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Soitec advised that it has completed the delivery of 5MW of its Concentrix CPV systems to seven solar plants in Italy. The deliveries, sent to various customers, bring the company’s solar system installations to 10MW worldwide.
Bisol Group advised that, along with investor Samruk-Energo, it will construct a 2MW turnkey solar plant in Kazakhstan. The ground-mounted PV system will be built in the city of Kapchagay in the Almaty Province. Once completed, it will be operated and owned by Samruk-Green Energy.
German solar firm Conergy has installed a 544kW roof-integrated solar power system at metal roof and wall cladding manufacturer Alubel’s premises in Bagnalo in Piano, Reggio Emilia, Italy.
German project developer Conergy and local firm Spercheios S.A. have constructed four PV plants for private Greek investors with a combined capacity of 1.9MW and a total output of 2.8 million kWh of solar power every year.
Powerway has fought off local and international competition to be crowned victor of the EPC contract for an 18MW PV plant in Thailand.
Through a subsidiary, S.A.G. Solarstrom will be partnering with Valsolar 2006 and Cavalum SGPS to develop and construct four PV plants in Badajoz, Spain (in the region of Extremadura), as part of their newly developed joint venture. The plants will have a total output of around 440MWp with the project holding a total investment volume in the three-digit million range.
The latest addition to the Watts solar farm in Robeson County, North Carolina, comes in the form of a 6.4MW solar farm, which uses JinkoSolar PV modules. Developed by Strata Solar, the solar farm joins the “southern cluster” of solar power farms in the state.
The El Chaparral Solar Farm in New Mexico has found financial support through Wells Fargo. The solar project, developed by SunEdison, is the sixth utility-scale solar project that Well Fargo has funded, in partnership with SunEdison, in the past year.
Martifer Solar Hellas advised that its 1.5MW PV plant in Apathia Vrachaki, in the municipality of Trizinias, Greece, has reached completion. The project, which consists of polycrystalline modules and string inverters installed on fixed structures was connected to the grid on September 14. Martifer Solar Hellas expects the project to produce around 2.2GWh of electricity per year.
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has further stamped its mark in the US solar market and has officially turned on its 34th completed solar project in the US at its distribution centre near Savannah, Georgia. Covering 182,300 square feet, the 1,458.2kW solar array also represents Georgia’s largest private rooftop PV system.
Following the success of two pilot 2.5MW solar rooftop projects in the state capital city of Gandhinagar in India, Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. (GPCL), an Indian project developer for the energy sector, has invited companies to bid for five rooftop PV projects in the state of Gujarat, India. The projects have a combined capacity of 25MW.
PV systems supplier Conergy is building a 725kW solar plant for T & P Farms, an almond manufacturer, in northern California, US. The plant is estimated to generate enough power to meet 95% of the almond farm’s electricity needs for its shelling operations.
T-Solar Group, a utility-scale PV project developer based in Spain and a subsidiary of Isolux Infrastructure, is continuing to expand its international footprint and has announced plans for 55MW of contracted projects in the US and Puerto Rico.
Asahi Glass Co. (AGC), a specialist in glass manufacturing based in Japan, is planning to install a 5MW PV system on the rooftop of its plant located in Takasago in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. According to the company, the PV system will be one of the largest rooftop PV systems in Japan.
Italy-based solar energy firm 9REN Group has recently connected three new PV projects in Italy, helping the company to surpass its 100MW milestone. 9REN now has 105MW of directly owned PV plants, of which 89MW are in Italy and 16MW in Spain.
Thuringia’s Minister for Trade and Industry Matthias Machnig has officially inaugurated the state’s largest PV plant located in Ronneburg, Germany. Built on 40 acres of a former uranium ore mining site, the plant has a PV capacity of 20MW and an output of 19 million kWh of electricity per annum.
Continuing with its dominance of the Indian market, First Solar will provide over 585,000 CdTe thin-film modules to two large-scale PV power plants planned for India’s Rajasthan state. First Solar noted that the selection of its modules was due to the high ambient temperatures and diffuse sunlight conditions, which in recent studies by the company have nearly negated the higher yields of crystalline silicon modules.
Already claiming to have the largest share of the Japanese market for installation volume of large and industrial-scale PV installations in Japan, Kyocera Solar is supplying approximately 135,000 modules to Yonden Engineering for a 30MW plant being built in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan.
Suntech Power Holdings has signed a polycrystalline module supply deal with Portugal’s EDP Renovaveis for PV projects in Romania worth 39MW. In total, EDP Renovaveis is undertaking four projects in Romania that are expected to be connected between late 2012 and early 2013.
Several major PV power plant projects, including the under construction Catalina Solar Plant in Kern County, California, are supporting CIS-based thin-film module manufacturer, Solar Frontier, which highlights that it is nearing the cumulative 1GW installation milestone. This is only the second thin-film supplier to be on-target to reach that level after First Solar.
Australian renewable energy firm Epuron has acquired the 1MW Uterne PV plant — which is said to be Australia’s largest tracking solar power plant — from US PV manufacturer SunPower Corporation. The acquisition was financed by Australian financial services company Commonwealth Bank, making it the country’s first major bank to support a solar project of this size.
Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) and its parent company Sumitomo Corporation have invested in the 550MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm which is currently under construction in the Californian desert in the US. As a result, the companies have acquired a 25% share in the project.
PSEG Solar Source advised that its 25.2MW DC (19MW AC) Queen Creek Solar Farm has reached commercial operation. Located in Queen Creek, Arizona, the solar plant is built on 148 acres of land and uses nearly 90,000 crystalline solar panels, which operate on a single axis tracking system.
PV manufacturer Canadian Solar has delivered 26MW of its CS6P-P PV modules to EPC contractor TSK Solar for use in the San Fermin solar power plant project located in Puerto Rico while Altair Nanotechnologies (Altairnano) has been selected to provide its advanced battery energy storage system.
Flexopower Energies a South Africa based system integrator is using PV modules from ET Solar and a range of rooftop projects in the country. The projects include both residential and commercial rooftops which are expected to be completed this quarter.
PV project developer SunEdison has announced that it has sold its forthcoming 30MW Spectrum solar project which is due to begin construction in October to Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy. The price of the transaction has not been disclosed.
The Export-Import Bank of the US has agreed to provide a 10-year guarantee for a PNC Bank loan worth US$6.4 million. The loan will be used to finance the export of PV modules from SolarWorld Americas, based on the west coast if the US, to Barbados-based Williams Industries-Williams evergreen Ltd.
Power Partners MasTec has chosen Solectria Renewables to provide its Megawatt Solar Stations (MSS) for MasTec’s 5MW True North solar farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The companies noted that the solar farm will be the largest solar installation in New England and the first direct-to-grid farm in the state.
Kyocera Solar announced that it has been tapped to deliver 30MW of its solar modules for a utility-scale solar plant being constructed in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan. Nearly 135,000 modules will she shipped for the project, which is being designed and constructed by Yonden Engineering.
Sundog Energy and Kier Construction have officially turned on the 204 kWp rooftop BIPV system at King’s Cross railway station in London, UK. Dubbed as one of the largest and most complex building-integrated PV systems in the UK, it is projected to have an output of around 175,000 kWh per annum.
EDP Renováveis announced that it has started constructing its 39MW PV project in Romania. Working with its local partner, the Renovatio Group, EDP Renováveis expects for construction to be completed by Q1 2013.
Martifer Solar’s plans to expand its PV power plant projects business remains on-track after completing two of the largest PV power plants in Portugal that have a combined capacity of 22.4MWp. The project developer had around €235 million worth of projects in its backlog at the end of the first-half of 2012, with management expectation of increasing installations by a double digit amount this year, compared with around 200MW installed in 2011.
Efforts by the Chinese government to provide support to its struggling PV manufacturing sector have surfaced in Kenya, Africa, in the form of a government-approved business. Known for its municipal public works, Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic & Technical Co, Ltd. (CJIC), is planning to build a 50MW solar power project near the country’s northwest-located city of Garissa.
Having completed five projects totalling 22MW for PNM Resources in New Mexico in 2011, First Solar has been awarded a new engineering, procurement and construction services (EPC) contract with the utility for an additional four solar power plants totalling 20MW (AC).
According to André Nobre, project manager of Solar Energy Systems at Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), one of the most important points to consider when developing a rooftop PV system for tropical regions is the distance between the module and the rooftop.
On September 4, Thai oil company Bangchak Public Petroleum Co. (BPP) connected its 44MW PV plant in Thailand — the largest silicon PV power plant in South East Asia, it claims. It is located in Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, which is around 40km from the country’s capital Bangkok.
IBC Solar has upped its corporate social responsibility profile by donating a 14.4kW solar power system to the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya. A total of 120 solar panes and six inverters have been supplied to the orphanage, which house approximately 120 children aged between a few months to 18 years.
The construction of 39 PV parks by Spes Solaris and Solar Concept has been approved through a fast track process by the Greek Ministry of Finance’s Interministerial Committee for Strategic Investments. The projects will be constructed in Thessaly, the Peloponnese and central and western Greece and are expected to have a total output of 131, 074MW, worth €301, 470 million.
IKEA’s Round Rock, Texas store recently saw the completion of a 1,633kW system built atop its roof. The system, when combined with the solar projects in IKEA’s Houston and Dallas-area Frisco stores make the Swedish company the state’s largest solar owner. The Round Rock store array consists of 6,664 panels installed across 273,700 square feet. The system was developed, designed and installed by REC Solar.
Hanwha Solar declared that it had delivered 7.7MW of its PV modules to Solvéo Energie, a French EPC, for its Rion-des-Landes facility. The rooftop solar installation will help Solvéo Energie with its cultivation of a Ginseng plantation.
The Outback Solar PV project, located nine miles outside of Christmas Valley, Oregon, has surpassed the 50% completion mark for construction. The 5.7MW project, which is being developed by Smart Energy Capital, Belectric and Obsidian Finance, is set to be the largest solar power plant in the Northwest and the first to use the Bonneville Power Administrations’ transmission system.
SunPower is installing 3.7MW of its solar systems across six different school sites in California’s Porterville Unified School District (PUSD). The company will install ground-mounted solar arrays and solar shade structures in school parking lots with the systems expected to cut the district’s electricity costs by US$44 million over the next 25 years.
IKEA’s New Haven Connecticut store has officially launched its 940.8kW rooftop PV system, making it the Swedish company’s 32nd completed US solar project. Built across 118,000 square feet, the PV array uses 3,920 panels and is anticipated to produce nearly 1,099,800kWh of energy per year.
German solar plant developer Enerparc along with the Association Delitzsch-Southwest have jointly inaugurated a 32MW PV plant located in Delitzsch, Germany, after it was built and connected in “record time”.
Jiangsu Zongyi Co. Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of PV products and project developer, has built and connected one of Italy’s largest integrated photovoltaic plants — a 13.5MW rooftop solar array located in Marche in central Italy.
Speaking at this week’s MENA Renewable Energy Forum, as cited by gulfnews.com, the managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, confirmed plans to invest US$3.27 billion in building one of the largest solar parks in the region — a 1GW PV facility. A specific location has not been disclosed.
San Francisco’s Embarcadero Exploratorium is now sporting a 1.3MW SunPower rooftop solar system. The system is designed so that it can ultimately produce 100% of the site’s electricity demands. Once the facility is completed in spring 2013, system performance will be updated every 15 minutes and displayed in the Exploratorium’s lobby.
WAAREE Energies, an Indian PV manufacturer and project developer, has been on a roll in the past few months and has been awarded yet another turnkey EPC contract for a 5MW thin-film PV plant from Taxus Infrastructure & Power Projects Pvt. The location of the project has not been disclosed.
Fluor Corporation, a developer of PV projects headquartered in Irving, Texas, US, has been awarded an EPC contract by Centinela Solar Energy, a member of LS Power Group, for a 170MW solar park located in southern California, US. The company has also been awarded a separate contract for ongoing operations and maintenance services of the PV facility.
The board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution, recently gave its approval of providing up to US$250 million for OPIC’s first solar power project in South Africa.