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New UK focused solar developer Climate ER has secured funding for £250 million worth of utility scale projects. It is targeting a pipeline within the next two years of 500MW, thanks to the backing from a solar investor "of global repute" the company said. Following this point, the company has access to further funding tranches to help grow further. Early funds are already being deployed to commence the immediate development of 80MW of grid secured projects, and more are expected to follow in Q4 of 2020. "Our team has worked diligently over the past 18 months to forge strong relationships with...

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Japanese engineers are hoping to build wind turbines that can withstand the world’s worst typhoons, generating power even in the midst of a natural disaster. Mariel Robedizo Engranes was 15 when Typhoon Haiyan hit. She was living in her hometown of Dolores, Eastern Samar, in eastern Philippines. The country regularly experiences typhoons but Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, was extraordinary. It arrived on 8 November 2013, and it was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. “Before 6am, I heard my mum shouting and screaming,” Engranes remembers of the morning that Yolanda struck. “I noticed...

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UK solar investor Foresight Solar Fund has agreed a €20 million deal to acquire a 26.1MW solar project in Spain, the company’s first in the country and its first ever subsidy-free solar investment. Foresight Solar Fund, part of the Foresight Group, has acquired the under-development project for a total investment of €20.2 million. Construction is due to start at the end of this month and operations are slated to commence in Q3 2021. While Foresight Group has been active in Spain’s solar market for some time, progressing a number of projects, this deal represents the first acquisition in Spain from its...

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