Solar Grids News

Solar supporting peacekeeping in DR Congo
A report by the Powering Peace organization states UN missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo could reduce expense and pollution by using off-grid solar to power operations instead of diesel generators. Adding a 200 kW solar system with 200 kW/450 kWh of energy storage would reduce diesel consumption 80% for 10-year savings of almost $2.6 million, states the group.
Oct 1, 2019 // Storage, Grids, USA, storage, off-grid solar, North America, bboxx, DR Congo, MONUSCO, Kivu Green Energy, Orange, Altech, SNEL
Uruguay on the lookout for developers of 65MWp solar project
Uruguay is poised for a significant PV boost after plans emerged of a new utility-scale project, which has already secured key construction components.
Oct 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, pv power plants, utility-scale PV, South america, Uruguay, UTE
Keystone XL developer becomes PPA offtaker for Alberta PV project
Perimeter Solar has sold 74.25MW of power from its proposed 130MW solar farm in Alberta, Canada to energy company TC Energy, in a deal billed as Canada’s “largest” private power purchase agreement (PPA) to date.
Oct 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Canada, PPA, Donald Trump, North America, calgary, alberta, greengate, perimeter, tc energy, keystone xl
Northern Ireland grid aims to be ready for 95% renewables
The U.K. province’s grid operator SONI has announced a £500 million plan to prepare the network for an almost fully renewable electricity system within just five years. Despite the U.K. being seemingly paralyzed by Brexit, the network operator says it can already cope with 65% clean energy in the mix.
Sep 27, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, Grids, UK, Brexit, SONI, Jo Aston, Martin McGuinness
Report: Slow, expensive nuclear no climate champion as PV costs drop
The world is witnessing an “organic nuclear phaseout” partly precipitated by a drop in solar and wind costs, according to a new report that posits that nuclear power is too slow to build and too expensive to run to effectively fight climate change.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Tariffs, UK, LCOE, Europe, nuclear, hinkley point, Michael Schneider
Move to ‘grid of the future’ or risk solar fallout, Australia told
A failure to design an energy system fit for the 21st century could put Australia’s clean energy transition at risk, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has warned.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Australia, AEMO, Oceania, aemc, mlf, John Pierce
Ethiopia’s plans for solar mini grids move forward
The Ethiopian Electric Utility is seeking proposals for 25 mini grid projects which are being backed by the African Development Bank.
Sep 25, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Tariffs, storage, Ethiopia, African Development Bank, EEU
“Largest” Dutch PV project taps blueberries to nail landscape integration
UK solar developer Solarcentury and Dutch counterpart PowerField have unveiled plans to build the “largest” solar project in the Netherlands on behalf of Impax, the British asset manager that owns the site.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Grids, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, UK, Europe, Netherlands, solarcentury, powerfield, dutch solar, impax
India’s state utility plotting 5GW solar plant, according to reports
India’s state utility plotting 5GW solar plant, according to reports
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, India, NTPC, Asia, gujarat, utility scale
Northern Territory hails 10GW solar-plus-storage project in net-zero plan
Australia’s Northern Territory has unveiled a new target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a policy document that touts solar and backs a proposed 10GW/20-30GWh solar-plus-storage plant earmarked to provide energy to the region and Singapore.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Solar to Fuel, Northern Territory, Australia, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, carbon, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Minister: Mexico’s postponed auction will come when time is right
Mexico’s state-run utility and fossil fuel infrastructure need more time before the country can re-arrange the renewable auction it cancelled this year, a top official has said.
Sep 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, solar pv, Latin america, auctions, Mexico, North America, AMLO, esslatam, tenders, cfe, Marco Nieto-Vázquez
Virginia calls on wind and solar to achieve 100% carbon-free power by 2050
Virginia’s state governor has issued an executive order that reiterates the need to have “at least” 3GW of solar and offshore wind projects in development by 2022 in order to reach a string of ambitious new renewable energy production targets.
Sep 18, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, USA, Virginia, Dominion Energy, North America, Appalachian Power, renewable energy targets, renewables targets, Ralph Northam, David Murray, Sean Gallagher
Major subsidy-free solar project secures financially-hedged PPA in Spain
Spain’s subsidy-free solar scene has marked another boost after a power purchase agreement (PPA) was secured for a major project in the country’s centre-west.
Sep 17, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Extremadura, Spain, Europe, subsidy-free pv, encavis, solarcentury
US utility-scale solar pipeline swells to record 37.9GW
The US now has a record-breaking 37.9GW of utility-scale solar in the works after 11.2GW of new projects were announced in H1 2019, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Sep 17, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, USA, SEIA, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, Texas, Wood Mackenzie, Utah, Abigail Ross Hopper, ikea, ingka group, Colin Smith
Solar microgrid to power Australian industrial park
A consortium led by gas network owner Enwave Australia is developing Australia’s first industrial renewable energy microgrid at a new 120-hectare business park in Nambeelup, Western Australia.
Sep 16, 2019 // Grids, microgrid, Enwave, Western Australia, Alannah MacTiernan, Peel Business Park, Ben Wyatt