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Scottsbluff Neb. Plans Second Community Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Community Soler
Date: 2019-02-18
In the Corn Husker State, the city of Scottsbluff reports it plans to build a second community solar project following on the heels of a sold-out, 128-kilowatt array in 2017. The 2017 array at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) office in Scottsbluff was sold out within days and Since going online has generated more than 350,000 kWh of electricity.

After the success of the first project, the city has approached NPPD with a second, 4.6 MW project to be developed by SolSystems. If the project is agreed upon, construction would begin at the end of spring with an operational date sometime in Q4, 2019.

Community solar projects are not subsidized and communities that choose not to participate do not pay costs associated with the facilities that do. Currently, NPPD rates in Scottsbluff for community solar programs are the lowest in the state. NPPD's Sunwise Community Solar program currently includes a 98-kilowatt unit operating in Venango and a 5.7-megawatt facility in Kearney, which is currently the largest solar facility in Nebraska. NPPD is also close to finishing community solar projects in Norfolk, Chadron, O'Neill, Ainsworth ,Pawnee City and Loup City. (Source: Scottsbluff Star-Herald, NPPD, Other media, Feb. 17, 2019) Contact: City of Scottsbluff, www.scottsbluff.org; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NPPD,  Community Solar,  


CIP's Mitchell Solar Portfolio Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports construction is underway on the Mitchell portfolio of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in North Carolina on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) fund.

The project portfolio is geographically diversified across the state and will be implemented in multiple phases over the coming years starting with five projects. Mitchell represents CIP's first investment into Southeastern United States.

The first phase of Mitchell consists of five utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 23 MWAC. First Solar, Inc. will supply solar modules and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. The projects, which will generate sufficient electric power roughly 5,000 homes, are slated to begin commercial operation in Q3 and have long-term PPAs with Duke Energy. The projects in the next phases of the Mitchell portfolio are expected to start construction later in 2019 to 2020. The Mitchell solar PV project portfolio is part of CIP's approximately 1.1 GWAC US solar PV portfolio. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, 8 Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen +45 70 70 51 51 cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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Boston Univ. Plan Calls for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind Report)
Boston University
Date: 2019-02-15
In the Bay State, Boston University -- 32,500 enrollment -- is touting its Dec., 2017 Climate Action Plan calling for the school to slash its greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon-neutral by 2040.

The plan outlines strategies for the university to reach its sustainability goals, including cutting energy consumption, building energy efficient and weather-resilient infrastructure, and an increased focus on wind and solar renewable energy which, according to a BU release, could cut emissions from energy consumption by 31 pct by 2032.

Download the Boston University Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: Boston University, The Daily Free Press, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Boston University, sustainability@bu.edu, www.bu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis (Report Attached)
Heinrich Boell Foundation
Date: 2019-02-15
Fuel to the Fire: How Geoengineering Threatens to Entrench Fossil Fuels and Accelerate the Climate Crisis, a new report from the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and Heinrich Boell Foundation exposes how a growing belief that geoengineering is needed to address climate change could actually undermine climate goals while locking in fossil fuel infrastructure for decades to come.

The report highlights how the urgency and scale of the climate crisis are being exploited to push ideas like carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM) -- once relegated to the fringes of the climate debate -- into the mainstream. It examines the fossil fuel industry's long history and continued role in the development and promotion of key geoengineering concepts and technologies, and it exposes the numerous ways these technologies serve to protect the industry and promote new emissions from fossil fuels. Among its findings:

  • Analyses suggest 85 pct of US subsidies for Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and Direct Air Capture would flow to Enhanced Oil Recovery;

  • Proponents believe investments in CCS could spur consumption of 40 pct more coal and up to 923 million additional barrels of oil in the US alone by 2040;

  • Energy-intensive DAC projects will be used primarily to produce hydrocarbon fuels that will themselves be burned, resulting in either net carbon emissions or massive diversions of renewable energy for uncertain benefits, while simultaneously slowing the transition away from internal combustion engines;

  • Industry advocates openly believe CCS and CDR are essential to save coal, insure the future of oil and gas, and "unlock" unburnable carbon;

  • Despite IPCC's warnings that the world must reach net zero emissions by 2050, oil companies argue that CDR will enable heavy reliance on oil and gas until at least 2100.;

  • For decades, proponents of Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) have cited the potential to delay or minimize climate mitigation measures as a primary justification for its use;

  • SRM proponents assume humanity will inject sulfate or other aerosols into the skies for decades to centuries to come and deploy CDR to bring emissions back down;

  • As other forms of climate denial are discredited, opponents of climate action are exploiting geoengineering as a new argument for delaying serious climate action;

  • The world must and can keep warming below 1.5C without relying on geoengineering.

    The report also exposes how current industry support of geoengineering fits into a pattern of denial and opposition to action by the fossil fuel industry and a network of well-funded think tanks and front groups. With surprising consistency, geoengineering proponents argue that economic, technological, ethical, and environmental realities of geoengineering technologies should be assumed away, even as they argue that scaling up existing and proven renewable technologies is unrealistic.

    Faced with the urgent realities of climate change, even committed activists and researchers are exploring the possibility that humanity can mask climate impacts with new and profoundly risky technological fixes. Both abundant evidence and history show that this approach is at best a risky distraction and at worst profoundly dangerous for people, ecosystems, and the planet.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Center for International Environmental Law, Public Release, 13 Feb., 2019) Contact: CIEL, Carroll Muffett, Pres., Amanda Kistler, Report Author, (202) 742-5832, akistler@ciel.org, CIEL HQ, (202) 785-8700, Fax: (202) 785-8701, info@ciel.org, www.ciel.org; Heinrich Boell Foundation, Lili Fuhr, International Environmental Policies Division, www.boell.de/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Fossil Fuel,  


  • Renewables World's Main Power Source by 2040 (BP Report Attached)
    BP
    Date: 2019-02-15
    According to the UK-based energy giant BP, wind, solar, bioenergy and other renewables will account for roughly one-third of the world's electricity supplies by 2040, and as high as 50 pct in Europe and some other regions.

    The attached BP Report notes that while oil took almost 45 years to go from 1 pct of global energy to 10 pct, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years. In the event of a faster switch to a low carbon economy, that period comes down to just 15 years, according to the report.

    Download the BP Energy Outlook 2019 HERE. (Source: BP, Feb., 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Bioenergy,  Renewable Energy,  BP,  


    Canadian Solar's 68-MWp Mexican PV Park Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2019-02-15
    Canadian Solar is reporting its 68-MWp Aguascalientes solar project in central Mexico is now online. The facility's electric power and clean energy certificates (CELs) will be sold to Mexican state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and a 20-year CEL contract.

    The plant incorporates more than 200,000 poly modules CS6U-P with an expected output of 145 GWh -- sufficient power for 20,690 local households. Canadian Solar is also providing operations and maintenance (O&M) services. (Source: Canadian Solar, Renewables, Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  


    SunPower Seeks Solar Cell Manufacturing Expansion Investor (Ind. Report)
    SunPower Corp
    Date: 2019-02-15
    San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp reports it is seeking non-equity strategic partner funding for expansion of its Next Generation Technology (NGT) solar cell manufacturing capacity.

    In 2017 SunPower began ramping up its second manufacturing line that will more than double its NGT nameplate capacity to over 250 MW by the end of 2019. (Source: SunPower, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower Corp.,  Solar ,  


    Renewables Power Northwestern Chinase Province (Int'l Report)
    Qinghai Electric Power Company.
    Date: 2019-02-13
    China's State Grid Qinghai Electric Power Company reports clean energy is powering the economy of northwest China's Qinghai Province with a total installed power generating capacity of nearly 28 million kilowatts, or 86 pct of the province's energy consumption. The province's installed solar power capacity reached 9.6 million KW, wind power hit 2.7 million KW while hydropower capacity reached 11.9 million KW, according to the company release. Additionall, Qinghai province has two, 10 million kilowatts renewable power generating bases under construction. (Source: Qinghai Electric Power Company, China.org.cn, Xinhua, February 10, 2019) Contact: Qinghai Electric Power Company, en.chinapower.com.cn/tag/qinghai-electric-power

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Shuttered Georgia Coal Plant to Host Solar Demo (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Public Service Commission
    Date: 2019-02-13
    In keeping with its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan, Georgia Power is reporting plans to decertify its coal-fired Plant Hammond before the year end, subject to Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approval. In the meantime, the utility is planning to develop a demonstration of solar power demo of up to 10 MW on closed coal ash ponds at Plant Hammond.

    The PSC previously approved the solar project to evaluate different solar technologies and to give the utility a hands-on detailed understanding of the requirements to permit and build commercial-scale solar generation facilities over closed solid waste sites, remediated sites and undeveloped plant properties. (Source: Georgia Power, Rome News-Tribune, IEEFA, Feb., 2019) Contact: Georgia Public Service Commission, www.psc.state.ga.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Solar,  


    Brown Univ. Aspiring to 100 pct Renewables by 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Brown University
    Date: 2019-02-11
    In Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is reporting the inking of agreements with two developers for the development and implementation of sufficient wind and solar power to offset all of the Ivy League school's electric power requirements by the year 2020.

    The bulk of Brown's planned renewable energy will be supplied by a 50-MW solar array planned for a former gravel pit in North Kingstown. The project, proposed by Providence-based Energy Development Partners, in partnership with national energy provider Constellation, will be the largest solar project in the state.

    The solar project is expected to offset about 70 pct of the university's energy usage. The remainder will be offset under the terms of a 25-year PPA for an 8-MW portion of a large onshore wind farm presently being developed in Texas.

    Brown has also pledged to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040 and, to that end, has taken steps to cut emissions by 75 pct below 2017-18 levels by 2025. (Source: Brown University, Providence Journal, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Brown University, www.brown.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Statkraft Growing European Renewable Market Access (Int'l)
    Statkraft,Valeco
    Date: 2019-02-11
    Oslo-based Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS reports it is seeking to expand its European renewable energy activity through a series of new projects and power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a recently inked five-year wind energy PPAs and capacity certificates from three French wind energy projects being developed by the French developer Valeco Groupe and slated for commissioning in May and September 2019.

    Under the terms of their agreement, Valeco will operate the three wind projects in northern France from its HQ in Montpellier, with support from technicians based in Amiens. Statkraftnotes it is Europe's largest provider of market access for, mainly, renewables generation, amounting to 18.2GW. As previously reported, Statkraft exited the offshore wind industry and is now focused on expanding in onshore wind, solar and hydropower facities and activities. (Source: Statkraft, WindPower, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Stakraft, +47 24 06 70 00, Clement Perchat, Bus. Dev for France, www.statkraft.com; Valeco, +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 00, Fax: +33 (0) 4 67 40 74 05, contact@groupevaleco.com, www.groupevaleco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valeco,  Statkraft,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ireland Bemoans Lack of Solar Progress (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2019-02-11
    In Dublin, the Republic of Ireland Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment reports that despite its approval of more than 80 solar projects between 2015 and 2018, there are currently no operational commercial-scale solar farms on the Emerald Island.

    And, according to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, solar power accounted for under 0.03 pct of Ireland's overall energy supply for electricity consumption in 2017. The department also confirmed that it supports solar PV through the SEAI-led Better Energy Communities and pilot Deep Retrofit Scheme.

    Under its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland is required to generate a minimum of 16 pct of its energy requirement from renewable sources by the year 2020. (Source: Republic of Ireland Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Agriland, 10 Feb., 2019) Contact: Republic of Ireland Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, www.dccae.gov.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Aussie Solar-plus-Storage Projects Advancing (Int'l Report)
    Energy Projects Solar
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, South Australia, the nation's renewable energy leader, reports it may soon host two of the country's largest utility-scale solar arrays -- a 500 MW solar farm co-located with a 250 MW/1 GWh battery storage capacity, and a construction-ready 200 MW PV project with 120 MWh of storage that forms part of the Solar River Project, near Robertstown.

    The first project, proposed by Energy Projects Solar, would be constructed in stages and get under way before the year end. The second scheme planned for the same region is the Solar River Project is presently preparing to break ground.

    The privately funded, $450 million Solar River Project comprises 200 MW of solar PV generation capacity plus 120 MWh of battery storage capacity. The two projects with their energy storage facilities are among the largest in Australia's development pipeline. (Source: Energy Projects Solar, PV Mag., February 5, 2019) Contact: Energy Projects Solar, www.renewablessa.sa.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  Solar,  


    Meyer Burger Offloads Wafering Business for $49Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Meyer Burger ,Precision Surfacing Solutions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Switzerland-based PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger is reporting the sale of its photovoltaic, semiconductor and sapphire wafering business to Rendsburg, Germany-headquartered Precision Surfacing Solutions (PPS) for $49.8 million in cash. The deal is slated to close towards the end of Q1, 2019.

    PPS will retain around 70 employees involved in the wafering technology portfolio at the thun facility which Meyer Burger will rent to PPS on a long term basis. (Source: Meyer Burger, PV Tech, 7 Feb., 2019) Contact: Meyer Burger, Hans Brandle, CEO, +41 33 221 28 00, sales@meyerburger.com, www.meyerburger.com; Precision Surfacing Solutions, www.precision-surface.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Meyer Burger,  Solar,  Solar Wafer ,  


    Australia to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Australian National University,Australia Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the Australian National University reports Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris climate accord well before 2030. Under the Paris Climate accord, Australia committed to cut CO2 emissions by 26 to 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    The study attributes the country's progress to the increasing growth in wind and solar power nationwide. The country is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, the study said. The pipeline of new wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 GW a year, the study showed.

    The report notes that each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, implying that Australia's pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. Assuming other sectors' emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, the net reduction would be about 10 million to 11 million tpy which would put Australia on track to meet its Paris target before 2030.

    The study, which was based on data from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator, found that for Australia to meet its target, emissions would have to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. However, as of the end of 2017, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to data from Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. (Source: Australian National University, SBS , Feb., 2019) Contact: Australian National University, Prof. Andrew Blakers, andrew.blakers@anu.edu.au, +61 2 612 55905, www.anu.edu.au; Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, ageis.climatechange.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  Australia GHG,  Climate Change,  


    Acciona Completes South African CSP Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Acciona
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In South Africa, Acciona Industrial and Sener is reporting construction of the 100MW Kathu concentrated solar plant (CSP) has been completed and commercial operations are now underway. Construction of the plant, owned by an Engie-led consortium, started in 2016.

    The Kathu facility, which incorporates Sener's parabolic trough collectors and a molten salt storage system, is part of the South African Department of Energy's Integrated Resource Programme 2010. The program aims to increase the country's power generation capacity to 86.8GW by 2030, of which 24 pct will be renewable. (Source: Acciona, renews, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50, Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com; South African Department of Energy, www.energy.gov.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  CSP,  Conentrated Solar Power,  


    Ullico Snares BlackRock's Ontario Solar Portfolio (M&A Report)
    BlackRock
    Date: 2019-02-06
    US investment manager BlackRock Inc. reports it will sell a four-plant Canadian solar energy portfolio in Ontario to Washington, DC-headquartered insurance company Ullico Inc. The portfolio includes solar farms with long-term stable cash flows and fixed feed-in tariff (FiT) and PPAs with the province's Independent Electricity System Operator.

    The acquisition is Ullico's sixth solar sector investment. Financial details have not been disclosed. (Source: Blackrock, Feb., 2019) Contact: BlackRock, www.blackrock.com/ca; Ullico, 202.682.0900, www.ullico.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock,  Solar,  


    NextEra Awaiting NEB. Solar Project Feasibility Report (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered NextEra Energy Resources reports it is considering construction of a 423-MW solar park in Nebraska, which if constructed, will be the largest one in the state, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

    The company has inked a lease agreement for a site in Pierce County and is seeking an interconnection agreement with the Southwest Power Pool, the operator of the regional electric grid and wholesale market. Construction could get underway in 2022, subject to the study results. (Source: NextEra Energy Resources, Renewables Now, 5 Feb., 2019_ Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, info@nextrenewables.com, https://nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources ,  Solar,  


    Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources -- California Solar & Storage Association White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
    California Independent System Operator
    Date: 2019-02-06
    "The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have developed various programs that allow distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with traditional generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure to provide capacity and ancillary services.

    "Customer-sited, or behind-the-meter (BTM), resources can provide multiple grid services at the distribution and transmission levels,1but numerous barriers have hindered the efforts of the CPUC and CAISO to enable BTM resources to provide these services. This report builds on several documents that industry stakeholders have produced for staff in the CPUC's Energy Division describing these barriers."

    Download the Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources White Paper HERE. (Source: California Solar & Storage Association, Feb., 2019) Contact: California Solar & Storage Association, https://calssa.org; California Independent System Operator, www.caiso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Independent System Operator ,  


    SolGreen Debuts Casini™ Solar Power Hub (New Prod & Tech)
    SolGreen® Solutions Corp
    Date: 2019-02-04
    SolGreen is reporting the introduction of its outdoor mobile solar charging system to Bowie State University, in Prince George County, Maryland.

    The SolGreen® Casini™ Power Hub features a patented powerful PVSE system built in a sleek outdoor case that can integrate with most existing outdoor Bus Shelters and will immediately begin offering Grid Free solar powered mobil devise charging services services to its new users. the SolGreen Casini will also power Lighting and Wi-Fi signals to bus stations in remote locations such as stadiums and outdoor waiting areas.

    This revolutionary first-of-its-kind technology will debut at Bowie State University just 5 years after another successful first-of-its-kind SolGreen® technology, the Evodia Solar Table was installed at the campus in 2014. (Source: SolGreen Solutions, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: SolGreen Solutions, (833) 765-4733, service@solgreensolutions.com, www.solgreensolutions.com; Bowie State University, www.bowiestate.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Hamilton Advancing Wastewater Plant Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Montana, the City of Hamilton -- pop. 4,750 +- -- reports it is moving forward with its planned solar power project to be installed at the Hamilton Wastewater Treatment Plant. The system is expected to generate up to 50kW of electricity and offset 5-10 pct of the treatment plants yearly electric costs.

    The project is being funded through the NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program. The program is established with the Universal System Benefits Program funds collected from all NorthWestern Energy customers in Montana. (Source: City of Hamilton, Ravalli Republic, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: City of Hamilton, Dominic Farrenkopf, Mayor, (406) 363-2101 ext. 213, dfarrenkopf@cityofhamilton.net, www.cityofhamilton.net/city_government/mayor/index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    ReneSola Finds Hungarian, Polish Solar Project Financing (Int'l)
    ReneSola
    Date: 2019-02-04
    Solar project developer ReneSola Ltd reports it has arranged a bridge financing agreement with Eiffel Energy Transition Fund for its photovoltaic projects in Hungary and Poland. Under the terms of the agreement, Eiffel Energy Transition Fund will finance ReneSola's 41.3 MW projects in Hungary and 55MW projects in Poland in the amount of €13,428,000.

    Eiffel Investment Group is an asset manager specialized in businesses financing. Eiffel invests in European corporate credit through listed markets, private debt and online lending platforms. The group manages approximately €2 billion and offers companies a wide range of financing solutions. (Source: ReneSola Ltd., PE, 3 Feb., 2019)Contact: ReneSola Ltd, Josef Kastner, VP, Willy Lin, CFA, +86 (21) 6280-9180 x155, ir@renesolapower.com, www.renesolapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola,  Solar,  


    Dubai Solar-Powered Green Hydrogen Project Breaks Ground (Int'l)
    DEWA
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is collaborating with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and has broken ground for the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project will be constructed at DEWA's outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. (Source: DEWA, Emirates News Agency , 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hydrogen,  DEWA,  


    Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium USGBC LEED Certified (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-02-04
    In Atlanta. the 2-million-square-foot, 2017-vintage Mercedes Benz Stadium arena reports it was the first U.S. professional sports stadium to achieve US Green Building Council Platinum LEED certification.

    The Mercedes-Benz Stadium LEED qualifying features include: 82,500 square feet of LED lighting, which lasts 10 times longer than standard lighting and reduces energy use by up to 60 pct;

  • 4,000 onsite solar panels can generate 1.6 million kWh , sufficient power for 10 Atlanta Falcons games;
  • an advanced storm water management system that can store over 2 million gallons of water to reduce flooding risk to surrounding areas;
  • 48 EV charging stations, and others.

    The NFL recently announced a membership with the Green Sports Alliance, an organization aimed at encouraging green and renewable practices at sporting events. (Source: USGBC, Greenroofs, 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: Green Sports Alliance, www.greensportsalliance.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Risen Energy Completes 40-MW Kazakhstan PV Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Risen Energy
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Chinese solar module producer Risen Energy Co Ltd is reporting the grid connection of its 40-MW solar plant in in the Karaganda region, Kazakhstan. The facility is expected to generate 50 million kWh per year. (Source: Risen Energy, 31 Jan., Renewables, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel:0086-574-59953588, www.risenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Solar,  


    Hanergy's SHJ Technology Claims 24.23 pct Efficiency (Int'l)
    Hanergy Thin Film Power
    Date: 2019-02-01
    In Beijing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd (Hanergy) is claiming a record 24.23 pct conversion efficiency for its silicon heterojunction (SHJ) thin-film battery technology, as verified by Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET). In August 2018 China Photovoltaic Society confirmed Hanergy's SHJ conversion rate had reached 23.7 pct.

    Hanergy's SHJ technology is used in ground power stations, distributed power arrays, vertical installation, fishery or agricultural complementary photovoltaic (PV) plants, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile energy projects. (Source: Hanergy, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567, www.hanergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanergy ,  Solar,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    Sunnova Solar Plus Battery Storage Available in NY (Ind. Report)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Houston, Texas-headquartered solar and battery storage service provider Sunnova Energy Corp. reports it has expanded its Sunnova SunSafe™ solar energy generation and home battery storage service in New York State.

    In addition to the Empire State, Sunnova also offers Sunnova SunSafe™ in Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, Hawaii, Arizona, California, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan. (Source: Sunova, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Sunnova Energy, John Berger, CEO, Kelsey Smith,Kelsey.smith@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    NY Offers $15.5Mn for Value Stack Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of as much as $15.5 million in funding for commercial projects that show the benefits of value stacking -- capturing several different revenue streams from one project -- distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid.

    The solicitation seeks real-world commercial projects that offer approaches to value stacking that are scalable and are replicable. The projects may provide value to retail electric customers, distributed generation, utilities, and the New York State Independent System Operator. Funding will be available for feasibility studies and proposals.

    The projects must support New York State's goals for Reforming the Energy Vision policies, renewable generation and greenhouse gas reduction. More specifically, NYSERDA seeks proposals that: reduce the intermittency of solar and wind energy; avoid or delay the need for new electric system infrastructure; increase system efficiency and resiliency; reduce the requirement for fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand; or compliment demand response and energy efficiency measures within buildings. The RFP is available on NYSERDA's website. (Source: NYSERDA, Microgrid Knowledge, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Storage,  


    School Energy Efficiency Upgrades Saves $5.8Mn (Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting the installation of a 15 kW Solar Photovoltaic System and a major LED Lighting Upgrade Project totaling $8 million has delivered an estimated $5.4 million savings over the last three years.

    As part of the total installation, a 10 kW solar PV System comprised of 42, 240W polycrystalline solar panels, three (3) 3.6 kW grid-tied inverters and a data logger for performance monitoring, has generated 43,500 kWh of electricity since commissioning in November 2015; which has saved the Kingston based institution $1.4 million on its utility bills. Additionally, a 5 kW solar PV system of 18, 260 W polycrystalline solar panels, one grid-tied inverter and a surge protector installed in March 2016, has saved the school a further $700,000.

    The PCJ also replaced the school's 1,250 interior and exterior fluorescent, incandescent and sodium vapour bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting. The lighting retrofitting has cut electricity consumption by 98,000 kWh for an approximate $3.2 million savings over three years.

    Ardenne is one of 15 schools and three government agencies that have received Solar PV systems under a $62 million initiative undertaken by the PCJ as part of its efforts to reduce the public sector's energy costs. (Source: PCJ, First Look, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, www.pcj.com

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    Providence Promoting Climate Justice, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Providence Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Rhode Island, the City of Providence Office of Sustainability is projecting that the city of 180,000 residents will see 9 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and the city's climate will equal south Florida's average temperature of 80.3 degrees F.

    To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.

    The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.

    The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.

    Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000, www.providenceri.gov/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Innova Building Caribbean's First Floating Solar Project (Int'l)
    Innova Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Innova Capital Partners, through its subsidiary in Colombia, Innova Solar Colombia (ISC), reports it will develop and construct the first floating solar project in the Caribbean islands, specifically on the island of Providencia, San Andres, Colombia.

    When fully operational before the year end, the 74 kWp project is expected to generate sufficient power for the municipal aqueduct. The project is being financed by Tillvaxtverket, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. French floating solar developer Ciel & Terre will supply its HYDRELIO® technology for the project.

    Innova is a global developer and investor with a focus on, but not limited to, growth-oriented opportunities in energy, real estate and infrastructure. The Innova platform invests in projects and companies at various stages of their development cycle and partners with industry-leading management teams, franchises, and companies positioned for significant growth.(Source: Innova Cspitsl Partners, PR, 28 Jan/., 2019) Contact: Innova Capital Partners, Patricia Rodriguez Patricia@innnovacapitalpartners.com, www.innovacapitalpartners.com; Ciel & Terre, +33 3 20 01 05 65, www.ciel-et-terre.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innova Capital Partners,  Soalr,  Floating Solar,  


    JinkoSolar Supplies 5MW PV Modules for Greek Solar Project (Int'l)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. reports it supplied 5 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to Juwi Hellas S.A for the Mesokomo Project in Northern Greece. The project is owned by ETVA VIPE S.A and was successfully connected to the grid in December 2018.

    JinkoSolar provides solar modules, solar system integration services and pv products to clients spread across 80 countries. During the third quarter, most of the shipments went to the emerging markets of Asia Pacific, China, North America and Europe. As of Sep 30, 2018, the company has supplied 10 GW of solar modules to customers across the globe. (Source: Jinko Solar, Nasdaq, 29 Jan., 2019)Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792, pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  


    New Energy Partners Closes $500Mn Renewables Fund (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Capital Partners
    Date: 2019-01-30
    Hanover, New Hampshire-headquartered New Energy Capital Partners, LLC (NEC), a private equity management firm focused on debt and equity investments in small- and mid-sized clean energy infrastructure projects and companies, reports the closing of its New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund II , its fifth private equity fund and second fund focused exclusively on credit opportunities.

    Total capital commitments for the Fund reached the hard cap of $500 million, which exceeded NEC's initial target of $400 million. The fund proceeds will be used across clean energy infrastructure assets in small- to mid-sixe North American, including solar, wind, energy efficiency, storage, water, landfill gas, biofuels and energy infrastructure projects and companies. (Source: New Energy Capital Partners, PR, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy Capital Partners, LLC Scott Brown, CEO, 603-643-8885, www.newenergycapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Sun Solar Opts for "Made in America" Only (Ind. Report)
    Sun Solar
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Springfield Missouri-based Sun Solar reports it is transitioning to American Made solar panels for all of its installations. The move is in response to the impact of President Donald Trump's "30 pct. tax increase" on Chinese manufactured solar cells and panels.

    Moving forward, Sun Solar noted it will work with an unnamed solar manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington. (Source: Sun Solar, Missourinet, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sun Solar, Caleb Arthur, Owner, 417-413-1786 www.missourisunsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Cell,  Solar Module,  Solar Energy,  


    Solarize St. John Plans Lower Cost Solar in USVI (Ind. Report)
    Solarize
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Solarize St. John, a new public-private initiative seeks to match home and business owners with local solar installation companies, was launched last week in St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

    The initiative aims to assist St. John residents and businesses in the purchase solar energy systems by combining solar equipment orders and buying and shipping in bulk. Solarize also provides website, communication, and crowdsourcing expertise while solar systems equipment ordering and installations are completed at the local level. The program also seeks to take advantage of applicable tax credits for solar installations.

    As part of that effort, the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is considering a program that would allow home and business owners to lease their roofs to generate solar power. When they enroll in Solarize St. John, applicants will also be asked to indicate if they would consider allowing WAPA to install solar panels and batteries and maintain them at no cost to the homeowner. WAPA would own the power generated, and the home or business owner would continue to pay their monthly bill. (Source: St, John Source, St.John Tradewinds, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarize St. John, www.solarcrowdsource.com; The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, (346) 773-2250, www.viwapa.vi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WAPA,  Solar Energy,  Solarize,  


    Algae Specialist Solarvest BioEnergy Raises $1,095,500 (Ind. Report)
    Solarvest Bioenergy
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Vancouver-based algae technology specialist Solarvest Bioenergy Inc. is reporting closure of its second tranche of its previously announced financing. The offering raised gross proceeds from both tranches totaling $1,095,500 by way of the issuance of 5,477,500 units.

    The proceeds will be used for the production of inventory, sales and marketing, equipment purchases, patenting costs and general working capital. (Source: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., Gerri Greenham, CEO, (416) 420 0947, ggreenham@solarvest.ca, www.solarvest.com

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    CellCube Touts European Energy Storage Systems Sales (Ind. Report)
    CellCube Energy Storage Systems
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Toronto-headquartered energy storage specialist CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports it has closed on the sale of two "FB Modular" energy storage systems to European purchasers.

    The first is a FB200-800 stand alone vanadium redox flow energy storage system with 200kW AC power rating and close to 900kWh usable energy capacity. The system is for a German public institution and is slated for installation this coming March.

    The second sale is a FB Modular series FB30-13 for installation this April as part of a micro-grid for a solar supported farm operation in the Czech Republic.

    CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems based on vanadium redox flow technology. Its integrated energy storage System solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles with the focus on larger scale containerized modules. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc,. PR, Jan 22, 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Mike Neylan, CEO, (800) 882-3213, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  vanadium redox flow,  Battery,  


    Edmonton Launches Home Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    city of Edmonton
    Date: 2019-01-23
    On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta, is reporting the launch of a new top-up program that allows homeowners to receive an additional 20 pct in return on home energy evaluations and retrofits through the new Home Energy Plan. The program offers homeowners access to advice on energy efficiency and rebates on home retrofits. Homeowners can also receive $400 towards the cost of a Home Energy Evaluation and can then apply for further rebates on a number of home upgrades, including insulation, windows and furnaces. . The city has also launched a solar program that encourages homeowners to install solar systems on on their homes, and the city and Energy Efficiency Alberta cover about 40 per cent of the cost.

    Home Energy Plan details are HERE, Edmonton Solar plan details are HERE. (Source: City of Edmonton, CBC, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, Energy Transition Unit Senior Environmental Project Manager, www.edmonton.ca/contactus.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News city of Edmonton news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    US Renewable Energy Capacity 4x Greater than Fossil Fuels by 2021 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2019-01-23
    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of the the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update, renewable energy sources may surpass fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years.

    The FERC report notes that new natural gas generation placed in service during the first 11 months of 2018 totaled 16,687 MW or 68.46 pct of the total 24,376 MW. Renewable sources accounted for only 30.12 pct led by wind at 3,772 MW and solar at3,449 MW. The report also notes that proposed generation and retirements by December 2021 include net capacity additions by renewable sources of 169,914 MW -- 4.3 times greater than the net new additions listed for coal, oil, and natural gas combined. Net proposed generation additions from wind alone total 90,268 MW while those from solar are 64,066 MW -- each greater than that listed for natural gas. The report also notes that renewable sources now account for 20.8 pct of total available installed US generating capacity.

    Download the FERC Energy Infrastructure Update for November 2018 report HERE. (Source: FERC, Jan., 2019) Contact: FERC, 202-502-6088, www.ferc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  FERC,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Solar Frontier Breaks Thin-Film Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
    Solar Frontier,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Kanagawa, Japan-based thin-film CIS solar panel manufacturer Solar Frontier K.K., a unit of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, is claiming a world record conversion efficiency of 23.35 pct on a 1-sq-cm thin-film solar cell that does not contain any cadmium (Cd).

    Solar Frontier was working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan when it broke the previous 22.9 pct record which it set in November 2017. (Source: Solar Frontier, Renewables Now, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Solar Frontier, www.solar-frontier.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Frontier,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  NEDO,  


    PA Utilities Seek Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Keystone State, FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Metropolitan Edison Company, are reportedly seeking the purchase 120,500 Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period. Suppliers will enter into a separate deal and provide the credits in tranches of 500 per year.

    The Brattle Group will launch an RfP for the purchase of SPAECs this month. Applications are due by February 5, 2019, and bids due by February 27, 2019. Deliveries of SPAECs are expected this year. (Source: FirstEnergy, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  Solar Energy Credit,  Brattle Group,  FirstEnergy Corp.,  Solar,  


    275-MW Aussie Solar Farm Nears Construction Startup (Int'l)
    Edify Energy,Octopus Investments
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Land Down Under, UK-based solar energy investor Octopus Investments and Australian renewable energy specialist Edify Energy are reporting financial close on the $450 million (AUS), 275-MW Darlington Point Solar Farm project in NSW. The project will incorporate more then 820,000 Canadian Solar HiKu modules (CS3W-P) mounted on a single-axis solar tracking systems.

    Upon completion, the facility is expected to be Australia's largest solar power station. Details on construction contracts, solar supply contract, and Power Purchase Agreements are expected to be announced within days.

    The project is being developed and structured by Edify Energy, which will retain an equity stake in the solar project. Construction is expected to get underway in March, 2019, and when fully operational sometime in early 2020, will displace over 600,000 tpy of CO2 and generate 685,000 MWh of electric power per year -- sufficient to power around 115,000 homes.(Source: Edify Energy, Various Media, 18 Jan., 2019) (Contact: Edify Energy, John Cole, CEO, +61 2 8790 4000, +61 2 8790 4000, hello@edifyenergy.com, www.edifyenergy.com; Octopus Investments, +44 800 316 2295, www.octopusinvestments.com; Contact: Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Edify Energy,  Solar,  Australa Solar,  Canadian Solar,  


    BMR Energy Committed to Expand Cayman Renewable Energy (Int'l)
    BMR Energy
    Date: 2019-01-21
    NYC-based BMR Energy LLC, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, is reporting the acquisition of the Bodden Town Solar Farm in the Cayman Islands was just the first step in its plans for plan for renewable energy in Cayman. The company's Cayman Island plans are in line with the Cayman Utilities Commission's (CUC) recently approved Integrated Research Plan.

    According to the company, the Bodden Town solar plant has been under-producing power and the company is looking at how best to optimize output. The company is also looking at ways to further the Cayman's green agenda. (Source: BMR Energy, Cayman27, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: BMR Energy, Bruce Levy, CEO, (212) 453-6720, info@bmrenergy.com, www.bmrenergy.com

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    NYSERDA Awards $1.5Bn for NY Large-Scale Wind, Solar (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-21
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, is reporting details of the $1.5 billion in NY State competitive awards to support large-scale solar, wind energy and storage projects across the Empire State.

    The 20 funded projects are expected to generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate sufficient clean energy for nearly 550,000 homes. Combined with the renewable energy projects previously announced under democratic Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, New York has now awarded 46 projects worth more than $2.9 billion.

    The awards also propel New York toward the Governor's ramped up mandate for 70 pct of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 -- up from 50 pct -- and helps guide the state toward achieving carbon neutrality across all sectors of its economy as quickly as possible including a 100 pct carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

    The 20 large-scale renewable energy projects include: Hannacroix Solar Facility - Greene County; Stillwater Solar - Saratoga County: Clay Solar - Onondaga County; Dog Corners Solar - Cayuga County; Excelsior Energy Center - Genesee County; Heritage Wind - Orleans County; Horseshoe Solar - Livingston County; Manchester Solar - Ontario County; Morris Ridge Solar - Livingston County; North Light Energy Center - Seneca County; Silver Lake Solar - Wyoming County; Hills Solar - Herkimer County; Mohawk Solar - Montgomery County; Skyline Solar - Oneida County; Watkins Road Solar I - Herkimer County; Roaring Brook Wind - Lewis County; Canisteo Wind - Steuben County; High Bridge Wind - Chenango County; Bakerstand Solar I - Cattaraugus County: and the Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center - Schuyler County.

    All projects are expected to be operational by 2022, adding over 1,654 megawatts of renewable capacity in New York and generating over 3,800,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 437,000 cars off the road.

    NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard on April 22, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Notable Quote
    5 Lakes Energy LLC
    Date: 2019-01-21
    "For a long time a debate was going on how to increase use of renewables for generation. There were political fights (in the Michigan state Legislature) for (mandated or voluntary renewable) energy standards. We are now at a point where wind and solar are both cheaper in generating electricity than new fossil fuel plants, and we are close to (matching the costs of) operating existing fossil fuel plants."

    "We should be retiring old fossil fuel plants before they wear out. It is cheaper to replace them (than) to operate them." -- Doug Jester, 5 Lakes Energy LLC in Lansing, Mich. (Source: Crain's Detroit Business, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: 5 Lakes Energy LLC, Doug Jester, 517-319-0350, djester@5lakesenergy.com, https://5lakesenergy.com

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    Sahara NOOR CSP Solar Projects Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Power Construction Corporation of China
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Beijing-based Power Construction Corporation of China, is reporting construction of the NOOR II and NOOR III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, the gateway city to the Sahara Desert, has been completed and both facilities are now online.

    The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kWh of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid. The 200-MW Noor II project reportedly has the world's largest installed capacity as a parabolic trough power plant, while the 160-MW installed capacity of the NOOR III is the largest among the world's tower power plants, according to a release. (Source: Power Construction Corporation of China, Xinhua, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation of China, +86 1 058381999, +86 1 058381621 - fax., www.powerchina.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  Power Construction Corporation of China,  


    Tesla Touts Microgrids, Solar Energy Storage for Greek islands (Int'l)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Tesla reports it has made a proposal to the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy to modernize the electric grid of several remote Greek islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids, renewable energy and powerpack energy storage systems to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

    In its proposal, Tesla cited the completion of a similar project on the island of Ta'u in American Samoa. In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The company has also deployed similar systems in Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and others. See our July 27, 2018 edition for details of the Samoan project.

    Tesla reportedly suggested a pilot project to demonstrate their microgrid system on the island of Limnos. (Source: Tesla, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, elektrec, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, www.gtp.gr/MinistryfortheEnvironmentEnergyClimatechange; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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    Ameresco Closes on Maximum Solar Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Maximum Solar
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Acton, Massachusetts-based solar operations and maintenance specialist Maximum Solar. As part of this acquisition, Ameresco will further develop its in-house services to operate and maintain solar facilities, enhancing existing capabilities while using the latest technologies. Financial details of the transaction were not undisclosed.

    Maximum Solar presently service more than 150 MW of solar of various sizes in the northeastern U.S. Services include complete O&M contracts, remote monitoring, facility reporting, electrical testing, inspections, trouble-shooting and repair, aerial and ground based thermal imaging, preventative maintenance, and others. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Maximum Solar, Brett Chapman, Pres., (978) 429-8216, www.maximumsolar.com; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Ameresco,  


    FP&L Planning Major Solar Energy Expansion by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Florida Power & Light
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Further to our August 1st coverage, Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light (FP&L) reports it plans to decommission its last coal power production plant -- the Indiantown Cogeneration facility -- and expand its solar-energy capacity and battery energy storage technology statewide with the installation of more than 30 million solar panels by 2030. The utility presently has about 5 million solar panels installed at 18 solar power plants.

    Florida's other utilities, including Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power, have also recently begun large-scale solar energy projects. (Source: FPL, Panama City News Herald, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: Florida Power & Light, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Florida Power & Light ,  Solar,  


    Gov. Raises New York Offshore Wind, Solar Targets (Ind. Report)
    NY Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-01-18
    In his just released 2019 Justice Agenda, Empire State governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is proposing a 9-GW offshore wind goal by 2035, a 6-GW distributed solar target by 2025, and 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030. The new goals are part of the governor's plan for New York State to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Cuomo's plan also calls for New York's Clean Energy Standard mandate to be increased from its present 50 pct to 70 pct renewable electricity by 2030. To that end, the state plans to invest approximately $200 million to facilitate the development of an offshore wind transmission grid. Governor Cuomo will also direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Public Service to expand their Solar For All programme. Cuomo is also calling for roughly $1.5 billion in competitive awards that will support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects totaling 1.65 GW in upstate New York. These projects could enter construction as early as August, while the overall capacity is planned to be operational by 2022. (Source: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Renewable, Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Renewable Energy,  Andrew Cuomo,  

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