16 March 2017 08:15 AM GMT

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 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 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 5th 2017
DEWA To Build 97 New Substations To Meet Future Energy Demand

DEWA plans to build 97 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, at a projected cost of AED 10 billion, supporting the directives of its leadership and showing DEWA’s commitment to meeting growing demand for energy in Dubai. The new substations will be located at Hassyan, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and other locations to support the expansion of other power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.

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February 6th 2017
Nordex Acquires SSP To Develop Larger, More Efficient Turbines

Nordex seeks to expand engineering skills to develop even more efficient rotors. “Rotor blades are key to lowering the cost of energy,” stated Jose Luis Blanco, COO of Nordex SE. “Our partnership with SSP Technology extends as far back as 2003 and has always been very successful and constructive. I am convinced that we will be able to significantly strengthen our innovation ability by integrating the blade experts at SSP.

February 3rd 2017
Energy From Waste 2017 – Where The Waste To Energy Industry Does Business

Taking place Taking place on 21-22 February 2017 in London, the Energy From Waste 2017 conference agenda addresses the future of energy from waste, with insight provided on local authorities’ future role in operational waste contracts, and expert coverage on new secondary and tertiary technologies making energy from waste economically viable. In addition to the valuable content, the conference is the ideal environment to meet new suppliers and explore new opportunities, and delegates can also see for themselves how EfW technologies are being successfully utilised with an exclusive visit to an energy from waste facility thermally treating household and commercial waste.

February 3rd 2017
Midsummer Achieves Efficiency Record For Its Lightweight, Flexible Solar Modules

A lightweight and flexible solar module production system from Midsummer AB has now increased the conversion efficiency of its modules to 14 percent as verified by an independent testing laboratory. The DUO system is now the most widely spread manufacturing tool for flexible CIGS solar cells, said Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer AB Applications are e.g. floating modules, vehicles, landfills, portable power generation and membrane roofs on factories, offices and other structures that are not strong enough for traditional glass modules.

February 3rd 2017
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Wins Record Order for 450 MW Project In Germany

DONG Energy has placed a milestone order with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the 450 MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 project in Germany. The record-breaking order is the largest ever for MHI Vestas, demonstrating the strong relationship with DONG Energy. It includes a five-year full-scope service contract with an availability guarantee, ensuring optimised performance of the wind power plant with maximum power output. When completed in early 2019, it will be one of the largest offshore wind power plants in Germany generating enough energy to cover the consumption of 460,000 households.

January 26th 2017
Europe Adds 1.5GW Of Offshore Wind, Up 40%, And Invests Record €18Bn In 2016

The industry announced a record €18.2 billion of investments in new wind farms to be built in the coming years. This represents a further 4.9 GW of new capacity across five countries, half of it in the UK.

January 16th 2017
Emerging Uganda: Building Energy Achieves Financial Close For First Solar Plant

Uganda has one of the lowest electricity consumption per capita in the world, with an average electrification rate of 18.2%. The country’s power sector suffered from a shortage of generating capacity and a lack of reliable and affordable electricity is hindering more sustainable economic growth. In this scenario, the project will also contribute to the socio-economic development of the Tororo area in Eastern Uganda, where it is located. Additionally, it will play a role in terms of employment, thanks to the creation of 250 jobs during the construction phase, and 8 local jobs during the operational one. The solar plant will serve the equivalent of 36,200 people via generation and has an annual avoided GHG rate of 7,400 tCO2eq.USD 19.6 million for the construction of the 10 MW (14GWh/y) Tororo Solar North PV power project which will be ready in about 7 months.

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