Central & South America

Over-irradiance events affect utility scale PV components

Researchers are seeking to understand the extent to which sudden spikes in irradiance can affect solar power plants. The preliminary findings indicate large scale PV projects are not immune to such events, especially when the spikes last longer than a minute.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: More ingot and module capacity, China’s largest rooftop project and a possible new listing

A new week has brought another slew of big production capacity announcements as online retailer JD.com prepares to install 200 MW of solar rooftop capacity and project developer SFSY reported on a promising new business stream.

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Chile connects first floating PV plant to grid under net billing scheme

Developer Solarity has completed the first floating PV array to be connected to the national distribution network under Chile’s net billing scheme. The plant will supply 100% of project owner Hortifrut’s energy needs, while allowing it to sell excess power to the grid.

Panama to hold October renewables auction

Selected projects will secure five-year power purchase agreements and will have to begin commercial operation on January 1.

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Hydro-PV microgrid in Patagonia

In a national park in Chile, a hydropower plant has been combined with a solar system and battery storage to replace diesel generation.

Ecuador kicks-off 60 MW solar tender

The government is seeking proposals for 200 MW of renewable energy capacity including two 30 MW solar parks to be constructed in either Santa Elena or Guaya provinces.

Floating PV to offset underperforming hydropower

Brazil now has 12  GW of underperforming hydropower capacity, according to U.S. researchers. Large-scale floating PV is an ideal solution to offset this shortfall, due to its high capacity factor, load correlation, and high potential output during periods of high demand.

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Is your company capturing the 2020 safe harbor?

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will discuss with Paul Wormser of CEA and Elias Hinckley of K&L Gates the IRS’ Safe Harbor Provision for Solar Energy Projects and how to take advantage of it.

Big solar projects move forward in Chile

Mainstream Renewable Power is developing the $934 million Huemul wind and PV project, the second phase of the $1.8 billion Andes Renovables renewable energy platform, which is expected to have a total capacity of 1.3 GW when completed. A third phase is currently in the financing stage.

Five bidders for Ecuador’s solar+storage tender

The Conolophus project is designed to lower diesel consumption on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park, as well as the adjacent island of Baltra.