Solar Large-Scale Plants News
France sets scene for decade-long PV boom with 2GW auction push
France has laid the groundwork for a new period of solar growth with the announcement of three new government solar auctions for 2020.
Sep 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Rooftop PV, France, tender, ground-mounted pv, Europe, rooftop PV
Fifth Third Bancorp, SunEnergy1 open 120MW PV project in North Carolina
Fifth Third Bancorp and SunEnergy1 have opened the 120MWdc/80MWac Aulander Holloman Solar Facility in Hertford County, North Carolina. The facility, developed by SunEnergy1, is expected to generate clean power that is more than or equal to the total that Fifth Third uses in a year, which is enough to cut out 143,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases and power 25,000 households.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, North Carolina, North America, Fifth Third Bancorp, SunEnergy1, Greg D. Carmichael, Amy Davidsen
India’s Adani Green Energy buys operational 205MW from Essel Group
Indian energy giant Adani Green Energy Limited has inked a deal to purchase 205MW of contracted and operational solar assets from Essel Group for an enterprise price of INR1,300 crore (US$182 million).
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, India, Asia, South Asia, Adani Green Energy, Essel Group
SEIA: US renewable purchase reform must not entrench utility dominance
The pressure building for the US to water down decades-old federal energy policy risks further tilting the scales in utilities’ favour, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Policy, USA, SEIA, FERC, solar-plus-storage, Jimmy Carter, North America, Abigail Ross Hopper, NARUC
The weekend read: Chile taps ‘white gold’ for security of energy supply
Chile is home to a massive 10.3 million tons of lithium reserves, most of which is found in the Atacama Desert in the northern part of the country. With some of the highest solar irradiation levels on Earth, this region also boasts the perfect conditions for generating solar power. Developments in the photovoltaic market, alongside implementation of more efficient energy storage systems, are positioning Chile as a regional leader in this field. So what does the future hold for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Chile, and what obstacles lie in their way?
Sep 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Engie, Chile, South america, BESS, lithium, Sebastián Piñera, AES Gener, Claudia Rahmann, Juan Carlos Jobet, Javier Giorgio
Afghanistan issues 40 MW solar tender
The nation’s Ministry of Energy and Water is seeking developers for a plant on an industrial park at the center of a previous 40 MW procurement exercise.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, tender, Asia, South-Central Asia, Ministry of Energy and Water, Mercom India
Scatec reaches commercial operation for another 112 MW of capacity
The Norwegian developer has opened plants in Ukraine and Egypt. Scatec Solar recently announced it managed to triple energy production in the last year.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Tariffs, Raymond Carlsen, Scatec Solar, Ukraine, Europe, Asia, Africa, Egypt, Oslo
Pakistan’s Nepra mulls another 50 MW of solar
The country is steadily expanding solar generation capacity as it aims for 5 GW by 2022, helped by an influx of foreign investment from China’s Belt & Road infrastructure program and World Bank capital.
Sep 1, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Tariffs, Asia, IRENA, NEPRA, Pakistan, Artistic Solar Energy (Private) Limited, Central Power Purchasing Agency (Guarantee) Limited, Javed Solar Park, South Asia
IHS Markit: Trackers to account for a third of PV installations
New analysis predicts more than 150 GW of tracker capacity will be installed in the next five years – around a third of all ground mount projects up to 2024. Rapid growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the better cost structures possible from combining trackers and bifacial modules are singled out as key trends.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, India, China, Australia, IHS Markit, Europe, Asia, Convert, Oceania, Trina Solar, North America, Soltec, bifacial modules, PV Hardware, Ideematec, Nextracker, Array Technologies
New solar installation in Uruguayan Antarctic
Inverter company ABB supplied equipment for a second PV plant at the Artigas base. Its collaboration with the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute helps facilitate climate change research.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, ABB, PV plant, Artigas, Uruguayan Antarctic Institute, Antarctic
Longi: ‘Our larger wafer must be industry standard’
The Chinese giant has argued its 166mm M6 product should be the new iteration used worldwide, even though larger products have been launched by rivals. Longi says the fact existing cell and module production lines can be adapted for the M6 means rising demand for solar worldwide can be swiftly satisfied.
Aug 29, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, Asia, LONGi, solar modules, Zhonghuan Semiconductor, wafer, Li Zhenguo, Shen Wenzhong
Shrimp and PV goes together like peas and carrots
With the benefits solar panels can bring to cropland being considered in Europe, PV and aquaculture are working in tandem in Vietnam. Shrimp and fish farming requires land and lots of water but solar panels are helping mitigate those demands.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar Panels, Europe, Asia, Fraunhofer ISE, Vietnam, Shrimp, Viet Uc Seafood, Maximilian Trommsdorff, SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH, Suntrace GmbH
Food and energy tussle as Australian state approves controversial solar farms
The state government of Victoria has approved three projects in the Shepparton region which have a combined generation capacity of 175 MW. However, some residents are upset at the loss of prime agricultural land and now-redundant irrigation equipment which had been upgraded using government grants.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Victoria, Australia, Daniel Andrews, Oceania, Richard Wynne, Congupna Solar Farm
Trump ratchets up tariffs on Chinese products – including batteries
While the damage is largely done for cells, modules and inverters, increased tariffs on U.S. module components and 15% measures on lithium-ion batteries are not good news for either sector.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Inverters, Tariffs, USA, Lithium-ion batteries, TESLA, Sungrow, Trump, Inverters, Huawei, North America, tariffs, PV cells, modules, Enphase, Flex, USTR, Kelly Speakes-Backman
BayWa r.e., Statkraft team up for Spanish subsidy-free solar successor
Two sponsors of one of Spain’s iconic subsidy-free plants have sealed a deal to deploy a smaller successor in the same area, planned again without support from government money.
Aug 29, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Spain, pv power plants, solar pv, Europe, subsidy-free solar, baywa r.e., Dr Benedikt Ortmann
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