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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.
Westinghouse Solar and CBD Energy have entered into an agreement to deliver PV systems to Harvey Norman’s commercial division, the companies have jointly announced. The two companies received an order from Australian retailer Harvey Norman for 5MW of PV systems. The purchase of 5MW is still subject to the system’s certification in Australia and will be delivered over a period of six months as soon as certification is achieved.
SunPower has completed a 1.8MW PV installation at the main building of Bloomberg’s New Jersey campus, the company has announced. The system is owned by Integrys Energy Services and Bloomberg will be buying the generated electricity at below-retail rates. The system is equipped with SunPower PV panels as well as the SunPower T0 tracker system.
Kyocera, in collaboration with Toyota Tsusho and Wakachiku Construction, will install a total of 675kW of PV systems at schools and other institutions on the Maldive islands, the company has announced. The systems constitute the largest PV project on the islands.
Potentia Solar and Canadian Solar have entered a supply agreement, the company has announced. Under the agreement, Canadian Solar will provide 17MW of its CS6P modules for Potentia’s rooftop PV installations in Ontario. The modules will be used in over one hundred PV systems on a variety of buildings, including commercial, industrial and institutional. All projects are expected to be completed in 2013.
bSolar, through its strategic partner and Japanese distributor TSBM, has won a contract to construct a 730kW ground-mounted solar project in Nasukarasuyama city, Tochigi, Japan. The project is expected to go online in December and will feature bSolar’s disruptive bifacial PV cells.
Conergy is collaborating with Ensunt for the construction of a 50MW PV project in Pakistan, the company has announced. The PV plant for the DACC Power Generation Company (DPGCL) will be the largest solar power plant in Pakistan. The project is located in Bahawalpur and is co-owned by DPGCL and the Pakistani government. Conergy will plan, design and engineer the project as well as providing the components while Ensunt is responsible for the construction of the plant.
Soitec has connected the largest Italian CPV plant to the grid, the company has announced. The company completed construction of a 1.17MW CPV plant in the municipality of Belpasso in Sicily. 74 Soitec CPV trackers have been installed, each equipped with 168 Concentric CPV modules and two 500kW inverters. The plant is owned and operated by Soitec and the energy will be sold to Enel.
Trina Solar, Suntech and Hareon have been chosen by procurement company Parabel to supply a total of 40MW of modules to the Jännersdorf solar park, the company has announced. The PV plant is divided into three northern sites and a southern site. Trina will provide 25.6MW of modules for the southern construction site while the northern construction sites will be equipped with 9.6MW of Suntech modules and 5.3MW of Hareon PV modules. The park is further equipped with 1,900 Siemens inverters and Schletter mounting systems and is expected to be completed by June 30th this year.
Thin-film manufacturer DuPont Apollo has singed contracts to supply PV projects in Thailand with a total of 22.75MW of modules, the company has announced. The PV modules will equip two projects, one located in the Chaiyaphum province, owned by Smart Green Energy and a second one located in the Saraburi province, owned by Inifinite Green. DuPont Apollo is already involved in an 8.7MW ground mounted PV project in the Prachin Buri province, in collaboration with L Solar 1.
SPI Solar has obtained the rights to co-develop and construct 68 solar sites in Hawaii, which will total around 29MW and be developed across the islands of Oahu, Kona and Maui. The facilities will mostly be ground-mounted fixtures with some rooftop and shade structures built as well. All of the solar projects will feed into Hawaii’s utility power grids.
According to Reuters, an official source has advised that a consortium led by Saudi International Company for Water and Power (ACWA) is close to winning a contract worth at least US$500 million. The contract is said to be for the development of a 160MW CSP plant in the south of Morocco and, according to the report, will have ACWA team up with Spanish engineering firm Aries IS and TK EE for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of the plant near Ouarzazate.
Energy Finance Company (EFC), using the Funding Solar Energy (FUSE) fund, activated its 625kW solar installation in San Antonio, Texas early last month. The rooftop project is located on a warehouse complex and uses over 2,700 solar panels. It will sell 100% of the power produced to CPS Energy under a 20-year PPA and is expected to generate nearly one million kWh of electricity in its first year of operation.
Abengoa revealed that it will be overseeing the engineering, construction and start-up of a 200MW PV plant, which will be built in Imperial Valley, California. The company noted that it has reached agreements with different local firms to promote the economic development of the region.
Retailer Ikea has announced plans to construct two more PV installations at facilities in the US, marking installations 18 and 19. Having installed PV systems on its store rooftops so far, the newly proposed locations are the Ikea distribution centres in Perryville, Maryland and in Westhampton, New Jersey. Both installations will be constructed in the summer and the projects will be two of the largest commercial US rooftop systems. Once completed, the centres will generate a total of 4.92MW and be equipped with over 34,000 PV panels. As with previous installations, Ikea will both own and operate the systems.
Solectria Renewables has announced that a 1MW PV installation equipped with its inverters has been commissioned by the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors to provide energy to the Calle Real Campus. The installation is further equipped with 4,500 SolarWorld modules. EPC services provider Endelos Energy and the Santa Barbara County agreed to only use American-made products for the PV array.
Q-Cells has selected Satcon to provide 30MW of its Equinox Prism Platform solutions to two Californian PV projects, the company has announced. The sites are owned and operated by Californian utilities.
Chint/Astroenergy has completed a 50MW PV plant in Bulgaria, the company has announced. Once in operation, the plant will generate 1,858.548,000kWh of energy over a span of 25 and the energy will be fed into the local grid under a fixed FiT.
Canadian Solar has supplied a research and testing plant in Germany with 1MW of its ELPS PV modules. The PV plant is located in Werlte in the Emsland area, on a three hectare site. A collaboration of the Institut fur Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG (IEE), the 3N-Kompetenzzentrum Niedersachsen Netzwerk Nachwachsende Rohstoffe and the municipality Werlte initiated the development of the 1MW project in order to gain new insights into increasing efficiency of solar modules. Construction begin is expected in June 2012.
Norwegian-based Scatec Solar and IFC InfraVentures have entered an agreement to develop a number of PV plants in West and Central Africa, the companies have announced. IFC will be financing the projects while Scatec will be responsible for designing, developing, constructing and operating PV plants with a capacity of 10MW or more in different African countries. Among the first countries in which Scatec and IFC are planning to develop solar power plants are Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Niger and Burkina Faso.
The winner of the Australian Solar Flagship Program is a 159MW PV project in NSW (New South Wales) developed by AGL and First Solar, the Australian Solar Industry has announced.
This is not only a game changer, as John Grimes of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) calls it, because Big Solar has finally arrived in Australia but also because due to continuing price drops in solar the project will only cost approximately AUS$129.7 million, half as much as originally estimated.
As victor in the recent bidding for the contractor role, Conergy will again team up with Stadtwerke Trier to construct Mehring IV, a 2.2MW project to be based in the greater Trier region of Germany. The 2.2MW will consist of one 1.2MW plant beside federal motorway A1 and another 1MW plant located on former military terrain between Trier and Bitburg.
ET Solar’s subsidiary, ET Solutions will be providing engineering, procurement and construction solutiona, as well as its solar modules, for a 10MW PV project in Germany. The project in Gefell, Thuringia, 180 kilometres west of Dresden, is expected to be completed before June 30.
Pakistan’s slow economic growth and energy shortage could be coming to an end if proposals from Suntech to establish 100MW in the country are realized. Speaking at a meeting of ministerial officials, Dr Shi Zhengrong, chairman of Suntech, announced plans for the phased installation of plants with a generating capacity of 20MW each.
Having increased the allocation of solar projects to 350MW by 2016, in February this year, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development (KREDL) is in the process of seeking government approval for a solar park, following in the footsteps of states like Gujarat. KREDL wishes to build the 1,000 hectare solar park at Mannur village in Bijapur, India, through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. According to the chairman of KREDL, C.M. Nimbannavar, the site is expected to generate 500MW of solar power.
Zhongli Talesun advised that it had signed a cooperation agreement with the government of Qinghai, China, the country’s largest province, for the development of solar farms in the region. The deal has a six year term, committing Talesun to develop solar projects in Qinghai at an annual volume of 150MW, for a total of 900MW.
CNPV Solar Power executives were on hand, May 2, at Enel Green Power’s inauguration ceremony for its solar geothermal hybrid project in Stillwater, Nevada. CNPV supplied its PV modules for the project, which has 33MW of geothermal capacity and 26MW of solar capacity. Initiated and owned by Enel Green Power, the project is said to be the world’s first and only geothermal hybrid project.
Suntech Power Holdings and Propmech advised that they had completed the installation of a 571kW rooftop solar project on Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Using Suntech solar modules, installed and integrated by Propmech, the solar array will produce over 600MWh of solar electricity per year. The companies note that this is the largest rooftop solar installation in the Philippines.
Retail giant, Macy’s, has added a new solar array to the rooftop of its Edison, New Jersey distribution centre. The 1.1MW project, completed by Enfinity America is operational and expected to generate nearly 1.3 million kWh of energy per year. Enfinity owns the solar plant and under a 20-year PPA, will sell the electricity produced to Macy’s at a fixed rate. Co-developed by SunConnect, the project received longer-term financing through PSE&G’s SREC-based solar loan program.
Episolar’s subsidiary, Siginik Energy, advised that it had signed a definitive PPA with the Electricity Company of Ghana for the construction of a 50MW ground-mounted tracking solar installation. The energy produced by the project will be bought by ECG for 25 years. The companies advised that this would be the largest solar installation in West Africa and one of the largest on the continent.
Renewable Energy Systems Canada advised that its SunE Rutley, 10MW solar project has been completed. Developed by SunEdison Canada, the project is Ontario’s first large-scale solar FiT project and uses 40,436 solar panels across 100 acres. Electricity generated by the project will feed into the Hydro One Network.
Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente revealed its plans to build a 60MW solar plant in Calera y Chozas, located in the province of Toledo, Spain. The plant will not have the support of a FiT and plans to deliver its electric output to the local grid, ensuring that it will compete with traditional energy sources.
Having scrapped import duties on solar systems, Pakistan could be become a highly viable emerging market for photovoltaics, due to its high insolation values and growing energy demands. Adding to a string of recent PV power plant projects, Conergy is partnering with developer Ensunt and DACC Power Generation Company (DPGCL) to build a 50MW solar park in Bahawalpur, Cholistan region.
Although having seven subsidiaries engaged in PV power plant project development in China, LDK Solar’s pipeline in the country stood at only 96MW a year ago. Despite growing concerns over its financial debts, LDK Solar has signed three multi-year engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements in the country adding 600MW to its pipeline. The company has previously financed PV power plant projects with bank financing.
ET Solar Group has completed and connected two rooftop PV projects to the grid in Italy. Combined, the projects hold a total installed capacity of over 2.3MW. The first installation, a 1.83MW system in Sardinia, consists of three rooftop solar systems, which were connected to the grid in April. The second project, a 0.48MW system in Aprilia, Latina, was also connected to the grid that same month. The projects were developed, designed, built and invested in by ET Solar and CECEP Solar Energy Technology.
Yingli Green Energy’s success continues with the formation of the company’s US nationwide Powering Advancement with Solar and Soccer (PASS) programme. The initiative combines the financial and educational benefits of a solar power system donation with the active lifestyle benefits of soccer.
Having only entered the project development and EPC business in April, 2012 PV module manufacturer, Emmvee has opened an 11.4MWp solar park at an old military airfield in Bronkow, Germany. The company said that approximately 46,000 modules of its modules were used in the project.
Neshaminy School District, Pennsylvania will soon be generating around 90% of its annual electricity needs from a 3.36MW solar power installation on its schools’ roofs. Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc. (WTI), a subsidiary of Tremco, will soon commence construction of the rooftop project on the roofs of Neshaminy High School and Maple Point Middle School, which is expected to take in the region of 10 months to complete.
SunPower’s 110MW Quinto solar project proposed for Merced County, US, has come under criticism from farmland advocates and environmental groups, reports Merced Sun-Star. The project is to be constructed on over 1,000 acres outside of Santa Nella, generating enough power for about 40,000 households.
SolarCity advised that it had completed its 295kW solar installation for Bayer Healthcare in Berkeley, California, which will help power Bayer’s manufacturing facilities. SolarCity was responsible for the financing, design and installation of the project and will oversee its maintenance and monitoring.
The final construction stage for Q.Cells North America’s 69MW Ontario project has been completed in collaboration with private investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global. Having commenced the major project in October 2010 with phase 1, SSM1, a 24MW plant, the company then proceeded to complete SSM2, a 34MW solar plant, and has now completed SSM3, an 11MW plant, bringing the total 69MW plant to completion.
NextEra Energy Resources 750MW McCoy solar project is undergoing review with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The project, located 13 miles outside the city of Blythe in Riverside County proposes to be developed on 7,700 acres of BLM land and 470 acres of private land. BLM is holding a public comment period through August 23.
Solea Renewables recently signed a turnkey contract with Cronimet Energy South Africa, a subsidiary of Cronimet Mining Energy, in which it will deliver the first off-grid utility scale PV system in South Africa. Solea will also be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the 1MW turnkey plant on CESA’s site, which will help power the company’s mining operations.
Solon will be providing 8MW of its panels for two projects to be constructed in Israel by Enlight Renewables. Newnet advised that the company will install the modules under a joint venture with ELCO Contracting & Services in Kibbutzim Kramim and Idan. Additionally, the companies will operate the power plants once they become operation. Construction on the projects is slated to start in September.
Conergy’s latest solar park, located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, was officially connected to the grid with the celebration attended by Conergy officials, the Mayor of Grimmen and Stephan Johannsen, a private investor from Northern Germany. This marks the third solar plant that Johannsen and Conergy have jointly developed. The 8MW plant was built in Grimmen near Stralsund on over 20 hectares. Nearly 35,000 Conergy PowerPlus modules, manufactured in Frankfurt, will produce 8 million kWh of solar power per year.
An 8MW PV installation built in the German city of Dreieich-Buchschlag has received over 40,000 solar modules from Canadian Solar. The Federal State of Hesse’s biggest solar park was finalized on a former waste landfill site spanning 153,000 square meters. The PV system installation supplies electricity for up to 2,000 homes in Dreieich.