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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)

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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 ,,

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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,

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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,,

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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,

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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,,

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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,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables Grid.Rooftop Solar,  

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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Orix Acquires IL&FS' Wind Energy Business (M&A, Int'l. Report)
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services
Date: 2020-04-20
Following up on our 20th May, 2019 coverage, Mumbai-based Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) is reporting the sale of its IL&FS Wind Power Services Ltd (IWPSL) wind energy business to its Japanese partner Orix Corporation for roughly $790,000.

IWPSL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IL&FS Energy Development Company Ltd, provides supervisory and management support services to seven firms -- Lalpur Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd, Etesian Urja Ltd, Khandke Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd, Retadi Wind Power Ltd, Wind Urja India Pvt. Ltd, Tadas Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd and Kaze Energy Ltd. -- that own and operate wind power generating assets. Orix holds a 49 pct stake in each of seven operating wind energy units of IL&FS. (Source: IL&SF, April, 2020) Contact: IL&SF, +9122 2653 3333 / 3232, +9122 2653 3038 - fax,,; Orix Corp.,

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Bioenergy 10 pct of World Total Primary Energy Supply (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-04-20
Modern bioenergy is an important source of renewable energy, its contribution to final energy demand across all sectors is five times higher than wind and solar PV combined, even when the traditional use of biomass is excluded . In recent years, bioenergy for electricity and transport biofuels has been growing quickly, mainly due to higher levels of policy support. However, the heating sector remains the largest source of bioenergy.

Modern bioenergy does not include the traditional use of biomass in developing countries and emerging economies for cooking and heating, using inefficient open fires or simple cook stoves, which has impacts on human health and the environment. (Source: IEA, Website, April, 2020)Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

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OSU Releases Path to Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
Ohio State University
Date: 2020-04-17
In Columbus, The Ohio State University (OSU) has released a plan to slash its carbon emissions in half within this decade, accelerating the university's ability to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050.

In 2008, Ohio State established the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitment. The university released its first Climate Action Plan in 2011 outlining actions the university could take to advance the carbon neutrality goal. As a result of those and other actions, through the 2019 fiscal year, the university decreased its carbon emissions by over 15 pct while still increasing the amount of built space by nearly 11 pct. The new Action Plan calls for:

  • Improving building energy efficiency;

  • Revising the university's Green Build and Energy Policy to more effectively control energy use as the university continues to grow and update its building spaces;

  • Extend on-campus solar PV and any future feasible technology for increased renewable power generation capacity;

  • Completing the existing university Green Fleet Action Plan and consider a future fuel switch from compressed natural gas to green hydrogen or renewable natural gas.

  • Create new incentives to reduce the impact of driving to and from campus, including expanding campus user access to electric vehicle fueling stations.

    This pace of activity is more aggressive than the International Panel on Climate Change's recommended carbon emission reductions necessary to avoid the most acute human impacts of climate change.

    Download the Path to Carbon Neutrality: Ohio State Climate Action Plan HERE (Source: Ohio State Univ., PR, 15 April, 2020)

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  • Indian Floating Solar Project Bid Dates Extended (Int'l Report)
    Solar Energy Corporation of India
    Date: 2020-04-15
    The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the last date submit bids for 4 MW of grid-connected floating solar power projects with 2 MW of battery energy storage systems (BESS). The projects will be developed at Kalpong Dam, Diglipur, North Andaman. The new deadline is May 4, 2020.

    The scope of work includes the design, engineering, manufacture, dispatch, transportation, and storage of all equipment and materials such as the adequate capacity of solar PV modules with suitable ratings -- International Electrotechnical Commission or Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) standards.

    The projects will be developed on a build-operate-own (BOO) basis and should achieve financial closure within a year from the effective date of the power purchase agreement (PPA) and commissioned within 18 months. (Source: Solar Energy Corp of India, PR, Marcom India, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Solar Energy Corp of India, 011-71989200,,

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    San Ramon, Calfif. Retail Center Scores LEED Platinum Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-04-13
    In the Golden State, the City Center Bishop Ranch retail center in San Ramon reports receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency. LEED qualifying features, programs and improvements include:
  • Promoting water efficiency and biodiversity by planting drought-tolerant and native plants throughout the center's landscaping and using reclaimed water for all landscaping.

  • Installing water-efficient fixtures that allow the center to use 36 pct less water indoors than typical buildings of the same size.

  • Reducing energy use by 48 pct compared to typical outdoor lifestyle/retail buildings of the same size -- equal to 1,112 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Acquiring 25 pct of the building's energy from a solar PV array.

  • Diverting 98 pct of the center's construction and demolition waste from landfills through recycling or salvaging and using regionally sourced and recycled materials used in construction.

  • Incorporating zero or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) finish materials (Source: City Center Bishop Ranch, USGBC, Danville San Ramon News, 12 April, 2020) Contact: City Center Bishop Ranch, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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  • "Europe's Largest" Solar Project Now Online in Spain (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Further to our 8th Jan. report, Madrid-headquartered renewable energy giant Iberdrola is reporting its 500MW, Nunez de Balboa PV project in Badajoz, Spain is now online.

    The &euro]300 million facility incorporates more than 1.4 million solar panels to generate sufficient energy to supply 250,000 people a year while preventing roughly 215,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Iberdrola, Various Trade Media, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business,

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    Trina Solar Touting Vertex Modules (Int'l. Report)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar Co., Ltd is reporting it will supply 6MW of Vertex series modules to Yemeni PV firm Ai Raebi for high-efficiency distributed PV projects in the Middle East.

    The Vertex series modules, with a conversion efficiency reaching 21 pct , boast power output exceeding 500W. The modules come in bifacial double-glass and back sheet versions, incorporating 210mm cells and integrating advanced three-piece, non-destructive cutting and high-density packaging technologies that feature high power output, high reliability, high efficiency and high power generation. (Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd, PR Newswire, 7 April 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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    Neoen's 140-MW El Salvador Solar Park Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-04-06
    French independent power producer Neoen SA reports its 140-MW Capella Solar photovoltaic (PV) park comprised of two solar plants -- Albireo I and II with battery energy storage capacity -- in Usulutan, El Salvador is now operating at commercial capacity.

    The Albireo solar parks have 20-year PPAs with local power distribution firms Delsur, AES, EDESAL and B&D. (Source: Neoen El Salvador, 3 April, 2020) Contact: Neoen El Salvador,

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    Seychelles Floating Solar Project Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    Quadran International
    Date: 2020-04-06
    French Independent Power Producer QAIR (fka Quadran International) is reporting construction is underway on its Providence floating solar power plant project in Seychelles -- an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean .

    The floating photovoltaic (PV) plant will incorporate 13,500 PV modules and generate 5.8-MW of power -- roughly 2 pct of Seychelles' national power production. It will also be the world's largest salt water floating solar farm. The project's power output is expected to be purchased by the Public Utilities Corporation under a 25-year PPA.

    As previously reported, Quadran and Seychelles solar company VetiverTech won the project in a 2018 tender. (Source: QAIR, Construction Review, April, 2020) Contact: QAIR,; Vetiver Tech, +248 252 6655,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Floating Solar,  Quadran International,  

    Trina Solar Touting VertexPV Modules (New Prod & Tech.)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is touting its Vertex PV modules with an energy conversion efficiencies up to 21 pct better than the market standard.

    The Vertex PV bifacial double-glass and back sheet module can achieve a power output in excess of 500W and reduce system costs by almost 8 pct and energy costs by roughly 4 pct, the company claims.(Source: Trina Solar, Mar., 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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    NSW Announces 17.7GW Green Energy Drive (Int'l. Report)
    NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the Land Down Under, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) reports it will deploy 17.7GW of solar, wind and storage over the next decade, to replace fossil fuel fired power generators and hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

    According to the NSW's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 comprehensive roadmap, three previously identified rural renewables zones could spur AU$23 billion ($14.1 billion) of private sector investment.

    The NSW state government and Australian federal governments have committed to invest almost AU$2 billion ($1.21 billion) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next ten years, according to the Ministry release. (Source: NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment, PV Tech, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Keen, Minister,

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    Foresight, Belltown Power Partnering on UK Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
    Foresight Group,Belltown Power
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the UK, London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP and Bristol-based Belltown Power are reporting a joint venture aimed at developing over 300MW of wind energy projects mainly in Scotland and Wales.

    Infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight has £4 billion of energy infrastructure assets under management and renewables assets totaling 2.2GW. Belltown, which has a total pipeline of 2-3GW in various stages of development, including 335MW under construction currently entering construction, has delivered over 200MW of wind, solar PV and hydro projects to date, according to the company. (Source: Foresight Group, renews, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Belltown Power UK, Paul Hewitt, CEO, +44 117 303 5217,; Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100,

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    Oman PV Power Plant Announces Financial Closure (Int'l. Report)
    ACWA Power
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power reports its partners GIC and AEPC have achieved financial closure for the 500 MW solar PV Independent Power Project (IPP) at Ibri in the Sultanate of Oman.

    The $400 million, 500 MWac Ibri II solar project is an Independent Power Project (IPP) and Oman's largest utility-scale solar PV Independent Power Project to date. The project, to be developed on a 15-year BOO (build, own, operate) contract basis, and will generate sufficient power for 33,000 homes. (Source: ACWA Power, Const. Bus. News, 24 Mar.,2020) Contact: ACWA Power, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, +966 11 2835555, +966 11 2835500 - fax.,,

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    Grasshopper Acquiring 6.8MW ReneSola Cdn PV Portfolio (M&A)
    Date: 2020-03-27
    Solar project developer ReneSola reports it is selling a Canadian 6.8 MW portfolio of 15 solar projects totaling 6.8-MW to Grasshopper Energy. Financial and other transaction details have not been released.

    The portfolio of 15 solar projects is currently under development and accredited under Canada's now discontinued feed-in tariff (FiT) programme. (Source: ReneSola, PR, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Grasshopper Energy, 866-310-1575,,; ReneSola Ltd, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155,,

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    BayWa Creates Solar Training Scholarship Fund (Int'l Report)
    BayWa r.e. Solar Systems ,Solar Energy International
    Date: 2020-03-18
    German renewable energy specialist BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC reports it is partnering with Solar Energy International (SEI) to create a $10,000 scholarship fund for solar training tuition fees for SEI students.

    The BayWa r.e. Scholarship Fund will contribute 100 pct of tuition fees to nine future solar professionals who will receive training via SEI's PV101, PV203 and/or PV201L/PV301L classes and lab(s). (Source: BayWa r.e., Solar Systems, Mar., 2020) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, Christine Owens, VP Marketing ,; Solar Energy International, 970-527-7657,

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    Chinese 2019 Wind, Solar Generation Tops 400 billion kwh (Int'l.)
    China National Energy Administration Solar
    Date: 2020-03-11
    According to the China National Energy Administration, in 2019 China's wind power generation capacity exceeded 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) for the first time, reaching 405.7 billion kwh, almost quadruple the amount produced by the Three Gorges Hydropower Station in the same year.

    Meanwhile, China's photovoltaic power generation capacity reached 224.3 billion kwh, a year-on-year growth of 26.3 pct while China's PV products exports grew 29 pct to $20.78 billion for a year-on-year growth of 29 percent and the second highest in history. (Source: China National Energy Administration, News Ghana, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: China Photovoltaic Industry Association, +86 10 6820 0513,,; China National Energy Administration,

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    John Laing Ditching Standalone Wind, Solar Business (Int'l. Report)
    John Laing
    Date: 2020-03-06
    UK infrastructure giant John Laing is quitting the standalone solar and wind markets, citing "industry-wide issues" and renewable energy write-downs and falling power prices.

    The company, which claims to have invested approximately £850 million ($1.088 billion) in clean energy projects throughout the 2010s, intends to divest its solar and wind portfolio over the next two years. The company will, however, consider global opportunities that include "technologies that enable high penetration of renewables", transportation electrification and other decarbonisation and energy efficiency ventures. (Source: John Laing, PR, PV Tech 4 Mar., 2020) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200,,

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    Tropical Forests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon (Study Attached)
    Carbon Sink
    Date: 2020-03-06
    The recently released attached study notes the Amazon and other tropical forests losing their "carbon sink" capabilities and could turn into a source of CO2 in atmosphere by next decade. owing to the damage caused by loggers and farming interests and the impacts of the climate crisis. In that event, the impact of climate change is likely to become much more severe and the world will have to cut its carbon emissions even faster than presently outlined under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, tracked 300,000 trees over 30 years, providing the first large-scale evidence of the decline in carbon uptake by the world's tropical forests. The researchers combined data from two large research networks of forest observations in Africa and the Amazon, as well as years spent traveling to remote field sites

    Access the Asynchronous Carbon Sink Saturation in African and Amazonian Tropical Forests study HERE. (Source: Nature, Mar. 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Solar Workgroup of SW Virginia Seeks Solar RFPs (Ind. Report)
    Solar Workgroup
    Date: 2020-03-06
    The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia reports it is seeking RfPs for partnership in the Southwest Virginia 2020 Residential Solarize Program. The program will provide solar installation services for homeowners, small businesses and farms in the seven-county coalfield region of Southwest Virginia.

    The Rfp is seeking proposals for a solar developer to conduct assessments for at least 100 homeowners who have already signed up for the program, as well as homeowners who continue to sign up through the program period.

    The program is being launched after eight Southwest Virginia -- Central Appalachia -- communities were designated under the national SolSmart program for encouraging the growth of local solar energy markets. (Source: Solar Workshop, Mar.,2020) Contact; Solar Workshop, Chelsea Barnes, (276) 207-9636,

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    Naturgy Commissions 24-MW Spanish Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Naturgy Energy
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Madrid-based Naturgy Energy Group SA reports its 24-MW Parque Eolico Frescano wind farm in the aautonomous community of Aragon, Spain is now fully operational.

    The € 25 million ($27.1 million), 7-turbine installation is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 30,000 homes and avoid around 63,157 tpy of pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Overall, the autonomous community has 3,033 MW of wind and 980 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in operation, and a project pipeline of 5,400 MW. (Source: Naturgy, Renewables, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: Naturgy Energy Group,

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