24 March 2017 11:45 AM GMT

A joint venture formed by Kalyon Enerji and Hanwha Q CELLS. has won the tender to build a 1,000 MW solar power plant in the Karapınar region in Turkey with the bid of 6.99 USD-cent per kWh. It is the conclusion to the tender for the biggest renewable energy project in Turkey’s history. According to the tender rules, this price will be valid for 15 years and companies have 30 years of usage rights. Also, all components used in this project will be manufactured locally. The 1 GW solar power plant, which will be operational within 36 months.

March 22nd 2017
SunPower Is Top Panels Provider In First Round Of French Solar Projects Tender

SunPower has announced that, in the first round of France’s tender process for large-scale solar power, the company will supply 31 percent of the solar panels required for the awarded solar projects, more than any other solar panel brand. In total, the company will provide 130MW of its high-efficiency SunPower® E-Series solar panels for installation at 25 ground-mount and carport solar projects. The company states that a majority of the panels will be manufactured at its facilities in Toulouse, France.

March 22nd 2017
ICCI 2017 Positions Itself As The Leading International Energy Event In Eurasia

ICCI 2017 is significant, being the first since it became a JV between Hannover Fairs Turkey, and PennWell International. “ICCI Powered by POWER-GEN” now effectively combines local knowledge, with international expertise.

March 21st 2017
Tata Ramps Up Manufacturing Capabilities To Meet Increased Demand For Modules

Keeping up with Government of India’s progressive ‘Make in India’ plan of domestic production with enhanced efficiency of solar cells and modules, Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar company, announced a significant expansion and modernisation of its world-class, cell and module manufacturing, facility in Bengaluru. The two-stage expansion doubled the company’s module capacity to 400 from 200 MW and increased its cell manufacturing capacity by 65 percent from 180 to 300 MW.

March 18th 2017
Nordex Achieves Leadership And 25% Market Share In Turkey

In 2016 Nordex consolidated its position as market leader in Turkey. With some 350 megawatts, the manufacturer accounted for a good 25% of the capacity installed in 2016. This means that Nordex remains the frontrunner in the market as a whole: with 1.5 GW the company has set up around one-quarter of the total installed capacity in Turkey amounting to 6.1 GW. The Group has now installed more than 21 GW of wind energy capacity in over 25 markets and in 2016 generated revenues of EUR 3.4 billion.

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March 16th 2017
Edify Energy, Wirsol Complete Landmark Solar Farm Project Financing

Australian developer Edify Energy and German investor Wirsol have successfully completed Australia’s largest single solar project financing to build and operate 3 new large-scale solar farms: the Whitsunday and Hamilton Solar Farms in Queensland, and the Gannawarra Solar Farm in Victoria. When complete in Q1 2018, the Queensland and Victorian markets will benefit from an additional 198 MWp of renewable capacity, including the first large-scale farm in Victoria. Both companies are confident that investment in large-scale renewable energy will become more common place.

March 16th 2017
World Bank Approves $480m Guarantee As Argentina Drives Towards Clean Energy

The World Bank has approved a $480 million guarantee to stimulate investment in clean energy in Argentina. The Bank guarantee will support the Fund for the Development of Renewable Energy (FODER), which facilitates financing of projects under the RenovAr program of the country’s Ministry of Energy and Mining. This initiative seeks to stimulate power generation from wind, solar, biomass, biogas and small-scale hydro sources to achieve the country’s 20 percent renewable energy target by 2025.

March 15th 2017
Engie Consolidates Solar Energy Leadership In France; Wins 78 MW Of PV Projects

ENGIE, through its subsidiaries ENGIE Green, La Compagnie du Vent, CNR and Solairedirect, has won bidding organised by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for 10 photovoltaic projects representing 78 MW of installed capacity. With these additional projects, ENGIE is consolidating its leading position in photovoltaics in France with, at the end of 2016, an installed or construction capacity of 522 MW. According to the company, the selected projects have all been developed in consultation with local stakeholders and will make a priority use of local providers. As France prepares to triple its solar capacity by 2023, Engie wants to improve its market share with a target of reaching 2.2 GW by 2021. At the end of 2016, Engie had 522 MW solar power installed or under construction in the country.

March 14th 2017
Canadian Solar Secures PPAs With SECI For 80 MWac Solar Power Projects In India

The company has finalised power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for 80 MW of solar PV capacity awarded to the company under the recent 450 MW Maharashtra tender. Maharashtra is India’s second-most-populous state and a growing solar power. This underscores the trend of significant organisations in the solar sector securing their positioning in India. The country is set to surpass Japan as the world’s third-highest growth solar market in 2017, with most analysts expecting the country to add at least 8 GW of new solar capacity this year.

March 10th 2017
JinkoSolar, Marubeni Enter Into PPA for Abu Dhabi 1,177MW Solar PV Mega Project

JinkoSolar and Marubeni Corporation have entered into a PPA with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company ADWEC for the huge solar PV project located at Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, UAE. A special purpose company jointly owned will construct, operate and maintain the PV plant for the duration of the 25-year PPA. The project will be located in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, in Sweihan and will have the capacity of 1,177 MW (DC). The Project’s financial agreements are expected to close in April 2017 with commercial operation expected to begin in 2019.

March 10th 2017
Vestas Wins 50 MW Project in Norway; Strengthening Its Position In Nordic Region

Fortum has placed an order for 14 V126-3.45 MW turbines with Power Optimised Modes to 3.6 MW, demonstrating the competitiveness of Vestas V126-3.45 MW in the Nordic region. With combined orders of close to 1,500 MW in Norway, Sweden and Finland, the V126-3.45 MW and the previous 3.0 MW and 3.3 MW rating variants are proving how the right technology can provide a strong business case in the Nordic region.

March 7th 2017
SolarAfrica Delivers East Africa’s Largest Industrial Solar System

SolarAfrica has announced the official handover of the 991 kWp PV hybrid system developed for Kenya’s largest, most progressive salt producer, Krystalline Salt Limited. The bespoke solar solution will generate approximately 1.6 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, saving Krystalline around 22% of their electricity costs. The system will operate in Malindi, Kenya. The company partnered with SMA Sunbelt and Kenyan based installation partners, Harmonic Systems to construct and execute the project efficiently and to the highest industry standard, resulting in the project being completed two months ahead of schedule.

March 7th 2017
Intersolar Summit USA East To Feature Solar and Energy Storage Leaders

Intersolar North America, the most-attended solar industry event in North America, has announced its one-day conference, Intersolar Summit USA East, in New York, will feature key solar and energy storage pioneers. New York itself, is a solar leader and has experienced a remarkable 795% growth in solar over the last 5 years. It’s now focused on an aggressive goal of generating 50% of all energy from renewables by 2030. Many executives will reflect on its progress and identify how similar tactics could be used to grow additional solar markets.

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