Arctech to supply 365.8 MW trackers for Mexico’s ‘flagship’ PV project; EGE Haina to build 80 MW project in Dominican Republic; BNDES shells out BRL 700 million for distributed generation in Brazil; Panama Assembly discussing solar incentives.
Arctech trackers for Mexico project: Chinese solar tracker supplier Arctech will supply its 365.8 MW SkyLine II solar trackers for what it says will become the largest single sited solar power plant in Mexico. The Puerto Penasco Solar Project is coming up in Sonora state as a ‘flagship project’ of the Mexican government as it seeks to expedite energy transition. Arctech says it has already supplied its tracker products for other Mexican projects as 167.12 MW Sonora and 118 MW Horus projects.
80 MW solar plant in Dominican Republic: The Electricity Generating Company (EGE Haina) has secured a definitive concession contract with the National Energy Commission (CNE) to build an 80 MW solar power plant in the province of Santiago. The project site is a 140-hectare plot in the Municipality of San José de las Matas. The Sajoma Solar Park will be developed in the central mountain range of the country. Some 490 meters above sea level which will make it the PV project located at the highest altitude in Dominican Republic, stated EGE Haina.
It will be equipped with 123,100 monocrystalline bifacial solar modules with 650W output each, and transparent backsheet or double tempered glass configuration. Construction is likely to last 12 months and on completion it will generate 148,000 MWh annually. EGE Haina said this project is part of its strategy to expand 1 GW renewable energy capacity between 2020-2030.
BNDES financing for 144 MW PV in Brazil: Brazilian development bank BNDES has approved financing of BRL 700 million to support the installation of 49 new distributed solar PV projects with 144 MW combined capacity of Alsol Energias Renováveis in Brazil. This, the bank explains, is its largest financing ever approved for distributed renewable energy generation. These plants will generate clean electricity close to the point of consumption thereby reducing pressure on the grid and contribute to mitigation of carbon emissions. All the facilities will be spread across 28 municipalities and benefit over 4,500 micro, small and medium-sized companies to offset their emissions and save on electricity bills, it added.
Panama discusses incentives for solar: The National Assembly of Panama has approved in the 1st debate modification of existing laws to establish the Incentive Regime for the Promotion of Construction, Operation, Maintenance of Power Plants or Solar Installations. Brought forth by Deputy Emilie García Miró, the proposal seeks to eliminate consumption taxes on the import of solar panels to accelerate investments in renewable energy generation. The National Director of Electricity of the National Energy Secretariat, Guadalupe González said currently there is close to 70 MW of self-consumption solar power capacity installed. According to the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), Panama had around 522 MW solar PV capacity installed till the end of 2022.