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DEWA receives 95 expressions of interest for 800MW Dubai solar project

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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has received 95 expressions of interest from international energy companies for the third phase of its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

In September, DEWA put out the tender request for the 800MW project, which is currently being built in the Seih Al Dahal area of Dubai.

The project is based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. The 200MW second phase was awarded to a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and Spain’s Grupo TSK. It is anticipated that the third phase will be broken up and awarded to several bidders.

DEWA is now preparing Request for Qualification (RFQ) documents for the third phase, which is expected to be released by November. Meanwhile the full tender is expected to be released before 2016.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of DEWA, said the park's capacity will eventually reach 3GW by 2030.

He added: “DEWA has proved its flexibility to meet updates in the energy sector based on its success in getting the cheapest international price for solar power, at US$ 5.4 cents per kilowatt hour. We increased the targeted energy mix for renewable energy target in the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 from 1% to 7% by 2020 and from 5% to 15% by 2030.”

Al Tayer said the second 200MW project will be ready by April 2017.

Once complete the park will include a museum for solar and include an R&D centre including one section for PV and another for CSP testing.

German PV module manufacturer Heckert Solar taking production to 300MW

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Germany-based PV module manufacturer Heckert Solar said was expanding production capacity to around 300MW to improve cost competitiveness.

Heckert Solar said the capacity expansion was expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter 2016, providing around 60MW of new capacity. Details on capital expenditure requirements were not disclosed.

However, the company noted that the with the capacity expansion it was also migrating module production from 4 to 5 busbar technology, providing an increase in module efficiencies, as part of its strategy to remain competitive and response to the possible expiration of the minimum import pricing (MIP) of Chinese produced modules.

Michael Bönisch, sales manager of Heckert Solar GmbH said, "We have fewer concerns about the unfair competition from some Chinese manufacturers, as compared to the legal and political uncertainties. Should the latter be dispelled, we are ready to quickly invest in the further expansion of our production capacity. "

Recently, German-based PV module assembler, aleo solar said it was adding 200MW of solar cell production to its previously dedicated module manufacturing facility via its parent (Sino-American Silicon) subsidiary Sunrise Global Solar.

China Sunergy posts further losses on Q1 shipment and revenue declines

weijing3333 4 years ago • updated by alice915 4 years ago 1
Struggling PV module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has reported a first quarter 2015 net loss of US$12.2 million as revenue fell 27.8% and shipments declined 37.2% from the prior quarter.

Despite a positive operating income of US$5.5 million in the first quarter, compared with loss from operations of US$2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, CSUN was also impacted by the depreciation of RMB against US dollar, Euro against US dollar and Turkish Lila against US dollar to the tune of a US$14.3 million expense.

The foreign exchange loss related to its Turkey-based cell/module plant was approximately US$4.3 million and around US$10.5 million at its mainland China facilities.

CSUN exited the first quarter of 2015 with cash and cash equivalents of US$32.4 million and restricted cash of US$147.4 million but has approximately US$377.2 million in borrowings that fall due within 2015. The company raised going concern issues in its 2014 annual report.

CSUN had revenue of US$91.5 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with US$126.7 million in the prior quarter due to lower shipments to customers in China and Europe.

Revenue from self-brand modules and cells business totalled US$84.3 million in the quarter, accounting for 92.1% of the total revenue, while revenue from the modules and cells processed under OEM arrangements were US$6.6 million, or for 7.2% of total revenue.

Despite the declines, own module ASPs were US$0.58/W, down from US$0.59/W in the prior quarter, though ASPs for the full-year 2014 stood at US$0.63/W.

Gross profit for the first quarter was US$10.3 million on gross margin of 11.3%, compared to gross profit of US$5.2 million on gross margin of 4.1% for the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in gross profit and gross margin was said to be primarily due to higher shipments of self-branded modules and lower material costs as well as R&D costs.

The company did provide guidance for the second quarter or update on debt repayments looming. CSUN is also facing another NASDAQ de-listing notice.

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8minutenergy Renewables signs PPA for 191MW solar farm in Los Angeles

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PV developer 8minutenergy Renewables has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for the 191MW Springbok 2 solar farm, located north of Los Angeles in Kern County, California.

The plant, located on 283 hectares of abandoned farmland, will supply renewable energy to more than 110,000 homes in southern California. 8minutenergy began developing the project in 2011.

The Springbok 2 project, which will use an advanced tracking system, is expected to reach commercial operation in Q4 2016. It is also expected to create around 300 direct and 400 indirect jobs during construction, according to the company.

8minutenergy chief executive Martin Hermann, said: “8minutenergy is enjoying tremendous momentum and has established itself as the leading independent solar provider in the US with 1,400MW of contracted projects. We broke ground on the Springbok 1 project as scheduled, and we’re pleased the Springbok 2 project is following close behind right on schedule.”

SCPPA signed the agreement on behalf of its participating member, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

Michael Webster, LADWP executive director of power system engineering and technical services, said: “Developing the Springbok 2 solar project is a critical step toward creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles and meeting our renewable energy targets of 25% by 2016 and 33% by 2020. We are very pleased the agreement has been achieved and the project is moving forward,”


Hanwha Q CELLS signs deal for 170MW of PV in Austin, Texas

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The city of Austin in Texas is continuing its emergence as a US solar heavyweight with the news that Hanwha Q CELLS USA is to build a 170MW PV power plant for utility Austin Energy.

The two firms have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the project, which Hanwha will build on a privately owned site in Pecos County in the western part of Texas.

Last month the City of Austin, which runs Austin Energy, voted in favour plans to increase the city’s solar procurement target from 300MW to 450MW by 2019.

This followed plans outlined last year by Recurrent Energy to build 150MW of grid-competitive PV for Austin Energy under a 20-year PPA.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Hanwha to bring more clean solar energy to our customers,” said Larry Weis, general manager of Austin Energy, which serves 1 million residents in the Greater Austin area. “This action moves us closer to the City of Austin’s goal of 55% renewable energy production by 2025.”

The site for the latest project is close to several other large solar farms in development and will be connected to Texas’ ERCOT grid. Hanwha said interconnection applications for 10GW of solar have been filed with ERCOT.

“We’re very excited by the opportunity to work with Austin Energy and support their goal of adding significant solar energy to their generation portfolio,” said Laurence Greene, chief development officer of Hanwha Q CELLS USA. “The solar facility will be a state-of-the-art generation resource using high-performing and efficient technology that will transform the underutilised site into an environmentally sustainable source of power to the local community.”

Hanwha will develop, design and build the project. No timeline was given for completion.


Seraphim Solar plans US assembly plant expansion to 1GW

weijing3333 4 years ago • updated by alice915 4 years ago 2
China-based PV module manufacturer Seraphim Solar is expecting its first overseas facility (300MW) in Jackson, Mississippi to be operational in November 2015 and plans at expand capacity to 1GW over the next three years.

The module assembly plant is claimed to be equipped with highly automated equipment and said to be “the most intelligent automated production line in the industry”.

"Building this plant in the USA is one of many steps to Seraphim's aggressive global strategy,” said Justin Xi, the Global Executive GM of Seraphim. “We are continuing to expand in order to meet the increasing global demand for our products."

The company said that it had recently completed its 600MW module assembly capacity expansion in China, providing a nameplate capacity of 1.1GW.

The company had announced the expansion in May, 2014 according to PV Tech’s quarterly capacity announcement report, published in sister technical journal Photovoltaics International.

Seraphim also revealed that its US assembly plant would be producing its DuraFlex modules, which are able to bear up to 8000Pa mechanical load as well as its ‘smart’ module offering ‘EzBox’ configured with three junction boxes, to reducing issues with rooftop shading and boost module performance.

Seraphim was the first PV module manufacturer to pass TUV SUD 'Thresher' test and TUV SUD’s on-site Power Measurement Validation program, which guarantees the modules true power output, compared to STC.

Thai utility Superblock to acquire five solar companies

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Super Solar Energy Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thai utility Superblock, will acquire five solar energy companies, according to a filing on the Thailand Stock Exchange.

The transaction is worth a total 14 billion baht (US$396 million) and the five project companies have a combined capacity of 290MW of electricity generation.

The five companies are:

Power Technology International (PTI) – 55.6MW
Energy Serve (ESERVE) – 81.45MW
Infinite Alternative Energy (IAE) – 87MW
Amanuve (AMN) – 30MW
Sri Naga Power (SNP) – 36MW
In the filing, Jormsup Lochaya, Superblock chairman of the board, said: “The company has a policy to invest in business expansion and production of electricity from renewable energy. In particular solar – the company plans to expand this side constantly.”

In June, Superblock announced plans to invest 30 billion baht this year to expand its solar energy business.

The company set a 500MW target for commercial operation of solar capacity this year. At the time, it had already signed deals for 396MW of solar plants for 2015. The company also aims to double capacity to 1GW in 2016 and up to 2GW over the next three years.


Sempra adds another 100MW to Mesquite Solar Complex

weijing3333 4 years ago • updated by alice915 4 years ago 1
The Mesquite Solar 2 addition is expected to be completed in late 2016, prior to the step-down of the US Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for utility projects from 30% to 10%.Southern California Edison has agreed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the output from the expansion. The deal is awaiting approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

The Mesquite Solar Complex is around 60 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona.

"We are pleased to support Southern California Edison's commitment to diversify its growing renewable energy portfolio through the development of Mesquite Solar 2," said Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra US Gas & Power. "The expansion of our landmark Mesquite Solar complex reflects the progressive vision and leadership by the state of Arizona and Maricopa County, and we look forward to delivering a new supply of clean, emission-free energy to California consumers," he added.

Work on Mesquite 2 will begin this autumn with as many as 600 workers onsite during its peak.

The completed 1,600 hectares site will have a total capacity of 400MW, taking the company’s solar portfolio past the 1GW mark.


DuPont touts role in REC Solar’s ‘TwinPeak’ module

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DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) said it had recently collaborated with PV module manufacturer REC Solar in bringing its ‘TwinPeak’ module to market. DuPont noted that it’s ‘Solamet’ PV76x metallization paste, an advanced front side silver material designed specifically to enhance Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology was used in REC Solar’s half-cut cells.

“This achievement is the result of close collaboration in which DuPont and REC have focused on optimizing successive generations of materials and manufacturing technologies so that they work better together,” said Thomas Lin, global photovoltaics marketing manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. “DuPont continues to innovate with Solamet pastes and bring the latest advanced materials to help improve the power output of solar panels even further. PERC is an exciting technology that Solamet pastes enable, and REC is getting outstanding results.”

The TwinPeak Series feature half cut cells, split junction boxes, four bus bars and PERC technology, resulting in higher overall energy yield.

REC Solar is currently running production at its Singapore plant at full capacity and is expected to complete a capacity expansion to 1.3GW by the end of the year, while migrating more of its existing capacity to PERC technology and boosting its TwinPeak module production.