Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced this week up to $105.5 million to support America’s continued leadership in energy innovation through solar technology. Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), DOE will fund about 70 projects to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies, as well as facilitate the secure integration of those technologies into the nation’s electricity grid. Funding will also support efforts that prepare the workforce for the solar industry’s future needs.
Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense and the Chairman of Board of Directors of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, signed on March 28 with Softbank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up “Solar Power Project 2030” to be the largest of its kind in the world in the field of solar energy.
U.S. micro inverter manufacturer Enphase Energy announced this month that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement to issue and sell 9,523,809 shares of the Company’s common stock at a price per share of $2.10 for gross proceeds of approximately $20.0 million to an entity affiliated with Isidoro Quiroga, a prominent Chilean entrepreneur and investor.
Nigerian Sokoto state government announced last week that it has awarded a contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water schemes to be sited in rural areas across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Capital Stage, a Hamburg-based solar and wind park operator announced this week a partnership with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to co-invest in the Power Capital (PC) portfolio, consisting of more than 20 parks with a total generating capacity of 140 megawatts (MW). It marks the first time that ISIF has committed to financing solar park developments in the country.