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Don’t have a node for your solar plant? Connect it to the railway!
Railway operators can now feasibly connect solar plants to traction substations, claims a consortium that is now working on a similar demonstration project in the U.K. Almost all of the 30 kW installation’s output will be used to move trains, but in the future storage could come into the picture for larger “railway-connected” solar power projects, says 10:10, the U.K.-based climate change charity that developed the pilot.
Aug 6, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, U.K., Aldershot, railway system, Leo Murray, Riding Sunbeams, Great Britain
Bolsonaro clears Brazilian solar scheme at floating plant launch
Jair Bolsonaro has given the green light to a new solar scheme in Brazil’s northeast, marking its launch as he attended the opening of a separate floating project.
Aug 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Floating PV, floating PV, South america, Latin america, Brazil, solar water pump, jair bolsonaro, Bento Albuquerque, Gustavo Canuto, Chesf, floating plant
New Jersey Resources to issue US$150m green bond for 50MW of solar
Energy provider New Jersey Resources (NJR) is selling US$150 million of green bonds to finance six commercial solar plants with a combined capacity of 50MW.
Aug 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, New Jersey, solar pv, ssfusa, green financing, new jersey resources, financial results, clean energy ventures, North America
Ground-mounted PV auction set to boost France’s capacity by 10%
A major ground-mounted PV auction in France is set to boost the country’s solar capacity by 10%, with 107 developers successfully bidding on 858MW of capacity spread evenly across the country.
Aug 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Grids, Tariffs, France, Wood Mackenzie, Engie, tender, auctions, ground-mounted pv, Europe
Solar scores lowest average prices in Argentina’s smaller-scale tender
Solar has emerged as the overall cheapest technology in Argentina’s latest clean energy tender, aimed at smaller-scale installations.
Aug 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Markets & Finance News, Canadian Solar, solar pv, Argentina, South america, Latin america, renovar, cammesa, auction ppa, MiniRen tender
Duke Drops Largest Solar Project in North Carolina Procurement — Its Own
The cancellation of an 80-megawatt project with no financial penalty raises questions about a monopoly utility competing against private developers.
Aug 6, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, North Carolina, Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, Chris Carmody, Accion Group, Cypress Creek Renewables, utilities, North America
Ormat starts operation at unique hybrid geothermal-solar power plant in Nevada
Supported by an innovative portfolio contract with its power purchasers, Ormat Technologies has now started commercial operations of its innovative hybrid solar-geothermal power plant at Tungsten Mountain, Nevada.
Aug 5, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar, USA, Nevada, Geothermal, hybrid, Ormat Technologies, power plant, Tungsten Mountain, North America
Renovalia nails financing for Spain’s first merchant PV project
The €29.7 million financing package was awarded by Banco Sabadell. Renovalia’s 79.2 MW solar park will be Spain’s first PV facility to sell all of its output on the spot market.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Solar, Spain, PV plants, pv modules, Renovalia, Banco Sabadell, El Bonal, Europe
Lightsource BP proposes 100 MW solar farm in South Australia
U.K. solar developer Lightsource BP plans to host a community information event in the town of Mannum, South Australia, to outline a proposal to fund, build and operate a 100 MW solar project.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, UK, Lightsource BP, South Australia, Adam Pegg, Europe, shell
More floating PV for Thailand
French floating PV specialist Ciel&Terre is teaming up with SCG, an Asian petrochemical company, to develop floating solar plants at hydroelectric dams in Thailand.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Floating PV, Ciel&Terre, SCG, Thailand, floating PV, EGAT, Asia
Sterling and Wilson Solar to launch IPO this week
The Shapoorji Pallonji Group’s solar EPC business will hit the capital markets with an initial public offering on Aug. 6.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, India, IPO, SWSL, utility-scale PV
CleanPeak expands solar mall portfolio in Australia with ReNu acquisition
ReNu Energy signed an agreement last week for the sale of its Australian solar assets to CleanPeak Energy, a commercial rooftop solar startup.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Markets & Finance News, Inverters, Rooftop PV, Australia, rooftop, solar pv, ReNu, CleanPeak, SCA, Craig Ricato
NTPC opens global bids for 20 MW floating solar project in India
The winning developer will be able to use solar modules and cells of any origin for the plant, which will be built in Auraiya district, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Bidding closes on Sept. 5.
Aug 5, 2019 // Plants, Markets & Finance News, Solar, India, pv modules, NTPC, Asia
Ultra-low solar bid of $0.01997/kWh in the US – not quite so sunny
PV technology has made significant progress in a short amount of time, leaving solar enthusiasts chuffed. Opponents, on the other hand, brand it as unworkable boondoggle, surviving on the crutches of subsidies and only salving the conscience of the green-minded companies cosseted by political forces. The naysayers do have partial truth in their argument - governments the world over have been supporting the growth of this child with the moniker “solar” with public finances. So, this is the partial truth and the enthusiasts have just enough firepower to say that all energy is, after all, subsidised one way or another – in terms of uncompensated costs of air pollution, congestion and global warming and the consequential irreversible damage these fossil fuels have done to the planet. Perhaps more important and statistically relevant is a report published by the IMF in 2015, which had pegged subsidies to fossil fuels at US$5.3 trillion.
Aug 5, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar, USA, bifacial, monocrystalline, ssfusa, North America
India turns to dispatchable renewables to ease grid constraints
The state enterprise Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) issued at the beginning of the month a tender for 1,200MW of renewable power that can be used to alleviate peak demand issued on the grid, in effect mandating the use of energy storage systems (ESS).
Aug 5, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Solar, India, SECI, tender
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