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UK renewable energy company Blue Energy will finance and develop a US$400 million large-scale 155MW PV plant in Ghana which, when complete, is said to represent Africa’s largest PV project.
Switzerland’s largest retail company, Migros, received approval for the construction of a rooftop PV system, a project which it deems as the largest in the country.
Thin film module manufacturer First Solar signed a 2MW solar module delivery agreement with Zhenfa New Energy Science and Technology.
Previously announced plans by OCI Solar Power, a subsidiary of South Korean firm OCI to build a 400MW PV power plant in San Antonio, Texas will use utility-scale PV inverters from KACO new energy. The deal, which will exist over the next 10-years was said to be worth US$500 million to the German inverter supplier.
Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, is planning to launch a tender for a 1,800MW PV plant in 2014, media reports reveal.
Believed to be the largest solar project in the Caribbean, a 24MW project in Guayama, Puerto Rico, which was recently completed, had been supplied modules for the project by Yingli Green.
Five utility-scale solar power plants totalling 49MW (AC) being built by Canadian Solar in Ontario, Canada have received US$139 million in short-term construction financing from Deutsche Bank.
Japanese petroleum and geothermal company Idemitsu Kosan has announced its entry the solar business with plans for a “mega solar” installation at one of its former refinery sites.
US PV manufacturer SunPower has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with three of its partners based in Mongolia and China.
Thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier has announced that the 1MW Shimozuru Power Plant in the city of Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture, in Japan has officially come online.
Researchers at Italian energy company Eni have developed the first prototype PV system based on a new solar energy technology which utilises luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) to generate electricity.
US PV project developer SunEdison has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU), the municipal electric utility for the city of Riverside, California.
Orix Corporation, a financial services company based in Tokyo, Japan, has entered into a strategic partnership with Kyudenko Corporation to jointly launch a “mega-solar” power generation business on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
Orix Corporation, a Japanese financial services group, has announced it will begin developing 81.6MW worth of “mega-solar” PV plants at 17 sites across Japan.
Solar developer NRG Energy has announced the completion of its The Sun Lights the Way project in the Boucan Carré region of Haiti.
Thin-film CIS module developer Solar Frontier will be delivering 12,000 of its modules to the Aikawa Press Takane Plant Megasolar project in the Yamanashi prefecture, Japan.
Portland General Electric’s (PGE) request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy generating capacity has closed with 64 bids, representing 39 separate projects and a combined nameplate capacity of 4,450MW.
US PV project developer SunEdison, Chint Solar, the Public Investment Corporation and the Kurisani Youth Development Trust have obtained US$314 million in long-term debt and equity financing for two large-scale solar projects in Limpopo province, South Africa.
California-based PV installer SolarCity has announced plans to install 3,900 PV modules at four district schools within the Woodland Joint Unified School District in California.
Desarrollos Fotovoltaicos de Chile, a solar company based in Santiago, Chile, is seeking approval for its proposed 98MW PV facility in the Tarapacá region in northern Chile and has submitted its plans to the Chilean environmental authority, Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA).
The US Bureau of Land Management has extended the public commenting period for the Notice of Intent to conduct an environmental review on the impacts of the proposed Soda Mountain PV project located in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California.
Yingli Green has won a contract to supply modules to the Centinela Solar Energy Facility Project in Imperial County, California, which is the company’s largest ever supply deal.
PV inverter manufacturer, Santerno part of Carraro Group is to supply a series of 1.5 MW plug & play stations, complete with inverters, medium voltage transformers and remote control systems for the Mount Signal Solar project 1, in Imperial Valley in Southern California.
A slew of emerging markets for PV have been identified in a weighty new report from market research firm IHS, which has identified 20GW of PV projects across Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle-East, Africa and “emerging Europe”.
Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology, a Chinese PV module manufacturer, has signed a cooperation agreement with Brazil-based S4 Clean Energy Projectos Esolucoes Sustentaveis Ltd. to construct up to 272MW of PV plants in Brazil.
The President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla has officially inaugurated a 1MW solar park in Miravalles which is said to be the country’s largest PV plant to date and the largest project of its kind in Central America.
The Chilean environmental authority Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA) has approved Solar Chile’s environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposed 30.24MW thin-film PV plant.
Germany PV developer S.A.G. Solarstrom has sold four PV systems to an unnamed German institutional investor. The systems, which were installed in Germany this year, have a total capacity of 15.1MWp.
South African developer BioTherm Energy has announced it has closed on the financing of one wind and two solar PV renewable energy projects located throughout the country.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy has delivered 7MW of its polycrystalline PV modules for Oskomera Solar Power Solutions’ (OSPS) residential rooftop projects in the Netherlands.
SolarReserve, a utility-scale PV plant developer, has received a special use permit from the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County, Arizona for its Crossroads Solar Energy Project.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a consortium led by Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power International for electricity generated by a proposed 160MW CSP plant in Morocco. The deal is worth US$1 billion.
IBC Solar, an integrator of PV systems, has completed and connected a 5MW solar park in Italy in a record 49 days.
Megalim Solar Power, a company established by BrightSource Energy and Alstom, has won the bid to build a 121MW solar thermal power plant in Israel. The construction contract was awarded by Israel’s inter-ministerial Tender Committee.
Solar PV solution provider ET Solar was awarded a 50MW contract from Tinmar-Ind, a Romanian power supplier and energy trading company, to build several PV plants in Romania.
High concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar module manufacturing start-up, Semprius will be providing its technology to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) for use in a 200kW solar system in California.
System supplier Conergy provided 324 modules to the Yaowawit School and Lodge, a home for orphans and disadvantaged children in Kapong in Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand.
Under a partnership with Sindicatum Climate Change, solar installer Joju Solar has completed a 2.2kW off grid PV system at a hospital clinic in Kenya.
Speaking at the Conference of African Energy Ministers and All Africa Energy Week, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs pledged EU support for the construction of a 22MW PV power plant in Zagtouli, Burkina Faso.
Product manufacturer Isofoton has signed an agreement worth approximately US$100 million with the National Electricity Council of Ecuador, CONELEC, to construct a 50MW PV plant in the country.
GCL Solar Energy’s California PV projects consist of two solar installations totalling 48MW.
German renewable energy specialist juwi has constructed its first project in Egypt — an off-grid hybrid system which consists of a 50kW PV system, four small wind turbines and a battery storage unit.
Deger, a manufacturer of solar tracking systems, has supplied 30 DEGERtracker 9000 NT tracking systems for installation at two 150kWp solar parks in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
US investment firm Blackstone has launched a solar programme which aims to improve the environmental performance across its portfolio of companies and real estate assets.
REC, a provider of solar services, has announced it has completed the installation of two PV power plants in Germany — a 3.8MW PV plant in Schongau and an 11MW PV array in Schependorf.
US private equity investment firm Conduit Capital Partners and Latin American development bank CAF have acquired an 81% stake in two PV plants in southern Peru with a total capacity of 40MW.
Canadian Solar’s CEO expects 50% of its revenue will be generated from its PV power plant project business in the next two years, marking a significant shift in its business model.
CIGS solar panel company Nanosolar completed a 10.63MW solar project in Alfarrasi, Spain, the company’s largest installation to date.
Officials from PSEG Solar Source, the Salt River Project (SRP) and juwi solar (JSI) have gathered with local officials and business leaders in Queen Creek, Arizona to dedicate the 25MW(DC) (19MW, AC) solar farm.
Solar panel manufacturer Lightway Solar America and project developer and Premier Power Renewable Energy signed a 16.6MW supply agreement for solar projects that will be built in 2013.