News In Brief On May 2 – Sunsource, GCLSI, Solar Consortium, South Africa Solar

News In Brief On May 2 – Sunsource, GCLSI, Solar Consortium, South Africa Solar

SunSource Energy commissions a Solar Power Project for CtrlS, Asia’s Largest Rated 4 Hyperscale Data Center Operator

SunSource Energy, a leading distributed solar energy company has commissioned a Solar power project for CtrlS, Asia’s largest rated 4 hyperscale Data Centre operator. Under the terms of the agreement, the Noida Data Center of CtrlS is receiving clean power from SunSource Energy’s Open Access Solar power plant in Gursarai, Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh.

This project will generate approximately 100 GWh of clean energy, offset over 94,640 tonnes of CO2 emission during its technical lifetime and will help CtrlS meet 60% of its annual energy requirement of its Noida Data Center through renewable sources.  From a sustainability point of view, this is equivalent of planting 1,89,281 trees, and demonstrates CtrlS’ commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

Seven Corporate Join Up To Purchase 180 MW of Solar Energy Through the Net Zero Consortium for Buyers

Through Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.’s Net Zero Consortium for Buyers (NZCB), Cisco, Juniper NetworksBio-Rad LaboratoriesCadence Design Systems, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., PTC, and a large healthcare company signed an aggregated virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Southern Power Company for the renewable energy credits produced by the 180 MW Phase II portion of the Millers Branch Solar Facility in Haskell County, Texas, expected to achieve commercial operation in the second quarter of 2026. The seven buyers signed VPPAs to develop new renewable energy capacity in the ERCOT region of Texas through SR Inc’s NZCB.

South Africa’s First projects from REIPPPP Round 6 Reach Commercial Close

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has announced that the first two solar PV projects from the sixth round of South Africa’s state renewable energy tender – representing 360MW capacity – have been approved and reached commercial close. These are part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which was launched in April 2022.

GCL Ships 16GW of Solar Modules in 2023

Chinese module manufacturer GCL System Integration Technology (GCL SI) shipped 16.42GW of solar modules in 2023.The firm has been on a drive to expand capacities, especially n-type solar cells and modules. While GCL SI had an annual nameplate capacity of 30GW for modules by 2023 end, it expects this to expand to 72 GW in time. While its plant in Hefei plant will have a 60GW annual capacity, the Funing module assembly plant will be 12GW high-efficiency modules.

GCL SI’s cell capacity, has also increased to 20 GW since October 2023, with another 10GW of n-type cell capacity expected to be added by 2025.

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Prasanna Singh

Prasanna has been a media professional for over 20 years. He is the Group Editor of Saur Energy International