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First Solar exits the EPC business

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Citing the wild success of its Series 6 module, First Solar has announced that it is closing its engineering, procurement and construction business in the United States in order to concentrate on scaling, developing, and selling modules.

There is no further news on the First Solar website, but this seems to be unwelcome news for Tempe.

See the pv magazine USA article for more detail: First Solar exits the EPC business

Japan’s largest floating PV plant catches fire

This is not Arizona, but it is a lesson on how high winds can damage a PV system and produce a serious fire. Kyocera’s 13.7 MW floating project at the Yamakura Dam was damaged by 120mph winds the typhoon brought to the coastal city of Chiba. It appears that the wind caused some of the floating array to break loose and pile up such that there was a short circuit in the wiring that produced a fire.

Watch the video at the link below.

https://youtu.be/_EEc1MTb7DM

Full story at:

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/09/09/japans-largest-floating-pv-plant-catches-fire-after-typhoon-faxai-impact/

 The basic product used in this project seems to be:

https://www.cieletterre.us/hydrelio-floating-solar-system/

Update 2-22-2020

02021 typhoon damage optJapan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has opened a formal investigation into the exact failure mode behind the destruction at the Yamakura Dam floating PV installation. In the end, the ministry seeks to draw up a plan to revamp not just the dam, but also the arrays that are still intact. This is a learning exercise that should be closely followed, as floating PV is enjoying growing popularity.

This is not an isolated incident, only two weeks later, typhoon No. 17 hit the Kyushu region at an average wind speed of 40 m/s, destroying the 2.4 MW Shintaku Tameike floating PV installation, among other damage.

There is a good technocal report at:

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/02/22/the-weekend-read-dont-throw-caution-to-the-wind/

 

Waste of good PV modules

The world's first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure that's falling apart and doesn't generate enough energy

BUSINESS INSIDER has a good article on how NOT to use PV modules in roads. Inaugurated in 2016, in Tourouvre-au-Perche, France, this project has turned out to be a colossal failure.

See the full story:The world's first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure that's falling apart and doesn't generate enough energy, according to a report

 

APS to request proposals for new solar and wind resources

PHOENIX – Arizona Public Service Company (APS) announced plans on July 29th 2019 to add new solar and wind resources that will help expand the company’s renewable energy portfolio to about 2,500 megawatts by 2021 – enough to power more than half a million Arizona homes.

The company plans to issue two Requests for Proposal (RFPs) by Sept. 15, 2019. The first RFP will seek competitive proposals for up to 150 megawatts of APS-owned solar resources to be in service by 2021. This solar generation will be designed with the flexibility to add energy storage as a future option. A second RFP will pursue up to 250 megawatts of wind resources to be in service as soon as possible, but no later than 2022. Both RFPs will allow commercial customers to partner with APS in support of their own sustainability and clean energy goals.

Source: https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/news/latestnews/Pages/aps-to-request-proposals-for-new-solar-and-wind-resources.aspx