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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.
Israeli developer Arava Power Company has received funding for eight PV projects worth US$204 million in total, across Israel, the company has announced. In a statement, the company issued that it has closed deals on two PV plants in the Negev region, totaling 58MW. The company aims at installing over 400MW within Israel and completed the country’s largest solar park last June.
SolFocus has ordered 5MW of CPV cells from Solar Junction, the company has announced. SolFocus earlier announced the building of the 50MW first part of a 450MW PV project in Baja California, Mexico, due to commence construction in late 2012.
Kyocera has supplied 34MW of PV modules for a 127MW utility-scale PV plant in south western Arizona, the company has announced. The company will provide further modules, manufactured at its San Diego facility, for the project, producing through to 2013.
Anseco is planning to develop a total of 50MW of solar parks in the UK, according to Bloomberg reports. The company is currently constructing a ground mounted 5MW PV installation at a farm in Hampshire.
American-based company Petra Solar has announced that it will install 5MW solar energy across a number of locations in Bahrain. The company is collaborating with the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), Caspian Energy Holding and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO).
Ascent Solar has entered into a development agreement with Shenzhen Radiant Enterprise and the Third Railway Survey and Design Institute (TSDI), the company has announced. Under the agreement, the three companies aim to install Ascent solar panels into already existing as well as future railway stations in China. TSDI has been involved in designing over 50,000km of Chinese railways, as well as the design of the Beijing South railway station.
JinkoSolar will supply the state-owned Chinese developer GSHHSD with PV modules for a 50MW project in the Northwest of China. The PV plant is part of China’s plan to add 15GW of energy to the grid by 2015.
SunEdison has signed a loan agreement for over US$65 million with the North American Development Bank (NADB), the company has announced. The loan will finance the construction of a 20MW PV plant in Picture Rocks, Arizona.
The proposed 3MW, US$20 million Ponterril solar project has received its final approval from the zoning board of appeals. The project will be developed across 22 acres of what used to be the Pittsfield Family YMCA’s recreation camp overlooking Pontoosuc Lake. The Berkshire Eagle advised that electricity produced by the project would be sold and transported to Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) as part of the power gird on North Street. The report confirmed that project officials want to begin work on the project this year, but actual construction timelines will depend on WMECO since it needs to advise what it would cost CTC Electric to make upgrades to the WMECO system in order for it to accept electricity from the new solar project.
The regional authority of the Spanish region of Extremadura has singed an agreement to fast-track permit the developemnt of a 400MW solar park in Calzadilla de los Barros, Spain, developed by SAG Solarstrom and Valsolar, it has been announced. The region will back the construction of the €450 million PV plant, which will be the third project in the region and at least the fifth project in Spain that does not rely on subsidies. SAG and Valsolar expect to commence construction of the plant in 2014 and complete the project 2015.
Satcon will supply 30MW of its Equinox Prism Platform to Western Wind and Lord Electric. The inverters will be installed at a solar power park in Puerto Rico, the company has announced.
Walmart will install PV panels on 27 of its 50 stores in Massachusetts, the company has announced. The projects will generate a total of 10.5MW and, according to the Boston Globe, are currently in the engineering stage.
China Sunergy has announced that it has supplied the Bulgarian Yerussalimovo solar park with 5MW of VP modules. In total, China Sunergy has shipped 22.32MW of panels to Bulgaria since the beginning of 2012, exceeding the company’s 18MW shipments to Bulgaria in 2011. The panels were sold to Mitsubishi and Helios Power acted as installer of the modules.
Welspun Energy has won the bid for a 250MW PV project in Madhya Pradesh.
Welspun won the bid by quoting a tariff of Rs8.05 per unit, compared to the current feed-in tariff in Madhya Pradesh, which is Rs15.35 per unit. Welspun will develop one 100MW PV plant and another 25MW plant in the region in only 19 months, the company has announced. The investment in the PV plant will be US$225 million.
CNPV Solar Power has announced collaboration between itself, the China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development Company (CGN-SEDC) and the Lijin People’s government. Under the collaborative agreement the parties plan to construct a total of 2.5GW PV plants in the Shandong area.
ET Solar has announced that it has finished the comstruction of two ground mounted PV plants in Germany, 4MW and 5.6MW in size. The plants are located in Oberböblingen near Leipzig and and Rätzlingen near Hamburg. The plants are equipped with ET Solar’s PV modules and the company was also responsible for engineering, construction and procurement of the plants.
Trina Solar will supply a 2.1MW off-grid system to Longyuan New Energy in Tibet, the company has announced. The companies have entered into a supply agreement for the system in the Nagu region of Tibet. After installing approximately 40 standalone systems throughout Tibet in 2002, this is the largest off-grid project for Trina in recent times.
Hanwha SolarEnergy has acquired Martifer Solar’s 6MWp solar PV project, located in the Lisbon area, Portugal. This project is being developed based on the mutual cooperation between Hanwha SolarEnergy, Hanwha SolarOne and Martifer Solar.
Suntrix has completed its first High Concentration Photovoltaics (HCPV) project in the Italian region of Apulia in May 2012. This will be the company’s first overseas project with a Chinese company holding the intellectual property rights. It will be equipped with a Suntrix T-48 system as well as 48 HCPV panels and a tracker system.
The Alamosa Solar Generating plant is being called the world’s largest concentrating PV electric power generating facility and Cogentrix Energy advised that it has finally begun commercial operation. Located in San Luis Valley in Colorado, the 30MW site produces energy for customers of Xcel Energy’s subsidiary, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo).
US project developer Lincoln Renewable Energy (LRE) has held an official dedication ceremony for its new 12.5MW Oak Solar Project in New Jersey. LRE also announced a new partnership with Samsung C&T that will see the two companies form a 50/50 joint venture company called Monument Power LLC.
Under an agreement signed by the Jinchang Municipal Government and Shanghai Alex Solar Energy Science and Technology, Alex Solar will be developing 1GW of PV capacity in the Jinchang city development centre under five-year plan that takes the agreement until 2016. Alex Solar advised that this marked the beginning of its long-term growth plan to expand in the Jinchang municipality.
Module manufacturer Solaria Corp. has joined forces with renewable energy project developer Convert Italia to create the largest low concentrating PV solar plant in the world. The plant, located in Puglia, southern Italy, recently came online and will deliver an annual generation of 2MW to the Italian grid.
ET Solar has announced the completion of four rooftop projects, totalling 4MW generating capacity, in partnership with French developer Langa Solar. The projects are expected to begin power production by June, 2012.
Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior, was on hand today with representatives from Enbridge and First Solar to celebrate the completion of the 50MW Silver State North Solar Project in Clark County, Nevada. This is the first utility-scale solar facility to be built on public lands.
Officials from Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and SunDurance Energy were on hand to celebrate the dedication of the 3MW Kearny Landfill Solar Farm in New Jersey. This is the first solar project to be built on a state-owned landfill and is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program.
SPI Solar has announced that it will enter a engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with a subsidiary of KDC Solar. As part of the partnership SPI Solar will develop and build three PV projects for KDC Solar at the Grand Cascades Golf Resort and Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.
9REN Group has signed contracts to deliver three rooftop PV projects in Israel totaling 4.5MW. The projects will be developed with FK Generators, Israel’s largest diesel generator manufacturer and cost an estimated €11 million.
Providing around 90% of the school’s energy requirements, SolarWorld has installed 6.1MW of its PV panels on a 30-acre site adjacent to the Lawrenceville School. The boarding school’s ground-mounted system was initially developed by TurtleEnergy and was purchased in 2011 by KDC Solar, which completed the development and constructed the project.
MidAmerican and First Solar have announced the beginning of major construction work on the site of the 550MW Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County, California. Both companies congregated about the construction schedule as well as environmental issues and future plans to involve communities and private landowners in the project.
K Road Power has bought the 25MW McHenry solar project in California from SunPower, it has been announced. The project has been designed and is currently being constructed by SunPower in Modesto, California, and it is expected to commence commercial production in September 2012. Modesto Irrigation District (MID) will buy the generated energy under a 25-year PPA.
Renewable energy company Masdar has announced the development of solar projects in Afghanistan and Tonga. The development is part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
ESA Renewables, US project developer, has been contracted by Jamaica-based Caribbean Energies Group (CEG) to construct a 24MW PV plant in Jamaica. ESA is responsible for the design and the maintenance of the plant as well as the legal permits and other requirements.
The Indian state of Gujarat has announced plans to install rooftop PV systems in five different cities based upon the PV rooftop system in Gandhinagar. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) supports this enterprise. The cities that will have such systems installed are Mehsana, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat and the city of Bhavnagar. Gujarat and the IFC are developing policy frameworks based on the Gandhinagar system operating experience. Under this program, Azure Power India and SunEdison will both provide 2.5MW of energy, which will be installed on rented rooftops across the cities.
IKEA has announced that it will equip the roof of its main warehouse in Piacenza, Northern Italy, with 7MW of Q-Cells’ CIGS thin-film modules. The rooftop installation was developed in collaboration with GreenTechPower and F. Ili Zaffaroni.