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1 MW solar PV plant in the Ceara state of Brazil

Brazil concludes solar PV auction with 30 projects totaling 834 MW awarded


Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE), which is conducting the nation’s Energy Auctions, on August 31st, 2015 announced, that the first Reserve Energy Auction 2015 hired a total of 30 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, adding a generation capacity of 833.802 megawatts (MWp). The average auction price was R$ 301.79 (USD 83.3)/MWh, reflecting a discount of 13.5% over the initial price. Read more...

Southern Power will acquire approximately 51% of the Tranquillity solar PV project, Canadian Solar will retain 49% ownership

Canadian Solar announces partnership with Southern Power in 200 MW Tranquillity Solar Power project


Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on August 31st, 2015 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, one of North America's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) project developers, signed an agreement with Southern Power (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) , a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Southern Power will acquire a controlling interest in the 200 megawatt (MW) Tranquillity Solar Power project in California. The PV project, developed by Recurrent Energy, is currently under construction. The Tranquillity PV project, covering an area of 1,900 acres in Fresno County, is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016 with Signal Energy Constructors as the provider of engineering, procurement, and construction services. Expected to create approximately 500 construction jobs, the facility will consist of more than 800,000 polycrystalline solar PV modules, mounted on tracking tables. Read more...

PV modules on the roof of a stadium in Taiwan

Taiwan increases solar PV deployment target for 2030 from 6.2 GW to 8.7 GW


Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy (BOE), part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) at the End of August 2015 announced the Nation’s third upward adjustment of the targets for renewable energy. In spite of the limited contribution to daily operating reserve from renewable energy due to its intermittency, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) makes all-out effort to develop renewable energy. Read more...

SFCE develops and operates solar PV plants, primarily in China. In H1, 2015 the company increased solar power generation by 176% year-on-year

Shunfeng 2015 interim results: Revenue increased by 19.5% year-on-year, net profit significantly declined


Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited (SFCE, Hong Kong), an integrated clean energy solutions provider; on August 30th, 2015 announced its interim results for the six months ended June 30th, 2015. In the first half of 2015, SFCE’s revenue increased 19.5% year-on-year to RMB 3,520.4 million (approx. USD 550 million), reflecting a significant increase in power generated from solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in operation. Read more...

52,000 PV modules manufactured by Astronergy will be installed on single-axis tracking systems produced by Nextracker (pictured).

Financing closed for a 13.6 MW AC PV plant in Mexico


The North American Development Bank (NADB, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.) and Buenavista Renewables (BVR, Mexico City, Mexico) have signed a USD 15.5 million loan agreement for construction of the 13.6 MW (AC) Los Santos Solar I Park located in Ahumada, Chihuahua. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is also providing senior debt in support of the solar photovoltaic (PV) project. Read more...

Blythe Mesa is one of the largest renewable energy projects approved by the BLM

U.S. Interior Department approves 485 MW Blythe Mesa solar PV project in California


As part of U.S. President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy sources, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved the Blythe Mesa Solar project in California. The 485-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will be constructed in Riverside County and will produce enough solar power to supply more than 145,000 homes in California. Read more...

1 MW solar PV plant in the Ceara state of Brazil.

PV in Brazil: 241 enterprises to compete on projects totaling 11 GW in solar energy auction on August 28th


Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE), which is conducting the nation’s Reserve Energy Auctions, on August 25th, 2015 announced that EPE enabled 241 enterprises, or 11,261 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, for the Energy Auction Reserve, scheduled for August 28th, 2015. Read more...

TSMC ceases TSMC Solar’s business despite its world-class conversion efficiency for CIGS PV technology

Taiwanese thin-film PV producer TSMC to cease solar manufacturing operations due to cost disadvantages


TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on August 25th, 2015 announced that TSMC Solar, its 100% owned subsidiary, will cease manufacturing operations at the end of August 2015 as TSMC believes that its solar photovoltaic (PV) business is no longer economically sustainable. TSMC will continue to honor all product warranties that have been offered to existing customers, and will also extend employment offers to all employees currently working at TSMC Solar in Taiwan upon the closure of its fab, located at Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung. Read more...

The executive actions and private sector commitments President Obama announced will continue to promote the use and development of smart, simple, low-cost technologies, for instance solar PV, to help households save on their energy bills and help America transition to cleaner, and more distributed energy resources.

U.S. President Obama announces new actions to bring renewable energy, energy efficiency to households across the country


U.S. President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. At Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit on August 24th, 2015, Obama announced a robust set of executive actions and private sector commitments to accelerate America’s transition to cleaner sources of energy and ways to cut energy waste. Read more...

Image: 24 MW DC Cascade solar PV Plant constructed by SunEdison in California. The 156 MW Comanche Solar project is located in Colorado.

SunEdison closes USD 253 million financing, breaks Ground on 156 MW solar PV project in Colorado


SunEdison, Inc. (Belmont, California, U.S.) on August 20th, 2015 announced that it has closed financing and begun construction on one of its largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants to date, the 156 megawatt (MW) DC / 120 MW AC Comanche Solar project in Pueblo, Colorado. When completed, the Comanche Solar project will be the largest PV plant east of the Rocky Mountains. Read more...

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