Portugal

EDP to build Portugal’s first MW-sized PV plant coupled with storage

The 3.8 MW project is conceived for self-consumption of two facilities of the lead-acid battery manufacturer Exide in Castanheira do Ribatejo and Azambuja.

Spanish utility Audax signs up for another 300 MW of solar power

The power company has reportedly moved to expand its Iberian solar portfolio to a huge 1.7 GW with the latest deal, signed with Trina Solar and related to projects planned for the south and east of Spain.

Portugal’s EDP confirms plans to divest generation assets and invest in renewables

The utility could invest up to €7 billion in renewable energy projects up to 2022.

Portugal approves plan to improve grid, announces 1.75 GW to be allocated in first solar auction

Portugal’s government has approved its 2018-2027 plan to strengthen its grid to integrate large volumes of renewable energy. Environment minister João Matos Fernandes has also revealed the solar auction planned for next summer will offer around 1.75 GW of capacity.

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European PV market grew 36% to reach 11 GW in 2018

Solarpower Europe has released its estimates for Europe’s installation figures in 2018. A reduction in system prices and a policy push boosted solar across the continent. And if the trade association’s CEO is to be believed, the newfound growth has just begun.

World’s largest private solar PPA signed in Iberia

Audax Renovables has signed an agreement with Welink under which the Spanish company will buy – for 20 years at a fixed price – the energy produced by solar facilities with a total 708 MW of generation capacity that Welink will develop in Spain and Portugal. German group Allianz will buy the solar plants after completion.

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Two more large-scale PV deals announced in Portugal

Switzerland-based Edisun Power has acquired a 49 MW solar project in northeastern Portugal which is expected to be completed in the second half of next year. Cubico has secured financing for three operational PV facilities with a 29.6 MW capacity in the south of the country.

Portugal to hold first solar auctions in June

The announcement was given by the country’s Minister of Environment and Ecological Transition, Matos Fernandes. Two kinds of auction will be held for PV: for large-scale projects granted a feed-in premium tariff, and for smaller installations including rooftop awarded a fixed tariff.

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Solar will rebound this year with more than 100 GW of new capacity

Wood Mackenzie’s number-crunchers are the latest analysts queueing up to predict a bumper year ahead for PV, with falling prices, rising efficiency rates and booming markets outside China all on the cards. And it could be a make-or-break year for mega-projects, says Wood Mac.

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Cepsa and Masdar ink agreement for 600 MW of renewables in Iberia

The energy companies have signed a partnership agreement to expand their portfolios on the Iberian peninsula. Spain and Portugal have ambitious decarbonization plans requiring large capacities of renewable energy resources in the years to come. Spain’s PV market could reach 6 GW this year.

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