St Eustatius microgrid to be expanded after successful tests

In March 2016, SMA Sunbelt commissioned a 1.89 MW solar PV and 1 MW/572 kWh Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery energy storage system on the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius. The objective of the retrofitted renewable energy plant was, and is, to reduce the diesel consumption of existing diesel generators on the island, thus generating savings […]

Sungrow to provide storage system for PV + storage project in Bahamas

Sungrow, the global leading PV inverter system solution supplier, has announced to have provided the entire energy storage system for a PV + storage project in the Bahamas. The highly integrated 500kWh energy storage system, which is customized for the North American C&I market and consists of a 250kW storage inverter and 500kWh of lithium ion […]

El Salvador: New solar PV plant contributes to lower electricity price

A new solar PV plant is contributing to a lower electricity cost in El Salvador. The 25 MW expansion to the Providencia solar PV plant (now totalling 60 MW) is selling power to the national grid at a price of $0.1019/kWh. According to the Consejo Nacional de Energía (CNE), this price is 18% lower than […]

Guyana to install solar PV on over 50 government buildings

After completing a 740 kWp solar installation on the roof of Guyana’s parliament building, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) hired the Swiss company meeco Group again to install its sun2roof solution on 57 government-owned buildings. “We are delighted to have achieved the installation of 740 kWp on the roofs of different public buildings such as […]

Nicaragua takes steps to build distributed energy market

Enatrel, Nicaragua’s state-owned grid operator is conducting a feasibility study for small-sized solar PV and wind power systems. Once assessed, the next steps will be installation of distributed generation for residential, commercial, industrial and government buildings. According to Enatrel, these installations will be able to sell excess power to the local grid. The government is […]

50 MW Bolivian solar project receives €11.5m from France

Bolivia’s largest solar plant just received an injection of funds from French Development Agency (AFD) for €11.5m financing. The funds are expected to be used to leverage additional financing for the 50MW Planta Solar Fotovoltaica Oruro. The plant is scheduled to come online in 2018. Bolivia’s state utility, Empresa Nacional de Energía (ENDE) has just […]

4.4 MW solar PV project underway in Cuba

Work has started on the first large scale PV plant in the Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, as announced by power utility, Empresa Eléctrica (EE). Radio Havana Cuba, the official government-operated international broadcasting station, said the solar plant will have a capacity of 4.4 MW and will be connected to the local electric grid, Sistema […]

Bolivia allocates $43 million for solar PV and grid improvements

The Bolivian government will allocate $43.2 million to rural electrification works in the departments of Potosí and Chuquisaca, to benefit more than 27,200 homes, reported the Vice Ministry of Electricity and Alternative Energies. According to the institution, the project will improve electrification and renewable energy access for 14,600 homes in rural areas with additions and […]

Solar PV coming to Guayanese State House

Guyana awarded a tender to Swiss-based meeco Group to install a 43 kWp solar PV system on the State House in Georgetown. The Ministry of the Presidency will be equipped with a state of the art 43 kWp solar rooftop system which will be synchronised with the grid. Through a joint venture, OurSun Guyana will […]