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  • BYD and Juwi-Gruppe connect 47MW PV project in Germany

    29 August 2012, 11:45

    BYD and Juwi-Gruppe have announced that their 47MW solar project in Germany has officially started its commercial operation after it was successfully connected to the grid.

  • Winaico completes 16MWp PV project on Sardinia

    29 August 2012, 10:40

    Taiwan-based Winaico, a subsidiary of Win Win Precision Technology, has completed its 16MWp PV project located in Giave in the province of Sassari on Sardinia.

  • Ikea connects Minnesota’s largest rooftop PV system with Bloomington installation

    29 August 2012, 09:10

    Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has continued its solar roll-out by connecting its 31st solar project in the US in the form of a 1,014kW PV system on the rooftop of its Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota, US.

  • SolarVision secures US$18 million to fund 5MW PV project

    28 August 2012, 16:36

    SolarVision, a developer of solar energy projects, has successfully closed an US$18 million transaction to fund its 5MW utility-scale PV project in Celina, Ohio, US. The funding was the result of a comprehensive partnership with New Energy Capital Cleantech Infrastructure Fund, Q-Cells North America, Finance Fund and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Nigeria’s Kaduna state government signs MoU for 30MW solar project

    28 August 2012, 14:34 | 1

    The governor of the state of Kaduna in Nigeria, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Helios Energy, a Germany energy company, for a 30MW solar power project. Dr. Jeremy Gaines, the coordinator of the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership, signed on behalf of the German firm.

  • 8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar obtain approval for 275MW PV projects

    28 August 2012, 13:38

    8minutenergy Renewables, a developer of utility-scale solar PV projects, has received conditional use permits (CUP) for three of its large-scale PV projects from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. The projects have a total capacity of 275MW and will be built in the Imperial Valley, California, US, in partnership with Gestamp Solar.

  • Investment fund purchases 6 PV power plants in Italy from AEG Power

    28 August 2012, 13:12

    Increasingly billed as a safer home for capital than global stock markets, PV power plants operating under guaranteed feed-in-tariff agreements are finding continued interest from investment and pension funds to acquire. An Irish fund, Solar21 is following that mantra having purchased 6 PV power plants in Southern Italy from AEG Power Solutions for approximately €25 million.

  • Canadian Solar to build PV power plants in Canada for Penn Energy Renewables

    28 August 2012, 13:04

    Canadian Solar Solutions, a subsidiary of tier 1 PV manufacturer, Canadian Solar has signed an agreement to build an initial 2 PV power plants for Penn Energy Renewables. The power plants are to be built and operated by the EPC subsidiary in Ontario, Canada with a combined 18.7MW (AC) electricity output. Construction was said to begin in the third quarter of 2012, ands be fully operational in mid-2013. Financial details were not disclosed.

  • GCL-Poly receives approval for 340MW solar projects in Shanxi province, China

    28 August 2012, 10:14

    GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has been given the green light to begin preparing for the construction of a 310MWground-mounted PV system and a 30MW rooftop solar project in Dantong, Shanxi province, China, after it received approval from the National Energy Beruau.

  • Newly formed Japan Mega Solar Power to develop 250 PV plants in Japan over 5 years

    27 August 2012, 19:07

    The newly founded Japan Mega Solar Power, formed by Japanese home renovator West Holdings in June, has announced plans to invest US$1.3 billion for the development of 250 solar PV plants over five years in Japan. The plants will have a combined 500MW capacity and are being built with a goal of taking advantage of the higher tariffs the country is offering for renewable energy.

  • Canadian Solar completes US$48.4 million sale of utility-scale solar plant to Stonepeak

    27 August 2012, 17:51

    Canadian Solar advised that the sale of its Canadian Solar 1 installation has been completed with the utility-scale power plant sold to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners for US$48.4 million. Canadian Solar was the developer, EPC and construction financier for the project, which is built near the town of Napanee. The installation is connected to the grid and uses nearly 50,000 of the company’s CS6M modules.

  • Panama begins construction on first solar PV installation

    24 August 2012, 18:40

    Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli stated on Wednesday that Panama’s first solar PV installation will hopefully lead to a reduction in the cost of energy across the nation, by means of renewable technologies. The project, located in the province of Herrera in the Sarigua National Park, is being developed through a US$9 million contribution from Italy’s Enel Green Power. Operation of the plant is expected to occur by the second half of 2013.

  • Gehrlicher Solar begins construction of Rothenburg IV solar park

    24 August 2012, 17:57

    Gehrlicher Solar has broken ground on its Rothenburg IV, 15.2MW solar park. The project will join existing solar parks, Rothenburg I-III, which hold a combined 21.8MWp and are spread across a total of 30 hectares of a defunct military airport. The project is expected to be commissioned on September 30.

  • REC supplies modules for rooftop PV system in Denmark

    24 August 2012, 16:59

    Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) was pleased to provide its modules for what is being hailed as the largest solar rooftop system in Northern Europe. The PV installation, located on the headquarters of Danish insurance company Topdanmark, was constructed by DrivhusEffekten and connected to the grid on August 17.

  • SolarWorld connects 33MW of PV plant to German grid in Q2

    24 August 2012, 16:48

    SolarWorld noted that its large-scale system business expansion has been successful thus far with the company pointing to 33MW of total power being connected to the grid in Germany during Q2 2012. The company connected five solar farms in commercial and industrial areas in the Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The farms will supply over 30 million kWh of power per year.

  • Schanti Partners invests in 50MW Indian PV project

    24 August 2012, 14:39

    Schanti Partners, a US-based asset management company, has put aside INR5.8 billion (US$105.1 million) for the development of a 50MW solar power project in the district of Kaimur, Bihar, India, Energy Business Review has revealed.

  • First Solar to develop Indian solar farms to counter grid blackouts

    24 August 2012, 13:48

    On the back of a two-day blackout in India which caused tragedy, chaos and loss of face at the end of July, Bloomberg has revealed that US solar giant First Solar is drawing out plans to develop solar farms in India as repeated power outages spur on demand for solar power.

  • Nautilus Solar Energy connects 1.9MW rooftop PV system

    23 August 2012, 14:10

    Nautilus Solar Energy, a solar power producer headquartered in New Jersey, US, has started commercial operation of its 1.9MW rooftop PV system in Chino, California, US. Output generated by the system is being sold to Southern California Edison as part of a power purchase agreement.

  • Belectric France inaugurates first PV plant in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, France

    22 August 2012, 16:16

    Belectric’s French subsidiary has inaugurated a 1.8MWp PV plant in Valderoure in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur in southern France. The inauguration ceremony was attended by various regional politicians as well as Belectric employees involved in the design and implementation of the power plant.

  • General Motors builds 8.15MW PV rooftop system in Germany

    22 August 2012, 14:45

    General Motors, a specialist in the automotive sector based in the US, has announced that it has installed an 8.15MW PV system on the rooftop of its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

  • Ingenostrum plans to build another large-scale PV project in Chile

    22 August 2012, 13:25

    Ingenostrum, a Spanish developer of PV projects, is planning to build another large-scale solar power plant in Antofagasta, Chile, Photon has revealed.

  • BYD and SunEnergy Europe connect 6.65MW PV projects

    22 August 2012, 09:46

    BYD and SunEnergy Europe have announced that they have connected two solar projects, which have a combined capacity of 6.65MW, to the grid. BYD is a developer of green energy while SunEnergy Europe is a photovoltaic integrator and general contractor.

  • WAAREE wins EPC contract for 5MW thin-film plant

    21 August 2012, 10:44

    India-based WAAREE Energies, a specialist in the manufacture of PV modules and a provider of EPC and support for PV plants, has been awarded another turnkey EPC contract for a 5MW PV plant in Gujarat, India, from US solar project developer Avatar Solar.

  • Solon completes construction of 1.6MW PV system in Berlin

    20 August 2012, 23:31

    Berlin’s environment minister, Michael Müller, was on hand to celebrate the completion of a 1.6MW solar system, which was completed by Solon Energy for Berliner Energieagentur. The rooftop PV system is said to be Berlin’s largest roof-mounted system and will generate almost 1,400MWh of solar power per year. Berliner Energieagentur was responsible for contracting and financing the project and will take over the system’s operation.

  • Update: Indian solar industry suffocated by US thin-film manufacturers

    20 August 2012, 15:52 | 3

    Non-governmental organization (NGO), the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), is accusing US thin-film manufacturers of using a loop hole in the Indian government’s renewable energy scheme to “ruin the Indian domestic PV industry”. Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) initiative mandates a domestic content requirement, however, only for crystalline PV and not for thin-film.

  • IBC Solar installs, it claims, Turkey’s first grid-connected PV system

    20 August 2012, 15:07

    IBC Solar’s Turkish subsidiary IBC Solar Yat Ve Tic has announced that it has completed the installation of its Konya PV plant, which it claims is the first grid-connected PV power plant in Turkey.

  • French government selects five bids from Element Power Solar

    17 August 2012, 19:14 | 1

    Following its two requests for tenders (RFTs), the French government has selected bids for 541MW of solar plants, using various technologies, including, five projects from Element Power Solar, which total 18MW. Element Power’s projects include the 2.06MW Tournus installation, the 9.51MW site in Orain, Besset’s 2.16MW project, the 2.66MW installation in Soucia and Sydom’s 1.36MW installation.

  • Eoplly New Energy, Tioga Energy complete 474kW rooftop PV system in New Jersey

    17 August 2012, 19:00

    New Jersey’s Wildwood Convention Centre is now sporting a 474kW rooftop PV system, which was developed by Tioga Energy. Eoplly New Energy Technology noted that a significant portion of the 1,700 panels used in the project are its EP-156P/72-285W modules.

  • Soventix, SRU Solar construct 7.32MW solar project in Saxony-Anhalt

    17 August 2012, 18:30

    Soventix and SRU Solar jointly announced that their 7.32MW solar park, Riethnordhausen has been completed and sold. The project, built across 20 hectares, uses more than 33,000 polycrystalline modules from German producers and five inverters from Solarmax. The project was connected to the grid in October 2011.

  • LSIS completes 14.5MW Bulgaria solar installation

    17 August 2012, 18:10

    Working with China’s CHINT Group, Korea’s LSIS advised that its 14.5MW Yambol, Bulgaria solar plant has been completed. The Korea Times noted that the firm invested between €30-44 million for the construction of the plant, which it expects to help enhance its European solar business presence.

  • Ecuador seeks PV firm for 1.1MW PV Galapagos project

    16 August 2012, 16:47

    Ecuador’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy will issue an international tender to contract a PV engineering company to take on a hybrid system project on Isabela island, Galapagos Archipelago.

  • Imperial County withdraws permit for 8minutenergy Renewables’s 50MW solar project

    16 August 2012, 14:21

    The Imperial Country Planning Department has withdrawn the permit for a 50MW solar project after 8minutenergy Renewables submitted a request to revoke approval for its 50 MW Calipatria Solar Farm II project, the Imperial Valley Press revealed.

  • Conergy has built its fourth PV plant for German private investor

    16 August 2012, 10:16 | 2

    Conergy has constructed its fourth PV solar plant for German private investor Stephan Johannsen. The plant has a capacity of 3.4MW and closely follows the inauguration of the 8MW PV plant in Grimmen in March, which Conergy also built for the investor.

  • Brandenburg’s 40.5MW Jännersdorf solar park officially opens

    15 August 2012, 10:41

    Representatives from Brandenburg’s state government in Germany have gathered to cut the ribbon to mark the inauguration of the 40.5MW Jännersdorf solar park, which commenced operation on June 30, 2012.

  • Sunrise Energy Ventures wins contract for three 10MW projects

    14 August 2012, 22:48

    Sunrise Energy Ventures (SEV) has landed a contract to build solar projects at three 10MW sites by Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL). The power produced will be sold to IPL under a 15 year PPA. SEV noted that upon completion, the combined installations would be the largest in the Midwest to date.

  • Constellation to develop 4.35MW PV project for Arizona school district

    14 August 2012, 20:47

    Constellation advised that it will be developing a 4.35MW solar power project for Arizona’s Casa Grande Union High School District. The project will consist of solar power systems on four sites including Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande High School, Casa Verde High School and the school district’s transportation centre. The solar panels are expected to produce nearly 75% of the district’s electricity needs.

  • Younicos and EDA to develop renewable energy system on Graciosa

    14 August 2012, 16:29

    EDA, the utility responsible for the production, distribution and commercialization of electricity in the nine Azorean islands, and Younicos have teamed up to develop what has been labelled as the world’s first MW-scale renewable energy system based on up to 100% solar and wind power. The system will be installed on Graciosa, an Azorean island.

  • GeSolar and Greenersys sign letter of intent to develop Costa Rican PV plant

    14 August 2012, 15:35

    Witnessing the signatures, the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, has announced that GeSolar, a Chinese manufacturer of solar products, and Greenersys, a supplier of renewable energy products based in Costa Rica, have signed a letter of intent to develop a PV plant in Costa Rica.

  • Sempra abandons 300MW solar farm plans near Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor

    14 August 2012, 13:47

    Sempra US Gas & Power has made a u-turn on a decision announced in the previous year by revealing that the company will not go ahead with its plans to build a 300MW solar farm on Navy land near Hawaii’s Pearl Harbour, according to Pacific Business News.

  • Italian court takes action over Suntech’s fraud claims with GSF

    14 August 2012, 12:37

    All assets of GSF Capital and its senior manager, Javier Romero have been frozen by an Italian court over claims that Suntech and its chairman and CEO, Dr. Zhengrong Shi were victims of fraud. The court also appointed a manager to take control of the Fund, though Suntech did not provide further insight into how the affair happened.

  • CDEEE signs PPAs for 116MW PV projects in the Dominican Republic

    14 August 2012, 11:34

    After entering discussions concerning two PPAs, Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) has signed on the dotted line enabling the state-owned utility to purchase output from two 58MW PV projects in the Dominican Republic.

  • Canadian Solar secures C$93 million loan to fund PV projects acquisition

    13 August 2012, 15:00

    Canadian Solar, a vertically-integrated manufacturer of PV modules, has signed an agreement with China Development Bank whereby the latter will provide a C$93 million (US$93.8 million) loan to the former.

  • New York to inject US$107 million into large-scale PV projects over 2 years

    13 August 2012, 10:28

    Through the NY-Sun Initiative — a programme which aims to co-ordinate a well-funded solar energy expansion plan — US$107 million will be injected into the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program to facilitate the development of large-scale PV systems throughout New York, US, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.

  • Gujarat in talks with IFC for 1,000MW solar project

    10 August 2012, 16:48

    The government of the state of Gujarat in India has confirmed it is exploring the possibility of setting up a 1,000MW solar power project in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Gujarat estimates that the project could cost around Rs 8 to 9 crore per MW, therefore, the 1,000MW project could cost anywhere between Rs 8,000 to 9,000 crore.

  • Arizona Public Service issues RFP for 32MW solar plant in Gila Bend

    08 August 2012, 19:19

    Arizona Public Service has issued a request for proposal from solar developers and installers for the construction of a 32MW solar farm in Gila Bend, Arizona. The project will be financed by APS through its AZ Sun Program.

  • Soitec’s CPV technology to be used in up to 8 PV projects by French CRE

    08 August 2012, 18:34

    Soitec’s CPV technology has been chosen to be used in most of the eight projects under the “concentrator solar plants with installed capacity of less than 12MW” sub-category; part of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) call for tenders for “large solar power plants”, which was announced last September.

  • SunPower responds to residential solar lease competitors with US$325 million new finance deal

    08 August 2012, 14:11

    The US residential solar lease market remains highly competitive with a new deal struck by SunPower to access US$325 million in new finance from 2-major investment banks, Citi and Credit Suisse. The new financing comes soon after major competitors in the third party leasing market, SunCity and Sunrun received significant new funding from Credit Suisse to the tune of a combined US$300 million in late July, 2012.

  • US$2.2 billion Ivanpah SEGS project hits halfway mark

    08 August 2012, 11:25

    Installation of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Ivanpah SEGS) worth US$2.2 billion is 50% complete, according to an announcement by NRG Energy, Google, BrightSource Energy and construction partner Bechtel.

  • Conergy completes 1.8MW Aqua Pickering Solar Farm installation

    07 August 2012, 18:54

    Conergy has successfully completed the installation of its 1.8MW solar project at Aqua Pennsylvania’s Pickering water treatment facility. The Aqua Pickering Solar Farm produces 2.3kWh of peak-time energy per year and is expected to generate nearly 50,0000MWh of solar electricity over its lifetime.

  • Blue Earth secures rights to build 3.5MW PV projects in Hawaii

    07 August 2012, 16:43

    Blue Earth has acquired the exclusive rights to build seven PV projects in Hawaii which will have a total output of approximately 3.5MW. The projects are valued at around US$15 million.

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