Solar Grids News

EU clears joint ownership of Spanish solar firm X-Elio by private equity duo
The European Union’s executive arm has approved a major ownership shake-up of Spanish developer X-Elio Energy, giving Brookfield Asset Management the green light to purchase a 20% stake from Acek Renewables alongside a 30% tranche from US infrastructure fund KKR.
Oct 10, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, x-elio, Toronto, brookfield asset management, european commission, terraform, Acek, Gestamp Renewables, Jorge Barredo López
Engie wins 50MWp/300MWh solar-plus-storage duo on Guam
Engie has been hired by Guam’s state electricity utility to build two solar-plus-storage plants with a combined capacity of 50MWp/300MWh on the Micronesian island.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, USA, storage, Engie, auctions, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, North America, tenders, Micronesia, guam, guam power authority, Carlalberto Guglielminotti
World Bank: Nigeria’s mini-grid sector set to boom
A World Bank presentation in London drew an encouraging picture for the Nigerian market by explaining why the mini grid segment will take off in the next 12 months.
Oct 7, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Grids, world bank, Africa, London, Nigeria, Exel, Off-Grid Energy Access Forum, Nayo Tropical Technology, Havenhill Synergy Ltd, GVE Projects Ltd, ACOB Lighting Technology Ltd
Bid of US$0.027/kWh sees Masdar bag 100MW solar contract in Uzbekistan
UAE developer Masdar Clean Energy has been awarded a 100MW project in Uzbekistan’s first competitive solar tender after submitting a bid of US$0.027/kWh.
Oct 7, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, tender, Asia, auction, world bank, Uzbekistan, Djamshid Kuchkarov
Vietnam Solar Supporters Plan a 'Million Green Homes'
Vietnamese advocates of solar power have begun a "Million Green Homes" project, aimed at spreading the use of solar power in the country instead of coal and other fossil fuels.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Grids, Rooftop PV, Asia, rooftop PV, Vietnam, Van Ngoc Thinh, Trinh Dinh Dung
Ireland allocates 110 MW in large scale storage auction
Originally intended to commission 140 MW of storage, the tender drew three winning projects: a 50 MW system and two 30 MW facilities. Eirgrid has estimated the total value of the contracts at around €6 million per year.
Oct 4, 2019 // Storage, Grids, Ireland, Europe, auction, Eirgrid Group
Solar rooftop scheme falls short of goals
The Energy Ministry plans to allocate 10,000 megawatts, currently allotted to the household solar rooftop scheme, to other renewable energy methods such as community waste as the solar panel scheme has received little participation from homeowners.
Oct 4, 2019 // Grids, Rooftop PV, Thailand, Asia, rooftop PV, Kulit Sombatsiri, Samerjai Suksumek
Solaria gets grid connection approval for 450 MW solar park in Spain
The project will be built near the Trillo substation, in the Castilla–La Mancha region and represents around 15% of the 1.3 GW solar project pipeline the company hopes to deploy in Iberia by the end of 2023.
Oct 3, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Spain, Europe, solaria
Netherlands to restrict grid linking requests to alleviate congestion
A controversial move by network operators has laid bare once more the Netherlands’ issues with grid overcrowding, with PV projects now set for connection delays in under-pressure areas.
Oct 3, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Europe, Netherlands, subsidies, dutch solar, holland solar, grid congestion, Liander, Enexis
Storage omission in Vietnam solar FiT draft a ‘serious mistake’
Vietnam plans to reduce feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for ground-mount and floating PV after solar capacity deployment exceeded expectations under the original subsidy by a factor of five.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Rooftop PV, Floating PV, FiT, Asia, rooftop solar, Vietnam, Floating solar, dragon capital, moit, Gavin Smith, Nguyễn Đức Cường
‘Desert to Power’ solar project in Chad clinches €18m AfDB loan
A contracted 32MW solar-plus-storage project just north of Chad’s capital N'Djaména is one step closer to fruition after the African Development Bank (AfDB) provided it with an €18 million (US$19.6 million) loan with a partial risk guarantee.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, solar-plus-storage, Africa, African Development Bank, chad, sahel, infraco africa, aldwich international limited, amea power
Forestalia, Solaria put forward colossal solar ventures in Spain
Spanish clean energy players have come forward in recent days with projects set to bring a major solar boost to Europe’s current market-of-the-moment.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Spain, Europe, subsidy-free pv, solaria, Forestalia, aragon, castilla la mancha, Fernando Samper Rivas, David Guengant
Northern European states mark clean policy milestones
Northern Europe’s clean energy scene has witnessed a flurry of policy moves in the space of a week, with at least four countries making announcements on various auctions and subsidy schemes.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Germany, Europe, auction, Switzerland, Netherlands, subsidies, Denmark, tenders
Gambia plans 150 MW solar project with 20 MWh storage option
The solar park will be connected to the Soma substation, a piece of grid infrastructure expected to increase electricity access in the country to 60%. The project will add to 30 MW of other solar facilities under development in the West African nation.
Oct 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Grids, storage, Africa, Gambia, ECOWAS, National Water & Electricity Company Ltd
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