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Enel Green Power España (EGPE), Endesa’s renewable energy subsidiary, has connected six new 42-megawatt photovoltaic solar plants (252 MW), it has built in Extremadura, to the grid, for an overall investment of 200 million euros. All the solar projects awarded to Endesa in the 2017 energy auction (339 MW) are now connected. These comprise six plants in Extremadura and one in Totana (Murcia), which went live in September.

EGPE was awarded 540 MW of wind power and 339 MW of solar energy at the government auctions held in May 2017, with a total investment of more than 800 million euros. The company has now connected 389 MW (339 solar and 50 wind) to the grid and is finalising the construction and connection of the remaining 490 MW of wind generation facilities, which will be complete by the end of this year.

This renewable capacity is in line with Endesa’s strategy of decarbonising its generation mix. The first milestone will be to reach 8.4 GW of renewable installed capacity by 2021, compared to the current 6.5 GW, with a total investment of about 2,000 million euros.

Each of Endesa’s three photovoltaic installations in Logrosán – Baylio, Dehesa de los Guadalupes and Furatena – comprise more than 42 megawatts of capacity each (127 MW in total). The facilities cost around 100 million euros to build. These solar installations are composed of around 372,000 modules, and can generate more than 240 GWh per year, avoiding annual emissions of approximately 158,000 tons of CO 2 into the atmosphere.

In the meantime, Endesa’s three solar plants in Casas de Don Pedro and Talarrubias – Navalvillar, Valdecaballero and Castilblanco-, which cost approximately 100 million euros to build, have more than 42 MW of installed capacity each. These solar farms, composed of more than 372,000 modules, can generate approximately 250 GWh per year, avoiding the annual emission of more than 164,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

These power plants have been built based on the “Sustainable Construction Site” model implemented by Enel Green Power, which uses renewable energy during construction. This is provided by a photovoltaic system that covers the energy needs of the works, as well as the implementation of initiatives designed to involve the local population in the execution of the project.

Endesa follows a facility development model that encompasses actions to create social value for the environments in which they are built, the so-called Creating Shared Value (CSV) model. Specifically, CSV projects implemented in Extremadura have boosted employment and improved employability in Extremadura, prioritising employment of local labour to build the plants, as well as the use of local workforce for tasks related to the site, catering and accommodation services for workers, renewable energy training courses for local residents, and other local associations.

Source: Endesa

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Powertis, a company that invests in the development, structuring, financing, construction and operation of large-scale solar PV projects, is developing a 765 MW photovoltaic solar portfolio in the states of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, in Brazil. The portfolio consists of one project of 495 MW and three projects of 90 MW each. The Spanish company Soltec will be responsible for supplying solar trackers in all plants and facilitating installation and construction services. These projects will need an investment of B$2.500 MB$ (552 M€) approximately and will supply the energy needed for more than 1,150,000 households.

This portfolio has energy sales contracts (or PPAs – Power Purchase Agreements) with two Brazilian frontline off-takers that will allow the operation of the plant by Powertis until the end of 2041. The projects will begin operations in January 2021 and January 2022.

The projects will be financed by BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social) and BNB (Banco do Nordeste), with an expected financial closing date in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

Their strategic and financial advisor is BTG Pactual, a leading bank in Brazil in the area of M&A and financing in the energy sector.

Powertis expects that the construction of these solar plants will create more than 7,200 direct and indirect jobs during installation and construction phases, which will be complemented by more than 160 permanent direct and indirect jobs when the plant is in operation.

The company has become one of the main PV investors in Brazil after the acquisition of more than 700 MW in solar projects, and a leader in the ACL and bilateral PPAs markets. “With the construction of these four projects, Powertis continues to strengthen its position in the Brazilian market and also contributes to the generation of jobs through the implementation of clean energy”, says Pablo Otín, CEO of Powertis.

Source: Powertis

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Soltec, a leading company in the manufacture and supply of single-axis solar trackers, forecasts the sale of 3 GW for utility-scale solar plants this year that will close 2019 with a record of almost 10 GW and a turnover of some US$400m.

Since its foundation in 2004, this Spanish entity has significantly grown its sales year after year. Soltec invoiced almost US$200m in 2018, an amount that is expected to double in 2019, representing a growth of 121%.

Soltec has more than one hundred projects worldwide and is market leader in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. It is also continuing to consolidate its position in the solar power market with revolutionary products such as its SF7 solar tracker and the SP7 Bifacial whose design has been optimised to achieve a maximum yield from bifacial modules.

“This year to date, the trend in bifacial technology is the key to utility-scale PV projects. Eight out of every ten quote requests are for bifacial, confirming our company’s commitment to innovation and research in bifacial technology”, explains Eduardo de San Nicolás, product manager at Soltec.

With its strong commitment to innovation and the development of proprietary technologies, in 2018 Soltec inaugurated its Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center (BiTEC), to study the performance of bifacial modules in different conditions including albedo, height, distance between modules and module temperature. The research also aims to establish the best tracker design for the implementation of bifacial modules.

With 15 years of experience in the sector and over 35 patents, Soltec is present across the five continents. The company already has offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, the US, India, Italy, Israel, Mexico and Peru. With a development-based business model, Soltec has become a European reference in the renewable energy sector while modelling its economic growth based on care for the environment.

The SOLTEC team

Soltec’s growth is linked to its workforce. The company current has a staff of around 1,500 personnel distributed across projects and subsidiaries worldwide. As part of its commitment to job creation and the search for talent, Soltec has recently launched the second edition of the Solteach study grant, a programme that sets out to give the best professionals the opportunity receive a first-hand training in renewables from one of the business references for the sector in Spain, which has achieved a spectacular growth in recent years.

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The second edition of the event ‘Solar PV Plants in Spain: development, financing and the energy future’, organised by the Spanish PV Industry Association (UNEF) and single-axis solar tracker manufacturer, Soltec. The seminar took place last 20 February at the Hotel VP Design Plaza in Madrid.

It was inaugurated by Jesús Ferrero, deputy director for Renewable Energy and comprised four round table discussions which addressed the entire PV plant development process. They also discussed questions about the energy model and technological innovations.

The PV industry is being called on to be the leading technology in order to achieve 74% from renewables from now to 2030. This commitment will not be a problem as the sector has already demonstrated that it is ready to invest”, affirmed José Donoso, the managing director of UNEF, in his opening speech.

Taking part were leading companies such as Iberdrola, Enel Green Power, EDP Renewables and Naturgy that offered the perspective of energy developers in Spain.
Bifacial technology dominated the debate during the technological round table with Canadian Solar, Power Electronics, Jinko Solar and Soltec.

The seminar concluded with a round table discussion on the financing of solar projects given by certification company DNV GL together with representatives from PwC, Bankia and Sabadell.
Following the successful calls for entries in 2018 and 2019, UNEF and Soltec will undoubtedly promote another event geared towards solar power companies that are interested in developing projects in Spain, as well as fostering relationships between Spanish companies in the sector”, confirmed Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec.

The Spanish PV Industry Association (UNEF) is the country’s solar PV power sector association. Comprising over 300 companies, entities and groups covering the entire value chain of the technology, it represents over 85% of the sector’s activity in Spain and in practice brings together producers, installers, engineering firms, manufacturers of primary materials, modules and components, distributors and consultants. UNEF moreover holds the presidency of and is co-secretary of FOTOPLAT, the Spanish PV technological platform which brings together universities, research centres and companies of reference in PV R&D in Spain.

Soltec’s global operations and a workforce of 750 people combine experience and innovation. The company has manufacturing centres in Argentina, Brazil, China and Spain; and offices in Australia, Chile, Denmark, the US, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Peru. Its solar tracking units are designed and tested to withstand extreme conditions, thereby making them the perfect solution for any type of climate. The single-axis PV trackers from Soltec are self-powering and require no additional PV module or grid connection.

Soltec’s SF7 single-axis tracker enables greater efficiency with lower installation costs. The SF7 solar tracker is the innovation of a company with 15 years of history as a PV specialist. Firmly committed to renewable energies and to the environment, Soltec supports product standardisation and the success of its clients.

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The municipality of Talaván in Cáceres will be home to one of Spain’s largest solar photovoltaic power plants, and one of the first in the country to be financed outside renewable energy auctions. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is financing this project with a EUR 70m Juncker Plan loan with the aim of helping to combat climate change. When it starts operating in 2020, this new plant will prevent the release of 263 000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere a year by generating electricity using solar energy.

The EIB is granting this EUR 70m in financing to Talasol Solar via a project finance arrangement making it possible to build and operate the new facility. The solar plant will have a capacity of 300 MW.

The project is under development by Ellomay Capital Ltd. and is a major step forward for the renewable energy sector in Spain as it is being financed at market rates. The EIB is providing this loan under the Investment Plan for Europe, known as the Juncker Plan. This increases the EIB Group’s capacity to finance investment projects that, in line with the Plan’s criteria, involve activities which by their structure or nature make it possible to support objectives such as combating climate change and ensuring sustainable economic growth.

The new Talaván solar photovoltaic plant will create new economic opportunities in the Extremadura region. The project will necessitate the employment of 500 people during the implementation phase and 15 on a permanent basis once the plant is operational. It will also help achieve the objectives set by the National Renewable Energy Action Plan, which states that 20% of the energy used in Spain in 2020 must come from renewable sources.

The EIB and climate action

The EU bank is the multilateral institution that provides most finance for climate action worldwide. The EIB dedicates at least 25% of its total activities to this priority, a figure that increases to 35% for developing countries.

Source: EIB

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On Tuesday 11 December, Aremur, the Renewable Energy and Energy Saving Business Association of Murcia held the first seminars in the Region of Murcia on large PV projects with the collaboration of the Regional Federation of Metal Companies of Murcia (FREMM) and Soltec, Europe’s largest solar tracker manufacturer. Entitled “Solar Plants in the Region of Murcia”, the leading players in the PV sector came together in the FREMM conference hall. The event was inaugurated by Javier Celdrán, Minister for Employment and the Environment, José Marín, Chairman of Aremur and Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec, and involved three round table discussions which addressed the most important aspects of the implementation process of a PV plant.

After the opening introduction, Esther Marín, General Manager of Energía y Actividad Industrial y Minera, gave a presentation on the future of PV energy.

Iberdrola and REE, the Spanish electrical grid, gave their perspective on the new regulation on access and electricity connection. There was also a round table discussion on administrative matters regarding the authorisation for implementing PV plants in the Autonomous Community of Murcia.
Lastly, the event addressed the technical aspects of designing a utility-scale solar plant, as well as the advances and innovations on the subject, with contributions from JinkoSolar, Power Electronics and Soltec.

Soltec is currently constructing a 84.7 MW solar plant in the Region of Murcia. As part of the project’s corporate social responsibility actions, the company has signed a collaboration agreement with the Totana Town Hall through which they have undertaken to employ people with intellectual disabilities. In this way, users of the “Princess Letizia” Day Centre for People with Mental Illness and the “José Moyá” Day Centre for People with Intellectual Disability will be responsible for the pre-assembly of the screws destined for this PV plant.

The agreement, signed by the mayor of Totana, Andrés García Cánovas, the regional manager of Soltec in Spain, Luis Hernández, and by Ana García Vera, director of the José Moyá Centre, will provide the users of this centre with technical training in the pre-assembly of the screws, thereby fostering their personal and professional development.

In total, 2,900 units of the SF7 single-axis solar tracker will be installed in this plant that will make use of the region’s high level of solar irradiation. Once operational, the plant will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 63,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent to that produced by 15,000 vehicles.

Soltec’s global operations and a workforce of over 750 people bring together experience and innovation. The company has manufacturing centres in Brazil, China and Spain; and offices in Australia, Denmark, Chile, Egypt, the US, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico and Peru. Firmly committed to renewable energies and the environment, Soltec supports product standardisation and the success of its clients.

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), through its subsidiary SGRE 9Ren, has sold three operational solar photovoltaic plants to Aurea Capital, a fund specialised in renewable energy and infrastructure. The plants, with an aggregate capacity of 1.2 MW, are located in the Spanish provinces of Huesca, Murcia and Huelva.

The sale, valued in line with similar deals reported in the industry, is part of the non-core asset disposal programme set in motion by the company in order to enhance its resource allocation and cash management. The deal will have a positive impact on cash and provide a capital gain of approximately €1 million in the current FY19.

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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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Soltec’s trackers have been chosen for bifacial compatibility as demonstrated at the European Southern Observatory in the Atacama Desert

Soltec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers and related services in large-scale projects, supplies complete tracker equipment to two solar PV power plants in Israel. One of them is in the Bnei Shimon regional council while the second one is being constructed in the Merhavim regional council. The project counts on a total power capacity of 17 MW, 2 MW of them bifacial.

El-Mor Renewable Energies serves as a full EPC contractor for large-scale PV solar plants. El-Mor procured 534 units of the SF7 Single-Axis Tracker and 64 units of the SF7 Bifacial.
In this project, regional challenges stem from being high-desert with extreme climate conditions; being remote from population centers and infrastructure; and having harsh supply logistics and installation circumstances that pose risks to the project timeline. Our equipment is utterly proven under desert conditions,” said Emilio Alfonso, Soltec’s VP of Sales EMEA. Soltec has supplied and installed more than 400 MW to PV plants in desert areas of Chile, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.

Because it is designed and proven for extreme desert conditions, Soltec’s trackers are an ideal tracking solution for the region’s harsh environment. SF7 is self-powered and provides the lowest cost of operational power with an autonomous power supply, requiring no additional PV module or grid-powered connection.

Besides, by eliminating array-gaps on the tracker at all pile mounting locations, SF7 achieves complete tracker module fill that enables greater yield. By reducing parts count and installation labor, SF7 also achieves a lower installed first-cost. The net result is a greater benefit/cost ratio that defines Soltec’s principal innovation criteria to increase tracker cost-effectiveness.

Other key features of SF7 that customers value highly include: fewest piles-per-MW, greatest installation tolerances on steep-slope and irregular land, and the greater site-fill options of a short tracker that mounts twice the modules per independent-row tracker length.

In 2015, Soltec manufactured the first tracker specifically designed to mount bifacial panels at a power plant in La Silla observatory, Chile. “This plant is unique, not only because of powering an astronomical observatory. It was the first utility plant with bifacial modules,” said Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec.

The standard two-up portrait module tracker configuration designed by Soltec eliminates the terminal problem of a one-up configuration and the torque tube imposing constant shading on the backside PV active-area. “R&D has always been Soltec’s cornerstone. Soltec pioneered in bifacial tracking but now we are commercializing a mature standard product with innovation within cost-effectiveness criteria,” said Morales.

Soltec’s global operations and workforce of over 750 people blend experience with innovation. The company has manufacturing facilities in Argentina, Brazil, China, and Spain, as well as offices in Australia, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. With a strong commitment to renewable energy and the environment, the company is dedicated to innovation, product standardization, and customer success.

Soltec will supply and install 3,019 units of its SF7solar tracker at two PV power plants in Mexico. With these projects, Soltec strengthens its position in the Latin American market breaking through to more than 2 GW of solar trackers supplied there.

The power plants are located in the regions of Guanajuato and Aguascalientes in Mexico, and count on a power capacity of 22 MW and 68 MW respectively. They are to be installed by the end of 2018.
These two projects in Latin America build on Soltec’s successful track-record there,” said Soltec CEO Raúl Morales. “Our solar trackers enable higher yield and greater site-filling options, and reduce material and labor, all combining to achieve the highest grade of customer success.

The Guanajuato and Aguascalientes PV power plants will count on wireless communications and a patented self-powering solution that enables complete tracker module-fill and supplies the lowest cost operational power available onsite and independently at each tracker.

Meeting the tight supply deadlines is a challenge that Soltec is prepared for with our warehousing and logistics system Solhub,” affirmed Fernando Sánchez, Soltec’s VP of Sales LATAM. “Solhub delivers unitized tracker components packaging onsite just-in-time and prepared for minimal additional onsite material handling.”

Source: Soltec

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