Solar Plants News

Another 150 MW of solar comes online in Spain
The new generation capacity comes from three 50 MW solar projects Spanish energy company Naturgy secured in an auction by the Spanish government in 2017. The installations are near Ciudad Real, in the central-southern region of Castilla-La Mancha.
Sep 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Spain, Europe, Naturgy
80 MW of Kenyan PV projects get €106m boost from Europe
The European Investment Bank and the Netherlands Development Finance Company have each provided €53 million for the Radiant and Eldosol solar projects.
Sep 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Europe, Kenya, Africa, european investment bank, Netherlands Development Finance Company, Frontier Energy, DL Group, Paramount Bank, Dr Frederick Nyang, David Kariuki
Naturgy switches on auction-backed 150MW solar trio in Spain
The government of Spain’s Castilla-La Mancha region has boasted about the territory’s solar credentials at the launch of an auction-backed utility-scale complex.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Spain, pv power plants, auctions, Europe, JinkoSolar, subsidy-free pv, tenders, toledo, Emiliano García-Page, Manuel Fernández
California marks feed-in-tariff and community solar milestones
Los Angeles’ municipal utility has tripled the size of its rooftop solar feed-in programme (FiT), growing it from 150MW to 450MW.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Tariffs, California, USA, North America, Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, feed-in-tariff, Jeff Stone, 8minute Solar Energy
Solar drives Neoen profit boost as clean energy portfolio hits 9GW
Solar project milestones helped Neoen achieve a marked profit boost in the first half of 2019, culminating in the addition of more than 1GW to its clean energy portfolio.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Portugal, France, IPP, Australia, pv power plants, Europe, neoen, solar-plus-storage, Oceania
BayWa r.e. to work on South Korea solar debut via new office
BayWa r.e. has added South Korea to its list of target markets, dropping its anchor in Seoul to oversee the deployment of its first solar pipeline in the country.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, pv power plants, Asia, Korea, baywa r.e., apac, utlity-scale pv
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
Macquarie announces major 20GW clean energy drive
Macquarie Group intends to build a 20GW renewables pipeline over the next five years through its Green Investment Group (GIG), the green finance bank it purchased from the British government in 2017.
Sep 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, UK, Australia, Europe, Oceania, macquarie, solarcentury, David Cameron, Green Investment Group
Texas moves closer to merchant solar
Intersect Power has gone live with news the company has 1.7 GWdc ready for construction in Texas and California, including a project which holds a hedge and no power purchase agreement.
Sep 25, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Duke Energy Renewables, Texas, First Solar, North America, Intersect Power, Georges Antoun
North Macedonian utility embraces solar at expense of coal
State-owned power company Elektrani na Severna Makedonija, which is developing a 10 MW solar project at its coal plant in Oslomej, is planning to stop seeking a coal alternative to its depleted lignite mine and to instead expand the solar scheme to fully replace an ageing 125 MW thermal plant.
Sep 25, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Thermal, EBRD, Europe, North Macedonia, Elektrani na Severna Makedonija, thermal plant
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
Seraphim taps Italian partner to access reviving PV market
Seraphim Solar System Co has turned to an existing Italian partner to try and secure a slice of the country’s PV market, poised for a multi-gigawatt boost within a decade.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Italy, pv power plants, Europe, solar-plus-storage, auction, seraphim, ilb helios, cfd, Jun Zhuge, Guido Traversa, Paolo Rocco Viscontin
Colombia backs PV plant as president touts clean energy shift at UN summit
One of the largest solar projects to date in Colombia has cleared a key planning hurdle as president Iván Duque promised clean energy leadership at this week’s UN summit.
Sep 25, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Canadian Solar, pv power plants, pv modules, South america, auctions, policy and regulation, tenders, Colombia, Iván Duque
Scatec Solar amasses US$140m-plus in private placement raise
Scatec Solar has raised NOK1.32 billion (US$146 million) in a private placement for its global solar pipeline.
Sep 25, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Scatec, Malaysia, Ukraine, pv power plants, Europe, Asia, Africa, Egypt, mozmbique, Norway