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Boralex Commissions La Grande Borne Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2021-11-26
Montreal-headquartered Boralex Inc. is reporting the commissioning of the La Grande Borne wind farm, located near the municipalities of Vendeuil and Remigny, in the French department of Aisne. The facility incorporates four , 2.2 MW Vestas V110 wind turbines totaling 8.8 MW and is expected to generate 26 GWh of power per year, meeting the energy needs for 5,600 households.

Boralex launched the La Grande Borne wind farm project in 2016 and developed it in a manner consistent with its commitment to protecting species and their habitats. Boralex’s teams based in Blendecques will be responsible for day-to-day site operation.

According to Boralex, "We have been providing affordable renewable energy accessible to everyone for over 30 years. As a leader in the Canadian market and France's largest independent producer of onshore wind power, we also have facilities in the U.S. and development projects in the UK, Over the past five years, our installed capacity has more than doubled to 2.5 GW. We are developing a portfolio of more than 3 GW in wind and solar projects and nearly 200 MW in storage projects." (Source: Boralex, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Boralex, Nicolas Wolff, VP and GM Boralex, Europe,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  

Eni's New Renewable Energy Arm Planning IPO (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2021-11-24
In Rome, Italian oil, gas, and energy provider Eni is planning an initial public offering (IPO) of its retail and renewable energy arm, which it recently renamed Plenitude. The new company will comprise all group's business for the development of renewable energy, the sale of energy solutions, and the creation of a widespread EV charging network.

Eni completed a 31 MW solar plant at one of its chemical industry sites in Sardinia and is planning to install 220 MW of PV power plants in the country as well as a 14 MW floating PV project. It also launched a partnership with Italian state-owned utility Enel to bring online 20 MW of hydrogen capacity between 2022 and 2023

Eni is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the company website. (Source: Eni, PR, Website, 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

OX2 Acquires Two Swedish Solar Energy Projects (Int'l., M&A)
OX2,Helios Nordic Energy
Date: 2021-11-24
Stockholm, headquartered wind and solar renewable energy developer OX2 reports acquisition to the rights to two solar energy projects totaling 45 MW in Skane, Sweden, from Helios Nordic Energy.

The parties will jointly develop the projects until the necessary permits are obtained, then OX2 will later be responsible for construction and operation. The projects will be part of OX2's early stage project development portfolio.

In other OX2 news, OX2 reports it is about to commence the environmental impact assessment procedure for two large-scale offshore wind power projects of up to 160 turbines in Finland's Gulf of Bothnia Exclusive Economic Zones. Project Halla is located west of the island of Hailuoto and project Laine is located west of the city of Pietarsaari. The projects are currently in a very preliminary stage, and the actual electricity production would only start at the end of this decade. (Source: OX2, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: OX2, +46 8 559 310 00,,; Helios Nordic Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News OX2,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  Helios Nordic Energy,  

Verogy Completes Conn. Schools Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-11-24
Hartford, Conn.-based commercial solar energy developer Verogy is reporting completion of solar projects at three city schools in West Haven, Connecticut. The West Haven projects incorporated 1,888 panels and will generate approximately 969,685 kWh of renewable energy in their first year.

The three projects are installed at Carrigan Intermediate School (360 kWDC), Bailey Middle School (360 kWsub>DC) and Former Anna V. Molloy School (115 kWsub>DC).

West Haven and Verogy have executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) that makes it possible for West Haven to purchase electricity at a "locked-in" discounted rate. (Source: Verogy, PR, PR Nov., 2021) Contact: Verogy, William Herchel, co-founder and CEO, 860-288-7215,,

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Canadian Solar Reports Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2021-11-24
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its subsidiary CSI Solar has inked a strategic cooperation framework agreement with China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL), a global provider of new energy innovative technologies.

The two firms will cooperate on battery energy storage system solutions, supply of lithium-ion battery modules, operation and maintenance services of battery storage projects and innovative technology. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, Website, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar, Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations,,; Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.,

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Saudi Solar Specialist Taqat Badeela Floating IPO (Int'l.)
Taqat Badeela
Date: 2021-11-22
Medina, Saudi Arabia based solar energy specialist Taqat Badeela has announced plans to sell up to 135,134 of its shares (21.28 pct) in an IPO. The subscription through the Afaq Financial Platform ends Feb. 3, 2022.

Taqat Badeela manufactures, installs and maintains solar panels and systems for both industry and residential applications. (Source: Taqat Badeela, Utilities Middle East, Nov., 2021) Contact: Taqat Badeela, +966 50 317 9626,

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China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-11-22
In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions. China has vowed to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration , Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration,

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Maryland 24-MW Community Solar Portfolio Advances (Ind. Report)
OneEnergy Renewables , CleanChoice Energy and Standard Solar
Date: 2021-11-22
Solar energy development firms OneEnergy Renewables, CleanChoice Energy and Rockville, Maryland-based Standard Solar are reporting a collaboration on nine community solar energy projects across five counties and three utility territories in Maryland. Development work on the 24-MWportfolio is complete, and four of the nine projects are ready for operation. The projects include:
  • In Anne Arundel County, Utility: BGE -- Checkerspot, 2 MW Bathian, 2.8 MW, Patuxent, 2.8 MW

  • In Baltimore County, Utility: BGE -- Sassafras, 2.4 MW, Trillium, 2.8 MW>

  • In Howard County, Utility: BGE -- Metalmark, 2.8 MW, Viceroy, 2.6 MW

  • In Prince George's County, Utility: PEPCO -- Monarch, 2.8 MW

  • In Dorchester County, Utility: Delmarva -- Glassywing, 2 MW.

    Standard Solar funded the construction and will own and operate the projects long-term. OneEnergy partnered with the landowners to site, permit and design the projects, and CCE is responsible for the customer acquisition to sign up Maryland residents.

    The projects are part of Maryland's Community Solar Pilot Program aimed at helping residents save up to 10 pct on their utility bills based on electricity generated by the projects. The 24-MW portfolio is projected to benefit more than 5,000 households annually through community solar subscriptions. (Source: Standard Solar, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: One Energy Renewables, 206.922.7072,; CleanChoice Energy, 800-317-3141, www.; Standard Solar, 301-944-1200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OneEnergy Renewables ,  CleanChoice Energy,  Standard Solar,  Community Solar,  

  • GE, UK Export Finance Support 1.35 GW Turkish Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Kalyon Enerji, GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In London, GE Renewable Enery is reporting the UK Export Finance (UKEF) -- the UK's export credit agency -- has agreed to guarantee a $291 million (£217 million) Buyer Credit Facility for Kalyon Enerji's 1.35 GW Karapinar solar project in Konya Karapinar province, Turkey. Financing will be structured on a project finance basis and raised through J.P. Morgan as acting lead arranger and lender supported by the UKEF guarantee.

    The UKEF guarantee will enable GE to deploy its first FLEXINVERTER solar technology outside the U.S. The FLEXRESERVOIR is a systems integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution for multiple configurations and market applications. FLEXIQ is a digital platform that provides design, operation and fleet management solutions to enable grid compliance and maximize lifetime customer value, according to the release. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,; Kalyon Enerji, www.kalyonholding-com; UK Export Finance,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kalyon Enerji,  GE Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Turkey Solar,  

    Apollo Taking Stake in Broad Reach Power (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Broad Reach Power
    Date: 2021-11-22
    New York, New York-based Apollo Global Management its will take a $320 million , 50 pct stake in Houston-headquartered utility-scale independent power producer Broad Reach Power from its existing owners, private equity firm EnCap Investment, according to a Reuters report. Under the purchase agreement Apollo and EnCap will each invest up to $200 million to finance new Broad Reach projects.

    Broad Reach owns or is constructing around 1.4 GWh of energy storage capacity and a 21 GW portfolio of utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage projects across the United States. (Source: Apollo Global Management, Reuters, 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Apollo,; Broad Reach Power, Justin Amirault, VP Corp. Dev.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Broad Reach Power,  

    Connecticut Solar, Energy Efficiency Program Extended (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Solar for All Program
    Date: 2021-11-19
    The Town of Branford, Conn., -- pop. 28,000 -- is reporting the extension of the Connecticut Solar for All Program for solar and energy efficiency upgrades to all Eversource-serviced homeowners through a partnership between the Connecticut Green Bank and PosiGen Solar.

    PosiGen's lease program covers the full cost of installing, maintaining, and ensuring the solar system, with no minimum income or no credit score requirements nor equipment to buy. The nationally-recognized program combines a solar lease with energy efficiency upgrades to lower the energy burden on participating households. (Source: Branford Clean Energy Committee , Town of Branford , 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Connecticut Solar for All Program, (844) 787-6527,; PosiGen Solar,; Connecticut Green Bank, Mackey Dykes, VP Financing Programs, 860-563-0015,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  Connecticut Green Bank,  

    ACEN, AMI 252-MW Vietnam Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    ACEN Corp., AC Energy, AMI Renewable
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Philippines-based ACEN Corp. -- fka AC Energy Corp. -- and AMI Renewables of Vietnam are reporting its 252-MW wind farm in Quang Binh, Vietnam has begun commercial operations. The $358,4 million project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 580,000 tpy and generate about 648 gigawatt hours per year of electricity -- sufficient power for 270,000 homes.

    The wind farm is ACEN and AMI's third renewable energy pproject in Vietnam, the first two being the 50-MW and 30-MW solar farms in Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak, respectively, which started operating in 2019. A battery energy storage system is planned for the facility in Khanh Hoa.

    AMI Renewables is aiming to bring 1,000-MW of renewables capacity online by 2025, according to the release. (Source: ACEN, AMI Renewables, PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: ACEN Corp., Patrice R. Clausse,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEN Corp.,  Vietnam Wind,  AC Energy,  Wind,  

    SENER Touts Solgest-1 Hybrid CSP Plant in Spain (Int’l. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-19
    SENER Renewable Investments, the SENER Group engineering subsidiary that promotes and develops renewable energy projects, is reporting the launch of Solgest-1, the first CSP hybrid solar+storage project in Spain. The project incorporates molten salt energy storage , SENERtrough® parabolic trough technology, and 96,930 polycrystalline silicon modules of 415 W each, installed on horizontal, single-axis solar trackers. The project's maximum (nominal) power to be fed into the grid will be 98.06 MW.

    SENER is currently awaiting the Environmental Impact Statement of the project while processing the remaining permits required to build the plant. SENER will present the Solgest-1 project as part of an upcoming dispatchable renewable energy auction in order to complete one of the first CSP plants in Spain within the framework of the PNIEC Plan (Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030), that includes the objective of installing additional 5000 MW of solar thermal power in Spain by 2030. (Source: SENER Renewable Investments, PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: SENER Renewable Investments,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSP,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  

    DESRI Inks 160 MWac Solar PPA with Facebook (Ind. Report)
    D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments
    Date: 2021-11-17
    New York-based renewable energy investor and developer D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) is reporting a PPA agreement (PPA) with Facebook for the 160 MWac Chester Solar project in Chersterfield, County, Virginia. The solar facility, which is being developed by DESRI and renewable energy and energy storage specialist Torch Clean Energy (Torch), will will support Facebook's data centers in the region, including the Henrico Data Center, in Eastern Henrico County.

    DESRI and its affiliates develop, acquire, own, and operate long-term contracted renewable energy assets in the U.S. DESRI's portfolio of operating and in-construction renewable energy projects currently includes over 50 solar and wind projects that represent over 6 GW of aggregate capacity. Torch has over 1,500 MW of high-quality solar projects under development throughout the United States, including over 650 MW of contracted solar projects and four utility-scale battery energy storage projects that are expected to be constructed by 2023. (Source: D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, Nov., 2021) Contact: D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, Hy Martin, Dev. Officer,; Torch Clean Energy, Jon Kilberg, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments news,  Solar news,  Facebook news,  

    Greencells Snares 195MW of Polish Solar Projects (Int'l. M&A)
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Saarbrucken, Germany-based utility-scale solar power plant developer Greencells GmbH reports it is expanding operations in Eastern Europe with the acquisition of two major projects totaling 195 MW . Both projects are expected to begin construction in 2023.

    With over 2.3 GWp of installed capacity, Greencells is one of the largest European providers of solar power plants, and has been involved in the construction or planning of plants in 25 countries. (Source: Greencelss GmbH, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Greencells GmbH, +49 172 397 0957,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencells,  Solar,  Utility Scale Solar,  

    Axpo Planning Swiss Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
    Axpo Holding
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland's largest producer of renewable energy and an international leader in solar and wind energy trading and the marketing, is reporting plans to construct a green hydrogen production facility close to its run-of-river power plant in Brugg, Switzerland.

    The plant is designed for an installed capacity of up to 15 MW and will produce about 2,000 tpy of green hydrogen by electrolysis. The electricity required for production comes from the nearby Wildegg-Brugg hydropower plant owned by Axpo.

    The plant's hydrogen production will be transported to the filling station of Axpo's local partner, Voegtlin-Meyer, and also sold to other area filling stations to power trucks and buses. Subject to regulatory approvals, the plant is scheduled to come online at the end of 2023. (Source: Axpo Holding AG, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Axpo Holding AG, +41 56 200 41 10,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  

    Eversource Selects Integral Analytics Load Forecasting Software (Ind. Report)
    Eversource, Willdan,Integral Analytics
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Anaheim, California-headquartered energy efficiency and energy storage firm Willdan Group, Inc. reports Eversource will deploy the latest version of Willdan's Kentucky-based subsidiary Integral Analytics LoadSEER software in Massachusetts to support advanced load forecasting and grid planning. Willdan will assist Eversource in analyzing distributed energy resource (DER) adoption rate and load forecasting for Eversource throughout Massachusetts.

    The LoadSEER enterprise software license will allow Eversource to use LoadSEER to perform alternative scenario analyses of grid load impacts for various adoption rates of electric vehicles, distributed solar, and battery energy storage. They will also use the software to model vehicle travel and to conduct 8760-scenario load forecasting. LoadSEER recently integrated a data "scrubber" feature that improves the quality and forecasting potential of utilities' raw data, saving utilities time and money usually spent on data processing. Eversource will leverage LoadSEER to help predict the future evolution of transit patterns in Eversource's Massachusetts territory, according to the release. (Source: Willdan Group, Inc., Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Willdanm Thomas Brisban, Pres., Al Kaschalk , VP Investor Relations , 310-922-5643,,; Eversource,; Integral Analytics, 513-762-7621,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Integral Analytics,  Eversource,  Willdan,  Energy Software,  

    Lightsourebp's Elm Branche Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-15
    In the Lone Star State, Lightsourcebp is reporting its 163 MW, 360,000 solar panel equipped Elm Branch solar project -- roughly 40 miles south of Dallas -- has begun commercial operation under a power contract between L3Harris Technologies and Lightsource bp.

    The agreement with L3Harris enabled Lightsource bp to finance and construct the solar project, which broke ground in January. Lightsource bp, owner and operator of the site, selected McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. as the Engineer, Procure, and Construct (EPC) contractor for the solar project.

    The solar power agreement between L3Harris and Lightsource bp is the equivalent of eliminating about 110,000 metric tpy of CO2 or removing 24,000 cars from the road every year. The . The agreement between L3Harris and Lightsource bp is for 100 MW of capacity and the environmental attributes. (Source: Lightsourcebp, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lightsourcebp Americas, Kevin Smith, CEO ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsourcebp,  Solar,  

    UGE's Bay State Solar+Storage Projects Underway (Ind. Report)
    UGE International
    Date: 2021-11-15
    NYC-headquartered solar, solar+storage developer UGE International Ltd. is reporting its expansion into the Massachusetts market, starting with more than 100MW of solar-plus-storage and standalone storage projects are now in early-stages of development.

    The Massachusetts projects will take advantage of the Clean Peak Energy Standard, an innovative program providing compensation for the value energy storage brings to the grid. Clean Peak requires utilities to purchase Clean Peak Energy Certificates (CPECs) from energy storage providers, much in the same way that previous solar programs often required utilities to purchase renewable energy credits. Energy storage systems are charged during the periods of maximum solar production. Then, as a substitute to traditional fossil fuel-powered peaking plants, energy storage provides additional capacity to the grid during peak demand hours, offsetting such power plants' significant carbon emissions. This program is expected to reduce emissions and lower electricity costs throughout the state.

    In addition to its Massachusetts projects, UGE reports all three of its submissions for the second year of New Jersey's community solar pilot program received awards from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). The three projects totaling 2.2MW are expected to reach commercial operation in 2022. NJBPU also announced the the state will implement a full community solar program, foregoing year three of its previously announced pilot program. UGE has begun developing projects in anticipation of the opening of New Jersey's program.

    With more than 500MW experience, UGE develops, owns, and operates commercial and community solar projects in the US and strategic markets abroad. (Source: UGE, PR, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: UGE, Mateo Chaskel, Managing Director UGE USA, (917) 720 5685 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Peak Energy Standard news,  Solar news,  Solar+Stroage news,  Energy Storage news,  Community Solar news,  

    Ameresco Delivering Solar+Storage Project in Bristol (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Framingham,Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco reports it will design, supply and install solar PV -- solar+storage -- systems to 175 homes across Bristol and North Somerset as part of the £1 million Bright Green Homes Project in the UK.

    Funding for the project was awarded to the council through the Local Authority Delivery of the Green Homes Grant, which at the end of May 2021 had facilitated 109 installations of solar PV. Each home is to be equipped with on average 10 panels total 375W of electricity as well as various energy efficient technologies such as battery storage. Construction began in October 2021, and is set to continue until at least March 2022.

    Other Bristol renewable schemes include a £2 million community share offer launched in 2020 by Bristol Energy Cooperative to part-fund the UK's first community-owned net zero housing microgrid, with this combining renewables, heat pumps, battery storage and energy efficiency measures. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021)Contact: Ameresco,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Storage,  Solr+Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NIPSCO Expanding Renewables, Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    NIPSCO, NiSource,NextEra Energy
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of Merrilville, Indiana-based NiSource Inc., reports the groundbreaking of its first two Indiana-based solar projects -- Indiana Crossroads Solar and Dunns Bridge Solar I. Both projects are expected to be commissioned and online in 2022.

    The 265-MW Dunns Bridge Solar I facility is located in Jasper County, Ind. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is constructing the project. Dunns Bridge Solar I will incorporate 900,000 solar panels and generate sufficient power for roughly 79,500 homes. The second phase of the project, Dunns Bridge Solar II, which will also be constructed by NextEra Energy Resources, will have 435 MW of solar paired with 75 MW of battery storage. Dunns Bridge Solar II will include an estimated 1,500,000 solar panels and is expected to be operational in 2023. NextEra Energy Resources will sell both completed projects to NIPSCO.

    Indiana Crossroads Solar is a 200 MW solar farm located in White County, Ind. EDP Renewables North America is developing and constructing the project. The solar park will be a joint venture between NIPSCO and EDPR.

    With these two solar projects, two completed wind farms and 10 more renewable projects planned or under construction, NIPSCO will have a total of 14 completed renewable projects by the end of 2023, as follows:

  • Rosewater Wind Farm -- 102 MW of wind, located in White County, Ind. (Complete

  • Jordan Creek Wind -- 400 MW of wind, located in Benton and Warren counties, Ind. (Complete)

  • Indiana Crossroads I Wind -- 300 MW of wind, located in White County, Ind. (2021)

  • Dunns Bridge Solar I -- 265 MW of solar, located in Jasper County, Ind. (2022)

  • Indiana Crossroads Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in White County, Ind. (2022)

  • Brickyard Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in Boone County, Ind. (2022)

  • Greensboro Solar -- 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of battery storage, located in Henry County, Ind. (2022)

  • Green River Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in Breckinridge and Meade counties, Ky. (2023)

  • Dunns Bridge Solar II -- 435 MW of solar and 75 MW of battery storage, located in Jasper County, Ind. (2023)

  • Cavalry Solar -- 200 MW of solar and 60 MW of battery storage, located in White County, Ind. (2023) Gibson Solar -- 280 MW of solar, located in Gibson County, Ind. (2023)

  • Fairbanks Solar -- 250 MW of solar, located in Sullivan County, Ind. (2023)

  • Indiana Crossroads II Wind -- 204 MW of wind, located in White County, Ind. (2023)

  • Elliot Solar -- 200 MW of solar, located in Gibson County, Ind. (2023) (Source: NIPSCO, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Dunns Bridge Solar,; NIPSCO,; NiSource, Joe Hamrock, Pres., CEO,; NextEra Energy Partners LP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NiSource,  NIPSCO,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  NextEra Energy,  

  • DOE Signals Major Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it has upgraded one million American homes with energy efficiency improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. Since 2001, the program has helped American homeowners and renters save $7.7 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions equivalent to a year's worth of 11 coal-fired power plants.

    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is a national home improvement program administered by the DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the energy efficiency of single-family and low-rise multifamily homes. It connects homeowners with a network of over 1,300 home performance contractors and utility and nonprofit energy efficiency program administrators to make upgrades that save energy and improve the comfort, health, and safety of their homes. Together with its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE has serviced almost eight million U.S. homes with the same home energy improvements that the transformative investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda will accelerate.

    Sponsors and their networks of contractors follow a proven "whole-house" approach set by DOE guidelines to assess and improve home energy use with the most comprehensive and economically feasible upgrades, such as sealing leaks to control outside air from entering the home, adding insulation, or installing a new clean heating and cooling system like an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump. Additional savings can be achieved by installing rooftop solar panels, EV chargers, or connected home products like smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust energy use. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest in the American workforce to ramp up the manufacturing of solar panels, wind farms, batteries and other clean energy technologies for export.

    Additionally, the EPA has launched new residential sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under-served residential households through its ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Program. With rebates for home weatherization and electrification in the President's Build Back Better agenda, these inter-agency efforts will provide consumers, utility programs and energy efficiency service providers with greater access to residential energy efficiency solutions and technologies, which will enable many more households to lower their energy burden, which is especially high for low-moderate income households. (Source: US DOE, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE, Building Technologies Office ,; Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  ,  

    Eos Energy Scores 300MWh Energy Storage Order (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Edison, New Jersey-headquartered zinc-based energy storage systems specialist Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc. is reporting receipt its largest customer order to date from Ashville, North Carolina-based Blue Ridge Power, a leading solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, to purchase 300MWh of energy storage systems over the next two years. Installation is scheduled to begin in summer 2022 at a site owned by developer Pine Gate Renewables. Eos will supply its zinc powered Znyth® technology for multiple projects in 2022 and 2023.

    Blue Ridge Power currently oversees more than 1 GW of operational assets and has 700 MW under construction, with 2,500 MW in the pipeline for construction in 2021-2022.

    As a leading manufacturer of long duration (3-12 hour) energy storage solutions, Eos manages the variability of renewable energy sources by providing reliable power to applications across the energy value chain, including utilities, and industrial and commercial sites. Its Znyth® aqueous zinc battery is designed to provide continuous power upon installation and is projected to have a useful life of 20 years. Developed in Edison, NJ and constructed of non-rare earth materials, Zynth batteries are proven safe across a wide range of operating conditions and are 100 pct recycleable at the end of life. (Source: Eos Energy, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Eos Energy, Joe Mastrangelo, CEO,; Blue Ridge Power, Chris Dunbar, CEO, 833-436-1249,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eos Energy,  Energy STorage,  

    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,, ; Solaero,; Solaer,, +34 917 993 043,

    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,,; Eolia Renovables,

    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,

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    B&V to Engineer Hawaiian Pumped Hydro Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Black & Veatch, AES Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-11-10
    US consultancy and EPC specialist Black & Veatch (B&V) reports it has been selected by AES Clean Energy to provide engineering services for the pumped energy storage and hydropower portion of the West Kauai Energy Project (WKEP) on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. WKEP will incorporate irrigation and renewables, and produce electricity with pumped storage, conventional hydropower, solar PV generation and battery energy storage.

    AES Clean Energy will develop, build and operate the solar pumped hydro plant under agreements with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) with which it has a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project. Black & Veatch will support AES in development of technical design criteria for hydro power and hydraulic structures , procurement specifications, factory inspections and witness acceptance testing, and provide construction and commissioning support and project wrap-up. (Source: Black & Veatch, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: AES Clean Energy ,; Black & Veatch,

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    BayWa r.e. Tapped for 7 MWp PV Installation in Netherlands (Int'l.)
    BayWa r.e., Gresham House
    Date: 2021-11-10
    BayWa r.e. reports it has been tapped by Netherlands-based property developer and manager Goodman for the installation of a 7 MWp, 33,300 sqm rooftop PV installation at the Alblasserdam Logistics Centre in the Netherlands. The project will be executed by BayWa r.e.'s Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven.

    The PV installation will eliminate an expected 3,770 tpy of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of the emissions produced by approximately 1,900 households annually.

    Goodman notes it aims to have 400 MW of solar PV installed globally by 2025, with Continental Europe representing almost a quarter of the total.(Source: BayWa r.e., Goodman Websites, PR, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e., Kerstin Schmidt, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Power Solutions GmbH,; Goodman,

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    Duke Energy Florida Touts Solar Power Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In St. Petersburg, Duke Energy Florida reports its Duette Solar Power Plant in Manatee County is now online and fully operational .delivering on the company's commitment to expand its clean energy portfolio statewide. The 74.5-MW facility consists of approximately 227,000 single-axis tracking solar panels generating sufficient power for approximately 23,000 homes at peak production annually.

    The Duette facility is part of Duke Energy Florida's $1 billion investment to provide customers with 700 MW of clean energy by 2022. With a combined investment of over $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida's solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-tied solar power plants providing about 1,500 MW by 2024. The company notes it is well on its way to completing 10 new solar projects by 2022. Eight of those facilities are now in service, while the remaining two are under construction. Duke also expects to have six battery sites totalling more than 50 MW in operation in Florida by 2022. Duke is aiming to cut carbon emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to that end is investing in major electric grid upgrades, expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Melissa Seixas, Fla. State Pres.,

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    Activate Renewables Announces New Leadership, Acquisitions (M&A)
    Activate Renewables
    Date: 2021-11-08
    Plano, Texas-based Activate Renewables, a leading acquirer of real estate and royalty interests in wind, solar and energy storage, is reporting renewables industry veteran Maria Klutey -- formerly with GE Capital Energy Services, where she focused on providing tax and structured equity to renewable energy projects -- has joined Activate as president.

    To date, Activate and its affiliates have acquired or signed agreements to fund acquisitions totaling more than 3,800 acres directly supporting over 700 MW of existing or planned renewable power generation across eight states.

    Activate was launched in May 2021 in a joint venture with Accelerate Real Asset Management and an initial capital commitment of $500 million from D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI). Accelerate, supported by $800 million in combined capital commitments, is a growth-oriented platform driven to deliver impactful value for stakeholders, our community, and the planet by deploying a next-generation approach to investments that power the new economy across the natural resources, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets, according to the company release. (Source: Activate Renewables, Website PR, Nov. 2021) Contact: Accelerate Real Asset Management, Gayle Goodman, (214) 415-9694,,

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    Irish Climate Plan to Cut GHG Emissions 51 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Climate Change Ireland
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Dublin, the Irish Government is touting its &euro:125 billion Climate Action Plan to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. To that end the plan calls for:
  • An increase in renewable energy, including wind and solar, of up to 80 pct by the end of the decade, while a new offshore renewable energy plant will be constructed to tap into the potential of Ireland's maritime area

  • Development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to take carbon out of the atmosphere and remove further emissions from the existing system.

  • The plan allows homeowners to generate residential solar and wind energy and sell excess energy back to the national grid;

  • The plan calls for energy efficiency retrofits of 500,000 homes by 2030, with a target of up to 56 pct reductions in housing emissions in the next decade to be supported by low-cost loans and tax incentives. The plan also will phase out fossil fuels in new buildings and is promote the use of low-carbon technology in all new and existing commercial buildings;

  • In the transport sector, which accounts for roughly 20 pct of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions, rail services, cycling infrastructures, and walking infrastructures will be expanded to enable 500,000 daily sustainable journeys by 2030. The plan also calls for the expansion of Ireland's electric bus and rail fleets, with 1,500 electric buses to be introduced by the end of the decade. Biofuels will be increased in Irish transport and the number of electric vehicles in Ireland will be increased to one million by 2030 for a 42-50 pct emissions reduction by 2030;

  • In the agriculture sector, which is the largest source of Ireland's emissions, government plans to significantly reduce chemical nitrogen fertilizer to 325,000 tpy annum increase organically-farmed land five-fold to 350,000 hectares. The plan also aims to improve animal feeding and breeding in a bid to reduce agriculture-based emissions by up to 30 pct over the next decade;

  • The plan additionally aims to reduce emissions in the enterprise sector by up to 41 pc tby 2030 and the Government will launch an online Climate Toolkit 4 Businesses which will allow companies to calculate their carbon emissions. The government’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will seek to attract businesses to invest in decarbonization technologies.

  • Ireland will also reduce land and forestry emissions by between 37 pct and 58 pct under the plan, while a new forestry program is set to launch in 2023 to increase afforestation. (Source: Irish Central, 7 Nov., 2021)

  • RWE 88-MW Spanish Solar Projects Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-08
    Essen, Germany-headquartered RWE AG is reporting work is underway on its 44MW Casa Valdes and 44MW Puerta del Sol solar farm projects in Guadalajara Province, near Madrid, Spain.

    Both projects will incorporate bifacial high-performance modules and are expected to be commissioned and online in mid-2022.

    RWE is actively developing other solar projects in several countries in Europe as well as in North America with a total capacity of more than 7.6 GW. (Source: RWE, PR, Website 5 Nov., 2021)Contact: RWE AG, Roger Miesen, Generation CEO, +49(0)201-5179-0, F+49(0)201-5179-5005,

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    NREL Says Energy Efficiency Needed for 100 pct Renewable Energy Grid (Report Attached)
    Date: 2021-11-05
    According to Optimal Strategies for a Cost-Effective and Reliable 100 pct Renewable Electrical Grid, a research study conducted by the US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), "incorporating energy efficiency measures can reduce the amount of energy storage needed to power the nation's buildings entirely with renewable energy." As more communities aim for 100 pct renewable energy, the study offers a strategy that could guide their paths -- one that shifts away from long-duration storage.

    The NREL researchers considered solar and wind as the source of renewable energy, given that most plans for meeting the 100 pct renewables target take those into account. They also used the DOE EnergyPlus and OpenStudio building energy modeling tools to simulate energy demand, considering such factors as building size, age, and occupancy type. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration informed the scientists about the existing building stock characteristics and energy load used by the buildings. Further, the researchers separated the country into five climate zones, ranging from the hot and humid (Tampa, Florida) to the very cold (International Falls, Minnesota)along with New York City, El Paso, and Denver. Knowing the extremes of heating and cooling demands in each zone enabled the researchers to select the appropriate mix of renewable power sources to minimize any needed storage.

    The researchers define long-duration storage as "energy storage systems that meet electricity demands for more than 48-hour durations." Therefore, long-duration energy storage provides power days or months after the electricity is generated. However, most long-duration storage technologies are either immature or not available everywhere. The NREL researchers calculated reaching the last 75 pct to 100 pct of renewable energy would result in significant increases in costs associated with long-duration energy storage. Instead of focusing on storage, the researchers emphasized the optimal mix of renewable resources, oversized generation capacities and investments in energy efficiency. The researchers note that multiple pathways exist to reach 100 pct renewable and, as the costs and performance of technologies change, new pathways will emerge, but they identified a key pathway that is achievable today.

    The researchers also determined that over-sizing renewable capacities by a factor of 1.4 to 3.2 and aiming for 52 pct to 68 pct in energy savings through building energy efficiency measures lead to cost-optimal paths depending on region of the country. The report notes that making homes and offices more energy efficient reduces the amounts of renewable resources needed, decreases the amount of storage, and cuts transmission costs, ultimately supporting the implementation of a carbon-free energy system.

    The NREL study was funded by the DOE Building Technologies Office (BETO). NREL is the U.S. DOE's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

    Download the NREL report HERE . (Source: US DOE, NREL, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: NREL, Report Authors Sammy Houssainy, William Livingood, 303-384-7490,,

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    Vattenfall Aims for Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Stockholm-headquartered wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting plans to further increase its emissions reduction targets for 2030 and beyond, aiming to reach net-zero by 2040. The new targets are set to help keep the global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius and have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), providing external validation in line with the latest climate science research. To that end, Vattenfall has committed to:
  • phase out coal from all operations by switching the last two coal-fired heat assets, Moabit and Reuter West in Berlin, to a combination of biomass, heat pumps, power-to-heat, and natural gas;

  • add four times the capacity of wind and solar to the grid compared to what Vattenfall has now in operations;

  • help partners and society to electrify industrial processes, including in steel, cement, heavy transport, chemicals, and more, enabling emissions reductions beyond Vattenfall's own value chain, and;

  • have 25 times as many electric charging points in operation, compared to 2020.

    Vattenfall has also committed to being net-zero along its full value chain in 2040, meaning that in 2040, the company's steeper decarbonisation trajectory will have continued and all CO2 emissions from the whole value chain, including emissions from suppliers and customers, will either have been eliminated or offset via negative emissions. Vattenfall's new emission reduction targets:

  • reduce emissions intensity in the company's operations (Scope 1+2) by more than 77 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved);

  • reduce absolute emissions from use of sold products (Scope 3) by 33 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved), and:

  • reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

    (Source: Group Vattenfall, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall,

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  • Leeward's Rabbitbrush Solar+Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Leeward Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), are reporting construction on the Rabbitbrush Solar+Storage -- 20 MW, 50 MWh energy storage -- project located in Kern County, California, is underway. Leeward previously signed two 15-year PPAs with CCCE and SVCE.

    When fully operational, Rabbitbrush will generate sufficient solar energy to serve the needs of nearly 40,000 homes per year while displacing approximately 48,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually -- the equivalent of taking 10,500 cars with internal combustion engines off the road. (Source: Leeward Energy, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Leeward Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, 214.515.1100,

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    Photon to Develop 300-MW Aussie Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Photon Energy, RayGen
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Amsterdam-headquartered solar energy developer Photon Energy N.V reports it plans to develop a 300 MW solar project with a grid connection capacity of 150 MW and 3.6 GWh storage capacity -- equivalent to 24 hours of full load – in South Australia. The Company is currently developing multiple sites in Australia suitable for RayGen's solar technology in combination with its energy storage solution.

    Photon Energy notes the permitting and grid-connection processes are underway and construction is expected to get underway by the end of 2023. (Source: Photon Energy Group, Website PR, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: RayGen, +61 3 8669 0380,,; Photon Energy, Michael Gartner, CTO , Managing Director of Photon Energy Australia, +31 20 240 2570,,

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    5.7-MW Maine Community Solar Project Completed (Ind. Report)
    Standard Solar, ECA Solar
    Date: 2021-11-03
    In the Pine Tree State, Standard Solar is reporting than 20 Maine businesses and organizations are reducing their energy costs and contributing to the clean energy economy through a new community solar project in Bethel, Maine. The 5.7-MW solar array is owned and operated by Standard Solar and developed in partnership with ECA Solar.

    The project is part of the state's Net Energy Billing that lets Maine utility customers offset their electric bill using the output produced by renewable energy projects, like community solar farms. Legislation passed in the state in 2019 encouraged the development of community solar and other small renewable energy facilities establishing statewide goals of 80 pct renewable energy by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. (Source: Standard Solar, PR, Website, 29 Oct. 2021) Contact: Standard Solar, 888-474-3843,; ECA Solar,,

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    Wartsila Providing Energy Storage to Bahamas P&L (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-03
    The technology group Wartsila reports it will supply a 25 MW / 27 MWh advanced energy storage system for Bahamas Power and Light Company (BP&L). In combination with a 132 MW power plant operating on seven Wartsila 50DF dual-fuel engines supplied to BP&L in 2019.

    The integrated Wartsila solution will provide the Bahamas with an optimized energy system that meets the island nation's spinning reserve requirements while significantly improving generation efficiency and system reliability. The combination of flexible power generation and energy storage utilising Wartsila's GEMS Digital Energy Platform will support Bahamas' plans to increase its share of renewable sources, notably solar, by 30 pct by 2030.

    The order includes the EPC supply and installation of 27 units of Wartsila GridSolv Quantum energy modular storage system which is anticipated to be fully operational by mid-2022. (Source: Wartsila Corporation, Website PR, 1 Nov., 2021) Contact: Bahamas Power and Light Company, Whitney Heastie, 242-302-1000,; Wartsila, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827,,

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    SolRiver Acquires 53 MW CIP Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
    SolRiver Capital,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Denver-headquartered solar investment fund SolRiver Capital is reporting the $90 million acquisition of a portfolio of eight utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 53-MW in North Carolina from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

    Once completed, the projects will produce over 91 million kWh of clean electricity annually -- sufficient power for 7,700 homes per year and the equivalent carbon sequestered by planting 1 million trees. Each project is expected to initially operate under a power purchase agreement with the local utility.

    Focusing on solar and storage, SolRiver owns and operates projects across the U.S. from Oregon to New York and has developed and managed over $400 million of solar totaling 180 MW of capacity from 300 projects. (Source: SolRiver Capital, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SolRiver Capital,,; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,

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    Green Genius Claims €20 Mn Funding (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Green Genius
    Date: 2021-11-03
    In Vilnius, Lithuanian solar and biogas energy developer Green Genius is reporting receipt of €20 million ($23.2 million) in financing with Eiffel Investment Group funds. The company plans to use the funding to finalize the development of solar PV projects in Italy and Spain.

    Green Genius is a part of the international group of companies Modus Group that currently operates in 12 European countries. (Source: Green Genius, PR, Mercom, Nov., 2021) Contact: Green Genius, +370 655 45222,,

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    Ameresco Completes BoA Chandler AZ Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Bank of America
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Ameresco is reporting completion of a solar PV installations at the Bank of America at the Chandler, Arizona, Campus. The project, which will offset approximately 60 pct of the campus' total annual electricity demand, includes solar arrays on building rooftops and covered carports, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, a solar-powered ATM and solar powered benches throughout the campus that employees and visitors can use to charge personal devices .

    The project, which got underway in November 2020 and was completed in August 2021, will result in a reduction of almost 5,000 metric tpy of CO2 (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264,,

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    First Saskatchewan Utility-Scale Solar Project Online (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower, Saturn Power
    Date: 2021-11-01
    On the Canadian Prairies, SaskPower is reporting the 10-mw Highfield Solar Facility in Swift Current, Saskatchewan is now online an generating sufficient power for roughly 2,500 homes. The facility is the first of four 10-MW solar power facilities set to be added to the province's grid in the next two years and is inline with SaskPower's targeted 50 pct renewable energy capacity by 2030 and net-zero emissions from power production by 2050.

    Baden, Ontario-based renewable energy and energy storage developer Saturn Power will own and manage the Highfield Solar site while selling the project's power production to SaskPower. (Source: SaskPower, PR, Global News, Oct., 2021) Contact: Saturn Power, Doug Wagner, CEO, 519.804.9163,; SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121,

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    Hecate's Greene County NY Solar Farm Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Hecate Energy
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Chicago-based energy storage and solar power developer, owner, operator Hecate Energy reports the application for its planned 50-MW Greene County New York Solar Facility in the Town of Cocsackie, near Albany, has received the state's Electric Generation Siting and the Environment Board approval following a nearly four-year permitting process.

    The roughly $50 million Greene Solar Facility will generate 93,000 MWh of power -- sufficient for over 13,000 average sized homes -- and offset over 50,500 tpy of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 9,700 cars off the road.

    Hecate Energy has a 40+ GW development pipeline of projects, including several projects in New York and the Northeastern United States. (Source: Hecate Energy, PR, Website, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: Greene County Solar Facility,; Hecate Energy,

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    TotalEren, Kazakhstan Ink Wind+Storage Project MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Paris-headquartered independent renewable energy power producer Total Eren is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Wealth Fund and KazMunaiGas to work on the development, financing, construction and operation of hybrid power plants deploying 1 GW wind energy combined with 500 MW-1 GWh of energy storage system in central Kazakhstan.

    The project will incorporate roughly 200 wind turbines totaling 1 GW of installed capacity, coupled with a 500 MW-1 GWh battery storage system supplied by li-ion energy storage specialist Saft. The project will generate about 3,800 GWh annually for 30 years – sufficient power for more than 1 million people -- while reducing CO2 emissions by about 3.2 million tpy,

    Kazakhstan is aiming to increase the use of renewable in it energy mix by 15 pct by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

    Total Eren develops, finances, builds and operates renewable energy power plants (solar, wind, hydro) representing a gross capacity of more than 3,500 MW in operation or under construction worldwide. (Source: TotalEren, Website RP, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: TotalEren, Solange Petit de Bantel, + 33 6 18 23 76 99,,

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    Xcel Energy, Lightsourcebp Tout Pueblo Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy, Lightsource bp
    Date: 2021-10-29
    Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy and London-based global solar energy specialist Lightsourcebp are reporting development of the new 298-MW Sun Mountain Solar farm in Pueblo, Colorado. Lightsourcebp will finance, construct, own and operate the facility and deliver the solar energy it generates to Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement. Construction of the project is expected to begin before the year end.

    The Sun Mountain Solar farm will abate 404,080 tpy of CO2 -- equivalent of taking over 87,000 cars off the road each year -- an is inlione with Xcel Energy's broader Colorado Energy Plan to deliver 55 pct renewable energy to the grid and reduce carbon emissions 60 pct by 2026. It also supports the state's clean energy goal to reduce emissions statewide 26 pct by 2025, 50 pct by 2030, and 90 pct by 2050. (Source: Lightsourcebp, Website PR, 27 Oct., 2021) Contact: Lightsource bp, Americas, Kevin Smith, CEO,; Xcel Energy-Colorado, Alice Jackson, Pres., (612) 215-5300,

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    GSA Seeks Building GHG Reduction Technologies (Ind. Report)
    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,,

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  • POET Completes First On-Site Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-10-27
    South Dakota-based ethanol pioneer and producer POET, the world's largest biofuel producer, reports completion of its first POET Solar Farm.

    The facility, which generates power equal to the annual electricity use of 90 homes and offsetting 630,000 ppy, will help power the company's corporate headquarters in Sioux Falls. (Source: POET, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: POET, Rod Pierson, General Manager , VP Design and Construction, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200,, www.

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    Hecate Touts EES Facility in Santa Ana, California (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-10-27
    Utility-scale energy storage specialist Hecate Energy LLC is reporting the completion and grid connection of its 20-MW 80-MWh Johanna Energy Storage System (ESS) in Santa Ana, California. The installation enables utilities and community choice aggregators such as Southern California Edison and Clean Power Alliance to save excess power from solar renewable energy generation for up to four hours.

    The Johanna ESS utilizes lithium iron phosphate battery chemistry (LFP), which is recognized for having a significantly lower risk of overheating and fire relative to other battery chemistries.

    The Johanna ESS project was conceptualized as a Southern California Edison preferred resource pilot program project. Both Southern California Edison and Clean Power Alliance have contracted to utilize the energy from the Johanna ESS batteries.

    Launched in Sept. 2018, Hecate Grid is a jointly owned platform of leading renewable energy developer Hecate Energy and international investment manager InfraRed Capital Partners Limited. Hecate Grid has over 2.5 GW of energy storage projects in development. (Source: Hecate, PR, Website, Oct., 2021) Contact: Hecate Grid,,

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    Renewables Global Employment on the Rise (Int'l.)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-10-25
    According to the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) recently released Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021, global renewable energy employment topped 12 million in 2020, up from 11.5 million in 2019.

    The report notes that while solar and wind energy jobs continued leading the global renewable energies sector -- accounting for a total of 4 million and 1.25 million jobs respectively -- liquid biofuels employment decreased as demand for transport fuels fell.

    China held a 39 pct share of renewable energy jobs worldwide in 2020, followed by Brazil, India, the U.S. and members of the European Union. Many other countries are also creating jobs in renewables. Among them are Vietnam and Malaysia, key solar PV exporters; Indonesia and Colombia, with large agricultural supply chains for biofuels; and Mexico and the Russian Federation, where wind power is growing. In Sub-Saharan Africa, solar jobs are expanding in diverse countries like Nigeria, Togo and South Africa, according to the IRENA report. (Source: IRENA, Oct., 2021) Contact: IRENA,

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    Anesco, Foresight Partner on Solar Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    Anesco,JLEN,Foresight Solar Fund
    Date: 2021-10-25
    In the UK, Reading-headquartered renewable energy and battery energy storage company Anesco reports it will construct and maintain 100MW of battery energy storage for Guernsey-registered JLEN Environmental Assets Group -- fka John Laing Environmental Fund -- and Jersey-base Foresight Solar Fund Limited (FSFL).

    The deal includes two 50MW sites, one in Melksham, Wiltshire, adjacent to FSFL's existing Sandridge solar park and a second at the West Gourdie, Dundee which, at just under 50MW, will be one of the largest battery storage facilities in Scotland. Both sites will be fully operational by autumn 2022.

    To date, Anesco has constructed more than 100 solar farms and 30 energy storage facilities, as well as providing O&M to more than 24,000 sites. (Source: Anesco, PR, Website, Oct., 2021) Contact: Anesco, Sarah Webb, Business Dev., +44 845 894 4444, www.; Foresight Solar Fund Limited,; JLEN,

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