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BYD and Juwi-Gruppe have announced that their 47MW solar project in Germany has officially started its commercial operation after it was successfully connected to the grid.
Taiwan-based Winaico, a subsidiary of Win Win Precision Technology, has completed its 16MWp PV project located in Giave in the province of Sassari on Sardinia.
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has continued its solar roll-out by connecting its 31st solar project in the US in the form of a 1,014kW PV system on the rooftop of its Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota, US.
SolarVision, a developer of solar energy projects, has successfully closed an US$18 million transaction to fund its 5MW utility-scale PV project in Celina, Ohio, US. The funding was the result of a comprehensive partnership with New Energy Capital Cleantech Infrastructure Fund, Q-Cells North America, Finance Fund and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The governor of the state of Kaduna in Nigeria, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Helios Energy, a Germany energy company, for a 30MW solar power project. Dr. Jeremy Gaines, the coordinator of the Nigerian-German Energy Partnership, signed on behalf of the German firm.
8minutenergy Renewables, a developer of utility-scale solar PV projects, has received conditional use permits (CUP) for three of its large-scale PV projects from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. The projects have a total capacity of 275MW and will be built in the Imperial Valley, California, US, in partnership with Gestamp Solar.
Increasingly billed as a safer home for capital than global stock markets, PV power plants operating under guaranteed feed-in-tariff agreements are finding continued interest from investment and pension funds to acquire. An Irish fund, Solar21 is following that mantra having purchased 6 PV power plants in Southern Italy from AEG Power Solutions for approximately €25 million.
Canadian Solar Solutions, a subsidiary of tier 1 PV manufacturer, Canadian Solar has signed an agreement to build an initial 2 PV power plants for Penn Energy Renewables. The power plants are to be built and operated by the EPC subsidiary in Ontario, Canada with a combined 18.7MW (AC) electricity output. Construction was said to begin in the third quarter of 2012, ands be fully operational in mid-2013. Financial details were not disclosed.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has been given the green light to begin preparing for the construction of a 310MWground-mounted PV system and a 30MW rooftop solar project in Dantong, Shanxi province, China, after it received approval from the National Energy Beruau.
The newly founded Japan Mega Solar Power, formed by Japanese home renovator West Holdings in June, has announced plans to invest US$1.3 billion for the development of 250 solar PV plants over five years in Japan. The plants will have a combined 500MW capacity and are being built with a goal of taking advantage of the higher tariffs the country is offering for renewable energy.
Canadian Solar advised that the sale of its Canadian Solar 1 installation has been completed with the utility-scale power plant sold to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners for US$48.4 million. Canadian Solar was the developer, EPC and construction financier for the project, which is built near the town of Napanee. The installation is connected to the grid and uses nearly 50,000 of the company’s CS6M modules.
Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli stated on Wednesday that Panama’s first solar PV installation will hopefully lead to a reduction in the cost of energy across the nation, by means of renewable technologies. The project, located in the province of Herrera in the Sarigua National Park, is being developed through a US$9 million contribution from Italy’s Enel Green Power. Operation of the plant is expected to occur by the second half of 2013.
Gehrlicher Solar has broken ground on its Rothenburg IV, 15.2MW solar park. The project will join existing solar parks, Rothenburg I-III, which hold a combined 21.8MWp and are spread across a total of 30 hectares of a defunct military airport. The project is expected to be commissioned on September 30.
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) was pleased to provide its modules for what is being hailed as the largest solar rooftop system in Northern Europe. The PV installation, located on the headquarters of Danish insurance company Topdanmark, was constructed by DrivhusEffekten and connected to the grid on August 17.
SolarWorld noted that its large-scale system business expansion has been successful thus far with the company pointing to 33MW of total power being connected to the grid in Germany during Q2 2012. The company connected five solar farms in commercial and industrial areas in the Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The farms will supply over 30 million kWh of power per year.
Schanti Partners, a US-based asset management company, has put aside INR5.8 billion (US$105.1 million) for the development of a 50MW solar power project in the district of Kaimur, Bihar, India, Energy Business Review has revealed.
On the back of a two-day blackout in India which caused tragedy, chaos and loss of face at the end of July, Bloomberg has revealed that US solar giant First Solar is drawing out plans to develop solar farms in India as repeated power outages spur on demand for solar power.
Nautilus Solar Energy, a solar power producer headquartered in New Jersey, US, has started commercial operation of its 1.9MW rooftop PV system in Chino, California, US. Output generated by the system is being sold to Southern California Edison as part of a power purchase agreement.
Belectric’s French subsidiary has inaugurated a 1.8MWp PV plant in Valderoure in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur in southern France. The inauguration ceremony was attended by various regional politicians as well as Belectric employees involved in the design and implementation of the power plant.
General Motors, a specialist in the automotive sector based in the US, has announced that it has installed an 8.15MW PV system on the rooftop of its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
Ingenostrum, a Spanish developer of PV projects, is planning to build another large-scale solar power plant in Antofagasta, Chile, Photon has revealed.
BYD and SunEnergy Europe have announced that they have connected two solar projects, which have a combined capacity of 6.65MW, to the grid. BYD is a developer of green energy while SunEnergy Europe is a photovoltaic integrator and general contractor.
India-based WAAREE Energies, a specialist in the manufacture of PV modules and a provider of EPC and support for PV plants, has been awarded another turnkey EPC contract for a 5MW PV plant in Gujarat, India, from US solar project developer Avatar Solar.
Berlin’s environment minister, Michael Müller, was on hand to celebrate the completion of a 1.6MW solar system, which was completed by Solon Energy for Berliner Energieagentur. The rooftop PV system is said to be Berlin’s largest roof-mounted system and will generate almost 1,400MWh of solar power per year. Berliner Energieagentur was responsible for contracting and financing the project and will take over the system’s operation.
Non-governmental organization (NGO), the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), is accusing US thin-film manufacturers of using a loop hole in the Indian government’s renewable energy scheme to “ruin the Indian domestic PV industry”. Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) initiative mandates a domestic content requirement, however, only for crystalline PV and not for thin-film.
IBC Solar’s Turkish subsidiary IBC Solar Yat Ve Tic has announced that it has completed the installation of its Konya PV plant, which it claims is the first grid-connected PV power plant in Turkey.
Following its two requests for tenders (RFTs), the French government has selected bids for 541MW of solar plants, using various technologies, including, five projects from Element Power Solar, which total 18MW. Element Power’s projects include the 2.06MW Tournus installation, the 9.51MW site in Orain, Besset’s 2.16MW project, the 2.66MW installation in Soucia and Sydom’s 1.36MW installation.
New Jersey’s Wildwood Convention Centre is now sporting a 474kW rooftop PV system, which was developed by Tioga Energy. Eoplly New Energy Technology noted that a significant portion of the 1,700 panels used in the project are its EP-156P/72-285W modules.
Soventix and SRU Solar jointly announced that their 7.32MW solar park, Riethnordhausen has been completed and sold. The project, built across 20 hectares, uses more than 33,000 polycrystalline modules from German producers and five inverters from Solarmax. The project was connected to the grid in October 2011.
Working with China’s CHINT Group, Korea’s LSIS advised that its 14.5MW Yambol, Bulgaria solar plant has been completed. The Korea Times noted that the firm invested between €30-44 million for the construction of the plant, which it expects to help enhance its European solar business presence.
Ecuador’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy will issue an international tender to contract a PV engineering company to take on a hybrid system project on Isabela island, Galapagos Archipelago.
The Imperial Country Planning Department has withdrawn the permit for a 50MW solar project after 8minutenergy Renewables submitted a request to revoke approval for its 50 MW Calipatria Solar Farm II project, the Imperial Valley Press revealed.
Conergy has constructed its fourth PV solar plant for German private investor Stephan Johannsen. The plant has a capacity of 3.4MW and closely follows the inauguration of the 8MW PV plant in Grimmen in March, which Conergy also built for the investor.
Representatives from Brandenburg’s state government in Germany have gathered to cut the ribbon to mark the inauguration of the 40.5MW Jännersdorf solar park, which commenced operation on June 30, 2012.
Sunrise Energy Ventures (SEV) has landed a contract to build solar projects at three 10MW sites by Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL). The power produced will be sold to IPL under a 15 year PPA. SEV noted that upon completion, the combined installations would be the largest in the Midwest to date.
Constellation advised that it will be developing a 4.35MW solar power project for Arizona’s Casa Grande Union High School District. The project will consist of solar power systems on four sites including Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande High School, Casa Verde High School and the school district’s transportation centre. The solar panels are expected to produce nearly 75% of the district’s electricity needs.
EDA, the utility responsible for the production, distribution and commercialization of electricity in the nine Azorean islands, and Younicos have teamed up to develop what has been labelled as the world’s first MW-scale renewable energy system based on up to 100% solar and wind power. The system will be installed on Graciosa, an Azorean island.
Witnessing the signatures, the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, has announced that GeSolar, a Chinese manufacturer of solar products, and Greenersys, a supplier of renewable energy products based in Costa Rica, have signed a letter of intent to develop a PV plant in Costa Rica.
Sempra US Gas & Power has made a u-turn on a decision announced in the previous year by revealing that the company will not go ahead with its plans to build a 300MW solar farm on Navy land near Hawaii’s Pearl Harbour, according to Pacific Business News.
All assets of GSF Capital and its senior manager, Javier Romero have been frozen by an Italian court over claims that Suntech and its chairman and CEO, Dr. Zhengrong Shi were victims of fraud. The court also appointed a manager to take control of the Fund, though Suntech did not provide further insight into how the affair happened.
After entering discussions concerning two PPAs, Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) has signed on the dotted line enabling the state-owned utility to purchase output from two 58MW PV projects in the Dominican Republic.
Canadian Solar, a vertically-integrated manufacturer of PV modules, has signed an agreement with China Development Bank whereby the latter will provide a C$93 million (US$93.8 million) loan to the former.
Through the NY-Sun Initiative — a programme which aims to co-ordinate a well-funded solar energy expansion plan — US$107 million will be injected into the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program to facilitate the development of large-scale PV systems throughout New York, US, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.
The government of the state of Gujarat in India has confirmed it is exploring the possibility of setting up a 1,000MW solar power project in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Gujarat estimates that the project could cost around Rs 8 to 9 crore per MW, therefore, the 1,000MW project could cost anywhere between Rs 8,000 to 9,000 crore.
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.