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9-MW Tennessee Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Silicon Ranch, TVA
Date: 2021-06-11
Johnson City, Tennessee utility BrightRidge reports it and its partners Silicon Ranch, based in Nashville, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have broken ground on the 9-MWac Martin Solar Farm in Washington County, Tennessee. When fully operational before the year end, the single-axis tracking system will incorporate 25,000 bifacial solar panels to generate sufficient energy for toughly 1,000 homes.

Silicon Ranch will build, own and operate the project -- the second solar generation facility on the BrightRidge system built in partnership with Silicon Ranch and TVA.

The project is the first to enter the construction phase under TVA's new Generation Flexibility Program to encourage local power companies to develop new distributed generation facilities. The energy produced by the Martin Solar Farm will be offered first to area K-12 and higher education systems. (Source: BrightRidge, PR, June, 2021) Contact: BrightRidge, Jeff Dykes, CEO, www.brightridge.com; TVA Commercial Energy Solutions, Doug Perry, Sr. VP, www.tva.com; Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786, info@siliconranch.com, www.siliconranch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  TVA,  Silicon Ranch,  


B.C. Woody Biomass RNG Project Announced (Ind. Report)
FortisBC,REN Energy International
Date: 2020-11-27
Edmonton, Alberta-based Thermo Design Engineering Ltd (TDE) reports it is partnering with Kelowna, B.C.-based REN Energy International (REN) to develop a first-of-its-kind, Woody Biomass, wood-waste RNG plant in British Columbia.

REN will build, own, and operate the facility in Fruitvale while FortisBC will own and operate the interconnection facility connecting the project to FortisBC's natural gas transmission system. (Source: Thermo Sesign Engineering, REN, Bioenergy 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Thermo Design Engineering, Sean Montgomery, Pres., (780) 440-6064, www.thermodesign.com; REN Energy International, Phillip Viggiani, CEO, (250) 999-7766, www.rencorp.ca; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  


Knoxville Commits to 20 pct Solar Power by 2023 (Ind. Report)
Knoxville Utilities Board
Date: 2020-11-25
In the Volunteer State, the city of Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is reporting solar-generated electricity will supply 20 pct -- equivalent of the energy 83,000 average homes -- of the city of 191,000 residents power by the end of 2023. To reach that goal, KUB will access the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Green Invest program support dor the construction of 502 MW of solar power generation.

KUB was the first local power company in TVA's service area to enter a Green Invest agreement with a commitment of 212 MW of solar power announced in March, 2020. (Source: KUB, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: KUB, Gabriel Bolas, Pres., CEO, (865) 521-2911, www.kub.org; TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, TVA Green Invest, www.tva.com/energy/valley-renewable-energy/green-switch/green-invest, www.tva.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA Green Invest,  Knoxville Utilities Board,  Solar,  TVA,  


Nashville Announces 125-MW Solar Array Project (Ind. Report)
Nashville , Vanderbilt University
Date: 2020-11-11
In the Volunteer State, the city of Nashville has announced a proposal to construct a 125-MW, utility-scale solar array project in partnership with Vanderbilt University, Nashville Electric Service (NES) and the Tennessee Valley Authority . The city will receive 100-MW of the proposed project’s output while Vanderbilt will take 25-MW.

Legislation to approve the project will go before city council on Nov. 17. The body previously approved a placeholder agreement between the city and TVA and NES this summer for purchase of renewable energy. If approved, the project is slated to be constructed in Oct., 2023 by Nashville-based Silicon Ranch. (Source: City of Nashville, PR, Tenneesean, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Nashville Electric Service, www.nespower.com; Vanderbilt University, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786, www.siliconranch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silicon Ranch,  Solar,  TVA,  Nashville Electric Service ,  


TVA Plans 5GW BESS Near Knoxville (Ind. Report)
TVA
Date: 2020-09-23
The not-for-profit Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is reporting plans to deploy a stationary 40MWh, Vonore Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) grid-connected battery storage facility at an industrial complex near the city of Knoxville. The facility is expected to be operational in 2022, and will serve industrial customers of Loudon Utilities Board, a power company in East Tennessee which is one of the Authority's local partners. (Source: TVA, Website PR, 21 Sept., 2020) Contact: Loudon Utilities Board , Ty Ross, GM, 865-458-2091, www.loudenutilities.org: TVA

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


FortisBC, REN Energy Announce Wood Waste RNG Deal (Ind. Report)
FortisBC,REN Energy International
Date: 2020-05-04
In British Columbia, the utility company FortisBC will purchase wood waste-derived renewable natural gas (RNG) from Kelowna, B.C.-based REN Energy International through a new partnership. The production facility will be owned and operated by REN Energy and situated near Fruitvale, BC.

RNG is typically made by capturing methane released from decomposing organic waste. This project will utilise waste from forestry operations, sawmills and other wood manufacturers and create RNG through gasification, rather than decomposition. The syngas produced in the process will be converted to methane before being purified to meet natural gas line specifications, according to FortisBC.

The project is expected to produce over one million gigajoules (approximately 277,777 megawatt-hours) of RNG annually from forest waste-woody biomass when fully operational in mid 2021, according to the release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, 1 May, 2020)Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG; REN Energy International, www.rencorp.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News REN Energy,  FortisBC,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  


TVA Announces First Solar, Origis Energy Solar Projects (Ind Report)
Tennessee Valley Authority,First Solar, Origis Energy
Date: 2020-04-29
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reports the selection of First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MWAC of solar power to fulfill the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) March 2020 commitment to new renewable energy. KUB is using the TVA Green Invest program to produce carbon-free energy equivalent to 8 pct of KUB's annual electric load.

As part of the initiative, TVA has entered into a 20-year PPA with the 177-MW Ridgely Energy Farm in Lake County, Tennessee, developed by First Solar. With this agreement, TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar developed projects, including an existing 20-year PPA for the 227-MW project in Muscle Shoals.

The KUB project marks a 60 pct increase in TVA's operating and contracted solar capacity since the start of fiscal year 2020. In March, TVA announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200-MW solar site in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for TVA, with 35 MW of this facility supporting KUB's Green Invest purchase.

TVA modeled Green Invest after work with Facebook and Google, beginning in 2018, to identify new renewable energy solutions for data centers locating in the region. Green Invest program leverages long-term agreements to build new, large-scale renewable energy installations through a competitive bid process. (Source: TVA, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  First Solar,  Origis Energy,  


TVA Seeking 200 MW of Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Tennessee Valley Authority
Date: 2020-03-18
The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 200 MW of renewable energy that can be brought online by the end of 2023. Proposals are due to TVA by April 24 and the projects selected will be announced in the fall.

Previously this year, contracted with Origis Energy for 200 MW of solar and 200 MWh of battery storage .(Source: TVA, 17 Mar., 2020) Contact: Tennessee Valley Authority, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com; RFP and doing business with TVA details HERE. www.tva.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  


Indiana OED Offers Rural Energy Efficiency Grants (Ind. Report)
Indiana Office of Energy Development
Date: 2019-11-18
In Indianapolis, the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED), in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, is reporting the availability of 2-year, matching grants -- up to $50,000 -- to farms and rural communities seeking to improve energy efficiency.

Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, communities, farms, public entities, non-profits and small businesses located in rural areas. There are two types of grants available, planning initiatives and infrastructure implementation. Examples of planning initiatives could include any rural energy efficient planning, including audits, such as engineering or re-engineering of buildings, equipment, and/or feasibility studies that propose to utilize higher efficiency technologies.

Infrastructure implementation could include replacing outdated, inefficient equipment or machinery in an agribusiness. It could also include conducting energy efficient projects that will have a measurable impact on energy usage for HVAC, refrigeration, water quality, livestock, dairy or other types of crop-growing or commercial operations.

The OED administers grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. These grants promote the use of alternative power and fuels, energy efficiency and public education on energy issues in Indiana. (Source: Indiana Office of Energy Development, PR, 17 Nov., 2019) Contact: Indiana Office of Energy Dev., Tristan Vance, Dir., 317- 232-8939, tvance1@oed.in.gov, Grant Details, grants@oed.in.gov, www.in.gov/oed

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


SaskPower's Boundry Dam CCS Unit Reports Strong July (Ind. Report)
Boundary Dam,SaskPower
Date: 2019-08-23
On the Canadian Prairies, SaskPower and the Estvan Mercury are reporting the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station captured 80,530 tonnes of CO2 in July -- an average of 2,598 tpd with a peak one-day capture rate of 2,871 tonnes.

The 80,530 tonnes of CO2 captured in July marked about 80 pct capacity for CO2 for the second consecutive month. The 12-month average for tonnes of CO2 captured was 51,297 tonnes, or about 51 pct.

Since start-up in October 2014, the facility has captured over 2.8 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 21 Aug., 2019) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  CCS,  Boundary Dam,  


TVA ups nuclear output, cuts carbon
Tennessee Valley Authority
Date: 2019-08-06
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it’s completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions. The Times Free Press reports modifications to reactors at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama added power and expanded service to almost 300,000 more homes. CEO Jeff Lyash said the upgrades, coupled with increased use of solar power, will help TVA reduce carbon emissions by 70% of 2005 levels by 2030. The newspaper reports solar energy is a small part of TVA’s overall generation. Although nuclear power is expected to produce about 40% of TVA’s electricity, its plan for the next 20 years shows about 15% of power will still come from coal and 20% from natural gas. (Source: TVA, AP, WVVA, 6 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA news,  


TVA Releases 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (Ind. Report)
Tennessee Valley Authority
Date: 2019-07-01
The just released Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a long-term plan outlining how TVA can best meet future demand for low-cost clean and reliable power; support environmental stewardship; and foster economic development in the Tennessee Valley for the next 20 years.

The IRP is intended to enhance TVA's ability to create a more flexible power-generation system that can successfully integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy sources and distributed energy resources (DER) while ensuring reliability. The plan will also help determine where the utility will obtain energy, whether that be from clean and renewable sources, economic energy efficiency measures, or fossil fuels.

Download the TVA 2019 Integrated Resource Plan HERE (Source: TVA, cleanenergy.org, 29 June, 2019) Contact: John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennessee Valley Authority,  Renewable Energy,  


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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Solar,  


PKN ORLEN Refocusing, Investing in Biofuels (Int'l Report)
PKN ORLEN
Date: 2018-12-21
In Polnad, PKN ORLEN reports it is preparing preparing a new renewable energy directive (RED II) focused on second-generation biofuels made from algae, straw and other waste materials and, to that end, will increase its biofuel related R&D activities, construct biofuel production facilities and other support infrastructure.

According to a statement, PKN ORLEN will use its existing refinery units in Płock and Litvínov to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale. The process consists of co-feeding vegetable oils or used fats with petroleum distillates into refinery units. The output diesel oil contains a bio-component -- hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

The decision to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale was prompted by the successful completion of a test run carried out in September 2018 under the CO-BIO project, partly financed with a grant under the Inno-Chem programme. (Source: PKN ORLEN, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018) Contact: PKN ORLEN, Armen Artwich, Member of the Management Board, www.orlen.pl

More Low-Carbon Energy News PKN ORLEN,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


MSU Lauded for Energy Efficiency, Low Emissions (Ind. Report)
Mississippi State University, TVA
Date: 2018-11-21
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is lauding Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville for its efforts in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions 53 pct on a per student basis. The University's decade long effort has saved the school more than $55 million in utility costs to date.

Efforts to improve energy efficiency include: regular monitoring and reporting of energy consumption; the conversion of old and inefficient boiler technologies to new high efficiency models; upgrading and expanding computer-based control systems; optimizing equipment/building scheduling; upgrading to LED lighting technolog including occupancy sensors; retro-commissioning of older building systems and adding a new Ice Plant.

MSU was the only institution of higher learning recognized by TVA for having the lowest carbon emissions. Tennessee State University was recognized in the "most improved" category.

The TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. (Source: Mississippi State Univ., PR, TVA, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Mississippi State Univ., www.msstate.edu; TVA, Dan Pratt, VP Customer Service, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101,tvainfo@tva.gov, www.tva.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Facebook's Alabama Data Center Going 100 pct Solar (Ind. Report)
First Solar Inc, NextEra Energy
Date: 2018-11-05
Social media giant Facebook is reporting First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy will construct two solar projects totaling nearly 380MW of solar generation capacity in Alabama and Tennessee to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama. Terms and time lines have not been disclosed.

The First Solar project in Colbert County, Alabama, will supply 227 MW, and the NextEra project in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will provide 150 MW, according to the TVA.

Facebook has committed to run all its data centers and offices with 100 pct renewable energy by 2020. (Source: Facebook, Data Center Knowledge, 2 Nov., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  First Solar ,  NextEra Energy,  

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