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Kimberly-Clark’s Redlands, California distribution center has expanded its initial 100kW solar array, installed in 2009, with help from Prologis and Southern California Edison (SCE). The companies claim that the new 4.9MW (DC), 3.5MW (AC), project is one of the largest single rooftop solar projects in the country.
SunPower, along with construction company Gilbane, announced that they had broken ground on a 1.5MW ground-mounted solar project at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California. The solar project is anticipated to produce one-third of the college’s annual electricity needs once completed.
German project developer solarhybrid is preparing to start work on its largest PV project to date after Fürstenwalde’s municipal council awarded preliminary planning permission for its 150MW project.
Bloomberg is reporting that Suntech Power Holdings and Canadian Solar will be providing their solar panels to Tata Power for its US$68 million solar project. The 25MW plant in western Gujarat state will use crystalline silicon-based modules to power the solar array.
The first HCPV plant developed by a company of non-Chinese origin has been built in the Qinghai province. Isofoton’s 100kWp facility is located on the outskirts of the town of Golmud which receives over 7kWh/m2 a day of direct solar radiation in an area with very little rain.
Bloomberg reported the worst floods in Thailand for 70 years, yet, this has not stopped Conergy’s continued installation of solar parks in the kingdom. It has secured a contract for a 9MW solar park in Pak Thong Chai in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, 250km north east of Bangkok. The company will be acting as general contractor for the project as well as being responsible for planning and engineering and for supplying the components for the 79,000 square metre park.
This month will see the completion of ESA Renewables’s 1.3MW commercial rooftop solar project in New Bern, North Carolina, US. ESA claims this will be one of the largest rooftop PV arrays in eastern North Carolina.
Royal Wine Corp’s (RWC) Bayonne, New Jersey corporate headquarters is home to a new 1.15MW rooftop solar installation. Installed across 4 acres of rooftop space, the solar system, owned and operated by RWC, holds the ability to produce up to 65% of the power needs for the company over its 20-year lifetime.
Element Power Solar celebrated its newly completed 4.5MW ground-mounted PV plant in Sicily. Located near Gela, the plant is anticipated to produce over 1,570 equivalent hours of production per year. Element Power, which closed a lease-and-sell-back agreement with an unnamed Italian clean energy projects lender, will manage and operate the PV plant.
Kyocera has delivered a further 10MW of modules to the Cigliano PV park near Turin in Italy. The additional 41,280 modules will be distributed equally between the Lotti and Petiva sites and takes the park’s total capacity to 16MW.
Commercial solar systems provider EnterSolar, has completed a 192.5kW PV system for Dykes Lumber Company located in Aberdeen, New Jersey, US. This is the second solar project that EnterSolar has completed for Dykes, following the 360kW installation at the Dykes facility in Weehawken, New Jersey.
The South Africa Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a joint venture between SolarReserve, a US developer of utility-scale solar power projects, the Kensani Group, an empowered infrastructure player in the Southern African market and Intikon Energy, a South African developer of renewable energy projects, preferred bidder status. Installing two 75MW plants, the consortium’s new status will give them the right to proceed with executing a 20 year government-supported power purchase agreement with the South African power utility company, Eskom.
Officials from The Reliable One (OUC) were joined by city and county officials to celebrate the completion of what is described as the first solar farm in Orange County, Florida. The 5.9MW Stanton Solar farm, located at OUC’s Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center is owned and operated by Duke Energy Renewables. The project was built by Regenesis Power with OUC purchasing the power produced from the array for the next 20 years.
Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Cotton Center solar plant has officially come online in Gila Bend, Arizona. The 17MW facility was developed and constructed by Solon and brings APS’ total renewable portfolio to 930MW. Constructed on 145 acres, and using over 93,000 single-axis tracking PV panels that were placed in 1,662 rows, the project is expected to fulfill the energy needs of over 4,000 APS customers.
A 5MW solar installation at Arizona Western College (AWC) was officially commissioned today as representatives from Main Street Power Company, MS Solar Solutions, PPA Partners, Arizona Public Service and Rosendin Electric joined Governor Jan Brewer at the 23-acre site. Main Street Power will own and operate the system as part of its long-term financing program with MS Solar Solutions. The 5MW project includes demonstration systems for each technology used with access available to students and researchers.
Scheuten Solar has supplied 600 of its custom-made building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) modules for a 220kW installation at the Carrara Stadium on Australia’s Gold Coast.
BayWa and Wirsol are joining forces to build a 70MW solar park in southern Spain. The system will cost an estimated €150 million and be located 70km northwest of Alicante.
The up-and-coming solar market of India has received a boost with the news that the US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) has agreed to fund a 2MW solar PV project in Gujarat. CIGS module manufacturer MiaSolé will supply the project, being developed by Universal Solar Systems, with modules for the park, which will bring India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) a step closer to its aim of establishing 20GW of grid-connected solar capacity by 2022.
Eclipsall revealed that its PV modules had been selected as part of 30 new microFiT systems that will be built in Kapuskasing, Ontario through DBMS Energy Solutions and Strathcona Solar Initiatives. The CAN$2 million project plans to build solar projects on vacant properties in the Ontario province to provide a new source of revenue to the Kapuskasing municipality.
FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, has executed a long-term agreement that will see it acquire the electric output from Maryland Solar’s 20MW Maryland Solar Farm for the next 20 years. FirstEnergy will additionally receive the renewable energy credits associated with the solar project, which is said, upon its completion, to be the largest solar facility in Maryland.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have issued Rockford Solar Partners, a joint venture between Wanxiang American and New Generation Power, the FONSI, “Finding of No Significant Impact” for the proposed 20MW solar farm at the Rockford Airport. The project will be able to utilize 70 acres of land at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport for what is being called the largest commercial airport-based solar project in the US.
WiseEnergy, a merchant bank focused on the renewable energy sector, will manage up to 500MW of solar and wind power projects in South Africa on behalf of ix:Africa.
JinkoSolar is donating modules for an off-grid solar project at a school in Tanzania. The Chinese module manufacturer is partnering with non-profit organisation Power to the People to build the 2.5kW rooftop system that will power lighting and the computer lab at the Nyumba ya Mungu secondary school.
Enel Green Power advised that its 5MW solar plant in Barrafranca, in the province of Enna, Italy, has been completed, bringing its total installed capacity to nearly 77MW worldwide. The Sicilian PV plant uses over 20, 000 solar panels to generate 7.2 million kWh of electricity every year.
Ilfeld, the Southern Harz, Germany, will be the site for a joint venture between Schott Solar and Stadtwerke Mainz. Expected to be completed this month, the solar system will feature 24,000 modules and with a capacity of 5.6MW, supplying 5.25GW hours to around 3,000 homes with green electricity each year. In addition, roughly, 3,200 tons of CO2 emissions will be reduced each year.
Furnishings retailer IKEA is planning to increase its presence in the south of the US by installing PV solar panels on its nine stores and one distribution centre. Pending government permits, IKEA anticipates installation beginning this winter, with completion expected next summer.
Chevron Energy Solutions has completed the installation of a 1.15MW PV system at Dinuba’s wastewater treatment plant. The ground-mounted array, which sits atop a capped landfill adjacent to the plant, is made up of 4,704 modules and is expected to help cut the city’s electrical utility consumption by 70%.
Xunlight and Trina Solar’s 220kW solar demonstration project in China has reached completion. Xunlight, through its subsidiary in Kunshan, China, provided Trina Solar with 220kW of its flexible thin-film silicon solar modules, which had been assembled using its triple-junction thin-film solar cells manufactured at its 25MW solar cell facility in Ohio.
South Carolina Electric & Gas and Boeing have completed a single rooftop solar installation with one of the largest production capacities in the US. Construction started in May this year with the installation capable of generating 2.6MW for the site – enough to power approximately 250 homes. All power generated will stay within the Boeing site.
Gehrlicher Solar has sold two solar parks near Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France, to White Owl Capital. The installations have capacities of 1.9MW and 2.6MW and will generate a combined total of 5.5 million kWh of electricity a year.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s high-desert Adelanto Switching and Converter Station has started to take shape. Located on a 42-acre site, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, construction on the project began in February this year, after the Board of Water and Power Commissioners granted final approval for the project in December 2010.
The hosts of the 2011 United Nations Conference of the Parties, South Africa, can boast the completion of its first 1.2MW solar project. With AU Optronics first venture into Africa, it has built a tracking system PV plant in Lethabo and a ground-mounted PV power plant in Kendal.
National Solar Power and Hardee County, Florida have advised that with the signing of a developer agreement, National Solar Power plans to build a 200MW solar farm in the county. The project is said to have a US$700 million price tag and will be the company’s second solar farm. While the Hardee County Commission recently approved the agreement, the local and state permitting process is still pending.
Gemma Renewable Power (GRP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gemma Power Systems, which is a subsidiary of Argan, advised that it had executed a US$16.6 million EPC contract with Southern Sky Renewable Energy Canton for the design and construction of a 5.7MW solar project. The installation, which will be built on a closed capped landfill in Canton, Massachusetts, will feature 19,800 PV panels across 12.5 acres. GRP has already received a full release to start construction and engineering activities and aims to have the projected completed by the summer of 2012.
Heliotrop’s new generation of CPV units are now prepped for installation in solar power plants of 1 to 100MW for 110m2 of module areas per row of trackers that are less than 5 metres high.
SunPower has delivered 12,000 of its E19/320 solar panels to GDF Suez’s subsidiary La Compagnie du Vent for installation on its new solar power plant in southeast France. The 3.8MW power plant, the exact location of which was undisclosed, is planned for completion in summer 2012 and represents La Compagnie du Vent’s largest ground-mounted PV installation thus far.
Martifer Solar has completed building work on a 5MW PV project in Normandy, France for Germany-based investment fund Leonidas Associates IV.
Blue Oak Energy and Point 2 Structural Engineers have completed a 2.8MW solar installation for the US Coast Guard in Puerto Rico. The project was implemented by Schneider Electric and spans two sites: the Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla and Rio Bayamon Housing Center in San Juan. The arrays include 200 residential rooftops, six commercial rooftops, five carports arrays and three ground-mount arrays.
The former Edgeboro Landfill in East Brunswick, New Jersey has been converted into a solar power generating facility with the completion of a 4.3MW solar project by ENN Solar Energy and National Renewable Energy Corporation (NERC). ENN used 9,000 of its thin-film silicon solar modules for the project, which is anticipated to be able to produce 100 million kWh of electricity over its lifetime.
As the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins in South Africa this week, Soitec announced that it had built a CPV power plant as the flagship project for the Durban, South Africa site. The 500kW project will power the COP17 gathering, taking place November 28 through December 9, and will be officially inaugurated by South African President Dr. Jacob Zuma on December 4.
The 1 millionth solar PV system installation milestone has been declared by the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar). Having launched the 1,000 rooftop program in late 1990, its now just over a decade that a system on the roof of the Institute for Sports Equipment Research and Development (Institut für Forschung und Entwicklung von Sportgeräten - FES), in Berlin marked the 1,000,000th system installed in Germany. In contrast, London, England has over 3 million homes but only just over 3,000 installations since the feed-in tariff was introduced in April, 2010.
Photon Energy is stepping up its efforts to break into the expanding Eastern European solar market by building Poland’s largest rooftop array. The 311kW system will be installed on a building owned by water utility Górnośląskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów (GPW) in the city of in Ruda Slaska and is due to go live in mid-2012.
Tentative rumours about technology company Apple’s investment in solar power have been partially confirmed. The Guardian said today that a spokeswoman for Apple would only verify that the company was preparing the ground next to its data centre in California, but not whether it has any intention to leave coal behind and turn to solar power.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is close to approving a US$497 million financing deal for Morocco’s 500MW Desertec concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The final decision is likely to be made before the end of the year and takes Desertec one step closer to securing the US$9 billion required to build the record-breaking system.
Acting as both module provider and EPC contractor, ET Solar Group has announced the connection to the grid of its 5MW Boerde West PV power plant around 150km west of Berlin. The ground-mounted plant was constructed by ET Solutions as a turnkey project for Wattner AG, and this plant marks the fourth such project delivered by the Chinese moduling company to the German project developer since 2009.
Securum Equity Partners has signed a contract with the Serbian Government to build a 1GW solar park. The contract is a non-binding agreement and consequently includes few concrete details at present, although it has been revealed that the planned site is will cover 3,000 hectares and is likely to be in southern Serbia.
SunPower and Gilbane mutually announced that their 1.1MW solar power system at Mission College in Santa Clara, California had been officially dedicated. The 1.5-acre parking lot canopy structure uses 2,640 SunPower E19/425 solar panels and over its 25-year lifespan is expected to save the college nearly US$8.5 million in electricity costs by generating almost one-third of Mission College’s electric demands.
Duke Energy, Integrys Energy Services and Smart Energy Capital advised that their collaboration to build five rooftop PV systems for two Pennsylvania school districts had reached completion. The Bald Eagle Area School District and Bellefonte Area School District in Pennsylvania feature five new PV systems, which collectively produce nearly 1.5MW of electricity.
Mage Solar has supplied Deichmann Logistics Centre in Soltau, Germany, a 605kWp PV system. Over 2,600 polycrystalline Mage powertec plus modules will cover 11,600 square metres of a flat roof area.
Astronergy – aka Chint Solar – has been tapped to supply around 12,700 modules to equip four 750kW ground-mounted systems in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Commissioned at the start of November, these four plants are said to be the first in a series of installations planned for Tennessee in 2012 that will use Astronergy’s PV modules.