BayWa r.e.'s O&M portfolio in the UK is increasing by approximately 160 MW of installed capacity. The Munich-based company has acquired the service business of the British Green Hedge Group and now manages a solar power plant capacity of 620 MW in the UK.
Tesla and Panasonic agree to begin the manufacturing of photovoltaic cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, NY. The high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used for solar panels in non-solar roof products. Production of the first PV modules will begin in summer 2017, and will ramp to 1 GW of module production by 2019.
In the Caribbean electricity can be unreliable and costly. For this reason an increasing number of companies decides to start using solar energy. In Puerto Rico for example Prairie Gold installed a 1 MW PV plant for the mining company Ecologica Carmelo.
Nigus Investments in cooperation with German renewable solutions provider LTI ReEnergy and support of NIPC have concluded plans with the Federal Government to build five 100 MW solar power plants in North-Eastern states of Nigeria.
Great Britain’s Solar Trade Association has signed an agreement to lease part of RenewableUK’s offices. The move has practical benefits for both separate organisations and their different memberships. But it is also hoped that the creation of this “renewables hub” in London will foster a healthy exchange of ideas on the key strategic issues that are facing the energy sector as a whole, and the renewables industry in particular.
East Africa’s largest photovoltaics power plant has started operations. The plant has an installed capacity of 10 MW and is the first grid connected solar power plant in Uganda. The US$19 million Soroti Solar Plant will generate clean, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in eastern Central Uganda.