Dominican Republic identifies 1.8 GW of solar potential and looks to energy storage

The Dominican Republic has theoretically a solar potential of 50 gigawatts, according to a recent study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The executive director of the National Energy Commission (CNE), Juan Rodríguez Nina, has stated, however, that the real potential of the country can reach a maximum of 1.8 gigawatts. “This deviation between the […]

Cayman’s first solar project starts operations

The 5MW solar PV farm started operations in June, marking the first large solar farm for the Cayman Islands.  “This marks the beginning of our large scale renewable energy developments here in the Cayman Islands,” said Councilor of Human Resources, Immigration and Community affairs, Austin Harris, signaling the Government’s intention to move forward on its […]

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 […]

Chile commissions 40MW solar park

Chilean project developer Imelsa has announced the commissioning of the substation to enable the energy injection of the Doña Carmen solar park, located in the region of Valparaíso, to the Central Interconnected System. The plant, which has a power of 40 megawatts, belongs to the company Energía Cerro El Morado SA The project was submitted […]

Brazilian Development Bank loans to first renewable project

The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has approved $168.4 million financing for the construction of the Pirapora solar plant, completion date anticipated August 2018. It is the first loan approved by the BNDES in the frame of its program to support solar and renewables. The BNDES said that the 150 MW (AC) project, which is currently […]

Following auctions and reforms, Mexico’s solar sector poised for massive growth

Industry analysts have long forecasted a spiked growth in Mexico’s solar energy sector, but now experts are predicting 2018 as the “take-off year”. The energy transition has been ongoing for several years as Mexico implemented policy reforms, but with solar winning big at the past two auctions the grid will be taking on over 4 […]

LAC region attractive market for off-grid solar

Latin America has 35 and 40 million people in need of electricity, or 5% of the population, making it an attractive market for companies providing solar-powered off-grid solutions. The region has three major areas that largely remain off-grid. Firstly there are significant parts of northern Central America – Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and […]

Argentina to improve policies for small-scale solar and geothermal

Argentina seeks to strengthen its policies for solar PV and geothermal, in an effort to increase its renewable energy and create a local solar industry. A new bill supporting the development of distributed generation is expected to be approved by the lower house in the first half of this year, and coming into effect in […]