Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Sungrow, a solar inverter supplier, inaugurated a 10 GW manufacturing facility in New Delhi. The company also launched new products – string and central inverters. Sungrow’s SG350HX and “1+X” modular inverter features a maximum output power of 352 kW, supporting large-format high-efficiency bifacial PV modules. The company also has a 3 GW facility in Bangalore. Sungrow has over 224 GW installed worldwide as of December 2021.
The Mumbai Division of Central Railway announced the commissioning of rooftop solar systems at Titwala, Kasara & Igatpuri railway stations for its operations. Central Railway installed solar panels, solar trees, solar water coolers, lighting. A 5 kW grid-connected rooftop solar system was commissioned at Sub Divisional Hospital at Igatpuri with an annual energy generation of 6,000 kWh. Rooftop solar systems of 40 kW capacity each at Igatpuri and Kasara station platforms were also commissioned with the annual energy generation of 48,000 kWh each. In addition to this, a 5 kW rooftop solar system was also commissioned recently at Titwala. The annual energy generation of this rooftop grid-connected solar plant is 6,000 kWh.
Bharti Airtel announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire a 9% stake in Avaada Clean TN Project Private Limited, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed to own and operate the captive solar project. The SPV has a solar project of 50 MWac/65MWdc. According to the filing, the company has paid ₹78.8 million (~$10 million) in aggregate to acquire 78,85,150 equity shares.
KPI Global Infrastructure announced the commissioning of a 3.5 MWdc solar project for Prachi Mittal Creations, Surat. The company also announced the commissioning of another 1.50 MWdc capacity at its solar project at Bhimpura village, Amod Taluka, District Bharuch. The additional capacity of 1.50 MWdc was commissioned for Cadila Healthcare.
Huawei Digital Power Technologies signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Meinergy Technology, a solar developer in West Africa. Under the agreement, Huawei Digital Power will provide a complete smart PV and energy storage system (ESS) solution for the 1 GW utility-scale solar photovoltaic project and 500 MWh ESS project developed by Meinergy in Ghana. The two parties have had close cooperation in utility-scale solar power projects, integration of solar and hydropower, energy storage, and residential solar in Ghana. Both parties expect to further cooperate in solar and ESS project development, data centers, and public cloud to build a greener Africa.
Shoals Technologies Group, a provider of electrical balance of systems (EBOS) solutions for solar, storage, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure announced a new manufacturing facility in Portland, Tennessee, positioning the company to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities ahead. The new 219,000 square foot facility is expected to be operational in Q2 2022 and further optimizes Shoals’ manufacturing processes to achieve higher operational efficiency and provides Shoals with the ability to double its EBOS manufacturing capacity.