Spanish companies TSK, Acciona, SENER and Aries in the awarded consortium to build and operate Ouarzazate concentrated solar power plant in Morocco

MASEN, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has announced Saudi’s ACWA in a consortium with Spain’s TSK and Aries have been awarded to build and operate the 160 MW Ouarzazate CSP plant in southern Morocco.

The consortium has passed the two rounds since in the last quarter 2010, MASEN unveiled a call for tenders. 19 bidders were selected in the first round and three in the second.

Solar Millennium also insolvent in the USA

Parabolic trough collector in Solar Millenniums last power station Andasol 3. Shortly after it was completed, the company went bankrupt. Photo: Solar Millennium.

Several months after Solar Millennium AG declared itself bankrupt in Germany, the company's subsidiary in the USA has now registered its insolvency.The main explanation for the move is the bankruptcy of the German company Solarhybrid AG, which wanted to take over Solar Millennium's American projects.

A new CSP plant for Morocco

Plans by Morocco to generate an additional 500 MW from two new concentrating solar power plants moved a notch higher on September 24, when a US$ 1 billion deal was signed for construction of one of the plants by the end of the year.Morocco’s state solar energy agency, MASEN, signed the contract for the 160 MW CSP plant, the firs

India: AREVA to build Asia’s largest concentrated solar power installation

AREVA Solar, an AREVA subsidiary, has been awarded a contract by the Indian group Reliance Power Limited to build a 250 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) installation in India, which will become the largest in all of Asia.

World’s Largest Linear Fresnel Solar Power Station Commences Operation

Calasparra, Spain – Puerto Errado 2 (PE2), the 30MW solar thermal power station built by Novatec Solar using its proprietary solar field technology, has been completed and is in operation. PE2’s solar boiler includes a mirror surface of 302,000m2 making it the world’s largest operational solar thermal power station based on linear Fresnel collector technology.

Novatec Solar’s Australian Fuel-Saver Commences Operation

Karlsruhe - Novatec’s solar boiler has commenced operations at the Liddell Power Station in New South Wales, Australia. The solar boiler acts as a fuel-saver by feeding steam into the existing coal fired power station and reducing the coal required to operate the facility. The Liddell Power Station is owned by Australian utility, Macquarie Generation.