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Arizona Public Service has issued a request for proposal from solar developers and installers for the construction of a 32MW solar farm in Gila Bend, Arizona. The project will be financed by APS through its AZ Sun Program.
Soitec’s CPV technology has been chosen to be used in most of the eight projects under the “concentrator solar plants with installed capacity of less than 12MW” sub-category; part of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) call for tenders for “large solar power plants”, which was announced last September.
The US residential solar lease market remains highly competitive with a new deal struck by SunPower to access US$325 million in new finance from 2-major investment banks, Citi and Credit Suisse. The new financing comes soon after major competitors in the third party leasing market, SunCity and Sunrun received significant new funding from Credit Suisse to the tune of a combined US$300 million in late July, 2012.
Installation of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Ivanpah SEGS) worth US$2.2 billion is 50% complete, according to an announcement by NRG Energy, Google, BrightSource Energy and construction partner Bechtel.
Conergy has successfully completed the installation of its 1.8MW solar project at Aqua Pennsylvania’s Pickering water treatment facility. The Aqua Pickering Solar Farm produces 2.3kWh of peak-time energy per year and is expected to generate nearly 50,0000MWh of solar electricity over its lifetime.
Blue Earth has acquired the exclusive rights to build seven PV projects in Hawaii which will have a total output of approximately 3.5MW. The projects are valued at around US$15 million.
Petra Solar, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) and the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) have come together to collaborate on a 5MW smart solar energy project. The announcement has been particularly welcomed by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB).
Argentina’s energy department has given the thumbs up to a 20MW solar project in the western province of the country’s wine capital Mendoza, the director of energy for the province, Alejandro Burlot, tells Photon.
With PPAs signed in April this year between Thermi-Taneo Venture Capital Fund and SPI Solar, the construction and connection of two solar facilities in Greece has been announced. A 2MW development in Evros and a 4.4MW plant in Orestiada are both providing power to the Greek Public Power Corporation through 20-year PPAs.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, a supplier of polysilicon, has signed a cooperative letter of intent with China Merchants New Energy to join forces to invest, develop and construct 973MW PV solar projects in China. Furthermore, GCL-Poly has also agreed to jointly develop new PV projects overseas.
UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has claimed the title of the largest rooftop PV operator in the UK with a total output of 16MW.
Major restructuring efforts at First Solar took a backseat during the company’s second quarter conference call as management focused on a significant increase in its PV project pipeline. First Solar said it had added almost 1GW of new projects to a pipeline that previously stood at 2.9GW. Net sales were US$957 million, up from US$497 million last quarter while revenue guidance was raised for 2012 to US$3.6-US$3.9 billion, up from a range of US$3.5 billion to US$3.8 billion.
Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of several new solar installations at its stores, IKEA has further stamped its mark on the solar industry by announcing the completed installation of a 912 kW PV system at its store in Frisco, Texas, US. This marks the company’s 30th completed solar energy project in the US.
German logistics company Deutsche Bahn’s PV plant located in Wittenberge, Germany, has officially commenced operation. The plant was developed in partnership with India-based Moser Baer Clean Energy and has a total capacity of 3.92MWp.
First Solar has announced that it will begin developing a 139MW solar power facility, known as the Campo Verde Solar Project, near El Centro in Imperial County, California, US.
Conergy will install three solar power plants for Grimmway Enterprises in the US generating a total of 3.4MW, helping the company to produce “greener carrots”. Grimmway Enterprises claims to be the world’s largest producer of carrots. There are also two more plants in the pipeline which are expected to generate a total of 2.3MW.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), a US electric and gas company, has announced that it will submit a request to New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for approval to invest up to US$883 million to expand its Solar 4 All and Solar Loan programmes in order to develop an additional 233MW of solar capacity. The expansion is expected to create around 300 jobs per year over the next five years.
Taiwan-based a-Si thin-film manufacturer, NexPower Technology has used three different channels to market in an effort to capture business from the burgeoning Japanese PV market. The company said, though didn’t breakout the quantities that it had shipped 10MW of modules to Japan in the first-half of 2012 to local distributors, EPC firms and PV project developers.
Japan’s largest single utility-scale solar power plant, using 290,000 multicrystalline solar modules supplied by Kyocera is expected to cost in the region of US$345 million or approximately ¥27 billion when complet by autumn 2013. With project finance now in place, construction of the plant in Kagoshima City, on land owned by IHI Corporation, will start in September. The plant was initially announced in April 2012.
Georgia Institute of Technology’s Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, which conducts research on energy efficient technologies and carbon sequestration, has a new solar array courtesy of Suniva. Nearly 1,200 Suniva modules, installed by Inman Solar, power the 45,000 square foot facility. The project additionally includes a walkway canopy and two parking structures.
IKEA has been on a roll this week announcing the completion of its latest rooftop solar projects on its US stores. Following its Chicago and Atlanta installations, the company revealed that its Draper, Utah store now has a 1,015kW system spread across 180,500 square feet of rooftop space producing electricity.
Sky Solar announced that through its subsidiary, Sky Solar Japan, it will be constructing several large scale PV plants in Japan. The projects will be located in Mihomura-Ibarakiken and Uto-Kumamoto on Japan’s Kyushu island.
Upsolar advised that it had completed the installation of its latest project, which also happens to be the company’s largest project in the US to date: a 2.2MW solar plant in Sharon, Vermont. Talmage Solar Engineering oversaw the construction of the project, which uses Tigo Energy’s Module Maximizer technology and the company’s digital monitoring services at the module level.
Just two days after IKEA’s Atlanta store officially turned on its rooftop solar array, the company announced that two of its Chicago-area stores, in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, Illinois, now sport new rooftop PV projects. The two projects cover a total of 248,700 square feet and have a combined generating capacity of 1,989kW. Together, the two installations use 8,463 panels, which were provided by SolarWorld. SoCore Energy was responsible for the development, design and installation.
China Sunergy announced that it had recently signed a 7.8MW solar modules sales contract with the energy unit of Urban Group Australia, Urban Group Energy. The solar modules are scheduled to complete delivery by the end of August. China Sunergy noted that during Q1 2012, Australia accounted for 18% of its total shipments.
The 11.4MW DC Adelanto solar plant in California’s Mojave Desert was recently dedicated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The project was designed and supplied by SolarWord, which also managed the installation’s engineering, procurement and construction.
Working with solar investor Sistema Solare, SolFocus has completed a 1.25MW solar park in Italy. The project spans two sites in central Italy, one in Aveani and the other in Savini, which combined are said to form one of the largest CPV power plants in the country. The CPV plants were developed and designed by Ren It and built by EPC company Delta.
Sumitomo Electric Industries’ new megawatt-class electric power generation/storage system has begun operation at the company’s Yokohama Works site. The system is said to use the world’s largest redox flow battery and Japan’s largest CPV units for its operation. Sumitomo Electric partnered with Nissin Electric, Sumitomo Densetsu and Meidensha for the completion of the project.
Conergy advised that it had finished the installation of its second 630kW rooftop installation for BIG Shopping Centres. The latest project was developed on a BIG shopping mall in Beit Shemesh in Israel using over 2,600 Conergy PowerPlus modules. The energy produced will be fed into the grid using Conergy IPG 300K inverters. BIG Shopping noted it plans to install more solar plants on its shopping malls in Israel.
Sitting in the middle of the San Francisco Bay is one of the most iconic US prisons, Alcatraz, and while it hasn’t served as an operating prison for several decades, it does now serve as host to a 307kW PV system. Developed by the National Park Service (NPS) and the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) the solar project brings clean energy to another national landmark.
The number of small-scale PV installations in the sub-500kW range, are expanding rapidly in the US, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz United States Deal Tracker report. Known predominantly for large-scale utility projects, the US would seem to be broadening its market base, creating increased business opportunities and jobs for downstream PV suppliers and installers.
Endemic overcapacity and continued price declines within the polysilicon sector impeded Korean OCI Company’s previously announced plans for the construction of two plants in May. Nevertheless, its North-American arm, OCI Solar Power, has signed a landmark deal with CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, to develop more than 400MW of projects. The contracts are based on a 25-year power purchase agreement.
IKEA’s Atlanta, Georgia store has recently seen the completion of its 1.03MW (1, 0.34.9kW) rooftop PV system, built with 4,312 panels. The 129,400 square foot PV project was developed, designed and installed by Gehrlicher Solar America and is anticipated to produce nearly 1,416,502kWh of electricity per year.
A consortium of seven partners supported by €13.8 million in financing from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for European Research and Innovation are to build a solid state hydrogen storage plant designed to balance power supply and demand of renewable energy installed in the Puglia region of Italy, which employs around 3.5GW of solar, wind and biomass energy resources.
Eletrosul, Brazil’s energy utility, advised that it has chosen Portuguese electronics and engineer Efacec and its Brazilian unit, Efacec do Brasil, to build its 1MW solar park. The consortium won the bid for Megawatt Solar by acknowledging that it can build the project for a total of US$4 million.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States has okayed two loans, totalling US$57.3 million, which will see the exportation of US-made solar panels and ancillary services to Solar Field Energy Two and Mahindra Surya Prakash in India.
Waaree Energies revealed that it had landed a contract to deliver a 5.75MW turnkey thin-film solar PV plant for Shree Saibaba sugar factory in Latur, Maharashtra, India. No details were given as to a timeline for project completion.
Community Energy Solar advised that it had not only closed financing its 6MW Keystone Solar Project in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but that it had also started on its construction through its partner groSolar. Nearly 20,000 Canadian Solar 290W solar modules are being installed on fixed-tilt, ground-mounted aluminum racking provided by Schletter and will be interconnected to the PPUL Electric grid at 12kV with AE inverters and platforms.
Harsh cuts to the German feed-in tariff appear not to have deterred Centrosolar. The company has completed a 1MWp shared project in Trier with the City of Trier, Bürgerservice GmbH and the Trierer Energiegenossenschaft (Trier Energy Cooperative) costing €1.7 million. All components used to build the system were sourced from Germany. This system consists of over 4,000 Centrosolar panels and represents an important step for the region in its transition to renewable energies.
WAAREE is continuing its influence in India with a turnkey 5.75MW thin-film solar PV plant in Latur, Maharashtra. The company will be responsible for manufacturing solar PV modules, design engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance for Shree Saibaba sugar factory.
Further to Clenergy’s large-scale ground-mounted PV project being developed by a utility in Dunhuang, the company has announced that it has signed a 15MW contract with an unnamed client towards a project covering four factories located across China. The installations will be in Tianjing Ninghe Modern Industry area Hengshui Economic Development Zone and Haikou National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. The company will provide a customized PV-ezRack SolarRoof mounting solution, as previously exhibited on a 40MW solar power station developed in Jiayuguan last month.
Canadian solar developer CarbonFree Technology has installed a 543kW PV system on the roof of Canada’s largest apple grower Algoma Orchards, the company has announced. The system, which is operated by BrightRoof Solar, a collaboration between CarbonFree and Connor Clark and Lunn Infrastructure, is installed on the roof of one of Algoma Orchards processing facilities.
In a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 2011 was a record year for investors purchasing PV power plants. A record 3.9GW of solar photovoltaic projects worth an estimated US$10.8 billion were acquired, a 122% increase over 2010. PV power plants in Italy and the US dominated investor’s purchasing decisions with an overall average cost per MW of €3.6 million.
Ethiopia will receive solar systems to connect rural areas to the grid, according to 2merkato reports. Chinese and British solar companies have signed agreements with the Ethiopian government to develop PV arrays ranging from 8kW to 130kW to power rural villages.
Gestamp Solar and Real Goods Solar have entered an agreement to construct a total of 4.8MW of PV projects, the companies have announced. The companies are jointly developing two PV plants in Vermont; a 2.3MW project in Pownal and a 2.5MW installation in Williamstown. Both projects are expected to begin construction at the end of July and are estimated to be completed by the end of 2012. RGS Energy, a Real Goods Solar division, is responsible for the design and installation of the projects while Gestamp Solar will own and operate the ground-mounted systems.
Infigen has been chosen to construct a 1MW PV plant with integrated storage, the company has announced. The Capital East solar farm will be built in New South Wales (NSW) and it will be the first in Australia to be registered with the National Electricity Market (NEM) as well as Infigen’s first PV project in operation.
Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Initiative, Renewables Biz has reported that Entecco has submitted a project proposal for a PV or CPV project with a size up to 2,000MW that will be built in Seneca County, New York. Entecco’s Central Solar City (CSC) project would potentially be the largest single solar hub of its kind in the US.
Lend Lease and SolarCity’s SolarStrong initiative, which plans to provide solar electricity for up to 120,000 US military homes, has announced its newest projects. The program will develop solar systems at Lend Lease-managed Air Force communities at the Tierra Vista at Los Angeles Air Force Base and Colorado’s Peterson and Schriever Air Force Base communities.
TiSun has installed the largest solar thermal system in the Czech Republic, the company has announced. The 22 collector strong installation is located at a nursing home in Ostrava-Marianske on a 176m² surface and has been installed by Apex Euro. The system is connected to a 10,000 litre water tank that is heated with the generated energy. TiSun did not specify the energy output generated by the system.
Senersun has entered an agreement with Dutch SolarNRG, the company has announced. Under the agreement, PV panel manufacturer Senersun will supply SolarNRG with 55MW of PV panels. Senersun’s official distributer SolarNGR will distribute the panel in the Benelux region as well as the Dutch ABC Islands.