Solar Plants News

West Bengal could get 1.7 GW of solar but coal will reign for at least 30 years
A minister said an unnamed private investor had proposed an 800 MW solar project in the state on top of a 900 MW scheme being carried out with Japan. But the chairman of power giant NTPC said AI and digitization should be used to extend coal burning for decades to come.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, India, Asia, West Bengal, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, NS Nigam, Prakash Mhaske, Central Electricity Authority
Amazon fire claims add to Tesla’s troubles with PV installs
Reports of fires at Amazon facilities look set to pile fresh controversy on Tesla’s US solar installs, with new claims emerging only days after Walmart took Elon Musk’s firm to court over blaze incidents.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, USA, TESLA, Elon Musk, Amazon, Walmart, North America
Hawaii launches mega 900MW renewables tender
Hawaiian Electric Co (HEC) has kickstarted a colossal clean energy tender, seeking providers of 900MW worth of renewables and energy storage projects.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, tender, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, Hawaiian Electric Co, maui, o'ahu
Enel breaks ground on Chilean drone-monitored bifacial solar park
Enel Green Power has reached another development milestone in Latin America, rolling out the first components of what it says is Chile’s largest solar project to enter construction to date.
Aug 27, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, drone, pv power plants, Chile, solar pv, bifacial, utility-scale PV, South america, Latin america, enel green power
Azimuth Energy completes 1-MW community solar project at St. Louis International Airport
Azimuth Energy recently completed a 1-MW community solar project at St. Louis Lambert International Airport for Ameren Missouri. The project was first announced in 2017.
Aug 26, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, North America, Azimuth Energy, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Ameren Missouri, Marc Lopata, Michael Moehn
Brazil’s faltering manufacturing ambition
A binational integrated solar industry project, announced just over a year ago, aims to build a vertically integrated solar manufacturing industry along the border between Brazil and Paraguay. But the project is now on hold pending an update and reassessment by its new managers.
Aug 26, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, Canadian Solar, JA Solar, South america, JinkoSolar, Brazil, Paraguay, Green Silicon, Maycon Vendrame, José Alberto Alderete, Marcos Kurata, Adalberto Maluf, Absolar, Abinee, BYD
The weekend read: Reactivating Mexico’s large-scale sector
The Mexican electric power industry is maintaining its dynamism, despite a collective perception of inactivity stemming from a lack of information from the federal government. And renewables are barely mentioned in the National Development Plan for 2019–2024 drawn up by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Aug 26, 2019 // Plants, America, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexica, PEMEX, Federal Electricity Commission, Jeff Pavlovic, Cintia Angulo, Julian Willenbrock, Armando Navarrete
China added 11.4 GW of solar capacity in first half of this year
According to official statistics produced by the nation’s National Energy Administration, China’s cumulative installed PV generation capacity had reached 185.5 GW at the end of June.
Aug 23, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, National Energy Administration, Asia, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co Ltd
Polish mining company to deploy solar on dead coal sites
Poland’s second largest power company, Tauron, wants to build a 5 MW ground-mounted facility in Jaworzno and is seeking EPC contractors through a tender. The project is part of the company’s plan to deploy PV on its unused sites.
Aug 23, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Poland, tender, Europe, Tauron, coal, Zespół Elektrowni Pątnów-Adamów-Konin SA
BNEF puts Ginlong among top three Asian inverter brands
Chinese string inverter manufacturer Ginlong Solis ranked third among Asian inverter brands in BloombergNEF’s latest industry scorecard.
Aug 23, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, China, Asia, inverter, Ginlong Solis, bloomberg nef
Another 300 MW solar auction for Japan
The procurement exercise, which closes tomorrow, will be open to projects larger than 500 kW in size. The results will be announced on September 3.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Japan, Asia, auction
The Chinese solar market is changing shape
Two reports have described how the world’s largest renewable energy market is moving towards maturity. According to the Brookings Institution, the Chinese clean energy market could become more open to Western investors and tech. A report by Fitch claims projects are moving back to inland provinces from coastal regions.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, China, Trump, Asia, North America, Jeffrey Ball, China-U.S. trade war
Cypress Creek, Cubico commission South Carolina’s largest PV project
Cypress Creek Renewables and Cubico Sustainable Investments have commissioned the Palmetto Plains PV installation, South Carolina’s largest solar project in operation.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, North America, South Carolina, cypress creek, cubico, Palmetto Plains, PV installation, Sarah Slusser, Gregg Robinson
All systems go for Saudi Arabia’s top ground-mounted PV plant
A ground-mounted solar project billed as Saudi Arabia’s largest to date has reached the finish line, and is now set to power the operations of a food and beverage conglomerate.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Saudi Arabia, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, Asia, middle east, almarai
Enel works on addition to Latin America’s self-styled largest PV project
Enel has hit yet another deployment milestone with what it bills as Latin America’s biggest solar plant under construction, a project it is building in Brazil’s northeast.
Aug 22, 2019 // Plants, Enel, bifacial, Latin america, São Gonçalo, Soltec