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President Trump voert ook voor zonnepanelen uit India importheffingen in

De Amerikaanse president Donald Trump heeft besloten dat ook India voortaan importheffingen moet gaan betalen over producten die het land exporteert naar Amerika. Het gaat onder meer om wasmachines en zonnepanelen.

De Amerikaanse president voerde in januari 2018 voor een periode van 4 jaar een importheffing van 30 procent voor buitenlandse zonnecellen en zonnepanelen in. Zonnecellen en zonnepanelen uit India, Brazilië, Turkije en Zuid-Afrika werden door Trump echter gevrijwaard en niet met importheffingen belast.

6,3 miljard dollar
India was namelijk aangewezen als ontwikkelingsland en kan daardoor bijna 2.000 producten belastingvrij – en volgens persbureau Bloomberg met een waarde van 6,3 miljard dollar – zonder belasting naar Amerika exporteren. Doordat Trump de aanwijzing als ontwikkelingsland beëindigt, vervallen deze vrijstellingen.

Trump wil de importheffingen voor producten uit India per 5 juni van kracht laten worden. 'Ik heb vastgesteld dat India de Verenigde Staten niet heeft verzekerd dat India ons een billijke en redelijke toegang tot zijn markt zal bieden', aldus president Donald Trump in een formele aankondiging van het Witte Huis.

Door Marco de Jonge Baas
Scatec Solar starts construction of a 148 MW solar power plant in Ukraine

Scatec Solar starts construction of the 148 MW Progressovka solar project in Ukraine. The project will be realised in collaboration with PowerChina Guizhou Engineering Co. Ltd. that will provide construction financing and Engineering Procurement and Construction services to the project, while Scatec Solar will be the equity investor and provide EPC management, Operation & Maintenance as well as Asset Management services.

The two-year construction financing facility from Power China covers 65% of the EUR 124 million capex for the project. Scatec Solar is in advanced stages of securing long-term debt financing as well as an equity partner for the project. Both is expected to be closed upon Commercial Operations of the plant in the first half of 2020.

The project will be realised under Ukraine’s 10-year Feed-in-Tariff scheme and is expected to deliver about 187 GWh per year. The plant located in the southern Ukraine will be providing clean energy for about 76,000 households and contribute to avoid about 150,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Public land will be leased for an extended time-period and the solar power plant is expected to deliver power also beyond the Feed-in-tariff period.

With this project Scatec Solar has 229 MW under construction and project backlog and pipeline of 274 MW in Ukraine. Globally Scatec Solar now has 779 MW in operation and 1,026 MW under construction, and a project backlog and pipeline of 4.7 GW.

Mr Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar said that “The Progressovka project is another confirmation of our strong position in Ukraine where we currently have a project portfolio of 500 MW. The collaboration with Power China on this project gives us access to cost competitive financing as part of a turn key EPC solution. The remaining part of our project portfolio in Ukraine will be realised with Scatec Solar as EPC provider and with financing from the multilateral development banks.”

Source : Strategic Research institute
Canadian Solar inks US Beverage Industry's Largest Solar PPA With Anheuser-Busch

Canadian Solar Inc announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has signed a 15 year power purchase agreement with Anheuser-Busch for 310 MWp/222 MWac of electricity from its Maplewood solar project. This landmark contract is the seventh largest commercial and industrial power purchase agreement for solar energy signed in the entire world to date, according to data supplied by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The PPA, which marks the early achievement of Anheuser-Busch's 2025 Renewable Electricity goal in the United States, also represents the US beverage industry's largest single purchase of solar energy.

Dr Shawn Qu, chairman at Canadian Solar said that "The signing of this power purchase agreement with Anheuser-Busch, the US beer industry leader, demonstrates Canadian Solar's ability to meet the needs of a diverse array of corporate customers. We're honored to supply affordable clean energy to a C&I customer base spanning the sectors of academia, transportation, traditional energy, and now food and beverage. Looking at publicly announced deals, we are proud to be the leading solar developer in the Texas market, with over 1.3 gigawatts of signed electricity contracts for energy generated within ERCOT's service territory."

The Maplewood solar project, located in Pecos County in the Permian Basin of West Texas, will power the equivalent of 55,000 homes with clean electricity when it enters operation by 2021. Canadian Solar'shigh efficiency poly modules are likely to be used for the project.

Ingrid De Ryck, Vice President, Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch said that "We take immense pride in being good stewards of the environment and are excited to announce that by 2021 our entire portfolio of beers will be brewed by using 100 percent renewable electricity from solar and wind power. Through our new partnership with Recurrent Energy, we will be able to complete one of our 2025 US sustainability goals four years ahead of schedule."

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Waaree Energies Launched Next Gen Solar module in India

Waaree Energies Ltd has launched India's first 400 Wp cut cell module series called Super 400 which is touted to be the future of rooftop solar. The Super 400 series is a Mono PERC Module, with a 400Wp output and the Super 400 Pro Module, which is a Bifacial module, with up to 30% higher output. In case of partial shadow, the Super 400 series provides enhanced power output, i.e. over 50% higher than regular best-in-class modules. Manufactured at Waaree's 1.5 GW module manufacturing plants in Gujarat, the module has a life of minimum 25 years, and comes with Waaree Energies' acclaimed maintenance service.

With product innovation at its core, it has been indigenously developed to give impetus to the growth of the rooftop solar segment. These modules can be deployed with the lowest inter row spacing within a power plant, and hence, the area required for the installation of Super 400 Series modules is less by 5% to 20% than that required by other modules. Despite the lower requirement of space, the modules provide 8% higher output as compared to some of the best-in-class modules available in the market today. Based on the potential of their new offerings, Waaree is looking at an exponential growth trajectory with significant contribution towards their order book. The Super 400 Series alone is expected to contribute significantly in FY 2019-20.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Scatec Solar Signs Project Documents For Its 33 MW Project In Mali

Scatec Solar and its partners has signed an amendment to the Segou project concession agreement with the Government of Mali. The signing took place in the presence of Mali’s Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, as well as the Norwegian Prime Minister as part of her visit to Bamako, Mali. The project has been awarded economic support from Norad (The Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation), both related to project development and for grid infrastructure investments that will be transferred and operated by EDM after the project is completed.

Mr Raymond Carlsen CEO of Scatec Solar said that “We are pleased to move this project forward together with the Government and our partners. The solar plant will be supplying about 5% of Mali’s electricity, helping economic growth and development in the country.”

International Finance Corporation and African Development Bank will provide non-recourse project finance for the project. The financing includes a concessional loan from the Climate Investment Funds under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program of approximately USD 20 million.

The project signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Electricité du Mali, the national utility in July 2015. Scatec Solar will build, own and operate the solar power plant with a 51% shareholding. IFC Infraventures and Africa Power will hold the remaining part of the equity. Scatec Solar will also be the Engineering, Procurement and Construction provider and will provide Operation & Maintenance as well as Asset Management services to the power plant.

Annual production from the 33 MW solar power plant is expected to be approximately 57 GWh and the clean energy produced by the plant will contribute to avoid 33,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Scatec Solar Reaches Commercial Operation For 65 MW Power Plant In Egypt

Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for another 65 MW of the 400 MW Benban project in Egypt. Scatec Solar now has 130 MW in operation in Egypt and expects to have completed the project during second half of 2019. The Benban solar power plant is Scatec Solar’s largest project under construction and the first solar plant with bi-facial solar panels, capturing the sun from both sides of the panels to increase the total clean energy generation.

In April 2017, Scatec Solar with its partners KLP Norfund and Africa 50 signed a 25 year Power Purchase Agreements with the Government of Egypt for delivery of electricity from six solar plants, equal in size, totaling 400 MW. The estimated annual 870 GWh of electricity produced from Scatec Solar’s plants in Benban will avoid about 350,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year and provide energy for more than 420,000 households in Egypt.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Invenergy and SB Energy Launch Commercial Operation of Koumi Kogen Solar Farm

Invenergy Japan GK and SB Energy Corp announced the start of commercial operation of the 10.3-megawatt dc Koumi Kogen Solar Farm. Koumi Kogen Solar Farm, operated by Koumi Kogen Solar Energy GK is located in Nagano Prefecture, approximately 100 miles northwest of Tokyo. The facility will generate a total of 12,472,000 kWh per year, enough electricity to power approximately 3,464 Japanese homes annually.

Mr Jim Murphy, President and Chief Operating Officer, of Invenergy said that “This is Invenergy’s first operating project in Japan and represents a significant milestone for us as a global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions. SB Energy is a strong partner with a remarkable reputation, and we are pleased to share this achievement as we collaborate to accelerate the growth of renewables in Japan.”

Mr Shigeki Miwa, Representative Director & CEO of SB Energy said that “We are extremely pleased about the launch of the commercial operation of Koumi Kogen Solar Farm through our collaboration with Invenergy a company promoting the global adoption and expansion of renewable energy based on its wealth of knowledge and experience. This joint undertaking is a cornerstone for SB Energy to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy domestically and abroad.”

Since opening its first office in Tokyo in 2013, Invenergy has worked to advance its development pipeline of approximately 340 megawatts of solar and wind projects in Japan, and is currently expanding its portfolio to include offshore wind. As a result of its growing presence in the country, the company is expanding its Japan team and has recently relocated to a new, larger Tokyo office.

The partnership between Invenergy and SB Energy combines Invenergy’s international experience with advanced, large-scale development and SB Energy’s domestic know-how accumulated through various solar projects in Japan.

Source : Strategic Research institute
China Added 5.2 GW Of Solar Power Capacity In Q1

China added 5.2 GW of installed solar power capacity in the first quarter of 2019, led by new projects in northern and eastern China. The National Energy Administration said that total installed solar power capacity reached 179 GW by the end of March, up 28% from a year earlier

According to the NEA, Xinjiang region and Gansu province, where China has built large-scale solar power projects, are still battling the problem of power going to waste because many sites are not connected to the grid and the surplus power cannot be consumed locally.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Canadian Solar Signs 500 MW Module Supply Contract For Projects In Spain

Canadian Solar Inc announced that it has signed a module contract with the global solar power company Solarcentury to supply 500 MW modules to Solarcentury's two projects 'Cabrera' (200 MW) and 'Talayuela Solar' (300 MW) in Spain. The construction for the 200 MW Cabrera project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019 in Alcalá de Guadaira, the Spanish region of Seville and it is expected to be connected to the grid in 2020. Once operational, the plant will produce enough electricity to power 105,000 households in the region.

The 300 MW Talayuela Solar project is scheduled to start construction later in 2019 in the Extremadura region of Talayuela in Spain and will be connected to the grid in 2020. It is expected to be one of the largest solar power plants in Europe, which will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 150,000 homes.

A total of approximately 1.4 million Canadian Solar's high efficiency CS3U-P KuMax Modules will be used for both projects. This 144-cell polycrystalline module is the best solution for these two large-scale projects, as it offers industry-leading cell technology and low power loss in cell connections, which are the key factors for the success of the projects.

Dr Shawn Qu, Chairman of Canadian Solar, commented that 'We are very proud to partner with Solarcentury in one of the largest solar power projects in Europe, which is set to be built without subsidy in the country. This partnership further expands our presence and competitive position in this region.'

Mr Steven Taylor, Global Operations Director of Solarcentury said that "Solarcentury's purpose is to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate chaos. Due to the sheer quantity of renewable electricity these subsidy-free projects will generate, they are a highly significant milestone in realizing our vision. With Canadian Solar we have a bankable and industry-proven partner with high quality standards, which is essential for all our solar projects be they large or small.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
New Report Ranks FPL A National Leader In Solar Energy in US

Florida Power & Light Company ranks second among all electric utilities nationwide for interconnected solar, according to the 2018 Solar Rankings released by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. The 12th annual report compares data from more than 500 utilities across the country. FPL currently operates 18 major solar power plants and more than 200 smaller solar installations. In January, the company announced its ground breaking "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030, which is helping make Florida a global leader in solar energy.

FPL President and CEO, Mr Eric Silagy said that "Being recognized as a national leader in advancing solar energy is a testament to FPL's commitment to making smart investments for our customers. Our unprecedented solar expansion is making Florida a world leader in solar energy, while we continue to keep FPL customer bills among the lowest in the country."

Ms Julia Hamm, president and CEO at SEPA said that "It's impressive to see how Florida Power & Light has risen among the ranks to become a leader in this year's Top 10 list. The company is truly among those spearheading the progress we've seen in the electric sector, by implementing replicable business models and paving the way to a clean, smart and resilient energy future."

Florida's solar growth is receiving accolades far and wide. The Solar in the Southeast 2018 Annual Report recently released by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy showed that Florida recently surpassed Georgia in solar capacity and is now forecast to outpace North Carolina in the next few years. The report applauded FPL for making "the boldest 10-year solar commitment of any utility in the country."

Dr Stephen Smith, SACE's executive director said that "We congratulate Florida Power & Light for being recognized as a national leader in 2018 for its efforts to bring more clean solar power onto the energy grid. It is this level of leadership that helped earn FPL the distinction of 'Sunriser' in our recent report, Solar in the Southeast, where we examine current and future solar growth in our region. We look forward to applauding even greater gains in solar development in the coming years as FPL builds out its 30-by-30 commitment in the Sunshine State as well as additional planned solar projects."

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Trina Solar To Supply 155MW Of Modules For Thai Solar’s Plant In Japan

Chinese PV manufacturer Trina Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand-based developer Thai Solar Energy to be the exclusive supplier of solar modules for a 155MW solar plant in Onikobe, Japan. Set in north eastern Japan’s Miyagi prefecture, this will be Thai Solar Energy's largest project to date. It will use Trina Solar’s new 405W and 410W Tallmax TSM-DE15M (II) modules. The MOU was signed in Shanghai at SNEC PV Power Expo last week.

The installation will be developed over 332.8 hectares of land and requires an investment of USD 539 million on the part of Thai Solar Energy

Mr Yin Rongfang, Trina Solar executive vice president said that “We consider this MoU as the formal alignment of both our interests. With the size of this project, the use of the latest solar technology and the choice of such a developed market as Japan, both Thai Solar Energy and Trina Solar are showing our ambition in Asia. The Tallmax modules were selected for their industry-leading output and exceptional reliability. Our modules will provide a strong return on investment for Thai Solar Energy. The developer has already partnered with us in Thailand on several other projects thanks to our good market reputation and bankability ratings."

Source : Strategic Research Institute
DEWA to develop floating solar power plants

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has issued a request for proposal for appointing consultants to study, develop and construct floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf. This is a new and innovative initiative by Dewa to use solar power that supports the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050) to diversify the energy mix in Dubai, to make the Emirate a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and provide 75 per cent of Dubai's total power output from clean energy by 2050.

The consultancy services include a feasibility study, the technical requirements for a floating solar photovoltaic plant, an environmental impact assessment report, a study of the marine requirements, and other necessary studies on setting up electrical transmission, a safety plan, and a seawater feasibility studies including tidal and system specifications, and system performance.

Mr Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa said that "At Dewa, we work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainable development and preserve natural resources within the framework of federal and local strategies, including the UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, the Dubai Plan 2021, and the DCES 2050, as directed by His Highness, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Ingevity Hosts Solar Panel System At Waynesboro Facility In Georgia

Ingevity Corporation is hosting a photovoltaic solar panel system on approximately five acres of its land adjacent to the company’s “honeycomb” scrubber manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. The company is participating in Georgia Power’s Commercial & Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative, joining other Georgia Power customers in contributing more than 177 megawatts of renewable energy resources.

Mr Michael Wilson, Ingevity’s president and CEO said that “As we continue to apply the tenets of sustainability to our business strategy, we remain committed to working with our energy suppliers and other partners to find ways to generate savings through the use of renewable energy.”

The solar array was installed earlier this year by Radiance Development RCS II, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia. The new system consists of approximately 3,000 solar modules, and will produce approximately 1.9 million kilowatt hours of energy in its first year of operation, offsetting the equivalent of approximately 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide on an annual basis. Radiance will continue to operate the system.

This is Ingevity’s second solar system installed at a manufacturing facility; the first was constructed at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina, plant in early 2018.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
8minutenergy Renewables Is Now 8minute Solar Energy

The largest independent solar and storage developer in the US announced the launch of a new corporate brand identity and name: 8minute Solar Energy. Along with the new name, the company announced a new logo and simplified domain name The new name reflects the developer’s belief that large-scale solar power plants with integrated energy storage will dominate the future of energy generation. 8minute has emerged as the industry leader, producing the lowest cost, highest quality utility-scale solar and storage centers. The origin of the name is that energy from the Sun, reaches the Earth in just 8 minutes, and we merely convert it to electricity. The change comes on the tenth anniversary of the company’s formation by founder, Tom Buttgenbach.

Mr Tom Buttgenbach, President and CEO of 8minute said that “Solar has arrived as the market leader for new power generation in the U.S. and will become the dominant form of power generation in the future. It is low in cost, highly predictable, highly reliable, and able to beat fossil fuels on every front. This is a paradigm shift in the industry, and I wanted our name to better reflect that belief.”

He added that “Over the next year 8minute will be announcing some of the largest and most innovative solar and storage centers ever to be built. As we move into our second decade as a company, I look forward to 8minute being at the vanguard of the energy industry for decades to come.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
BHEL Wins 135 MW EPC Orders For Setting Up Solar Photovoltaic

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has won three major orders in quick succession, for setting up Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants totalling to 135 MW, on Engineering, Procurement and Construction basis, in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Cumulatively valued at INR 520 Crore, the orders have been secured from Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd. The order received from MAHAGENCO envisages setting up a 50 MW SPV plant at Kaudgaon in Osmanabad in Maharashtra.

Notably, BHEL is also associated with Maharashtra’s renewable energy ventures with its SPV modules being installed in the solarisation of agricultural feeders. The GSECL order envisages setting up a 75 MW SPV plant at Dhuvaran in Anand in the state of Gujarat.

Significantly, the order from GNFC for a 10 MW SPV Plant has reinforced BHEL’s contribution of 205 MW of green energy in Gujarat, out of which 130 MW is in Gujarat’s Solar park at Charanka.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Liander wil rem op zonneparken vanwege tekort aan capaciteit

Regionaal netbeheerder Liander wil de aanleg van zonneparken in Nederland ontmoedigen omdat het stroomnet de hoeveelheid geproduceerde elektriciteit in sommige delen nauwelijks meer aankan. Het nutsbedrijf pleit ervoor om alleen nog subsidie te verlenen aan zonneparken op plaatsen waar het elektriciteitsnet sterk genoeg is.

Liander wijt de krapte op het net vooral aan het ruimhartige subsidiebeleid voor zonneparken.Foto: Getty

Dat schrijft Alliander, de moedermaatschappij van Liander, woensdag op zijn website. De netbeheerder kan de aanvraag voor zonneparken niet meer verwerken, terwijl het wel wettelijk verplicht is een park aan te sluiten op het elektriciteitsnet. 'Zo kan het niet langer', waarschuwt ceo Ingrid Thijssen.

Ruimhartig subsidiebeleid

Liander wijt de krapte op het elektriciteitsnet vooral aan het ruimhartige subsidiebeleid voor zonneparken. Aangezet door het huidige kabinet is in Nederland voor duizenden hectare vergunningen aangevraagd voor zonneparken. Alleen al de afgelopen jaren werden er miljarden aan subsidies toegezegd voor zonne-energie.

Vooral boeren verhuren hun grond maar al te graag aan projectontwikkelaars en beleggers die met de aanleg van zonneparken rendement willen maken. Volgens Thijssen zou er überhaupt minder subsidie moeten worden verstrekt voor zonneparken.

Wachtlijst voor aansluiting

'Nu al liggen twintig grote zonneparken te wachten op een aansluiting, terwijl er nog zo'n vijfhonderd plannen zijn ingediend', zegt Thijssen. Het probleem doet zich vooral voor in de landelijke gebieden waar de kabels het dunst zijn. Voor Liander zijn dat Friesland en Flevoland. In de andere provincies waar het actief is, Noord-Holland en Gelderland, zijn de problemen minder urgent.

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De vraag naar de zwaarste aansluitingen, die nodig zijn voor zonneparken, is in twee jaar tijd meer dan verzevenvoudigd. Liander kan die vraag alleen verwerken als nieuwe elektriciteitsstations worden gebouwd en bestaande elektriciteitsstations worden uitgebreid met extra transformatoren. 'Daar gaat algauw tien jaar overheen', zegt Thijssen.

Opslag via waterstof

Liander ziet geen mogelijkheid om het probleem in korte tijd te verhelpen. Door jarenlange vergunningsprocedures zijn netbeheerders niet in staat snel meer en dikkere kabels neer te leggen. Bovendien kampen ze met een tekort aan technisch personeel. De capaciteit van een gemiddeld zonnepark dat nu zou moeten worden aangelegd, is goed voor wat een stad als Hengelo met circa 80.000 inwoners nodig heeft voor zijn energieconsumptie.

Zolang de capaciteitsproblemen aanhouden, pleit Liander ervoor om duurzaam opgewekte stroom lokaal om te zetten in waterstof en dat op te slaan. Alleen verkeert die technologie nog in een experimenteel stadium. Nergens wordt stroom op grote schaal omgezet in waterstof. Thijssen pleit voor proefprojecten. Daar zou de volgens haar de subsidie heen moeten.


Eerder al waarschuwden branchegenoot Enexis en hoofdnetbeheerder Tennet voor capaciteitsproblemen in landelijke gebieden. Volgens Enexis zijn de netten in delen van Groningen en Drenthe vol. Gevolg is dat ook daar zonneweides niet kunnen worden aangesloten. Dat frustreert de omslag naar groene energie, juist terwijl Nederland van het gas af wil en het moet voldoen aan de duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen.

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Energiebedrijven willen sneller stroomkabels kunnen aanleggen

Daarop drong de branchevereniging van energiebedrijven, Energie-Nederland, er bij de overheid op aan om met 'spoedprocedures' te komen om het tekort aan stroomkabels in landelijke gebieden weg te werken. Volgens de organisatie moeten de benodigde vergunningen versneld worden afgegeven.
Tata Power Solar Unveils Its Residential Solar Rooftop Campaign PledgeForSolar

Tata Power Solar, India's largest solar energy company, and Tata Power's wholly owned subsidiary, launches its pan India residential solar rooftop campaign. The campaign has been flagged-off from the holy-city Tirupati to inspire the residents across the country to implement residential solar rooftop solution. This campaign intent to cover 100 cities across India and expected to save up to INR 50,000 per 5kW per year. Prof NN Kishore, Dean, Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati along with other senior dignitaries from the government and key decision makers from the corporate industry who also graced the launch event with their presence.

To support the campaign and create further awareness on the drive, Tata Power Solar is organizing a cycle rally in the city where the local residents will be informed on the benefits of adopting solar energy. Along with this, the initiative has a native connect where the consumers will understand the importance of renewable energy. #PledgeForSolar inspires the people of India to accept the positive change and move towards the solar energy usage.

This initiative reassures Tata Power Solar's expertise on developing strong consumer relationship by providing quality products, world class customized solutions and extensive service support has helped in exceeding customer satisfaction. A votary of reducing carbon footprint, Tata Power Solar's residential rooftop solution decreases use of diesel generators, hence leading to more fuel savings. The company already has a robust 150+ sales and service channel partners across India, which provides its valuable consumers with financing options.

Recently, Tata Power Solar successfully executed 400 MW installations in Pavagada Solar Park. Apart from these, Tata Power Solar comes with a successful background of executing World's largest Rooftop at a single location and India's largest carport at Cochin.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr Praveer Sinha, MD & CEO, Tata Power said that "This new campaign #PledgeForSolar will encourage the consumer to move towards cleaner and greener Solution. We are delighted to offer solar rooftop to generate easy and cost effective electricity to our customers across country. We urge all our customers of Tirupati to take full benefit of this service."

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ashish Khanna, President, Tata Power (Renewables), said that "With this new campaign of #PledgeForSolar we endeavor to provide knowledge of commercial benefits as well as quality aspects of solar rooftop installation to our residential consumers. We are hopeful that such initiatives and our cost-effective rooftop solutions will further help consumers to conserve energy and save in power costs. This will also help us in achieving our company's objective of always remaining No. 1 rooftop player in India."

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Longroad Energy Partners with Facebook to Complete Financing for 379 MW Prospero Solar in Texas

Longroad Energy, a US based renewable energy developer, owner and operator, announced the financial close and start of construction of its Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas with a total financing package of approximately USD 416 million. When completed in 2020, Prospero will be one of the largest solar farms in the US, with a nameplate capacity 379 MWdc.

Mr Paul Gaynor, CEO of Longroad said that “From our community stakeholders, to our suppliers, energy off-takers and investors, it takes a lot of hard work and cooperation to complete a project of this magnitude. We are extremely lucky to have had such great partners and are proud to bring this much needed clean energy to the market.”

Facebook will be the sole tax equity investor for the project. Facebook has been a global leader in the procurement of clean energy, but this will be the company’s first direct investment in a renewable energy project.

Mr Peter Freed, Energy Strategy Manager at Facebook said that “Facebook is excited to be one of the first companies to use a direct investment to meet our renewable energy goals. We hope such investments can be a new avenue of meaningfully engaging with projects, which might be easier for some companies than a long-term power purchase agreement, thereby unlocking new options for more organizations to meet their goals and grow the market.”

Mr Freed said that “Facebook is proud to have helped finance a solar project under this innovative offtake arrangement. we hope our participation will help validate the structure and bring many new solar projects to the grid.”

Shell Energy North America signed a 12 year Power Purchase Agreement for the project’s power off-take, which is one of the first off-take agreements of this type in the solar industry.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Zorgen over zonnepanelen op water: ‘Leg eerst de daken vol’

Natuurorganisaties maken zich zorgen over plannen om op grote schaal zonnepanelen te leggen in de Nederlandse wateren. Binnen vier jaar moet twintig vierkante kilometer aan meren, plassen en waterbassins bedekt zijn met panelen.

Annemieke van Dongen 13-06-19, 20:00

Waterland Nederland wil vooroplopen met de aanleg van drijvende zonneparken, blijkt uit plannen die consortium Zon op Water vandaag presenteert op een congres over zonne-energie. ,,In Nederland hebben we heel veel water. Daar is ruimte. Om aan onze klimaatdoelen te voldoen, hebben we niet genoeg aan daken alleen’’, zegt projectleider Wieb Folkerts van TNO, dat samen met bedrijven, 35 gemeenten, waterbedrijven en Rijkswaterstaat Zon op Water vormt.

Het aantal drijvende zonneparken in Nederland is nu nog op twee handen te tellen. Zo zijn er op Texel twee in bassins van een golfbaan en waterzuiveringsinstallatie. In een tuinbouwbassin in de Gelderse Lingewaard drijven ruim 6000 panelen. In een zandwinplas in het Drentse Tynaarlo wordt momenteel de grootste dobberende zonnefabriek aangelegd: 23.000 panelen gaan daar stroom opwekken voor 2300 huishoudens. Ook in de Rotterdamse Rijnhaven moet voor eind dit jaar een zonnepark (3770 panelen) drijven.

Als het aan de bedrijven en instellingen ligt, is dat allemaal pas het begin. In 2023 zullen er volgens TNO zo'n 8 miljoen panelen in de Nederlandse wateren liggen die stroom opwekken voor 90.000 huishoudens.

Er is maar één Nederlands landschap. Het is niet nodig om dat op te offeren als er nog zoveel ruimte is op daken

Shanti Haas, Natuurmonumenten
Een slecht plan, vinden natuurbeschermingsorganisaties. ,,Wij zijn voor meer duurzame energie, maar er is maar één Nederlands landschap. Dat is al klein en dat moeten we koesteren. Het is niet nodig om dat op te offeren als er nog zoveel ruimte is op daken’’, zegt woordvoerder Shanti Haas van Natuurmonumenten. Volgens de stichting Urgenda zijn 150 miljoen zonnepanelen nodig om Nederland energieneutraal te maken en is daarvoor genoeg ruimte beschikbaar op daken, geluidswallen en industrieterreinen. Op dit moment is zo'n 5 procent van de daken met zonnepanelen bedekt.

Zo vrezen Natuurmonumenten en de Vogelbescherming dat vogels en vleermuizen zich tegen de panelen te pletter vliegen omdat ze de glanzende oppervlaktes aanzien voor water. Daarbij bedekken panelen water dat vogels gebruiken om voedsel te zoeken, te rusten en te broeden. ,,Hun leef- en foerageergebied neemt af. Ook zijn zonnepanelen van invloed op de groei van algen en waterplanten. Ze laten bijna geen zonlicht door, wat nadelig kan zijn voor allerlei natuurlijke processen. We weten daar nog weinig van. De ecologische impact moet eerst goed worden onderzocht’’, zegt Haas.

Zon op zee
Impressie van het drijvende zonnepark, tevens kunstwerk, dat in de Rijnhaven in Rotterdam komt © Mothership

Door zonneparken aan te leggen in binnenwateren, wil het consortium Zon op Water ervaring en kennis opdoen voor het uiteindelijke doel: grootschalige zonneparken op zee. ,,Op de Noordzee is heel veel ruimte die we toch al bestemd hebben voor duurzame energieproductie. Windmolens staan op een kilometer afstand van elkaar. Daartussen is plaats voor zonnepanelen. Het stopcontact op zee, de stroomkabels, hebben we al. Dat kunnen we dan dubbel gebruiken’’, schetst Folkerts van TNO. Golven, wind en zout water maken de droom van dobberende zonneparken op zee vooralsnog echter lastig uit te voeren. In de toekomst zal dat anders zijn, zegt hij. ,,Met wind op zee zijn we ook ooit begonnen.’’

Het consortium zegt niet van plan te zijn drijvende zonneparken in natuurgebieden aan te leggen. Het mikt vooral op zandafgravingen, baggerdepots en andere niet-natuurlijke waterbassins. Ook die gebieden maken echter deel uit van het Nederlandse landschap en ecosysteem, zegt Haas. ,,Nederland is een deltaland. Als het ergens een grote internationale verantwoordelijkheid voor heeft, is het wel voor de waternatuur.’’

Bedrijven in de zonnesector leggen graag grootschalige zonneparken aan op land of water. Dat is goedkoper dan panelen leggen op daken, zeker kleine daken van particulieren. Subsidieregelingen van de overheid (SDE+) stimuleren bovendien om te bouwen op relatief goedkope landbouwgrond of water. Op de bouw van zonneparken op landbouwgrond kwam afgelopen jaar al veel kritiek. De Tweede Kamer drong er al eerder op aan dat zonnepanelen zoveel mogelijk op daken en industriële plaatsen worden gelegd.
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