19 January 2017 01:21 PM GMT

Elecnor is to strengthen its Solar PV position in Chile. It has won the USD 117.2 million (equivalent to approximately EUR 110.8 million) contract to build a solar PV plant in Chile. The facility, with a capacity of 115 MWp, will be in the municipality of Til Til, to the north of Santiago, in the Metropolitan Region. The contract was awarded by Santiago Solar, whose shareholders are Andes Mining & Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, and encompasses the engineering, supply, assembly and start-up of the plant and the high-voltage evacuation infrastructure via a GIS substation connected with a high-voltage line. The project will be financed by a syndicate of banks headed by Crédit Agricole in New York.

January 19th 2017
EDF Expansion In Americas. Clean Energy Projects Totalling 708 MW And 501 MWac

EDF Energies Nouvelles is announcing the commissioning of four wind farms in the United States with an installed capacity totalling over 708 MW. In North America, the Group has also accelerated its solar energy expansion drive in 2016 with notably a new 150 MWac project in the United States. It contributes to the EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy aimed at doubling its renewable energy capacity by 2030. There are 4 new wind energy projects with 3 of these linked to the commitments made by multinationals to reduce their carbon footprint.

January 16th 2017
Enel Signs $115m USD Loan Agreement To Promote Renewable Investments In Brazil

The Enel Group and the Brazilian Development Bank, the main financing agency for development in Brazil, have signed a 20-year term loan agreement worth around $115m USD to promote renewable investments. The funding will also cover part of the investment required to build the recently inaugurated 102 MW Apiacas hydropower cluster, located in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil’s Central-West Region. “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this transaction, which is a testament to the solidity of our Brazilian business,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies.

January 9th 2017
1366 Technologies And Hanwha Q CELLS Achieve Record 19.6% Solar Cells Efficiency

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies has announced that it has jointly achieved with Hanwha Q CELLS a new performance record of 19.6% cell efficiency for 1366’s Direct Wafer® technology. The result was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab and clearly, demonstrates the combined potential of the two inventions – 1366’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM, passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process

December 24th 2016
DOE Announces $19.7m to Accelerate Energy-Efficient Transportation and Systems

The US Energy Department has announced a funding injection of $19.7 million, subject to appropriations, to support research and development of advanced vehicle technologies, including batteries, lightweight materials, and advanced combustion engines, as well as innovative technologies for energy-efficient mobility. It sees these investments in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems to improve national energy security and to support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness.

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December 8th 2016
Progress On Groundbreaking Energy Bill: Creating Jobs And Advancing Clean Energy

United States: Exelon Generation and ComEd have commended the House Energy Committee’s passage of a streamlined version of the Future Energy Jobs Bill that will maintain Illinois’ competitive electric rates, whilst preserving and creating thousands of jobs and expanding clean energy. The 10 to 1 vote from the Committee approves the measure. The legislation jumpstarts clean energy development by expanding aid and job training to low-income residents and supporting high-paying jobs. The bill has broad support from more than 200 business, labour, environmental and other groups.

November 22nd 2016
NextEra Energy And TVA Commission 75MW Solar Energy Project. Largest In Alabama

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and NextEra Energy Resources have joined local leaders to celebrate the commissioning of Alabama’s largest solar energy project. The River Bend Solar Energy Center features more than 300,000 solar panels with trackers that follow the sun from east to west each day to maximise energy production. Together, they generate 75MW, or enough to power more than 15,000 homes. The energy will serve TVA consumers starting this year, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

November 17th 2016
NREL Scientists Discover How Bacterium Uses CO2 And Cellulose To Make Biofuels

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels including hydrogen and hydrocarbons. “Our findings pave the way for future engineering of the bacterium as a way to improve carbon efficiency and to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment,” said Katherine Chou, staff scientist at the NREL.

November 14th 2016
Canadian Solar Supplies 18,500 Panels For Large US Agricultural Installations

Canadian Solar has announced that it has supplied 5.74 MW of its MaxPower CS6X310P modules to two projects located in Fowler, California. The first installation; the 2.49 MW Bee Sweet Citrus Farm, consists of 8,034 panels. The second installation; the 3.25 MW National Raisin Company Farm, consists of approximately 10,509 panels, making this array one of the largest agricultural solar systems in the USA. In total, the cumulative amount of electricity produced from these two installations is equivalent to powering 564 homes for one year.

October 27th 2016
Wind Turbines And Asset Sales Increase, As Clean Energy’s Momentum Accelerates

Wind industry giant Vestas, one of the world’s leading manufacturers, instructed the SIA Group to manage the sales and disposal of excess wind turbine parts and accessories. Large quantities of spare parts and components are available due to the rationalisation of the warehouse inventory. The sale will take place through an online auction, with key locations also in Denmark, Germany, USA and Canada

October 25th 2016
German-Led B20 Clean Energy Taskforce Boosted By Addition Of Chinese Co-Chair

JinkoSolar has announced that it was appointed as one of the six co-chairs for the Business 20 (B20) ECRE Taskforce, under the leadership of the German G20 Presidency. This is the second consecutive year that JinkoSolar, the only Chinese enterprise, and solar PV Company, participated in the B20 process. It is also the first time the Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency (ECRE) Taskforce accepted JinkoSolar’s recommendation to include solar PV renewable energy as a key topic of discussion at B20 in Germany next year.

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