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Covid-19 outbreak at PV plant construction site in Portugal

A total of 6 Covid-19 positives have just been detected among workers at the Solara4 plant, located in the Portuguese Algarve. According to information obtained by pv magazine, work at the facility has been partially stopped.

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Floating PV for desalination

Spanish water-treatment specialist Emalsa has teamed up with Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias ITC and Universidad Europea de Canarias to study the feasibility of a 1.53 MW floating solar plant that could potentially power the Piedra Santa desalination plant in Gran Canaria.

Spanish company plans 1.17 GW hybrid solar-wind complex in Chile

Ibereólica has submitted the project, set to be located in the Antofagasta region, to Chile’s environmental authorities for approval.

High-level photovoltaics

The expedition to Manaslu Peak (8,163m) in Nepal, led by Alex Txikon, will not consume a single liter of fossil fuels thanks to two portable photovoltaic installations. The initiative is being promoted by Eki, a foundation created by Spanish solar company Solarpack and supported by the Basque Energy Agency (EVE).

Winners, prices of Spain’s latest renewables auction

A number of companies spoke to pv magazine this week about the results of Spain’s latest clean-energy auction.

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Spanish renewables auction secures lowest price of €0.01498/kWh

The Spanish authorities awarded about 2.04 GW of PV and 998 MW of wind capacity, out of a total allocation of approximately 3.03 GW. The average price for solar was €0.02447/kWh.

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Spanish PV struggling with snowfalls caused by Storm Filomena

While Spain is struggling with the largest snowfall since 1971, pv magazine editor Alejandro Diego Rosell has asked two Spanish experts what the consequences of the massive snow loads produced by Storm Filomena will be on solar installations. According to them, some PV systems may stop working completely and component failures may not be excluded.

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Ellomay energizes 300 MW solar park in Spain

The Talasol project is currently Spain’s third largest operational PV plant. The facility is currently selling power to the spot market.

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