PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in the second quarter of 2018, were slightly higher than the previous quarter, although activity slumped specifically in June, after China’s decision to suddenly cap utility-scale and distributed generation (DG) projects (531 New Deal). But large-scale multi-gigawatt production plans in the first half of the year may have hidden an inevitable slowdown, despite the impact on downstream demand from the 531 New Deal.
PV developer Lightsource BP has formed a joint venture (JV) with HA Utilities, an arm of Egyptian construction and engineering group Hassan Allam Holding (HAH), to develop utility-scale solar projects in Egypt.
Acciona Energia, the renewables subsidiary of ACCIONA Group, and Enara — the renewable energy platform of Saudi company Swicorp — have started construction on three PV projects totaling 150MW in Egypt.
German renewables firm ib vogt has started constructing a 166.5MW portfolio of solar projects in the Benban Solar Park, which were awarded under the second round of Egypt’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme.