Canadian Solar and EDF Energies Nouvelles have obtained a BRL529m ($163m) in project financing from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) for their 191.5 MW solar power project known as Pirapora I project in Brazil.
The third phase for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai has reached financial close.
Mott MacDonald has been selected as owner’s engineer by Pacifico Energy K.K. for the 257.7MW Sakuto solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Mimasaka-shi, Japan.
Construction work has commenced on an industrial solar project at the Sun Metals zinc refinery in North Queensland, Australia.
CIMIC Group company UGL has won engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts to design and build two new solar farms in Australia.
Downer EDI has won an AUD200M ($148M) contract from Palisade Investment Partners and ESCO Pacific (ESCO) for a solar power project near Townsville in Queensland, Australia.
Engineering and infrastructure firm RCR Tomlinson has secured a $175M contract to design and build a solar farm in Dalby, Queensland, Australia.
Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC has started construction on a JPY35bn ($315M) solar power plant in Japan.
Canadian Solar has secured $97M in debt financing from Prudential Capital Group for its 92MWp IS-42 solar power project near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM) has started construction on Don José solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco has broken ground on the NOOR Ouarzazate IV plant, the fourth and final phase of the Ouarzazate solar complex.
Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM), the Mexican unit of energy firm Enel, has begun construction on a 754MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Viesca, Coahuila, Mexico.
RCR Tomlinson in collaboration with Manildra Prop Pty has won an $85M contract to design and construct a major utility solar farm at Manildra in New South Wales, Australia.
A consortium formed by Hanwha Q Cells and Turkish firm Kalyon Enerji has won the tender to build a 1GW solar power plant in Turkey.Expected to be the region's largest project of kind, the new solar power plant will be established in the Karapinar region at a tariff of US$0.0699/kWh.Estimated to cost $1.3bn, the project will have an installed capacity of 1,000MW (AC) and will generate enough electricity to power more than 600,000 households. The consortium will also establish 500MW of fully integrated PV manufacturing capacity in the country. It will be operational within 21 months.Murtaza Ata, Kalyon Energy Group president, said: “This is a big step towards reducing the external energy dependency on which the Ministry has been focusing over the past year.“With this project, Turkey's external energy dependency will decrease. This project shall also open opportunity window to extend solar business beyond our borders since Turkey has a significant geographical importance due to its close proximity to the Middle East and North Africa, where solar power potential is quite significant."Hanwha Q Cells chairman and CEO, Seong-Woo Nam, said: "We are excited to be a part of this historic milestone energy project in Turkey and the region. We will bring our leading technology and operations expertise to bring environmentally sustainable energy solutions to Turkey and to support the Turkish government's aim to be energy independent."The power plant is expected to become operational within 21 months.
Australia-based engineering firm RCR Tomlinson has secured a contract worth over $80M from Edify Energy and Wirsol Energy for the first phase of the Gannawarra Solar Farm in Victoria, Australia.
Construction on the 800MW phase three of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai is set to start at the end of January, it was announced at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2017.
Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB) has begun construction of the Horizonte solar plant in Brazil.
Toshiba has won a JPY9bn ($89M) order from Thailand’s Gunkul Engineering to build a solar power plant in Kimitsu, Chiba prefecture, Japan.The facility, located on a 47-hectare site, will have a power generation capacity of about 33.5MW. As per the terms of the contract, Toshiba will be responsible for the plant’s overall engineering — including basic design and the supply of major equipment — and construction.The plant will generate about 45M kWh of electricity annually, enough to meet the needs of 10,000 households. The power plant — expected to reduce 20,000t of carbon dioxide emissions annually — is scheduled to commence operation in March 2019.
Sener and Acciona have begun the turnkey construction of the €500M Kathu Solar Park Complex in South Africa.Located in the town of Kathu, in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, the 100MW plant will be able to generate enough electricity to supply 80,000 homes.Both firms will carry out the engineering, construction management and commissioning of the plant until its turnkey delivery. The project, part of the 2010 Integrated Resource Program (IRP) National Electricity Plan, will provide an increase in the country's generation capacity until it reaches 86.8GW in 2030.The project, which uses Sener’s ‘SENERtrough’ technology and a molten salt storage system, is scheduled to commence operations in 2018. It represents the second solar thermal project in South Africa on which both companies are working together, the first being the recently-opened 50MW Bokpoort plant.
Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power and Origis Energy have started construction on the $100M solar power plant in Lamar County, Mississippi.Located on a 590-acre site, the facility will feature more than 215,000 polycrystalline solar panels and will produce 52MW of energy, enough to supply about 8,000 homes. Mississippi Power will secure all energy and related renewable energy credits generated by the plant that is set to become the largest solar facility in Mississippi when completed.Mississippi Power president and CEO Anthony Wilson said: "By working with Origis Energy and the Area Development Partnership, we will have nearly doubled the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy going to the Mississippi Power grid."The project will create nearly 100 construction jobs and is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2017.