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Emissions-Free Industrial Heat Challenge Announced (Int'l.)
Iberdrola,European Innovation Council
Date: 2021-02-15
Iberdrola Group, in collaboration with the European Innovation Council's Energy4Planet initiative, has launched a new Startup Challenge through its International Startup Programme (PERSEO) which aims to discover innovative solutions to decarbonize industrial processes, through the automatisation of the design and the further integration of clean technologies and energy efficiency measures.

Iberdrola is looking to help these industries on their energy transition, searching for ad-hoc solutions for factories to improve the efficiency of the energy used while reducing CO2 emissions in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. The solutions submitted must meet the following needs:

  • Automation project design for decarbonisation of industrial processes using software tools;

  • Hybridisation of clean technologies, for example: heat pumps, electric furnaces, energy efficiency measures, green hydrogen or self-consumption by distributed renewable energy;

  • Energy Consumption and Savings simulations; and

  • Project finance calculations based on project.

    CAPEX and OPEX inputs: Investment Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV) and Payback Periods (PB).

    The proposals will be analysed based on criteria of scalability, replicability, ease of implementation and integration of ad-hoc decarbonisation solutions for industrial plants.

    The selected project will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the Iberdrola Industrial Heating and Cooling area. Iberdrola will collaboration on the development of a proof-of-concept and may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements. Additionally, PERSEO may consider investing in the participant.

    Download Industrial Heat Challenge details HERE. (Source: Iberdrola, Pei, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: European Innovation Council,; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  

  • Wyoming Wind Capacity Doubled in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    American Clean Power Association
    Date: 2021-02-08
    According to a new quarterly report from the Washington, D.C.-based American Clean Power Association , the wind energy sector in the U.S. shattered records in 2020, up 16,913 MW of new wind power capacity was installed in the U.S. -- an 85 pct increase compared to 2019.

    In 2020, Wyoming installed 1,123 megawatts of wind power, nearly doubling its capacity and ranked second nationwide, after Texas, led by the state's largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power.

    Interestingly, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council, the regulatory board charged with reviewing big wind project applications has not received a new proposal for a wind project since 2019. (Source: American Clean Power Association, KPVI, 6 Feb., 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, (202) 383-2500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wyoming Wind,  American Clean Power Association ,  

    Solar Tracking Solutions Boost Energy Output (White Paper Attached)
    Arctech Solar
    Date: 2021-01-29
    Arctech Solar, a leading solar tracking, racking and BIPV systems provider, released the attached The Next Generation of Artificial Intelligence Solar Tracking Solution white paper detailing major upgrades for its tracking solution that can improve power generation of solar power plants by up to 7 pct.

    The white paper explores the AI-powered solar tracking solutions that are capable of overcoming the problem of energy production losses suffered by solar power plants due to challenging weather conditions, ubiquitous terrain undulation and inevitable variability in site construction, while ensuring a reliable increase in energy yield throughout the life cycle of PV power plants.

    According to the white paper, Arctech's solar tracking solution integrates four strategies: the tracking control strategy on a real terrain, the cloud strategy based on real-time weather data, the bifacial strategy for bifacial modules and trackers and the control strategy based on sharing parameters with inverters.

    Access the white paper HERE. (Source: Arctech Solar, PR, Website, 29 Jan., 2021) Contact: Arctech Solar, US, 916.879.7890,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arctech Solar,  Solar,  

    Maui College Reaches Net-Zero Energy Status (Ind. Report)
    University of Hawaii Maui College
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii Maui College is reporting its campus in Kahului is now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and has achieved net-zero energy status through a combination of solar photovoltaic energy, distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures.

    Distributed energy storage and energy-efficiency were instrumental in the school reaching its goal. The also school installed more than 3,300 photovoltaic modules with 13.93 MWh of battery storage and is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Mauo, a subsidiary of Pacific Current.

    The state of Hawaii has committed to achieve 100 pct renewable energy by 2045 and a collective goal for the university system's 10 campuses to be "net-zero" by January 1, 2035. (Source: University of Hawaii Maui College, PR. 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Hawaii Maui College,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar PV,  Energy Efficiency ,  Renewable Energy,  

    South Shenango PA. Solar Project Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Welcome Solar
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Crawford County, Penna., the South Shenango Township Board of Supervisors reports issuance of a conditional use permit for Pleasanton, California-based Welcome Solar II LLC's proposed $25 million solar power project.

    At 19.9 megawatts, the solar PV project on 168 leased acres is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 3,800 area homes. (Source: South Shenango Township, Meadville Tribune, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: South Shenango Township,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Welcome Solar ,  Solar,  

    Renewables to Generate Most U.S. Electricity in 2021 (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-01-13
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. electric power generators, developers and power plant owners are planning for 39.7 GW of new electric power generating capacity to begin commercial operation in 2021. Of the total, solar will account for 39 pct, followed by wind at 31 pct, natural gas at 16 pct and battery at 11 pct and nuclear about 3 pct of the new capacity.

    Solar PV -- Developers and plant owners expect the addition of utility-scale solar capacity to set a new record by adding 15.4 GW of capacity to the grid in 2021. This new capacity will surpass 2020's nearly 12 GW increase, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and scheduled additions for the last two months of 2020 (5.7 GW). More than half of the new utility-scale solar PV capacity is planned for four states -- Texas (28 pct), Nevada (9 pct), California (9 pct), and North Carolina (7 pct) and an additional 4.1 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2021.

    Wind -- Another 12.2 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2021. Last year, 21 GW of wind came online, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and planned additions in November and December (14.9 GW). Texas and Oklahoma account for more than half of the 2021 wind capacity additions. The largest wind project coming online in 2021 will be the 999-MW Traverse wind farm in Oklahoma. The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project off the coast of Virginia Beach, is also scheduled to start commercial operation in early 2021.

    Natural gas -- For 2021, planned natural gas capacity additions are reported at 6.6 GW. Combined-cycle generators account for 3.9 GW, and combustion-turbine generators account for 2.6 GW. More than 70 pct of these planned additions are in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    Battery storage -- EIA expects the capacity of utility-scale battery storage to more than quadruple; 4.3 GW of battery power capacity additions are slated to come online by the end of 2021. The rapid growth of renewables is a major driver in the expansion of battery capacity because battery storage systems are increasingly paired with renewables. The world's largest solar-powered battery (409 MW) is under construction at Manatee Solar Energy Center in Florida; the battery is scheduled to be operational by late 2021. (Source: US EIA, 11 Jan., 2021)Contact: US EIA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration,  Renewable Energy,  

    Capital Dynamics Completes AVSE II Solar Acquisition (M&A)
    Capital Dynamics
    Date: 2021-01-06
    Global independent asset management firm Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) reports completion of its acquisition of the remaining 69.98 interest in the 125MW, Arlington Valley Solar Energy II solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Maricpa County, Arizona, from Apollo Funds. Financial details were not released.

    As previously reported, CEI acquired a 30.02 pct interest in AVSE II as part of the acquisition of three solar PV projects -- Centinela Solar Energy, a 252MWdc solar facility in Imperial County, California; and the 11MWdc Dover Sun Park in Dover, Delaware -- from LS Power, bringing its portfolio of US operating solar to 3.1GWdc. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 30 Dec., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400 -- NYC office, Arlington Valley Solar Energy, 925 201 5220,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Dynamics,  Solar,  

    Eurus Energy's 2-MW Taiwan Solar PV plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Eurus Energy
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group reports its 1.98-MW Neipu Solar Power Plant solar park in Taiwan has begun commercial operations.

    The PV park was developed by Energy Investment Corp. which holds a 20 pct stake in the park, while Eurus Energy and Farglory Life Insurance Co Ltd hold 40 pct each. (Source: Eurus Energy, PR, Renewables Now, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX:

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy ,  PV,  Solar,  

    Princeton Adds Eight New Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
    Princeton University
    Date: 2020-12-21
    In the Garden State, the Princeton University Office of Sustainability is reporting the addition of 8 new solar arrays across the campus to "more than triple the University's current solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity" from 5.5 to 19 pct of current electric energy use. The total number of panels will also increase by more than 27,000, and the total photovoltaic capacity will rise from 4.5 to 16.5 MW.

    The new solar projects will be designed, built, and owned by EDF Renewables for 15 years through a PPA. After this period, the University has the option to purchase the installations at fair market value and manage them independently for a predicted 10-15 additional years, according to the release. (Source: Princeton University, Office of Sustainability, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Princeton University, Office of Sustainability, 609.258.6141,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Princeton University news,  Solar news,  

    Posey County Indiana Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Arevon Energy
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Global solar energy developer Arevon Energy Management is reporting their planned 2,500 -- 3,000 acre solar farm project in southern Posey County, Indiana is underway and awaiting regulatory and permitting approvals. Construction is slated to begin in 2022 with the project going online in 2023.

    Arevon is North America's leading renewable energy company, offering comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure solutions to institutional investors and long-term owners that maximize value across the entire lifecycle of assets. Arevon is an affiliate of Capital Dynamics, benefiting from the global scale and extensive market insight of the global Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) platform.

    Arevon's global fleet of PV Solar and Onshore Wind assets now exceeds 6.5GWdc, representing over $9 billion in invested capital. Arevon operates the 2nd largest portfolio of operating solar assets in North America, with over 3.5 GWdc of commercially operating utility-scale, commercial/industrial, distributed generation, and Battery Storage assets, according to the company website. (Source: Arevon Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy Management, Tiago Sabino Dias, CEO, 480-653-8450,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevon Energy,  Solar,  

    SunSource Touts 6-MW Indian Floating Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    SunSource Energy
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Uttar Pradesh, India-based distributed solar energy firm SunSource Energy Pvt Ltd reports it will develop a 4 MW, grid-connected floating solar photovoltaic power project including 2 MW battery storage system (BESS) in Andaman and Nicobar islands. When fully operational, the project would be one of India's largest floating plus storage projects and would enter into a 25-year PPA with the Electricity Department of the Andaman and Nicobar administration.

    SunSource is a private equity firm backed by State Bank of India and UK's Department for International Development. (Source: SunSource Energy, ET, Nov., 2020) Contact: SunSource Energy, +91 81300 33213,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunSource Energy,  Floating Solar,  Solar+Storage,  

    Israeli Solar PV Pioneer IPO Raises $82.5Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Ecoppia Scientific
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Herzelily, Israel-based Ecoppia Scientific, a pioneer and world leader in robotic solutions for photovoltaic solar, reports its recently launched IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) raised $82.5 million from leading institutional investors with a company valuation of $300 million.

    Ecoppia's proprietary, remotely controlled cloud-based, water-free, autonomous robotic systems remove dust from solar panels on a daily basis to help solar arrays maintain peak performance at minimal costs, according toi the company release. (Source: Ecoppia, PR, Trade Arabia, Dec., 2020) Contact: Ecoppia, Jean Scemama, CEO, +972.9.8917000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ecoppia Scientific,  Solar,  

    Blueleaf Takes Majority Stake in Vibrant Energy (Int'l., M&A)
    Blueleaf Energy,Vibrant Energy
    Date: 2020-12-07
    India-based solar energy specialist Blue Leaf Energy Asia Pte Limited -- f.k.a Conergy -- reports the acquisition of a majority stake in Hyderabad-based Vibrant Energy Holdings Pvt. from ATN International, Inc. The acquisition marks Blueleaf Energy's entry into the Indian market, which is now the third largest solar market in the world, according to the release. Acquisition details were not released.

    Blueleaf Energy provides solar project development, financing, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) services and has more than 2 GW capacity installed globally, including over 500 MW in the Asia Pacific region. (Source: Blueleaf Energy, PR, Economic Times, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Vibrant Energy Holdings, +91 040 6784 6101 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vibrant Energy,  Solar,  Bluelead Energy,  

    DTU Researching Biomass Alternative Fuels (Int'l., R&D)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby is working with the Synfuel Project on a way to efficiently convert biomass and wind energy into green methanol. This methanol can then be used as fuel for ships. It can also be used to replace diesel and kerosene after processing.

    Through this project, the university is offering a solution for storing energy from biomass and wind sources. It can then be used to make fuel for aircraft and ships, among other things. This technology is being developed with funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark.

    According to DTU chemical engineering researcher Jesper Ahrenfeldt, the Synfuel project uses hydrogen in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) to make a liquid fuel. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that is released during the gasification of biomass. Straw was used for this in this project. (Source: technical University of Denmark, PR, 6 Dec., 2020) Contact: Denmark Innovation Fund,; DTU Energy, Synfuels Project, Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 775 725,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Synfuel,  Alternative Fuel,  

    DTU Researching Biomass Alternative Fuels (Int'l., R&D)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Date: 2020-12-06
    The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby is working with the Synfuel Project on a way to efficiently convert biomass and wind energy into green methanol. This methanol can then be used as fuel for ships. It can also be used to replace diesel and kerosene after processing. Through this project, the university is offering a solution for storing energy from biomass and wind sources. It can then be used to make fuel for aircraft and ships, among other things. This technology is being developed with funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark. According to DTU chemical engineering researcher, researcher Jesper Ahrenfeldt of DTU Chemical Engineering The Synfuel project uses the hydrogen in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) to make a liquid fuel.” Synthesis gas is mixed with hydrogen which is then converted into fuel. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that is released during the gasification of biomass. Straw was used for this in this project. The entire process is powered by wind energy. (Source: technical University of Denmark, PR, 6 Dec., 2020) Contact: Denmark Innovation Fund,; DTU Energy, Synfuels Project, Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 775 725,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Technical University of Denmark news,  

    New Nevada Energy Solar Projects Get the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Public Utilities Commission of Nevada,NV Energy
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In Carson City, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) reports approval of a portion of NV Energy's integrated resource plan (IRP) amendment and three new large-scale solar plus energy storage projects totaling 478 MW of new solar PV generation and 338 MW of energy storage expected to come online by the end of 2023. The new projects include:
  • Dry Lake Solar Project -- 150 MW solar photovoltaic project with a 100 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The project will be located in Clark County, NV, 20 miles northeast of Las Vegas in a designated Solar Energy Zone on land leased from the Bureau of Land Management. It is being developed by NV Energy and will become its second and largest company-owned renewable project.

  • Boulder Solar III -- 128 MW solar array that includes a 58 MW, four-hour battery storage system. The project will be built in Clark County, NV in the Eldorado Valley south of Boulder City. It is being developed by 174 PowerGlobal and KOMIPO America Inc., who have vast experience developing over 550 megawatts of utility-scale solar generation plants in the Eldorado Valley. 174 PowerGlobal's solar energy and battery storage project pipelines in North America exceeds 10 gigawatts, including 2 gigawatts contracted and another 1.5 gigawatts in operation.

  • Chuckwalla Solar Project -- 200 MW (AC) solar PV array coupled with a 180 MW four-hour battery storage system. The project, which will be located 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas, is being developed by EDF Renewables North America.

    These new projects bring NV Energy's current portfolio to 56 geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, and biomass projects both in service and under development, including 2,669 MW of new solar generation and 1,028 MW of battery energy storage. (Source: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada Contact: Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, (775) 684-6101, NV Energy, Doug Cannon,CEO, Pres., www,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  Solar,  

  • Ence Selling Stake in Spanish Biomass Plant (Int'l., M&A)
    Ence Energia,Celulosa SA
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Madrid-headquartered pulp producer and energy company Celulosa SA reports it will sell a 49 pct stake in its 266-MW Ence Energia SLU biomass plant to UK infrastructure investment manager Ancala Partners LLP for €359 million ($423 million), subject to shareholder approval.

    Celulosa SA notes its 50-MW Puertollano solar thermal power plant is not part of the Ancala Partners agreement. The company will be selling its 90 pct interest in this asset separately.

    Ence Energia has a 405 MW of grid connected renewable energy projects in Spain -- four biomass projects totaling 165 MW, and four PV schemes of 240 MW. (Source: Ence Energia, PR, Website, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ence Energia, +34 91 337 85 00,; Celulosa SA, iconos_r1_c2_s1 011 3221-9300

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ence Energia,  Biomass,  

    Bluefield Solar Share Sale Raises £45Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Bluefield Solar
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Guernsey-headquartered Bluefield Solar Income Fund Ltd reports raising roughly £45 million ($59.7 million) through the sale of 36.5 million new shares priced at £1.24 apiece.

    The new shares are expected to start trading on the London Stock Exchange on November 24 once Bluefield's application has been approved. After the share issue, the total number of shares issued by Bluefield will reach almost 407 million.

    The share sale proceeds will reportedly be used to repay debt after a recent acquisition of a 64.2-MW solar PV portfolio in the UK. (Source: Bluefield Solar, PR, Website, Contact: Bluedield Solar Income Fund, +44 (0) 1481 742 742, ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluefield Solar,  Solar ,  

    sonnenCore Home Energy Storage Launched (New Prod & Tech)
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Smart residential battery energy storage and virtual power plant specialist sonnen is touting the launch of sonnenCore, a new compact and affordable home battery solution.

    sonnenCore provides customers with straightforward access to reliable emergency backup power, intelligent energy management, and round-the-clock access to stored solar energy with an easy-to-install, competitively-priced system.

    sonnenCore is equipped with 4.8kW/10kWh of maximum usable capacity and pairs with new and existing PV systems, with an MSRP of $9,500. The system uses long-lasting, cobalt-free, recyclable and safe lithium iron phosphate batteries designed for stationary energy storage and backed by a limited warranty of 10 years / 10,000 charge cycles. (Source: sonnen, Website, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: sonnen, Blake Richetta, CEO US Operations,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

    Heliogen Scores $39Mn for sCOS, CSP Project (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Los Angeles, California-based solar energy tech company Heliogen -- fka Edisun -- is reporting receipt of $39 million in US DOE funding in support of its sCOS technology to boost concentrated solar power (CSP) in industrial applications unsuitable for solar PV.

    Heliogen's next-gen CSP technology is capable of producing temperatures above 1000 degrees C.' sCO2 is carbon dioxide in a state between gas and fluid and is two times denser than regular steam. This means sCO2 is far more efficient than other turbines generating energy and can thus lower costs, plant size and footprint as well as water consumption, according to a DoE report released in 2015. (Source: Heligen, PR, Website, Brockville Observer, 20 Nov., 2020) Contact: Heliogen, Bill Gross, CEO, Fatimah Bello, VP, Business Development 626.585.6900,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heliogen,  CSP Solar,  Solar,  

    BayWa Completes 134-MW N.C Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2020-11-18
    Following up on our 29th April report, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC is reporting completion of its 133.6 MW Fern Solar farm in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. The 353,000 photovoltaic (PV) panel installation will generate 238 GWh of power -- sufficient for roughly 12,000 households. (Source: BayWa r.e., PR, 16 Nov., 2020)Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC , Jam Attari, CEO, Christine Owens, VP Marketing ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Solar,  

    DOE Announces $130Mn Funding for Solar Tech. Projects (Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Washington , the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is reporting the selection of 67 research project across 30 states for a total of $130 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid.

    Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:

  • PV Hardware Research -- $14 million for eight projects that aim to make PV systems last longer and increase the reliability of solar systems made of silicon solar cells, as well as new technologies like thin-film and bifacial solar cells.

  • Integrated Thermal Energy Storage and Brayton Cycle Equipment Demonstration (Integrated TESTBED) -- $39 million will be awarded to Heliogen, Inc., which will build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP plants.

  • Systems Integration -- $34 million for 10 research projects that will develop resilient community microgrids to maintain power during and restore power after man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid plants that operate collaboratively with other resources for improved reliability and resilience.

  • AI Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning -- $7.3 million for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness on the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar generation.

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $14 million for 10 research projects that will advance innovative prototypes to a pre-commercial stage, including products that support U.S. solar manufacturing and reduce the cost of installation.

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 -- $9.7 million for six research projects that will examine how information gets to stakeholders to enable better decision-making about solar and combining solar with energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

  • Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis -- $7 million for four projects that will advance the technologies, research, and practices necessary for farmers, ranchers, and others to co-locate solar and agriculture.

  • Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP -- $5 million for 18 projects that advance innovative, novel ideas in PV and CSP that can produce significant results in one year. (Source: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, Website PR, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE EERE,  

  • Toledo Solar Scores $1.7Mn for CdTe Tech. Development (Funding)
    Toledo Solar
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc. reports receipt of $1.7 million in grant funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop semitransparent cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics, a solar-cell material that could be suitable for use in windows, building facades, and rooftop solar modules a new solar-cell technology believed to be suitable for integration into building construction.

    The company will work with the University of Toledo's Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization Center, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Project Vision Dynamics Inc. "to complete development of attractive, low-cost, high-efficiency solar window units and solar building facades through manufacturing innovations in CdTe module technology," according to the release. Prof. Michael J. Heben, the managing director of UT's Wright Center for Photovoltaics noted "Previously proposed options for incorporating photovoltaic power into building structures ave not made sense from a manufacturing point of view -- Toledo Solar's approach is entirely novel, and entirely doable, so the University of Toledo is very excited to be part of this effort."

    Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar,PR, Toledo Blabe, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145,,; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar,  Solar,  

    ADB Funding Maldives Solar + Storage Installations (Int'l.)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2020-11-09
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it approved a concessional loan worth $7.74 million and a project grant worth $2.73 million to advance the existing "Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development (POISED)" project in the Maldives.

    In January 2020, the ADB and Maldives' environment ministry began installation of solar battery-diesel hybrid systems on 48 iof the 160 inhabited islands of the atoll nation. According to its press statement, the project will further expand renewable-based hybrid systems, energy management systems, distribution grid upgrades, and supervisory control and data acquisition systems on 12 outer islands. Besides, a climate and disaster-resilient electricity distribution system will be developed in an outer island of Maldives. It will also perform a pilot test for a solar photovoltaic-based operated ferry for transportation.

    The ADB said that the existing diesel-based power generation grids have been replaced in 70 outer islands by installing over 9.5 MW of solar capacity, 5.6 MWh of battery storage, and 11.6 MW of energy-efficient diesel generators. (Source: ADB, PR, Nov., 2020)Contact: Asian Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maldives,  Asian Development Bank,  Solar,  PV,  

    ENGIE UK to Deliver Energy Efficiency, Net-Zero Carbon Retrofit Pilot Programme (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-06
    London-headquartered ENGIE UK reports it has been appointed by Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) to use its recently launched whole house retrofit model "ENGIE Zero" to design, build and deliver a programme to transform existing properties across London into energy efficient, low maintenance, net-zero carbon homes.

    ENGIE Zero offers a one-stop-shop for local authorities, housing associations and registered providers to decentralise, digitalise, decarbonise and increase home energy efficiency. Energy efficiency measures will include an airtight wrap to the eight selected properties, as well as installing a pre-fabricated super-insulated facade and roof system with integrated solar PV panels to generate electricity at the point of use. New high-performance windows and doors, air source heat pumps will also introduce renewable heating and a real-time monitoring and maintenance programme.

    Planning approval has been granted and ENGIE will begin construction over the coming months, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE UK, PR, PBD Today, 6 Nov., 2020) Contact: ENGIE UK, James Cook, Divisional Director , +44 20 7320 8600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE news,  Net-Zero Carbon news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Vistra Selects First Solar PV Modules for Texas Projects (Ind. Report)
    First Solar,Vistra Corp.
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Tempe, Arizona-based thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy Corp has selected its high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to power its six recently announced solar energy projects across the Lone Star State. First Solar will supply 869 MW (DC) of Series 6 modules to power five utility-scale solar projects, developed by Vistra, ranging from 50 to 200 MW (AC),

    Vistra is the largest competitive residential electricity provider and largest competitive power generator in the U.S. with a diverse generation portfolio of approximately 39,000 MW. (Source: First Solar, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, Jim Burke, COO,; First Solar, Georges Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Vistra,  Solar Module,  

    Enel's Azure Sky Solar + Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Enel Green Power North America reports construction of the 284 MW1 Azure Sky solar + storage project in Haskell County, Texas, is underway. The project is the company's second hybrid project in North America that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage.

    The Azure Sky solar + storage project's nearly 700,000 PV bifacial panels are paired with an 81 MW battery and is expected to be operational by summer 2021.

    Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with a presence in 19 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 70 plants with a managed capacity of about 5.8 GW powered by wind, hydropower, geothermal and solar energy. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Steel Guru, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

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    Masdar to Develop Abu Dhabi's Largest Rooftop Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-10-14
    In the UAE, renewable energy developer Masdar -- the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company -- is reporting an agreement with Yas Island developer Miral to develop Abu Dhabi's largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project to date at Warner Bros World™ Abu Dhabi theme park on Yas Island.

    Under the agreement, Masdar will provide a full turnkey solution for the 7-MWp project, including the design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance. The project will incorporate 16,000 solar modules to generate roughly 40 pct of the theme park's annual energy demand when fully operational in Q4, 2021. (Source: Masdar, PR, Website, Construction Week, Oct., 2020) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333,

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    Indian Energy Wins Energy Storage Integration Funding (Funding)
    Indian Energy LLC
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In San Diego, Indian Energy LLC, a 100 pct Native American-owned utility-scale and microgrid development and systems integration firm, reports receipt of $1.2 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate a non-lithium-ion, long-duration energy storage solution.

    Utilizing the grant funds, Indian Energy, along with strategic partners Webcor and KE Storage Corporation (KESC), will develop an energy storage Integration and Certification Unit (VICU) to demonstrate the long duration energy storage capabilities of (KESC) NextGen™ flywheel technology. The project will also incorporate 150kW of Solar PV.

    Indian Energy, LLC presently has 4GW of Solar PV and wind, and 6GWh of energy storage under development. (Source: Indian Energy LLC, PR, 12 Oct., 2020) Contact: Indian Energy LLC, Allen G. Cadreau, CEO , (714) 686-9792,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Energy LLC,  Energy Storage,  Flywheel ,  

    ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard Released (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-10-07
    The fifth ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard measures the progress of city policies and programs that save energy, encourage renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also focusing on equity in development and delivery.

    ACEEE ranks 100 large U.S. cities for their energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts across 5 policy areas -- local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation.

    In this year's results, New York earns the top spot in the rankings for the first time. followed by Boston and Seattle (tied for second) and Minneapolis and San Francisco (tied for fourth). St. Paul and St. Louis are the most-improved since the 2019 City Scorecard.

    The report notes many cities continue to ramp up their clean energy efforts, but bottom-scoring cities are years behind the policy efforts of the leaders. The Scorecard provides a roadmap for cities aiming to take the next step in their pursuit of clean energy by learning from others' successes and adapting best practices to suit their own communities.

    Download the ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard HERE.. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: ACEEE,

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    Lightsource BP Nails 300-MW Solar Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
    Lightsource BP
    Date: 2020-10-05
    Lightsource BP reports it has closed on $285-million financing round for its 300-MW Bighorn Solar project which is underway in Pueblo, Colorado.

    The project will incorporate 750,000 Canadian Solar crystalline PV panels mounted on NEXTracker single-axis trackers and is expected to come online in late 2021. (Source: Lightsource BP, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2020) Contact: LighthouseBP, Kevin Smith, CEO, Mary Grikas, (732) 429-3906,,

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    Trina Solar Expands New Module Production Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-10-05
    Shanghai-headquartered solar PV module manufacturer Trina Solar reports it plans to increase module capacity by 15 GW over the next 3 years at its headquarter in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

    Trina also plans to utilize latest photovoltaic techniques including large size wafer of 210 mm, non-destructive cutting (NDC), multi-busbar (MBB), high density cell interconnection, overlapping, and others . on these new lines for next generation PV module with larger power of more than 500 W and even 600 W. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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    Trina Solar Expands 15 GW New Module Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Chinese solar PV module manufacturer Trina Solar reports it plans to increase module capacity by 15 GW over three years at the company's headquarters in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China.

    Trina also plans to utilize latest photovoltaic techniques including large size wafer of 210 mm, non-destructive cutting (NDC), multi-busbar (MBB), high density cell interconnection, overlapping, and etc. on these new lines for next generation PV module with larger power of more than 500 W and even 600 W, according to a release. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Trina Solar,

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    EDEN Renewables Claims 1,350-MW of Indian Solar Contracts (Int.l.)
    EDEN Renewables,
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In New Delhi, EDEN Renewable India LLP -- a EDF Renewables and Total Eren joint venture -- reports has been awarded three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 1,350 MW in Rajasthan, northern India, since April this year.

    As of 2020, the company has 207 MWp operating solar plants, 450 MWp under construction, and over 1,600 MWp under development in India and due to be commissioned by 2022. (Source: EDEN Renewables India LLP, Press Trust India, Oct., 2020) Contact: EDEN Renewables India LLC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Solar news,  Solar news,  Renewable Energy news,  

    Solar World Leader in Renewable Energy Job Creation (Int[l.)
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) recently released Renewable Energy and Jobs Report for 2020 reports the worldwide renewable energy sector created an estimated 11.5 million jobs, 63 pct of which were in Asia, in 2019.

    Specific to PV solar, 87 pct of all jobs were concentrated in ten countries with China in the lead with 2.2 million jobs, way ahead of the U.S. with around 240,000 solar energy jobs. (Source: IRENA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000,,

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

    Acciona Acquires Diode Ventures' TX Solar Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Date: 2020-09-30
    Diode Ventures, a Black & Veatch company, is reporting ACCIONA has acquired 100-pct of its 240-MW solar PV project in Fort Bend County, Texas. The acquisition is Acciona's fourth investment in the state, and its first solar PV project in the Lone Star State. Diode bought the Fort Bend Solar project from global property group and contractor Lendlease in 2018.

    When operational, Fort Bend will give the company more than 750 MWs of renewable capacity in Texas. ACCIONA has committed to delivering 1,600 MWs of new solar across the United States by 2023.

    Diode Ventures, which offers clients reliable, turnkey asset-development solutions for large-scale infrastructure programs, teamed with Enfinite Capital LLC to develop the Fort Bend Solar project to a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) state. As an investment and asset management firm, Enfinite Capital specializes in renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate assets. (Source: Acciona, Website PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: ACCIONA , David Jakubiak, 312-673-3086 ,,; Diode Ventures , Anna Goebel , 913-458-1688 ,,; Enfinite Capital,

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    Capital Dynamics to Acquire LS Power Solar PV Projects (M&A)
    Capital Dynamics
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In New York, Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, reportsn its Clean Energy Infrastructure will acquire interests in three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects from LS Power. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

    The 316-MW portfolio includes: 100 pct interest in Centinela Solar Energy, 252 MW in Imperial County, CA; 30 pct interest in Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, 53 MW in Maricopa County, AZ; 100 pct Interest in the 11-MW Dover Sun Park in Dover, DE. All project have PPA agreement in place.

    Capital Dynamics is an independent global asset management firm focusing on private assets including private equity, private credit and clean energy infrastructure. Capital Dynamics' Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund is one of the largest renewable energy investment managers in the world with $6.5 billion assets under management. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400,; LS Power,

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    Waaree Snares $105Mn US Solar Modules Order (Ind. Report)
    Waaree Energies
    Date: 2020-09-14
    New Delhi-headquartered Indian solar PV module manufacturer Waaree Energies is reporting receipt of a $105 million order from an undisclosed American solar company to supply 300 MW of solar modules for a project to be commissioned in California to be commissioned in late 2021.

    Waaree Energies claims to be India's largest module manufacturer with an annual production capacity of 2 gigawatts, according to its website. (Source: Waaree Energies, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Waaree Energies, waaree@waaree,com,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waaree Energies,  Solar,  

    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-30
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its SRK House, the 2,25 million sq. ft. crafting unit of one of the largest diamond companies, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification -- the US GBC’s highest rating for sustainable and environment-friendly building operations .

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility eith energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy sources; increased recycling; energy benchmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas ; Natural Cooling through out; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Platinum news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

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    JA Solar Supplying S.Korean Hybrid Solar-Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    JA Solar,Daemyoung Energy
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Beijing-based PV products manufacturer JA Solar reports it will supply modules to the 133-MW hybrid solar-wind Yeongam Solar Power Generation Project which is being constructed by South Korea's EPC LS Electric in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The 93 MW PV section of the facility will be deployed on the grounds of an existing 40 MW wind farm.

    The facility, which is planned to be connected to a battery capacity of 242 MWh, is being developed by Korean wind specialist Daemyoung Energy which will sell renewable energy certificates (RECs) from solar power generation to local utility Korea South-East Power Co. under a 20-year contract. The project is expected to come online before the year end. end of the year. (Source: JA Solar, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: JA Solar Holdings,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  Wind,  RECs,  

    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its 2,25 million sq. ft. SRK House diamond manufacturing unit has scored US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly building operations.

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility with energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy; increased recycling; energy benc-hmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas; natural cooling and lighting; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Shree Ramkrishna Exports, +91 261 404 0544,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  

    174 Power Completes 180-MW Texas Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    174 Power Global
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Irvine, California-headquartered Hanwha Group subsidiary solar project developer 174 Power Global Corp, is reporting completion of its 180-MW Oberon solar power plant in West Texas. The 560,000 PV panel facility is expected to generate sufficient power for an average 30,000 homes per year.

    Chariot Energy has a PPA for 30-MW of the plant's total capacity. (Source: 174 Power Global Corp, Website Press Release, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: 174 Power Global Corp., 949-748-5970,,; Chariot Energy,

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    Neoen Plans Massive Aussie Wind, Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Paris-based independent renewable energy developer Neoen reports the filing of its development application for its $3 billion, 163-turbine Goyder South wind, solar and storage project in South Australia . The plan proposes a total of 1,200MW of wind energy, 600MW of solar PV, and 900MW/1800MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

    Each stage would be delivered in three equal tranches of 400MW wind, 200MW solar and 300MW/600MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. Combined, they would generate around 4.8 terawatt hours of zero emissions power each year, nearly doubling the current output of wind and solar in the state, and taking South Australia close to the Liberal government's net 100 pct renewables target just on its own.

    The solar farm would be spread across 3,000 hectares, the lithium-ion batteries would deliver 900MW with two hours of storage, and associated infrastructure for connection to the electricity grid would include three substations, access tracks, underground connection cabling and transmission lines. (Source: Neoen, ReNew Economy, 20 Aug., 2020)Contact: Neoen,

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    MASDAR, EDF Partner on U.S. Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
    Masdar,EDF Renewables
    Date: 2020-08-17
    MASDAR is reporting its second strategic investment in the U.S. in a deal with EDF Renewables North America that will see it acquire a 50 pct stake in a 1.6-GW portfolio of three utility-scale wind farms totaling 815 MW and five photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 689 MW including 75 MW of lithium-ion battery energy storage. All of the portfolio projects are under construction and expected to come online before the year end.

    The portfolio includes the 243 MW Coyote wind project in Scurry County, Texas; the 273 MW Las Majadas wind project in Willacy County, Texas; and the 300 MW Milligan 1 wind project in Saline County, Nebraska. In Riverside County, California, the Desert Harvest 1 and Desert Harvest 2 PV projects total 213 MW of solar and 35 MW / 140 MWh of battery storage. Also in Riverside County are the 173 MW Maverick 1 and 136 MW Maverick 4 solar PV projects. These four projects are also under construction and slated for commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2020. The final project in the portfolio is Big Beau, a 166 MW solar PV and 40 MW/160 MWh battery energy storage projectin Kern County and will reach commercial operation in 2021. (Source: MASDAR, EDF, Construction Business News, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: EDF Renewables, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO,; MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mardar,  EDF Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  

    Sungrow Debuts 1500V LFP ESS Solutions (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Date: 2020-08-10
    China-headquartered solar inverter and energy storage system (ESS) specialist Sungrow Power Supply Co. has released its latest 1500V LFP energy storage system (ESS) solutions suitable for various commercial and utility-scale applications.

    The ESS solutions allow the PCS capacity varying from 1MW to 6.9MW, and LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery rated at 1500V which can be assembled to an integrated volume of up to 4.5MWh, When paired with renewable energy, the all-in-one flexible system can meet frequency regulation, peak shaving, demand charge management, ancillary services and related requirements and enable minimized cost. (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Jack Gu, Pres., PV & Energy Storage Division, +86 551 6532 7834,,

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    Gridserve Snares Subsidy-Free UK Solar Facility (Int'l. M&A)
    Date: 2020-08-07
    In the UK, Anesco Ltd. is reporting the sale of the Clayhill solar farm near Bedfordshireto for an undisclosed price to Gridserve. Clayhill, the UK's first solar farm developed without government subsidies, consists of 10MW of solar PV co-located with a 6MW energy storage facility and generates sufficient power for roughly 2,500 homes.

    Anesco has developed 115 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects to date, with a total capacity in excess of 750MW. Anesco invested directly in a number of projects but is now selling these assets to focus fully on its core offering: providing full lifecycle engineering services to solar and energy storage markets. (Source: Anesco Ltd., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Anesco Ltd., Mark Futyan, CEO,,; Gridserve, +44 333 1234 333,

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    Suntech Ups High-Efficiency Solar Module Production Capacity (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Wuxi, China-headquartered Suntech is reporting a 1.5GW expansion of its high-efficiency "smart" solar module manufacturing facility in Wuxi, which is now in production.

    The 490 million RMB ($70.2 million) expanded manufacturing facility covers 150,000 square meters and has newly installed equipment that will improve production efficiency. Suntech's new production line is compatible with multi-busbar cells of various formats from 166mm to 182mm, fitting 78-cell solar modules, as well as the upgrade space for 210mm large format cells.

    As of Q1 this year, Suntech has a cumulative shipment of more than 22GW of PV modules to 100 countries. (Source: Suntech, Website News, 1 Aug., 2020) Contact: Suntech, +86 510 8531 8888,

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    China's Renewable Energy Capacity Rapidly Rising (Int'l. Report)
    China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2020-08-03
    In Beijing, China's National Energy Administration is reporting the country saw a robust growth in renewable energy capacity in the first half of 2020.

    The Photovoltaic (PV) power generation increased 20 pct year on year to 127.8 billion kWh, while wind power rose 10.9 pct over the same period to 237.9 billion kWh in 2020. During this period, new PV installations amounted to 11.52 million kilowatts and new wind power installations totaled 6.32 million kilowatts.

    By the end of 2020, renewable energy is projected to supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity -- 27 pct of China's total power production. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Xinhua, 2 Aug., 2020) Contact: China National Energy Administration ,

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    GeoSolar Plus Smart Home Energy System Announced (Ind. Report)
    Fourth Wave Energy
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In he Golden State, San Jose-based Fourth Wave Energy is touting its new GeoSolar Plus smart home clean energy system for existing and newly built homes. The company now plans to market the product as a "complete energy makeover" of an existing home. The turnkey system includes:
  • home energy audit and environmental analysis; reinsulating and sealing building envelope for air tightness;

  • geothermal ground source heating and cooling system or air-to-air heat pump technology;

  • heat pump for domestic hot water;

  • air monitoring and filtration system;

  • LED lighting upgrade;

  • roof-mounted solar PV system and EV car charging station.

    The company also plans to offer homeowners a turnkey financing solution to acquire and install the system which sells for roughly $39,000 after valuable tax credits. (Source: Fourth Wave Energy, PR, Contact: Fourth Wave Energy, Joseph Issacs, CEO, 818-855-8199,,

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  • 2 GW Abu Dhabi Solar Power Project Partners Announced (Int'l.)
    Emirates Water and Electricity Company
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the UAE, the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) reports the award for the 2 GW Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project went to a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and MASDAR, with partners EDF and JinkoPower.

    The project, the world's largest such facility will be located roughly 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city, has signed power purchase and shareholders' agreements with EWEC. When fully operational, the plant is projected generate sufficient energy for as many as 160,000 households and to reduce Abu Dhabi's CO2 emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tpy -- equivalent to removing approximately 470,000 cars from the road. It will also increase Abu Dhabi's total solar power capacity to approximately 3.2 GW. (Source: EWEC, Utilities Middle East, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Emirates Water and Electricity Company,; JinkoSolar,; MASDAR, MASDAR, +971 2 653 3333,;EDF RE,

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