Mainland Greece added 2.5 MW of new PV capacity in January

Mainland Greece had 2,422.5 MW of installed PV capacity as of the end of January 2014, according to the Hellenic Transmission System Operator SA (HTSO). The Greek mainland had 2,073.2 MW of installed grid-connected PV systems over 10 kW and 349.3 MW of rooftop PV systems up to 10 kW at the end of the month. The mainland added For comparison, Mainland Greece added 2 MW of new PV systems in December, 14.3 MW in December and 40 MW in October. In 2013, mainland Greece added around 1,092 MW of installed PV power.
HTSO’s figures do not include the installed capacity of non-interconnected Greek islands, which – according to the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator SA (HEDNO) – reached 148.5 MW at the end of July. Based on the most recent data available, Greece has a total installed PV capacity of at least 2,568 MW.

Honduras’ National Congress has approved the contract signed by local renewable energy company Energía Básica SA and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (SERNA) for the construction of a 29.5 MW PV plant in the country. According to local newspaper Laprensa, the PV project, which is named Parque Fotovoltaico Pavana Solar, will be developed in the municipality of Choluteca. Further details on the project were not disclosed. It is not clear if the project is one of the projects recently proposed by two differente companies in the same municipality but with a changed capacity.
In November, local newspaper La Tribuna reported that Emsur was planning the construction of a 48 MW PV project in Choluteca The company, which submitted the proposal for the project to local authorities, would invest $150 million in the project. Construction of the PV plant would start between May and June 2015, pending approval. The article also reports that local company Soluciones de Energia Renovables de Sociedad Anonima (Sersa) submitted in late September a project proposal for a 20 MW PV power plant to be developed in the same municipality. This second project, which has been approved by local authorities, will be developed in three phases and will sell electricity to Honduras’s state-owned utility under a 25-year PPA.
In late October, the president of Honduras’s renewable energy association AHPPER, Carolina Castilla, said that the country could add 300 MW of PV capacity over the next 2 years. Castilla said that several 50 MW PV projects would be developed in the country over the next 2 years to reach a capacity cap of 300 MW. The projects are due to be built in the frame of the recently reformed renewable energy law, which, thanks to the reforms, now includes support for solar.

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