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MEAG Taking Stake in California Solar+Storage Projects (M&A)
MEAG
Date: 2021-09-17
Munich, Germany-based asset management company MEAG, acting on behalf of Munich Re, is reporting a strategic partnership with EDF Renewables North America to acquire a 50 pct stake in the Maverick VI 131MWdc solar project with 50MW/200MWh battery energy storage system, and the 179MWdc Maverick VII solar project, both of which are under construction in Riverside County, California.

When fully operational before the year end, the two facilities will generate sufficient power for 116,500 average California homes and offset more than 527,000m tpy of carbon emissions . The deal is expected to close in Q1, 2022, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

MEAG currently manages wind and solar assets with more than 1GW of total capacity in the US and Europe. (Source: MEAG, PowerTech, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: MEAG, www.meag.com; EDF Renewables North America, Sandi Briner, 858-521-3525, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  MEAG,  EDF Renewables North America,  

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£265Mn Subsidies for UK Renewable Energy Developers (Int'l.)
RenewableUK
Date: 2021-09-17
In the UK, Renewable energy developers will compete for a share in a £265 million ($365.2 million) in government subsidies for renewable energy projects later this year.

Offshore wind developers will compete for contracts worth up to £200 million, £10 million will be offered for onshore wind and solar projects and £55 million will be available to emerging renewable technologies such as tidal power, of which £24 million will be earmarked for floating offshore wind farms.

The scheme could stimulate more the £20 billion in a boost to jobs and the UK supply chain, while reducing energy bills and helping the UK to meet its climate targets, according to RenewableUK.

As previously reported, the UK government slashed renewable energy subsidies in 2015. (Source: RenewableUK, Guardian, Sept., 2021) Contact: RenewableUK, Dan McGrail, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 -- fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Renewable Energy,  RenewableUK,  


Community Renewables Launched in Rochester (Ind. Report)
City of Rochester
Date: 2021-09-17
In the Empire State, the City of Rochester reports activation of its Rochester Community Power clean energy program to provide as many as 57,000 city residents and small businesses with locally sourced 100 pct wind and hydro renewable energy.

The program is the default electricity supply choice so eligible residents and businesses are automatically enrolled. The program will supply more than 300 million kWh per year of renewable energy and roughly 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next two years. Joule Assets, as the program administrator (Source: City of Rochester, Rochester Community Power, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rochester Community Power, info@rochestercommunitypower.com, www.rochester-cp.com; Joule Assets, www.jouleassets.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Assets,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  Community Solar,  


New Energy Equity Closes on $50Mn for Community Solar (Funding)
New Energy Equity
Date: 2021-09-15
Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered solar energy developer New Energy Equity reports closing on a $50 million facility, with $41 million led by Silicon Valley Bank and joined by SVB Capital, two innovative financial partners in the renewable energy and technology sector. The facility will be used for the construction of community solar projects in New York State and other markets, expected to total more than 60MW of installed capacity.

New Energy Equity develops and finances solar power generation assets for commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers under long-term contracts totaling more than 250MW since 2013.

The company was ranked as the 7th Top Solar Developer and the 8th Top Solar Contractor on Solar Power World's "2021 Top Solar Contractors" list and was voted one of the fastest-growing energy companies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia by Inc. Magazine in 2020, according to the company release. (Source: New Energy Equity, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: New Energy Equity, Matthew Hankey, Pres., CEO, 443-267-5012, www.newenergyequity.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Energy Equity,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


CSI Solar, Crimson Ink Solar+Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar Inc
Date: 2021-09-15
Guelph, Ontairi-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary, CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has closed a 350 MW / 1400 MWh EPS contract to provide the fully-integrated battery storage system and maintenance service to Recurrent Energy's stand-alone battery storage project in Riverside County, California.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees,

The Crimson storage project is 80 pct owned by Axium Infrastructure -- an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long- term investment returns through investing in core infrastructure assets in North America -- and 20 pct owned by Recurrent Energy -- Canadian Solar's wholly-owned subsidiary. Crimson holds two 15-year stand-alone storage contracts with local utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees, ensuring system output, safety and reliability. The long term service agreement includes the operation and maintenance of the battery systems as well as their future augmentation services. The project will be augmented with planned additional installed battery capacity of approximately 300 MWh to be installed on regular frequencies over the 15-year term of the long term service contract. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, VP, 514-954-3781 asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.infrastructure.com

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SK E&S Seeking U.S. Hydrogen, Renewables Investments (Int'l.)
SK E&S, Plug Power
Date: 2021-09-13
Further to our March 1st coverage, In Seoul, South Korean municipal gas supplier SK E&S Co, reports it is prepared for an additional investment in the US renewable energy sector through its U.S. SK E&S Americas Inc. unit. The company presently has roughly $650 million invested in the U.S, biogas, solar PV, Energy storage systems (ESS) sectors, plus a $1.6 billion controlling stake in hydrogen fuel cell maker Plug Power Inc.

Additionally SK Holdings, the holding company of SK Group, has established a Hydrogen Business Development Center comprised of members from SK's energy companies, including SK Innovation and SK E&S. The new Business Development Center will guide the companies' transition into the production and distribution of hydrogen energy, including the creation of a mass production facility and investments in global business opportunities. SK Group companies already are making strategic investments in their existing energy businesses and forming partnerships with global leaders in hydrogen energy technology. (Source: SK Holdings, SK Group, SK E&S, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, 518-782-7700, www.plugpower.com; SK Group, www.skgroupinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  SK E&S,  Plug Power,  Renewanle Energy,  


Tesla Chops Residential Solar Subscription Service (Ind. Report)
Tesla
Date: 2021-09-13
EV automaker and battery energy storage maker Tesla reports the discontinuance of its two year old solar subscription service offering in the US. The service was promoted as "the cheapest possible way for home owners to go solar.".

The solar subscription service enabled homeowners to install solar panel system at no cost and no contract paying a monthly fee to access the solar power generated by the system. (Source: Tesla, The Sentinal, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/solar

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Notre Dames Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Notre Dame University
Date: 2021-09-13
Near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame University President Fr. John Jenkins , speaking at the university's annual Notre Dame Forum, "Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future" announced the University aims to achieve a 65 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared to a baseline year of 2005, on its way to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Due to past energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives -- the elimination of all coal usage, large-scale solar installations, geothermal, green roofs and others -- the university (12,600 enrollment) has exceeded its previously reported 2010 goal of achieving a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions per gross square foot by 2030 and cut energy consumption by 11 pct since 2008, despite an increased demand for space. (Source: Notre Dame University, Observer, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Notre Dame University, Paul Kempf, Utilities and Maintenance, 574-631-5000, www.nd.edu

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


Steel Giant ArcelorMittal Plans 4.5 GW Indian Solar Farm (Int'l.)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2021-09-13
Luxembourg-based global steel maker ArcelorMittal is reporting plans to invest in hydrogen gas production, wind energy and a 4.5 GW solar wind park in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The solar facility would be set up by ArcelorMittal's HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. unit. (Source: ArcelorMittal, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  Green Hydrogen,  Solar,  


Electriq Power Subscriber Profile Feature (Ind. Report)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-09-13
The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid

Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America. Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE;
  • Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today's dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, Sept, 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


  • Greenbacker Acquires 41-MW Michigan Solar Asset (M&A Report)
    Greenbacker,Prism Power Partners
    Date: 2021-09-10
    NYC-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC reports a wholly owned subsidiary has purchased Heathlands, a 41-MW utility-scale solar pre-construction solar project in Manistee County, Michigan, from Prism Power Partners LLC. The Heathlands solar facility was designed with the option to add co-located battery energy storage systems onsite.

    The Heathlands project has a long-term PPA with an investment-grade offtaker and is slated to enters commercial operations in Q4, 2022.

    With the acquisition -- Greenbacker's third from Prism -- Greenbacker will own approximately 2.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 1.82 GW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 330.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities Prism Power Partners is an experienced renewable energy project developer focused on leveraging strong relationships with host communities and electric load-serving entities throughout the Midwest, including Michigan. Prism's team has developed over 250 solar projects and over 100 MW of energy storage across North America. (Source: Greenbacker, PR., Sept., 2021) Contact: Greebacker Capital, www.greenbackercapital.com; Prism Power Partners, Randall Wood Managing Director, (312) 330-5014, randy@prismpowerpartners.com, www.prismpowerpartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Prism PowerBattery Energy STorage,  Solar+Storage,  Partners,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Greenbacker,  


    SolarEdge Touts 6.2 MW Rhode Island Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    SolarEdge
    Date: 2021-09-10
    SolarEdge Technologies reports it has provided a DC-optimized PV system for a 12-acre, 6.2 MW solar farm in Foster, Rhode Island. The site incorporates a mix of 15,800 bi-facial and mono-facial solar modules equipped with SolarEdge Power Optimizers to maximize energy production and reduce operating and maintenance (O&M) costs over the system lifetime.

    Administered on behalf of New York-based Sunlight General Capital by renewable energy provider Arcadia, the community solar portion of the project is expected to produce around 4,384,800 kWh of solar energy in its first year has attracted over 700 subscribers. (Source: Solar Edge, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: SunLight General Capital, James Pochez, Dir. of Project Development, 212-286-1801, www.dunlightgeneral.com; SolarEdge Technologies, Guy Sella, CEO, (510) 498-3200, info@solaredge.com, www.solaredge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge,  Solar,  


    Energy Storage Association -- Now is the Time for Energy Storage ITC (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Energy Storage Association
    Date: 2021-09-10
    "More than 700,000 utility customers remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, damaging homes and critical facilities while knocking out more than 2000 miles of transmission needed to deliver electricity to the region.

    "This came a week after Tropical Storm Henri dumped nearly two inches of rain on New York City in a single hour and flooded communities along the coast of New England, causing power outages to more than 120,000 homes. The remnants of Hurricane Ida topped that record, dropping over 3 inches of rain on New York City and shutting down key infrastructure. Both incidents come amidst a year already marred by days-long, statewide outages in Texas, during an unprecedented period of freezing temperatures, and recurring power shut-offs across California in an attempt to forestall the worst wildfires in recent history.

    "Yesterday's infrastructure cannot deal with tomorrow's weather. We need to eliminate carbon-emitting power sources to blunt the long-term climate drivers of extreme weather. And we also need to make our homes, businesses, and electric grids more resilient to those extremes.

    "Most power grids are ill-equipped to confront mounting climate challenges. For example, Hurricane Ida took out all eight transmission lines that carry electricity into New Orleans; Entergy, the principal utility in the area, anticipates weeks before power is restored for most customers. If onsite energy storage, solar, and microgrids had been installed at critical facilities throughout southern Louisiana, they could have enabled continuity of key services during the storm and would have been operating immediately afterward for community benefit, unconstrained by fuel shortages. Importantly, energy storage assets can continue helping well after a disaster has passed.

    "American companies have led the world in large-scale battery installation for homes and businesses, directly on the power grid, and integrated into wind and solar energy facilities. Other storage technologies, like thermal storage in buildings, flow batteries in substations, liquid air storage paired with generators, and renewable power-to-gas hydrogen offer opportunities for even longer durations that can further diversify our sources of power system reliability without adding to carbon pollution.

    "The U.S. energy storage industry has grown up fast, with recent reports showing nine consecutive quarters of increasing deployment in the power system. Companies in the U.S. are on track to install 12,000 MWh of new storage capacity in 2021, enough to power 1.5 million homes through daily peaks and three times the amount added in 2020. Nevertheless, this pace of storage deployment is still much slower than what is needed to equip vulnerable communities for resilience to increasingly extreme weather and meet President Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power system by 2035.

    "Congress has an immediate opportunity, through an energy storage Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to speed storage installations that enable greater deployments of wind, solar, and hydro power while mitigating catastrophic power outages. ITCs have long been an effective policy for driving down technology costs associated with solar power and other clean energy technologies. ITC legislation is a common-sense way to accelerate cost declines in storage technologies that can bolster some of the country's most vulnerable communities.

    "Congress must ensure the nation's power infrastructure is capable of meeting 21st century needs and avoids catastrophic outages like we're seeing now in Louisiana. An ITC that makes energy storage more accessible creates a cleaner and more reliable grid and gives Americans greater control over their fate." (Source: Energy Storage Association, PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Storage Assoc., www.energystorage.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage Association news,  Energy STorage news,  


    Energy Transfer to Buy Solar Energy from N. Texas (Ind. Report)
    Energy Transfer, SB Energy
    Date: 2021-09-08
    Dallas-based Energy Transfer reports the signing of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Francisco-based SB Energy for 120 MW of electricity from its Eiffel Solar project in northeast Texas -- Energy Transfer's second renewable energy PPA.

    SB Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., is scheduled to begin construction of the 200-MW Eiffel Solar project located in Lamar County, Texas, in the first half of 2022 for completion in January 2024.

    Energy Transfer LP has installed approximately 18,000 solar panels across the country that provide power to its metering stations. Energy Transfer owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the U.S., according to the company release. (Source: Energy Transfer LP, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Transfer, Tom Mason, Exec. VP. Bill Baerg, Investor Relations, 214.981.0795, investorrelations@energytransfer.com, www.energytransfer.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Transfer ,  Solar,  SB Energy,  


    Otter Tail Seeks Additional Solar Capacity, Emission Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Otter Tail power
    Date: 2021-09-08
    Fergus Falls, Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Company reports it has submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to regulatory commissions in each of the three states it serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Among its requested approvals, Otter Tail Power seeks to add 150 MW of solar power generation at an as yet to be determined location.

    By 2023 Otter Tail Power customers will receive approximately 35 pct of their energy from renewable resources. The company aims to reduce carbon emissions from generation resources by approximately 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2025 and 97 pct by 2050, according to the release. (Source: Otter Tail Power Company, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Otter Tail Power, Stephanie Hoff, 218-739-8535, shoff@otpco.com, www.otpco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter tail Power news,  Solar news,  


    Rancho Mirage Adds Energy Storage to Solar Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Rancho Mirage
    Date: 2021-09-08
    In the Golden State, the city of Rancho Mirage City Council reports it is adding battery energy storage to its residential solar rebate program.

    The program, which reimburses residents $500 for new solar installations or expansions, was created in 2017 when the city formed the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority to promote clean energy and reduce energy costs for residents.

    The rebates are paid by the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority which has earmarked has s $150,000 for rebates this fiscal year. More than 900 solar rebates totaling more than $450,000 have been paid since 2018. (Source: City of Ranco Mirage, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rancho Mirage Energy Authority, 760-578-6092, www.ranchomirageenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  


    Canadian Solar Inks U.S. Solar+Storage O&M Agreements (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2021-09-08
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has entered into long-term operations & maintenance (O&M) agreements with the Slate and Mustang solar PV plus battery storage projects in Kings County, California. The projects were both developed by Canadian Solar's subsidiary Recurrent Energy and are currently owned by Goldman Sachs Asset Management Renewable Power.

    The agreements cover the full Slate Project, which is a 300 MW AC solar plant designed with a 140 MW / 561 MWh battery energy storage system. It also covers the storage component of the Mustang Project, which is a 100 MW AC solar plant retrofitted with a 75 MW / 300 MWh battery storage system. Canadian Solar O&M work will include plant monitoring, NERC registration, performance management, and preventative and corrective maintenance. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com Canadian Solar Inc.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Recurrent Energy,  Canadian Solar,  Solar+Storage ,  


    NREL Touts Silica Sand for Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-09-08
    The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is in the late stages of prototype testing a new thermal energy storage technology that uses inexpensive silica sand as a storage medium. Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage by Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) is a reliable, cost-effective, scalable and can be constructed using existing infrastructure such as retired coal- and gas-fired power plants.

    ENDURING uses electricity from surplus solar or wind to heat silica sand as a thermal storage material. Particles are fed through an array of electric resistive heating elements to heat them to 1,200 degree C. The heated particles are then gravity-fed into insulated concrete silos for thermal energy storage. The baseline system is designed for economical storage of up to a 26,000 MWh of thermal energy. When energy is needed, the hot particles are gravity-fed through a heat exchanger, heating and pressurizing a working gas inside to drive turbines and spin generators that create electricity for the grid. Once discharged, the spent, cold particles are once again fed into insulated silos for storage for charging.

    As a storage medium, abundant silica sand is stable and inexpensive at $30-$50/ton, and has a limited ecological impact both in extraction and end of life. Particle thermal energy storage is a less energy dense form of storage, but is very inexpensive ($2-$4 per kWh of thermal energy at a 900 degrees C charge-to-discharge temperature difference). The energy storage system is safe because inert silica sand is used as storage media, making it an ideal candidate for massive, long-duration energy storage. (Source: NREL, , Sept., 2021) Contact: NREL ENDURING Project, Zhiwen Ma, Principal Investigator, 303-275-3784 Zhiwen.Ma@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov/research/staff/zhiwen-ma.html, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    Arevon Taps Nextracker for Solar Portfolio Smart (Ind. Report)
    Arevon, Nextracker
    Date: 2021-09-03
    Fremont, California-based solar tracker specialist Nextracker™ reports it has been selected by Arizona-based Arevon Energy, Inc. to supply its upcoming 1.5 GW portfolio of solar projects in Indiana and Nevada. Nextracker will supply NX Horizon™ smart solar trackers with TrueCapture™ and NX Navigator™ software and control systems for advanced monitoring, control, and asset management.

    Indiana will host five of these solar power plants: Elliott -- 200 MW; Gibson – 280 MW; Ratts 1 and Ratts 2 (both 150 MW), and Posey - 300 MW. The 250 MW Citadel project will be located outside of Reno, Nevada, and the 232 MW Townsite plant in Boulder City, Nevada. (Source: Nextracker, Website PR, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Arevon Energy, Justin Johnson, Executive VP, COO, 480-653-8450, www. arevonenergy.com; Nextracker, (510) 270-2500, [www.nextracker.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevon,  Nextracker,  Solar,  


    Reliance Ind. Considers REC Solar Acquisition (M&A)
    Reliance Ind., REC Solar
    Date: 2021-09-03
    Mumbai-based Indian industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries is reportedly planning to acquire Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary REC Solar for roughly $1 billion to $1.2 billion. Reliance is reportedly in talks with several unspecified lenders to support the transaction.

    As previously reported, Reliance Industries, which focuses on the energy, petrochemical, natural gas, and other industries, plans to invest $8.1 billion over the next three years to build giga-factories for solar, green hydrogen, energy storage, electrolyzers, and fuel cells, including an integrated PV module factory in France.

    REC Solar's annual production capacity stands at roughly 1.8 GW. (Source: Reliance Energy, PR, 2 Sept., 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries, www.ril.com; REC Solar, Singapre-based www.ril.com; REC Solar, Matt Walz, CEO, 805.471.0085, www.recsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance Industries,  REC Solar,  


    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


    Energy Storage Notable Quote

    Date: 2021-09-01
    "Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021


    Renewable Energy, Energy Storage Notable Quote
    Energy STorage, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-09-01
    "Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021, www.collins.senate.gov/contact

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


    Aussie GBC Promotes Home Green Star Energy Standard (Int'l. )
    Australian Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-09-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Green Building Council (GBCA) is touting a new Green Star Home Standard certification system that it says could cut residential energy bills by up to 75 pct.

    The certification system, the world's first mass-market residential climate-positive certification, will see new homes throughout Australia constructed to withstand the effects of climate change with: solar power systems; water and energy efficiency features mitigating a number of potential emission or toxicity issues; smarter HVAC; energy efficient appliances: LED lighting; increased insulation and ventilation, all of which help drive down energy costs. The GBCA is presently collaborating with the Federal Government to usher the system into the current National Construction Code which presently only accounts for insulation levels.

    Download Green Star Home Standard certification system details HERE . (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, PR, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Davina Rooney, CEO, www.gbca.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Green Building Council news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Mumbai Int'l. Airport Lands Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l.)
    Mumbai International Airport
    Date: 2021-09-01
    In India, Mumbai International Airport reports receipt of the Confederation of India Energy Efficient Unit Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2021. The award lauds the airport for its sustainable and green initiatives, most importantly in assessing the reduction in specific energy consumption, innovation in identifying and implementing energy-saving projects, green supply chain, waste management, GHG Emission and climate change initiatives.

    The Airport's initiatives include: a carbon management system, carbon neutrality, renewable energy installations, wastewater recycling and an effective waste management system enhancement in renewable energy capacity, and others that have delivered a 35 pct reduction in energy consumption and the reduction of 31,581 units (tCO2e) of GHG Emissions.

    Mumbai International Airport is an ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System certified company committed to continuous reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint through various initiatives. The airport is also the only in airport in India to publish the Sustainability Report as per the latest GRI Standards and the first platinum-rated Indian airport within the Existing Building (O&M) Rating System for its environmentally sustainable profile. In addition, the airport also owns an Organic Waste Converter (OWC) project with a solar capacity of 5kWp for providing green power for its operations. (Source: Mumbai International Airport, International Airport Review, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Mumbai International Airport, www.csmia.adaniairports.com

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    Solar Panels and Home Resale Values (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    Solar
    Date: 2021-08-30
    According real estate firm Zillow, the installation of solar panels and solar batteries can increase a property's market re-sale value by as much as $5,911 for each kilowatt of solar panels installed. Zillow, notes that homes with solar installations tend to sell for an average of about 4.1 pct more than homes without solar.

    Some locations show a higher value-add -- roughly 5.4 pct for New York City, and some show lower, 2.7 pct for Riverside, California. Local solar installation prices, geographic location, system age and replacement value also influence the value-add of solar panels. (Source: Zillow, ecoWatch, Others, Aug., 2021)

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    New Solar Co-op Program for Fox Valley Area, Wisc. (Ind. Report)
    Legacy Solar Co-op,Northwind Solar
    Date: 2021-08-30
    In the Badger State, member-owned Legacy Solar Co-op (LSC)reports reports Fox Valley is the latest area in Wisconsin eligible for a solar group purchasing program administered through Legacy Solar Co-op (LSC). The no-cost program offers: education on the benefits of solar; competitive prices from pre-approved and vetted local vendors; explanation of the 26 pct federal tax credit and Focus on Energy and other utility rebates; special financing options and support for participants during the evaluation and installation process.

    Legacy Solar Co-op has partnered with Northwind Solar, a co-op member installer serving central Wisconsin and with Iowa-based greenpenny, a virtual and carbon-neutral bank, to offer financing options.

    Communities with solar programs see many long-term benefits, including increased property values and a way to promote and support sustainability goals. Last year LSC Dane County group buy participants added over 118 kW of renewable energy to Dane County communities. Since 2014, LSC has helped customers in Wisconsin add over 3,500 kW of solar.

    (Source: Legacy Solar Co-Op, PR, 27 Aug., 2021) Contact: Legacy Solar Wisconsin Co-op, Peter Fiala, 608-443-7820, www.legacysolarcoop.org; Northwind Solar, 715-223-0418, www.northwindre.com; greenpenny, 888-473-6690, www.greenpenny.com

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    Cruise to Purchase Solar Renewable Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
    GM Cruise
    Date: 2021-08-30
    San Francisco-based Cruise LLC, a self-driving electric vehicle company which was acquired by General Motors in 2016, reports it will purchase renewable energy credits from two California solar farms,as psrt of its "Farm to Fleet" initiative. In 2019, the company pledged to power its fleet from its company owned EV charging station powered with 100 pct renewable energy.

    Cruise initially partnered with Sundale Vineyards and Moonlight in Central California. Sundale has installed 2 MW of solar capacity onsite while Moonlight is equipped with a combined 3.9 MW of solar+storage. Download "Farm to Fleet" details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: GM Cruise, Aug., 2021) Cruise, www.getcruise.com

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    China Sinopec Plans Major Hydrogen Push to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
    Date: 2021-08-30
    In Beijing, China's largest oil distiller and petrochemicals producer, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is reporting plans to invest roughly 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) over 5 years to establish 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations with 200,000 tpy of capacity, and facilities run by renewable energy that can produce over 1 million tpy of the zero-emission fuel.

    Sinopec's preliminary budget will fund the necessary R&D, production of hydrogen, purification, treatment, storage and transport facilities. The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use "green" hydrogen in their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to avoid 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2025.

    The company also plans to install 7,000 solar power projects totaling 400 MW at its network of 30,00 fuel stations and increase its low carbon plant-based fuel supply capacity to provide 100,000 tpy of aviation biofuel (SAF) and 1.45 million tpy of ethanol by 2025.

    Sinopec emitted 170.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020, 84 pct of which were attributed to its oil refining and chemicals manufacturing operations, according to its latest sustainability report. (Source: Sinopec, S.China Morning Post, Sept., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

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    CenterPoint Energy Seeks Solar Energy PPA Approvals (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy,Origis Energy
    Date: 2021-08-27
    Evansville, Indiana-headquartered CenterPoint Energy reports its electric and natural gas business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, has filed a request for approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to enter into two PPAs for an additional 335 MW of solar energy as part of the company's long-term electric generation transition to renewable energy plan.

    The company is seeking IURC approval to purchase 185 MWs of solar power, under a 15-year PPA, from Oriden, which is developing a solar project in Vermillion County, Ind., and 150 MWs of solar power, under a 20-year PPA, from Origis Energy, which is developing a solar project in Knox County, Ind. Subject to necessary approvals, both solar arrays are expected to be in service by 2023. The total 335 MWs from these developments is expected to supply sufficient power for more than 70,000 homes or 12,000 commercial customers per year. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR, Website, 25 Aug., 2021)Contact: CenterPoint Energy, Steve Greenley, Senior VP, Generation Del., www.centerpointenergy.com

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    EMBER Finds Global Power Emissions, Renewables Rising (Int'l.)
    EMBER, Renewable Energy, Carbon Emissions, Sandbag
    Date: 2021-08-27
    In its new Global Electricity Review 2021 UK energy think tank Ember -- fka Sandbag -- noted that rising global electricity demand in the first half of 2021 outpaced growth in clean electricity, which led to an increase in emissions-intensive coal power. As a result, global power sector emissions increased beyond pre-pandemic levels. The Review analyses electric power data from 63 countries representing 87 pct of electricity demand.

    The report notes that global power sector emissions rebounded in the first half of 2021 and are presently 5 pct above pre-Covid levels. The global demand for electricity also rose by 5 pct in the first half of 2021 compared to pre-Covid levels, 57 pct of which was met by wind and solar and 43 pct by coal fired power. (Source: EMBER, Website, Aug., 2021) Contact: EMBER, Dave Jones, (+44) 020 8144 8663, info@ember-climate.org,

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    Altus Power Snares 79 MW Solar Power Portfolio (M&A)
    Altus Power
    Date: 2021-08-27
    Greenwich, Conn.-based solar energy developer Altus Power, Inc. is reporting acquisition of a 79 MW portfolio of solar projects from private equity funds managed by True Green Capital Management, LLC. The portfolio of sites in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York and Tennessee includes rooftop, ground-mount and carport solar arrays that deliver clean electricity via long term PPAs to predominantly investment-grade customers, including municipalities, commercial entities and utilities.

    The acquisition expands Altus Power's portfolio of operating projects to more than 340 MW, according to the company website. (Source: Altus Power Inc.. Website PR, Aug 26, 2021) Contact: Altus Power Inc., Lars Norell, Gregg Felton, Co-CEOs, (203) 698 0090, Fax: (203) 661 2797, www.altuspower.com

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    Rooftop Solar Can Save Ontario $250Mn Yearly (Report Attached)
    Canadian Renewable Energy Association
    Date: 2021-08-25
    According to a study from the Toronto-based Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CREA), doubling Ontario's solar power generation capacity would help reduce costs for the whole energy system by up to $250 million per year by 2030.

    The CREA's Impact of Behind-the-Meter Solar in Ontario study, conducted by Power Advisory LLC, modeled various scenarios for the adoption of residential and business rooftop solar PV across Ontario, including a high-ambition scenario that envisioned adding 3,000 MW of new solar capacity (double the current total), by 2030. The study assessed how additional solar would affect the province's wholesale electricity market and found increasing the deployment of rooftop solar would deliver significant cost savings for the electricity system by reducing its reliance on natural-gas generation to meet daytime summer peak electricity demand, and by reducing the need for additional, expensive power procurements in the future.

    The study showed that by enabling more electricity to be generated locally, solar could also help Ontario avoid the need to invest in new electricity grid infrastructure which could translate into further cost savings.

    Download the study HERE . (Source: Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Aug., 20210 Contact: Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Nicholas Gall, 613-875-2483, communications@renewablesassociation.ca, www.renewablesassociation.ca

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    GE, PKN ORLEN Ink Polish Offshore Wind Development MoU (Int'l.)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-08-25
    GE Renewable Energy and the Polish state oil refiner and petrol retailer PKN ORLEN are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding to explore ways to work together to support the development of offshore wind projects in Poland, a country expected to award up to 10.9 GW of offshore wind projects by 2030 and up to 28 GW of offshore wind by 2050.

    GE Renewable Energy is already active in the Polish wind market with over 300 onshore wind turbines delivering 900 MW, with almost half of that coming online since 2018. LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, also employs around 1,000 employees at its Goleniow, Poland, onshore wind turbine blade manufacturing site. The government of Poland has announced plans to award up to 10.9 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and offers new sea areas enabling development of future offshore wind projects. Country’s offshore wind capacity is estimated to be 28 GWs by 2050.

    GE Renewable Energy is a $16 billion business that combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions, according to the company website, (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy, www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, twitter.com/GErenewables; PKN ORLEN, www.orlen.pl

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    GE, PKN ORLEN Seal Polish Offshore Wind Development Deal (Int'l.)

    Date: 2021-08-25
    GE Renewable Energy and the Polish state oil refiner and petrol retailer PKN ORLEN are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding to explore ways to work together to support the development of offshore wind projects in Poland, a country expected to award up to 10.9 GW of offshore wind projects by 2030 and up to 28 GW of offshore wind by 2050.

    GE Renewable Energy is already active in the Polish wind market with over 300 onshore wind turbines delivering 900 MW, with almost half of that coming online since 2018. LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, also employs around 1,000 employees at its Goleniow, Poland, onshore wind turbine blade manufacturing site. The government of Poland has announced plans to award up to 10.9 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and offers new sea areas enabling development of future offshore wind projects. Country’s offshore wind capacity is estimated to be 28 GWs by 2050.

    GE Renewable Energy is a $16 billion business that combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions, according to the company website, (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy, www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, twitter.com/GErenewables; PKN ORLEN, www.orlen.pl


    Major Mongolian Green Hydrogen Project Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report
    Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Beijing, the China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association is reporting the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia Energy Administration has approved a massive power project that will use solar and wind to produce green hydrogen which is widely viewed as vital to China's drive to decarbonize its economy by 2060.

    The project includes several plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 GW of solar and 370 MW of wind to produce 66,900 tpy of green hydrogen. Development is slated to get underway this October for commissioning and startup mid-2023, the association reported. Cost and other details were not released. (Source: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, www.ihfca.org.cn

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    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

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    Standard Solar Snares 35 MW Maine Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Rockville, Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. is reporting acquisition of 35 MW of solar projects in Maine being developed under the state's Net Energy Billing (NEB) program. The program allows customers to benefit from clean energy savings by offsetting their electrical bills with either owned or shared energy projects, like community solar, which, in turn, spurs further development of these assets within the state.

    The 35 MW acquisition includes five ground-mount projects all of which are expected to commence construction within the next 12 months. Standard Solar's generation portfolio is currently around 200 MW. (Standard Solar, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Standard Solar, 301-944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

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    Maersk Inks First Green Methanol Marine Fuel Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Maersk
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Maritime shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) is reporting a contract with Copenhagen-based REintegrate to produce roughly 10,000 tonnes of carbon neutral e-methanol, produced by using renewable sources such as biomass and solar energy which the vessel will need to operate each year.The entire Maersk fleet would require roughly 20 million tpy of green methanol fuel, according to the release.

    REintegrate's new decentralized production technology offers green e-methanol identical to fossil methanol, from renewable energy sources and CO2 from bio-waste. E-methanol provides a convenient transition to environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals with an ultra-high greenhouse gas reduction and a competitive rice to similar products such as green bio-products.REintegrate's process facilitates the re-cycle of CO2 emissions and the by-products (oxygen and heat) can be used in the industrial sector and for district heating, according to the company website.

    With about 90 per cent of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly three per cent of the world's CO2 emissions. Maersk aims to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030 to meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the release. (Source: A.P. Moller-Maersk, GFM News, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: A.P. Moller-Maersk, Morten Bo Christiansen, Hesd of Decarbonization, www.maersk.com; Reintegrate, +45 6168 6212, www.reintegrate.dk

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    Bendix 1,168-MW Indiana Solar Array Now On-line (Ind. Report)
    Bendix
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Huntington, Indiana, is reporting completion of the company's first-ever solar array. The 1.168-MW array provides roughly 30 pct of the Bendix local campus's power requirements while reducing the company's carbon footprint by roughly 30 pct.

    Indianapolis-based PSG Energy Group managed construction of the array which produces 1.5 million kWh of electricity for an estimated $140,000 in annual electric utility savings. (Source: Bendix Corp., PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Bendix, Bill Schubert, Environmental and Sustainabilityy Manager, Contact: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.bendix.com; PSG Energy Group, 317-892-8195, www.psgenergygroup.com

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    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

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    S. Korea KIER Touts Solar Panel Recycling Technique (Int'l.)
    Korea Institute of Energy Research
    Date: 2021-08-20
    In Seoul, the state-run Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) reports it has developed a non-destructive technique to recycle discarded solar panels to create high-performance solar cells. The new technique can recycle both undamaged and damaged panels to achieve up to 100 pct retrieval rate of glass component and roughly 80 pct of other materials can be retrieved and recycled into high-performance solar cells.

    KIER Researchers were able to refine silicon collected from 72 discarded commercial panels into six-inch single crystal ingots and wafers. Recycled materials were used in the production of solar cells with a generation efficiency of about 20.52 pct. Normal solar cells have an energy efficiency of about 15 pct.

    South Korea's total solar energy generation capacity stood at 3.65 GW in November 2020. (Source: Korea Institute of Energy Research, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Korea Institute of Energy Research, www.kier.re.kr/eng

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    BlackRock Acquires National Renewables Solution (M&A, Ind. Report)
    BlackRock, National Renewable Solutions
    Date: 2021-08-20
    BlackRock Real Assets reports the acquisition of Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered early-stage wind and solar energy developer National Renewable Solutions (NRS) with a goal of developing, owning, and operating the company's current project development pipeline of more than 3.5GW, with assets in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

    Founded in 2011, NRS has developed over 1GW of renewable energy projects that are currently operating or are entering construction this year. BlackRock Real Assets operates one of the largest renewable power equity investment platforms in the world with over $9 billion in total commitments and investments in 250 wind and solar projects across 13 countries and 4 continents. (Source: BlackRock, Real Assets, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: National Renewable Solutions, Patrick Pelstring , CEO, 952-473-7500, www.natrs.com; BlackRock, www.blackrock.com

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    Ameresco, HSGS Solar Joint Venture Announced (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Hannah Solar Government Services
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Framingham, Mass,-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it is entering into a joint venture with Summerville, C.C.-based Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) renewable energy company. The two firms will work collaboratively to bring cleantech solutions to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other Federal agencies.

    The joint venture was facilitated as part of the SBA Mentor Protege Program which helps eligible small businesses gain exposure and win government contracts through partnerships with more experienced mentor companies.

    HSGS is a solar PV project developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm specializing in the development, design, installation and maintenance of solar PV energy solutions to a range of organizations from medium-scale commercial to large-scale utility solar energy projects. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: HSGS, 843)-718-1866, www.hsgs.solar; Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Third Annual Solarize Philly Program Underway (Ind. Report)
    Solarize Philly, Philadelphia Energy Authority
    Date: 2021-08-18
    In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the kick-off of the 3rd annual Philadelphia Solar Week and the opening of enrollment in Solarize Philly, a citywide program to encourage and support Philadelphia homes and businesses to go solar.

    The Solarize Philly program offers new financing options to make solar more accessible to homeowners of all incomes and owners of commercial properties of all sizes. Solarize Philly will be open now through the end of November 2021.

    Since Solarize Philly's 2017 launch, 750+ homes have gone solar and $12 million+ has been invested in communities across the city. Solarize Philly is the largest initiative of its kind in the country. Solarize Philly recently completed a pilot for low- and moderate-income households, which provided grants and low-cost loans to 50 households to go solar.

    The Philadelphia Energy Authority's $1 billion, 10-year Philadelphia Energy Campaign has supported $167 million in energy efficiency and clean energy projects since 2017. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, Emily Schapira, (215) 203-2906, eschapira@philaenergy.org, www,philaenergy.org; Solarize Philly, www.solarizephilly.org

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    Iberdrola Commissions Herrera II Spanish Wind Complex (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Madrid-headquartered renewable energy major Iberdrola reports commissioning is underway on the €70 million Herrera II wind complex in Castilla y Leon, Spain. The project incorporates three wind farms -- La Huesca, Valdesantos and Orbanejoa -- with 14 wind turbines totaling 63 MW -- sufficient electricity to supply the equivalent of 60,000 households per year and to prevent the release of 50,000 tpy of CO2 into the atmosphere.

    Herrera II utilizes SG 4.5-145 -- 4.5-MW wind turbines with 70-metre-long blades and a diameter of 145 meters, the most powerful and largest onshore wind turbines in Spain. With this project, Iberdrol operates 5,200 MW of renewable energy in Castilla y Leon where it plans to develop more than 2,400 MW of wind and solar energy at an estimated investment of €2 billion .

    Iberdrola is building 1,700 MW of renewable capacity in Spain and has a pipeline of more than 17,000 MW on the Iberian Peninsula. Iberdrola has an installed capacity of 17,000 MW in Spain which it intends to increase to 25,000 MW by 2025. (Source: Iberdrola, Website PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: Iberdrola, www.iberdrola.com

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    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

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    OZOP Announces Brooklyn, NY Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Ozop Energy Solutions, Stem Inc.
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Warwick, NY-based OZOP Energy Solutions reports its wholly owned subsidiary, OZOP Energy Systems, Inc., will deliver a 2 MW / 4 MWh smart energy storage project with Stem Inc. artificial intelligence (AI) software to commercial property customer in Brooklyn, New York.

    The front-of-meter energy storage system will be driven by Stem's Athena® intelligent software platform which uses AI to optimize the value of energy through battery discharge and recharge cycles. Utilizing Stem's AI-driven storage is also the next step in OZOP's patent-pending energy storage technologies, allowing the storage system to deliver critically timed energy to the grid as the New York City utilities demand requires it. These OZOP storage systems contribute to carbon offset programs by reducing the need for spinning reserves, an expensive but necessary support feature of the utilities.

    The Brooklyn facility will be OZOP's first project to utilize Stem's smart energy storage within the Company's portfolio of commercial properties in New York, California, Texas and Arizona.

    OZOP Energy Solutions invents, designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes ultra-high-power chargers, inverters, and power supplies for a wide variety of applications in the defense, heavy industrial, aircraft ground support, maritime and other sectors. OZOP Energy Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of renewable energy products in the energy storage, solar, mcrogrids, and EV charging sector. (Source: OZOP Energy Solutions, Inc., PR 18 Aug., 2021) Contact; OZOP Energy, Brian Conway, CEO, www.ozopenergy.com; Stem Inc., www.stem.com

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    Revolusun Launches Solar+Storage Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
    Revolusun
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In the Aloha State, Honolulu-based Revolusun is touting its Home Battery Rewards -- solar energy and energy storage program. The five year, multi-island, multiple Grid Service Program for residential customers with a solar system paired to a Tesla PowerWall battery.

    The program is for Islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii where roughly 6,000 homes are expected to participate in the program. The program is limited to approximately 4,000 customers on Oahu. Participants will be rewarded with monthly adjustments on their energy bills, or receive payment, for having their batteries available should the Grid need their services. The reward will be applied to their electric bill every month and in cases where people already have low electric bills, some customers will receive a check from the utility. The size of the reward depends on the number of batteries the home has and how available they are for providing grid services.

    Hawaii aims to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2040. (Source: Revolusun, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Revolusun, Eric Carlson, 748.8888 , www. revolusun.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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