martin Markstein

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Until recently:

Wind and solar are fastest growing renewables in Croatia

It is expected that the share of renewable power will reach 26.3% in Croatia’s power mix by 2030. This is according to a recent report by  GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

As of 2018, hydro dominated the Croatia power mix, with a share of 44.6% of the total installed capacity. This was followed by thermal power with 39.4%.

According to the report, cumulative renewable installed capacity has reached 0.79 GW in 2018, increasing at a CAGR of 42.4% from 2005 to 2018. Renewable capacity is further expected to increase at a CAGR of 7.7%. Furthermore, it is anticipated to reach 1.93 GW by 2030.

Onshore wind is projected to accumulate the highest capacity among renewable energy sources. This is due to the high potential in southwestern coastal region. Besides, solar PV and biopower are also estimated to witness a significant CAGR of 15% and 8% respectively in the same period.

The installed capacity of renewable power sources (excluding small hydro) increased from 19 MW in 2005 to around 790 MW in 2018.


Croatia introduces provisions to tender 1 GW of solar

The authorities plan to assign 2.26 GW of renewable energy capacity overall under the scheme, which will include other energy sources such as hydropower, wind, biomass, biogas, and geothermal energy. The government will provide projects it selects with a feed-in price premium, which will be paid for the power generated by the projects, on top of spot market prices.


Zimbabwe launches smart-meter-led net metering and 500 MW solar tender

Utility the Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company has offered solar power system-owning customers the chance to operate under new net metering rules. The state-owned utility has also started tendering for a total 500 MW of solar generation capacity, according to Reuters.

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Nigeria kicks off tender for 10 MW solar park

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) is seeking proposals for a 10 MW grid-connected solar plant in Kumbotso, Nigeria.

According to the latest statistics from the International Renewable Energy Agency, Nigeria had only installed 28 MW of solar by the end of 2019, despite its huge potential.

Pikers. They obviously have way too much oil.

Dutch Company to Light a Million Nigerian Homes With Solar

Government gives part of $75 million World Bank grant to Lumos

About 40% of Nigerians not served by the national power grid

Lumos Global BV, a Dutch company specializing in off-grid solar power, plans to light up over a million Nigerian households by 2025 as it expands in Africa’s most populous country of more than 200 million where only 60% have access to electricity.

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