Solar Plants News

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
Apex Clean Energy Taps Power Factors For Asset Management
Apex Clean Energy Inc. has selected Power Factors LLC, an independent software and services provider for renewable energy, to provide a technical asset management platform.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Software, USA, Apex Clean Energy Inc., Power Factors LLC, Neil James, North America
IFC: Papua New Guinea becomes global off-grid solar hotspot
A mixture of development support, market economics and awareness programmes have propelled Papua New Guinea to the forefront of global off-grid solar, according to a new report.
Aug 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, China, solar pv, Papua New Guinea, png, world bank, off-grid solar, solar lamp, solar lighting, Oceania, international finance corporation, ifc
Risen Australia sells 120 MW of rooftop panels in one year
Chinese PV module maker Risen Energy says it has achieved its highest jump in solar module sales in the Australian market in a one-year period.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, China, Australia, rooftop, PV module, NEM, Risen Energy, Eric Lee, Yarranlea Solar Farm, John Zhong
Sunrun Hits Deployment Targets, Expands Grid Services Business in Q2
The largest U.S. residential solar installer hit deployment expectations and built out its battery business in the second quarter.
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Storage, Grids, USA, storage, Sunrun, installer
Hawaii’s Trailblazing Solar Market Continues to Struggle Without Net Metering
Hawaii’s residential solar market continues to contract, a phenomenon the industry largely attributes to policy changes that went into effect after the state ended net energy metering in 2015.
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Tariffs, Policy, Sunrun, Hawaii, HSEA, Will Giese, NEM, Marco Mangelsdorf
Portugal reveals winners of record-breaking solar auction
Portugal has unveiled the final results of the solar auction held over the summer, identifying a handful of major foreign winners of a tender hailed as a worldwide milestone.
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Portugal, Iberdrola, tender, Europe, iberia, solar auction, akuo
Eurotron MWT cell equipment in mass production at Sunport Power’s facility in China
Back-contact module manufacturing equipment supplier Eurotron said its previous MWT (Metal Wrap Through) order from China-based PV module manufacturer, Sunport Power had been installed, qualified and begun volume production.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, solar cells, Sunport Power, Eurotron, PV module, Dr. Fengming Zhang, Bram Verschoor
Solar-plus-storage to cover 25% of electricity demand of Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Swiss battery maker Leclanché will build a 35.6 MW / 44.2 MWh solar-plus-storage power plant, which will provide with clean power state-owned St.Kitts electric utility Skelec over a 20-year period. The new facility will be able to cover around a fourth of the archipelago’s total electricity demand.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Germany, Europe, solar-plus-storage, Leclanché, Skelec, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre, Anil Srivastava, Solrid, Switzerland, North America
New alliance to expand floating PV in Southeast Asia
Pestech, a Malaysia-based electrical power technology company, has entered into a partnership with Chinese inverter maker Sungrow to jointly develop new floating solar solutions.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Inverters, Floating PV, Malaysia, Sungrow, floating PV, inverter, Pestech
Neoen gets green light for PV-wind-battery hub in South Australia
French renewables developer Neoen has won development approval from the South Australian government for a major renewable energy project, with 125 MW of wind, 150 MW of solar PV and 130 MW/400 MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. The project could also include up to 50 MW of on-site hydrogen production capability.
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Solar to Fuel, France, Australia, Europe, neoen, hydrogen, lithium-ion battery storage, Crystal Brook Energy Park, Garth Heron, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Oceania, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Why are prices rising in France’s utility-scale PV tenders?
Earlier this week, the French government published a list of winning projects for the sixth round of its tender for large-scale solar. There were a few changes from the preceding round, with French companies such as Urbasolar, Engie and Total consolidating their positions. However, even though a higher number of projects were submitted, prices increased slightly in the end. In a short conversation with pv magazine, Xavier Daval — a representative of SER, the French renewable energy association — explained the reasons for this.
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, France, Germany, Engie, tender, utility-scale PV, Europe, Total, Urbasolar, Xavier Daval, CRE, Enerparc
Top Spanish bank backs fully merchant 79.2MW PV project
One of Spain’s largest banks has gotten behind a utility-scale solar portfolio, planned without support from auctions nor power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Spain, Renovalia, Banco Sabadell, Europe, subsidy-free solar, subsidy-free pv, unsubsidised, merchant solar, renovalia energy, J&A Garrigues, Luxcara