Sep 20, 2018

Canadian Solar wins 164MW contract in Spain

Solar
Olivia Minnock
1 min
PV manufacturer Canadian Solar has won a contract to supply modules with a total capacity of 164MW to a facility in Spain.

PV manufacturer Canadian Solar has won a contract to supply modules with a total capacity of 164MW to a facility in Spain.

This will form part of the Escatrón photovoltaic project which is being developed by COBRA Group and is set to have a total capacity of 350MW.

COBRA Group is a subsidiary of Spanish civil and engineering company ACS, which is one of the world’s leading construction groups.

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The project, which is set to come online in 2019, will feature almost 482,000 of Canadian Solar’s Max Power modules.

Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, stated: “We are delighted to partner with COBRA and supply our high-efficiency modules to this mega project in Spain. It’s good to see market demand has started to rebound in Europe and we look forward to delivering more clean and affordable solar energy to the continent.”

Module shipments for the project are set to commence in September 2018.

 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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