Finnish technology group Wärtsilä announced on November 24 it has received a letter of award for a 95,3MWp (75MWac) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Nigeria. The award was received from Pan Africa Solar Ltd, a developer of solar PV power plants focused on Africa. This will be Wärtsilä’s first utility-scale solar PV project exclusively for on-grid application.
Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance in Germany, however, has now demonstrated that both uses are compatible. Dual use of land is resource efficient, reduces competition for land and additionally opens up a new source of income for farmers.
The Nissan Motor Parts Center in Amsterdam announced this month that is it has begun the construction of the largest collective solar roof in the Netherlands. It consists of 8,911 panels, each able to generate 2.7 million kWh. Part of the project has been financed by crowdfunding via ZonnepanelenDelen [Solar Panel Bonds].