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US has 10GW of Utility-Scale PV Projects under construction

According to data from GTM Research’s Utility PV Market Tracker, the United States now has over 10 gigawatts of solar PV projects under construction. 

Just three years ago, the U.S. was on the cusp of installing its 10th cumulative gigawatt– and that was across all market segments. It was a milestone several decades in the making.

Now, we’re going to see 10 gigawatts of PV come on-line within a single market segment over the course of just a few quarters.

Prior to the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit, developers built up a massive pipeline of projects with 2016 completion dates. Halfway through the year, we’re now seeing a realization of that pipeline…

 

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-us-has-10-gw-of-utility-scale-pv-projects-under-construction

 

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Middle East, MESIA publishes »Solar Industry Quarterly Report 2«, PHOTON

The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) published its »Solar Industry Quarterly Report 2«. It contents information about the MENA region, energy targets, and programs, i.e. about Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) CSP solar project to generate 1,000 MW by 2030, and Saudi Arabian government’s 9.5 GW renewable energy target by 2023.

http://www.photon.info/en/news/mesia-publishes-solar-industry-quarterly-report-2

http://www.mesia.com/information-center/research-papers

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India close to reach 8 GW PV capacity, PHOTON

India installed a total accumulative capacity of more than 44,235 MW in the country from various renewable energy sources, says Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines. These include 27,151 MW of wind power, 7,805 MW of solar power, 4,304 MW of small hydro power and 4,975 MW of biopower. In January, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced 5,129 MW of installed grid-connected solar capacity.

According to Shri Goyal, the Government is implementing several schemes for the promotion of solar power in the country, i.e. solar rooftop scheme, scheme on off-grid and decentralized solar applications, solar park scheme for setting up of solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power projects.

Furthermore, scheme for setting up 1,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects by…

http://www.photon.info/en/news/india-close-reach-8-gw-pv-capacity

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NTPC expected to announce key changes for upcoming solar project auctions

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is currently in the process of finalizing guidelines for 5,000 MW of new solar projects with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) as an off-taker. These projects are expected to be tendered over the next three years with actual timing and geographical spread depending on demand from power utilities. Draft guidelines are expected to be released over the next 2 months.

  • NTPC may fix the solar power tariff at INR 4.50/kWh (US 6.7 cents/kWh) and ask developers to bid for an additional Generation Based Incentive (GBI) per unit of electricity
  • A concept similar to deemed generation is likely to be introduced for the first time for solar power procurement in India
  • The move to GBI is preferable over viability gap funding (VGF) structure as it incentivises better performance and encourages quality consciousness
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Dominican Republic could reach 1.9 GW of solar by 2030

The Dominican Republic can increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix from 9 to 27 per cent by 2030, according to a new »Renewable Energy Prospects: Dominican Republic« report launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The country could increase the share of renewables in the power sector alone from 12 to 44 per cent by 2030, mostly from solar and wind.

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España prepara una nueva gran subasta de renovables antes de 2017

El miedo de que España no pueda alcanzar el objetivo europeo de cubrir con renovables el 20 por ciento del consumo total de energía en 2020 es la razón por la que el Gobierno en funciones, a través de la Secretaría de Estado, está planeando celebrar una nueva subasta de renovables antes de final de año.

El Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía (Idae) ha sido el portavoz de la noticia. A principios de julio convocó a las principales asociaciones del sector a una reunión de urgencia en la que les informó de la intención de Industria de realizar una segunda subasta renovable en la que, a priori, estarán incluidas varias tecnologías. Si en la primera subasta, en la que se adjudicaron 700 megavatios, solo tuvieron cabida la eólica -500 megavatios- y la biomasa -200 megavatios-, en la segunda, buena parte del protagonismo se lo llevará la fotovoltaica.

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SEIA: Guide to land leases for solar facilities, PHOTON

US Solar Energy Industries Association SEIA has developed a comprehensive guide to help land owners understand the opportunities and implications of leasing their property for solar installations (»Guide to Land Leases for Solar«).

According to SEIA, large scale solar projects, such as community solar and investor-owned solar systems on farms, have expanded rapidly throughout the U.S. These projects can use approximately 6 to 7 acres for every MW of solar installed, so a 5 MW project would require 30 to 35 acres. As a result, solar developers contact farmers and other landowners to obtain sufficient land to develop a financeable project. The guide provides an overview, expert tips, questions property owners should ask before entering into an agreement, and links to other resources.

 

http://www.photon.info/en/news/seia-guide-land-leases-solar-facilities

http://www.seia.org/research-resources/seia-guide-land-leases-solar

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Minnesota Power Seeks Proposals for Large-Scale Wind, Solar Energy, and Customer-Driven Resources

Minnesota Power today is releasing the first in a series of Requests for Proposals as part of the company’s broad resource evaluation process to further its EnergyForward strategy. EnergyForward calls for a diversified power supply to meet customers’ needs reliably and cost effectively in an environmentally responsible manner. Minnesota Power will consider the costs and characteristics of the proposals received and analyze whether they are beneficial resource additions for its customers.

In approving Minnesota Power’s integrated resource plan in June, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission asked the company to consider additional wind, solar and demand-side management alternatives as part of its ongoing resource evaluation process.

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India takes first steps to join the utility scale energy storage club

In a ground-breaking step for the Indian solar market, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced that it will soon release tenders for solar project developers to install storage solutions along with their projects. In the upcoming tenders for 100 MW capacity in Andhra Pradesh and 200 MW in Karnataka, each 50MW project would be connected to a storage capacity of 2.5 MWh (refer). These tenders would help India draw attention of some key storage systems suppliers such as NGK Insulators, AES Energy Storage, Sumitomo Electric, LG Chem, Samsung SDI, NEC Energy, BYD, Toshiba, GE and Saft. BYD is already known to be exploring this opportunity and may offer a joint bid with SkyPower (refer).

  • The primary commercial objective of these particular tenders would be to showcase India as an upcoming market for utility scale energy storage solutions
  • For proposed specifications, including storage may lead to a 10 paisa increase in tariffs, however, the technical benefits of storage of this size will be negligible
  • These projects should just be seen as a start of the process to acclimatize project developers and grid operators with utility scale storage.
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En tramitación licencias para 2 GW solares sin subsidios en Portugal, PV MAGAZINE

En Portugal se tramitan en la actualidad 68 licencias para proyectos fotovoltaicos en régimen de mercado que suman una potencia de 2,1 gigavatios, según informó el gobierno en un comunicado.

Cerca de la mitad de esta potencia, en concreto 35 iniciativas, están en condiciones de obtener licencia. El resto de los proyectos, cuya potencia se sitúa en 1.250 megavatios, están todavía en una fase de obtención de licencia, según el comunicado. Los proyectos fueron presentados entre septiembre de 2015 y mayo de 2016 a la Dirección General de Energía (DGEG).

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