- VORM is investing in the development of a new 300 MW solar panel fab in the Netherlands
- Iberdrola has commissioned a 40 MW solar project in Spain calling it the country’s 1st solar PV+storage facility to come online
- Powertis has forayed into the Danish solar market with plans to develop 150 MW of agrivoltaic capacity here
300 MW solar panel fab in Holland planned: Dutch construction company VORM has invested growth capital into a start-up called Solarge to support the construction of a 300 MW solar panel fab in the Netherlands. It has invested an undisclosed amount through its investment company Shape Capital. The fab is scheduled to enter construction phase in the spring of 2022 in Eindhoven, provided there is sufficient capital. VORM said Solarge panels are lightweight as compared to conventional glass modules and thus suitable for all kinds of roofs. These can also be recycled 100% since the modules are made out of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic polymers from Saudi Arabia’s Sabic.
Solar & storage plant online in Spain: Spanish energy company Iberdrola has commissioned a 40 MW solar power plant in Spain, complemented with a 3 MW/9Mwh battery storage capacity. It claims this to be the country’s 1st such project to come online and termed it an ‘incubator’ for new technologies. Located in Extremadura’s Romangordo municipality, the Aranuelo III PV Project is part of the Campo Aranuelo Complex comprising Aranuelo I, II and III facilities representing an installed capacity of 143 MW. The complex is worth €80 million. Iberdrola counts its Spanish operational renewables capacity to have grown to 3.2 GW, with 1.2 GW from solar PV.
Powertis enters Denmark: A Soltec Power Holdings company, Powertis has made a move to enter Denmark’s solar power market as part of its expansion plan. It plans to develop more than 150 MW capacity through agrivoltaics which it said will contribute to fostering farming activities at project site since such projects use single-axis trackers. It will collaborate with local companies in Denmark. It considers Denmark a lucrative market as the country aims to reach over 6 GW of installed PV capacity by 2030. Powertis said at the end of Q1/2021 its total pipeline of global projects exceeded 6 GW.