Installations

Soliker to build 25 MW under net metering in Brazil

The Brazilian solar company will invest around 100 million BRL (around $30.7 million) in five solar facilities in the Brazilian state of Tocantins.

MIT researchers release evaluation of solar pumps for irrigation in India

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) study of solar pump technology used in India assesses technical performance and explores innovative business cases to increase user adoption. The study also helps farmers to choose the right size of the pump according to their requirement or size of fields.

Australian government to back blockchain PV, water project

The Australian government has agreed to provide AU$2.57 million (US$1.9 million) to support a two-year pilot project that will use blockchain technology to pair utility-scale and commercial rooftop PV with a battery, electric vehicle charging stations and water treatment and capture systems in the state of Western Australia.

DEWA seeks EPC contactors for 60 MW of floating PV in Dubai

The company’s unit Etihad ESCO will carry out the tendering process for the projects, which will be developed on DEWA’s water reservoirs.

Vinci Energies to build another 17 MW of solar in Senegal

The French developer was selected by Senegal’s power utility Senelec to install 10 solar power plants across four different regions of the African country.

JA Solar to drop NASDAQ listing, go private

JA Solar has signed an agreement to cancel its listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange and go private in an all-cash transaction.

Zuma Energía reaches financial closing for two solar projects totaling 337 MW in Mexico

The two projects, which were awarded a long-term PPA in Mexico’s second power auction held in 2016, have received financial support of $294 million.

Foresight Group’s Australian PV power plant portfolio totals 250 MW

UK-based asset manager Foresight Group claims to have assembled the largest asset fleet of utility scale solar in Australia. After having acquired four solar projects in Queensland and initiated one Victorian project in less than two years, the fund noted that it had moved quickly to “capitalise on the opportunities.”

100 MW PV project in Inner Mongolia announced by Yingli Energy

Yingli Solar has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Energy Company Limited is to develop a 100 MW “Top Runner” solar project in Wuhai City, in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

France plans 200 MW joint wind and solar auction

The French government, which has so far held separate auctions for the two leading renewable energy technologies, said joint tenders will help further reduce costs. The first auction will be open to projects not larger than 18 MW.