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PV Talk: Price sensitivity and the solar park model in India
27 Feb 2017 at 10:48am
All eyes are on India after the historic solar bids seen in Madhya Pradesh earlier this month, but headline prices won’t solve the more entrenched problems of the sector. PV Tech caught up with Ashish Khanna, executive director and CEO, Tata Power Solar, at the firm’s Noida offices near New Delhi to garner a rational viewpoint from one of the world's pioneering solar manufacturers and India's top solar rooftop EPC player.



SunPower enters major China manufacturing JV for P-Series solar modules
24 Feb 2017 at 7:53pm
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower has officially signed a new joint venture partnership in China to produce both solar cells and modules for its P-Series technology.



AES and AIMco to acquire sPower for US$1.58 billion
24 Feb 2017 at 4:56pm
Major global power firm AES Corporation and Canada-based investment manager Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) have agreed to acquire utility-scale solar developer sPower from Fir Tree Partners and its minority owners.



Wattkraft signs new 500MW PV inverter distribution agreement with Huawei
24 Feb 2017 at 1:51pm
Huawei Technologies has renewed its PV inverter distributor deal within European markets with Wattkraft, which is expected to lead to the supply of around 500MW through 2017.



ROUND UP: New Soltage Massachusetts project, GE solar-wind hybrid project, 500MW Zambia auctions
24 Feb 2017 at 1:36pm
Zambia plans another 500MW of renewables auctions, NTPC installs robot cleaners, aleo and DC Solar install commercial system in US, GE Renewable Energy equips first US commercial solar-wind hybrid project and Soltage brings a 3.7MW solar project online in Massachusetts.



Xcel Energy switches on 32MW of community solar in Minnesota
24 Feb 2017 at 1:30pm
Xcel Energy has commissioned seven new community solar gardens, totalling 32MW in Minnesota.



Vasari Energy targets 500MW of solar in Texas as large-scale solar expected to double
24 Feb 2017 at 1:06pm
California-based PV energy provider Vasari Energy is jumping on the new US solar hotspot Texas with plans to develop 500MW of solar by the end of the year.



Fujitsu to take distributed solar from ACC in China
24 Feb 2017 at 12:43pm
Major IT services provider Nanjing Fujitsu Computer Electronic Information has joined a growing list of major retail companies partnering rooftop solar specialist Asia Clean Capital (ACC) to receive clean energy from solar systems.



Athos Solar installs two utility-scale PV plants in Iran
24 Feb 2017 at 12:23pm
Germany-based firm Athos Solar has installed two utility-scale solar PV plants near Iran’s capital Tehran.



Movers & Shakers: #CleanEnergyJobs, SEIA, NRG, KACO and ABB
24 Feb 2017 at 11:36am
This week's Movers & Shakers includes a celebration of clean energy with the #CleanEnergyJobs campaign revealing that the industry employs over 3 million Americans to date. The segment also includes NRG and ABB appointing new board members, Germany's KACO expanding into Asian markets and the SEIA hiring Dana Sleeper as its new head of external affairs.



Tata Power Renewable Energy completes 15MW solar installation
24 Feb 2017 at 11:34am
India’s largest renewables company Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) has installed a 15MW solar plant in the state of Telangana, while its parent company Tata Power has crossed 10.5GW of installed power capacity.



JA Solar increases shipments guidance for 2016 on rebound in Q4 demand
23 Feb 2017 at 5:58pm
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar has revised upwards key shipment figures for the full-year 2016 but revenue is expected to be hit by a significant decline in module ASP’s.




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AES and AIMCo to acquire solar project developer sPower from Fir Tree Partners
27 Feb 2017 at 8:51am
AES Corporation (AES; Arlington, Virginia) and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), on behalf of certain of its clients, have agreed to acquire renewable energy provider FTP Power LLC (sPower, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.), from New York based private investment firm Fir Tree Partners and its minority owners, for USD 853 million in cash, plus the assumption of USD 724 million in non-recourse debt. In connection with the transaction, AES and AIMCo will each directly and independently purchase and own slightly below 50% equity interests in sPower.

SDG&E unveils 30MW/120 MWh lithium ion battery energy storage facility in California
27 Feb 2017 at 8:48am
On February 24th, 2017, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E, San Diego, California) showcased a 30 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage, which will enhance regional energy reliability while maximizing renewable energy use. The energy storage facility is capable of storing up to 120 megawatt hours of energy, the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours.

Phanes Group to bring 100 MW of solar PV capacity online in Nigeria in 2018
27 Feb 2017 at 8:44am
International solar energy developer Phanes Group (Dubai, UAE) has acquired and will co-develop three 100 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Nigeria. The ground-mounted PV projects will significantly raise Nigeria's current solar capacity and contribute to the Nigerian government's ambitions to generate 2,000 MW of power from renewable sources by 2020.

Zambia signs second Scaling Solar mandate to develop another 500 MW of renewable energy
24 Feb 2017 at 10:11am
The Government of Zambia signed agreements on February 21st, 2017 for a second mandate with Scaling Solar, the World Bank Group program that is helping developing countries procure low cost, privately financed, solar power. This is Zambia’s second engagement with Scaling Solar and it follows successful auctions held in May 2016 for two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants of up to 50 MW each that attracted some of the world’s top renewable energy developers.

Lightsource Renewable Energy acquires residential solar PV installations in the UK totaling a 1.32 MW for GBP 2.3 million
24 Feb 2017 at 10:07am
Lightsource Renewable Energy (London, UK) has completed the purchase of a 1.32 MWp portfolio of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations through its acquisition team, the solar energy company announced on February 23rd, 2017. The portfolio is comprised of 469 PV installations across the UK from Ecos Solar Nine in a deal valued at GBP 2.3 million (approx. USD 2.7 million)

JA Solar preliminary 2016 results: 5.1 to 5.2 GW shipped; revenue is estimated the range of USD 2.18 to 2.33 billion
23 Feb 2017 at 3:58pm
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Beijing, China), a manufacturer of solar power products, on February 23rd, 2017 announced preliminary estimates of 2016 financial results. According to the company, revenue for the year is estimated to be within the range of RMB 15 to 16 billion (USD 2.18 to 2.33 billion).

Affordable Solar announces 30 MW solar power generation contract for Facebook data center
23 Feb 2017 at 3:28pm
Solar power solution provider Affordable Solar (Albuquerque, NM, U.S.) on February 22nd, 2017 announced the company has been selected to build a 30 MW photovoltaic (PV) project for the Facebook Data Center in Los Lunas, NM.

JinkoSolar provides 29.64 MW of PV panels for one of the world’s largest solar canopies in Dongfeng Nissan factory in China
23 Feb 2017 at 10:47am
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on February 22nd, 2017 announced that it has provided solar photovoltaic (PV) panels totaling 29.64 MW to power the world’s largest solar canopy in Donfeng Nissan facility in Guangzhou, China.

PV in Australia: Genex Power breaks ground for the 50 MW Kidston Solar Project
23 Feb 2017 at 10:38am
Genex Power (Sydney, Australia) and project financiers (the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Société Générale) on February 22nd, 2017 broke ground for the 50 MW Kidston Solar Project (Phase One), located in north Queensland. In addition to this 50 MW PV project, Genex will construct a 250 MW pumped storage hydro project and an additional solar PV project with a generation capacity of 270 MW, making it the largest solar farm in Australia.

Conergy connects 1 MW PV plant in Sumba Island, Indonesia, to the grid
23 Feb 2017 at 10:29am
Conergy on February 22nd, 2017 announced that it has completed and connected to the grid the first utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara province. The 1 MW PV facility was built in cooperation with PT. Buana Energi Surya Persada. The Sumba plant is Conergy’s first utility-scale PV project in Indonesia.


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