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Soltec, leading manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers, is supplying and installing its Soltec SF7 Bifacial trackers at a 220 MW project that the Enel Group’s renewable company Enel Green Power is building in Tlaxcala, Mexico. The PV plant occupies 439 hectares. The installation includes 6,533 Soltec SF7 Bifacial solar trackers and 548,772 bifacial modules and will be able to generate around 600 GWh when at full capacity.

With this project we continue to strengthen our position in the Mexican photovoltaic market, where we have more than 1.3 GW installed. In addition, being a plant with bifacial modules, we will produce more energy optimizing the space and decreasing the installation time”, explains Sergio Prado, Head of Sales in Mexico.

Soltec will be responsible for creating 200 of jobs during the installation and supply stage. Soltec and Enel Green Power are cooperating with trade unions and the local government to promote local employment.

The company has also participated in an initiative to donate wood to local communities near the project. During the installation, an average of three tons of wood are generated per day, which will be delivered according to the needs of each town.

SF7 Bifacial

The SF7 Bifacial solar tracker produces energy both on its front and rear side, as it captures sunlight reflected on the ground. According to BiTEC, bifacial modules mounted in SF7 Bifacial solar trackers provide 17% more Bifacial Gain under high albedo conditions (60%), and 11% under medium albedo conditions (30%).The use of this tracker in this solar plant will help to significantly increase production and reduce, in this way, the space occupied and the investment of the project.

The standard features of SF7 provide bifacial compatibility thanks to the higher mounting height, the shadow-free rear and wider aisles between the rows of trackers.

Source: Soltec

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Iberdrola is moving forward with its renewables strategy with the Francisco Pizarro project which, with 590 MW and an investment totalling more than €300 million, will become Europe’s largest photovoltaic solar plant.

Francisco Pizarro, which is now being processed by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, will occupy a 1,300-hectare site falling within Caceres’ municipal areas of Torrecillas de la Tiesa and Aldeacentenera. During the construction phase and until the plant is commissioned in 2022, up to 1,000 people will be employed on the site. It will be larger than the Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic plant that Iberdrola is building in Usagre (Badajoz) which, with 500 MW, is so far the biggest in Europe.

The project will generate enough clean energy to supply 375,000 people every year, more than the total population of the cities of Cáceres and Badajoz; and will prevent the emission of 245,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year, evidence of the value of this technology to protect the environment and mitigate climate change.

More than 2,000 MW under construction and processing

With the addition of Francisco Pizarro, Iberdrola is now building or processing more than 2,000 MW in Spain, accounting for 70% of investments in the company’s plan for 2022, with a target of 3,000 MW in the country.

The remaining renewable projects under development in Spain are, so far, the following:

• In Cáceres, Extremadura, the Ceclavín (328 MW), Arenales (150 MW) and Campo Arañuelo I and II photovoltaic plants (50 MW each) are undergoing administrative processing.
• In Andalusia, Iberdrola is developing the 50 MW Andévalo photovoltaic project, located within the largest wind farm in Continental Europe, promoted and managed by Iberdrola.
• The Romeral 50 MW photovoltaic project will be built in Cuenca;
• In Burgos, Iberdrola has wind farms with installed capacity of 73 MW under administrative processing (Herrera’s wind farm complex and La Lora’s one).

In Spain, Iberdrola has more than 700 MW renewables under construction (the Núnez de Balboa photovoltaic plant and wind projects in three regions), expected to go into service between 2019 and 2020.

All these renewable plants will become the flagship for Spain’s leadership in Extremadura, Spain and the European Union in the transition to a more sustainable energy system.

Plan to relaunch clean energy in Spain

Iberdrola is the biggest producer of wind energy in Spain, with installed power of 5,770 MW, while its total installed renewable capacity, including both wind and hydroelectric, is 15,790 MW. The company has a total of almost 30,000 MW installed capacity around the world.

The activities underway are part of the clean energies relaunch plan designed by Iberdrola in Spain, entailing an investment of 8 billion euros between 2018 and 2022 and commissioning 10,000 new MW until 2030.

The plan will create jobs for 20,000 people, almost ten times the number working in traditional generation in the company.

These projects form part of the global investments that Iberdrola will make between 2018 and 2022, totalling 34 billion euros.

Source: Iberdrola

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JinkoSolar has supplied 250,000 pieces of 345 Watt – 1500V monocrystalline standard PV modules for one of the largest solar power plant in Colombia to date which was recently inaugurated and is located in Cesar Department.

We are proud to have been chosen for this iconic project in Colombia which demonstrates the recognition, value, and quality our products have in the market,” commented Mr. Alberto Cuter, General Manager LATAM of JinkoSolar.

This project strengthens our presence in Colombia and across Latin America. Colombia mainly depends on hydro power which can be an issue during the dry season. Solar power is the ideal solution to diversifying the country’s energy mix. We expect the Colombian PV market to continue growing rapidly and will working closely with our local and international partners there to maximize their returns on investment leveraging the superior performance of JinkoSolar’s products.

The company has already secured over 10.7 GW in orders for 2019. The signing of several large supply agreements in Vietnam, Mexico, Spain and a number of other markets has allowed JinkoSolar to secure in record time over 10.7 GW in orders for 2019. Overseas orders with fixed terms and conditions account for the vast majority of the secured orders. Installations in China are expected to pick up during the second half of 2019. This record-high 10.7GW order book consists primarily of high efficiency products like Cheetah, which highlights a clear trend taking place in global markets with demand shifting towards high-efficiency products.

Mr. Gener Miao, Chief Marketing Officer of JinkoSolar, commented “Leveraging our large geographic footprint, we were able to rapidly benefit from the accelerating shift towards high-efficiency mono panels and secure over 10.7GW orders for 2019 in record time. With grid parity approaching, we find ourselves in a very strong position in an otherwise highly competitive industry. Our strategic foresight to expand into high efficient product markets at an early stage is paying off. Jinko will continue to support our customers and partners with over 15 GW capacity of industry leading facility.

The significant increase in the Company’s orders is a direct result of JinkoSolar’s long-term commitment towards developing partnerships with customers across the globe and growing demand for highly-efficient modules, including its flagship Cheetah which was launched last year and the latest Swan bifacial PV modules.

Source: JinkoSolar

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GoodWe has signed a cooperation agreement with Adler Solar Services GmbH in providing comprehensive after-sales services to GoodWe´s customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland covering 1st level support, 2nd level support and technical field services. Adler Solar is a full-service provider for the solar industry who delivers a broad spectrum of technical solutions and services that guarantee a high-performance level and smooth running of a PV plant throughout its entire life-cycle. Adler Solar serves the complete range of after-sales solutions and defines all interfaces of the process chain according to individual customer requirements. Adler Solar´s existing panel service customers include renowned brands such as REC and Solarwatt.

With over 60 employees across the abovementioned German speaking markets, Adler Solar will conduct on-site repairs and take care of the storage of spare/replacement devices as well as individual inverter components and all the logistics involved.

In addition, Adler Solar experts will also handle the warranty process for GoodWe, while providing additional support services. Further services include the provision of information and support for GoodWe Smart Energy Management System (SEMS). By using this system, Adler Solar can take targeted actions based on GoodWe intelligent alert notification and get in touch with system owners directly, providing proactive responses.

Quality after sales service is GoodWe´s top priority

The agreement was inked by Thomas Haering, Managing Director of GoodWe Europe GmbH, and Gerhard Cunze, Managing Director of Adler Solar Services GmbH.

“GoodWe inverters stand for reliability, high performance and top-notch quality”, says Thomas Haering, Managing Director at GoodWe Europe. “We want to walk on this way by increasing our after-sales support network as one of our top priorities. This is why we are thrilled to work together with an experienced and professional service partner like ADLER Solar to provide our customers the necessary high-respond support they are expecting from a leading inverter manufacturer.

Fast, professional and reliable after-sales and repair services are essential for operators of PV systems. This is the only way to achieve the calculated yields and a stable return on investment. We ensure this with our after-sales solutions and are delighted to support one of the world’s leading inverter manufacturers”, says Gerhard Cunze, Managing Director of Adler Solar.

Source: GoodWe

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Chinese state-owned developer CECEP has completed a 70 MW floating solar project – the largest in the world – at a former coal-mining area of Anhui Province, China, in collaboration with French floating solar specialist Ciel & Terre.

The project, spread across 13 separate islets on an area of 140 hectares, was completed in late 2018, with grid-connection, tests and commissioning carried out this month at the project site in the Lianghuai mining subsidence area, Yongqiao District, Suzhou City.

EPC services were provided by China Energy Conservation Solar Technology and the China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Design Institute. A brand new 18 km 110 V overhead line was also built for the grid connection of the plant, which is expected to generate up to 77,693MWh of electricity in its first year, equivalent to the power consumption of nearly 21,000 households.

While the complete facility in Anhui is said to currently be the largest floating PV plant on the same reservoir in the world, nearby, China-based firm Three Gorges New Energy has already partially connected a 150 MW floating PV project to the grid, which is likely to become the largest plant globally once fully commissioned.

Equipment

The CECEP system was built using Ciel & Terre’s Hydrelio floats, which are locally produced to minimize emissions, optimise logistics costs and offer local employment.

The project uses monocrystalline modules from Chinese manufacturer LONGi Solar, as confirmed by a C&T spokesperson to PV Tech. Central inverters have also been put on stilt platforms on the shoreline of the quarry lake so as not to interfere with neighbouring farm activity. Concrete poles support the electrical installation and 1,500 helical anchors were used for the project and buried at an 8-15 metre-depth to match the water body.

Source: LONGi Solar

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    RENEWABLE ENERGIES

    IZHARIA INGENIERIA is an Engineering and Consultancy company specialising in the electricity sector. The high quality standards of the company’s products has resulted in their registration with Repro, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. A leader in Renewable Energy, Izharia has undertaken the largest PV plant in Spain with 500 MW. It provides service to both the renewable energy sector and to the conventional power generation, transmission and electricity distribution sectors. Izharia collaborates with the leading Spanish utilities, performing engineering works for gas and electricity networks as well as for wind farms. Its offices in Spain and Panama support the company’s activities on all continents. Among others, it has undertaken projects in Australia, Jordan, Panama and Uruguay, among others.

    www.izharia.com

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    Last 28th February the first stone of the photovoltaic plant Huelva 2020 was placed. This ceremony is the starting point of the works of the Project sited in Gibraleon, province of Huelva, Spain. The plant, once finished, will have an installed power of 49 MWp and will generate yearly 95 million of kilowatts/hour, equivalent to the annual consumption of energy of a town with 125.000 population.

    The plant, property of Alter Enersun, will have more than 130.000 photovoltaic panels and will take up more than 80 hectares. The project was awarded to the company at the Third Auction of Renewable Energies celebrated in Spain at 2017. GES will be responsible for the execution of the full EPC. The multinational company specialized in construction of renewable plants will be in charge of the detailed l engineering, equipment supply, civil works, mechanical assembly, electric installation and the construction of the step-up substation.

    After a few years that the activity of GES in Spain has been focused, almost exclusively, on wind projects, the multinational comes back to the photovoltaic activity in Spain with the construction of this project that will be the biggest in the Iberian Peninsula. GES is currently building another photovoltaic plan in Mexico and forecasts to increase its portfolio of photovoltaic projects this year.

    Source: GES

    Sistema de conversión de potencia de Ingeteam para un proyecto piloto en Dubái, el primer sistema de almacenamiento de energía en EAU acoplado a una planta fotovoltaica a gran escala / Ingeteam's power conversion system (PCS) for a pilot project in Dubai, the first energy storage system paired with a PV plant at a grid-scale level in the UAE. Foto cortesía de /Photo courtesy of: Ingeteam

    Amplex-Emirates LLC was awarded a pilot project by Dubai’s Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to install a battery energy storage system (BESS) at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai; the first energy storage system paired with a photovoltaic plant at a grid-scale level in the United Arab Emirates. NGK Insulators LTD supplied its NAS batteries and Ingeteam was responsible for the supply of a 1.2 MW power conversion system (PCS) with its medium voltage components (power transformer, MV switchgear, etc.), and the power plant controller (PPC).

    Dubai has accelerated investment in renewable energy to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels and for sustainable economic growth, and is building the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest solar park, in the south of the Emirate. Dubai is targeting introduction of 5,000 MW of solar  PV and CSP by 2030, which will raise the ratio of renewable energy to 25% of total generation capacity. Furthermore, Dubai is seeking a 75% power output from clean energy sources by 2050.

    In anticipation of the large-scale introduction of renewable energy in the future, DEWA installed a NAS battery system in the solar park to demonstrate its effectiveness in stabilizing grid fluctuations caused by the nature of renewable energy. The 1.2 MW/7.2 MWh NAS storage system is allowing DEWA for evaluating the technical and economic capabilities of this technology when integrated with PV arrays in order to increase grid stability and reduce CO2 emissions. In fact, the storage system will be also used for energy time shifting, frequency control and voltage control by using the large capacity of the batteries. This kind of hybrid systems help to deliver clean and reliable power to energy consumers with a greater availability and cost-effectiveness.

    The Ingeteam supply was comprised of a 1.2 MVA power station equipped with two storage inverters and all the rest of components for a LV-to-MV and DC-to-AC conversion (medium voltage transformer, medium voltage switchgear, etc.). These inverters have been conceived to perform according to the most demanding international grid codes, featuring some very advanced operating functions such as black start capability. Moreover, they are suitable for both stand-alone and grid-tied systems. Also, Ingeteam supplied the Power Plant Controller (PPC) and the BMS interface control that manages the operation of the overall system, developing the more advanced control features, such as:

    • Energy Time Shifting. This control mode enables an advanced power generation planning, making the power plant’s production profile unmatch the consumption profile, allowing electric utilities to address daily peak demand that falls outside periods of solar generation.
    • Predictable PV+BESS production: The BESS is connected in the boundary of the PV plant and receives the real-time PV production. The power station automatically changes the active power according to the PV production variations to ensure a PV+BESS predictable power production in the common point of connection at the Syhaslm- 33/11kV substation.
    • Fast Frequency Regulation. The system adjusts the power production depending on the frequency variations.
    • Voltage Droop Control. According to an established droop gain, the system selects the necessary reactive power at the point of connection, depending on the existing voltage difference.

    Source: Ingeteam

    Within the framework of the investment program that Acciona Energía is carrying out in Chile, the company has begun the construction of the Almeyda solar plant, the second with photovoltaic technology installed in the Atacama region, mainly to support the electricity supply contract signed with the National Mining Company (ENAMI).

    Located in the municipalities of Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, 17 kmfrom the latter, the Almeyda solar plant will have a peak capacity of 62.1 MWp (54.2 MW rated) and an emission-free annual electricity generation capacity estimated at 167.5 GWh, equivalent to the electricity demand of around 80,000 Chilean households.

    The photovoltaic plant will be equipped with 187,620 modules (panels) mounted on horizontal tracking structures. It will cover 150 hectares in an area with one of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, the Atacama Desert. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
    The Almeyda photovoltaic facility will create 500 jobs in the busiest phase of its construction. Following its entry into service, the new plant will avoid the emission of around 162,000 equivalent tonnes of CO2 from coal-fired power stations every year.

    Other plants in Chile

    At present, Acciona Energía operates 291 MW in Chile (246 MW in the El Romero photovoltaic plant in the region of Atacama and 45 MW in the Punta Palmeras wind farm in the region of Coquimbo).
    The company is currently constructing the 183-MW San Gabriel wind farm in La Araucanía, a region where another 84-MW wind farm will be installed. In 2019, construction work will also start on a new photovoltaic plant –Usya (64 MWp)- in the region of Antofagasta.

    This construction effort will take the company’s total capacity in Chile to around 700 MW by 2020, i.e. three wind farms and three photovoltaic plants under its ownership in that country, with a total investment of approximately 833 million euros.

    Source: Acciona Energía

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    Iberdrola has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Uvesco Group (BM Supermarcados) for the supply of electricity produced from renewable sources on a long-term basis.This makes it the first PPA signed between a power company and a distribution group in Spain.All of the energy supplied will come from a renewable source: the Nuñez de Balboa solar plant that Iberdrola will be building in Usagre (Badajoz-Extremadura).

    It is set to be Europe’s biggest solar power plant, with a capacity of 391 MW.This contract will save Euskaltel from releasing over 26,700 tons of CO2 a year and will mean a step forward in the decarbonisation of the economy.

    PPAs open up new opportunities for the development of energies that will set the standard for the world’s energy future. Renewables have proven their competitive advantage and their ability to supply power at affordable and stable prices. In the long-term, PPAs will rise as an instrumental tool in managing the power supply for large consumers who are committed to achieving green and sustainable consumption” explains Ángeles Santamaria, CEO of Iberdrola España.

    For his part, José Ramón Fernández de Barrena, Managing Director of Uvesco Group, stressed that “this agreement makes us the leading power company with 100% green energy and will enable us to reduce our environmental footprint, as one of our main commitments to sustainability is precisely to seek alternatives to reduce energy consumption. We are a company that is permanently growing and we forecast that we will continue to enlarge our number of stores and so we have also got to grow towards a more sustainable management of our energy.”

    Iberdrola’S PPAS in Spain, USA and Mexico

    The term PPA stands for Power Purchase Agreement and designates long-term power supply agreements that provide stability for investments made by energy providers whilst guaranteeing a reliable supply for major energy consumers at competitive and predictable prices. These arrangements also help them to reach their sustainability and climate change goals thanks to the clean energy certificates associated with PPAs.

    Over the past few years, Iberdrola has struck up long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Spain, with Kutxabank and Euskaltel, and in the USA and Mexico. So far, in America they have signed PPAs with U.S. multinationals for over 800 megawatts (MW), including Amazon with a wind farm in North Carolina; Apple with the newly?built solar and wind power plants in Oregon; and Nike and Google with wind farms in Oregon, Texas and South Dakota.

    In Mexico, Iberdrola has built wind farms and solar power plants with an installed power of 600 MW that will be supplying energy to private industrial clients through long?term PPAs, as well as the clean energy certificates associated with these facilities.

    Source: Iberdrola

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