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Canadian Solar announces closing of Solar Equity Securitization in Japan

Canadian Solar Inc one of the world's largest solar power companies announced that it has completed the closing of its first equity securitization in Japan. This transaction is the first equity securitization in the world to be backed by long-term contracted solar assets. Canadian Solar successfully raised JPY 6.3 billion (USD 58 million) from a diversified mix of Japanese and Korean institutional investors in its inaugural offering of equity backed securities, Canadian Solar Securitized Green Equity Trust 1. Proceeds from the offering were originally deployed to acquire Canadian Solar's 34MWp operating solar portfolio, comprising the 23.8MWp Smart Solar Yamaguchi-Aio Solar Power Plant and the 10.2MWp CSJ Kamikitagun Rokunohemachi Solar Power Plant. Canadian Solar recognized revenue from sale of the plants in the third and fourth quarter of 2018.

The two projects have existing debts that have been raised through a non-recourse project bond structure developed using financial securitization techniques. The securitization of the equity portion of the capital structure brings the whole-business securitization concept one step further and culminates into a total securitization of solar assets. The investment period matures in September 2037 and the securities have been rated as Green 1, the highest Environmental, Social and Governance investment tier by the Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. The underlying solar power plants have each further received the investment grade rating of "A" from JCRA for its non-recourse project bonds.

Electricity generation from the CSJ Kamikitagun Rokunohemachi Solar Power Plant and the Smart Solar Yamaguchi Aio Solar Power Plant is purchased by Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. and Chugoku Electric Power Company under 20 years feed-in-tariff contracts at the rates of JPY36 (USD 0.33) and JPY40 (USD 0.37) per kWh, respectively. Canadian Solar's asset management arm, Canadian Solar Asset Management KK has been appointed as the Asset Manager to manage the securitized portfolio. Canadian Solar O&M Japan also provides Operations and Maintenance services for the remaining duration of the 20 years FIT period. The two solar power plants utilize MaxPower modules supplied by Canadian Solar and began commercial operations in late 2016.

Goldman Sachs Japan Co Ltd acted as sole structuring agent and sole placement agent for the transaction.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Renewables meet 55pct of Portugal power needs in 2018

Renewables Now reported that power from renewable energy sources met about 55.1% of Portugal's electricity demand in 2018, shows data from the Portuguese Association of Renewable Energy. The country produced 12.3 TWh of wind power, enough to cover 24.3% of demand. Thus wind ranked as the main source of electricity in mainland Portugal for the first time, followed closely by hydropower with a share of 24.1%.

APREN stated that in 2018, thanks to renewable power plants, the country saved EUR 1.27 billion (USD 1.46 million) in fossil fuel imports and reduced by 6 million tonnes carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector.

APREN noted that on the other hand, the average price of electricity in the spot market went up 18% to EUR 57.4 per MWh. This increase was mainly due to higher demand in mainland Portugal, a bump in the price for CO2 emissions licenses in the European market, the unavailability of some nuclear reactors in neighbouring countries and the rise of fuel prices.

Source : Renewables Now
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KSEB to generate 1000 MW solar power in next three years

Indian Express reported that KSEB aims to generate 1,000-megawatt solar power in the next three years as part of increasing the power generation in the state, Power Minister M M Mani has said. He was speaking to media persons on the sideline of a ‘Customer Conclave’, comprising high-value consumers of power and other consumer associations on Friday. The meet was organised to improve the efficiency of KSEB and to avail new generation services for customers.

Mr Mani said that “KSEB has been implementing several consumer-friendly measures for strengthening the power sector. In addition to solar power generation, the board has been implementing two major projects - Transgrid 2.0 and Dyuthi-2021 - with a total investment of Rs 10,000 crore and Rs 4,000 crore respectively. In an effort to reduce the power consumption, the state government will promote the usage of LED bulbs and tube lights in association with the Energy Management Centre. The board will order as many as 11 crore LED bulbs and tube lights as part of its first step.”

He also said a project titled ‘E-Safe’ for the safety of electricians by avoiding electrical accidents was being implemented. The Minister also launched the green channel system for HT/EHT consumers as part of making new power connections without any delay. The system has been launched owing to frequent demands came in the customer conclave held last year. A green channel system was also launched by the Minister to benefit all types of consumers.

The consumers can apply for availing the system through the KSEB website and apply on the link, Green Channel for HT/EHT consumers. In the system, the consumers get SMS alerts about the field verification and updates about the various value- add services availed by them.

The KSEB officers can also monitor the progress of consumer applications on the website. A special help desk for green channel system has also started functioning in the Vydyuthi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram to ensure the services are not denied to the consumers, he said.

Source : Indian Express
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Tunisia aims to produce quarter of energy from renewables in 2020

Reuters quoted Tunisia Prime Minister Mr Youssef Chahed as saying that Tunisia will produce a quarter of its energy output in 2020 through renewable energy projects worth 2.5 billion Tunisian dinars (USD 835.56 million).

Mr Chahed added that Tunisia will produce 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020.

Source : Reuters
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VEMW: planningsmechanisme nodig voor capaciteitstekort zonnepanelen op elektriciteitsnetten

VEMW, belangenbehartiger voor de zakelijke energie- en watergebruikers in Nederland, pleit voor de ontwikkeling van een planningsmechanisme voor elektriciteitsnetwerken dat vraag en aanbod beter volgt.

‘Het is verstandig als netwerkbedrijven zich vanuit hun maatschappelijke functie meer focussen op hun kernactiviteiten: het transport en de distributie van elektriciteit en gas’, stelt VEMW.

VEMW komt met de boodschap naar aanleiding van het feit dat Enexis en TenneT hebben aangegeven dat er in 6 gebieden geen transportcapaciteit meer beschikbaar is voor nieuwe grootverbruikersaansluitingen voor zonnepanelen.

Algemeen directeur Hans Grünfeld van VEMW: ‘Aan de elektriciteitstafel onder het klimaatakkoord hebben we gepleit voor een vraagsturing van de elektriciteitsvoorziening, juist omdat die voorziening niet alleen moet verduurzamen maar ook nog eens gaat groeien, onder meer door elektrificatie van de industriële energiebehoefte. Het is van het grootste belang dat er een adequaat planningsmechanisme is dat die vraag en het nieuwe, groene aanbod beter volgt. De infrastructurele opgave is een precaire, want enerzijds moet er voldoende en tijdig capaciteit beschikbaar zijn, terwijl anderzijds voorkomen moet worden dat overinvesteringen worden gedaan die tot onnodige kosten leiden.

Gelet op de signalen uit de markt moeten we vaststellen dat er een achterstand is ontstaan in de realisatie van nieuwe infrastructuur. Netbeheerders moeten bereid zijn voldoende te investeren en hun aandeelhouders moeten hun maatschappelijke rol beter invullen. Het is aan te bevelen dat ze grotere risico’s accepteren dan ze nu doen. Tot slot is het verstandig als netwerkbedrijven zich vanuit hun maatschappelijke functie meer focussen op hun kernactiviteiten: het transport en de distributie van elektriciteit en gas.’

Door Edwin van Gastel

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Natuur- en milieufederaties presenteren constructieve zonneladder

Om overheden te helpen bij de inpassing van zonne-energie, met aandacht voor de natuur en omgeving, presenteren de natuur- en milieufederaties het stappenplan ‘De constructieve zonneladder’.

Met ‘De constructieve zonneladder’ kunnen gemeenten en regio’s in 5 stappen zelf helder en realistisch beleid uitwerken voor een goede inpassing van zonne-energie. De federaties laten zien hoe een voorkeursladder opgesteld kan worden en hoe men met een routekaart toeziet op de beoogde toename van het aandeel zonne-energie in een gebied. Ook doen ze vanuit hun eigen ervaringen een aantal procesaanbevelingen die de kans vergroten op een breedgedragen zonneladder als resultaat.

De natuur- en milieufederaties zijn voorstander van zorgvuldig ruimtegebruik en roepen gemeenten en regio’s op om steviger te sturen op locatiekeuze en randvoorwaarden bij zoninitiatieven. Maar ze vinden het óók van belang dat de lokale gemeenschap kan meepraten over zo’n beleidskader en dat de energietransitie op alle fronten tegelijk versnelt. Ze moeten dus ook nu al op gevoelige ontwikkellocaties aan de slag, mits dat verantwoord kan en in balans is met andere ontwikkelingen.

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Pure Energie opent zonnepark van 4.744 zonnepanelen

Pure Energie en burgemeester Spies hebben het zonnepark aan de Voorweg in Hazerswoude-Dorp officieel in gebruik genomen. Het zonnepark is gebouwd in opdracht van Cees Lourier.

2 hectare groot is het met zonnepanelen bedekte stuk grond. Daarmee is dit het eerste grootschalige zonnepark in de gemeente Alphen aan den Rijn. Pure Energie startte in augustus 2018 met de bouw van het zonnepark op het terrein de voormalige kwekerij.

4 jaar geleden meldde initiatiefnemer Cees Lourier zich bij de gemeente met zijn plan voor de aanleg van de zonneweide. Wat eenvoudig leek, bleek in de praktijk een lastige opgave. Het zonnepark paste niet in het bestemmingsplan en vanwege de slappe bodem konden de zonnepanelen niet zomaar worden geplaatst. Met behulp van het sluiten van een Green Deal tussen de gemeente en de energieleverancier Pure Energie ligt het zonnepark er nu alsnog.

De 4.744 zonnepanelen wekken net zoveel energie op als 480 huishoudens gemiddeld verbruiken en staan daarmee garantie voor een jaarlijkse zonnestroomproductie van 1,5 miljoen kilowattuur. De gemeente koopt de stroom van het zonnepark en gebruikt deze voor de gemeentelijke panden.

Door Edwin van Gastel

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SMIT ontvangt miljoenenorder voor levering 500-megawattpiek-productielijn dunne filmzonnepanelen

SMIT Thermal Solutions heeft een overeenkomst getekend voor de levering van 15 machines voor de productie van dunne filmzonnepanelen. De totale orderwaarde is meer dan 40 miljoen euro.

De productielijn waar de vacuümdepositiemachines voor gebruikt gaan worden, krijgt een jaarlijkse productiecapaciteit van 500 megawattpiek. Het Brabantse bedrijf moet de apparatuur leveren voor eind 2020. De overeenkomst volgt op de succesvolle oplevering van een eerste productielijn voor dezelfde klant in 2018.

‘Deze mijlpaal onderstreept de sterke relatie die we hebben met onze klanten, die ernaar streven om een van de belangrijkste spelers in de wereldwijde markt voor dunne filmzonnepanelen op basis van cadmium telluride (cdte) te zijn,’ zegt Wiro Zijlmans, chief executive officer van SMIT Thermal Solutions. ‘Thermische depositieprocessen zijn cruciaal om te kunnen concurreren in deze groeiende markt. Om zelf concurrerend te blijven, zullen we een aantal tools produceren in onze eigen Chinese assemblagefabriek in Wuxi.’

Door Els Stultiens

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Delft krijgt via zonnepanelen eerste energieneutrale treinstation van Nederland

Station Delft-Zuid wordt het eerste treinstation in Nederland dat volledig in zijn eigen energie kan voorzien. Het station wordt verbouwd en krijgt een dak van zonnepanelen.

Staatssecretaris Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructuur en Waterstaat) gaf samen met de gemeente Delft en spoorbeheerder ProRail het officiële groene licht voor de start van de werkzaamheden op het station, dat vanaf eind 2019 Delft Campus gaat heten.

Omdat het stationsdak zelf gemaakt is van zonnepanelen kan volgens ProRail nog meer energie worden opgewekt dan met reguliere daken waar zonnepanelen op liggen. De opgewekte energie wordt benut voor de verlichting, liften en apparatuur op het station. De verbouwing is onderdeel van een groter project dat het station geschikt maakt voor de spoorverdubbeling tussen Rijswijk en Delft. Hierdoor kunnen tussen Rotterdam en Den Haag, een van de drukste spoorverbindingen van Nederland, straks 14 treinen per uur gaan rijden.
Reizigers in beide richtingen kunnen dan om de paar minuten de trein nemen. Dit is nodig om de grote groei van het aantal reizigers in met name de Randstad aan te kunnen.

Het nieuwe station Delft Campus wordt door de komst van liften straks ook toegankelijk voor reizigers met een beperking. Door de aanleg van een tunnel voor fietsers en voetgangers wordt de Technische Universiteit Delft ook beter bereikbaar. Het duurzame station moet in 2023 zijn opgeleverd. De kosten voor het dak van zonnepanelen bedragen 2,4 miljoen euro. Hiervan neemt de gemeente Delft 1,8 miljoen euro voor rekening. De rest wordt bijgelegd door de rijksoverheid.

Door Els Stultiens

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Eigen Huis: teruggavetermijn btw bij zonnepanelen beperkt tot 6 maanden

Vereniging Eigen Huis meldt dat de termijn waarbinnen consumenten de btw kunnen terugvragen op de aanschaf en installatie van zonnepanelen wordt beperkt tot 6 maanden na afloop van het jaar van aankoop.

Eigen Huis baseert zich op een mededeling van staatssecretaris van Financiën Menno Snel (red. Regeling van de Staatssecretaris van Financiën van 31 december 2018 tot wijziging van enige uitvoeringsregelingen op het gebied van belastingen en toeslagen). Voor de aanvraag voor de teruggave van de btw op de aanschaf en installatie van zonnepanelen gold tot 1 januari 2019 geen uiterlijke termijn. Met de aanpassing is er nu alsnog een termijn van 6 maanden gekomen. Wie als consument in 2018 dus zonnepanelen heeft gekocht, dient deze dus voor 1 juli 2019 terug te vragen.

Wordt het verzoek later dan deze gedaan, dan kan bij de Belastingdienst om een zogenaamde ambtshalve teruggave worden gevraagd. Hiervoor geldt een periode van 5 jaar na afloop van het jaar waarin de zonnepanelen zijn aangeschaft. Eigen Huis raadt consumenten echter wel aan om het hier niet op aan te laten komen, omdat deze stap volgens de vereniging met meer onzekerheden is omgeven.

De wijziging is door de staatssecretaris in de officiële publicatie als volgt geformuleerd: 'Met de wijziging van artikel wordt geregeld dat ook voor belastingplichtigen die niet reeds zijn uitgenodigd tot het doen van aangifte, maar wel een teruggaaf van omzetbelasting wensen (red. zoals consumenten die eigenaar zijn van zonnepanelen), een termijn gaat gelden waarbinnen om een dergelijke uitnodiging moet worden verzocht. Deze termijn wordt gesteld op 6 maanden na afloop van het kalenderjaar waarin het recht op teruggaaf is ontstaan.'

Door Marco de Jonge Baas

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BHEL wins Largest order for Solar Photovoltaic Plants

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has won an order for setting up 129 MW Solar Photovoltaic power plants in Telangana from Singareni Collieries Company Limited. Significantly, valued at INR 565 Crore, this is the largest SPV power plant order won by BHEL till date.

The plants are to be set up at four locations in Telangana - Ramagundam (50 MW), Yellandu (39 MW), Manuguru (30 MW) and Pegadapally (10 MW), on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. With this order, BHEL’s solar portfolio has risen to more than 710 MW.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Ladakh will soon be home to world's largest solar plant

Times Of India reported that Ladakh, known for its pristine natural beauty and colourful mountains towering over vast swathes of desolate land, is set to add another feature to its fame the world's largest single-location solar photo-voltaic plant. Some 200km to the south in Kargil, another mega project will join forces to light up the plains, keep glaciers cool by saving 12,750 tonne of carbon emission a year, remove dependence on diesel gensets and create livelihood for the local population that remains cut off for 6-8 months.

SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India)- under the renewable energy ministry is promoting the projects in J&K on a scale matching the grandeur of their locations 5,000 MW (mega watt) for the Ladakh unit and 2,500 MW for Kargil - to be completed by 2023 at an estimated investment of Rs 45,000 crore.

The Ladakh project will be located at Hanle-Khaldo in Nyoma, a strategically important area 254km from Leh. The Kargil project will be built at Suru in Zanskar, 254km from the district HQ. Power from the Ladakh project will flow to Kaithal in Haryana, for which a900-km line will be laid mostly along Leh-Manali road. The Kargil project will hook up with the grid at New Wanpoh near Srinagar. The bids offer flexibility and many firsts, like combining the plant and associated transmission lines, putting promoters in control who otherwise have to depend on another entity for transmission and suffer if evacuation routes are delayed.

SECI director (power systems) SK Mishra told TOI that “We have addressed issues faced in previous tenders and taken into account the challenging geography.”

The projects are expected to spur development in the remote border regions and empower the local population through skilling for jobs such as cleaning of solar panels and maintenance of transformers etc. Power minister RK Singh had in August last year said Ladakh has potential of hosting 25,000 MW of solar power projects.

Source : Times Of India
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12 companies show interest in 1,000MW floating solar plant in Solapur

MSEDCL’s 1,000MW solar floating plant at Ujani dam in Solapur district has evoked tremendous response with 12 top companies participating in the pre-bid meeting held in Mumbai. Interestingly, Mahagenco had planned to set up a floating solar plant in its Irai dam (district Chandrapur). However, the consultant appointed by it found the proposal to be costly and the company dropped the project. The plant will be developed through a private partner. The discom has finalized ten locations in the dam where panels having total capacity of 100MW would be installed. The power would be supplied to farmers of Solapur and adjoining districts. The panels would reduce evaporation from the dam and save 1,000 million cubic feet water. Moreover, floating panels’ efficiency will be 6 to 7% more than normal ones.

The companies that participated in the pre-bid meeting are: Juniper Green, Solar Energy of India, EWGIE Solar, Shapurji Pallonji Infra, Adani Green, Adani Power, Marubani Corporation, Mytrah Energy (India), Giriraj Panawdle and Mahindra System.

MSEDCL officials said that all the companies were enthusiastic in participating in the project. The tender was floated on December 24 and will be opened on January 29.

Floating solar plants in the country are a rarity. At present the largest such plant is in Kerala having a capacity of 500 KW. Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) is developing a 270kW floating plant in Wadgaon dam (district Nagpur).

MSEDCL officials said that it would sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the developer for buying power for 25 years. “The maximum rate fixed by us is Rs3 per unit. We may appoint more than one company for the entire project as there are ten sites,” they said.

Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has set a target of installing 7,500MW solar power plants in the state. Of this 2,500MW will be developed by Mahagenco with private help and remaining will be set up by other agencies including MSEDCL.

Source : Economic Times
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GLAE develops USD 25 million solar power plant in Uganda

Renewable Energy Magazine reported that United Kingdom registered, sub-Sahara focused energy solutions provider Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) has completed the development of a $ 25million solar power generating plant in Uganda as part of a consortium with Uganda’s Xsabo Power Limited. GLAE acted as the lead financial and technical investor in the project, working with Xsabo Power to deliver the 24 MW Kabulasoke Solar Power Park in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited. The project development teams completed critical commissioning tests on Christmas Day and managed to achieve Commercial Operations Start Date (COD), ahead of the New Year. The successful completion of the pilot commissioning tests now paves the way for the Kabulasoke Solar Power Park official commissioning on the Ugandan power grid for onward distribution to power consumers in coming days.

According to GLAE Director, Michael Kearns, the Commercial Operations Start Date for the project, was achieved on Sunday, December 30th 2018 and duly confirmed by, as per terms of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uganda.

Mr Kearns said that “With the achievement of a COD milestone, we are now ready to undertake the ceremonial commissioning of the largest solar power park in East and Central Africa at the earliest opportunity.” He added that “The grid switching of the Kabulasoke project marks yet another milestone for GLAE alongside our other projects in Ndola Zambia and Rovuma in Mozambique, where we are providing energy solutions to power national development ideals.”

Once officially commissioned, the Kabulasoke project, which is already connected to the national grid, will serve a population of more than 5 million in rural Uganda, who currently rely on kerosene; among other non-renewable energy sources while affording more than 21,000 tons of carbon savings.

The Kabulasoke solar power park, features Tier 1 poly crystalline solar modules with an efficiency of 17.6 percent which is now highest in the industry ensuring a high energy yield. The engineering design for the project, also integrates a state of the art inverter plus power transformer solution to minimise energy losses. The GLAE Power plant design ensures less than 0.5 percent energy losses for the plant.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Signal Energy Australia to build 175MW Finley Solar Plant

Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Signal Energy, LLC, a leading design/build general contractor providing engineering, procurement and construction services to the renewable energy industry, announced Notice to Proceed on their first utility scale solar contract in Australia. In November 2018 Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, was selected by ESCO Pacific to build the 175MWdc/133MWac Finley Solar Plant in New South Wales, Australia. Signal Energy Australia has partnered with Canadian Solar, Inc. who will supply the solar modules for the construction of the project. John Laing, leading international infrastructure investor, acquired 100 percent interest in the project from ESCO Pacific in November 2018 contemporaneously with the project achieving financial close.

Mr Greg Pawson, President of Signal Energy said that “We are very excited about establishing ourselves in the Australian renewable energy market. Signal Energy’s unique, utility scale solar construction expertise provides great value to our United States based customers, both in terms of project optimization and execution. Expanding our expertise and unique approach internationally seemed like the logical next step.”

Construction started in December 2018 and will be complete in 2019. The solar plant will be built on approximately 1,000 acres of grazing, crop and irrigated lands near Finley, New South Wales, Australia. Over 490,000 of Canadian Solar’s 1500V high efficiency KuMax modules (CS3U-P) will be installed on single-axis tracking systems. When completed, the solar plant will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 90,000 homes and displacing more than 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Mr Robbin Russell, General Manager of Signal Energy Australia said that “We sincerely appreciate the confidence that ESCO Pacific has placed in Signal Energy Australia and the overall warm welcome we have received from the Australian solar industry since arriving. Canadian Solar’s focus on providing creative technical and commercial solutions match very well with Signal’s mission and we are very pleased to be working together with them on this important project.”

Dr Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said that “We are delighted to be selected by ESCO Pacific to provide EPC services together with Signal Energy and to supply our 1500V crystalline module to this large-scale solar power. This partnership further expands our presence and solidifies our competitive position in Australia. We are committed to providing customers in Australia and around the world with access to clean, affordable and reliable solar energy.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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ACWA to support solar panel manufacturing in Saudi Arabia

Daily Star reported that ACWA Power plans to expand into solar panel manufacturing, its chief executive said, in a move which would put the power and water plants developer at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s plans to develop its renewable power industry. Riyadh-based ACWA Power, partly owned by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund, is in talks to become a manufacturer of solar panels, Paddy Padmanathan said in an interview, working with the sovereign wealth fund and Japan’s SoftBank on their USD 200 billion solar-power generation project.

SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son announced in March last year a plan to invest in creating the world’s biggest solar power project in Saudi Arabia, a project expected to have the capacity to produce up to 200 gigawatts by 2030.

The project is set to create thousands of jobs and develop a manufacturing industry in line with Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification plans laid out in its Vision 2030.

Mr Padmanathan said that “ACWA, being a Saudi company, will be working with PIF and Softbank [...] we’re in discussions to become a solar panel manufacturer. ACWA Power plans to double its power production capacity by 2025 and to expand its operations to 25 markets from the current 12. We expect renewables to be a significant part of that growth.”

ACWA mandated banks last year to sell a 30 percent stake through an initial public offering. Sources told Reuters at the time that JPMorgan, Citigroup, Natixis and Riyad Capital had been appointed to advise on that process.

Mr Padmanathan said Monday that the IPO was postponed as the company had a lot of preparatory work to do and its balance sheet had to be “positioned in the right way,” but added that the company is still committed to a listing, and the banks that were mandated have retained their role.

Source : Daily Star
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Tainergy to shift solar cell production to Vietnam

Digi Times reported that solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will end production in China and Taiwan, and move it to Vietnam, with the relocation to be completed by the end of June 2019, according to company president Kevin Hsieh. Mr Hsieh noted that Tainergy has downsized annual production capacity from 1,200MWp in total at plants in China, Taiwan and Vietnam to 800MWp currently by writing off equipment with less productivity, Hsieh said. The company will further eliminate equipment and move the rest to its Vietnam plant.

Mr Hsieh said that while the Vietnam plant current only produces poly-Si solar cells, Tainergy will upgrade an annual capacity of 100MWp for making mono-Si PERC by the end of March, and another 100MWp by the end of June 2019, Hsieh indicated. The annual capacity at the factory will consist of 200MWp for mono-Si PERC and 450MWp for poly-Si cells.

The adjustment is to cope with drastic changes in the PV market since second-half 2018 following the US imposing safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells and PV modules, China imposing control on PV installations, the EU ending minimum import price on China-made solar products, Hsieh explained.

The Vietnam plant has the advantage of proximity to the China market and exemption from India's safeguard tariffs, Hsieh noted. China and India each took up half of the factory's 2018 revenues and are expected to account for 30% and 70%, respectively, of the 2019 sales.

Shipments to India are mostly of poly-Si solar cells because clients there care more about prices than performance, Hsieh indicated. For the India market, Tainergy is in talks with local makers about setting up a joint venture there, Hsieh said.

As poly-Si solar cell quotes have risen 10% since the beginning of 2019, the Vietnam production is expected to swing to positive gross margin in January, Hsieh noted.

Source : Digi Times
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Nautilus Solar Energy acquires 3 MW Community Solar Portfolio

Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC a leading national solar project acquisition, development and asset management company, announced the acquisition of a 3 MW community solar development from ISM Solar Development, LLC a developer of large commercial and utility-scale solar projects. The project is qualified under Rhode Island’s emerging community solar program. Construction is targeted for completion during the first half of 2019.

Nautilus will be responsible for the project management, customer subscription, and long-term asset management and maintenance services for this project. The project will be owned by an affiliate of Virgo Investment Group, which is also a minority shareholder of Nautilus. The energy generated by the projects will directly benefit qualified residential off-takers situated within National Grid’s service territory by providing energy cost savings while also advancing Rhode Island’s overall renewable energy goals.

Mr Greg Lucini, CEO of ISM Solar said that “We’re proud that this project will be one of the first community solar projects in Rhode Island. We’re particularly pleased that the site requires minimal tree clearing, avoids wetland areas, and is generally not visible from roads or homes. The Nautilus team was great to work with and adapted quickly to our development requirements.”

Mr Jim Rice, CEO of Nautilus said that “We are impressed with ISM’s responsible solar development standards and the portfolio of low impact, well sited projects they have under development.”

Mr Jeffrey Cheng, COO of Nautilus said that “We’re particularly excited that this project propels Nautilus’s community solar expansion into Rhode Island, our fifth market entry over the last year.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
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Slovenia proposes community-owned solar power plants

Xinhua reported that Slovenia has put into public debate changes to the decree on self-supply of electricity from renewables which would enable communities in multi-household residential buildings to establish a joint solar power plant, Slovenian Press Agency STA reported. Under the proposal, self-supply of electricity from renewables would no longer be flown only to owners of single-apartment buildings or business buildings, but also to various types of communities, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure. These include residents of multi-household residential buildings or residents in households standing close to each other. A solar power plant could be set up on the roof of an adjacent building, for example a kindergarten or a fire station, and the power it produces would be considered as produced by the community which had set it up.

They would make an agreement in advance what share of energy produced would belong to each member of the community, the ministry added.

The possibility of extended self-supply of electricity would have a positive impact on the economy, as it would facilitate the development of the solar energy industry, as well as reduce the burden on the electricity network.

The solution also enables Slovenia to come closer to the objective of reaching a one quarter share of renewable energy in the gross final consumption of energy by 2020, the ministry said.

The proposal has been welcomed by the environmental NGOs Focus and Greenpeace Slovenija and the Association of Slovenian Municipalities.

The idea was announced by Infrastructure Minister Alenka Bratusek as she presented her bid to the relevant committee in September. She promoted the option of energy cooperatives for multi-household residential buildings, saying that “this is absolutely necessary and right.”

Source : Brink Wire
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Goa solar power policy to be notified in 15 days

Infra Post reported that the joint electricity regulatory commission has instructed the Goa electricity department to provide required assistance to consumers interested in generating solar power in the state. It advised the department to do so after consumers and solar installers brought to the notice of the commission at the hearings that the government is dragging its feet over promoting solar power highlighting problems on the ground.

The commission at the public hearing told the power department to be ‘proactive’ and guide consumers. It stated that the department should, in fact, encourage consumers to switch over to non-renewable energy resources.

The member secretary of Goa energy development agency, Sanjeev Joglekar informed the commission that the solar policy 2017 is being amended and it will be notified within the next 10 to 15 days.

Source : Infra Post
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