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India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-30
In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its SRK House, the 2,25 million sq. ft. crafting unit of one of the largest diamond companies, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification -- the US GBC’s highest rating for sustainable and environment-friendly building operations .

SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility eith energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy sources; increased recycling; energy benchmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas ; Natural Cooling through out; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020)

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JA Solar Supplying S.Korean Hybrid Solar-Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
JA Solar,Daemyoung Energy
Date: 2020-08-28
Beijing-based PV products manufacturer JA Solar reports it will supply modules to the 133-MW hybrid solar-wind Yeongam Solar Power Generation Project which is being constructed by South Korea's EPC LS Electric in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The 93 MW PV section of the facility will be deployed on the grounds of an existing 40 MW wind farm.

The facility, which is planned to be connected to a battery capacity of 242 MWh, is being developed by Korean wind specialist Daemyoung Energy which will sell renewable energy certificates (RECs) from solar power generation to local utility Korea South-East Power Co. under a 20-year contract. The project is expected to come online before the year end. end of the year. (Source: JA Solar, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: JA Solar Holdings,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  Wind,  RECs,  

India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-08-26
In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its 2,25 million sq. ft. SRK House diamond manufacturing unit has scored US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly building operations.

SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility with energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy; increased recycling; energy benc-hmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas; natural cooling and lighting; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Shree Ramkrishna Exports, +91 261 404 0544,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  

174 Power Completes 180-MW Texas Solar Project (Ind. Report)
174 Power Global
Date: 2020-08-21
Irvine, California-headquartered Hanwha Group subsidiary solar project developer 174 Power Global Corp, is reporting completion of its 180-MW Oberon solar power plant in West Texas. The 560,000 PV panel facility is expected to generate sufficient power for an average 30,000 homes per year.

Chariot Energy has a PPA for 30-MW of the plant's total capacity. (Source: 174 Power Global Corp, Website Press Release, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: 174 Power Global Corp., 949-748-5970,,; Chariot Energy,

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Neoen Plans Massive Aussie Wind, Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-08-21
Paris-based independent renewable energy developer Neoen reports the filing of its development application for its $3 billion, 163-turbine Goyder South wind, solar and storage project in South Australia . The plan proposes a total of 1,200MW of wind energy, 600MW of solar PV, and 900MW/1800MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

Each stage would be delivered in three equal tranches of 400MW wind, 200MW solar and 300MW/600MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. Combined, they would generate around 4.8 terawatt hours of zero emissions power each year, nearly doubling the current output of wind and solar in the state, and taking South Australia close to the Liberal government's net 100 pct renewables target just on its own.

The solar farm would be spread across 3,000 hectares, the lithium-ion batteries would deliver 900MW with two hours of storage, and associated infrastructure for connection to the electricity grid would include three substations, access tracks, underground connection cabling and transmission lines. (Source: Neoen, ReNew Economy, 20 Aug., 2020)Contact: Neoen,

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MASDAR, EDF Partner on U.S. Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
Masdar,EDF Renewables
Date: 2020-08-17
MASDAR is reporting its second strategic investment in the U.S. in a deal with EDF Renewables North America that will see it acquire a 50 pct stake in a 1.6-GW portfolio of three utility-scale wind farms totaling 815 MW and five photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 689 MW including 75 MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage. All of the portfolio projects are under construction and expected to come online before the year end.

The portfolio includes the 243 MW Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas; the 273 MW Las Majadas wind project in Willacy County, Texas; and the 300 MW Milligan 1 wind project in Saline County, Nebraska. In Riverside County, California, the Desert Harvest 1 and Desert Harvest 2 PV projects total 213 MW of solar and 35 MW / 140 MWh of battery storage. Also in Riverside County are the 173 MW Maverick 1 and 136 MW Maverick 4 solar PV projects. These four projects are also under construction and slated for commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2020. The final project in the portfolio is Big Beau, a 166 MW solar PV and 40 MW/160 MWh battery energy storage projectin Kern County and will reach commercial operation in 2021. (Source: MASDAR, EDF, Construction Business News, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO,; MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mardar,  EDF Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

Sungrow Debuts 1500V LFP ESS Solutions (New Prod. & Tech.)
Date: 2020-08-10
China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co. has released its latest 1500V LFP energy storage system (ESS) solutions suitable for various commercial and utility-scale applications.

The ESS solutions allow the PCS capacity varying from 1MW to 6.9MW, and LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery rated at 1500V which can be assembled to an integrated volume of up to 4.5MWh, When paired with renewable energy, the all-in-one flexible system can meet frequency regulation, peak shaving, demand charge management, ancillary services and related requirements and enable minimized cost. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834,,

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Gridserve Snares Subsidy-Free UK Solar Facility (Int'l. M&A)
Date: 2020-08-07
In the UK, Anesco Ltd. is reporting the sale of the Clayhill solar farm near Bedfordshireto for an undisclosed price to Gridserve. Clayhill, the UK's first solar farm developed without government subsidies, consists of 10MW of solar PV co-located with a 6MW energy storage facility and generates sufficient power for roughly 2,500 homes.

Anesco has developed 115 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects to date, with a total capacity in excess of 750MW. Anesco invested directly in a number of projects but is now selling these assets to focus fully on its core offering: providing full lifecycle engineering services to solar and energy storage markets. (Source: Anesco Ltd., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Anesco Ltd., Mark Futyan, CEO,,; Gridserve, +44 333 1234 333,

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Suntech Ups High-Efficiency Solar Module Production Capacity (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-08-05
Wuxi, China-headquartered Suntech is reporting a 1.5GW expansion of its high-efficiency "smart" solar module manufacturing facility in Wuxi, which is now in production.

The 490 million RMB ($70.2 million) expanded manufacturing facility covers 150,000 square meters and has newly installed equipment that will improve production efficiency. Suntech's new production line is compatible with multi-busbar cells of various formats from 166mm to 182mm, fitting 78-cell solar modules, as well as the upgrade space for 210mm large format cells.

As of Q1 this year, Suntech has a cumulative shipment of more than 22GW of PV modules to 100 countries. (Source: Suntech, Website News, 1 Aug., 2020) Contact: Suntech, +86 510 8531 8888,

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China's Renewable Energy Capacity Rapidly Rising (Int'l. Report)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2020-08-03
In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration is reporting the country saw a robust growth in renewable energy capacity in the first half of 2020.

The Photovoltaic (PV) power generation increased 20 pct year on year to 127.8 billion kWh, while wind power rose 10.9 pct over the same period to 237.9 billion kWh in 2020. During this period, new PV installations amounted to 11.52 million kilowatts and new wind power installations totaled 6.32 million kilowatts.

By the end of 2020, renewable energy is projected to supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity -- 27 pct of China's total power production. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Xinhua, 2 Aug., 2020) Contact: China National Energy Administration ,

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GeoSolar Plus Smart Home Energy System Announced (Ind. Report)
Fourth Wave Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
In he Golden State, San Jose-based Fourth Wave Energy is touting its new GeoSolar Plus smart home clean energy system for existing and newly built homes. The company now plans to market the product as a "complete energy makeover" of an existing home. The turnkey system includes:
  • home energy audit and environmental analysis; reinsulating and sealing building envelope for air tightness;

  • geothermal ground source heating and cooling system or air-to-air heat pump technology;

  • heat pump for domestic hot water;

  • air monitoring and filtration system;

  • LED lighting upgrade;

  • roof-mounted solar PV system and EV car charging station.

    The company also plans to offer homeowners a turnkey financing solution to acquire and install the system which sells for roughly $39,000 after valuable tax credits. (Source: Fourth Wave Energy, PR, Contact: Fourth Wave Energy, Joseph Issacs, CEO, 818-855-8199,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fourth Wave Energy,  Solar,  

  • 2 GW Abu Dhabi Solar Power Project Partners Announced (Int'l.)
    Emirates Water and Electricity Company
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the UAE, the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) reports the award for the 2 GW Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project went to a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and MASDAR, with partners EDF and JinkoPower.

    The project, the world's largest such facility will be located roughly 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city, has signed power purchase and shareholders' agreements with EWEC. When fully operational, the plant is projected generate sufficient energy for as many as 160,000 households and to reduce Abu Dhabi's CO2 emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tpy -- equivalent to removing approximately 470,000 cars from the road. It will also increase Abu Dhabi's total solar power capacity to approximately 3.2 GW. (Source: EWEC, Utilities Middle East, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Emirates Water and Electricity Company,; JinkoSolar,; MASDAR, MASDAR, +971 2 653 3333,;EDF RE,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Emirates Water and Electricity Company,  Solar,  Masdar,  JinkoSolar,  

    Iberdrola, Fertiberia Launch Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola, Fertiberia
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Iberdrola and Madrid-based Fertiberia are reporting an agreement to invest €150 million to construct Europe's largest green hydrogen plant in Puertollano, in Ciudad Real, Spain.

    The plant, which will incorporate a 100 MW PV solar plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a storage capacity of 20 MWh and one of the largest electrolytic hydrogen production systems in the world (20 MW), is expected to be completed and operational in 2021.

    The facility's green hydrogen production will be used at Fertiberia's 200,000 tpy ammonia plant in Puertollano.

    Download plant details HERE. (Source: Iberdrola, Fertiberia, PR, reve, 24 July, 2020) Contact: Fertiberia, Javier Goni, Pres., +34 915866200, Fax: +34 915866232,,; Iberdrola,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Green Hydrogen,  

    Gainesville Utility Inks Solar-plus-Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    Gainesville Regional Utilities
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In the Sunshine State, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)is reporting a PPA with developer Origis Energy for a solar-plus-storage project in the state.

    The project is claimed to be the first of its kind in GRU's service area and will combine 50MW of solar PV with 12MW of energy storage. It will be constructed by Origis Energy in Alachua County and is slated for completion in late 2022.

    The City of Gainesville approved a target of 100 pct power from renewables 2045, with GRU developing its renewables portfolio as it progresses towards that goal. To date, BRU's resources include the 103MW biomass-fired Deerhaven Renewable Generation Station, 3.6MW of landfill-gas fired units and 18.5MW of feed-in tariff accredited solar. GRU also has approximately 9 MW of customer-owned and net-metered solar currently connected to its distribution system. (Source: Gainesville Regional Utilities, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Gainesville Regional Utilities, Ed Bielarski, GM, 352-334-3400,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gainesville Regional Utilities,  Solar,  Solar Storage,  

    Tampa Electric Expands Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Tampa Electric
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Sunshine State, Tampa Electric is reporting the launch of more than 30 new and updated energy-efficiency programs for its customers.

    For residential customers, the new Energy Star Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate up to $50 for installing a qualifying smart thermostat in their home. Also new is the Energy Star Pool Pump program, which provides a rebate up to $350 for installing a high-efficiency pool pump. The utility is also updating its Prime Time Plus load-management program that will use its smart meters to control a customer's air handler, water heater, and/or pool pump at times of high energy use.

    For commercial customer the Facility Energy Management System program provides a rebate of up to $25,000 for installing a system that enables the customer to reduce energy consumption and demand. Also, the Smart Thermostat program will offer a rebate of up to $4,500 for installing smart thermostats to help reduce demand and the Variable Frequency Drive Control for Compressors program will give a $50 per horsepower rebate for installing qualifying equipment on a customer's new or existing refrigerant or air compressor motors.

    Additionally, the company is ramping up the Integrated Renewable Energy System which will incorporate an 800-KW PV solar array, two 250-kW batteries, and several vehicle and industrial truck battery-charging stations. This pilot program will be used to study its performance and to maximize energy-saving benefits. Tampa Electric also will expand the existing energy education program to include renewable energy education for both residential and commercial customers. (Source: Tampa Electric, July, 2020) Contact: Tampa Electric,

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    Council Rock Schools Score Energy Efficiency Funds (Funding)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In the Keystone State, Council Rock School District in Newton reports receipt of a $1,641,916 matching-fund grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program. The money will be used to upgrade portions of two schools to USGBC LEED Gold certification for greater energy efficiency reduced energy costs.

    The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope.

    The High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings across Pennsylvania. The program is managed within the DCED Office of Business Financing. (Source: Newton Patch, 14 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

    Orsted Snares 2nd U.S. Solar Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Date: 2020-07-13
    Copenhagen-headquartered global energy player Orsted is reporting acquisition of the 227MW AC Muscle Shoals PV solar project which is under construction in Colbert County, Alabama.

    The project -- the company's second U.S. solar venture -- will incorporate panels supplied by First Solar and is expected to come online in Q3, 2021. (Source: Orsted, Republic World, 19 July, 2020) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22,

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    DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

    An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

    "In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

    The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted,, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25,,

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    8minute Solar Completes 280MW Texas Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    8minute Solar Energy
    Date: 2020-07-08
    Solar and storage developer 8minute Solar Energy is reporting the completion and start-up of the the 280MWdc/200MWdc, 700,000 panel Holstein solar farm in Texas.

    8minute has four projects totaling roughly 1GW capacity in late stages of development in the Lone Star state. (Source: 8minute Solar Energy, PR, PV Tech., 8 July, 2020) Contact: 8Minute Soplar Energy, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Pres., CEO, Katie Struble Director, Corporate Communications, 608 332 2809,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 8minute Solar Energy,  Solar,  

    JinkoSolar to Supply Modules for Chilean PV Park Expansion (Int'l)
    Date: 2020-07-06
    China's JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it will supply 315,900 bifacial modules totaling 126 MW for the expansion of a 2016-vintage, 160 MW solar PV park in Chile.

    The existing PV plant presently incorporates 668,160 JinkoSolar panels generating 400 GWh per year. With the expansion the plant will have a total of 984,060 JinkoSolar PV panels -- both monofacial and bifacial modules generating 789 GWh per year. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, 6 July, 2020) Contact: JinkoSolar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolat news,  Solar news,  

    Canadian Solar Launches New Modules (New Prod & Tech)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2020-07-01
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting the launch of its super-high power Series 5 and Series 6 PV modules incorporating the company's proprietary and record-breaking cell technology, as well as the latest cutting-edge module designs.

    The new modules will join Canadian Solars HiKu, BiHiKu and HiDM portfolios, expanding the range of high-power, high-efficiency monofacial and bifacial solar modules.

    The new products will be backed by competitive warranties and Canadian Solar's commitment to high quality customer service. Series 5 and Series 6 portfolios further expand the Company's broad range of PV products and services. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, 1 July, 2020) Contact: Canadian Solar,

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    Copenhagen Approves Energy Islands Hubs (Int'l Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Copenhagen, the Danish parliament reports it has approved plans for the world's first two energy island "hubs" and a 1GW North Sea offshore wind farm as included in the government's new climate plan . Technology-specific onshore wind and solar PV tenders for the project would be held in 2020 and 2021. According to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) the energy islands could be completed without government funding due to investors' -- Pension Danmark, PFA and SEAS-NVE -- expressed €50 million combined interest in the project.

    Denmark plans to source 100 pct of its electric power from renewable energy by 2027, and to reduce emissions by 70 pct by 2030 from a 1990 baseline. (Source: WindPower, Various Trade Media, 22 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Offshore Energy Hub,  Offshore Wind,  Solar,  

    Lisbon City Hall Retrofit Cuts Energy Use 36 pct (Int'l. Report)
    City of Lisbon,Sharing Cities
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Porutgal, the city of Lisbon is reporting energy consumption at Lisbon's 1880 vintage City Hall has been reduced by 36 pct through what has been hailed as the "first deep energy-efficiency retrofit for a heritage building in Portugal."

    Measures to reduce energy usage included replacing the building's HVAC system, switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels and a Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) to monitor the loads from the PVs, HVAC, water heaters and other equipment.

    Developed by Sharing Cities, the SEMS advanced modular system centralises information and control of local energy systems and devices, and optimises the energy network.

    Lisbon originally planned a full energy retrofit of the building in 2016 under the EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities programme. (Source: City of Lisbon, Cities Today, 23 June, 2020) Contact: EU Horizon 2020 Sharing Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Sharing Cities news,  

    Adani Plans Major PV Solar Production Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Adani Green Energy
    Date: 2020-06-19
    Gujarat, India-based Adani Green Energy Ltd, part of the diversified Adani Group, reports it expects to invest $6 billion to ad 2 GW of solar cell and module manufacturing capacity. The move follows Adani Green Energy's previously reported winning bid to manufacture 8 GW of photovoltaic solar power projects over the next five years.

    The first 2 GW of solar generation capacity will be commissioned by 2022. The project will be in various locations, including a 2 GW single-site generation project, the company said. (Source: Adani Green Energy Ltd., AgMetal Miner, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Green Energy news,  Solar news,  PV news,  

    Silfab Solar to Manufacture Morgan Solar Panels (Ind. Report)
    Morgan Solar,Silfab Solar
    Date: 2020-06-19
    Toronto, Ontario-based Morgan Solar is reporting the sale of 13.6 MW of its innovative bifacial solar panels with SimbaX technology to Enbridge for installation at the 13-MW Alberta Solar One Inc. project in Burdett, Alberta. The panels will be manufactured by Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered Silfab Solar under an exclusive license agreement.

    Alberta Solar One Inc., a joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Morgan Solar, is expected to be completed by 2021 and will be the first major deployment of Morgan Solar's SimbaX concentrated-PV technology which , according to the company, can be integrated into any standard silicon PV panel assembly and boosts PV module performance. (Source: Morgan Solar, PR, June, 2020) (Contact: Morgan Solar, Mike Andrade, CEO, (416) 203-1655,; Silfab Solar, Paolo Maccario, CEO, (905) 255-2501,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Silfab Solar,  Morgan Solar,  Solar Cell,  Solar Panel,  

    JA Solar, Exel Solar Ink Cooperation Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    JA Solar, Exel Solar
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Beijing-based high-performance PV products manufacturer JA Solar is reporting a partnership agreement with Mexican PV products distributor Exel Solar. As part of the agreement, the two parties are set to strengthen cooperation in providing more high-quality solar modules to the consumers in Mexico, driving forward the development of the solar energy market in the country.

    Exel Solar has corporate offices in Merida, Yucatan and warehouses in Mexico City Monterrey Guadalajara , Chihuahua, Tijuana and Merida

    JA has 12 manufacturing bases and more than 20 branches around the world. The company's product line includes silicon wafers, cells, modules and photovoltaic power stations. (Source: JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd, PR, CNW, 16 June, 2020) Contact: JA Solar,; Exel Solar, +55 5531 0649 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Exel Solar,  Solar,  Mexico Solar,  

    ADB Investing $17Mn in Bangladesh Solar PV Plant (Int'l.)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports the inking of a $17.7 million financing package with Spectra Solar Park Limited (SSPL) for a 35-MW solar PV plant in Bangladesh. The solar park is one of the first private sector solar plants in Bangladesh to be financed by multilateral institutions.

    When fully on line, the plant will generate more than 50 GWh per year of electricity for the national grid and avoid 33,200 metric tpy of carbon dioxide emissions. The project aligns with the Government of Bangladesh's aim to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels through renewable energy under Bangladesh Vision 2021. (Source: ADB, Dhaka Tribune, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  PV,  

    Span, Panasonic Offer Home Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-10
    U.S.-based electric panel manufacturer Span Inc reports it is partnering with Panasonic to offer a combined energy storage and residential energy management product that pairs Panasonic's EverVolt residential battery system, which comes in two sizes: 11.4 kWh and 17.1 kWh , with Span's electric panel.

    Span's electric panel is designed to monitor and control up to 32 circuits, all managed through a smartphone app . The Panasonic systems are intended for indoor usage and are available in DC-coupled or AC-coupled versions and can be retrofitted to existing solar systems. (Source: Span Inc., PV Mag., June, 2020) Contact: Span Inc, Arch Rao, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Panasonic news,  Battery news,  

    Williams Planning Major 9-State Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
    Williams Companies
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Tulsa, Oklahoma-headquartered natural gas processing and transmission firm The Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB) reports it plans to install solar arrays near its existing facilities. The solar installations are expected to come online in late 2021.

    The on-site solar farms are expected to produce a combined 350 MW of power with some hubs having the potential to sell any excess power generated back to the grid.

    The company has identified initial sites suitable for solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. (Source: The Williams Companies Inc., Zacks, June, 2020) Contact: The Williams Companies Inc., 800-945-5467,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Sun Tribe Solar Proposes Chambersburg Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Sun Tribe Solar
    Date: 2020-06-01
    As part of a proposed solar development, Charlottesville, Virginia-based Sun Tribe Solar reports it has offered a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Pennsylvania borough of Chambersburg for a 19.5 MW solar PV system. This solar PPA will meet 10 pct of the community's power needs when completed in 2021.

    According to the release, "The PPA allows the Borough to lock in affordable rates for the long-term, serving as source of budgeting certainty and a hedge against rising wholesale power prices in the future." Chambersburg is home to the largest municipal electric utility in the Keystone State. (Source: Sun Tribe Solar, PR, CleanTechnica, 30, 2020) Contact: Sun Tribe Solar, Danny Van Clief, CEO, Rob Corradi, Public Affairs, (410) 212-5483,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  

    GZA Solar Energy Portfolio Grows with Mass. Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Norwood, Mass.-based geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services specialist GZA reports it has been retained by Boston-based solar energy developer Kearsarge Energy and the Town of Montague, Massachusetts, for engineering services supporting a 10.3 acre landfill "brownfield" site development for a new 3-MW solar energy farm.

    The project will incorporate more than 7,000 PV panels coupled with battery energy storage capacity through a battery storage system. (Source: GZA, PR, 28 May, 2020) Contact: GZA, Patrick Sheehan, CEO, Angela Cincotta, Marketing and Communications, 781-278-5777,,; Kearsarge Energy, (617) 393-4222,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kearsarge Energy news,  Solar news,  GZA news,  

    Inox Wind Sells Sri Pavan Energy (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    Inox Wind
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Indian wind turbine maker Inox Wind Ltd is reporting the sale of a 51 pct stake in its wind power generation business Sri Pavan Energy Pvt Ltd to Telangana-based Sri KPR Infra & Projects Ltd. With the sale, Sri Pavan Energy will no longer be a subsidiary of Inox Wind. (Source: Inox Wind, Renewables, 26 May, 2020) Sri Pavan Energy,; Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001,,

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    Enphase, WU Collaborate on Renewables Grid (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Fremont, California-headquartered global energy technology and solar microinverters specialist Enphase Energy, Inc. reports it is using its Enphase Ensemble™ technology to support a University of Washington (WU) initiative to develop control systems for unrestricted penetration of photovoltaic (PV) solar on the grid.

    In addition to roughly $1 million in US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), grant funding , Enphase will provide test platforms and invest approximately $420,000 over the project's three-year timeline.

    Enphase will run specialized test scenarios and gather data at the Company's single- and three-phase, on- and off-grid rooftop solar R&D facility in Austin, Texas. The test array is equipped with Enphase microinverters featuring the Company's custom ASIC, which powers the software-defined architecture that allows Enphase to reprogram a test fleet of microinverters with control architectures and algorithms developed by the University of Washington. The control architectures and algorithms will be tested to validate controller performance under real-world weather variability.

    The Enphase Encharge storage system features embedded grid-forming Enphase microinverters that enable always-on functionality and will be compatible with both new and existing Enphase IQ solar systems with IQ 6™ or IQ 7™ microinverters, providing a simple upgrade path for existing Enphase solar customers. (Source: Enphase Energy Inc., PR, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384,,

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    Toledo Solar Panel Production Underway (Ind. Report)
    Toledo Solar
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc is reporting it has begun solar panel production at it's plant in Perrysburg, Ohio.

    Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar, Toledo Blade, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145 ,,

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    Quinbrook Announces Primergy Solar Launch (Ind. Report)
    Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Oakland, California-based low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is reporting the launch of Primergy Solar LLC, a new portfolio company to acquire, develop and operate distributed and utility scale solar PV and battery energy storage projects across North America.

    Primergy will continue to pursue Quinbrook's established low-carbon investment strategy in the U.S. power markets, making direct investments from early-stage development through acquisitions of operational assets as both primary sponsor and in joint venture with our family of project development partners, according to the release. (Source: Quinbrrok Infrastructure Partners, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Quinbrook - Primertgy Solar, David Saybrook,

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    Sungrow Supplying Inverters to Oman PV Plant Project (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, reports it will supply 1500V SG250HX inverter solutions to the 500 MWac IBRI II project in Oman. The delivery of inverter solutions will commence in Q2 this year.

    The IBRI II PV project is an Independent Power Project (IPP) to be developed on a BOO (build, own, operate) basis. The $400 million project is located roughly 300 km west of Muscat is expected to come online in the summer of 2021 when it will supply power to state-owned utility Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) under a 15-year contract. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, 17 May, 2020) Contact: Sungrow,

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    SilconAurora Touts Aussie Solar Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Further to our 2nd August, 2019 coverage, Australian energy storage developer 1414 Degrees -- the melting point of silicon -- reports the planned mid-2021 opening of the 70-MW first stage of its molten silicon energy storage technology at its SiliconAurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia. The company plans a 400 MW solar farm and one gigawatt of energy storage to be deployed in a number of stages to reduce risk.

    According to SiliconAurora CEO Marie Pavlik, "the Aurora project is in a unique position to demonstrate thermal energy storage at large-scale and prove it to our global market." Pavlik noted the first stage of the project would be 70MW of solar PV opened in mid-2021, to be followed by a pilot TESS-GRID storage system utilizing the company's TESS molten silicon technology. (Source: 1414 Degrees, AuManufacturing, 18 May, 2020) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273,,

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    Ameresco, N.H. Ink Energy Conservation ESPC Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, New Hampshire
    Date: 2020-05-13
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. Ameresco reports it and the State of New Hampshire have entered into an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for energy conservation measures at 21 state facilities in New Hampshire's Seacoast Region.

    By utilizing an Energy Savings Performance Contract, the State will save energy without incurring any up-front costs and pay for the energy improvements with the realized energy savings, estimated to be over $4 million over the 20-year contract term.

    Specific energy conservation measures include: lighting system improvements, new energy management systems, demand-controlled ventilation, chiller replacement, new windows, high-efficiency pumps, infiltration reductions, pipe insulation, new transformers, three solar PV arrays and automatic temperature controls, all of which is expected to be complete in March 2021. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Renewables 11 May, 2020) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, Exec.VP, (508) 661-2288,

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    Seraphim Solar Supplying Panels for Philippine PV Parks (Int'l.)
    Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System
    Date: 2020-05-13
    China's Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co Ltd reports it has contracted to supply 183 MW of its high efficiency solar modules to Malaysia-based EPC contractor ERS Energy Sdn Bhd.PV for PV farms being co-developed by AC Energy Inc, the energy arm of Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar , Renewables, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co.Ltd., +86-519-6878-8166,

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    Inox Wind, Continuum Power Ink Wind Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
    Inox Wind,Continuum Power
    Date: 2020-05-13
    India-headquartered Inox Wind is reporting a definitive agreement with Continuum Power Trading (TN) Pvt Ltd, part of Continuum Wind Energy group, to supply, erect and commission 250 MW of wind power projects in Gujarat, India.

    The project will be executed on a "plug-and-play" basis and includes includes long-term operations and maintenance services. (Source: Inox Wind, PR reve, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, -startlink][endlink],
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    Innergex Closes on 200MW Solar Project Financing (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-05-11
    Share Independent renewable power producer Innergex reports it has secured $191.8 million financing for its $279.5 million Hillcrest solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Brown County, Ohio.

    When fully on line, the 200MW facility is expected to generate gross estimated long-term average of 413.3GWh in the first five years of operation. (Source: Innergex, Power Tech, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres, CEO, (450) 926-2550,,

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    Powertis Touts Italian, Brazilian Solar PV Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-05-11
    Madrid-based utility-scale solar developer Powertis has announced plans to develop a portfolio of 500MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in in Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia and Lazio regions Italy. The company noted its Italian projects will help increase its pipeline beyond over 2GW between Italy and Brazil where it is developing a 765MW photovoltaic solar portfolio in the states of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo. (Powertis, Power Tech, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Powertis, Pablo Otin, CEO, 910 694 067,

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    DEWA, ACWA Ink 900MW MBR Solar Park Phase 5 PPA (Int'l. Report)
    ACWA Power,Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2020-05-08
    The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting a 25-year PPA with Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power for 900MW Phase 5 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park). A consortium of ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corp are the preferred bidder to build and operate Phase 5 of the solar park.

    DEWA in partnership with the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation had established Shuaa Energy 3, in which it owns 60%, and the consortium owns the remaining 40%. The project will use the solar photovoltaic (PV) bifacial technologies, which allows solar radiation to reach the front and back of the panels, with single-axis tracking to increase generation. The project is expected to be commissioned in stages from Q3 2021.

    Touted to be the largest single-site strategic renewable energy project in the world, the 5,000 MW, $13.6 billion MBR Solar Park is based on the independent power producer (IPP) model. (Source: ACWA Power, Construction Week OnLine, 3 May, 2020) Contact: ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, +966 11 2835555, +966 11 2835500 - fax.,,; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,

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    First Solar, Geronimo Seal 415 MW Module Supply Deal (Ind Report)
    First Solar,Geronimo Energy
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting a framework supply agreement with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, for 415 MW of its high-performance, eco-efficient Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules for delivery in 2022. 2022.

    Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.

    First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000,,; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

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    US-MAP Boosts Solar Perovskite Commercialization (Ind Report)
    Date: 2020-05-04
    NREL reports it has joined with the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo to form the US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAPPS).

    While perovskite cells have shown promise in the lab, more work remains to be done to ensure that the technology is ready for commercial success, according to NREL. Manufacturing, durability, and sustainability remain challenges and will be the consortium's research focus. Members of US-MAP will share R&D, validation, and pilot manufacturing, which will reduce development costs and technology risks for potential investors.

    US-MAP has six major US-based industry players as founding members: BlueDot Photonics, Energy Materials Corporation, First Solar, Hunt Perovskites Technologies, Swift Solar, and Tandem PV. (Source: NREL, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Center for Materials Science, Joseph J. Berry, 303-384-7611,, | HERE; US-MAP, HERE

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    Puerto Rican Mega Solar Project Advancing (Ind. Report)
    Greenbriar Capital
    Date: 2020-05-04
    British Columbia-headquartered Greenbriar Capital Corp. reports the inking of an an agreement with Beijing-based China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) to design, build, equip and construct its Montalva solar project -- the largest renewable energy project in the Caribbean -- in Puerto Rico.

    The 80MW AC PV Montalva project will will have the capability to expand up to 165 MW AC. Greenbriar believes the the roughly $191 million project will save the people of Puerto Rico up to $2 billion in fuel and operating costs over the 35 years of the power purchase agreement. (Source: Greenbriar Capital Corp., Investor Ideas, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Greenbriar Capital Corp., 949.903.5906, 604.608.9572 -fax.,,; China Machinery Engineering Corporation,

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    8minute Solar Development Pipeline Grows to 18 GW (Ind. Report)
    8minute Solar Energy
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Los Angeles-based solar and solar energy storage developer 8minute Solar Energy is reporting the addition of 3 gigawatts (GW) of large-scale solar projects to its development pipeline this month, for a total of over 18 GW. Additionally, the company announced it has attracted additional corporate-level funding to develop the rapidly growing pipeline, the majority of which will be converted to the company's new generation solar power plant design with battery energy storage.

    8minute Solar Energy is the largest privately-held developer of solar PV and storage projects in the U.S. 8minute has over 18 GW of solar and storage projects under development, with 2 GW in operation in 2020. (Source: 8Minute Solar Energy, PR, Yahoo, 23 April, 2020) Contact: 8Minute Soplar Energy, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Pres., CEO, Katie Struble Director, Corporate Communications, 608 332 2809,,

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    Hanwha Q Cells Largest PV Cell Manufacturer in U.S. (Ind Report)
    Date: 2020-04-27
    Following up on our 21 August, 2019 coversage, global energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie is reporting Hanwha Solutions' Hanwha Q Cells became the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial solar cells in the U.S. in 2019 claiming 25.2 pct of the residential PV market and 13.3 pct in the commercial market.

    The last time a company held the largest market share in both markets was 2013. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells , Dong-A Ilbo, 27 April, 2020)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd.,,

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    COVID-19 Idles SunPower Solar Cell, Module Plants (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-04-24
    San Jose, California-based high-performance PV manufacturer SunPower Corp. reports it has idled all of its manufacturing plants located in the US, Mexico, France, Malaysia and the Philippines to restrict the financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. No expected restart dates were announced. (Source: SunPower, PR, PV 21 April, 2020) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

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    Indian 1,200 MW Renewable Energy Projects Tender Expected (Int'l)
    Solar Energy Corporation of India
    Date: 2020-04-22
    On the Sub-Continent, the New Delhi-Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a second call for tenders for setting up of 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected renewable projects with guaranteed peak power supply. The detailed tender document is expected to be uploaded on SECI's website shortly.

    In this tender, a project is expected to have two components -- a solar photovoltaic (SPV) system or a wind energy system or a hybrid system of both technologies, Projects selected under this RfS were eligible for two-part tariffs: Peak Tariff and Off-Peak Tariff. (Source: SECI, Energy Infra Post, 19 April, 2020) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India, +91 011 7198 9200,[.in,

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