- Africa Regional Director, Marketing & Customer Engagement - Solar PV Sales (based from Nairobi, Kenya)
- Location: Kenya
- 11/10/2016 read more
- Asset Manager – Solar Projects in Japan
- Location: Japan
- 10/10/2016 read more
- Installation and Service Technician – Wind Turbines (Home based - Japan)
- Location: Japan
- 07/10/2016 read more
- Project Managers – Geothermal, Hydro & Wind Projects - West Africa (based in Nairobi or Kampala)
- Location: West Africa
- 02/10/2016 read more
- Director, Business Development – Solar Microgrids, West Africa (based from Lagos, Nigeria)
- Location: Lagos, Nigeria
- 30/09/2016 read more
PRNEWSWIRE - Trina Solar has supplied PV modules totaling 61MW for the Green Tower project in the German federal state of Brandenburg. More than 252,000 multi-crystalline Trina Solar modules, each with an average output of more than 240Wp, have been installed on the former Preschen airfield in Jocksdorf, Brandenburg.
Following a land conversion process, the compound was developed into a giant solar farm with rows of modules extending for more than a kilometre. The PV park that now covers the former military field has been fully commissioned and is considered to be one of the most efficient plants in the world. It provides clean solar power covering the annual energy needs of approximately 17,000 households. "Selecting Trina Solar as our main module provider was a very good choice," said Alfred Behrens , CEO at AB Unternehmensberatung & Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, who initiated the project. "Because construction advanced well ahead of schedule, we ordered an additional 5.5MW of modules, which Trina Solar was able to provide and deliver to the site in just three days. Delivery capacity like that is hard to beat. And in terms of product quality, Trina Solar is top-class."
"We are glad to have contributed to the success of this solar farm as the main module provider," said Ben Hill , Head of Europe at Trina Solar. "Their decision to work with Trina Solar clearly endorses our corporate strategy and priorities: high quality and adherence to schedules, and being flexible when parameters change – these are the ingredients you need to make large-scale projects like this successful."
SOLAR NOVUS TODAY - The German company Schletter and the Spanish company Grupo Clavijo have formed a joint venture to develop PV plants in South Africa with horizontal-single axis trackers.
PV mounting systems manufacturer Schletter and Grupo Clavijo, specialising in the design, manufacture and assembly of solar trackers and structures, have signed an agreement to build large-scale projects in South Africa.
Solarworld AG (SWV), the German solar-panel maker that led a group of manufacturers in a complaint against unfair competition from Chinese companies, expects the European Union to announce anti-dumping duties as early as May.
EU regulators may impose preliminary anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar products on May 1 or June 1, Chief Executive Officer Frank Asbeck said yesterday in an interview. The shares rose the most in more than a year in Frankfurt.
Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL), the world’s third- biggest maker of solar panels, and JinkoSolar Holding Co. (JKS) expect to deliver more products this year as China’s efforts to promote its domestic solar industry take hold.
Growth in Changzhou, China-based Trina’s shipments will surge by at least 30 percent in 2013 from a year ago, outpacing global market demand, Terry Wang, Trina’s chief financial officer, said in a phone interview. JinkoSolar, China’s eighth- biggest panel producer, will boost shipments 20 percent to 30 percent to more than 1.2 gigawatts, said Sebastian Liu, the Shanghai-based company’s director of investor relations.
RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - Trina Solar is to supply up to 55MW of solar PV modules to renewables developer Anesco over the coming months.
Its PC14 280W modules will be supplied for installation at eight solar farm projects across the south of England. Anesco and Trina marked the deal as the start of a long-term relationship between the companies, with Trina predicting the market of 2013 will be the “year of the solar farm”.
EBR - Solar panels manufacturer SunPower will deploy a 7.5MW system at the Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant in the city of Phoenix US.
The company will design, manufacture and install 22,936 panels to produce 15 million kWh energy per annum to meet 70% of the plants energy requirement. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton remarked that the city enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year making it easier for the local government to support solar power initiatives.
BNEF: New investment in clean energy dropped by 11% in 2012; Japan and South Africa leading new markets
SOLARSERVER - Clean energy investment declined 11% in 2012, weighed down by regulatory uncertainty and policy changes in big markets such as the US, India, Spain and Italy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNF) reports.
Sharply lower prices of solar and wind technology due to BNF also exerted downward pressure on investment volumes, though they allow higher installation levels per dollar of funding.
BLOOMBERG - Power for 2014 delivery in Germany and France dropped to records as rising solar output is expected to cut demand for other electricity sources.
German power, a European benchmark, fell as much as 1.5 percent, according to broker data compiled by Bloomberg. The equivalent French contract declined 0.3 percent.Electricity for Germany next year lost 65 cents to 43.30 euros ($57.93) a megawatt-hour, it’s biggest decline since March 6, according to broker data compiled by Bloomberg. The French equivalent lost 15 cents to 46.20 euros.
Komax Solar orders hit rock bottom in 2012; headcount reduced 50%
PVTECH - New orders of back-end module assembly equipment at Komax Solar declined a massive 90% in 2012 on the back of overcapacity, consolidation and capitulation of customers, especially in Asia and China in particular.
In releasing preliminary 2012 financial results Komaz Group reported total sales of approximately CHF285 million, down from CHF371.4 million in 2011.
OCI selects RES Americas to build first 41 MW phase of Alamo solar PV project
SOLARSERVER - OCI Solar Power LLC (San Antonio, Texas, US) has selected Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas, Broomfield, Colorado, US) to serve as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the first 41 MW phase of its Alamo solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the US state of Texas.
In July 2012, OCI signed a contract with public utility CPS Energy (San Antonio, Texas, US) to build 400 MW of PV plants in and around San Antonio, Texas. OCI has also contracted with KACO New Energy GmbH (Neckarsulm, Germany) to supply inverters for the project.
Bonnaroo Crowd Funds 50 KW Solar System From Festival Ticket Fees
GTM - There are different ways to crowd-source the funding of a solar or clean energy project. There are emerging peer-to-peer lending platforms like Solar Mosaic which connect investors to solar projects. Unlike Kickstarter, Solar Mosaic seeks to provide a return to its investors.
Perhaps more simply, there is what the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee did. The festivas 50 kilowatt solar project was fully funded by any opt in one dollar contribution that fans chose to make when purchasing tickets to the music festival. Previous opt ins have funded a compost pad and garden at the show.
Cosmo Oil, Showa Shell to Form Venture to Operate Solar Plants (26MW)
BLOOMBERG - Cosmo Oil Co. (5007), Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (5002) and Development Bank of Japan Inc. agreed to form a venture to build and operate solar power plants in Japan.
The companies plan to construct eight solar stations with a total capacity of 26 megawatts, they said in a statement today. The sites for the power plants will mostly be former Cosmo Oil depots.
SOLAR NOVUS TODAY - To represent the growing energy storage industry sector, the German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher (BVES) was established in Berlin.
Its goal is to bring together the relevant decision makers in the sector, to offer expertise to policy makers and the public, to speed up the development of the market and to build a strong contact network. Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber, Speaker of the Fraunhofer Alliance Energy and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, assumed the office of Founding President of the BVES.
"Our association envisages its mission as establishing energy storage as an energy resource along with the conventional and renewable energy supply in order to introduce more efficient, reliable, low-cost and safe energy ressources. To fulfil this vision we want to support the development of a stable energy storage market in Germany, which will then also serve as a model for additional markets in Europe and worldwide," continued Prof. Dr. Weber.
Canadian Consortium Signs PPA for 50 MW Solar PV Plant in Ecuador
BUSINESSWIRE - A Canadian consortium of renewable energy developers including Solexica Energy Corporation, JCM Capital and Radical Energy Inc. has signed a 20-year concession agreement with CONELEC for the purchase of electricity generated by the combined 62.5MWp PV (50 MWac) power plants located in the Republic of Ecuador.
The plants are being developed as a result of strong government support for renewable energy, demonstrated specifically by the country’s innovative and ambitious non-conventional energy initiatives and regulations – specifically by CONELEC’s feed-in-tariff policy enacted in early 2011. Under the terms of the agreement, power generated by the plants will be purchased at US40.03 cents/kWh and distributed to the national electrical grid.
“These projects combined will represent one of the largest construction-ready feed-in-tariff based solar PV facilities in Latin America” Adam Hepworth, CEO of Solexica said. Christian Wray, CEO of JCM added “that this endeavour is a tremendous stimulant to the local economy and a much needed supplement to the current energy deficit in Ecuador.”
In total, the plants are expected to bring over USD $200 million in investment to the local economy and generate approximately 400 construction jobs.
TODAYS ENERGY SOLUTIONS - Trina Solar Limited has obtained approval from the Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission to develop a 50MW grid-connected solar power plant project in Wuwei, Gansu, China.
The project is expected to support economic stimulus in a region challenged by semi-desert conditions. The Wuwei municipality is well-suited for solar energy production due to favorable irradiance and the ability to sell off electricity to other regions in addition to supplying local needs.
"We are delighted to have been granted the rights to develop this solar project in Wuwei, Gansu province," says Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO, Trina Solar. "This project will bring not only job opportunities to the Wuwei region of Gansu, but also environmentally friendly renewable energy which is vital to the overall economic development of the region."
Wind turbines in central and eastern Europe may power 9 million homes by the end of this decade if local governments take steps to encourage investments, the European Wind Energy Association said in a study.
Twelve nations in the region including Poland and Romania plan to raise installed wind power capacity to 16 gigawatts by 2020 from 6.4 gigawatts at the end of 2012, EWEA said today in an e-mailed statement. Turkey seeks to increase capacity to 20 gigawatts from 2.3 gigawatts now within the next decade.
“Wind energy in Central and Eastern Europe, including Turkey, will substantially reduce the fossil fuel dependency of the power sectors,” said Christian Kjaer, head of the lobby group. “Some countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria are without stable renewable energy legislation. Investors and banks will withdraw unless governments put in place long-term renewable energy policies.”
Companies such as General Electric Co. (GE) and Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) are seeking to tap sales in emerging markets in Eastern European nations, which are adding generation capacity while driving down carbon emissions.
GE said today it will supply seven wind turbines worth about $30 million to Energia Verde Ventuno Srl, a Romanian private company, for a project in the southeastern Romanian county of Tulcea.
Wind is now cheaper than fossil fuels in producing electricity in Australia, the world’s biggest coal exporter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Electricity can be supplied from a new wind farm in Australia at a cost of A$80 ($84) per megawatt hour, compared with A$143 a megawatt hour from a new coal-fired power plant or A$116 from a new station powered by natural gas when the cost of carbon emissions is included, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Coal-fired power stations built in the 1970s and 1980s can still produce power at a lower cost than that of wind, the research shows.
Relying on fossil fuels to produce electricity is getting more expensive because of the government’s price on carbon emissions imposed last year, higher financing costs and rising natural gas prices, BNEF said. The cost of wind generation has fallen by 10 percent since 2011 on lower equipment expenses, while the cost of solar power has dropped by 29 percent.
“The fact that wind power is now cheaper than coal and gas in a country with some of the world’s best fossil fuel resources shows that clean energy is a game changer which promises to turn the economics of power systems on its head,” Michael Liebreich, chief executive officer of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in a statement today.
While wind energy has become more competitive, Australia’s plan to get at least 20 percent of its power from renewables by the end of the decade is still required to drive investment because of weak energy demand, the report said.
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., China’s largest wind-turbine maker, said in December that it’s studying new projects in Australia, while Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest turbine maker, said in November it expects to keep more than 50 percent of the Australian market.
Australia last year started charging its biggest polluters a price of A$23 a metric ton for their carbon emissions to discourage the use of fossil fuels and fight climate change. Natural gas prices in Australia may triple by 2030, BNEF said.
“The low and falling costs of renewable energy and high and rising costs of coal- and gas-fired plants suggest that much of Australia’s new generating capacity is likely to be renewable,” Sydney-based Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Kobad Bhavnagri wrote in the report.
AGL Energy Ltd., Australia’s largest developer of renewable energy projects, said in November that it expected the A$1 billion ($1.03 billion) Macarthur wind farm in Victoria state to begin operating fully this month. AGL in October suspended the development of the first stage of its 1,000-megawatt Dalton gas- fired power station in New South Wales after reviewing the economic viability for several months.
Driven by hydro- and wind-power projects, renewable energy contributed 9.6 percent of Australia’s electricity production in 2011, up from 8.7 percent the prior year, according to the Clean Energy Council, an industry group.
GDF Suez SA, Europe’s biggest utility by market value, will develop Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco as the nation seeks to boost power output without adding to emissions.
GDF Suez and local company Nareva Holding plan to complete the 300-megawatt Tarfaya project by the end of 2014, the Paris- based utility said today in a statement. The partners, using a 360 million-euro ($488 million) loan from Moroccan banks and 90 million euros of their own capital, will share development costs equally.
With rising electricity demand and untapped wind resources, Morocco is luring developers including Enel Green Power SpA and Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. to build clean-energy projects. The North African nation aims to build 2,000 megawatts of wind capacity by 2020 to curb dependence on fossil fuels.
GDF Suez and Nareva have signed a 20-year agreement to sell the power generated at their project in the southern coastal desert to Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricite & de l’Eau Potable. “Optimal” wind conditions will give the site a utilization rate of 45 percent, GDF Suez said.
“There’s no uncertainty about power prices or volumes,” GDF Suez Chief Executive Officer Gerard Mestrallet said today on a conference call. “There’s no risk.”
Fossil fuel subsidies – which amounted to half a trillion US Dollars worldwide in 2011 – are effectively an incentive to pollute and as such are “public enemy number one to sustainable energy development,” Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency said at EWEA’s 2013 Annual Event in Vienna on Monday.
Christian Kjaer, EWEA CEO, added that European citizens are transferring a rapidly rising share of their wealth to a handful of fossil fuel exporting countries. “In 2009 the EU spent €274 billion on fossil fuels imports – 2.1% of its GDP, a level which increased by €200 billion or 70% over just three years to 2012,” he said. “Today, EU citizens are spending half a billion Euros more each day on fossil fuel imports than they were three years ago,” he added.
“Fossil fuel subsidies do not make sense,” Birol said. Subsidies keep fossil fuels artificially cheap and without a phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies, we will not reach our climate targets. “I hope governments pay attention this,” Birol stated.
“One of the main arguments to keep fossil fuel subsidies is that they protect the poor, but studies show that 80% of fossil fuel subsidies go to middle and high income households,” Birol said.
He also pointed out that oil prices were, in 2012, at $112 per barrel – the highest level in history, and today [February 2013] prices are at $116 per barrel. As oil prices go up, so too do gas prices and today gas prices in the EU are five times higher than those in the US: “The rising oil and gas import bill is a major challenge for the European economy,” he said.
Stable government policies needed
One of the biggest challenges wind energy faces today is the lack of predictability of government policies, and not the lack of predictability of wind power, Birol said at the opening session of the conference. “If governments would be predictable we would win this game,” he added.
Anni Podimata, Vice-President of the European Parliament said retroactive policy changes “clearly undermine investment in renewable energy projects.”
Austrian Environment Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich called on governments to create stable policy frameworks “in order to send clear signals to investors and citizens.” Austria has a target of 34% renewable energy by 2020 and a longer term target of 100% self-sufficiency in energy by 2050.
“Renewables are also a strong economic motor creating green jobs. In Austria there will be 100,000 new green jobs up to 2020,” Berlakovich stated.
Pat Rabbitte, Irish Minister for Energy, said the EU needs to guide growth in renewables through a new renewable energy target beyond 2020. Podimata said a new target of 45% renewable energy by 2030 is “absolutely realistic.”
“Renewables can lead the way to drive Europe out of the crisis to a strong sustainable growth path,” Podimata added.
Since taking office, President Obama has been focused on building an energy economy in the United States that is cleaner as well as more efficient and secure. As part of that effort, the Administration has taken historic action over the past few years to support the development and deployment of renewable energy that will create new jobs and jumpstart new industries in America. And we are making significant progress towards those goals.
Today, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released its Fourth Quarter Market Report for 2012, which highlights a number of exciting milestones.
The American wind industry had its best year ever in 2012, with more than 13,000 MW installed. In the fourth quarter alone, more than 8,000 MW were deployed – an all-time record for the industry and twice as much wind as the previous record set in the fourth quarter 2009.
Thanks to this growth, the wind industry was able to achieve another milestone in 2012: achieving 60 GW of cumulative wind capacity in the United States. To put it another way, the United States today has more than 45,000 wind turbines that provide enough electricity to power 14.7 million homes – roughly equivalent to the number of homes in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, and Ohio combined.
To underscore how quickly wind power is taking root in America, consider this: it took 25 years to reach 10 GW, which occurred in 2006. But it only took four years to grow from 20 GW (2008) to 60GW (2012). And last year – for the first time ever – wind power provided the largest share of new electric capacity (42%) in the United States. Of course, more wind also means less carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. With 60 GW installed, it’s like taking 17.5 million cars off the road.
All of this progress builds on the encouraging trends in renewable energy over the past few years. Since 2008, the U.S. has doubled renewable generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources, and America is now home to some of the largest wind and solar farms in the world. Wind power currently contributes more than 10% of total electricity generation in six states, with two of these states above 20%. And nearly seventy percent of the equipment installed at U.S. wind farms last year – including wind turbines and components like towers, blades, gears, and generators – was made here in the United States, up from just 35 percent in 2005.
This is what we can achieve when we commit ourselves to smart and effective policies that promote clean energy technologies, create jobs, and grow our economy. That’s why, in addition to making the largest investments in clean energy in American history, President Obama fought for – and secured – an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). If the PTC had expired at the end of last year, it would have landed a punishing blow to the domestic wind industry resulting in layoffs for tens of thousands of American workers.
But the President refused to let that happen. So instead of layoffs, we are hearing stories from wind companies all across the country – from Iowa and Colorado, to Ohio and Illinois – that are retaining and re-hiring workers. Instead of moving business overseas, these companies are investing in the next generation of American-made wind technology and are poised for additional growth in the years ahead.
People who work in the Spanish wind energy sector will no doubt be sharing great news with those attending next week’s EWEA 2013 Annual Event in Vienna: the nation’s monthly wind-power output exceeded 6 terawatt-hours for the first time in January.
The Spanish Wind Energy Association’s blog, Somos Eolicos, reported that amount of power would be enough to light most households in the nation.
Bloomberg reported that the association — using data from grid operator Red Electrica de Espana — said the milestone was passed Tuesday this week from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. local time.
“Since Nov. 1, wind has been the top technology in the electrical system,” the association was quoted as saying in a blog posting. “The last time any technology exceeded 6 terawatt-hours of monthly generation was in 2010, when it was combined-cycle gas turbines.”
The Bloomberg story also said that wind generation this month had totaled 6.214 terawatt-hours as of 9:49 a.m. local time Wednesday. That represents more than a quarter of Spain’s total power output, according to Red Electrica, and puts the sector ahead of nuclear and coal-fired electricity.
It added that the association said wind energy has accounted for more power than any other energy source in the three months ending Thursday, a first for any quarter.
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said in its 2011 annual statistical report that Spain had the second largest amount of installed wind power capacity of any EU nation that year. EWEA said that Spain had 23%, or 21.7 gigawatts (GW), of the EU’s total installed capacity of 93.7 GW. Germany was in first place with 31%, or 29.1 GW, of total installed.
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Khi Solar One (50 MW) will be Abengoa´s third commercial solar tower and its first outside of Spain. This plant represents important technological advances in efficiency as it uses higher temperatures during the generation process and has more than double the capacity than the last tower Abengoa built in Spain. It comes as a result of the latest generation of solar tower technology using superheated steam, which was developed by Abengoa in its R&D centers.
Abengoa Solar built a pilot superheated tower plant at the Solucar Platform and has operated it successfully since 2009. The 3 MW facility has a solar field of 35 heliostats and a 50 meter tower which houses the experimental receiver. This plant has achieved producing superheated steam at high temperatures, which significantly improves power generation efficiency.
The plant will use the technologically advanced dry cooling, which dramatically reduces water consumption by two thirds. The tower plant will be located on a 600 ha site close to Upington, in the Northern Cape Province.
Environmental – social – economic benefits
Khi Solar One will have 2 hours of thermal storage and will prevent approximately 183,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
An average of 600 construction jobs will be created during the construction period and around 35 full-time plant operations employees.
These two projects, Khi Solar One and KaXu Solar One, contribute to South Africa´s goal to introduce up to 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its dependence on Oil and Natural Gas
Kaxu Solar One
Abengoa´s solar power project, will not only provide a clean energy future for South Africa, but will also bring economic development to the region. Abengoa will own 51 % of each of the projects. The Industrial Development Corporation is South Africa’s largest development finance institution and has helped build the industrial capacity that fuels the country’s economic growth. This plant uses the technologically advanced dry cooling system.
KaXu Solar One, 100 MW parabolic trough plant will have storage capability for 3 hours, and will be located near the town of Pofadder in the Northern Cape Province.
Environmental – social – economic benefits
KaXu Solar One will prevent 315,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.
About 800 jobs will be created during the construction period, with about 35 permanent plant operations jobs to follow. Around 200 direct and indirect full-time jobs per year will be created in the local community.
These two projects, Khi Solar One and KaXu Solar One, contribute to South Africa´s goal to introduce up to 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its dependence on oil and natural gas.
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