4 April 2017 09:15 AM GMT

Six years after the natural disaster and the reactor catastrophe in the Fukushima prefecture, governor Masao Uchibori has inaugurated the first E3 power plant by pressing the button that starts the operations. The clean energy power plant by ENTRADE, located at the small health resort Nishigo, uses biomass which is available in the region – for instance pellets derived from waste wood and sawdust – to provide a hotel and a spa resort with electricity, heat and cooling. After the successful start-up of the pilot plant further E3 power plants shall be set up during the following weeks.

March 28th 2017
Can Women Solve The Skills Gap Problem In A Rapidly Growing Clean Energy Sector?

Women can and should address the skills gap problem in the rapidly growing clean energy sector – globally. That is the bold declaration from Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA); who addressed a significant consequence of the pace of the global energy transition upon the release of Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest global energy sector skills, recruitment, and employment trends report, released by Energyjobline and Airswift.

March 28th 2017
Grid Feeding Solar: KACO Agrees To Supply 300MW Of Inverters To South Korean DNE

KACO new energy GmbH, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of inverters for grid feeding of solar power has concluded an agreement to supply 300 MW of inverters to South Korean system provider and EPC company DNE Solar Ltd. The German company will deliver string inverters, devices that are primarily used with commercial rooftop and utility-scale solar systems. The new contract will means a doubling of the past five year’s overall volume of trade between the two companies and DNE will only purchase string inverters from KACO.

March 28th 2017
Xcel Files 1,230 MW Wind Proposal Claiming $2.8Bn Customer Savings Over 30 Years

Xcel Energy has filed a proposal, seeking approval to construct the 522MW Sagamore wind facility in New Mexico and the 478MW Hale wind facility in Texas, as well as a long-term PPA in Texas for 230MW supplied by the Bonita wind facility. The utility company forecasts that this will save customers located in both states approximately $2.8 billion over a 30-year period, borne from integrating the lower-cost wind energy resources into the company’s energy portfolio. The additional 1,230 MW of wind energy is enough electricity to power more than 440,000 typical homes, according to Xcel.

March 24th 2017
Kalyon Enerji, Hanwha Q CELLS JV – Winners Of Turkey’s Largest Ever Tender

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.

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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.

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.

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