IKEA U.S. announced on November 12 that it had completed the installation of llinois’ largest solar rooftop on its Midwest distribution center under construction in Joliet, IL. Combined with arrays atop the Chicago-area IKEA stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, this third project will make IKEA the owner of three of the state’s largest solar rooftop installations.
EDF Renewable Services (EDF RS) announced on December 12 that it has begun full operations and maintenance services for Chile’s second largest solar park – the 146 megawatt peak (MWp) Bolero Solar PV plant located in the Atacama Desert in the region of Antofagasta which has the highest level of irradiation in the world.
Finnish power company Fortum announced today that it has connected a 100-MW solar plant to grid at Pavagada solar park in the Tumkur District, Karnataka, India. This solar plant more than doubles Fortum’s solar production capacity in India from 85 to 185 MW, being Fortum’s fourth, and so far biggest solar energy project built.
Solar jobs and wealth creation in Europe are set to increase to nearly 175,000 full time jobs and 9,500M value added by 2021, according to a new EY report. The EY report also shows that an increase in ambition for the European Union 2030 renewable energy target from 27% to 35% will result in more than 120,000 new solar jobs alone.
Hamburg-based solar and wind park operator Capital Stage announced on December 4 that it has for the first time acquired two solar parks in the Netherlands. The solar parks have a total generation capacity of 47.6 megawatts (MW) and are expected to be connected to the grid in October 2018.