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18 January 2023

Renewables orders this week

Qcells is to invest $2.5 billion to expand its US solar manufacturing capacity to 8.4 GW in 2024.

JA Solar is to develop a 2 GW cell and module factory in Arizona, in the US.

Indian manufacturer Goldi Solar is planning to participate in India’s upcoming expanded PLI manufacturing subsidy scheme, and intends to reach 6 GW module, 5 GW cell production capacity by the end of 2025.

Trina Solar intends to commission a 6.5 GW wafer factory this year in Vietnam, destined to supply US cell production capacity.

Hongrun Construction intends to construct a 5 GW heterojunction cell factory with an investment of $226 million.

Zhejiang Riyue Solar is investing $1.48 billion in two 10 GW cell and module TOPCon factories, the latter of which will also include some heterojunction.

Tongwei is to construct a 25 GW solar module factory in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, China, with an investment of $590 million.

Chinese medical management software company Madi Technology has entered the solar industry by investing in a TOPCon cell factory of unspecified scale.

Huasheng and the Feixi County Government has signed a co-operation agreement regarding the formers construction of a 5 GW cell and module heterojunction factory in the Chinese municipality.

A contract has been signed for a $959 million, 1 GW solar-plus-storage complex in Manas County, Inner Mongolia, China.

CNBM has begun construction of its new $720 million, 4,800 ton production capacity solar-grade glass factory, which will produce 262 million square meters annually.

Risen Energy  plans to expand its heterojunction cell and module production capacity to 5 GW by the middle of 2023, and 15 GW by the end of 2023.

Cubico Sustainable Investments has acquired a 1 GW solar plant under development in the Brazilian state of Ceara, along with ZEG Energy Renovaveis (ZEG).

Iberdrola has received environmental approval for a $238 million, 350 MW solar project in Spain’s Palencia province.

Austria, population 9 million, installed 1.3 GW of photovoltaics in 2022.

A 3-hour, 300 MW battery storage system is to accompany a 1 GWac offshore solar plant in Shandong Province – this is probably on platforms, not floating, and will be located in the basin of Donying City, China.

Minesto has received its first sales order for tidal energy site development services from an unspecified Asian customer and location.

Luminous Energy and EDF Renewables are to develop the 800 MW Springwell Solar Farm in the UK, the country’s largest by far.

Hive Energy intends to develop 4 GW of co-located solar and energy storage split across many sites in Turkey, with an investment of $4 billion.

Hitachi Energy is to develop solar projects in concert with Sun Africa across Eurasia and Africa, beginning with a 370 MW project in Angola.

Orsted has taken final investment decision on the 471 MW Mockingbird solar farm to be constructed in Texas.

China installed 87.4 GW of solar power in 2022, which is 10 GW less than our last prediction.  Wind saw 37.6 GW installed. This takes the country’s total to 392.6 GW solar, 370 GW wind. China now has 2,560 GW of power generation capacity in total.

JA Solar will supply its DeepBlue 3.0 Pro modules to AMEA Power’s 560 MW Kom Ombo Abydos project in Egypt.

Sun Group has invested $738 million in a 7 GW cell, 6 GW module factory in Dechang County, Sichuan Province, China.

Zhejiang Wenling is to develop a 700 MW solar-fishery on a tidal flat in China’s Zhejiang Province.

Westbridge Renewable Energy Company has expanded its planned Sunnynook project in Alberta, Canada, to 330 MW solar, up from 236 MW. The 200 MWh battery storage remain unchanged.

RWE has chosen Siemens Gamesa as the preferred supplier for the 1GW ‘Thor’ offshore wind power plant located in Denmark.  The plant will require 72 SG 14-236DD which will be able to supply green electricity to more than one million Danish homes, according to the OEM. This will represent Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm.

Siemens Gamesa has also received an order from an undisclosed client for a 495MW onshore wind farm in Canada. The plant is expected to reach commercial operation in 2024.

Electrolyzer manufacturer, Enapter, has received an order from a Dutch energy company via its sales and integration partner, Adsensys. The order contains a proprietary megawatt-class ‘AEM Multicore’ electrolyzer and is due for delivery in Q4 2023.

Siemens Energy and Dragados have received an order from system operator, Amprion, for two giant converter systems with a total capacity of 4GW that will transport wind energy from the North Sea wind farms to Germany’s shore. The order amounts to €4 billion.


Engie has acquired two solar and storage projects totaling 1.25GW in La Paz County, Arizona from Canada-based ReVolve Renewable Power.


Bao Ming Technology plans to 6.2 billion yuan ($890 mn) in producing battery-grade copper foil in Anhui province, China


Pan American Energy has decided to “spin out” its Green Energy Lithium project in Cane Creek, Utah into a wholly owned subsidiary to be listed on the Canadian stock exchange.

The US DoE has announced that it will loan $700 million to Ioneer to develop lithium reserves found in Nevada. The Rhyolite Ridge project will produce 24,000 tons per year of lithium carbonate/hydroxide and 192,000 tons per year of boric acid.

LGES and three Hanwha Group companies have signed an MoU to collaborate on battery manufacturing equipment and battery technologies for energy storage systems (ESS) and for specialty use.

FREYR has signed a conditional offtake agreement with Impact Clean Power Technology S.A to supply it with 10-14GWh of LFP batteries designed from 24M’s SemiSolid platform from 2025 to 2030.