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Along 2018 Green Eagle Solutions, an independent SCADA solutions provider for the renewable sector, has performed several projects for the solar market to improve efficiency and as consequence profitability of several solar assets.

Green Eagle has provided many different solutions and products such as setting up the 24/7 maintenance and support service of OEM SCADA, monitoring platform retrofit or Power Plant Controller (PPC) tool development as well as the integrating of solar assets into CompactSCADA® Energy Control Center platform.

Most of these facilities are more than eight years old, and its SCADA systems were obsolete with very few technical capabilities. The Spanish solar sector has been especially punished by retributive changes, so very efficient solutions designed have been required to justify the investment. In this way, the strong expertise of Green Eagle Solutions in the wind energy sector was required to adjust its CompactSCADA® technology to provide customized solutions for each client and to achieve prompt results.

Since there is room for improvement in operations and maintenance of wind farms, we are convinced that through OEM SCADA retrofit the solar PV sector may turn more competitive,” says Alejandro Cabrera, CEO, and co-founder of Green Eagle Solutions. “The most important point is to understand the status of the solar sector, its current needs and how the implementation of new solutions must generate immediate profits.

In the present year, Green Eagle Solutions has already signed several agreements to implement CompactSCADA® technology working as the asset SCADA, monitoring and control tool. Some of these projects are part of the total portfolio of capacity allocated in the last Spanish renewable auctions.

Likewise, under the umbrella of the company’s internationalization strategy, it is planned to grow the market in different European and Latin American countries by postulating CompactSCADA® technology as a competitive and innovative solution in the field of monitoring and control of new solar plants.

Source: Green Eagle Solutions

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aventron has signed with Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica general contractor agreements for the turnkey construction of two PV plants in Spain with a capacity of 50 MW each. Both projects have already passed the required environmental impact assessments and the final building permits are expected at the beginning of 2019. The development partner is the Spanish company Synergia Energy Solutions SL.

The two ground-mounted systems in the Toledo and Murcia regions are among the first major solar projects in Europe to be implemented and operated without subsidies or other direct government support instruments. Each individual park will cover an area of around 90 hectares and is expected to generate around 95 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The total amount of energy generated thus corresponds to the annual requirements of a city with around 55,000 inhabitants.

aventron is currently in advanced negotiations on the power purchase agreements for the energy generated in the projects and is structuring the necessary external financing on this basis. Financial close and start of construction is expected in the second quarter of 2019.

The two solar park projects Bargas and Algibicos are a milestone in the implementation of aventron’s growth strategy. On the one hand, aventron exceeds the short-term target of 500 MW for portfolio expansion earlier than planned and on the other hand, its solar production segment will be substantially strengthened. aventron’s next step is to achieve an installed capacity of 600 MW in its core areas of wind, water and sun by the end of 2020.

Source: aventron

A la izquierda de la imagen, el consejero delegado de Endesa, José Bogas, junto a Emma Navarro, vicepresidenta del BEI.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted its first EIB Green Loan to Endesa. This financing aims to make it easier to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Although the EIB has financed a number of projects of this kind in its long history of combating climate change, this is the first time it has described a loan in this way, thereby helping promoters such as Endesa to develop their decarbonisation strategy.

The operation signed covers EUR 335m in financing to build 15 wind farms with a capacity of 446 MW and three solar photovoltaic plants with a capacity of 339 MW.

The EIB Green Loan will finance operations that are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme, and as a result is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds.

The EIB financing will also help achieve the objectives of the Spanish National Action Plan for Renewable Energies, which states that 20% of the energy used in Spain in 2020 must come from renewable sources.

Endesa was awarded 540 MW of wind energy and 339 MW of photovoltaic energy in the auctions for new renewable electricity generation facilities that took place in Spain in May and July 2017, which will involve an investment of over EUR 800m until 2020.

Endesa’s wind farms and solar power plants will be built in various areas across six autonomous communities: Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla-León, Extremadura, Galicia and Murcia. The project will also help to create jobs: the construction of the wind farms and photovoltaic plants is making it possible to employ 1 700 people to work on the project during the investment phase and up until implementation.

Source: EIB

FuturENERGY November 18

IEA estimates for 2017 indicate more than 100 GW of PV plants worldwide. Growth was over 30% higher than in 2016 and by 2018 and beyond, this sustained and sustainable growth trend is expected to continue, thanks to the strengthening of already consolidated markets; to the new opportunities of emerging markets that need to progressively electrify their systems to cover both industry and communities; and due to large regions with severe environmental pollution that need to decarbonise their economies.

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European multinational PVH (PVHardware), manufacturer of solar trackers and structures for PV plants, has focused its efforts during the last years in developing its technology to adapt it to extreme weather conditions. After its latest projects in Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the company has specialized in desert projects, where strong wind can be an adversity. Because of this, it was important to reduce the stow position time of the trackers as far as possible, to better protect the panels from this type of weather and to prevent possible damage.

The time to stow position is decisive to prevent harm on the structures and to avoid aeroelastic instability incidents known as fluttering. The importance of this is even higher in projects located in desert areas, where wind speed suddenly changes in a matter of minutes. In addition, during the last two years PVH’s R&D department has focused on wind tunnel tests, which allow to strengthen even further the protection against climate factors. While the trackers by other providers usually take around twenty minutes to adopt stow position, Monoline is able to make it in fifty seconds.

The value of a clever alarm system

One of the main factors to achieve this progress is the alarm system designed by the company, which includes four pre-configured levels in relation to wind speed. Thanks to this clever system, the tracker is always as close as possible to the stow position, and is able to reduce Monoline‘s standard five minutes to fifty seconds. The other key element is the motor used by this solar tracker, which is notable because of its superior power and quality, and allows for a high-level performance with a minimal number of actuators.

The Monoline technology was first launched in 2015 in El Salvador, and is currently present in thirteen photovoltaic plants in Central America, United States, Mexico and Australia. It has also been successfully used at the Benban PV project in Egypt, where PVH is installing 800 MW with different versions of Monoline.

PVH is a provider of innovative solar tracking solutions for the global utility-scale solar market, including trackers, fixed structures and SCADA system. The company has an annual production capacity of 3.5 GW.

Source: PVH

The multinational corporation OPDEnergy – specializing in the production of energy assets and in the management of all related phases (development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance) – will build 500 MW distributed in various PV projects located in Spain, Chile and Mexico next year. The investment for the aforementioned projects will be of approximately €500 million, financed through the Project Finance Scheme with various financial institutions.

With regards to the projects that OPDEnergy will build in Spain, there are seven PV plants totalling 300 MW of power and they are scheduled to start operating by the end of 2019. These projects are located in: Extremadura, with 50 MW in the La Fernandina solar plant; Andalucia, with 100 MW distributed in two 50 MW plants located in Puerto Real (Cadiz) and Alcala de Guadaira (Seville); and Aragon, with a further 148 MW distributed among the new photovoltaic solar plants in Los Belos (Zaragoza) and Montesol (Teruel) and their respective extensions, which will add a total power of 61 MW in Zaragoza and 87 MW in Teruel.

On the other hand in Chile, in the 2016 public energy tender, OPDEnergy was awarded a 176 GWh/year block of energy, therefore in 2019 and within the framework of this award, the construction of 50 MW will begin. In addition to this, the multinational corporation is currently developing various projects in the Chilean market in the fields of wind, hydro and solar energy.

Apart from the said projects in Spain and Chile, OPDEnergy will start the construction of two PV plants in Mexico with a total capacity of 144 MW in 2019. It is the “Andalucía” solar plant with 107 MW of power and located in the State of Coahuila de Zaragoza and a 37 MW solar plant in the State of Aguascalientes, both projects to be included within the power allocation made by the Mexican government in 2016.

The projects that OPDEnergy has in these three markets (Spain, Mexico and Chile), will allow the multinational corporation to reach a total of 500 MW built throughout 2019. Besides, OPDEnergy is developing various projects in other markets, such as the United States and Italy.

The Spanish firm OPDEnergy has become a key speaker and one of the main international players in the renewable energy sector, thanks to a business model driven by on-going expansion and evolution throughout its 13 years of history. During this period the multinational corporation has invested 1,100 million Euros in projects completed in Spain, Italy and England.

As far as the Spanish market is concerned, it is worth highlighting that OPDEnergy was awarded 200 MW in the most recent tender put out by the Spanish Government, thus becoming the first private equity company -apart from business groups listed on the stock exchange or in the hands of investment funds-, to be awarded more MWs (taking a sixth position in the total allocation ranking).

Recently the multinational corporation launched its new brand “opdenergy” and renewed its corporate image. With the renewal of its identity, the organization intends to strengthen its strategic positioning in the market, “justified by the increase of our international presence, our diversification in new sources of energy and by the growth of our portfolio“, concludes Luis CID, company CEO.

Source: OPDEnergy

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The company supplies solar trackers to two PV plants in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais

Soltec has started to supply its trackers to two PV plants in the state of Minas Gerais, in south-east Brazil.

The municipality of Guimarânia will be home to approximately 2,800 SF7 Single-Axis Trackers that will be installed at one of the two solar plants. Soltec’s trackers will move nearly 250,000 PV modules to track the sun’s position in the sky for increased annual energy capture.

Project developer, Canadian Solar, EPC company Biosar and utility Global Power Generation (GPG) have teamed up with Soltec for this 82.5 MW project in Guimarânia. The plant is currently under construction and is scheduled to be operational by the end of December 2018.

At the same time, Soltec is also supplying its SF7 self-powered trackers to one of the largest distributed generation solar power plants in Brazil. Located in the municipality of Uberlândia, this plant will enter into operation this month.

Alsol Energias Renováveis, whose activity comprise developing renewable energy projects for companies and private individuals, chose Soltec’s trackers and the reliability of its supply for this 5 MW PV plant.

“Customers know that our experience and leading position as solar tracker supplier in Brazil make Soltec a safe bet”, says Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec. “Soltec’s market leadership in the country has already been clearly demonstrated and is largely due to our ability to supply equipment at an astonishing rate”.

In order to cover the costs of the company’s commercial expansion that started in 2014, the year in which it launched its international trajectory by signing its first supply contract for a utility-scale solar plant, Soltec has agreed a loan for 100 million Euros in order to continue with an internationalisation process that has enabled the company to undertake projects and open subsidiaries on the five continents.

The financing has been headed up by Banco Santander, with consultation from PwC, and has involved Spain’s leading financial entities: Bankia, Bankinter, BBVA, Caixabank, Cajamar CajaRural, Ibercaja, Liberbank, Sadabell, Banco Cooperativo Español and Banco Pichincha España. Throughout the entire process Soltec has benefitted from the collaboration of Garrigues on legal matters.

Syndicated loans are a special financing method, defined by the joint intervention of several credit institutions that agree to authorise a loan which, due to its high amount, requires the cooperation of several financial institutions.

“We are grateful for the confidence that these financial entities have placed in us,” comments Morales. “This loan will allow us to continue supplying solar trackers to the increasing number of PV projects in which Soltec is involved in countries as diverse as Brazil, Egypt and Spain”.

Soltec’s global operations and a workforce of over 750 people bring together experience and innovation. Soltec has manufacturing centres in Brazil, China and Spain; and offices in Australia, Denmark, Chile, Egypt, the US, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Peru.

With a firm commitment to renewable energies and the environment, Soltec supports product standardisation and the success of its clients.

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Array Technologies, pioneers of solar tracking technology, announced the release of its latest innovation today. SmarTrackTMis an optimization technology that intelligently adjusts module angles in response to weather and site conditions. The new software, in combination with DuraTrack®HZ v3 solar trackers, will optimize backtracking power production on as-built project conditions to capture the maximum power yields during diffuse light conditions.

The software suite utilizes self-learning algorithms that work independently of each other to optimize the energy output of the PV system. Once an operational strategy has been learned, the tracker system orientates PV modules to the optimal angle for power output responding to specific module technology, weather and site conditions.

SmarTrack offers three distinct optimization algorithms designed to provide optimum power production:

• Backtracking: Undulating or hillside sites can introduce shading of modules in the late or early morning hours. SmarTrack monitors power production of the as-built project and alleviates the effects of shading by backtracking to optimal production angles.
• Diffuse Light: Diffuse light conditions caused by cloud cover can rob PV plants of output. SmarTrack utilizes site production data and weather information to adjust the angle of the solar modules, providing optimal yield until the cloud cover disperses.
• Bifacial & Split-cell:Bifacial tracking promises significantly higher power yields from backside gain. PV plants equipped with SmarTrack will utilize custom algorithms to maximize energy harvest for split-cell bi-facial and mono-facial module configurations.

Source: Array Technologies

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Ingeteam has developed a new monitoring platform directed at all sizes of solar PV plants, as well as PV self-consumption systems. With regard to the latter, the INGECON SUN Monitor platform (www.ingeconsunmonitor.com) makes it possible to monitor domestic and industrial systems alike, with or without batteries.

The INGECON SUN Monitor application presents the real-time data for generation, consumption and energy storage if applicable. Users can view this information on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
Those users with an Ingeteam self-consumption system installed in their homes now have information on how much they are saving on their electricity bill, thanks to the harnessing of solar power.

Furthermore, the INGECON SUN Monitor application gives details of all the energy flows in each time slot, so that users have real-time information on which electricity supply is being used to power their homes, the self-consumption ratio achieved (percentage of the electricity demand covered with the energy generated by the system itself, in other words, by the PV panels) and the final use of the solar energy. which can either be direct consumption, battery storage for subsequent consumption or delivery to the public grid in those places where this is permitted. This helps users to be aware of their consumption habits, offering the possibility to change these habits in order to increase their self-consumption ratios.

ingecon_sun_1Many homes are now equipped with self-consumption systems with batteries, based on Ingeteam technology and which use this monitoring system in order to achieve average monthly self-consumption ratios of more than 99%.

The application has also been designed to monitor large-scale PV plants. In this case, the tool proves extremely useful for providing information on all the generation data, both in real time and also for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly figures and to view the gain obtained with this energy production. Likewise, the application provides remote information on the status of any possible alarm present at the plant, so that the user can monitor this situation. Moreover, all this information is compiled in a report that is emailed to the user on a daily basis.

Source: Ingeteam

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Acciona Energía has started construction work on a 57.2-MWp (44 nominal MW) PV complex in Dymerka, northern Ukraine, in which it will invest 55 million euros. It will be Acciona’s first installation of its type in the country, where the company is also analysing other potential PV and wind power projects. The complex, located around 100 kilometres north-west of Kiev, will consist of three adjacent PV plants (Dymerka 2, 3 and 4) on a site covering 92 hectares. Start-up will be in 2019.

Fully owned by Acciona Energía, this PV complex will be equipped with 174,552 polycrystalline silicon modules mounted on fixed structures to produce 63 GWh per year, equivalent to the consumption of over 26,000 Ukrainian homes. This will avoid the emission of more than 60,000 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations per year.

The energy generated will be sent to the national grid and sold to the public utility company of the Ukraine, Energorynok State Enterprise, with which a PPA contract will be signed for the electricity supplied (up to 31 December 2029). Later, Acciona will sign up for the pricing system to be established for the Ukrainian market.

An incipient market

The Government of the Ukraine is promoting renewable energy with the aim of reducing the country’s dependence of imported energy and diversifying its energy mix.

Within the framework of the Association Agreement the Ukraine signed with the European Union in 2014, the country has set the target of 35% of its electricity production from renewables by 2035.

Renewables currently represent around 5% (4% hydropower) of the Ukraine’s electricity mix, which is dominated by nuclear power (54%), coal (34%) and gas (6%), according to figures from the International Energy Agency. The Ukraine imports more than 30% of its coal and over 50% of the gas it consumes.

The Ukrainian renewables market is at an incipient stage, with 841 MW of photovoltaic energy and 465 MW of wind power at the end of 2017, according to official figures. This is the result of the support policy implemented in recent years that augurs interesting growth prospects for the sector. Specifically, in photovoltaic solar power, the milestone of exceeding 1,000 MW of capacity is expected to be achieved before the end of the year.

The Dymerka project is consistent with the technology diversification approach adopted by Acciona Energía to increase the weight of photovoltaic energy in its generation mix. In 2019 the company will have a total photovoltaic capacity of over 1,000 MWp under its ownership in Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Portugal, Egypt, the Ukraine and Spain, making this technology the second biggest in Acciona in terms of installed capacity after wind power.

Source: Acciona Energía