France’s EDF, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Morocco’s Green Africa have been selected to deploy a triple solar hybrid in the African state that will incorporate PV to profit from cost declines. Billed by its promoters as a world first, the PV-plus-CSP-plus-storage Noor Midelt project will be developed in high desert plains between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas ranges, a five-hour drive east from capital Rabat. Construction at a 4,140-plus hectare site is scheduled to begin in Q4 2019 and should, according to World Bank documents from last year, deliver two multi-technology plants. Each of the duo is thought to be designed with a 150-210MW PV installation and a 150-190MW CSP element, bringing capacity across the two to a 600-800MW total. A five-hour thermal storage component will complete the technology mix, the World Bank said.
PV-Tech 23rd May 2019 read more »
Lightsource BP has connected another subsidy-free, private wire solar farm, this time a 2.3MWp install in Lancashire. The site, fully funded by Lightsource BP, is connected to the private power network of glass manufacturer NSG Group’s European technical centre. The project is expected to provide around 30% of the site’s annual power demand, with NSG procuring the array’s output under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Lightsource BP said the PPA provides a fixed, index-linked rate for the electricity, effectively hedging against price volatility. Nick Boyle, chief executive at Lightsource BP, said that the project was testament to the “new normal” in UK solar.
Solar Power Portal 23rd May 2019 read more »