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In today’s clean energy and transport news roundup, we’ve got Palestine’s first large-scale solar plant, Portugal’s solar additions, domestic polysilicon production in India, solar crafts, floating fjord tunnels, Porsche’s hiring spree for the MissionE, and more.

[CleanTechnica isn’t the only Important Media site to cover clean energy & transport news, and if you’re looking for more stories on electric mobility, bicycles, solar and wind energy, and other related issues, we’ve got them at sites such as Solar Love, CleanTechies, Planetsave, Bikocity, Gas2, and EV Obsession.]

Portugal proceeds to process 2 GW of potential solar power:

In notable solar news, Portugal has authorized the processing of licenses for solar projects which total more than 2 GW of potential. Specifically, 180 MW of solar projects have presently been authorized under the existing market system in the nation’s southern region. Additionally, 68 licenses for solar projects are being processed, which total more than 2 GW of potential.

Palestine pursues solar power plant:

The Palestine Energy Ministry has granted licensing and permits for its first large-scale solar power plant near the city of Hebron, according to the two companies involved in the development.

3 Indian companies plan polysilicon production:

At least three Indian companies are planning to set up polysilicon manufacturing facilities. Shapoorji Pallonji Group, the Adani Group and Panchavaktra Power are reportedly planning to set up the entire manufacturing chain of solar power equipment, from polysilicon to modules.

Get crafty, solar-style:

Summer is a great time to marshal the power of the sun to your will. Check out this list, and find all of the great solar-powered crafts and projects that you can do on the next sunny day!

Indonesian solar market could heat up:

Until now, the solar market of Southeast Asia has been tepid, at best. But a new decree from Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is set to change the situation and open the heavily government controlled solar market.

Nigeria to add 300 MW of solar capacity:

Foreign investors continue to be attracted by the budding renewable energy market in Nigeria as the government there signed fresh agreements for large-scale solar power development.

Gamesa lands 460 MW wind energy orders in India:

Gamesa has reported that it secured orders totaling 460 MW capacity from seven projects in India. The orders will help Gamesa maintain a healthy lead over competitors and potentially make it the leading turbine manufacturer in India for a fourth consecutive year.

Floating fjord tunnels for Norway?

One novel idea is to make a different kind of floating transportation device, a tunnel positioned underneath the surface of the water and suspended from pontoons floating on the surface. In theory, at depths of 60 to 100 feet, the floating tunnel would be immune to disruption from storms.

Porsche will hire 1400 employees for MissionE production:

The Porsche MissionE four door sports car is due to roll off the assembly line in 2019. That’s not very far away in the world of making automobiles, where 5 year lead times are the norm. In order to get the new car into production, Porsche says it will add 1,400 employees to its payroll. Porsche originally expected to add about 1,000 new jobs for the Mission E at its factory in Zuffenhausen. It is investing about $1 billion to bring the new zero emissions sports car to market.

Tesla & MobilEye to part ways:

During an earnings call with analysts and investors this week, MobilEye chief technical officer Amnon Shashua announced that his company is severing its business relationship with Tesla Motors. The MobilEye EyeQ3 is a critical component in Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous software suite that allows cars to accelerate, brake and steer on their own within certain parameters.

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