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The Portuguese utility is seeking permission to deploy a 4 MW floating solar plant at the Alqueva water reservoir in southern Portugal. The solar array will feature around 10,000 PERC half-cell solar ......
|Description||The Portuguese utility is seeking permission to deploy a 4 MW floating solar plant at the Alqueva water reservoir in southern Portugal. The solar array will feature around 10,000 PERC half-cell solar modules. JUNE 3, 2019 EMILIANO BELLINI UTILITY-SCALE PV PORTUGAL The Alqueva dam on the River Guadiana lies on the border of the Beja and Évora districts in southern Portugal. Image: Hugo Cadavez, flickr ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email Portugal’s Alentejo Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-A) has publicly released an environmental impact assessment for a 4 MW floating PV project that EDP-Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A. — a unit of Portuguese power utility EDP — aims to develop at the Alqueva Dam on the River Guadiana, along the border of the Beja and Évora districts in southern Portugal. The Sistema Fotovoltaico Flutuante do Alqueva project, now at the development stage, will feature around 10,000 PERC half-cell solar modules, each with an output of 385 W, spanning 3.9 hectares of water surface on the Alqueva reservoir, in an area immediately upstream of the dam. The PV system will be divided into five sub-units, each spaced about 13.5 meters apart from each other. The plant will have an expected power production of approximately 6 GWh per year. The inverters will be installed on an adjacent floating platform that will be connected to the low-tension grid through a floating cable or submarine cable. Cleaning work on the panels will be manually conducted every six months, EDP said in the document. Work is scheduled to start in the first few months of 2020, with completion expected within three months of the start of construction. The environmental impact study was conducted between November 2018 and January 2019 by local consultancy Nemus Gestão e Requalificação Ambiental Lda. The call for tender for the project will be released in July. Portugal’s first large-scale floating PV plant Upon completion, the Sistema Fotovoltaico Flutuante do Alqueva project will be the country’s first MW-sized floating PV plant, but not EDP’s first floating project. The utility built its first floating PV system with the support of Ciel&Terre in November 2016. The Central Solar Fotovoltaica Flutuante do Alto Rabagão project is a 200 kW pilot installation at the Alto Rabagão Dam on the Rabagão River. The dam was chosen due to the difficult climate conditions of the surrounding area, which allowed the companies to test floating PV technology under extreme conditions, EDP said in the document issued for public consultation. The water levels at the reservoir were also ideal for assessing the mooring capabilities of the floating array, in addition to evaluating the combination of solar and hydro. According to Ciel&Terre, the location was chosen due to its high level of difficulty, with an average water depth of 60 meters and surface level variations of more than 30 metres. After the first year of operation, the facility generated around 5% more than its initially projected annual generation target of 300 MWh, according to EDP. Diversifying activities EDP’s new strategy includes the expansion of its most traditional renewable energy business, wind power, in addition to new investments in storage, solar, off-grid and hybrid wind-solar projects. Its EDP Renováveis (EDPR) unit also recently announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, EDP Renováveis Brasil, has secured a 15-year PPA from an unidentified client in Brazil for the sale of power from a 199 MW solar park that it plans to build in the municipality of Pereira Barreto, in the state of Sao Paulo. The company has also adopted new blockchain technology, developed by Austria’s Riddle&Code, to measure how the amount of power that owners of distributed-generation PV systems in Brazil can self-consume or inject into the grid under net metering. In March 2018, EDP also completed a 3.3 MW wind and solar PV hybrid demonstration project near Cadiz, Spain, in partnership with Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.|
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The Auditor General Annual report 2016, found that the FCC was in violation of the first schedule of the Public Procurement Act, 2016, which stipulates thresholds for the appropriate procurement metho ......
|Description||The Auditor General Annual report 2016, found that the FCC was in violation of the first schedule of the Public Procurement Act, 2016, which stipulates thresholds for the appropriate procurement method to be used. It was observed that for the procurement of a vehicle and photocopiers valued at Le69 million and Le83.7 million respectively, request for quotation method was used instead of the national competitive bidding method. The audit builds on improper contracting activities for the contract relating to the construction of a health facility, which was undertaken by the council at Calaba Town. The total contract value (as indicated in the statement of development projects during 2016) was Le1.1 billion. On 16th November 2016, the sum of Le150 million was paid to Kahmarg Construction and General Services. Contract agreement for the construction of the health facility, which was to enable the Auditors confirm the contractor, contract start and completion dates, and the basis upon which this amount was paid were not submitted for audit. They also identified several abuse in respect of asset management, as four motorbikes could not be verified as they were not seen/made available during verification conducted. Registration cards that should serve as proof of legal title and ownership, for 24 vehicles and seven motorbikes included in the list of vehicles and motorbikes under the control of the Council, were not submitted. Additionally, registration cards reviewed for seven motor vehicles and one motorbike had ownership and legal title in the name of private individuals instead of the Council. Delivery notes that should serve as proof that assets purchased, in the amount of Le25.3 million were not submitted for audit. The inventory register was not properly maintained and updated with vital information like the date of purchase, description, amount, location and status. As a result, assets purchased at the cost of Le1.1 billion were not recorded in the register. Freetown City Council has a memorandum of understanding with MASADA Company in 2012 for the general cleaning of the municipality, and clearing of 43 transit points at a cost of Le200million per month. For the period under review, the sum of Le1.2 billion was paid to this company in support of cleaning work carried out. Payment vouchers and receipts in support of the payment in question were not submitted for audit. In addition, monitoring reports from the Environment Officer that should show how effectively MASADA had disposed of its responsibilities were not made available for inspection. Although the Council paid the sum of Le1.2 billion to MASADA, review of the financial statements revealed that the sum of Le11.0 billion classified as Cleaning – other amounts were spent on drainage and street cleaning. This expenditure represents 40% of the Council’s total expenditure. Despite the amount paid, there has not been much improvement in the environmental condition of the municipality as drains and gutters, on which funds were expended, continue to overflow when there is heavy rain. The Auditor General recommended that all waste management contracts entered into by the Council must be effectively monitored to ensure that the desired objectives are achieved. The Monitoring and Evaluation Unit should be provided with the required resources to enhance monitoring activities. “Report in support of cleaning activities carried out by MASADA Company is immediately submitted for public scrutiny and financial resources are prudently allocated to ensure that the implementations of other key activities are not affected.” By Zainab Iyamide Joaque Monday July 02, 2018.|