EnXco signs 31-MW PPA with Marin Clean Energy
EDF Energies Nouvelles subsidiary enXco has signed a power purchase agreement with Marin Clean Energy for 31 MW of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a news release. EnXco will server as developer, owner and operated of the solar project, which will be located on six potential sites in Kern, Kings and/or Tulare counties in California.
Under a 25-year contract, Marin Clean Energy will purchase from the project, which also includes a 1 MW solar carport facility to be built in Marin County. Construction is expected to start in the fall 2013, with commercial operations anticipated by March 31, 2014. The combined sites will generate 60,000 annual MWh of energy production.
GT Advanced Technologies acquires Missouri solar company
GT Advanced Technologies Inc. has acquired privately-held Confluence Solar Inc. for $80 million in cash. Confluence Solar develops HiCz technology that enables the production of high efficiency monocrystalline solar ingots. The acquisition is expected to become accretive in the second half of GT Advanced Technologies’ fiscal year 2013. “This acquisition adds an innovative technology to GT’s PV product portfolio that is well aligned with our strategy to rapidly innovate and develop next-generation crystal growth solutions,” GT Advanced Technologies President and CEO Tom Gutierrez said in a statement.
Foster Wheeler subsidiary wins 2 solar steam generator contracts in Spain
Foster Wheeler AG subsidiary Global Power Group has received two contracts to supply solar steam generator systems to two separate solar projects in Spain.
The company’s first contract is with UTE Africa Solar, which is an engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the50-MW La Africana solar thermal power plant in Fuente Palmera. The equipment delivery is scheduled for second quarter of 2012. Foster Wheeler will also provide site advisory services during the plant’s commissioning phase.
Global Power Group has been awarded the second by UTE Termosolar Olivenza, which is a joint venture created by Acciona and Seridom. UTE Termosolar Olivenza is an EPC contractor for the 50-MW Olivenza Solar Thermal Power Plant in Olivenza. The equipment delivery is scheduled for first quarter of 2012. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Suntech Power to supply solar panels for 23-MW Calif. plant
SunPeak Solar LLC has selected Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. to supply 28.7MW of solar panels for a 23-MW solar power plant in Niland, California. SunPeak Solar subsidiary Imperial Valley Solar Co. 1 LLC will be responsible for the project’s construction, including the installation of about 100,000 units of Suntech’s 285/290W Vd-Series modules with advanced SuperPoly silicon processing technology.
The solar facility, which constructed on a 123-acre lot, will generate enough energy to power approximately 14,000 homes within the utility’s service area in Imperial County and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties. The project will support Imperial Irrigation District’s plan to comply with California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires electricity service providers to meet 33% of retail electricity sales with renewable sources by the end of 2020.
The solar plant will also help Imperial Irrigation District meet daily peak electricity demands, as last year the district reached its highest peak demand ever of 1,004 MW. The solar project will potentially provide for about 2.29% of the utility’s peak demand, supplying decades of clean electricity primarily during peak demand hours. The North American Development Bank will provide a $77.4 million credit facility to support the project.
JinkoSolar opens European office in Switzerland
JinkoSolar has opened a new office in Zug, Switzerland. The Zug branch, which has been operational since the start of August, will be responsible for expanding JinkoSolar’s local operational capabilities to better service its expanding European customer base.
“In recent years, JinkoSolar has cemented itself as one of the most trustworthy partners across Europe. This success can be largely attributed to the company’s commitment to ensuring that our customers have a reliable, local support team available,” JinkoSolar Chairman Xiande Li said. “To this end, we are pleased to announce the opening of our new branch in Switzerland. The Zug region has a stellar reputation due to its favourable business climate, and we are looking forward to establishing operations in this region to enhance our customers’ experiences in the European market.”