FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Angola is expecting to kickstart its dormant solar sector by deploying several hundred megawatts worth of projects within three years, a top government official has said. Speaking in the capital Luanda, energy minister João Baptista Borges predicted that nationwide PV capacity will reach 600MW by 2022, up from the 10MW-plus figures recorded this year.At an event a the U.S. embassy this week, Baptista Borges said the roll-out of 30,000 individual systems is feasible if the private sector steps in to back the transition. “There is a need to create a vehicle to secure funding for the electrification of rural areas,” the minister said, in statements aired by government news agency ANGOP.In Angola, the rise in policymaker interest in solar PV comes as analysts describe the African state as a largely untapped PV hotspot, thanks to irradiation levels in the 1,350-2,100 kWh/m2/year range. As the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the Becquerel Institute noted this year, the government’s own figures place Angola’s solar potential at 55GW, far above wind’s 3GW. In a report released in mid-May, as Intersolar 2019 got underway in Munich, the authors pointed at the government’s efforts to tap into clean energy to bolster rural electrification rates.The minister’s talk this week of a 600MW solar market by 2022 outstrips some of the government’s earlier goals, including a target for PV capacity to hit 200MW nationwide by 2025. As BSW-Solar and the Becquerel pointed out in May, the country has shown interest in coming on board the World Bank’s Scaling Solar programme, which has helped unlock PV growth in countries like Senegal, Zambia and Ethiopia.More: Angola eyeing 600MW solar market within three years Angola looks to kickstart solar development efforts
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To mark the 115th anniversary of the Taj Group of Hotels, Delhi’s iconic 5-star hotel Taj Palace has raised Rs 2.8 crore through an auction of a fascinating lineup of Indian modern and contemporary art. The 40 per cent of money was further donated to the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust, the hotel said in statement released on August 10, 2019. The Trust reaches out to those affected by adversities, like victims of terrorism, natural disasters and members of the armed forces, to help rebuild their lives. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlso, the rest 60 per cent of the amount raised will go to DAG. The works, curated from art gallery DAG’s collection, of Amrita Sher-Gil, F N Souza, M F Husain, S H Raza, Jamini Roy, K H Ara, Sohan Qadri and Sakti Burman, to name a few were auctioned. An untitled graphite-on-paper by Sher-Gil (1913-41) went under the hammer for Rs 70 lakh in the Friday auction. Another key painting by world-renowned artist M F Husain (1913-2011), a 1982 watercolour titled ‘That Obscure Object of Desire’ sold for Rs 22 lakh. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTaj’s live auction ‘Art from the Heart’ was a no-reserve and no buyers premium one. “Each work has been picked to reflect a wide swathe of Indian art. When curating the selection, we ensured the periods they represent are varied (from 1952 to 2005), that the works are in different mediums, and that the genres range from figurative to abstract, from heads to landscapes, from folk modernism to high modernism,” Ashish Anand, MD and CEO of DAG, the curating gallery, had earlier told.