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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.
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has secured financing for the construction of its US$1 billion polysilicon manufacturing plant from local bank Masraf Al Rayan.
First Solar has completed the installation of a 250kW solar PV system donated to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and installed at the Taliesin West campus. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Energizing Taliesin West initiative, which aims to transform the historic landmark into a “net zero” energy customer. The PV system is expected to produce over 500MWh of electricity per year.
Tonga Power’s General Manager, John van Brink, advised that the country’s first solar farm is expected to be in full operation by August. Developed by Meridian Energy, the 1MW Popua Solar Farm is the first renewable power station for the Tonga and will provide around 4% of the energy requirements for the main island of Tongatapu.
Azure Power has received a US$70 million loan from the US Export Import Bank to construct a 40MW PV plant in Nagaur, Rajasthan. The project will be an expansion of Azure’s already existing 5MW plant in Nagaur. The PV plant, which is expected to be the largest plant in a single location that is part of the National Solar Mission, is expected to commence commercial operation in February 2013.
Bella Energy has completed a 1.65MW PV installation, the company has announced. The rooftop installation is mounted onto the roof of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City and currently the biggest PV installation in the state of Utah.
Global Solar Energy has announced the installation of three building-integrated PV projects across Italy. The company collaborated with Mapei Alubel and B.A. Energy to construct the rooftop projects using thin-film modules.
Norwegian manufacturer Innotech Solar has supplied a 3.1MW PV plant, located on a site of 80,000 square metres in Nauen nearby Berlin, with more than 13,000 solar modules, the company has announced.
The modules that Innotech Solar provided have a special feature: they are sourced from modules that have been sorted out for defects and that have been restored by Innotech using laser technology.
Q-Cells and the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) have completed an off-grid PV installation in the Abu Dhabi desert, in the United Arab Emirates, the company has announced. This rooftop installation is the first off-grid installation in UAE and generates 368kW. It is equipped with 1,536 Q-Cells multicrystalline PV modules.
Over 50MW of new solar energy projects have been brought into commerical operation by Recurrnet Energy. Comprised of three projects located in Elk Grove, Galt and Sloughhouse, California, the three projects are delivering energy to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) under a 20-year FiT.
The South African Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded a further 88MW of PV projects to the consortium consisting of SolarReserve, the Kensani Group and Intikon Energy. After the two 75MW projects Letsatsi and Lesedi Power Project, the Jasper solar energy project in Northern Cape is the third project the consortium has been awarded preferred bidder status. This brings the total of the projects to 238MW.
The government of India has issued a proposal to add approximately 10GW of solar energy to the grid between the years 2012 and 2017. The proposal has been submitted to the Indian planning commission and the full proposal further includes targets for other energies, such as wind power, bio-power and hydropower. The Indian Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has a target of adding 20GW of solar energy to the national grid by 2022.
Andes Mainstream Renewable Power has announced that it has entered the first stages of developing a 162MW PV plant in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The project is located near the town of Diego de Almagro, in the Chañaral region and will be equipped with approximately 519,000 polycrystalline PV modules at a total investment of US$420 million, according to a publication by the Chilean Environmental Impact Assessment Agency (SEIA).
E-CL and Quiborax are teaming up to build a 2MW solar park, which will be the first to be connected to the Northern Interconnected System (SING) in Chile. The project will help provide electricity to mining development in the XV region of Arica and Parinacota.
Executives at Martifer Solar USA advised that the company plans to exceed a 100MW project pipeline in 2012, and has an additional 30MW already signed. Martifer Solar expects to achieve its goal with plans to enter additional markets and continue its success with installations for schools, multi-site commercial projects, solar gardens and small utilities.