Installations

Etrion completes 9.5 MW in northern Japan

Etrion has connected 4.2 MW (DC) of solar capacity to the grid at two sites in Japan’s Aomori prefecture. The two arrays are part of a 9.5 MW project spanning four locations.

Sparx completes 13 MW near Tokyo

Sparx Green Energy and Technology — a unit of Tokyo-based asset manager Sparx — has switched on a 12.8 MW solar project in eastern Japan. It claims that the installation — which stretches roughly 10 kilometres between Shiroi and Inzai, Chiba prefecture — is the “longest” PV project in Japan.

Solar Philippines to build 1 GW by 2018

Solar Philippines plans to finish building 1 GW of solar by next year, with roughly half of that capacity to be constructed outside of the Philippines.

Belgium: Wallonia’s PV system owners to pay grid-fee starting from 2020

The energy regulator of the Belgian French-speaking region has announced the grid-fee will come into force in 2020, and not in 2019 as previously planned. PV systems operators are expected to pay an annual fee ranging from €330 to €560.

India’s SECI cancels 950 MW of solar tenders, seeks re-tender at lower rate

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has scrapped large amounts of solar+storage tenders at both the Pavagada and Kadapa solar parks as it seeks to renegotiate with states for lower tariffs.

Zorlu Energy to build MW-sized PV plants in Palestine

The Turkish company has signed a MoU with the Palestinian utility JDECO for the construction of an unspecified number of solar plants in the Middle Eastern region.

Chilean environmental authorities receive proposal for 1 GW CSP-PV project

The huge plant would consist of a 707 MW PV section and a 300 MW unit and would be located in the northern region of Tarapacá.

Coal provided just 2% of UK power in H1 2017

Just five years after meeting 40% of U.K.’s electricity supply, data from Imperial College London shows that coal only met 2% of the country’s power needs in the first half of the year.

Canary Islands’s utility Disa buys another 7 MW of solar

Including this operation, the installed PV capacity of the power and gas distributor in the archipelago has reached 20 MW.

Atlas plugs in 110 MW solar park in central Chile

Power produced by the Quilapilún PV station will be sold to the regulated market under a PPA awarded to the project in an auction held by local power distributors in 2014.