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Envision Commissions 50MW Argentine Wind Park (Int'l. Report)
Envision Energy
Date: 2020-11-18
Shanghai-headquartered Envision Energy is reporting the commissioning of the 50-MW Vientos Del Secano wind farm in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina -- the company's second wind farm in Argentina after the 10-MW Garcia del Río wind farm in the Bahia Blanca district.

The Vientos Del Secano project incorporates 20 Envision EN110 2.5 MW wind turbines generating approximately 217 GWh of electricity. The Vientos Del Secano project was funded by Envision with a guarantee from the World Bank and is fully compliant with the World Bank Group environmental and social guidelines. (Source: Envision, PR, Website, 18 Nov., 2020) Contact: Envision,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Energy,  Wind,  

Offshore Wind Tower Construction Propsed for Albany (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-11-18
Further to our July 24 report, Norway-based Equinor is reportedly seeking to develop a 2.5 GW offshore wind farm south of Long Island and would build a wind tower manufacturing plant in the Port of Albany, New York as part of the deal.

The manufacturing facility in Albany would be jointly developed by Equinor, Weldon of Denmark and Marmen of Canada. The manufactured tower components would be floated down the Hudson River and out into the construction site in the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Albany proposal is contingent on NYSERDA selecting the Equinor bid -- the company's first in the U.S. (Source: Equinor, Daily Gazette, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Equinor,; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090,; Port of Albany, 518-463-8763,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Offshore Wind,  NYSERDA,  

Greenbacker Acquires Planned South Dakota solar Project (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-11-18
Greenbacker Renewable Energy has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased a to-be-constructed 80-MW solar project from Houston-headquartered Broad Reach Power. The project, Fall River Solar, is located in Fall River County, South Dakota and has a 20-year PPA in place with the investment-grade utility Black Hills Power. Greenbacker will oversee the construction which is expected to reach commercial operation in Q4 2022.

With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own roughly 753.5 MW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 529.8 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 192.6MW of wind facilities, 19.1 MW of battery storage and 12.0MW of biomass facilities, according to the company. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy , PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,,; Broad Reach Power, Steve Vavrik, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Broad Reach Power,  

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar,  Solar,  

Aussie Steelmaker Commits $20Mn to Renewable Energy (Intl. Report)
BlueScope Steel
Date: 2020-11-16
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based Australian steelmaker BlueScope Steel reports it plans to invest $20 million to help deliver renewable energy infrastructure in keeping with the New South Wales State Government's recently announced $32 billion, 20-year strategy to transition away from coal-fired power to hydro, wind and solar.

Most of Australia's renewable energy infrastructure is manufactured offshore and imported. Under its plan, BlueScope "will invest directly in our own plant, but also partner with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions in key industries like renewables, infrastructure, defense, manufacturing and sustainable buildings. An immediate focus will be supporting the manufacture of wind tower, solar farm, pumped hydro, electricity transmission facilities," according to the BlueScope release. (Source: BlueScope Steel, ABC News Australia, 15 Nov., 2020) Contact: BlueScope Steel,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Australia Renewable Energy news,  

TRIG Takes Stake in East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
Renewables Infrastructure Group
Date: 2020-11-13
The Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) reports it has taken a 14.3 pct indirect equity interest in the £2.5 billion East Anglia One offshore wind farm from Green Investment Group (GIG), which held a 50 pct interest through its initial investment.

The 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm, located around 25 miles off the Suffolk coast, incorporates 102 Siemens Gamesa turbines that generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes.

GIG, which is owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie, developed the project as part of a joint venture with Scottish Power Renewables. (Source: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, Energy Voice, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: The Renewables Infrastructure Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure Group news,  Offshore Wind news,  

Goldwind Offloads Texas Rattlesnake Wind Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
Goldwind Americas
Date: 2020-11-13
Goldwind Americas is reporting the sale of the 160MW Rattlesnake Wind project in McCulloch County, Texas, to an investment company advised by Exus Management Partners, an independent investment and asset management firm focused on the renewable energy sector.

Under the terms of the deal, Goldwind Americas will continue to provide the project with long-term maintenance services.

The Rattlesnake Wind Project, located in central Texas, utilizes of 64 Goldwind GW109/2500 Permanent Magnet Direct-Drive turbines. The project was purchased by Goldwind in 2016 and reached commercial operation in 2018. (Source: Goldwind Americas, PR, WindTech, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Goildwind Americas, Lauren La Marche, Marketing,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind Americas ,  Wind,  

SusWIND Aims for Sustainable Wind Blade Technology (Int'l.)
the National Composites Centre
Date: 2020-11-13
In the UK, the National Composites Centre (NCC), in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and supported by The Crown Estate and RenewableUK, is reporting the launch of the SusWIND Initiative to explore sustainable processes, materials and technologies in the development of composite wind turbine blades.

The SusWIND initiative is planned for delivery in the following three stages:

  • Wave one will stimulate the supply chain for wind blade recycling and how it leverages the broader supply chain for composites recycling demand with other sectors. Work will include landscape mapping, exploitation routes for upscaling viable technologies and demonstrating the effective use of recycled materials in value-add products for other applications.

  • Wave two will demonstrate options to reduce the environmental footprint of wind blade manufacture through the use of more sustainable and lower impact material feedstock, and through minimising or recycling waste streams.

  • Wave three will develop guidelines to improve wind blade design to minimize waste and increase recycling. (Source: NCC, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: SusWIND,; NCC, Richard Oldfield, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  

  • ABB Joins Offshore Wind Maintenance Project (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-13
    ABB reports its "Octopus" optimisation software has been selected as a technology partner for the EU ATLANTIS Project exploring the use of remote inspection and maintenance techniques for offshore wind farms.

    The remotely operated Octopus software will enable improved efficiencies by cutting an inspection vessel's operational costs and transfer times to and from offshore wind farms.

    ATLANTIS promotes the use of robotics in offshore wind farms to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by eliminating or marginalising the use of supporting vessels for inspection and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. In the ATLANTIS project, a pioneer pilot infrastructure for demonstrating key enabling robotic technologies for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms is established in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, according to its website. (Source: ABB, ATLANTIS Project, Cordis Europa, Nov., 2020) Contact: ABB,; ATLANTIS Project,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Offshore Wind,  

    Property RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, COastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics, and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ for buildings, communities and cities that provides a climate risk analysis. The service will integrate with LEED's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis. The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres.,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Cert. Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Coastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ climate risk analysis for buildings, communities and cities. The service will integrate with LEED, Arc and GBCI rating systems to help assess a project's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis.

    The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). (Source: COastal Risk Consulting, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres.,; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Red Rock Power Announces Inch Cape Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
    Red Rock Powe,ESBr
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited is reporting a 50:50 joint venture with ESB, the leading Irish energy group, for Inch Cape Offshore Limited and its offshore wind farm development The 72-turbine Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be one of Scotland's largest single sources of renewable energy projects and power up to 1 million homes when connected into the national grid at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

    The project recently received approval to increase its capacity to up to one gigawatt having already secured both onshore and offshore consents in 2019. (Source: Red Rock Power Lyd, Website Press Release, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Red Rock Power, Guy Madgwick, CEO, +44 (0) 131 557 7101,; Inch Cape Wind, +44 (0) 131 557 7101,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inch Cape Wind,  Red Rock Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  ESB,  

    Ocean Winds North America Launched (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Winds North America
    Date: 2020-11-11
    EDP Renewables and ENGIE are reporting the formation of Madrid-headquartered Ocean Winds (OW) and its U.S. arm OW North America with 5.5 GW of committed offshore assets starting with a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development. By the mid 2020's the company aims to have 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation or under construction and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development.

    OW North America holds a 50 pct ownership stake in Mayflower Wind. and is a partner in the Redwood Coast Windfloat Atlantic -- a fully operational floating offshore wind farm in Portugal. OW will fill EDPR's role in the Redwood Coast public-private consortium committed to developing an offshore wind project utilizing floating platform technology off the coast of Humboldt County in Northern California. (Source: EDP Renewables , ENGIE, Windpower Engineering Dev., 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables,' Ocean Winds, Spyros Martinis, CEO,;Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557,,; ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, +33 (0) 1 44 22 66 29,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Ocean Winds North America ,  Offshore Wind,  EDP Renewables,  ENGIE,  

    Gulf of Mexico Offshore Wind Initiative Announced (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In Baton Rouge, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) is calling for the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to establish a task force that will coordinate commercial leasing proposals for wind energy in federal waters off Louisiana's coast thus creating a business path for the development of wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A single 600-MW wind farm in the Gulf would produce an estimated 4,400 jobs and $445 million in economic output during the construction phase, based upon modeling the by U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Operations would contribute 150 new permanent jobs, along with an estimated $14 million in annual spending. By 2035, industry forecasts suggest U.S. offshore wind energy capacity could grow to 22 gigawatts through $70 billion of new capital investment in manufacturing and port infrastructure, as well as 45,000 new direct jobs, according to the Governor's release.

    BOEM studies estimate the Gulf of Mexico could produce as much as 10 pct of U.S. wind energy. (Source: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards, KATC News, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards Harry Vorhoff, Dir., Governor's Office of Coastal Activities. (225) 342-7015, (866)366-1121,; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  

    NTU Touts Energy Efficient Liquid Window (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Nanyang Technological University
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a liquid window panel that can reduce buildings' energy consumption by up to 45 pct, is less expensive and 30 pct more energy-efficient than commercially available energy-efficient glass windows.

    According to the release, the researchers placed hydrogel-based liquid -- a combination of micro-hydrogel, water, and stabilizer -- between glass panels to develop the liquid window. The researchers explained that a hydrogen-based liquid could respond to a change in temperature as it becomes non-transparent when exposed to heat and blocks the sunlight, and returns to its clear state when cooled. Besides that, water's high heat capacity enables the liquid window to store a large amount of thermal energy instead of getting transferred through the glass and into buildings during the day times.

    As part of the experiment, the researchers conducted outdoor tests in Singapore's hot environment and the cold climate of Beijing, China. The smart liquid window registered a lower temperature (50 degree C) than a normal glass window (84 degrees C) during the hottest time of the day in Singapore. While the Beijing test revealed that the room equipped with the smart liquid window utilized 11 pct less energy to keep the same temperature than the room with a normal glass window. (Source: Nanyang Technological University, Website PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Nanyang Technological University,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Window news,  Liquid Window news,  

    UK Port of Tyne Touts Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In the UK, the Port of Tyne is touting the launch of the Tyne Clean Energy Park as versatile strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector supporting the Government's goal to power every UK home with offshore wind electricity.

    As previously reported, the Port was selected as Equinor's flagship operations and maintenance base for what will become the world's largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

    The River Tyne presently hostso an existing offshore cluster, including South Tyneside Marine College, A&P, Smulders Projects, Shepherd Offshore and TechnipFMC, all of which contributeto a well-established offshore energy supply chain. The Port of Tyne is one of only two deep sea ports in the North-East UK. (Source: Port of Tyne, Northern Echo, Nov., 2020) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

    Brookfield Selling Irish Wind Farms for $140Mn (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Brookfield Renewable Partners
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Montreal-headquartered Brookfield Renewable Partners report it will sell two Irish wind farm assets for $140 million to AAUK2 MUL HoldCo , a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by Mitsubishi and Arjun.

    The sale includes the 19MW Ballyhoura Wind farm in county Cork, and the 27.5MW Slievecallan wind farm in county Clare. Both wind parks were commissioned in 2018 by Brookfield. (Source: Brookfield Renewable Partners, Nov., 2020) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Partners, Connor Teskey, (888) 327-2722,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable Partners,  

    Wisc. Two Creeks Solar Park Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In Green Bay, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) is reporting the state's first large-scale solar facility -- the Two Creeks Solar Park in Manitowoc County -- is now online.

    The 150-MW, 500,000-panel solar facility is jointly owned by WEC Energy Group and Madison Gas and Electric.

    WPS parent company-WEC Energy Group has committed to make its electric generation fleet net carbon neutral by 2050 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, EWC Energy Group, PR, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group/Wind and Solar, Cody Craig, 414-221-2345,; Wisconsin Public Service Corp.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Madison Gas and Electric,  Solar,  

    Shinhan BNP Paribas Funds Commit to Korean Renewables (Int'l.)
    BNP Paribas
    Date: 2020-11-06
    South Korean asset management company Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management is reporting a $46 million commitment to ShinhanBNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 1, a new private fund targeting 17.325-MW wind turbines in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The company also reports a second green finance fund -- Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 2 for photovoltaic power station on Jeju Island, South Korea. Shinhan BNP Paribas is also creating Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 3, a $178.2 million blind pool fund to finance wind power projects, fuel cells and biomass energy development projects.

    Shinhan BNP Paribas is a 65/35 joint venture of Shinhan Financial Group and BNP Paribas Asset Management. Paris-headquartered BNP Paribas S.A. is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets with operations in 72 countries. (Source: BNP Paribas, Korea Herald, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: BNP Paribas,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Korea Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Biomass,  

    Iberdrola's 63-MW Herrera Wind Complex Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Spanish energy giant Iberdrola SA reports its €70 million ($81.9 million) 63-MW Herrera wind farm complex in Castile and Leon, Spain is underway.

    The Herrera project will incorporate 14 Siemens Gamesa SG 4.5-145 turbines for three wind farms -- La Huesa, Valdesantos and Orbaneja -- and will generate sufficient power for 60,000 people and offset 50,000 tpy of CO2 when fully operational in 2021,

    Iberdrola operates more than 5,100 MW in Castile and Leon -- 1,500 MW-- and plans invest over € 1.3 billion to construct over 1,800 MW of wind and solar projects in the region, according to the company website. (Source: Iberdrola, Website, PR, Renewables, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  

    SN Power Acquiring Vietnam's Dam Nai Wind Power (Int'l., M&A)
    SN Power
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered SN Power AS reports it will acquire all shares in the 39.4 MW Dam Nai Wind Power Joint Stock Company in Vietnam from privately held, Singapore-based Mekong Wind Pte Ltd.

    Dam Nai Wind incorporates 15 Siemens wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.625 MW generating 123 GWh of power per year. (Source: SN Energy, PR Website, Renewable Energy, Nov., 2020) Contact: SN Energy, + 47 66 71 70 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  

    AEP Seeks Wind, Solar Energy in Ohio and ERCOT (ind. Report)
    American Electric Power, ERCOT
    Date: 2020-11-06
    AEP Energy Partners (AEPEP), a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power Company (AEP) is seeking off-take proposals from new solar and new wind facilities located in Ohio and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

    In Ohio, AEP is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 10, 12 or 15 years for solar or wind facilities that begin operation between 2021 and 2023.

    For the ERCOT sited projects, the company is seeking renewable energy purchase agreements of 12 years or less for solar facilities that begin operation between 2021 and 2023.

    AEPEP will use the contracted off-take to support the company's growing loads in Ohio and Texas, including the recently passed City of Columbus Electric Service Aggregation Program.

    Complete details about the Requests for Proposals are available at or by calling Ben Duckworth at (614) 583-7453. (Source: AEP Energy Partners, Website PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: AEP,,,; ERCOT,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AEP,  Wind,  Solar,  ERCOT,  

    Iberdrola Plans €75Bn Renewable Energy Transition (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Madried, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola AA chairman Ignacio Galan has announced the company will invest €75 billion over the next five years to double its renewable energy capacity and help it capitalize on the global move away from fossil fuels.

    According to Galan, Iberdrola's renewables capacity will rise from 32 GW in 2019 to 60 GW in 2025 -- 26 GW of onshore wind, 16 GW of solar and 14 GW of hydro, with the remainder being offshore wind. (Source: Iberdrola Website News, 5 Nov., 2020)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Renewable Energy,  

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

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

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

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

    Siemens Gamesa Claims 34-Turbine Norwegian Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In Madrid, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa is reporting a deal valued at €90 million to supply 34 units of its 5.0-145 turbines to Odal Vindkraftverk's wind project in the Norwegian municipality of Nord-Odal.

    Odal Vindkraftverk is 51 pct owned by Akershus Energi and 49 pct owned by the project develope r KLP . The project is expected to be completed during 2021. (Source: SiemensGamesa, PR, renews. 3 Nov., 2020)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Boralex Commissions Blanches Fosses French Wind Farm (Int'l)
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Montreal-based Boralex Inc. is announcing the commercial commissioning of the 11 MW Blanches Fosses wind farm in the department of Aisne, France.

    The project will incorporate 5 units of Vestas' 2.2MW V110 wind turbines to generate sufficient power for approximately 5,500 homes.

    With this commissioning, Boralex's capacity in France is 1,004 MW and 2,066 MW worldwide. (Source: Boralex, PR, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Boralex, Nicolas Wolff, VP, GM Boralex Europe, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boralex,  Wind,  

    CDCR to Construct Calif. Detention Center Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Forefront Power,Sunworks
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In San Luis Obispo, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it will construct a new 2-MW ground mount solar array at California Men's Colony (CMC) as part of its ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint. CDCR has installed solar arrays and wind turbines at 17 institutions and expects to complete the CMC solar project next summer when it will generate approximately 25 pct of the institution's annual electric power requirements.

    The system will be constructed by a third-party developer, Forefront Power, LLC. and their contractor Sunworks, Inc. and will be operated and maintained at the developer's expense with CDCR purchasing the solar array's power output at discounted rates under a 20-year ppa. (Source: CDCR, PR, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: CDCR, Kathleen Allison,; ForeFront Power LLC, 855-204-5083,; Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Forefront Power,  Sunworks,  

    Md, Va, N.Carolina Ink Offshore Wind Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2020-11-02
    The office of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is reporting Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina have inked the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources, a memorandum of understanding to work together to promote the area as a hub for offshore wind energy, streamline the development of regional offshore wind resources, increase regulatory certainty, encourage manufacturing of component parts, reduce wind project costs through supply chain development and share information and best practices.

    According to the U.S. DOE, the Atlantic Coast offshore wind project pipeline is estimated to support up to 86,000 jobs, $57 billion in investments and provide up to $25 billion in economic output by 2030. Moreover, along the coasts of the signatories' states, the net technical energy potential is roughly 900,000 GWh per year and the net technical resource capacity is approximately 245 GW.

    The wind project pipeline totals more than 27 GW in the Atlantic Coast, and the DOE projects that the nation has the potential to develop 86 GW of offshore wind projects by 2050.

    Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources details HERE. (Source: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, PR, AP,, 31 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

    PowerChina Investing in Ukrainian Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-02
    The Ukrainian company WindFarm and the Chinese company PowerChina Construction -- developer of the 22.5 GW Three Gorges hydroelectric dam on China's Yangtze River -- are reporting a joint implementation agreement for the construction of a $1 billion, 800 MW wind farm in the Manhush and Nikolske districts of the Ukraine.

    PowerChina, which specializes in the design and construction of energy and transport facilities, is investing in the project.

    WindFarm has a 1.3 GW portfolio of wind power plants of which more than 400 MW are now online. (Source: Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA), Ukraine Open for Business News, 1 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA),; PowerChina Construction,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  PowerChina,  

    Alliant Energy Touts Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Madison, Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy is touting its "Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa" plan to to increase the use of renewable resources, battery energy storage, build out the state's connected energy network and discontinue coal-fired power generation in Lansing by the end of 2022 while transitioning their Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021.

    A key part of the Clean Energy Blueprint, which aligns with changing consumer preferences for more renewable energy, includes adding up to 400 MW of solar by 2023. When the 400 MW of solar is combined with the nearly 1,300 MW of owned-and-operated wind and the power generated by the company's existing solar farms in Dubuque, Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids, as well as other renewable sources, nearly 50 pct of Alliant Energy's Iowa generation portfolio will be from renewables.

    As we previously reported, Alliant Energy's 9,500 solar panel equipped Marshalltown Solar Garden and battery energy storage pilot facility at its Marshalltown Generating Station is now online. The 2.55-MW AC solar system generates sufficient power for nearly 400 homes and the system's 548kWh battery can be fully charged within two hours.

    Alliant has three solar + battery sites in Iowa, each of which is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. Alliant constructed its first solar system at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has two solar gardens in Dubuque which have been generating clean energy since 2017. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President ,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Clean Energy Renewable Energy,  

    Wind Energy and Economic Recovery in Europe (Report Attached)
    Wind Europe, EU Green Deal
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Wind energy is an important asset for the European economy. The sector contributes €37 billion to the EU's GDP and employs 300,000 people.

    Wind energy has been resilient in the COVID-19 crisis. Europe's existing wind farms continued to operate, delivering electricity where it was needed. The industry continued installing new capacity, connecting 5 GW to the grid in the first semester of 2020. It also kept building new turbines in its factories. And it invested €14 billion in new projects ready to go ahead. Wind energy therefore can play a significant role in a green economic recovery.

    But wind creates additional benefits beyond jobs and value to the economy. It directly benefits communities living near wind farms. It pays €5 billion in taxes across Europe every year and often make direct payments to communities, offer benefits-in-kind, and in many cases communities participate partially in the ownership of the local wind farm.

    The EU Green Deal envisages a major expansion of wind energy over the next 30 years, taking it from 15 pct of Europe's electricity today to around half by 2050. By delivering on this, the EU can significantly boost the contribution of its globally competitive wind industry to the economy, and benefit communities across the continent.

    Download Wind Europe's Wind Energy and Economic Recovery in Europe HERE. Contact: Wind Europe, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890,,

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    Renewables on the Rise 2020 Tracks Renewable Energy Dev. (Ind. Report Attached)
    PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the Keystone State, the not-for-profit Philadelphia-based PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center has released its Renewables on the Rise 2020 study that documents and compares the growth of solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicle technologies in each state, as well as nationally, over the past decade.

    According to the study, in 2019, the U.S. produced 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than in 2010. Utility-scale battery energy storage increased 20-fold since 2010 and energy consumption per person declined thanks to improvements in energy efficiency, and more than one million electric vehicles were sold in the U.S.

    Download the Renewables on the Rise 2020 study HERE. (Source: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, Website PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: PennEnvironment Policy & Research Center, David Masur, Exec. Dir, Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate, (215) 732-5897, (215) 732-4599 -- fax,

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    Orsted Snares Nebraska Haystack Wind Project (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Copenhagen-headquartered global energy player Orsted is reporting acquisition of the 298MW Haystack Wind project adjacent to the company's 230MW Plum Creek wind farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. US, with a capacity of 298MW.

    With the latest acquisition, the company continues to expand its footprint in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). (Source: Orsted, PR, PowerTech, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22,

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    European Energy to Build 300MW Nordic Solar Farm (Int'l. Report)
    European Energy
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S reports it will construct a 300 MW solar power farm in the southern Denmark the municipality of Aabenraa. The $159 million project is expected to break ground early in 2021 for operation before the year end when it will generate sufficient energy for roughly 75,000 households, according to the release.

    European Energy has installed 1.5 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity in 11 countries, according to its website.

    Installed solar capacity in Denmark stands at about 5 GW, up from 3 GW a year ago, and could reach 16 GW in 2025, according to Danish transmission grid operator (Source: European Energy, PR, Balkan Green Energy, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: European Energy A/S, +45 88 70 82 16,

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    Vestas Takes Control of MHI Vestas Offshore Business (M&A, Int'l.)
    Vestas, MHI Vestas
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Danish wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas reports its buy-out of Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys' (MHI) 50 pct stake in the MHI Vestas offshore turbine joint venture.

    As part of the acquisition, MHI will take a 2.5 pct stake in Vestas and will be awarded a seat on the board in return. The all-stock deal is valued at around €709 million ($832 million). (Source: Vestas, PR, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas, MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00,,; MHI ,

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    New Solar Panel Design Ups Efficiency 125 pct (New Prod & Tech)
    University of York
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In the UK, a study led by researchers from the University of York in partnership with NOVA University of Lisbon reports designing solar panels in checkerboard lines improves diffraction to increase light absorption by 125 pct and lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels.

    Solar-grade silicon -- used to create solar cells -- is energy intensive to produce, so creating slimmer cells and changing the surface design would make them cheaper and more environmentally friendly, the study notes. The study suggests the design principle could impact not only the solar cell or LED sector but also applications such as acoustic noise shields, wind break panels, anti-skid surfaces, biosensing applications and atomic cooling. (Source: University of York, The Week, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: University of York, Dr Christian Schuster, Department of Physics, +44 (0) 1904 320 000,

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    Nordex Wins 240MW Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Nordex is reporting receipt of an order a turbine order for a 240MW wind farm in Texas, its first US agreement for the Delta4000 series. The manufacturer will supply 50 units of its N155/4.X turbines, operating with a rated power of 4.8MW. The N155/4.X, part of the Delta4000 series, is "especially suited" to regions with lower turbulence and medium wind speeds and sites not subject to strict sound regulatory requirements.

    The turbines will be installed in 2021 at the undisclosed wind project for an unnamed client. (Source: Nordex, PR, 27 Oct., 2020)

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    Envision Commissions 40 MW French Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Envision Energy
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Paris, Envision's French subsidiary, Velocita Energies is reporting commissioning of the 40 MW Entre Tille et Venelle wind farm in France. The facility incorporates 16 EN131-2.5MW turbines to generate 107 GWh per year of power to meet the annual energy needs of 50,000 people.

    The 16 EN131-2.5MW turbines installed at Entre Tille et Venelle each have a 2.5-mw capacity and 131-meter rotor diameters designed and adapted for the region's wind conditions. (Source: Envision Energy, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: Envision Energy,; Velocita Energies,

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    Scout Completes 130MW Indiana Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Colorado-based renewable energy developer Scout Clean Energy reports it has closed on construction and tax equity funding for its 130MW Bitter Ridge wind farm in Jay County, Indiana.

    The wind farm, which incorporates GE 2.82MW wind turbines, has a 15-year PPA with Constellation, an Exelon company. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR,, 27 Oct., 2020))Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566,,

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    Orsted's US Offshore Wind Projects Delayed (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Danish renewable energy developer Orsted reports it is waiting for permitting "clarity" from the US DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) environmental impact study of offshore wind projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    Orsted now foresees clarity on the permitting timelines being pushed to late 2020 or even into 2021. "Even assuming the permitting process starts moving within the first quarter next year, it appears highly likely that the Revolution Wind, Ocean Wind, Skipjack and Sunrise Wind projects will be delayed beyond the previously expected 2023 and 2024 construction years," the company said. (Source: Orsted, PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted,

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    EDF Scuttles Planned 65 MW Wisconsin Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables
    Date: 2020-10-28
    EDF Renewables, the developer of a controversial wind farm near the Town of Jeferson, Green County, Wisconsin, has reportedly scrapped plans for the 24-turbine project.

    If constructed, the 65 MW wind farm, one of only a handful under of development in Wisconsin, would have been the sixth-largest in the state. (Source: EDF Renewables, AP, Wisc. News, 27 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables news,  Wind news,  Wisconsin Wind news,  

    $50Bn Aussie Green Hydrogen Hub Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Asian Renewable Energy Hub
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the Land Down Under, the 26 GW, $50 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), the world's largest new energy generator that will establish Australia as a major global producer and exporter of green energy in the form of hydrogen, is reported to have been granted Major Project Status from the Federal Government.

    Major Project Status recognizes the strategic significance of a project for Australia. In this case, AREH dovetails with the Government's Technology Investment Roadmap, which highlights hydrogen as a priority technology for development. Major Project Status support will streamline necessary approvals for construction to break ground in 2026.

    The AREH will harness the world-class wind and solar resources of Western Australia's East Pilbara region, dedicating up to 23 GW of capacity for production of green hydrogen and green ammonia and providing up to 3 GW of energy production to local Pilbara users such as mining and mineral processing operations. (Source: AREH, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: AREH, Brendan Hammond, Project Dir.,,

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    GE Touting 13MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-10-26
    GE Renewable Energy reports a working version of its 13MW Haliade-X prototype set a record for a single day of electric power generation at 228MWh -- sufficient power for roughly 45 Australian homes for an entire year.

    The 13MW Haliade-X is GE's largest turbine ever, standing 248 metres tall with 107 metre long blades, offering almost double the generation capacity of most wind turbines currently deployed around the world.

    130 units of the 13MW turbine is expected to be deployed at the UK's Dogger Bank Wind Farm starting in 2023. GE notes it has secured 4.8GW worth of orders for the Haliade-X turbine model from U.S. and UK wind projects. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website, Reneweconomy, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,,

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    Iranian Renewable Power Capacity Rapidly Rising (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In Tehran, the Iranian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA) is reporting 28 new renewable power plants -- 44 pct solar and 34 pct wind -- will come online across Iran by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).

    Currently, 54 companies are constructing renewable power plants totaling 229.39 MW generating 493,500 MWh of electricity per year and while reducing 318,000 tpy od CO2.

    Iran is aiming for a 5,000 MW increase in renewable capacity to meet growing domestic demand and expand its presence in the regional electricity market by 2025. (Source: SATBA, Tehran Times, 25 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, +98 (21) 880 85006-9,

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    Samsung, DNV to Develop Offshore Wind Stabilizers (Ind. Report)
    Samsung Heavy Industries, DNV GL
    Date: 2020-10-26
    South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co reports it and DNV GL, a Norwegian ship quality assurance company, will work together to develop remotely controlled "floaters" to stabilize offshore wind turbines.

    According to the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), output of offshore floating wind farms is estimated to globally rise from 11 mw in 2019 to 2,000 mw in 2030. (Source: Samsung Heavy Ind., PR, reve, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council,; Samsung Heavy industries,; DNV GL,

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

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

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

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    Bearkat II Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports commercial operations are underway at the 162.2MW Bearkat II wind farm in Glasscock County, Texas. The project was jointly developed with Dallas-based Tri Global Energy LLC,

    Bearkat II incorporates 47 units of Vestas V126-3.45MW turbines and to generate sufficient power for 56,000 average households per year. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51,,; Tri Global Energy, Don Uber, SVP Inv. Relations, 972-707-3040, 972.290.0825,,

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    Microsoft Comments on Climate Change -- Notable Quotes
    Date: 2020-10-23
    "We are getting extremely impatient, frankly, for policy action on climate change. We support a carbon fee because we believe it's a policy mechanism that works and accords with economic principles." -- Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft, 3 May, 2019

    "It's important that what we build leaves a positive legacy, that we don't build it on the back of fossil fuels, but rather, we build it on the back of the next generation of energy technology of wind and hydro and solar." -- Brian Janous, Microsoft Lead Energy Manager, 19 July, 2019, Microsoft Corporate Offices,

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    DEME Joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (Int'l. Report)
    DEME Group
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Zwijndrecgt, Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer DEME Group reports it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU's hydrogen strategy and to help Europe become carbon-neutral by 2050.

    Last November, DEME inked a cooperation agreement with six other industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium, Oman and the Netherlands.

    Launched in July 2020, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance includes more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders aiming to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, Oct., 2020) Contact: DEME Group, Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO, European Clean Hydrogen Alliance,

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    Van Oord Takes Stake in Estonian Offshore Wind Developer (Int'l.)
    Van Oord
    Date: 2020-10-21
    In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered marine and offshore services contractor Van Oord reports it has become a shareholder in Saare Wind Energy OU, developer of the 100-turbine Saaremaa offshore wind farm south-west of the Estonian Island Saaremaa.

    Development of the Saaremaa wind farm started in 2015 and received Estonian environmental and regulatory approvals in May, this year. (Source: Van Oord, PR, reve, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Van Oord,

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