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Sunperfect has been chosen to build and manage a 2.5MW PV plant in Pittstown, New Jersey, the company has announced. The project is expected to be completed in July 2012. Sunperfect exclusively distributes Shanghai Chaori Solar’s PV panels in the US and provides projects development as well as supervision.
Martier Solar’s expansion plans are slowly being realized with a 229kW PV solar system at Hertz’s global headquarters in Park Ridge, New Jersey, US. This is one of a series of approximately 15 PV systems designed and installed at Hertz facilities around the US. The array is expected to produce more than 263,000kWh of renewable energy on an annual basis.
SunEdison has sold a total of 98MW of European PV projects, the company has announced, closing three transactions last week. The projects include a 60MW PV plant in Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria, which was sold to a consortium of investors including the First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund, Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power and Turkish private equity firm Crescent Capital. The plant was connected to the grid in March 2012 and had been funded by an IFC €155 million debt financing agreement. ACWA subsidiary NOMAC and SunEdison will operate and maintain the plant under a joint vernture agreement.
International Power Canada’s (IPC) 10MW Brockville Solar project has begun construction in Leeds County, Ontario. The project site has been cleared and final engineering has commenced. The company expects for civil works to continue through the summer in order to construct the racks for the modules.
According to reports from Larsen and Toubro, its solar unit landed an Rs 125 crore order for turnkey EPC services for 10MW of solar PV systems. No further information was given regarding the contract, but the company advised that it continues to see growth opportunities in India’s solar market simply because the country intends to increase its solar capacity to 20,000MW by 2020.
LG Electronics, subsidiary of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power has been awarded a bid to construct a 10.9MW large-scale solar power plant in Yeonggwang, South Jeolla Province.
Hanwha Solar One has completed an 80kW PV installation at China’s Baijitan National Nature Reserve of Lingwu City, the company has announced. Hanwha collaborated on this project with the United Nations convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the State Forestry Administration and Forestry Department of the Ningxia Hiu region. The region has a delicate ecosystem that is threatened by desertification due to its close proximity to the Mu Us Desert and unsustainable development.
PV plant developer Sonnedix has bought a PV plant in the north-east of France, the company has announced. The 24MW Toul 3 project, located near the city of Nancy, has been constructed by EDF EN Services and is part of the 115MW Toul-Rosières PV park, the largest European solar park. Toul 3 has been constructed on a former NATO site, and is equipped with 500,000 First Solar panels as well as SMA inverters. The PV plant is expected to commence commercial operation this summer.
Solaer has constructed its first PV project in the UK, the company has announced. After connecting a 5.3MW project to the grid in Spain recently, the company has installed 21,000 PH solar modules manufactured by Conergy at a 5MW project in Eastcott, Cornwall.
Parabel has completed and connected the Jännersdorf Solar Park to the grid, the company has announced. The PV plant generates 40.5MW of energy and is located on a site of 90 hectares. It is equipped with 167,550 Trina Solar, Suntech and Hareon modules as well as 1,894 Siemens inverters and 5.216 Schletter module tables.
Conergy has connected a 1MW PV plant in Greece to the grid, the company has announced. The company has been responsible for the design and construction of the plant and has also supplied 13,000 thin-film PV modules for the installation. N. Kornilakis MEPE, a Greek logistics company, had the system installed on its 68,000m² warehouse roof.
AS Solar has constructed a 5.8MW PV plant in the Hannover area, the company has announced. The plant has been built on the property of the former Gross Munzel sugar factory and on behalf of an investor from Cologne. The site is 90,000m² in size and the project is equipped with 25,000 REC and LG solar modules as well as SMA inverters.
TerniEnergia, an Italian developer of PV projects, has begun the construction of a 10MW solar power plant in South Africa, the company has announced. The company has been chosen by an undisclosed European utility company to build the project, which is estimated to be connected to the grid later this year.
Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente is planning to develop upto 50MW of PV projects in Argentina, the company has announced. Under an agreement signed by Solaria and Argentinian energy company Energía Argentina SA (ENARSA), Solaria will develop the projects throughout Argentina. No further details were disclosed.
The IFC (World Bank International Finance Corp.) is currently deliberating giving a US$50 million loan to Green Infra for possible PV projects in India, it has been announced. Green Infra plans to construct a total of 25MW of PV plants in the State of Rajasthan, which have already been licensed by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
MEMC Electronic Materials advised that during Q2 2012, it had completed sales contracts for four solar projects in Europe totalling 98MW. The company completed solar projects worth 60MW in Bulgaria and 38MW in Italy.
A car carrier equipped with Panasonic’s hybrid power supply system has been finished, the company has announced. Panasonic supplied the Emerald Ace with a 160kW PV system as well as lithium-ion batteries. The system is primarily used to power the ship while it is at anchor so the diesel generator can be turned off.
Kyocera has inaugurated the largest PV project in the Kyoto prefecture, the company has announced. The two PV facilities have been built in a joint venture between SB Energy and Kyocera and the inauguration of the first of the two plants, which was attended by Softbank’s president and CEO Masayoshi Son, took place on the day the new FiTs (feed-in tariffs) took effect. The second facility will be connected to the grid in September. Each of the facilities will generate 2.1MW of energy.
Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy have acquired a 20MW SunEdison PV project, the company has announced. The Apex Solar Project, located in Clark County, Nevada, on a site of 254 acres is estimated to commence commercial operation in the coming months. The plant has been built by SunEdsion and the company will maintain operation and maintenance of the project. The energy will be sold to Nevada Power Company under a 25-year PPA. Financial details were not disclosed.
Georgia Power and Solar Design & Development (SD&D) have announced a partnership that will see the two companies develop and install solar projects throughout Georgia totaling 19MW. This represents Georgia Power’s first retail utility-scale solar power development and, upon completion, is anticipated to more than double the state’s solar production.
TGC Renewables has received planning approval for its 8MW solar park, which will be built on a farm site near South Brent in South Devon, UK. Solar Power Portal notes that the project will receive support from the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) and will be installed over five interconnected fields. The solar project will generate electricity using over 27,000 PV panels.
Inverter manufacturer Emerson has been chosen by Quanta Power Generation to supply inverters for two PV systems in California, the company has announced. Quanta Power has constructed a 50MW and a 20MW PV plant near Fresno, California, the 20MW plant is estimated to be finished in October 2012 while the 50MW project is expected to be completed at the end of 2012. Both projects are owned and developed by GCL Solar Energy. Quanta will further provide EPC services for the PV plants.
IKEA has connected the 18th PV rooftop installation to the grid, the company has announced. The 967kW system has been installed on the 120,900ft² roof of the IKEA store in Orlando, Florida and is equipped with approximately 4,115 PV panels. The system was, like most other IKEA systems, developed by REC Solar and the Swedish retailer owns and operates the system. Including this project, IKEA’s total energy generation in the US is 38MW and the company in s planning another 21 systems throughout the United States.
Centrosolar France has supplied 19,000 PV modules to a project in the department of Seine Maritime in Northern France. Housing developer Habitat 76 has installed 3.7MW of PV modules on 190 roofs in collaboration with French electricity company EDF Optimal Solutions.
DuPont Apollo has delivered its PV modules for a 5MW solar plant in Gujarat owned by Yantra eSolar India. The solar plant, located on 35 acres of land in Village Charankha, Santalpur Taluk, Patan District, is slated to be connected to the grid before the end of August. Upon completion and commissioning, the solar plant is estimates to be able to generate 8 million kWh of electricity per year.
JinkoSolar has provided PV modules for a 5.75MW solar project, the company has announced. The project is located on a formerly idle landfill site in Canton, Massachusetts, 15 acres in size, and has been developed in collaboration with Southern Sky Renewable Energy (SSRE). The site is part of an abandoned industrial site known as ‘brownfields’ and JinksoSolar has been working on the design and development of the PV project with ISM Solar Solutions and SSRE. The US$25 million PV plant will be equipped with 19,844 JinkoSolar modules and is expected to be completed later this year.
Upsolar has developed ten rooftop installations in France in a newly formed joint venture with France-based EPC Solstyce, the company has announced. The joint venture is called Novengo and Upsolar and EPC Solstyce have installed three PV systems on the roofs of media institutions and another seven systems at high schools near the French town of Charente. The projects are part of an initiative to integrate PV systems into heritage buildings. Upsolar does offer alternative funding for PV projects, like joint ventures, for projects that have already been permitted but that need more equity.
Chinese PV company Sky Solar is planning to invest in a 300MW PV project in Chile, according to a report by Reuters. Sky Solar, in collaboration with Chilean Sigdo Koppers and the Chinese Development Bank, has announced the signing of an agreement on Tuesday, under which Sky Solar is looking to invest US$900 million to construct the 300MW solar power park over three years.
Cupertino Electric has finished construction of a 20MW PV project for Pacific Gas and electric in California, the company has announced. Cupertino’s Energy Alternatives division constructed the Huron project in eight months under PG&E’s clean energy initiative. The PV plant is expected to commence commercial operation on June 29, 2012.
Q-Cells North America has finished the construction of two PV projects in Central Valley, California, for Pacific Gas and Electric, the company has announced. The projects generate a total of 30MW, the Cantua project generating 20MW of energy and the Giffen PV plant, generating 10MW. PG and E has chosen Q-Cells as a partner for the 250MW utility-owned generation (UOG) program, under which 250MW of energy are developed over a period of five years.
According to a report from Solarplaza, Adenium Solar Energy has bought a portion of a 29MW portfolio of grid-connected, operational solar plants in Italy. The transaction is valued at €125 million with the assets to be managed by Adenium and Foresight. The companies expect for their joint venture to increase the portfolio within the next 12 months to a total of 100MW.
Expansion of Brazil’s Tauá project is underway thanks to a continued partnership between MPX, E.ON and GE Energy. GE will supply all the equipment and PV technology systems for the plant’s expansion, including the delivery of more than 8,000 solar panels. Upon completion, Tauá will have nearly 13,000 solar panels helping to produce energy.
GreenVolts announced that it had commissioned its latest system, a 464kW solar plant in Pleasant Grove, California. Installed at Van Dyke’s Rice Dryer, the installation was built across a four-acre L-shaped portion of land and was completed on schedule with minimal impact to the ongoing operations of the dryer.
First Solar’s EPC team has installed the 10 millionth PV panel at a utility-scale PV plant, the company has announced. The module was installed at the 550MW Desert Sunlight solar farm in Riverside County, California. The project is being constructed for NextEra Energy and GE Energy Financial Services.
The US’s largest solar and wind project developer, NextEra, has placed the successful bid to purchase the unbuilt 1GW Blythe solar project in Riverside County, California. The plant is another of the projects – both built and unbuilt – being auctioned off from the assets of bankrupt Solar Trust of America. The agreed price of the project was not revealed.
The Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has authorized the first PV project to be built on tribal land in Clark County, Nevada, it has been announced. The project is part of the Obama administration’s plan to strengthen tribal communities in the US.
First Solar has reached an agreement regarding the DoE loan funded AV Solar Ranch One in Antelope Valley, the company has announced. The company has resumed the installation of its PV modules at the PV plant after being forced to cease construction in order to deal with module code certification issues. First Solar and the Los Angeles Country Department of Public Works have now reached an agreement about the PV module installation and First Solar is able to continue constructing the 230MW project. Construction of the PV plant began in August 2011 and the project is expected to be completed in 2013.
OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) has granted US$185 million to construct two 20MW PV plants in the south of Peru. Private equity firm Conduit Capital Partners will utilize the OPIC funds to construct the Tacna and Panamericana PV plants and, once completed and in operation, feed the generated energy into the Peruvian national grid. Last June OPIC initiated first large scale PV project in Peru, approving US$123 million for the construction of two other solar power plants. The project was named “2011 Latin American Renewables Deal of the Year” by Euromoney.
Solar thermal project developer BrightSource Energy has placed the top bid for Palen, a 500MW solar thermal plant, at a Delaware auction of property of Solar Trust of America, which went bankrupt in April this year. The as-yet unbuilt solar thermal plant is said to have been bought by BrightSource for an unconfirmed amount of up to US$30 million.
A 9.8MW PV system at Campbell Soup’s production facility in Napoleon, Ohio, has been inaugurated, the company has announced. Representatives of RNB Renewable Energy, Enfinity America, FirstEnergy Solutions and SunPower were present at the event to celebrate the completion.
Solaria and Italian ForVEI have agreed on the sale of Solaria’s 8MW PV plant in Italy, the company has announced. The plant is located in the municipality of Orte and is owned by Solaria Aleph Generación, a 50% subsidiary of Solaria. Built in 2010, the PV plant is part of Solaria’s 47MW European portfolio. The value of the sale constitutes €35.1 million and a debt reduction of €23.4 million.
Activ Solar has completed the first 21.18MW of its PV plant in Ukraine, the company has announced. The second phase will see the company install another 21.77MW and is expected to be completed in July 2012. Once completed, Starokozache Solar Power Station, located in Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy, in the Odessa region, will have a total capacity of 43MW. It will be equipped with 185.952 multicrystalline PV modules as well as 41 inverters on a site of 80ha.
Canadian solar power producer Etrion has opened an office in Santiago, Chile, the company has announced. The company is trying to break into the Chilean market and is currently in negotiations for a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the construction of a 5MW PV project in Chile. Etrion is expecting to sign more PPAs for possible PV projects throughout the year.
The Toshiba Corporation has announced that it will commence the construction of PV plants totaling 100MW in Minami Soma on the battered northeastern coastline where a tsunami and an earthquake caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl a year ago.
An inauguration ceremony was recently held for the 12MW Las Cruces Centennial Solar Farm and was attended by SunEdison and El Paso Electric (EPE) officials, as well as Las Cruces Mayor, Ken Miyagishima. The New Mexico solar farm, which was activated in May and is located near Las Cruces International Airport, uses over 48,000 of SunEdison’s Silvantis P280 PV modules to produce solar energy.
The Salamon Group and DayStar Technologies are working under a contract with the Samoan government in order to bring renewable energy to the forefront in the island nation. Sunlogics Power, a division of Salamon Group, and DayStar’s Eco Energy Solutions along with the government and Electrical Power Corporation (EPC) have been working to get Samoa’s first private power generating license to start the companies mandate in the country.
Canadian Solar has become involved in PV projects totaling 122MW in the US. The involvement comes in the form of either acquisitions or joint ventures of projects. The company is participating in the construction of 11 US PV projects in sizes from 2MW to 29MW, the last of these projects is to be completed in 2014. Canadian Solar has previously announced that it will broaden its Canadian portfolio with approximately 340MW of projects in Ontario and has already completed three of those projects. The company is now looking to expand its project development to the US market.
Conergy has completed a 500kW PV plant in the town of Agüimes on the island of Gran Canaria, the company has announced. The company installed 2,200 PH modules in an area of approximately 9,300m² and will provide maintenance as well as operation of the system. This is the second PV system in the small town of Agüimes, the first one being a 1.7MW rooftop installation on top of a coffee roasters’, installed in 2011 and the largest rooftop system in the Canary Islands.
The William R. Sinkin Centennial Solar Farms 1 and 2 have been inaugurated by a ceremonious ribbon cutting, it has been announced. CPS Energy’s president and CEO Doyle Beneby, along with San Antonio’s Mayor Julián Castro were present at the ceremony. The two projects, constructed by SunEdison, generate a total of 19.8MW and are equipped with 83,034 PV panels on a site of approximately 200 acres, owned by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS). CPS will purchase the energy through a 25-year PPA.
Solon Corporation has agreed to build a 1.15MW PV system for the Tanque Verde Unified School District (TVUSD) in Tucson, Arizona, the company has announced. The system will be installed across the four campuses of Tanque Verde High School and Elementary School, the Emily Gray Junior High School and the Agua Caliente Elementary School. Solon Corporation will design and construct the system and maintain its operation once completed; the energy generated will we sold to TVUSD under a 25-year PPA. The project is expected to commence operation in early 2013.