Panama’s utility regulator Asep issued a temporary licence last week in favour of local firm PSZ1 SA for construction of a photovoltaic (PV) power plant with an installed capacity of 8.5 MW, in Los Santos province.
SunEdison has closed $130m in construction financing for the 69.5MW Javiera solar plant in Chile. The non-recourse debt facility was provided by CorpBanca and BBVA. The PV project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Antofagasta Minerals subsidiary Minera Los Pelambres.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., a global leader in the solar PV industry, announced that it will supply 19 MW of solar modules for a PV project in Chile. The project is located in Chile’s Atacama Desert region which has one of the highest irradiation levels in the world. The 19 MW solar power plant will […]
SunEdison has been awarded five solar PV projects totaling 150MW in India by Karnataka Renewable Energy Development. The US company said it or its affiliates, including yieldcos, will be the ultimate owners of the schemes, which will be sited in Karnataka state. The facilities will sell their output to “various entities” under power purchase agreements, […]
US firm First Solar Inc last week installed the first photovoltaic (PV) panel at its 141-MW Luz del Norte solar park in Chile. The project in the Atacama Desert will comprise 1.7 million First Solar PV panels and is expected to be completed by December 2015. It is being financed by the US government’s development […]
Argentina’s San Juan province kicked off construction of a photovoltaic (PV) module factory worth some EUR 100 million (USD 127.2m) with an annual capacity of 70 MW in an industrial park near San Juan’s capital city. The plant, comprising from monocrystalline silicon ingot to module production, will be installed by German Schmid Group for local […]
Increasing reliance on renewable energies is the way to achieve greater CO2 emission sustainability and energy independence. As such energies are yet only available intermittently and energy cannot be stored easily, most countries aim to combine several energy sources. In a new study in EPJ Plus, French scientists have come up with an open source […]
According to the newest report from GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting, Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors 2014-2018, the global market for utility-scale PV operations and maintenance will reach 237 cumulative gigawatts through 2018, close to triple the 89 gigawatts expected by the end of 2014. To date, the Asia-Pacific region […]
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 […]
Fuel cells could possibly replace the batteries of mobile phones and laptop computers, and the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is looking at ways of enhancing their efficiency. Researchers in the renewable energy sector are working hard in this respect. In this context, researchers in the UPV/EHU’s Department of Applied Chemistry are exploring possible solutions […]
Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery. In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report that they’ve succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device. […]
Companies dealing with engineering, procurement, and construction — handily shortened to EPC — will need to adapt to the new economic realities of the renewable energy industry or face lacklustre returns, according to a new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by CohnReznick. The new report (PDF), The Evolving Landscape for EPCs […]