Countries around the world are really embracing Solar, here are a couple of quick updates
Chile's Centre for Renewable Energy (CER) reports a 67 MW increase in the capacity of solar electric plants under construction in the nation during the month of March 2013. This is a dramatic growth for a nation that has 3.06 GW of solar plants approved, but only 3.5 MW of installed solar electric capacity. They may be Chile but they are certainly feeling the warm glow of the suns benefits
Jordan will install 300 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity by the end of 2017, spurred by the nation's 2007 National Energy Strategy and a 2010 renewable energy law. Clear Sky notes that electricity demand in the nation has been growing 6% annually, while imports of both fuel for generation and electricity have increased.
In South Africa - ABB (Zürich, Switzerland) has won a USD 25 million order to supply turnkey electrical and control systems for a 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa's Northern Cape region.
The contract was awarded during the first tranche of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program. The plant is located in the Kalahari Desert.
Finally and closer to home - The French Ministry of Energy, Ecology & Sustainable Development has announced the launch of a tender for 400 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants 250 kW and larger.
The tender is part of a doubling of French PV targets to 1 GW of annual installations, and follows on two tenders for PV plants smaller than 250 kW. The tender will favour PV plants developed on sites with degraded sites including brown fields.
The tender will also take into account the carbon footprint of projects and their contribution to research and development, emphasising innovation, high efficiency cells, and facilities of high value.
France has a goal of 5.4 GW in 2020, as well as a goal to heat 7 million homes with solar thermal technology. The nation seeks to create 100,000 – 130,000 jobs through solar energy.
Some pretty good stuff is going on around the world and certainly demonstrates ever increasing confidence in what is now a developed and proven technology - Come on Britain lets keep up !!