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22 February 2023

Renewables orders this week

Crystal Sun New Energy has produced the first modules from its recently commissioned 5 GW module factory in Shanxi Province, China.

Zhejiang Bangjie has spent $104 million on solar cell production equipment for a 10 GW cell factory, for which the total investment will be $380 million.

Haiyou New Materials has commissioned its 50 GW, 500 million square meter, EVA factory in Jiangxi Province, China, with total investment of $582 million. Jolywood intends to reach 100 million square meters of production capacity by the end of this year, up from 220 million.

PV Hardware intends to reach 25 GW of tracker production capacity, which will make it the largest single manufacturer in the world for this element of the photovoltaic supply chain. Its latest production capacity is planned for the Valencia industrial park, in Spain.

Suntech has invested $1.5 billion in 10 GW of TOPCon cell production capacity in Anhui Province, China.

Hunan Huamin Holdings has invested $145 million in a 10 GW wafer factory intended specifically for heterojunction cells.


GCL System Integration Technology is to invest $290 million in a 12 GW module factory in Jiangsu Province, China, to be commissioned by October.

Florida’s largest privately-owned rooftop solar installation is now a 3.24 MW project on a 300,000 square foot Badia Spices factory.

McDonald’s has signed a PPA with Lightsource bp to source power from the latter’s 180 MW Prairie Ronde solar farm in Landry Parish, in the US state of Louisiana.

Power provider Guzman Energy has signed a PPA with Sonnedix regarding the latter’s Sonnedix Solar Fountain project of 100 MW in the US state of Colorado.

Zhongli Group is to develop an energy complex in Hubei Province for $800 million, featuring 1 GW of solar production capacity, 8 GWh of battery production capacity, and a 1 GW agrivoltaic solar farm.

A 10 GW solar farm is being planned in the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, north Xinjiang, China.

Taaleri Energia and Landinfra Energy intend to develop a 1.1 GW solar, 800 MW wind energy complex in Sweden with an unspecified scale of battery energy storage.

Huaneng has commissioned three solar farms in China’s Yunnan Province – weighing in at 150 MW, 100 MW, and 100 MW.

TBEA will invest at most $580 million into 1 GW of residential distributed solar projects in China.

New York State Public Service Commission has approved $4.4 billion in funding for 62 assorted transmission upgrades which will enable a further 3.5 GW of renewable project developments. These will be completed across 2024 and 2030.

The Australian state of Victoria has issued a legal order enabling the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to fast-track the VNI West, or KerangLink, transmission upgrade which will enable 5 GW of renewable developments.

Mitsubishi Materials of Japan aims to more than triple its copper concentrate output through equity holdings through 2030.


Volkswagen & BMW-backed Northvolt is looking to hire banks for a planned IPO which could see it valued at $20 billion and expects to list shares in either Europe or New York within 12 months.

South Africa-based manganese major South32 has reiterated its desire to develop projects within the US following the passage of the IRA.

The Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) of Ghana has announced its intention to invest $30 million in Atlantic Lithium to aid in its development of Ghana’s first lithium mine.

NIO plans to build a new factory in China to produce budget EVs for Europe following weakening EV demand in China following the end of state subsidies. The company will build this new factory in Anhui province and will produce budget EVs for the European market, potentially under new brand names.

Stadtwerke Aschaffenburg has ordered 12 Solaris hydrogen buses: 10 Urbino-12 units and 2 Urbino-18 units. This is Solaris’s first order for the 18-meter hydrogen-powered buses that were launched in autumn of 2022. The buses store the hydrogen in gaseous form in tanks, mounted on the front part of the vehicle’s roof. The Urbino-12 hydrogen units will be equipped with a 70kW set of fuel cells, while the Urbino-18 hydrogen buses will feature a 100kW fuel cell module. At moments of increased electricity demand, the fuel cell will be boosted by one or two Solaris High Power batteries, depending on the bus length, each with an energy capacity of 30 kWh.

Deutsche Bahn has ordered 60 hydrogen buses from Caetano Bus. The news came soon after Caetano has agreed to co-brand its busses with Toyota.