Monday, October 10, 2016

Paiute Announce Approval of 100MW Solar Power Project on Tribal Land

CLARK COUNTY, NV -(eSolarEnergyNews)--As part of President Obama’s commitment to build strong, sustainable tribal communities and the Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians and First Solar to announce approval of the 100-megawatt Aiya Solar Project on tribal trust land in Clark County, Nevada. Secretary Jewell’s visit to Nevada was the last of a three-state tour to highlight Obama Administration efforts to support renewable energy.

Located about 40 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the Aiya Solar Project is the third utility-scale photovoltaic facility approved for development on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation. The project is the 60th renewable energy project approved for federally administered land since 2009 as part of a Department-wide effort to advance smart development of renewable energy on our nation's public lands.

First Solar Commissions 52.5MW Shams Ma’an Plant in Jordan

TEMPE, AZ --(eSolarEnergyNews)--First Solar, today announced that it has commissioned the 52.5 megawatt (MW)AC

The plant is owned by a consortium of investors consisting of Diamond Generating Europe Ltd., Nebras Power Q.S.C. and the Kawar Group. First Solar significantly contributed to the development of the project before divesting its stake and being appointed the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor. Shams Ma’an has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), the country’s power generation and distribution authority.
Shams Ma’an project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on schedule.

Friday, October 07, 2016

AZ Company Surpasses 1 Gigawatt of Solar Energy Capacity

PHOENIX, AZ--(eSolarEnergyNews)--This summer, APS surpassed one gigawatt of solar energy capacity, becoming the only utility outside of California to achieve this milestone. When generating at full power, this capacity meets the partial daytime needs of 250,000 Arizona homes. The company’s total investment in solar energy is approximately $2 billion.

APS’s solar portfolio is almost an even split between rooftop systems and grid-scale projects, with 551 megawatts coming from rooftop systems and 499 megawatts coming from grid-scale projects.
“APS customers benefit from the fact that when you include energy from APS’s other renewable energy sources — wind, geothermal, biomass and biogas – and the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, nearly half of all the power on APS’s system is carbon-free,” said Tammy McLeod, APS Vice President of Resource Management. “A cleaner energy mix is a top priority for us, with solar playing an important role.”

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

SolarCity Begins Residential Service for South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SC,  --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SolarCity  today announced that it has launched residential solar service in South Carolina. The nation's number one solar power provider will make it possible for many local homeowners to immediately pay less for solar each month than they previously paid for utility bills and be eligible for thousands in additional dollars from applicable tax credits.

SolarCity expects to open a local operations installation center in the Charleston area at the end of October, and is actively hiring solar installers and salespeople now.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Ohio Northern University Starts Construction on 2 MW Solar Array

ADA, OH --(eSolarEnergyNews)--
Construction is beginning on a 2-megawatt solar array that will supply about 10 percent of Ohio Northern University's annual electricity needs.

Under a 25-year power purchase agreement, ONU will purchase electricity directly from the array without needing to invest capital in construction and maintenance.

Using 18,000 thin-film panels from First Solar, the array will include a single-axis tracker that moves panels to follow the sun, allowing maximum solar harvest.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Yingli and SolarAid Partner on $5 Solar Light for Rural Africa

BAODING,CHINA, -- (eSolarEnergyNews)--Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited , one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH (Yingli Europe) has partnered with SolarAid, a leading international charity that combats poverty and climate change, to launch the world's most affordable quality solar light, the SM100.

The new solar light was designed and developed by Yingli Europe, with the support of a UK industrial design agency, to meet critical price and performance specifications of SolarAid. SolarAid's objectives were to provide a tough, durable solar light for use in rural Africa, which meets Lighting Africa standards and retails for $5 in Africa, in order to make electrical light more accessible to the 598 million people in Africa who lack access to electricity.

Utah Red Hills Solar Power Facility Purchased by Macquarie Infrastructure

Red Hills Solar Power Facility UtahNEW YORK, NY--(eSolarEnergyNew)--Macquarie Infrastructure, through its MIC Renewable Energy Holdings subsidiary, has entered into an agreement to acquire the sponsor equity in the 80 megawatt Utah Red Hills solar power facility from Scatec Solar ASA. MREH did not disclose the terms of the transaction.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement for the acquisition of an eighth solar photovoltaic facility and increased the size of our portfolio of renewable power generation to nearly 350 megawatts,” said James Hooke, chief executive officer of MIC. “The Utah Red Hills plant is expected to contribute to improved visibility into our cash generation as a result of both a proven level of production and a power purchase agreement with a remaining life of 20 years.”