Solar Plants News

Vattenfall to build large scale wind-solar-storage plant in the Netherlands
The energy company will build a 38 MW solar, 22 MW wind and 12 MW battery project on one site. The first fully renewable hybrid power plant could be a blueprint for post-subsidy Germany. Vattenfall has an eye on German coalfields in particular.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Germany, Netherlands, hybrid power plant, wind-solar-storage, Vattenfall, Haringvliet Zuid Energy Park, ground-mounted, Claus Wattendrup
PV system prices fell 8.9% in Brazil in the first six months of the year
The cumulative capacity of 5 MW-or-smaller solar systems has reached 958 MW in Brazil, according to consultancy Greener. Around a third of that capacity was installed in the first half of this year, with projects relying on half-cell and PERC modules making up the largest share.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, South america, Brazil, Greener, PV system prices, PERC modules, Polycrystalline modules, ANEEL
Deutsche Bank attempts to wind up Singyes Solar
The German lender has issued a winding up petition over a $6.27 million debt and could scupper the manufacturer’s plans to restructure its defaulted payments and be taken over by a Chinese state-backed entity.
Aug 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Markets & Finance News, Singyes Solar, Germany, Hong Kong, Deutsche Bank AG, Water Development HK, Comtec Solar
Oman launches tender for 146 MW of solar-diesel-storage projects
The Rural Areas Electricity Company wants to build hybrid plants in 11 non-interconnected areas of the sultanate. The projects will have a total of 48 MW of solar power generation capacity and 70 MW of diesel and the storage component will have total installed power of 28 MW and a storage capacity of 14 MWh.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, tender, plants, Asia, Rural Areas Electricity Company, Tanweer, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, United Arab Emirates
Ib Vogt kickstarts EPC work for Aussie solar-plus-storage project
German EPC Ib vogt has started construction on a utility-scale project in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW).
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, EPC, Australia, solar pv, plants, solar-plus-storage, ib vogt, new south wales
Sonnedix breaks ground on 171MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama
Sonnedix has marked the launch of construction works for a large-scale solar installation in Chile’s Atacama desert, with a view to power up the plant late next year.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, IPP, Sonnedix, Chile, solar pv, utility-scale PV, plants, South america, Latin america, ground-breaking, atacama, atacama desert
US industry acts to unblock disputed 584MW solar pipeline
A dispute holding up a solar project backlog of nearly 600MW in Michigan is now one step closer to resolution, under a truce brokered with the help of industry representatives.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Policy, USA, SEIA, ITC, solar-plus-storage, Michigan, MPSC, Jimmy Carter, interconnection, ssfa19
UK post-subsidy solar pipeline swells to 5GW
The UK’s post-subsidy large-scale solar pipeline has swelled to more than 5GW after a flurry of activity in the first half of 2019.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, UK, Europe, post-subsidy solar, ground-mount, PERC panels, multi panels
Solar electricity is now CHEAPER than grid electricity in China — with one in five cities finding renewable energy lower cost than coal
Electricity produced from commercial and industrial solar energy systems is now cheaper in Chinese cities than that supplied by the national grid.
Aug 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Solar, China, Asia, Jinyue Yan, grid
San Jose Clean Energy, EDP Renewables sign large solar-plus-storage PPA
San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for 100 megawatts of new solar energy and 10 MW of battery storage at the Sonrisa Solar Park in Fresno County, California. The project is anticipated to be operational in 2022.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Markets & Finance News, Storage, California, USA, storage, CCA, San Jose Clean Energy, EDP Renewables SA, EDP Renewables, Mayor Sam Liccardo, East Bay Community Energy
South Korea has added 1.64 GW of solar so far this year
This new development has brought the country’s cumulative installed solar capacity to more than 9.5 GW. Around 91.5% of the newly installed capacity is represented by PV systems below 1 MW in size.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Floating PV, South Korea, floating plant, MOTIE, Domestic panels
Tunisia announces grid-connection of its first solar park
The 10 MW facility is located in Tozeur, in southern Tunisia. The project was also financed by the German development bank KFW under Tunisia’s solar program Plan Solaire Tunisien (PST).
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, STEG, Tozeur, Tunisia, KFW, Plan Solaire Tunisien, Youssef Chahed
Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California ReMAT In Winding Creek Solar Case
On July 29, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision in Winding Creek Solar LLC v. Peterman et al., ruling that California’s feed-in tariff for small qualifying facilities (QFs), the Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (ReMAT), violates the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) (Ninth Circuit Case No. 17-17531).
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Tariffs, Policy, California, Winding Creek Solar LLC, Peterman, QFs, tariff, ReMAT, PURPA, Ninth Circuit, CPUC
UAMPS Members Sign Up For Solar From Navajo Nation Project
Sixteen members of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) are further decarbonizing their energy portfolios by adding solar electricity from a new project in southeastern Utah.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, UAMPS, Utah, Red Mesa Tapaha Solar Resource, NTUA, North America, Idaho
SEPA Storage Report Underscores Rising Deployments, Increased Range Of Applications
A new Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) report finds that the U.S. energy storage market is healthy and primed for continued growth, with interconnected capacity growing significantly in 2018.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Storage, USA, storage, SEPA, Mac Keller, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, electric utilities