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Matrix Acquiring Italian Solar Portfolio from Solaer (Int'l. M&A)
Matrix Renewables
Date: 2021-11-12
In Madrid, Matrix Renewables is reporting an agreement with Madrid-based Solaer Group to acquire an initial 91 MW solar portfolio of 15 different assets across Italy with construction of the first phase of these projects expected to begin in 2022. Matrix aims to grow its Italian market to more than 500MW in the solar, storage and wind sectors.

Matrix Renewables, which is backed by U.S. global alternative asset manager TPG Rise, has a portfolio of 1.3 GW of operational, under construction, or near ready-to-build solar PV projects and a further 2.3 GW pipeline of renewable energy projects under development, across Europe, US and Latin America.

Founded in 2006, Solaer is a Spanish group dedicated to the development, promotion, construction, operation and maintenance of photovoltaic solar plants in Spain, Italy, the U.K. Israel, India, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, the U.S. Chile and Colombia, according to the release. (Source: Matrix Renewables, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Matrix Renewables, +34-91-343-2264, info@matrixrenewables.com, www.matrixrenewables.com ; Solaero, www.solaerotech.com; Solaer, info@solaer.net, +34 917 993 043, www.solaer.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Matrix Renewables ,  Solar,  Solaer,  


ENGIE, Credit Agricole Acquiring Eolia Renovables (Int'l., M&A)
ENGIE, Credit Agricole,Eolia Renovables
Date: 2021-11-12
ENGIE and Credit Agricole Assurances are reporting an agreement to acquire a 97.33 pct stake in Eolia Renovables, one of the largest renewable power producers in Spain, from Canadian institutional investment manager, Alberta Investment Management Corporation. The agreement covers the ownership and operation of 899 MW of operating assets -- 821 MW onshore wind and 78 MW photovoltaic -- and a 1.2 GW pipeline of renewable projects.

Operating assets will be 40 pct owned by ENGIE and 60 pct by Credit Agricole Assurances while ENGIE will develop and build the pipeline of projects and provide O&M, Asset Management, Energy Management and Development services.

The deal is expected to be completed by Q1 2022, subject to certain conditions including merger control clearance from relevant authorities. (Source: ENGIE, 11 November 2021 ) Contact: ENGIE, Catherine MacGregor, CEO, Inv. Relations, +33 (0)1 44 22 66 29, ir@engie.com, www.engie.com; Eolia Renovables, www.eolia.com/en/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  ENGIE,  Credit Agricole,  Eolia Renovables ,  


HECO Plans 50,000 Solar Arrays to Help Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2021-11-10
In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Co (HECO), part of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc, reports it aims to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power generation 70 pct by 2030, from 2005 levels, and reach net-zero or net-negative carbon emissions by 2045 or sooner. The goal covers power production from its own plants and power procured from independent power producers.

To that end, HECO aims to phase out all coal-fired power capacity in 2022 and install close to 50,000 rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays and deploy at least 1 GW of renewable energy capacity, including community-based solar projects. HECO will also shutter at least six fossil fuel plants and significantly cut the use of other lignite facilities. The plan also envisages the wider use of grid-scale and customer-owned energy storage systems and an expansion of geothermal power generation. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, Nov., 2021)Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Carbon Emissions ,  


GSA Seeks Building GHG Reduction Technologies (Ind. Report)
GSA
Date: 2021-10-29
In Washington, he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) are calling for a request for information (RFI) to identify "evaluation ready" and adaptable technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings. This RFI covers three broad categories:
  • High-Performance/Low-Carbon Building Technologies and Solutions -- Technologies of interest include electrification of major building loads; larger scale and integrated heat pump systems, retrofit heat recovery systems, electrification of major loads, and building envelope retrofits.

  • Onsite Energy Generation and Storage Systems -- Technologies of interest include building-integrated photovoltaics, high-efficiency PV, solutions to better integrate PV and storage into building management systems, solar and geothermal, on-site distributed wind, and hydrogen fuel cells.

  • Carbon Reducing or Capture -- Technologies of interest include on-site carbon capture for fuel-fired processes and technologies that use next-generation, low, or no global warming potential refrigerants.

    December 7, 2021 is the deadline for response. Download the RFI details HERE . (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , General Services Administration, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: GSA, gpg@gsa.gov, www.gsa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • Iberdrola's "Green" Capacity Up 10 pct to 37,300 MW (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2021-10-20
    Iberdola is reporting it increased its 'green' installed capacity by 10.4 pct to 37,378 MW in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2020. Investments in clean energy also boosted the company's renewable production, which grew by 10.4 pct to 55,139 GWh.

    By region, half of Iberdrola's installed capacity is in international markets and is growing in all the areas where the company is present: Brazil (+8.6 pct), with more than 3,850 MW; the UK (+6.6 pct), the rest of the countries of the world (+19.4 pct) and the US (+4 pct), which exceeds 8,000 MW. Spain reached an installed capacity of 19,000 MW (+16 pct), after having commissioned nearly 2,400 MW in the last year.

    The company adds to its global wind leadership, with a 5.6 pct increase in onshore wind capacity to over 19,000 MW. Its offshore wind capacity totals 1,258 MW installed. During the period, Iberdrola's photovoltaic capacity doubled (+210 pct), exceeding 2,800 MW at the end of September. Driven by the Tamega complex project, hydroelectric generation increased to 13,744 MW in the period. Its battery storage systems have an installed capacity of 137 MW.

    In line with the greater renewable contribution, 80 pct of Iberdrola's installed capacity worldwide and 76 pct of global production is already emission-free; percentages of 79 pct and 87 pct in Spain, respectively. (Source: Iberdrola, Website PR, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Iberdrola, www.iberdrola.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Renewable Energy,  


    DOE Announces $61Mn for Smart, Efficient Buildings, Grid Resilience (Funding)
    DOE Building Technologies Office
    Date: 2021-10-15
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact with the electrical grid to optimize their energy consumption which will substantially decrease their carbon emissions and cut energy costs.

    Connected communities of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) use smart controls, sensors, and analytics to communicate with the electrical grid, reducing the amount of energy they require during periods of peak demand. This capability is used to optimize buildings and distributed energy resources to maintain the comfort of the building occupants, lowers utility bills, and reduces grid system costs.

    A recent DOE study estimated that by 2030, GEBs could save up to $18 billion per year in power system costs and cut 80 million tpy of carbon emissions -- more than the annual emissions of 50 medium-sized coal plants or 17 million cars. DOE's first two connected communities in Alabama and Georgia have already demonstrated this potential by using approximately 42-44 pct less energy than today's average all-electric home.

    The 10 pilot projects include:

  • Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.(PRI) (New York City, Seattle, San Diego) $5.27 million -- will be used to transform multi-family buildings in affordable housing developments into GEBs that will demonstrate different ways to decarbonize buildings, make them more resilient, and reduce utility bills.

  • IBACOS, Inc. (NC) $6.65 million -- will deploy a coordinated control program to optimize the energy use of a comprehensive mix of distributed energy resources in 1,000 new and existing homes, including single-family and multifamily homes and both owner-occupied and rental properties.

  • Open Market ESCO Limited Liability Company (MA) $6.65 million -- will bring the benefits of efficiency, demand flexibility, renewable generation, and energy storage with more affordable renovations in up to 20 low-to-moderate-income apartment communities.

  • PacifiCorp (UT) $6.24 million -- to establish a program to manage solar photovoltaic, batteries, electric vehicle charging in a diverse community of all-electric buildings and a mass transit transportation center, equipped with the latest market-leading efficient technologies to optimize their collective energy use and provide grid services at scale.

  • Portland General Electric (OR) $6.65 million -- will renovate over 500 buildings in North Portland's historically underserved neighborhoods to reduce their energy burden with numerous energy efficiency measures and connected devices that provide the grid with a range on energy services. (Award amount: $6.65M)

  • Post Road Foundation (ME, NH) $6.65 million -- will investigate the capacity of a novel Transactive Energy Service System to harmonize communications and optimize energy use among the distributed energy resources, local energy markets, and buildings of three rural communities.

  • Slipstream Group Inc. (WI) $5.18 million -- will convert approximately 15 facilities in Madison, Wisconsin into GEBs that connect with nearby electric vehicle charging stations to establish a scalable business model for utilities to install demand flexibility and energy efficiency upgrades across multiple building sizes in public and private sectors.

  • Spokane Edo LLC (WA) $6.65 million -- to unlock demand flexibility up to 2.25 megawatt (MW) using flexible loads in residential and commercial buildings augmented by distributed energy resources within Spokane, Washington's Opportunity Zones of vulnerable populations.

  • SunPower Corporation (CA) $6.65 million -- to build tomorrow's homes today in two communities of all-electric homes in Menifee, California that meet DOE's zero-energy-ready home qualifications and feature solar energy, home energy management systems, and community-scale battery storage.

  • The Ohio State University (OH) $4.2 million -- will investigate the capacity of Ohio State's existing on-campus connected community to provide essential but overlooked ancillary grid services from a diverse range of grid-interactive technologies in a cyber- and data-secure environment.

    The Connected Communities funding opportunity is led by DOE's Building Technologies Office. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, 13 Oct., 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Software,  DOE Building Technologies ,  DOE Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Major Portuguese Solar Park Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    WElink Energy
    Date: 2021-10-15
    In Portugal, WElink Energy/Solara4 reports the 219MW, 661,500-panel Riccardo Totta photovoltaic plant, one of the country's largest solar power plants, in the municipality of Alcoutim is now online.

    The €170 million ($197 million) solar farm is operated by Dublin, Ireland-based WElink Energy/Solara4 in partnership with China Triumph International Engineering and will generate 382GWh of clean energy and reduce CO2 emissions by 326, 000 tpy. (Source: WElink Energy, PR Oct., 2021) Contact: WElink Energy, info@welink.eu, +353 1 2944 294, www.welink.eu/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WElink Energy news,  


    L.A. Plans $30Mn Municipal Solar+Storage Program (Ind. Report)
    City of Los Angeles
    Date: 2021-09-29
    In the Golden State, the City of Los Angeles reports it will invest $30 million in a municipal solar and storage programme that would install solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage capacity on city-owned properties operated by the Department of General Services, Bureau of Engineering, the Police and Fire departments and others. The City has put forward a motion that will seek to identify municipal buildings, which will potentially offer the greatest cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions.

    The city is aiming to shut down all coal-fired power generation plants by 2025 and use 100 pct renewable energy by 2035. (Source: City of Los Angeles, PR, 27 Sept., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Los Angeles news,  Solar+Storage news,  


    Iberdrola, Prosolia Announce Iberian Solar Projects (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola, Prosolia
    Date: 2021-09-24
    In Madrid, wind power giant Iberdrola and Valencia-based solar project developer Prosolia Energy are reporting they will jointly invest € 850 million ($996 million) in five solar parks in Iberia by 2025, including one of Europe's largest power plants in Portugal. The companies aim to develop 1.5 GW in four photovoltaic parks in Spain and a mega-plant in Portugal, according to the release.

    Iberdrola will hold 50 pct of Prosolia's solar park in Santiago do Cacem, roughly 125 mile south of Lisbon, which will be one of the largest in Europe at roughly 1.14 GW capacity. Prosolia Energy will hold the majority of the capital of the four parks in Spain

    Iberdrola has about 1.5 GW of renewable capacity installed in Portugal, of which 1.2 GW is hydroelectric and only 255 megawatts (MW) photovoltaic. (Source: Iberdrola, Prosila, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Prosilia, +34 963 201 336, info@prosoliaenergy.com, www.prosoliaenergy.com; Iberdrola, www.iberdrola.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Prosolia,  Solar ,  


    Tariff Proposal Could Devastate U.S. Clean Energy, says SEIA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    SEIA
    Date: 2021-09-24
    "Steep duties proposed by an anonymous group of petitioners would devastate thousands of U.S. solar companies and cause the industry to miss out on 18 GW -- equivalent to the amount of solar capacity installed in all of U.S. history prior to 2015 -- of solar deployment by 2023, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

    "The petitions now before the Department of Commerce would create 50-250 pct duties on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) panels and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. They allege some companies are circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties (CVD) imposed on China in 2012. The three targeted countries account for 80 pct of all panel imports to the United States.

    "Over 190 of America's leading solar companies sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo outlining the catastrophic impact these duties would have on the livelihoods of 231,000 U.S. solar workers and on the nation's efforts to fight climate change. The letter signers include manufacturers, developers, installers, financiers and service providers from across the solar supply chain. 'I cannot overstate the dire threat that these reckless petitions are imposing on hundreds of thousands of American families,' said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA president and CEO. 'The anonymous petitioners are asking the Department of Commerce to not only misinterpret U.S. law, but also overturn a decade of department decisions in solar trade cases, all to benefit a few anonymous petitioners at the expense of the entire U.S. solar economy. We urge Commerce to use its discretion and dismiss these frivolous petitions.'

    "Wood Mackenzie forecasts the U.S. will install roughly 30 GW of new solar capacity in 2022 and 33 GW in 2023. The forecasts, which appear in the Solar Market Insight Q3 2021 report, are already well short of the pace needed to reach President Biden's decarbonization target for 2035 and implementing these duties would be a catastrophic blow to any chance of addressing climate change. The report also notes that recent trade actions, like the AD/CVD circumvention petition could exacerbate supply chain constraints and increase solar prices.

    "The letter makes the case that the anonymous solar tariff petitions are based on a false premise that manufacturing done in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand is minor and insignificant, and that cells and panels are predominantly made in China and passed through the targeted nations. In fact, significant work is done in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. Under the law they cannot be subject to AD/CVD circumvention claims and should be dismissed by the Department of Commerce." (Source: Solar Energy Industries Association, Website PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO, Jen Bristol, Communications, (202) 556-2886, jbristol@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SEIA,  Solar,  


    Ubiquity Solar Opening Endicott, NY Production Plant (Ind. Report)
    Ubiquity Solar
    Date: 2021-09-24
    Privately held photovoltaic and related materials specialist Ubiquity Solar Inc. reports it will invest $61 million to repurpose 800,000 sq-ft of vacant space in a former IBM facility in the Village of Endicott, New York. The repurposed site is expected to produce silicon bricks and wafers when fully operational before the end of 2022.

    The company's proprietary PV technology enables a unique close-coupled, vertically integrated, regionally focused business model that serves customers in the aerospace, power generation, and related materials application industries, and focuses on the production of ultra-low carbon, Made-in-America high efficiency PV products. (Source: Ubiquity Solar Inc., Website PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: Ubiquity Solar Inc., Ian MacLellan, CEO, (607) 317-5399, www,ubiquity solar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ubiquity Solar,  Solar,  


    Ascent Solar, Tube Solar Ink Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Ascent Solar, Tube Solar
    Date: 2021-09-22
    Thornton, Colorado-based Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of lightweight, flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, is reporting a long-term Joint Development Agreement with Augsburg, Germany-based agrivoltaic thin-film solar tube maker TubeSolar AG to pursue the fast-growing Agricultural-photovoltaics/Agrivoltaics (APV) market.

    Under the agreement Ascent will supply customized PV (PV Foils) to TubeSolar for a non-recurring engineering fee of up to $4 million payable in three parts. The two firms will also establish of a joint venture entity to develop a new manufacturing facility to be located in Germany. Ascent will also receive "milestone" payments by TubeSolar of up to $13.5 million.

    TubeSolar, which previously invested $2.5 million in Ascent Solar, expects to require as much as 3 MW from Ascent Solar in 2022, increasing to 15 MW in 2023, 50 MW in 2024, growing to 2 gigawatts thereafter. Ascent Solar and TubeSolar have also established a joint subsidiary company in Germany -- Ascent Solar Germany, GmbH -- for delivering of PV Foils to TubeSolar. (Source: Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., PR, Website, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., www.ascentsolar.com; TubeSolar, +49 821 899 8305 2, Fax: +49 821 899 8305 9, www.tubesolar.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ascent Solar,  Tube Solar,  Solar,  PV,  


    EU Funds ACCIONA Energia Solar Powered Irrigation Project (Int'l.)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In Madrid, Acciona Energia reports the European Commission Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) has awarded €4.35 million in grant funding to the €7.5 Photovoltaic Pumping Innovation in Irrigation Communities Project being developed by Acciona Energia to serve 2,000 farmers in the Ebro Basin, Spain.

    The irrigation project will incorporate PV solar modules totaling 7.35MWp capacity and smart sensors to reduce water consumption and lessen the need to pump water which will save on energy bills while avoiding roughly 1,800 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The ACCIONA project is in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the National Federation of Irrigation Communities, the consultancy Consultora de Ingenieria Rural y Agroalimentaria , Qualifying Photovoltaics and the Irrigation Communities of Alto Aragon. (Source: Acciona Energia, Website Release, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Acciona, www.acciona.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA,  Solar,  


    Photon Delivers Aussie Island Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Photon Energy
    Date: 2021-09-20
    In the Land Down Under, Amsterdam, Netherlands-headquartered Photon Energy N.V. is reporting its subsidiary Photon Energy Engineering Australia Pty Ltd has completed and delivered an EPC-contracted hybrid solar PV energy project to the Lord Howe Island Board -- the management agency of Lord Howe Island, New South Wales.

    The ground-mounted system, which incorporates 3,240 photovoltaic modules totaling 1.328 MWp connected to a 3.712 MWh Tesla Powerpack controlled by a Tesla Microgrid Controller, has been online and producing power for the past six months. ARENA provided $4.5 million im support of the $11.1 million (AUS) project. The Lord Howe Island Board arranged $5.9 million loan for the project and covered the balance of funds from its own capital. (Source: Photon Energy Group, Website, PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Photon Energy Group (Australia), Michael Gartner, CTO, Managing Director, www.photonenergy.com/en; Lord Howe Island Board, Mick Pettitt, Acting CEO, www.lhib.nsw.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage news,  Photon Energy news,  


    TransAlta Snares 122 MW, NC Solar Portfolio (M&A, (Ind. Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure,Transalta
    Date: 2021-09-03
    Calgary-based TransAlta Renewables Inc. is reporting definitive agreements for the acquisition of a 122 MW portfolio of operating solar facilities located in North Carolina from a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for $96.65 million, subject to working capital adjustments and the assumption of existing tax equity obligations.

    The North Carolina Solar portfolio incorporates 20 solar photovoltaic facilities across North Carolina, with an aggregate capacity of 122 MW. The facilities are all operational and were commissioned between November 2019 and May 2021, and have PPAs in place with Duke Energy subsidiaries with an average remaining term of 12 years. Under the PPAs, Duke receives the renewable electricity, capacity, and environmental attributes from each facility. (Source: Transalta, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; TransAlta, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure,  Transalta,  Solar,  Duke Energy,  


    TransAlta Renewables Acquired 122 MW, NC Solar Portfolio (M&A)

    Date: 2021-09-02
    Calgary-based TransAlta Renewables Inc. is reporting definitive agreements for the acquisition of a 122 MW portfolio of operating solar facilities located in North Carolina (collectively, “North Carolina Solar”).

    The assets will be acquired from a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for US$96.65 million, subject to working capital adjustments and the assumption of existing tax equity obligations. The acquisition will be funded using existing liquidity. Income distributions to the Company will be net of cash and tax attributes provided to the tax equity investor. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. The transaction is structured so that at closing, TransAlta Renewables will acquire a 100% economic interest in North Carolina Solar from a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransAlta Corporation through a tracking share structure.

    . The North Carolina Solar portfolio consists of 20 solar photovoltaic facilities across North Carolina, with an aggregate capacity of 122 MW. The facilities are all operational and were commissioned between November 2019 and May 2021. The facilities are secured by long-term power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) with two subsidiaries of Duke Energy (“Duke”), which have an average remaining term of 12 years. Under the PPAs, Duke receives the renewable electricity, capacity, and environmental attributes from each facility. North Carolina Solar is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of approximately US$9 million and average annual cash available for distribution (“CAFD”) of approximately US$7 million. The $96 million acquisition is expected to produce approximately 195,000 MWh per year; average annual EBITDA and CAFD of approximately US$9 million, and US$7 million; respectively; an investment Tax Credit (ITC) Partnership flip-based tax equity structures with target flip dates in 2026-- 2028, with assumed tax equity obligations of US$28 million at close, reducing to US$11 million by end of 2021 upon monetization of the ITC; and long term contracted cashflows with investment grade counterparties. The portfolio includes: 20 operating facilities across North Carolina ranging in size from 3.2 MW to 6.7 MW;commercial operational dates ranging from November 2019 to May 2021, andaverage remaining PPA term of 12 years with Duke. (Source: Transalta, PR, Sept., 2021


    India's Largest Floating Solar PV Project Commissioned (Int'l.)
    National Thermal Power Corporation
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Indian state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd, on Saturday, commissioned India's largest floating solar Photovoltaics (PV) project at 25MW on the reservoir of the 2000 MW, coal-fired Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    The 75-acre floating solar installation is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 7,000 homes and eliminate at least 46,000 tpy of CO2e over the project's lifespan.

    With a total installed capacity of 66900 MW, NTPC Group has 71 Power stations including 29 renewable projects. NTPC has set a target to install 60 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2032. (Source: National Thermal Power Corp., ETPC, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: National Thermal Power Corp., www.ntpc.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Solar,  


    Trina Solar's 100 MW Agri-Solar Project Grid Connected (Int'l.)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Trina Solar is reporting a 160-hectare, 100MW agricultural photovoltaic solar project in Luotian County, Hubei province, China, is now connected to the grid.

    The project, covering 160 hectares, uses Trina Solar's 210 Vertex 550W series and is expected to generate 110 million kWh of electricity a year, which may offset 42,000 tonnes of standard coal and reduce CO2 emissions by 104,500 tpy.

    The 210 Vertex module, based on large 210mm silicon wafers, achieves low-voltage high-power characteristics with innovative non-destructive cutting and high density cell interconnect technology, achieving maximum power of 670W with an efficiency of 21.6 pct and single string power rising 40 pct, according to the Trina release. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, Trade Arabia, 19 Aug., 2021) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  


    First Solar's 3.3-GW PV Ohio Module Plant Underway (Ind. Report)
    First Solar
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Tempe, Arizona-based US thin-film photovoltaics (PV) maker First Solar Inc reports construction of a new 3.3-GW DC solar module factory is underway in Lake Township, Stark County, Ohio.

    The $600 million plant will produce an enhanced thin-film PV module for the US utility-scale solar market when if becomes operational in the first half of 2023 and reaches nameplate capacity by 2025. With the new facility, First Solar will have 6 GW DC of annual manufacturing capacity in Northwest Ohio, enabling it to produce an average of one module roughly every 2.75 seconds across its three-factory complex in the Buckeye State. (Source: First Solar, Website PR, 17 Aug., 2021)Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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


    JinkoSolar Modules LCA Certifified by TUV Rheinland China (Int'l.)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2021-08-09
    Shangrao, China-headquartered global solar energy specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has received the first PV module LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) certificate in the Greater China region issued by TUV Rheinland (China) Ltd. The LCA certified modules are monocrystalline mainstream modules, with a total of 6 series and 43 sub-models.

    The LCA certificate issued by TUV Rheinland is an important foundation for the Italian EPD certification. Based on the requirements of ISO 14040/ISO 14044, it adopts a life cycle assessment method focusing on environmental impact such as global warming potential, from raw material mining to the production of silicon wafers, cells, modules, upstream and downstream transportation, power station construction, operation and maintenance to final dismantling and disposal, and comprehensively evaluates and demonstrates multiple environmental impacts of JinkoSolar's photovoltaic products throughout their life cycle index.

    Combining the world's carbon neutrality commitments and China's domestic 30/60 decarbonization goal, this certification can help companies fulfill their pledges on carbon emissions reduction through recognizing product low-carbon design, optimized energy management systems, and energy efficiency improvements, social responsibility for emissions and ecological impact, and achieve the ultimate goals of energy-saving and emissions reduction.

    JinkoSolar has 9 production facilities and 22 subsidiaries globally and a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 22 GW for mono wafers, 11.5 GW for solar cells, and 31 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2021. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Kangping Chen, CEO, Stella Wang, +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosdolar.com; TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  PV Modules,  TUV Rheinland,  


    247Solar, STAG-Tech to Collaborate on Clean Power (Ind. Report)
    247Solar, STAG-Tech
    Date: 2021-08-04
    Great Falls, Virginia-based 247Solar Inc and Bristol, UK-based STAG-Tech are reporting an agreement to combine STAG-Tech's innovative compact wind turbines with 247Solar's HeatStorE™ long-duration thermal battery to provide turnkey, round-the-clock clean power solutions for a wide range of off-grid applications such as mine sites.

    STAG-Tech's tilt-up turbines capture the fastest wind speeds at significantly lower cost than conventional large turbines. Packed into a 40 ft shipping container, STAG-Tech's turbines can be truck transported to all but the most remote locations. Minimal concrete foundations make installation fast and affordable and easily relocated, according to STAG-Tech.

    247Solar's HeatStorE operates almost like an electrochemical battery but has significant advantages at longer durations, according to the company. Electric resistance coils use electricity from wind or photovoltaic (PV) installations to heat inexpensive silica sand. Energy is thereby stored as ultra-high temperature heat -- up to 1,000 degrees C -- for up to 20 hours at a fraction of the cost of batteries. By adding an external combustor, the battery can produce fully dispatchable backup power, according to 247Solar. (Source: STAG-Tech, 247Solar, PR, Aug,, 2021) Contact: STAG-Tech, Sean Zamick, CEO, info@stag-tech.com, www.stag-tech.com; 247Solar Inc., Bruce Anderson, CEO, 617.290.9913, info@247solar.com, www.247solar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 247Solar,  STAG-Tech,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    Repsol's Largest Spanish Solar Project Activated (Int'l.)
    Repsol
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Spanish energy giant Repsol reports has activated its largest solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Spain -- the 264-MW Valdesolar project -- which is expected to be fully operational by Q3, this year. The €200 million ($235 million) solar facility will generate sufficient electric power for 140,000 homes in Badajoz Province and save roughly 210,000 tpy of CO2.

    The Valdesolar project follows on the heels of the start-up of Repsol's first PV complex in June -- the 126.6MW Kappa development which is made up of the Perseo Foton 1-3 projects in the Spanish province of Ciudad Real. Along with Valdesolar and Kappa, Repsol is also developing the 204MW Sigma solar project in the southern province of Cadiz. (Source: Repsol, PR, 26 July, 2021)Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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    Greenalia Planning 670-MWp Texas Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Coruna, Spain-headquartered renewable energy developer Grennalia reports company plans to invest $450 million to develop 670MWp of solar photovoltaic, with 170MW battery storage capacity, all in ready-to-build phase, in Texas, with construction over the next year.

    The company is active in offshore and onshore wind, solar, energy storage and biomass and in plans to pursue other U.S. renewable acquisitions and projects. and opportunities.

    Currently, Greenalia has a 3 GW portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, solar photovoltaic and biomass. (Source: Greenalia, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: GReenalia, Manuel Garcia, CEO, +34 900 81 50 81, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

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    BayWa USA, SDCP Ink California Solar+Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e., San Diego Community Power
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Renewable energy developer and services provider BayWa r.e. is reporting a 20-year solar energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region.

    Under the agreement, SDCP will purchase power from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWa r.e.in San Diego County. The project will pair a 90MW (AC) solar photovoltaic array with a 70 MW/280 MWh DC-coupled battery energy storage system.

    The project, which is expected to break ground early next year for commissioning and operation in Q1 2023. will generate sufficient power for least 52,000 households and offset more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the life of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: San Diego Community Power, www.sdcommunitypower.org; BayWa r.e. USA, 949 398 3915, www.us.baywa-re.com

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    Trina Touts PERC Module Aperture Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Changzhou, China-based solar energy giant Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology (SKL) is reporting its proprietary Vertex high-efficiency p-type monocrystalline silicon module -- based on 66 pcs of 210 mm x 210 mm high-efficiency PERC cells -- has achieved a record aperture module efficiency of 23.03 pct for larger-area industrial silicon p-type modules, as independently confirmed by TUV Rheinland.

    Trina researchers developed a new Multi-Musbar (MBB) technology to improve optical shading, and developed a new hybrid soldering technology to minimize the gap between cells, greatly improving the module efficiency, with solar cells from the production lines of 210 mm high efficiency PERC cells. (Source: Trina Solar Co., Ltd, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com

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    CSI Solar Plans Shanghai China STAR Market IPO (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has submitted an application for a potential initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR Market). The company plans to issue up to 541,058,824 shares, excluding shares issuable upon the exercise of a less than 15 pct over-allotment option.

    Canadian Solar presently owns approximately 80 pct of CSI Solar's shares.

    The IPO proceeds will be used to strengthen CSI Solar and the Company's market leadership position, R&D, increasing production capacity and additional working capital. The CSI Solar IPO is subject to Shanghai Stock Exchange review and China Securities Regulatory Commission registration and approval.

    Nasdaq-listed Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest solar technology and renewable energy companies and manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules, provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions, and developer of utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects with a geographically diversified pipeline in various stages of development. The Company presently has around 500 MWp of projects in operation, nearly 6 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 15 GWp of projects in pipeline. Canadian Solar also has 1.2 GWh of battery storage projects under construction and nearly 17 GWh of battery storage projects in backlog or pipeline. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: CSI Solar, Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com;

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    Enel X Building Romanian Photovoltaic Park (Int'l. Report)
    Enel
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Enel X Romania, part of Enel X, the advanced energy services division of the Enel Group, reports it is constructing a turn-key photovoltaic system for electric power retailer Kaufland in Turda, Romania.

    The €1 million project will incorporate more than 2,000 PV panels with an installed capacity of 1 MWp and will cut roughly 595 tpy of CO2 emissions, according to the release. (Source: Enel X Romania, PR, Romania-Insider, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Enel X Romania, www.enelx.com/ro/ro

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    Entergy Arkansas Seeks 300 MW of Solar/Wind Power (Ind. Report)
    Entergy Arkansas
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Little Rock-based electric power producer Entergy Arkansas reports it will issue a RfP for up to 300 MW of solar and wind capacity, to be added to its electricity generating portfolio by 2026. Entergy Arkansas currently has about 73 MW of hydroelectricity capacity among its green sources, and 581 MWs of solar generation.

    The additional renewable energy resources Entergy Arkansas is seeking will likely be a combination of build-own-transfer agreements, self-build alternatives and PPAs ranging from 10 to 20 years. Only solar photovoltaic and wind turbine resources will be eligible for the proposal and must include a minimum electricity generation capacity of 50 MW. (Source: Entergy Arkansas, PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Entergy Arkansas, 800-368-3749, www.entergy-arkansas.com

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    ACCIONA'S First US Solar Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-06-25
    ACCIONA reports construction is underway on the $260 million, 317MWp Fort Bend Solar Farm outside Houston, Texas -- the company's first photovoltaic plant in the United States.

    When operational in 2022, the facility will avoid more than 400,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to removing more than 95,000 vehicles from the road or equal to the carbon sequestered by almost 450,000 trees annually.

    ACCIONA also owns and operates three wind farms, totaling more than 400MW of capacity, in Texas. Nationwide, the company operates over 1GWW of wind energy well as the 64MW Nevada Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) facility and plans to add more than 1.2GW MW of solar photovoltaic energy in the U.S. by the end of 2023. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Joaquin Castillo, CEO-US, www.acciona.com

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    Ameresco, Cannon AFB Ink $19Mn ESPC Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Cannon AFB
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting a partnership with Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) for a $19 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project featuring 1.9 MW of solar generation capacity, smart controls, and other energy conservation technologies.

    Utilizing the US DOE ESPC vehicle, the project will enhance Cannon AFB's mission capabilities and address its energy and sustainability goals. The project designed by Ameresco will provide tangible facility improvements and enable recurring reductions in utility costs, while converting 4 pct of Cannon's electric energy usage to onsite renewable resources.

    Planned improvements will include: upgrades to existing transformers; direct digital controls (DDC); HVAC equipment; a 1.9MW ground mount solar photovoltaic (PV) array; and LED lighting retrofits. These upgrades are projected to save Cannon AFB roughly $1.1 million in the first year alone and $33 million over the course of the performance period. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, June, 2021). Contact: Cannon AFB, www.cannon.af.mil; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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    ACCIONA Connects Recycled Lithium-Ion Battery Project (Int'l.)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Madrid-based ACCIONA reports it has connected Spain's first renewable energy storage plant using recycled batteries to the grid at the company's experimental 1.2MW photovoltaic park in Tudela, Navarre.

    The installation, which includes four "second-life" lithium-ion, electric vehicle batteries totaling 130kWh capacity, will store solar energy obtained from the plant to later inject it into the grid. The project concludes with a comparative analysis to verify the equal performance of recycled batteries against first use batteries.

    ACCIONA will operate the system from its Renewable Energy Control Center (CECOER) with its global energy management platform GEMS, which enables optimized management, real-time monitoring and analysis of parameters.

    The storage plant is part of the experimental facilities of Montes del Cierzo in Tudela and is the result of a joint project with startup BeePlanet within ACCIONA's open innovation program, I'mnovation. BeePlanet, together with ACCIONA, is part of the Government of Navarre-backed GERA project specializing in energy storage systems. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Belen Linares, Director of Energy Innovation, +34 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

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    Dracula Touts Ambient Light Printed Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech.)
    Dracula Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Valance, France-headquartered Dracula Technologies is touting its inkjet-printed organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cell technology called LAYER (Light As Your Energetic Response). The OPV printed modules run on natural or artificial ambient light, can be used to power low-consumption indoor devices , do not use rare earths or heavy metals and are created from carbon-based material.

    Dracula Technologies has raised €4.4 million ($5.4 million) to date -- €2 million in 2016 from angel investors for a pilot line, and €2.4 million in 2020 from MGI Digital and ISRA which the company is using to increase module production during its pre-industrialization stage. Commerical-scale production is expected to commence in 2024. (Source: Dracula Technologies, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Dracula Technologies, + 33 (0)4 75 78 26 65 , contact@dracula-technologies.com, www.dracula-technologies.com

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    ARENA Supports Aussie Solar-Hydro Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    ARENA, RayGen Resources
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is providing $15 million in funding to Victoria-based RayGen Resources Pty Ltd to construct a "first of its kind" $30 million solar-hydro power plant that incorporates 4 MW of solar PV generation and 3 MW / 50 MWh of dispatchable energy storage capacity in north-west Victoria.

    RayGen's solar-hydro power plant consists of RayGen's proprietary PV Ultra, a concentrating photovoltaic solar co-generation tower, combined with its patented electro-thermal storage. The technology generates heat as a by-product which is captured and used for thermal storage. The electro-thermal storage system consists of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine, industrial chillers and two insulated water-based thermal storage pits or reservoirs, each roughly the size of four Olympic size swimming pools. One of the reservoirs is kept at a temperature of 90 degrees and the other at close to 0 degrees, and the temperature difference is used to generate dispatchable electricity using ORC turbines, according to RayGen.

    The project builds on a feasibility study and development work supported by a $3 million ARENA grant in March 2020. ARENA also supported RayGen with $8.67 million in funding to develop and construct its 1-MW PV Ultra pilot project in Newbridge, Victoria. (Source: ARENA, PR, June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; RayGen Resources, +61 3 8669 0380, enquiries@raygen.com, www.raygen.com

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    Solex, Jinchen Ink Solar Module Production MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Solex Energy
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Gujarat, India-headquartered solar PV manufacturer Solex Energy Ltd is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of 1.2 GW of solar module production equipment from China's Jinchen Machinery. The new machinery is in keeping with Solex's planned production expansion.

    The first phase of 600 MW will be commissioned by October-2021, followed by the 600 MW second phase immediately following the first phase startup. It will be a fully automated production line capable of manufacturing modules up to M12/G12 multi busbar solar cells with Microgap Technology.

    The facility is planned near Surat and is in the advanced stage of completion.

    Solex Energy Limited manufactures solar photovoltaic modules and provides turnkey solar solutions for solar power plants, solar water pumps, and other utility scale applications, according to the company website. (Source: Solex Energy Ltd, Website PR, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Solex Energy Ltd., 1800 572 8787, info@solex.in, www.solex.in; Jinchen Machinery, www.jinchensolar.com/en

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    Elecnor Wins Major Brazilian Solar Farm Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Elecnor, Atlas Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Madrid-headquartered Elecnor reports it has been awarded the construction of the Lar do Sol-Casablanca complex, a new 359 MWp solar farm in the Brazilian city of Pirapora.

    Atlas Renewable Energy's Lar do Sol-Casablanca photovoltaic solar complex will incorporate 676,000 bifacial modules and generate sufficient power for a city of 1.4 million inhabitants. Elecnor will be in charge of engineering, supply, services and start-up of the solar farm and the step-up substation, the power transmission line and the incoming line in a substation that already exists.

    The project will be funded by BID Invest and DNB Banks to the tune of $150 million.

    Elecnor has been active in Brazil since 1979 in the electricity market, where it has developed its global capacity as an EPC company over the years and as promoter of its own concessional projects. The two other major areas where it operates are renewable energy, with the consolidation of one of the main wind farm complexes in the whole of the southern hemisphere in the Rio Grande do Sul state, and gas infrastructures, according to the company release. (Source: Elecnor, PR, Website, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Elecnor, elecnor@elecnor.com, www.elecnor.com; Atlas Renewable Energy, +52 55 7252 2000, www.atlasrenewablenergy.com

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    Solar PV Window Coating Innovator Raises $13.4Mn (Ind. Report)
    Next Energy Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Golden State, Goleta-based photovoltaic window developer Next Energy Technologies Inc reports it raise $13.4 million in a Series C funding round that should help the company commercialise its window coating technology that allows windows to function as solar panels.

    The new funds will be used to speed up the transition to large-area coating for commercialisation, pilot installations, durability testing and industry certification. Lead investors in the funding round include Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd, the innovation arm of Golden Energy and Resources Ltd and architectural glass fabricator Viracon and others. (Source: Next Energy Technologies, PR, 27 May, 2021) Contact: Next Energy Technologies, 805-222-4546, Dan Emmett, CEO,www.nextenergytech.com

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    Johnson Controls Expands La Crosse Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In the Badger State, Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls and the City of La Crosse have launched the next phase of the city's sustainability initiative. Building on the significant progress made through their initial sustainability investments, this next phase will deliver solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy efficiency installations throughout city fire stations, at community libraries and within several city parks as well as LED upgrades to the city's street lighting.

    The initial phases, which begun in 2019 and were completed Spring 2021, included solar arrays on 4 community buildings to generate $7.98 million in total savings and reduce energy consumption by 35 pct over the next 20 years.

    In the expanded second phase, city infrastructure updates are expected to add $3.2 million in total savings over the next 15 years for a total combined energy costs saving of $11 million.

    The City of La Crosse has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Johnson Controls Int'l., PR, May, 2021) Contact: City of La Crosse, www.cityoflacrosse.org; Johnson Controls, Antonella Franzen, IR, 609.720.4665, antonella.franzen@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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    Enel Commissions Second Mallorca Solar Power Plant (Int'l Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2021-05-19
    Enel Green Power Espana (EGPE) is reporting the commissioning of the new Nou Biniatria solar photovoltaic power plant in the town of Alcudia in Mallorca. The 14.96 MW plant, the company's second solar facility in Mallora, incorporates 38,800 PV panels and came in at a cost of €14 million

    Enel Green Power presently manages more than 7,794 MW of renewable capacity installed in Spain, including: 4,745 MW of hydraulic power; 2,422 MW of wind power, 624 MW of solar power, and 3 MW from other renewable sources (Source: Enel Green Power, Website PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

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    Ampyx Power Airborne Wind Energy Tests Set for Ireland (Int'l.)
    Ampyx Power
    Date: 2021-05-19
    RWE, a global renewable energy deeloper, reports it will establish its first test center in County Mayo, Ireland, to investigate the potential of innovative airborne wind energy technologies in partnership with The Hague-headquartered Ampyx Power. Construction of the testing site infrastructure is expected to begin later this year.

    Ampyx Power's device to be tested has a 12-metre (40 feet) wingspan and is tethered to a ground mounted generator that produces electricity. Current Airborne Wind Energy Systems demonstrators have power output capacities between 100 and 200 kW, according to the release.

    RWE's test centre is supported by the Interreg North-West Europe funding programme. The company has been active in Ireland since 2016. (Source: RWE PR, Website, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Ampyx Power, Fabrizio Nastri, CEO, +31 70 4020168, info@ampyxpower.com, www.ampyxpower.com; RWE Renewables, Katja Wunschel, COO Wind Onshore & Photovoltaic Europe & Asia-Pacific, www.group.rwe.com

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    Peel Cubico Renewables JV to Develop UK Wind, Solar (Int'l.)
    Peel Cubico Renewables
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the UK, London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments reports it has partnered with natural resources and energy business Peel NRE to created a joint venture (JV), Peel Cubico Renewables to develop more than 500 MW of onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the UK over the next 5-10 years. All electricity generated by the wind and solar projects will either flow to the grid or directly to end-users.

    Cubico Sustainable Investments is a global renewable energy investor with more than 4GW of energy capacity across 12 countries in Europe, the Americas and Oceania. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, Website, Power Technology, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Cubic Sustainable Investments, Matt Boss, www.cubicoinvest.com; Peel NRE, Rob Tate, Dir. Dev., www.peellandp.co.ok

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    Scout Clean Energy Credit Facility to Back Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reporting receipt of a $50-million letter of credit facility. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as coordinating lead arranger, while Rabobank and Wells Fargo acted as joint lead arrangers to support expansion.

    Scout will use the facility primarily to provide letters of credit to support current and upcoming security requirements related to new project interconnections and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for its renewables pipeline.

    The company has over 4 GW of onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage projects in its 13-state pipeline and 843 MW of onshore wind farms in operation. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, Website, 26 Apr., 2021)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

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    £50Mn UK Energy Efficient Housing Project Lauded (Int'l.)
    Active Building Centre
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Swansea, Wales, the Active Building Centre reports it is advising and working with the Nationwide Building Society to help create one of the UK's largest energy-efficient housing developments in Swindon. The £50 million project will construct 239 homes to EPC-A energy efficiency, the highest new home environmental rating in the UK.

    The new properties will all be equipped with: air source heat pumps rather than gas boilers; photovoltaic solar panels; electric vehicle charging points; individual building battery energy storage units; and other energy efficient features. The first units will go on the market in 2022. (Source: Active Building Centre, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Active Building Centre, Ron Cowley, CEO, info@activebuildingcentre.com, www.activebuildingcentre.com

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    Hunt Perovskite Tech. Scores $2.5Mn DOE Funding (Ind. Report)
    Hunt Perovskite Technologies
    Date: 2021-04-16
    Dallas-based Hunt Perovskite Technologies (HPT) reports it has been selected to receive $2.5 million in funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Perovskite Funding Program for research and development of more efficient and commercially viable perovskite photovoltaic (PV) devices. HPT is one of the 22 selected to receive a total of $40 million.

    The DOE funding is for projects that could increase access to reliable electricity by improving the country's understanding of perovskite stability. Eventually, the department hopes to enable the domestic production of high-efficiency perovskite devices. (Source: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, info@huntperovskite.com, www.huntperovskite.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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    Nordex Claims 11 Wind Turbine Order from Poland (Int'l. Report)
    Nordex, VSP Group
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of an order from the VSB Group to supply 11 turbines in the 3MW class, alonf with a 20-year Premium Service agreement, for a 42-MW wind cluster in Poland.

    The turbines are slated for delivery and installation in autumn 2022 for commissioning before the year end.

    To date, the Nordex Group has sold turbines totaling more then 700 MW in Poland, of which roughly 240 MW are currently under construction.

    Since 1996, VSB has commissioned more than 700 wind and solar photovoltaic plants with a combined installed capacity of approximately 1.1 GW and an investment volume of €1.7 billion. VSB also provides services for around 1.4 GW worth of installed plants. (Source: Nordex, PR, Apr. 2021) Contact: Nordex Group, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, www.nordex.com; VSP Group, +48 58 781 42 80, www.vspgroup.com.pl

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    LCRI Cutting Rural Oregonians' Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Lake County Resources Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Oregon, the Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRE) is reporting a two-year partnership with not-for-profit Spark Northwest to provide energy efficiency and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) program support to rural Oregonians.

    REDA is a service process that increases rural energy productivity and independence. It can help small businesses and farming operations implement solar photovoltaics, solar heating, energy efficiency, micro hydro, wind energy and methane digesters and other energy efficiency systems and initiatives to lower energy expenses.

    LCRI connects producers and small business owners to funding opportunities and project assistance for energy saving projects. LCRI can also provide technical guidance and grant assistance as well as direct people toward Energy Trust trade ally energy saving project contractors statewide. (Source: LCRI, Contact: LCRI, Nick Johnson, Dir., 541-947-5461, www.lcri.org; Oregon Renewable Energy Development Assistance, www.oregon.gov/energy/Incentives/Pages/Renewable-Energy-Grants.aspx; Spark Northwest, 206.267.2212, www.sparknorthwest.org

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    Stoke-on-Trent Energy Efficiency Projects Funded (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In the UK, the city of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been allocated funding from the government Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for a series of energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects expected to cost the city roughly £4.3 million.

    According to a council report, work at various city facilities and building will include: replacement of gas boilers with low-carbon air source heat pumps: installation of photovoltaic panels on six council buildings; a new building energy management system (BEMS) for 30 buildings, replacing the existing system, upgrading windows, and other energy efficiency measures. The report notes the energy efficiency improvements are "in line with the city council's asset management strategy to reduce energy consumption across the corporate estate."

    When completed, the projects are expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by up to 1,659 tpy of CO2 and save an estimated £590,000 a year on energy costs. (Source: Stoke-on-Trent, PR, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, www.stokesentinel.co.uk

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    Eni's Kazakhstan Solar Farm Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Milan-headquiartered Eni, through its local subsidiary Arm Wind LLP, has inaugurated construction work on a 50 MW photovoltaic plant in the South of Kazakhstan. The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Italy to Kazakhstan, Pasquale D'Avino, in addition to the local authorities. Located in the Region of Turkestan near the village of Shaulder, the power plant marks Eni's first large-scale investment in solar power in Kazakhstan.

    The 100 hectare facility will incorporate more than 100,000 panels and cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.2 million tons of CO2 equivalent over the plant’s lifetime. Kazakhstan is aiming to procure 50 pct of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

    Eni launched its first renewables project in Kazakhstan in March 2020 through the commercial operation of the 48 MW Badamsha Wind Farm located in the Aktobe Region, with an annual power generation of about 195 GWh with an overall CO2 saving of 170,000 tons per year. The company is now executing the second phase of the project, with a 48 MW of additional capacity. (Source: Eni, PR, 10 Mar., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39.0252031875 , +80011223456, investor.relations@eni.com, www.eni.com

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    Solar EV Startup Touts $48Mn Funding Round (Ind. Report)
    Lightyear
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Netherlands, solar electric vehicle startup Lightyear is reporting it largest funding roud to date -- $48 million led by Zero Point Holding B.V. -- which will be used to support their growth and path towards the first customer deliveries of the company's first electric vehicle called the Lightyear One by the end of this year.

    Lightyear One uses 5 square meters of integrated solar cells in the vehicles roof and hood and an efficient powertrain, high yield solar roof and an optimized thermal management system. for electric vehicles. The cells function independently, meaning they produce a higher yield compared to conventional solar cells, according to Lightyear. The Lightyear One can drive up to 55km (34 miles) per day on solar power alone.

    Lightyear teamed up with Silicon Valley-based company SunPower Corporation, integrating the company's Maxeon solar cells onto conductive back sheet technology developed by Dutch life sciences company DSM. SunPower is an energy company that designs and manufactures crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panels based technology invented at Stanford University in California. (Source: Lightyear, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Lightyear, Lex Hoefsloot, CEO, www.lightyear.one

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    China's Xinjiang Region Upping Wind, Solar Power Generation (Int'l.)
    China Wind, Renewable Enery
    Date: 2021-03-17
    According to the Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is taking the lead in China's renewable energy push, with wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity jumped 135 pct from 2015 levels to a record high of 35.83 GW -- more than some developed countries including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands or Japan.

    New-energy electricity generation in Xinjiang reached 84.5 billion kWh and accounted for 24 pct of the total electricity produced in 2020, mostly attributed to solar power. It is equal to the energy consumption of 27 million tons of standard coal, which would have released 72.9 million tons of carbon dioxide.

    As previously reported, China aims to reach a carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Xiamen University Center for Energy Economics Research, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Times, 14 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xiamen University, Center for Energy Economics Research, www.en.xmu.edu.cn

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    Clean Power Alliance Adds New Solar, Wind Facilities (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Alliance
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the nation's single largest provider of 100 pct renewable energy, is reporting two clean energy-producing "new build" projects totaling 340 MW -- sufficient power for 93,000 homes -- have been added to its portfolio and are now online: the 40-MW Rosamond Central Solar Project in Kern County, CA encompasses 2.3 million photovoltaic solar modules which generate 114,780 MWh/year; the 130-turbine, 300 MW White Hills Wind Farm in Mohave County, AZ, will generate 830,000 MWh/year.

    In 2021 alone, five additional projects under contract with CPA will come online: the Luna Storage Project, Sanborn Storage Project, High Desert Solar + Storage, Arlington Energy Center II, and the Johanna Energy Storage System in Santa Ana, CA, which will add 20 MWh of energy storage to the grid. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, 888-585-3788, www.cleanpowerallaince.org

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