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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China installed 20 GW of solar power in first-half; triple from a year ago

China installed 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity in the first half of 2016, three times as much as during the same period a year ago, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Thursday citing the country’s largest solar industry lobby.

The surge in capacity extended China’s lead over Germany as the top solar generator, said Wang Bohua, General Secretary of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA), according to Xinhua.

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Worldwide Solar PV Market Capacity to Reach 756.1 GW by 2025 at a CAGR of 13.1% adds “Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market, Update 2016 – Global Market Size, Market Share, Average Price, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2025” research report providing analysis of the global solar PV market sector, in the 10 major markets of China, India, Japan, the US, Canada, Chile, Germany, the UK, France, and South Africa. It includes detailed historic and forecast statistics for cumulative and annual solar PV market capacity and annual electricity generation from 2006 to 2025, globally, regionally, and for each of the key countries.

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Latin America on Track to Install 2.7 GW of Solar-PV Capacity in 2016

Across Latin America, public tenders for photovoltaic (PV) projects are raising the pulse of the market, but challenges remain. A recent spike in new solar installations in Latin America is putting the region on track to reach 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic (PV) module capacity this year, according to IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.

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Liechtenstein wins Solar Super State Prize 2016, PHOTON

The Solar Super State Association published the top ten of its »Solar Super State«-Ranking 2016. Liechtenstein defends its number one position with a cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity of 532 W per capita. As in the last year, Japan (number 7 with 260 W per capita) overtakes several inactive European states: Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Greece. If the European states Vatican City State (5), Belgium (4), Italy (3), and Germany (2) stay inactive they will be soon downgraded by Japan. The United Kingdom again is not able to enter the top ten, France again even not the top twenty.

The Solar Super State Association is a Swiss non-profit non-governmental organization that awards the annual »Solar Super State« Prize.

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S. Korea to invest 42 trillion won in renewable energy industry by 2020

South Korea will invest a combined 42 trillion won ($36.6 billion) into the renewable energy sector by 2020 as part of efforts to expand the environmentally friendly power supply system in the country, the trade ministry said Tuesday.

Under the plan, new renewable power stations will be built by 2020 to produce 13 million kilowatts of electricity annually, an equivalent to that of 26 coal plants, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

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Nuevo proceso de licitación de 170 MW en energía renovable generará inversión por 340 millones de dólares

Para el nuevo concurso público se ha destinado una potencia de 170 megavatios (MW) y su energía asociada  exclusiva con recursos renovables no convencionales (energía solar y eólica). La licitación energética contempla un contrato por un período de 20 años a partir del 2019, año en que las empresas iniciarán el suministro de la energía.

Con este tipo de iniciativas se cumple con la Política Nacional de Energía, que entre los lineamientos está: diversificar la matriz energética de El Salvador, además de abrir nuevas ventanas de inversión en El Salvador. Se prevé que este nuevo proceso de licitación  generará una inversión  estimada en $340 millones a desarrollar en los próximos dos años. Este nuevo proyecto energético tendrá una capacidad de abastecimiento de hasta 280,000 hogares de consumo promedio.

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Adding power capacity is a matter of urgency in Zambia, where only one fifth of the population has access to electricity and two years of drought have crippled existing hydropower facilities, causing a national electricity crisis.

It was in this context that the southern African country signed up to try Scaling Solar, a World Bank Group program designed to make it easier for governments to procure solar power quickly and at low cost through competitive tendering and pre-set financing, insurance products, and risk products.

The results of the first auction, which took place in May, have surpassed even the most optimistic expectations, with seven of the world’s leading renewables developers competing for the opportunity to build Zambia’s first large-scale solar plants.

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