Norway’s Scatec Solar says its first bifacial solar project, using Longi panels, is ready in Egypt, the 65 MW of what will be 400 MW at the Benban solar complex, in Aswan. All six farms will be complete by the second half of 2019 and are backed with power Purchasing Agreements with the Egyptian government. The project will need $450 million investment.
Six solar panel plants are to be built in Burkina Faso supplying a total of 155 MW to increase the rate of access to electricity in the country. A power purchase agreement was already in place with the National Electricity Company at $0.09 per kWh, but the suppliers have not been named.
GroenLeven BV in the Netherlands says it will build a 48 MW floating solar plant – the largest of its kind in Europe in a sand extraction facility near Emmen to be complete by the middle of 2020. The electrical output will be used to power the sand extraction group’s activities.
VRB Energy will install a Vanadium redox flow battery rate peak 3MW and total capacity of 12MWh in Hubei, China. It will serve as a demonstrator for larger projects the company said, and how it can work alongside solar. The Hubei Province eventually plans to install 10 MW, and if that works, raise this to 100MW, as one other project in China has already exceeded, a 200MW storage project in Dalian Province by Chinese system manufacturer Rongke Power and UniEnergy Technologies.
The Arkona offshore wind farm in the Baltic sea, built by E.ON and Equinor has gone into operation opened by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, this week. Arkona is 35 Km northeast of the island of Rügen and has a capacity of 385 MW and was built at a cost of €1.2 billion.
China Energy Engineering Corp said this week that some of its subsidiaries have begun work on a 500 MW solar plant and a 130.88 W energy storage facility in Shanxi province.