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A 1MW PV power plant, using 4,400, 230 Watt crystalline silicon modules has been installed and commissioned by Tata BP Solar India, which is administered by IREDA under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in Maharashtra. Tata BP was the EPC contractor and plans to provide maintenance for the plant for the first 10 years. The PV plant is said to be owned and developed by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd (BASSKL), Arvindnagar, Osmanabad in Maharashtra.
Phoenix Solar has secured two new contracts of one MWp each in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat states, India. The projects were signed with Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd in Singapore, its Asia Pacific subsidiary. Both PV projects will use thin film technologies. Both projects are scheduled to be connected to the grid by 31 December, 2011.
An India-based solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, Cirus Solar Systems has secured a 33MW PV module supply deal with Canadian Solar for several key projects that has already seen module shipments starting. The supply deal will last through the fourth quarter of this year. Canadian Solar said that the PV modules would be used in projects undertaken by Cirus Solar Systems for ‘of two prominent Indian conglomerates,’ without disclosing their identities.
State and local leaders stood side by side with Denver International Airport (DIA) personnel and Constellation Energy representatives as they held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly established 4.4MW ground-mounted solar system. This is the third large-scale solar system to be installed at DIA, bringing the airport’s total amount of hosted solar power to over 8MW.
The recently completed 10MW utility-scale solar project in Larissa, Greece, which is being hailed as the largest solar plant in the country, is sporting Yingli Green Energy Holding PV modules. The project was developed by Selected Energy, a subsidiary of Selected Textiles, and constructed by Biosar Energy. Financing for the 10MW project was provided on a long-term, non-recourse basis from the project finance team at Piraeus Bank.
OPEL Solar International has signed a contract to supply modules for Limen’s two 1MW high-concentration PV (HCPV) power plants in Sicily, Italy. The order is valued at US$5 million and OPEL will begin delivery of the Mk-I modules in late 2011.
Sainty International Group and Gesolar have agreed to join forces and build China’s largest rooftop solar system. The 10MW array is to be located in Siyang, Jiangsu, and will be connected to the grid before the end of 2011.
Schneider Electric has unveiled the new 1MW dual voltage solar farm at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The system is the first dual voltage solar farm in the US and will be used by Schneider Electric for test and research purposes.
Somerset Tire Service’s (STS) Bridgewater, New Jersey distribution center is donning a new 1MW solar installation with 5,488, 185W PV modules by Mitsubishi Electric and installation completed by Advanced Solar Products (ASP). The rooftop solar system is anticipated to produce 1,197MWh of electricity per year.
Sunspa3 has commissioned vogt solar to build its 9.5MW PV plant in Vockerode, Germany. The system, situated on a fallow industrial site, will be comprised of 40,320 modules, covering an area of 19 hectares and is scheduled to be connected to the grid in August.
Sustainable Energy Technology and Würth Solar will be working on a 90kW demonstration project, which will be installed at the Lycée Technique Louis Couffignal in Strasbourg, France. Using Sustainable Energy’s Paralex system design and Würth Solar’s CIS modules, the project is part of a cooperation agreement the two companies hold that aims to provide commercial and institution customers with “parallel” solutions for rooftops in France.
Q-Cells closed the sale of its Finsterwalde II and III PV power plants to Blue Forrest Solar Holding, a joint venture formed between DIF Infrastructure (DIF) and the NIBC European Infrastructure Fund (NIBC). The two plants have a combined installed capacity of 40MWp, which when added with the Finsterwalde I PV power plant Q-Cells sold in 2010, leads the entire site to have an 82MWp installed capacity.
Over the next few months Parabel is planning to install PV rooftop systems with a combined capacity of around 6MW in the German states of Brandenburg and Saxony.
La Serra Golf Club in Valenza, Italy has chosen Upsolar as module supplier for its new 190kW solar project. The system is the largest installed on any course in Italy and will generate enough electricity to cater for all the club’s energy requirements.
Photon Power has chosen JinkoSolar as the primary module supplier for the first phase of its new PV portfolio. Jinko has agreed to supply up to 2.84MW of crystalline modules, and the first batch of 515kW has already been shipped.
First Solar has sold its 9.9MW solar plant in Pereruela, Spain, to the European Solar Power Fund – a renewable energy fund managed by KGAL.
A consortium led by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has won a bid to develop Australia’s largest solar power plant. The tender – launched by the Australian government – is for a 150MW system near the town of Moree in New South Wales.
Solektra has received the first shipment of DEGERenergie’s MLD tracking systems for its 30kW PV plant in Križopotje, Croatia. The development is the first to use dual-axis tracking in Croatia and is comprised of four smaller systems equipped with DEGERtraker 7000NT systems.
Capstone Infrastructure Corporation and SunPower have officially unveiled their new 20MW solar system in Amherstburg, Ontario. Although the system has been operational since June 30, it was only formally opened on Thursday when Capstone and SunPower employees and town politicians officially dedicated the 220-acre site.
Lightsource Renewable Energy and Octopus Investments are claiming that the newly installed 1.65MW rooftop project at the Promens warehouse in Beccles, Suffolk is the largest of its kind in the UK. Developed by Lightsource and constructed by Grupotec, the solar installation was financed by hundreds of investors throughout the UK.
A specialist in wind power systems, Vestas will be venturing into solar as the design for its new North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon revealed a 112kW rooftop PV system that will power 12% of the company’s new building. SolarWorld will provide panels for the Vestas’ headquarters, a historic building, which is expected to pursue LEED Platinum certification once various environmentally friendly features are completed.
Imperial Valley Solar Company 1, a subsidiary of SunPeak Solar, received a US$77.4 million loan agreement from the North American Development Bank (NADB), which will go towards the construction of a 23MW solar power plant in Niland, California. Fixed-tilt polycrystalline silicon PV modules will be installed over a 123 acres located in the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) certified the solar project on June 6.
Acciona Energy has activated its new Palma del Río I solar thermal plant in Cordoba, Spain. The 50MW system is comprised of 792 solar collectors spanning 135 hectares and takes Acciona’s CSP portfolio in Spain to 200MW.
US utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has chosen the three project developers charged with installing its 50MW Californian solar portfolio. Building work on the systems is scheduled to begin in February 2013 and when completed they will contribute towards PG&E’s five-year effort to add 250MW of utility-owned generation.
The Buckeye Elementary School District in Buckeye, Arizona saw the initiation of a 3.26MW solar PV installation earlier this month thanks to a PPA deal with Regeneration Finance. Construction at the district’s seven project sites, which include six schools and one district office, is being performed by GV Enterprises, CORE Construction and solar consultant Natural Power & Energy. Inverters for the project will be provided by locally operated Power-One.
Spanish-based Gruppo Clavijo has commissioned a fixed structure, 33MW PV solar farm in Curbans, France. Installed on just over 321 acres of land in the south of France region, the €80 million investment is expected to supply 30,000 residents with energy.
Q-Cells SE has sold its recently-completed 12MW Zerbst II solar power plant to the Berlin investment group MCG Management Capital. The system, which is situated on the site of a former military air base, took just six weeks to complete and makes up one-fifth of a huge 46MW solar park.
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has joined forces with Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) for the development of a 6MW utility-scale solar PV facility on Kauai’s south shore. A&B plans to have the project developed and operated by one of its subsidiaries and will sell the power produced by the plant to KIUC under a 20-year fixed PPA agreement.
On the heels of awarding a $16 million loan to Azure Power for a solar photovoltaic project in India, the Export-Import Bank of the United States said it is providing a $9.2 million long-term loan to support exports of Colorado-based Abound Solar’s CdTe thin-film PV modules to Punj Lloyd Solar Power for a 5MW power plant in Rahjasthan.
Azure Power has secured a US$16-million long-term loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to finance the construction of its 5MW solar system in Rajasthan, India. The funding will be used to buy First Solar’s thin-film modules and SMA Solar’s inverters.
DelSolar Development USA recently completed a 1.15MW solar project, consisting of both a rooftop PV system and two canopies at the La Mirada, California facility of US Foodservice. Co-developed with SunExpress, the solar project uses 4,998 multi-crystalline, 230Wp, D6P230A3E solar modules and will collectively generate around 1,656,774kWh of solar energy per year.
More than simply ‘off-grid,’ a pilot project, part of a program to provide a series waterborne telecommunications, health-care and business centres that will travel rivers within Peru to remote villages has received a donation of an 11 kilowatt PV system from SolarWorld. Film Star Geraldine Chaplin is working to help coordinate the donation.
PV mounting and systems company Unirac has joined forces with Kyocera Solar to establish a 1.16MW PV installation on the historic Masonic Lodge of New Jersey. The system was designed by NJ Solar Power, framed using Unirac’s ISYS Ground Mount (IGM) mounting solution and kitted out with 5,656 of Kyocera’s KD205 modules.
Just three days after Gehrlicher unveiled its 1.2MW system in Bulgaria, P2 Solar has given a further boost to the Eastern European nation’s solar industry by unveiling plans to build a 7.3MW PV plant near the Greek border.
Solar Power Partners (SPP) and JCM Capital have signed a contract with Avacos Clean Energy, to provide long-term equity financing for its portfolio of rooftop solar arrays in Ontario. Funding will cover both the planning and construction of systems with a combined capacity of up to 20MW across the province.
Interconnect Solar Development has chosen Siemens Industry to equip its 20MW Murphy Flats solar field in Idaho. The multi-million dollar order includes Siemens’ panels, Sinvert inverters, transformers and PV-WinCC SCADA monitoring software, all of which will be manufactured at the company’s West Chicago plant.
Air Products has connected the newly-completed 2MW solar system at its worldwide headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania to the grid.
Solar & AlternativeTechnology (SAT) has joined forces with Soventix Canada to build one of the world’s largest rooftop solar arrays at the Hiram Walker & Sons distillery in Ontario. The 7.9MW system, which is eligible for the province’s feed-in tariff, covers 26 hectares and will offset 20% of the site’s energy consumption.
Conergy Group has finished work on the UK’s largest solar power park. The 5MW free-field system took just six weeks to complete and is located in the tiny parish of Hawton in Nottinghamshire.
SPI Solar has begun construction on an 8MW DC utility-scale solar project near Palm Springs, California, after signing an EPC contract with North Palm Springs Investments. The project will see LDK Solar provide around 33,880 solar modules on a single-axis tracker system that will cover 36.5 acres on two separate land parcels.
Phoenix Solar was selected by solarcomplex, a regional supplier of renewable energies in the Lake Constance region of Germany, to act as the EPC contractor for the 4.7MW power plant being built in Bodman-Ludwigshafen, Germany. The project will be developed on around .49 miles of land on both sides of the railway tracks between Stockach to Radolfzell.
Enel Green Power (EGP) is to continue the diversification of its energy portfolio by building two concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in southern Europe.
Gehrlicher Solar has finished work on its first solar project in Bulgaria. The 1.2MW ground-mounted system, located near the town of Breznik, is expected to generate around 1.4 million kWh of electricity per annum after it is connected to the grid in the coming weeks.
The Indian state of Karnataka has published its updated solar policy, which includes a target for 350MW of solar projects by 2016. The Government will allocate 40MW worth of projects for direct sale to the different distribution companies in the state, commonly known as ESCOMS, up to the amount of 200MW. A total of 50MW of bundled solar thermal power will be allotted to state-owned utilities for development. The split between photovoltaic and concentrated solar power (CSP) has not yet been defined.
Spanish solar developer Proinso has revealed a 33MW pipeline of solar installations in the city of Charakana, in the Patan District of Gujarat, and in Maharastra. Signing off on two new agreements, the company will start work immediately for completion in December 2011.
Tata BP Solar India is planning to build a new solar portfolio with a combined capacity of 30MW in the Indian state of Gujarat. The three systems all have capacities between 5MW and 15MW and are situated in the districts of Patan, Kutch and Mithapur.
Solar Frontier has supplied Nissan Motor with around 40kW of CIS thin-film modules for the recently-completed rooftop solar system at its global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The system, built in partnership with Showa Shell Sekiyu, will primarily be used to power rapid charging systems for electric vehicles on site.
San Diego Gas & Electric has increased its solar and renewable energy portfolio pipeline with the addition of another 190MW of resources, including a 150MW PV power plant to be developed and built in the Imperial Valley. The Southern California utility and Sempra Energy unit has announced signed power purchase agreements for almost 770MW of solar generation since January.
Western Solar has finished building work on one of the UK’s largest PV systems. The 2MW project, located close to Rhos-Y-Gilwen mansion in North Pembrokeshire, cost £5 million and is comprised of 10,000 MiaSolé CIGS thin-film panels.
ENN Mojave Energy, a subsidiary of China’s ENN Group, is planning to build a 720MW solar system and thin-film manufacturing facility in southern Nevada.