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After Arizona Public Service (APS) chose McCarthy Building to engineer, procure and construct its 14MW Hyder II Solar Power Plant in Hyder Arizona, the two companies noted that they have begun the permitting process for the new solar site.
ReneSola will soon be shipping 512kW of its solar modules to Cummings Properties, a commercial real-estate developer and property management organization in Massachusetts. The panels will be installed on the rooftop solar system of the Cummings Centre, which acts as a corporate campus and retail centre for Cummings Properties in Beverly, Massachusetts.
The National Post is reporting that the city of Toronto has entered an agreement with Toronto Hydro in order to install 8,800 solar panels on 10 city-owned arenas and community centres. The panels are expected to produce around 2,600MWh of electricity per year over the next 20 years.
Having been involved in a 12MW-plus PV power plant project in Puerto Rico as well the start of major rooftop projects in Mexico, US-based module manufacturer Suniva has officially announced it has expanded its sales operations to cover the Americas.
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), a European supplier of PV modules, has completed the construction of a 4MW solar project in Greece for EuroEnergy, a renewable energy investment firm and a subsidiary of Libra Group.
The La Huayca power plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert has plans to start delivering 1.4MW of solar electricity to the region’s mining and other industries. Owned and operated through a joint venture by Saferay and Seltec Ingeniería, the plant is scalable up to 25MW with planned expansions over the next few years.
SunEdison announced that, along with Firelight Infrastructure Partners, it has attained financial close for a 10MW solar project being built in Ontario. Completed through a construction and term debt credit facility, the project is owned by SunEdison and Firelight as equity partners. Deutsche Bank worked as the private placement agent for the transaction, which was supported by a consortium of lenders.
Valos Solar Ventures continue to tie up the loose ends for its 20MW SKIC Solar 1 project; most recently with the signing of a 20-year PPA with Pacific Gas & Electric. The solar project, located near Bakersfield, California, is expected to receive approval from the California Public Utility Commission in October, with construction starting no later than August 2013.
Astronergy collaborated on the development of its western PV power station project, which was activated in July, with Versolsolar. Versolsolar won the bid for the 170MW ground-mounted PV power station project mounting system supply contract, beating several other companies.
Arizona-based utility firm Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has modified an existing agreement with SunPower Corp to incorporate 6MW of SunPower’s C7 Tracker system into a proposed facility which will also be equipped with 2MW of SunPower’s T5 Solar Roof Tile technology.
US solar behemoth First Solar has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility firm Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The agreement relates to solar power generated by two PV power plants which will be developed in central California, US, by First Solar. When complete, the plants will have a combined capacity of 72MW.
Q-Cells North America has recently completed a total of 108MW PV projects in North America. It built a 69MW PV project in Ontario, Canada and several PV projects in California, US, which have a total capacity of 39MW.
Sparx Group joins a long list of companies who are keen to invest in the Japanese PV sector after it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ashikitamachi Town and Coretech Co. to develop an 8MW PV plant in the country.
As expected, following the recent introduction of Japan’s new feed-in-tariff, there has been a surge of interest in the Japanese PV market. Jumping on the bandwagon are Japan’s Solar Frontier and Japanese quarry operator Yano Industry who have announced plans to develop two PV power plants in Kunitomi, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, which have a total capacity of 3.3MW.
US solar giant First Solar has announced that its US$1.8 billion Agua Caliente solar project — the largest operating PV plant in the world — has had 250MW of peak generating capacity connected to the grid. The project, which is currently under construction in Yuma Country, Arizona, US, will have a generating capacity of 290MW when completed in 2014.
Unirac was faced with a unique position to be part of a well-publicized humanitarian effort at Haiti’s Mirebalais Hospital. The company recently provided Sullivan & McLaughlin with a customized flat roof RapidRac G10 PV mounting solution to optimize a 400kW solar installation, which sits on the rooftop of the soon to be opened hospital.
Mainstream Renewable Power, a developer of renewable energy projects with a strong focus on solar and wind power, has announced that it has secured an investment of €60 million from Macquarie Group after a rigorous nine month due diligence process. The transaction is subject to conditions including approval from Mainstream Renewable Power’s shareholders.
China Technology Development Group Corporation (CTDC), a Hong Kong-based provider of solar energy products, has signed a number of cooperation framework agreements with several PV companies. The agreements relate to the development of 2.1GW worth of PV projects in the next three years.
S.A.G. Solarstrom, a Germany-based developer of photovoltaic plants, has announced that in the month of August it successfully connected seven PV rooftop projects in Italy, generating a total output of 3.6MWp.
As the premium sponsor of the Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (HTWG) team at the international Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 architectural competition, German PV equipment manufacturer Sunways has supplied anthracite-coloured design solar cells and solar inverters for the team’s Ecolar plus-energy home.
Situated in California’s Mojave Desert, and located on 164 acres between Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, SolarWorld’s 25MW (DC) Desert Star Solar project is now under construction. The company’s EPC division, which owns the land and projects near Twentynine Palms, will oversee all phases of the project, including design, engineering, procurement, permitting and construction.
SunPower advised that it had signed a PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which will see the company deploy its SunPower Oasis power plant for the 100MW Henrietta Solar Project in Kings County, California. The SunPower Oasis system will utilize 435W SunPower solar panels and the SunPower T0 Tracker.
Seminole Financial Services advised that so far this year it has already financed more renewable installations than it did in the full 2011 year. The company recently closed financing on three renewable energy projects, all in California, this past week, including a solar ground-mounted project at a waste water reclamation plant. Together the one solar and two wind projects represent 7MW of renewable power.
In a bid to increase its international footprint, Germany-based PV project developer juwi has announced that its subsidiary, juwi Energías Renovables – Centro América y el Caribe, based in San José, Costa Rica, will expand its product portfolio to include the development of solar projects as well as bioenergy plants.
REC Solar, a specialist in designing and installing PV systems, has been making a name for itself in Florida’s solar industry with the installation of five PV systems on IKEA and US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Medical Center locations across the US state. The installations add a total PV capacity of 5MW.
First Solar, a provider of PV systems based on its advanced thin-film modules, will supply its thin-film solar modules for installation at Green Infra’s 25MW project in Rajasthan, India.
Tioga Energy announced that it had completed its first PV projects in Connecticut. The company constructed two solar systems for the town of West Hartford, which total 160kW. The installations are serving the municipality-owned West Hartford Department of Public Works and the Bishops Corner Library. Aegis Solar managed the installation services for both projects.
Martifer Solar, part of Portugal-based Martifer SGPS SA, has announced that it has completed the construction of a 1.5MW PV plant for in Pufesti, Vrancea County, Romania for Danish company Eurowind Energy. The plant represents the company’s first PV plant in the country.
Canadian Solar, a PV module manufacturer and PV project developer, and its EPC partner Mortenson Construction have started to build a 2.5MW PV solar project in Laurinburg, North Carolina, US. The project is scheduled to complete in December 2012.
China-based JinkoSolar Holding and its EPC partner Solea Renewables have revealed plans to construct a 1MW PV plant which, they claim, will be the first off-grid utility-scale photovoltaic system in South Africa.
Jumping on the bandwagon, Inpex Corporation has made its first move into the solar power generation business and has announced plans to build a large-scale 2MW PV plant in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The proposed plant, called Inpex Mega Solar Joetsu, represents Inpex’s first large-scale solar power generation project.
Lark Energy, a PV installer based in Lincolnshire, UK, has confirmed that it will submit an application to build a 30MW solar farm at Ellough airfield in Suffolk, UK. This proposal follows similar plans for a 30MW park at Stradishall Airfield in Suffolk and a 30MW park at Wymesford Airfield in Leicestershire, which were announced in February and June, respectively.
China-based BYD has connected its first rooftop solar project in Brazil. The PV system has been installed on the rooftop of the Brazilian Concessionária Ecorodovias highway toll station and has a capacity of 21kW. The installation was carried out by the EPC contractor Blue Sol Solar Energy, a Brazlian distributor of BYD products.
Two and a half months after starting construction, Gehrlicher Solar advised that it has completed its Perleberg solar park, located between Hamburg and Berlin. The system holds a 35MWp nominal capacity and is anticipated to generate nearly 33 million kWh of power per year. The company noted that because of the solar park’s high capacity, it also built a separate expandable 110kV transformer station, which connected the solar installation to the grid on August 23.
Switzerland-based SunTechnics Fabrisolar has successfully installed a large-scale 900kWp PV system on the rooftops of Sagewerke Christen’s production and storage buildings in Luthern, Switzerland. As a result of the installation, Sagewerke Christen has become the first “self-sufficient and carbon neutral” sawmill in Switzerland, the company claims.
Chinese PV firm Suntech Power Holdings faces more trouble in Italy after an Italian court reportedly filed a lawsuit against the company’s Global Solar Fund (GSF). The lawsuit alleges that the investment fund illegally built solar farms in the country in order to exploit Italy’s subsidies, Reuters has revealed.
JGC Corporation has entered the domestic solar power scene upon joining Japan’s largest-scale mega-solar PV generation project, which is located in Oita City, Oita Prefecture. The plant is expected to begin commercial operation in May 2013 and will be the largest capacity mega-solar plant in the country.
Constellation Solar announced that its 16.1MW (DC) PV project in Emmitsburg, Maryland has been completed and connected to the grid. The project, part of Maryland’s Generating Clean Horizons initiative, is financed, owned and operated by Constellation. The US$50 million solar site will sell its electricity to the Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland under a 20-year PPA with Constellation.
Phoenix Solar, a developer of large-scale PV projects, has started to install more than 33,000 PV modules at Volkswagon’s plant in Chattanooga in Tennessee, US, WDEF News 12 has reported. The ground-mounted project, which costs in the region of US$30 million, is said to be Tennessee’s largest solar park when complete.
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.