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During the UN Climate Change conference in Madrid, COP 25, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it has invested EUR 76.5 million in one of the largest solar projects in Spain, demonstrating its strong commitment in regards to the promotion of clean energy production in the country. The project is sponsored by Encavis AG, a leading independent producer of renewable energy, and Solarcentury, a global integrated solar power company, and comprises the construction and operation of a 300 MWp photovoltaic solar plant in the cohesion region of Extremadura, more specifically in the municipality of Talayuela. The transaction is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan.

At 300MWp, the Talayuela Solar plant will be one of the most powerful solar projects in Europe, capable of producing enough energy to power around 150,000 households per year at a very competitive price. Moreover, the project will contribute to reducing CO2 emission by more than 171 kt CO2-e/year and approximately 400 people will be employed during the construction phase.

The EUR 228m project has secured a project financing from the EIB and Deutsche Bank for an aggregate amount of c. EUR 165m, which reached financial close at the end of November. The Talayuela Solar Plant is one of the first greenfield renewable energy projects to be financed in Spain without any form of government/public support. The Project entered into a 10-year financial Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in September 2019, which hedges the off-take price for approximately 75% of the volume of the production. Following these developments, Encavis AG has provided Solarcentury with a notice to begin construction of the plant, which is expected to be operational in the second half of 2020.

The Talayuela plant is going to have a significant impact on the Spanish renewable energy market, helping the Iberian country to meet its renewable target of 20% of primary energy consumption to be generated by renewable sources by 2020. Moreover, the project contributes to the achievement of the Bank’s Climate Action objectives as well as to meeting the European Commission’s binding renewable energy target of at least 32% of final energy consumption by 2030.

Source: EIB

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BayWa r.e., together with its Dutch partner GroenLeven, has successfully built its third floating solar plant in a record time of only six weeks. The Sekdoorn project in the Netherlands near the city of Zwolle has a total capacity of 14.5 MWp. This will enable almost 4,000 households to be supplied with solar power.

Due to the cutting-edge, self-designed system, the installation of almost 40.000 PV modules was done in the short time span. After the completion of the 2 MWp Weperpolder project and the larger Tynaarlo plant with a capacity of 8.4 MWp, Sekdoorn is already the third floating solar plant BayWa r.e. and its partner GroenLeven have realized in the Netherlands. BayWa r.e. is planning the construction of further floating PV projects in the country with a total output of around 100 MWp.

Floating solar plants provide a wide range of options for using economically exploited bodies of water – such as reservoirs, fish farming waters or lakes on former open-cast lignite mines – in two different ways.

In a current study, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Research has quantified the potential for floating PV installations on decommissioned coal mining lakes at 15 GW in Germany alone. A study of the World Bank Group identified a potential for Europe of 20 GW if only 1% of the surface of man-made freshwater reservoirs will be used.

There are already support schemes in place for such installations in the Netherlands as well as in France. In Germany to date this has only been discussed on the sidelines, involving their possible integration within the announced innovation tenders for renewables and storage.

The basis for these floating installations is the mounting system developed by BayWa r.e. in partnership with Zimmermann PV-Stahlbau GmbH, which meets the highest quality requirements.

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Ingeteam has revamped the equipment of the solar PV plant of Campillos, Málaga. Specifically nine aged units have been replaced with Ingeteam’s INGECON SUN 100TL inverters in order to avoid losses due to equipment availability, while extending the useful life of the plant.

This activity is in line with Sonnedix’s strategy as a long-term asset owner, managing and investing in guaranteeing the operational excellence of its plants. The new inverter model will improve the availability of the equipment, and thus the solar PV plant, and ensure the plant performs to its expected level.

This PV plant was inaugurated in 2008, the first one set up in the province of Málaga and owned by Sonnedix, occupying an area of 6.8 hectares, equivalent to approximately 7 football fields, and generating energy for some 3,000 homes per year.

The operation lasted 4 weeks and consisted in deploying nine INGECON SUN inverters of 100kWac. The main characteristic of this equipment is that they can deliver the nominal power up to 50ºC of ambient temperature. In addition, its high MPP voltage range (maximum power point), from 513 to 850 V, allows it to extract the expected performance of solar panels. Furthermore, these inverters integrate Wi-Fi communication as standard, facilitating and speeding up the work of local and remote monitoring.

The replacement of inverters has also included the reconfiguration of the strings of the photovoltaic plant in order to accommodate for the new MPPT operating window of the inverters while maintaining the original installed peak power.

At present, Ingeteam has several projects to improve and optimize photovoltaic plants that, due to the lack of performance, the disappearance of the manufacturers or the lack of after-sales service in Spain, has resulted in owners trusting the service and the consolidated product line of Ingeteam.

Source: Ingeteam

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Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (“MIDIS”), on behalf of its European and Asian insurance company clients, today announced a new transaction in the Spanish renewables sector, with a 38 M€ debt investment in a portfolio of solar farms.

The portfolio is owned and managed by Q-Energy, a leading European investor and asset manager in the renewable energy sector. Comprised of six operational PV plants in south-eastern Spain, the portfolio totals 13.6MWp in installed capacity. MIDIS refinanced the portfolio’s existing debt with 21-year, amortising, floating rate, senior secured bonds, and structured an orphan interest rate swap facility to support the transaction, provided by Goldman Sachs International.

MIDIS continues to explore opportunities in the Spanish renewables market, seeking to match long-dated liabilities with investments that generate stable, long-term cash flows. In the last twelve months, MIDIS has deployed over 150 M€ into the Spanish solar sector to help meet the evolving demand through a combination of separately managed accounts and its Macquarie Global Infrastructure Debt Fund strategy.

MIDIS and Q-Energy completed the transaction on a bilateral basis, with Banco Sabadell and Santander acting as arrangers. Goldman Sachs International provided the interest rate hedging to the issuer.

Since 2012, MIDIS has invested 2.100 M€ of infrastructure debt across more than 30 renewable energy projects with total installed capacity of approximately 6.8GW.

Source: Macquarie

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ArcelorMittal Exosun, enterprise supplier of advanced solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic plants has successfully commissioned its trackers on Beryl Solar Plant located in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

The 110.9MWp solar plant, built by Downer EDI Limited, is equipped with 8,607 Exotrack® HZ structures. Commissioning took place just 12 months after the contract was signed.
ArcelorMittal Exosun LCOE-friendly tracking technology significantly increases the plant’s energy yield and thereby contributes to providing clean and safe electricity to Australian households & public transportation. The majority of renewable electricity produced by Beryl is being used to meet the operational electricity needs of the Sydney Metro Northwest rail link.

Downer’s Executive General Manager for Renewables and Power Systems, Lena Parker said: “The project has been successful due to the collaborative efforts of all of our partners including ArcelorMittal Exosun.”

ArcelorMittal Exosun confirms it will be a major actor in the Australian solar market.

“Through this additional project in the country, our company consolidates its position in Australia’s fast-paced solar market” commented Antoine Gastineau, ArcelorMittal Exosun Business Development Director.

Source: ArcelorMittal Exosun

Powertis, developer of large-scale PV projects in Europe and Latin America, will develop 2 GW of solar PV over the next three years between Brazil and Spain, 1 GW per country. Headquartered in Madrid and less than a year old, Powertis has secured power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 1 GW in Brazil. In addition, Powertis is entering into the Spanish market where offers turnkey services ranging from feasibility study to project financing.

In less than 15 seconds, enough energy from the sun reaches the Earth to keep the world running using clean energy. For this reason, we are convinced that the future will be solar. At Powertis, we focus on large projects that use the latest technology, minimizes the cost of solar, and let us negotiate sophisticated bilateral contracts, with the ultimate goal of offering a guaranteed and sustainable return to our investors,” says Pablo Otín, CEO of Powertis.

The construction of the first projects in Brazil will start in the first quarter of 2020 and the entire portfolio, which exceeds 1 GW, will be connected to the grid before December 2021. “Our main goal is to establish Powertis as the leading company in the bilateral market in Brazil”, states Otín. He also adds that this country, together with Spain, are two of the most active regions in the global PV market in bilateral PPAs. “We are taking advantage of these opportunities to showcase our team’s unique knowledge when it comes to contract and finance this type of projects.

Source: Powertis

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Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, Mayor of Merida, and Luis Cid, OPDEnergy’s CEO, presented the details surrounding the PV plant denominated “La Fernandina”, whose construction shall start in the next few weeks in the municipality of Merida.

The PV plant will occupy an area of 100 hectares nearby the motorway of Alange and achieve a total power capacity of 50 MWp. The construction of La Fernandina will last for 9 months and require a total investment of 30 M€.

When in operation and connected to the grid at the end of 2019, La Fernandina will produce enough renewable energy to supply the equivalent of 26,000 households with electricity. According to parameters estimated and released by the Spanish Office for Climate Change (Oficina Española de Cambio Climático – OECC), such production will contribute to avoid the annual emission of 40,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

During the press conference from the city hall of Merida, the Mayor Antonio Rodríguez Osuna thanked the company for having chosen Mérida “for such important project that supposes a large investment and creation of employment, in addition the activity will generate an important economic return for the city in the future”.

Luis Cid Suárez, the CEO of OPDEnergy, which is specialized developing renewable energy assets in all stages (development, financing, construction and operation & maintenance), has publicly acknowledged the commitment deployed by the local authorities towards the production of renewable energy, “a commitment that made possible the project we are proud to present today”.

According to Cid, the construction of the plant will result in the creation of 200 new jobs at its peak. In addition, during the construction phase, the company will subcontract supporting services from local companies and the local community. In the Spanish Autonomous Community of Extremadura, OPDEnergy developed and built 8 solar photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of 32 MWp throughout its 13 years of activities.

Moreover, the company has projects to develop and invest in 4 new renewable assets in the region, amounting to over 500 MWp of capacity.

300 MWp in Spain in 2019

La Fernandina is one of the seven solar PV assets that OPDEnergy foresees to construct in 2019 in Spain. In total, these assets shall achieve a total capacity of 300 MWp. Therefore, besides the project presented in Merida, the international power company will bring to life 100 MWp in Andalusia – a 50 MWp plant in Puerto Real, Cadiz, and another 50 MWp plant in Alcalá de Guadaira, Sevilla –and 148 MWp in Aragon – through four assets amounting to 61 MWp in Zaragoza and 87 MWp in Teruel.

Outside Spain, the company will develop and construct a substantial amount of renewable energy projects across Mexico, Chile and the US, achieving the construction of a total of 500 MWp by the end of the year. Finally, and in line with its strategic focused on portfolio diversification, the company has under its pipeline the development of 5,000 MW (5 GW).

Source: OPDEnergy

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Trina Solar has announced that it will provide 190 MW of its integrated PV solution, TrinaPro, to Cobra for a large solar plant in Spain. ACS Group and its subsidiary Cobra, specialized in turnkey energetic infrastructures, are building this EPC project in Alcázar, Ciudad Real province (Spain), with a total power capacity of 190 MW. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, and is set to become the first of many TrinaPro projects in Europe.

Trina Solar will supply its integrated TrinaPro PV solution consisting of 560,000 units of TSM-PE14H multicrystalline half-cut cell modules, as well as the corresponding 6,206 single-axis tracker units. The high efficiency modules will be mounted on Trina Solar’s single-axis tracking system which allows the modules to follow the sun at optimum angles, thus receiving maximum sunlight and generating up to 25% additional power in stable conditions.

TrinaPro is the first PV solution with an optimized combination of Trina Solar’s industry-leading solar modules and state-of-the-art solar tracker systems. As a value-added solution, TrinaPro is optimally engineered with premium components and system integration. TrinaPro can boost system power output by up to 30%.

This new sales agreement for the supply of 190 MW follows the recent order of 167 MW for a project which is under development in Murcia, Spain.

Source: Trina Solar

Acciona and Tuto Energy (Biofields Group), owners of the Puerto Libertad photovoltaic complex in Sonora (Mexico) with a 50% stake each, have signed a financing agreement for the 404-MWp plant with four banks –North American Development Bank (NADB), Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios of Mexico (BANOBRAS), Instituto de Crédito Oficial of Spain (ICO) and Banco Sabadell– for up to US$264 million (€226 million at current exchange rates). The project finance is being underwritten on an equal basis by the four entities, with a repayment term of 18 years.

Construction work on the complex, one of the biggest in Latin America, began in February this year and it is expected to be fully operational in the first trimester of 2019.

Electricity for three uses

Part of the production from Puerto Libertad (229 MWp) will cover supplies to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) amounting to 478.3 GWh of electric power and the corresponding clean energy certificates awarded to the project consortium in the second long-term electricity supply auction held in Mexico.

114 MWp will be used to service a private electricity purchase-and-sale contract, and the remaining 61 MWp will be allocated to marketing energy in the wholesale electricity market.

The Puerto Libertad plant will be equipped with 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracking structures.

With a total solar capture surface area of 2.4 km2 it will produce 963 GWh of power per year, capable of covering the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes.

Given its renewable origin, this production will avoid the emission of 925,443 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations, with a purifying effect on the atmosphere equivalent to more than 46 million trees.

An average of 500 people will work on the construction of the plant, and this figure will rise to 900 at times of peak activity. In the operational phase, the facility will provide stable employment for 38 people.

Source: Acciona

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Soltec supplies solar trackers to project development leader, Cypress Creek Renewables

Soltec, leading manufacturer and supplier of solar tracker equipment and related services, is supplying 28 MW of single-axis solar trackers for a solar plant in the municipal district of Estill, in the US state of South Carolina.

The project is situated in a region with a sub-tropical climate where strong winds are commonplace. To address local weather conditions, Soltec’s R&D team has optimised the control electronics and developed adequate foundation pillars to keep the trackers stable during strong gusts of wind.

With these improved features, our trackers are ready to achieve optimum production levels even during the hurricane season from June to November. Soltec has often demonstrated that it is the ideal solar tracking solution for projects that present huge challenges, as in this case”, confirms José Alfonso Teruel, head of R&D at Soltec. “Our high-speed motor moves the PV panels from a maximum tilt of 60 degrees to a completely horizontal position in under three minutes for better wind resistance”.

Soltec has signed a framework supply contract with Cypress Creek Renewables and we are committed to helping them achieve project success so that they become a repeat client for us”, states Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec. “Our best guarantee is Soltec’s proven ability to comply with project criteria in terms of time frames, costs and quality”.

Founded in 2014, Cypress Creek develops, constructs, finances and operates solar generation assets in the US. Thanks to a combination of organic growth and the acquisition of corporate and strategic projects, Cypress Creek is currently one of the leading solar companies in the country with 1 GW of installations operational in 8 States.

Soltec takes part in ANCES Open Innovation

Soltec is also continuing in its commitment to research. Company representatives attended the closing event of ANCES Open Innovation last 19 April, an initiative from the Spanish National Association of European Business and Innovation Centres. Soltec, together with a further twelve consolidated companies, have developed a pioneering programme to attract young and innovative companies to the market.

The challenge proposed by Soltec comprised the development of a wireless current sensor with radio communication able to measure a constant current of up to 100 A. The finalists chosen by Soltec were start-ups: Byprox from Murcia; Wireless Innovation from Valencia; and Alteria Automation from Madrid, the eventual winner.

Apart from Soltec, other companies that also submitted challenges included BBVA, Estrella de Levante, Euskaltel, Iberostar and Sacyr.

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 Argentina, 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.

Source: Soltec

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