Daily News Wrap-Up_ UK Adds 14.3 MW of Solar Capacity in October

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

The United Kingdom added 14.3 MW of solar capacity in October 2020, according to the latest data from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy of the UK. The report suggested that the U.K. has 13.44 GW of installed solar capacity across 1.05 million installations at the end of October 2020. In October 2020, new solar installations in the country stood at 3,997, a minor decline compared to 4,073 installations in September 2020. The country installed 14.8 MW of solar projects in September 2020.

Ashok Leyland Limited, an Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer, has renamed its majority-owned UK subsidiary Optare Group Limited as Switch Mobility as a part of its drive towards electrification and new mobility service. The company said Switch would build on the success of Optare in the U.K., where it is one of the leading players in electric buses with over 150 operational buses in its home market. To capture part of the electric vehicle (EV) market, the company considers EV initiatives through Switch, including financial participation and strategic tie-ups.

GCL System Integration announced its cooperation with a Japanese solar energy project construction company to build two utility-scale solar power facilities in Japan. The company provided its GCLIS cast-mono solar modules for the 37 MW solar project located in Kochi, Japan. The 27 MW solar project, located in Japan’s Kanto region, is expected to generate 29,000 MWh of power annually. Both solar projects are currently under construction and are expected to connect to the grid at the beginning of 2022.

Risen Energy has provided its mono passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) bifacial double-glass modules with a total installed capacity of 5.2 MW for the Vayots Arev-1 solar project located in Vayots Dzor region, Armenia. Risen Energy’s local partner and exclusive distributor in the region, Optimum Energy LLC, was the project developer.

Daqo New Energy Corporation has signed a long-term polysilicon supply agreement with Trina Solar. Under the supply agreement, the company will provide Trina Solar with mono-grade polysilicon in a total amount of 30,000 metric tons – 37,600 metric tons between November 2020 and December 2023. Both parties will negotiate the actual price monthly according to market conditions.

Jordan’s Ministry of Energy has signed a cooperation agreement with the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance to install solar systems and provide solar heaters as a part of support programs for households. According to the agreement, the bank will provide soft loans to individuals to install solar systems and solar heaters. Also, 30% of the cost of solar systems and solar heaters will be provided to individuals as a subsidy from the Energy Ministry’s Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Fund.

MCA Group has appointed Hitachi ABB Power Grids on behalf of Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water to supply the main electrical infrastructure to connect Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest solar project to Angola’s transmission network. The delivery includes the design, main power equipment supply, testing, and commissioning services. The solar project is expected to enhance access to clean energy for Angola’s 30 million people.

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