Central & South America

Haiti inaugurates the largest smart-grid in the Caribbean

A smart-grid project combining PV generation and battery storage has been unveiled in Haiti. The project is the result of collaboration between the Biohaus Foundation and relief organization NPH Germany. The project will substantially reduce the nation’s reliance on diesel generators.

Argentina launches 1.2 GW renewable tender, with 450 MW of solar

In Argentina’s new renewable energy tender, solar came in second with the quota of 450 MW.

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Barbados government buildings poised for $5.5m solar retrofit

Solar PV array to be installed at the Barbados Government headquarters on Bay Street by Solar Watts Systems. Retrofit is expected to reduce government’s energy bills by $16 million.

Puerto Rico plans to add 240 MW of solar by June 2019

The new PV capacity will be part of a plan to add 1.5 GW of new generation capacity and to address the state of emergency of the country’s electricity system.

Brazil to include rooftop solar in low-income housing program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida”

The Brazilian government said it is planning to issue a decree to include the installation of rooftop PV arrays in all new buildings erected under the program by the end of 2017.

French government assigns 75 MW of FIT contracts in solar tender for Corsica and the overseas territories

The tender, which was launched in December 2016, was open to solar-plus-storage projects and PV projects for self-consumption.

Etrion posts H1 net loss of $14.4 million

Etrion has recorded a consolidated net loss of $14.4 million in the second half of 2017, primarily due to depreciation and financing expenses.

Colombia issues $66.7 million green bond

The funds will be used by the public bank Bancoldex to support unspeficied projects that help mitigate climate change impacts.

EDF to acquire 80% stake in Brazilian solar farm

Canadian solar has announced the sale of an 80% in a 92.5 MW project located in Brazil. The stake is to be acquired by EDF Energies Nouvelles, representing the third deal in a row between the two energy giants.

Brazilian state of São Paolo facilitates environmental licensing for solar

The new rules will apply to large-scale projects as well as to residential and commercial PV.