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Utility firm El Paso Electric (EPE) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) relating to the total output from the proposed 50MW Macho Springs Solar Project which is due to be constructed near Deming, New Mexico in the US. The PPA is subject to approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.
French renewables company Fonroche Energie has agreed a deal to build a 24MW solar plant in Kazakhstan as a forerunner to a possible 2GW project in the country.
French PV project developer Helios Strategia has completed a 2.5MW PV plant in Ploiesti, Romania.
A consortium of three companies — US PV developer SolarReserve, financial services company Kensani Group and South African renewables developer Intikon — has closed a financial deal worth R5.15 billion (US$586 million) to fund the development of two 75MW PV plants in South Africa.
UK-based PV project developer Lark Energy has announced it has secured planning permission for a 32MWp PV project which, when complete, is said to be the UK’s largest solar farm.
The Chinese government has made a fresh call for new PV and BIPV applications from regional governments under the Golden Sun programme to boost PV growth in the country and help local PV manufacturers.
Greek company ExelGroup will supply its ESP Series 60 poly PV panels to 10kW systems in 15 schools in Larissa, the capital of the Thessaly region, and a 436kW power station in Neapolis Covered Market.
Germany’s Bosch, a global provider of technology and services, is planning to pull out of the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) at the end of the year when its membership expires, media reports have revealed.
PV mounting system manufacturer Clenergy has helped an unnamed Chinese solar company add 12MW to its 40MW PV project in Jiayuguan, China, supplying its new mounting system for the project.
French renewable energy firm EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced it has commissioned a 115MWp PV facility in the Lorraine region of eastern France.
AES Solar has completed three financial transactions totalling US$752 million relating to a 266MW PV project in the US, 22.4MW of PV projects in France and a corporate revolving credit facility for the company.
Utility-scale PV developer 8minutenergy Renewables has begun work on a 266MW solar farm in Imperial Country, California, after securing US$636 million in project financing.
ET Solar was the sole module provider for a 1.45MW commercial rooftop project in Austria.
Lightway Solar America has signed the agreement with Suntuity to deliver 22MW of solar panels for 31 of Suntuity’s solar projects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.
Private equity investment firm Conduit Capital Partners and CAF, development bank of Latin America, have invested in Peru’s Tacna and Panamericana solar projects.
Gehrlicher Solar plans to connect its 8.75MW Romanian solar project to the grid by 15 November.
Chinese developer Sky solar is to begin work on its first project in Chile, a 18MW solar plant located in the country’s northern Arica province.
Cupertino Electric’s Energy Alternatives Division has completed a 1.2MW PV system on property owned by the Golden Valley Unified School District in Madera, California.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has launched a new programme under its inaugural General Funding Strategy which aims to drive renewable energy adoption in regional and remote areas in Australia.
Irish developer Mainstream Renewable Power is ready to break ground on two proposed solar projects in South Africa after inking financing, power purchase and implementation agreements with the South African government.
Canadian Solar has delivered its CS6P-P solar modules for Turkey’s 540kW solar project, which was built at the Izmir airport.
EPC specialist Kentz has been awarded an EPC contract worth US$45 million from Scatec Solar for a 75MWp PV project in the Northern Cape area of South Africa.
Canadian PV manufacturer Carmanah Technologies has been awarded an EPC contract worth US$1.1 million from Toronto Hydro-Electric System for three rooftop PV arrays in Toronto.
Solar Green Technology (SGT), an Italy-based specialist in the design, installation and construction of PV plants, has designed and built 7.8MW worth of PV projects in Italy.
Gestamp Solar, a developer of utility-scale PV plants, has secured €80 million (US$102 million) to fund two PV projects in South Africa after signing an agreement with two local financing firms, Nedbank and IDC.
Italy’s Building Energy has finalised a deal with the South African government to build an 81MWp solar PV plant in Kathu, Northern Cape.
German PV project developer Conergy is set to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia after it secured an EPC contract for two PV plants in Thailand from Thai Solar Energy Company Limited (TSE), a local investor. The plants will be located in Suphanburi Province and Kanchanaburi Province and have a combined capacity of 21MW.
Representatives from Hayworth-Fabian and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce as well as local residents from the city of Oakley, California, have gathered at a ceremony to celebrate the ground breaking of a 1.68MW BIPV project at a parking facility for boats and recreational vehicles (RVs) in Oakley.
Renault has installed 40 hectares of solar panels at six of its French production sites for a total power output of 59MW.
Abengoa has begun construction of its 50MW Khi Solar One solar tower and 100MW, KaXu Solar One parabolic trough plant in South Africa.
EPC contractor, SunEnergy Europe, has announced that a 5.3MW power plant has been connected to the grid in Hessia, southern Germany.
Seven Japanese companies have been celebrating the ground breaking of their solar and wind power project at a ceremony held today at the project site in Midorigahama, Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture in Japan.
System integrator Phoenix Solar is to build a further two 2MWp PV power plants in Greece for private investors.
Solar Capital De Aar, the subsidiary of Italy’s Moncada Energy, has finalised a deal to build what it claims will be the largest PV array in South Africa.
French CPV manufacturer Soitec has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with South Africa’s public utility Eskom for its planned 44MWp Touwsrivier power plant.
Algerian state-owned utility Sonelgaz is planning to build 4.2GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 in a move designed to meet future domestic demand and establish an export market for electricity.
German PV developer S.A.G. Solarstrom has announced it will begin constructing and complete a 2MWp pilot project in Paiguano in the region of Coquimbo in northern Chile during the first quarter of 2013.
Resource-hungry Dubai is aiming to increase the contribution solar and other renewables make to its energy mix under a 2030 energy strategy published this week.
Austria-based PV project developer Activ Solar has completed a 43.14MWp PV power plant in the Odessa region of Ukraine.
China Sunergy (CSUN), a solar cell and module manufacturer, has announced it will develop its first two solar projects in the UK.
Lincoln Renewable Energy (LRE) and Southern California Edison (SCE) signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for two of LRE’s California solar plants.
Eurus Energy Holdings will receive a loan for ¥8.6 billion (US$108 million) from the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in order to construct a 30MW solar plant.
Southern Solar is build a 100MW solar farm in phases, in Tamil Nadu, India, according to reports.
Bloomberg has reported that JFE Holdings will develop six solar projects in Japan with a combined 40MW capacity.
Schott Solar has completed delivery of over 17,000 of its PTR 70 receivers to Godawari Green Energy.
PV project developer Sonnedix and Yarotek have broken ground on their 12MW Salinas Solar Park, the first of three proposed solar power projects by the two companies. Joined by government representatives, the companies celebrated at a groundbreaking ceremony in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Installer SolarCity has unveiled plans for a 1.3MW project to bring renewable energy to nine schools in Martinez, California.
The Osaka Hikari-no-mori Project (Osaka Forest of Light Project) has now commenced following the announcement that it will be supported by a consortium of seven Japanese companies, namely Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Daihen Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Rengo Co. and NTT Facilities.
SGI-Mitabu, a company formed by two Australian firms The Solar Guys International and Mitabu Australia, has announced that it has secured the necessary finances to fund the first phase of its planned 250MW PV projects in Indonesia.
Solar Planet Power, PV installers based in Ohio, US, has commissioned several ground-mounted and rooftop PV projects at elementary and high schools located in West Jefferson and Blacklick, Ohio.