Photovoltaic Power Plants Grid-Connected


The Community Energy Service of Bambadinca starts the testing phase

The project aims at providing the village of Bambadinca (region of Bafata, Guinea-Bissau) with a modern, reliable and accessible electricity service from renewable energy sources. In Bambadinca, NGO TESE sem fronteiras, is implementing this innovative project; "Bambadinca Sta Claro", where 6500 persons will receive energy from a large solar PV system, covering 15,000 m2, that will be producing 270 kW electric power. The electricity benefits both women and children, households, schools and local businesses. About 120 pilot customers started testing on15th November 2014 the Community Energy Service of Bambadinca (SCEB).

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Texas utility secures rock-bottom price for solar

Austin Energy in Texas is set to sign a deal expected to result in one of the lowest-priced solar power arrangements in the world. Under the unprecedented agreement between Austin Energy and SunEdison, the utility will buy solar power for less than $0.05 per kilowatt hour.

The Austin American-Statesman, the utility. owned by the city of Austin, has approved an agreement with SunEdison to buy electricity from two solar farms in West Texas at a price of just below $0.05 per kilowatt hour – considerably lower than the standard price for solar energy and less than a third of the price Austin Energy agreed to pay in 2009 for electricity from a smaller solar installation east of the city.

The Austin American-Statesman cited Jurgen Weiss, an energy economist with the Brattle Group, who added, "It is certainly at the very low end of the prices I have seen. As many had predicted, we’re entering a time in which, with some caveats, solar presents quite an attractive alternative to conventional sources."

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Sierra Leone Embarks on One of West Africa’s Largest Solar Parks

Sierra Leone is getting plans underway to have one of the largest solar parks in the region. The country awarded UAE conglomerate Mulk OGI-Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC (subsidiary of Mulk Holdings) an $18-million solar park project to be located in Freetown.

Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, has been selected for the construction of a 6 MW PV plant in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the frame of IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program. According to Business Ghana, the IRENA/ADFD initiative will provide $9 million in financing for the project, that will require a global investment of $18 million. The thin-film PV modules for the project will be provided by the UAE renewable energy company Masdar, a business unit of Mubadala Development Co. The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program is an initiative led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to provide financing of up to $350 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Sierra Leone aims to cover 25% of the country's electricity generation from renewable source by 2015.

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VRA building solar plant in Navrongo

The Volta River Authority (VRA) of Ghana is constructing a USD 8.8 Million grid-connected solar PV plant in the town of Navrongo, in the Upper East region of Ghana.

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SONABEL sets eye on construction of PV park in Ouagadougou

The periurban area of Zagtouli, 20 km West of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will be the home of one of the largest Renewable Energy power plants in the region. A solar PV farm is expected to be built in the site.

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Enertis Solar, S. L.

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VRA Solar Power Projects

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Brava 100% Renovável

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Power Plant

Navrongo Solar

Year of commissioning: 2013 (June)

Developer, owner and operator: Volta River Authority (VRA)

Off-taker: Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo)

Annual generation: 3843 MWh (2014)

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The Nzema Project

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World-wide overview of design and simulation tools for hybrid PV systems

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