Central & South America

BYD scores 180 MW order in Brazil

BYD has agreed to supply 180 MW of PV modules to Spanish developer Cobra for use in the Guaimbe project in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.

Iberdrola begins construction on first large-scale projects in Mexico

The Spain based multi-national is building two projects in Mexico with a total capacity of 270 MW. Both projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2018.

SMA expands O&M business in South America

SMA has announced the completion of contracts for the operation and maintenance of two solar power plants in Chile. The plants are owned by Atlas Renewable Energies, and have a combined capacity of 180 MW. The plants include both SMA inverters and those of other manufacturers.

Haitian energy entrepreneurs call for investment security

At an international PV conference held in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, companies were demanding improvements to the political framework for the development of solar power in the country. Additionally, calls were made for low interest loans for private individuals, to cover initial investment in a PV system.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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