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Solar in LATAM: Brazil’s installed solar capacity seen jumping 325% by end-2017

The Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar) projects that the country will end 2017 with 1 GW of installed solar PV power generating capacity, a 325% surge from the current 235 MW. The overvall solar investments through the end of the year are estimated at up to BRL 4.5 billion (USD 1.3bn/EUR 1.2bn). At the moment, Brazil’s solar capacity is enough […]

Update on Solar Business in Latin America by Arturo Herrero, Founder & CEO of AlterPower, Former Executive at JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and BP Solar

During Intersolar Europe 2017, held recently in Munich, Germany, we spoke to Arturo Herrero, Founder & CEO of AlterPower AG, one of Solar Pioneers & solar business practitioner with over 16 years of solar experience on Top Executive Positions at JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and BP Solar, who is now driving not only solar but also cleantech revolution. Arturo, […]

Enerray, a leader in the design, development and management of medium and large scale photovoltaic plants

Enerray, founded in 2007, is an Italian company that is a leader in the design, development and management of medium and large scale photovoltaic plants, for its own plants and those owned by third parties. As a company of the Maccaferri Industrial Group, Enerray provides turnkey solutions for industrial roofing, shelters, on-ground installations and greenhouses, […]

Solar in LATAM: EDF Energies Nouvelles to Partner with Canadian Solar for an Additional 115 MWp of Solar Project in Brazil

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, and EDF Energies Nouvelles, a global market leader in renewable energy, announced today the acquisition of 80% interest in Canadian Solar’s Pirapora II solar energy project in Brazil by EDF Energies Nouvelles’ local subsidiary, EDF EN do Brasil.  The 115 MWp Pirapora II project will start construction in the […]

Solar in LATAM: RECOM Solar as strong partner to Nicaragua’s 100 MW pipeline

RECOM, a top tier German manufacturer, with steady growth, proven quality, reliability and financial solidity, is delighted to announce successful commissioning of a 12.5MW solar project in the region of Puerto Sandino in Nicaragua. The project is first part of Nicaragua’s pipeline totalling 100 MW, which is expected to be built and commissioned in its entity until end […]

Solar in LATAM: Solarcentury acquires PV projects totaling 400 MW

Four new solar industry professionals have joined Solarcentury’s (London, UK) Latin American business, from private equity investor ECOSolar. Enhancing the LatAm team strengthens Solarcentury’s ambition to become the leading developer in the region.  The 400MW of utility-scale pipeline acquired from ECOSolar includes solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are a mix of ready to build and […]

Solar in LATAM: BYD launches R$150 million solar panel factory in Brazil

Renewable energy technology company BYD has launched a solar panel factory in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas, the country’s first zero ecosystem project. With an initial investment of R$150 million, the plant will have a production capacity of 200 megawatts and generate 360 jobs. BYD Brazil’s solar panels contain the exclusive state-of-the-art technology Double […]

Solar in LATAM: Enel Green Power starts construction of the 238 MW Don José solar PV project in Mexico

Enel Green Power (EGP, Rome, Italy), through its Mexican renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power México (EGPM), has begun construction of Don José solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is located in San Luis de la Paz, in the country’s North-Central state of Guanajuato.  Don José will have an installed capacity of 238 MW and once completed […]

Solar in LATAM: Brazil solar energy drive stalled by high costs, strict rules

A government plan to spur the construction of solar energy farms in Brazil is faltering because of high costs, strict rules requiring local components and low-priced competition from Chinese suppliers, say regulators and power sector executives. Developers had been excited about solar power’s potential in a continent-sized country with 200 million consumers and plentiful sunlight. But many […]

Solar in LATAM: Abengoa resumes works on its 100 MW PV plant at the Atacama solar facility

Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, pursuant to the agreement reached last October with its partner EIG Global Energy Partners, the energy and infrastructure investor, that detailed the transfer of ownership of the Atacama solar facility in Chile, to EIG Global Energy […]

Clean Disruption News: BYD Unveils its Fourth Green Dream at C40 Mayors Summit – SkyRail Electric Monorail

Today BYD unveiled SkyRail, another part of its “green dreams” at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City. The company’s President and Chairman Wang Chuanfu unveiled the Chinese company’s SkyRail electric monorail before 500 guests, including more than 40 mayors, from over 93 cities. SkyRail is part of BYD’s urban transportation solution, which aims to address […]

SolarCity and Tesla: Tau Microgrid

The island of Ta’u in American Samoa, located more than 4,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States, now hosts a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid that can supply nearly 100 percent of the island’s power needs from renewable energy. This provides a cost-saving alternative to diesel, removing the hazards of power […]

Clean Power Companies Sell 1,1 GW in Argentina Auction

New power plants will require $1.8 billion in investment Government was expecting auction to spur $2 billion investment Energy developers in Argentina won contracts to sell 1,109 megawatts of renewable electricity in a government-organized auction, after the nation implemented reforms aimed at promoting wider use of clean power. Wind-power companies including Envision and Pampa Energia […]

The Leader’s Perspective: Busy with Over 350 MW of Projects in Brazil – Exclusive Interview with Thomas Kraus, Managing Director at Enerray do Brasil

During Intersolar South America 2016, held recently in Sao Paolo, Brazil we had an opportunity to speak to Thomas Kraus, Managing Director at Enerray do Brasil. It was a fascinating talk, as on one hand, Thomas who spent last 30 years in the country, gave us great insights about making business in Brazil; and on the other hand, […]

Argentina receives bids for 6.3GW power in renewables tender

Argentina government has received bids for 6,366MW of power from renewable energy developers in a tender round. The tender received bids for 3,468MW for wind projects, 2,834MW for solar projects. Additionally, bioenergy and small hydro developers made bids for 53MW and 11MW respectively, reported SeeNews Renewables. Upon assessing the technical and financial proposals, Argentina energy ministry […]

Realizing a dream of Wang Chuanfu in Brazil – BYD’s Marketing & Gov Affairs Director, Adalberto Felico Maluf Filho

In SolarPV.TV Exclusive Interview from Intersolar South America 2016 held in Sao Paolo, Brazil, we speak to Adalberto Felicio Maluf Filho, BYD’s Marketing & Governmental Affairs Director in the country. Adalberto helps in realizing a dream of Wang Chuanfu, Founder of BYD in Brazil and supports the development of new factories for solar pannels, EV […]

Solar in LATAM: Exploring huge multi-gigawatt potential for solar business in Brazil – Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, CEO at ABSOLAR, Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica

During Intersolar South America 2016 in Sao Paolo, Brazil we had an exclusive opportunity to speak to Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia about the huge multi-gigawatt potential for solar business in the country. Rodrigo is Co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) at the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR – Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica), the […]

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF): Chile auction set to deliver world’s lowest cost solar farm

Analyst firm says last week’s national energy auction saw $29.1/MWh bid from solar project, undercutting previous record set by Dubai solar plant. The world’s cheapest unsubsidised power plant is set to be built in Chile in the form of a 120MW solar farm, following the country’s energy auction last week. Leading analyst firm Bloomberg New […]

Key to success on the emerging solar markets – Alexis Issaharoff, Advisor to Royal Family of Malaysia, CEO at Antah Renewables

During Intersolar Europe 2016 we spoke to Alexis Issaharoff, Advisor to Royal Family of Malaysia, CEO at Antah Renewables, one of the most active networkers at Solar Business Club. Alexis Issaharoff together with His Royal Highness Tunku Naquiyuddin He has been working in renewable energy for the last 10 years as VP for the Nasdaq […]

JinkoSolar Signs Three Solar PPAs for its 188MW Projects in Mexico

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that it signed three power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (Comision Federal de Electricidad or “CFE”) for the three projects totalling 188MWac that was awarded in April 2016 under the Mexico’s First Long Term Electricity Auction. According to the terms […]