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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,  

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


£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,  


Floating Energy Allyance Bidding on ScotWind Foundations (Int'l.)
Floating Energy Allyance ,Elicio
Date: 2021-09-15
Floating Energy Allyance (FEA), a partnership including BayWa r.e., Belgian offshore wind developer, owner and operator Elicio, and floating wind technology developer BW Ideol, is reporting a proposed floating offshore wind farm in Scottish waters could create 3,900 jobs in Scotland at the peak of manufacturing and construction, if the project is successful in a leasing round for the rights to develop new Scottish offshore wind projects.

Floating Energy Allyance is bidding in the ScotWind leasing round run by Crown Estate Scotland, which closed on 16th July, and is committed to manufacturing the project's floating concrete foundations at a port location in Scotland. The successful bidder for the project is expected to be announced early in 2022. (Source: Floating Energy Allyance, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: Floating Energy Allyance, www.fe-allyance.co.uk; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com/en/energy-solutions; Elicio, www.elicio.be/en; BW Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.bw-ideol.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Elicio ,  BayWa r.e,  Offshore Wind,  


Siemens Gamesa Touts First Recyclable Wind Turbine Blades (Int'l.)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2021-09-13
Madrid-based wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa reports it has created recyclable blades that decompose relatively easily into constituent materials that can be reused.

The technology involves the dissolution of the bonding resin in weakly acidic solutions. In the manufacture of a blade, resin converts fiberglass and other polymers, as well as wood and metal parts of the blade structure into a monolithic product that can be used in the production of other commercial products.

In the process of disposal, the blade is immersed in a special solution and decomposes into primary materials, with the exception of the resin, which dissolves.

Using the new technology Siemens Gamesa manufactured the first 6 81-meter RecyclableBlade blades and signed three contracts for their use in wind turbine projects. The recyclable blades will be installed on the wind turbines of the Kaskasi power plant in Germany and on the offshore generators of the French EDF Renewables and German WPD projects.

An estimated 200,000 wind turbine blades will be buried in the ground or otherwise disposed of by 2050. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Goa Spotlight, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Andreas Nauen, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com ;EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.co

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


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,  


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,  


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,  


DOE Lauds Fermilab for Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2021-09-08
The U.S. DOE reports it has recognized the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, as part of its Building Envelope Campaign for the design of the Industrial Center Building Addition (ICB-A). The ICB-A was recognized as a new building that performs above code because it uses emerging high-performance technology for its building envelope -- windows, exterior walls and roofs. The Fermi building envelope surpassed the award's criteria of a 20 pct improvement over current building code, providing a 25 pct improvement. Building envelopes account for almost 33 pct of energy consumption in commercial buildings. For ICB-A, the building envelope specifications alone would have only achieved about a 15 pct improvement.

Because ICB-A connects two existing facilities, the addition was strategically located to provide direct access to surrounding assembly areas while eliminating over 7,000 square feet of building envelope exposed to the outdoor environment. Placement of the roughly 25,000-square-foot addition combined with energy-efficient windows, exterior walls and roofs gave the building its performance boost.

Fermilab is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. (Source: US DOE, Office of Science, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, www.fnal.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  US DOE,  


DOE Lauds Fermilab for Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-09-08
The U.S. DOE reports it has recognized the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, as part of its Building Envelope Campaign for the design of the Industrial Center Building Addition (ICB-A). The ICB-A was recognized as a new building that performs above code because it uses emerging high-performance technology for its building envelope -- windows, exterior walls and roofs. The Fermi building envelope surpassed the award’s criteria of a 20 pct improvement over current building code, providing a 25 pct improvement. Building envelopes account for almost 33 pct of energy consumption in commercial buildings. For ICB-A, the building envelope specifications alone would have only achieved about a 15 pct improvement.

Because ICB-A connects two existing facilities, the addition was strategically located to provide direct access to surrounding assembly areas while eliminating over 7,000 square feet of building envelope exposed to the outdoor environment. Placement of the roughly 25,000-square-foot addition combined with energy-efficient windows, exterior walls and roofs gave the building its performance boost. Fermilab is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. (Source: US DOE, Office of Science, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, www.fnal.gov


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,  


DOE Lauds Fermilab for Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
DOE Science
Date: 2021-09-03
The U.S. DOE reports it has recognized the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, as part of its Building Envelope Campaign for the design of the Industrial Center Building Addition (ICB-A). The ICB-A was recognized as a new building that performs above code because it uses emerging high-performance technology for its building envelope -- windows, exterior walls and roofs. The Fermi building envelope surpassed the award’s criteria of a 20 pct improvement over current building code, providing a 25 pct improvement. Building envelopes account for almost 33 pct of energy consumption in commercial buildings. For ICB-A, the building envelope specifications alone would have only achieved about a 15 pct improvement.

Because ICB-A connects two existing facilities, the addition was strategically located to provide direct access to surrounding assembly areas while eliminating over 7,000 square feet of building envelope exposed to the outdoor environment. Placement of the roughly 25,000-square-foot addition combined with energy-efficient windows, exterior walls and roofs gave the building its performance boost. Fermilab is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. (Source: US DOE, Office of Science, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, www.fnal.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Ireland's Ballinagree Wind Farm Prepares Planning App.(Int'l.)
Coillte Renewable Energy , Orsted
Date: 2021-09-03
Irish state-owned forestry business Coillte Renewable Energy and Danish wind energy giant Orsted report they will submit a planning application for the proposed Ballinagree Wind Farm in Co. Cork to An Bord Pleanala -- the state regulatory board -- in the coming weeks. The two firms recently acquired the projects from Brookfield's Irish operations.

The project incorporates 20 wind turbines with a proposed overall blade tip height of up to 185 metres to be constructed on Coillte land and that of 16 local landowners.

To help tackle global warming, the The government of Ireland is committed to generating 70 pct of the country's electricity from renewable sources by 2030, which requires an additional 4,000MW of onshore wind to be developed. (Source: Coillte Renewable Energy, PR, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: Coillte Renewable Energy , +18 903 67378, www.coillte.ie; Orsted, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coillte Renewable Energy,  Orsted,  Wind ,  


Gevo Files for Net-Zero 1 Project Environmental Permits (Ind. Report)
Gevo, GEVO
Date: 2021-09-01
Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has filed air quality and wastewater permit applications for its 45 million gpy Net-Zero 1 project in Lake Preston, South Dakota, with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

According to the Gevo website, "The concept of a Net-Zero Project is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy dense liquid hydrocarbons that when burned in traditional engines, have the potential to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole lifecycle of the liquid fuel: from the way carbon is captured from the atmosphere, processed to make liquid fuel products, and including the burning as a transportation fuel."

Net-Zero 1 is currently expected to have a capacity of 45 million gpy of hydrocarbons (for gasoline and jet fuel, based on current take-or-pay contracts), to produce more than 350,000,000 ppy of high protein feed products for use in the food chain, to produce enough renewable natural gas to be self-sufficient for the production process needs, and also to generate renewable electricity with a combined heat and power system. Net-Zero 1 is also expected to utilize wind energy. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  


Pattern Energy Western Spirit Wind Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
Pattern Energy
Date: 2021-09-01
Pattern Energy Group LP reports it is nearing completion of it Western Spirit wind project in east central New Mexico. When fully operational the coming December the project will constitute the largest single-phase renewable energy build-out in U.S. history, according to the company.

The Western Spirit project includes four wind farms totaling 1,050 MW of joint generating capacity and a new, 155-mile transmission line to California markets. Western Spirit farms will be twice the size of Xcel Energy's 522-MW Sagamore Wind Farm in Roosevelt County, the state's largest wind facility when it came online in December, 2020. (Source: Pattern Energy Website PR, 30 Aug., 20210 Contact: Pattern Energy, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, 917-363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com,www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


Vestas Confirms 181 MW Australian Wind Farm Order (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2021-09-01
German wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of a 181 MW wind turbine supply and installation deal that includes a 30-year service agreement from RES for the Dulacca Wind Farm in Queensland, Australia. The project will incorporate 43 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines that will generate sufficient energy for roughly 124,000 homes. (Source: Vesta Asia Pacific, PR, 30 Aug., 2021)Contact: Vestas, John Wawer, External Communications. +44 (0) 73 9792 9959, jowaw@vestas.com, www.vestsa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


Vestas Intros Renewables Aftermarket Buyers/Sellers Platform (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2021-09-01
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind energy giant Vestas is touting the introduction of Covento, a digital platform marketplace to connect buyers and sellers of parts and services from across various renewable energy technologies. Through Covento, Vestas aims to transform a fragmented renewable aftermarket into a simplified and connected digital journey.

The Coventa platform will list and facilitate the delivery of products and services from Vestas and third party buyer and sellers. (Source: Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Website PR, Aug., Sept., 2021) Contact: Vestas, John Wawer, External Communications, +44 (0) 73 9792 9959, jowaw@vestas.com; www.Vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Legacy Solar Co-op,  Solar,  Solar Cooperative,  


Dominion Inks VA Offshore Wind Staging Area Lease (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy, Offshore Wind
Date: 2021-08-30
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy reports inking a 10-year lease agreement with the Port of Virginia for 72 acres at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for a staging and assembly facility for its 2,600-MW offshore wind project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The project is the largest commercial offshore wind project in the U.S. and will generate sufficient power for as many as 660,000 homes when fully operational.

Dominion Energy has a two-turbine pilot program currently operating off Virginia Beach. (Dominion Energy, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy, Joshua Bennett, VP Offshore Wind, www.DominionEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


Kincardine Offshore Floating Wind Farm Completed (Int'l.)
Kincardine Offshore Wind,Pilot Offshore Renewables
Date: 2021-08-27
Spring, Texas-based ABS Class Services is reporting construction of the 48 MW Kincardine Offshore floating Wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland has been completed. The project incorporates a 2MW Vestas turbine in addition to five 9.5 MW Vestas turbines and is expected to generate up to 218 GWh of electricity per -- sufficient power for 55,000 Scottish households.

The project was developed by Kincardine Offshore Wind, a wholly-owned subsidiary of of Edinburgh, Scotland-based Pilot Offshore Renewables. Cobra Wind, a subsidiary of ACS Group, is responsible for the engineering, design, supply, construction, and commissioning .

"ABS is the global leader in the Classification of floating offshore wind, with our Guide used for more than 80MW of floating turbines now installed," according to ABS VP Global Offshore, Matthew Tremblay. (Source: ABS Class Services, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: ABS Class Services, Matthew Tremblay, 281-877-6000, ww2.eagle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kincardine Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Pilot Offshore Renewables ,  


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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EMBER,  Sandbag,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


Rocky Mountain Power Upgrades Wyoming Wind Fleet (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2021-08-25
In Cheyenne, Wyoming, PacifiCorp's Rocky Mountain Power reports it has more than doubled its wind energy production with the recently completed addition of new wind resources and upgrading its existing wind turbine fleet located in Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. The installation of new larger state-of-the-art nacelles and blades increased the output and useful life of about 1,000 mw of existing generating capability from the same wind source.

The program began in 2017 when PacifiCorp announced its $3.1 billion Energy Vision 2020 initiative that included four new wind projects located in Wyoming: Cedar Springs 1, Cedar Springs 2; Ekola Flats; TB Flats, totaling 1,150 MW of new generating capability. (Source: PacifiCorp. Rcky Mountain Power, PR, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Gary Hoogeveen, Pres., CEO, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  PacifiCorp,  Wind Trubine,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy news,  Poland Offshore wind news,  


BayWa r.e. Closes €57Mn Financing on Italian Wind Farm (Int'l)
BayWa r.e.
Date: 2021-08-25
NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank and BayWa r.e. are reporting the completion of €57 million in financing for the Serralonga onshore wind farm currently under construction in the Campania Region, Italy. The project is slated to come online in Q1, 2022.

The Serralonga project will incorporate 11 Vestas V136 turbines and 1 Vestas V117 turbine, totalling an installed ca-pacity of 50.5 MW -- sufficient power for roughly 45,000 house-holds. (Source: BayWa r.e. 15 Aug., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com/en/energy-solutions

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  Vestas,  


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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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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Fagen Tapped for Epitome Energy Biodiesel Soybean Crush Facility (Ind. Report)
Fagen,Epitome Energy
Date: 2021-08-20
Epitome Energy reports it has awarded Fagen the EPC contract to construct a $300 million, 42 million-bpy soybean crush facility in Crookston Minnesota. A refined, bleached, and deodorised oil refining operation may be added at a later date.

Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen has reportedly constructed roughly 60 pct of the US's ethanol production capacity, as well as multiple biodiesel, wind and power projects, according to the release. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Epitome Energy, 612-325-1330, www.epitomeenergy.com; Fagen, Evan Fagen, www.fageninc.com

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U.S. Onshore Wind Construction Costs Down 27 pct (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2021-08-18
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), U.S. onshore wind generating capacity increased 74 pct from 2013 to 2019 to a total of 104 GW, including 9.6 GW built in 2019. The average U.S. construction cost for onshore wind generators fell from $1,895 per kW in 2013 to $1,391/kW in 2019, with significant regional variations.

Average onshore wind construction costs for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages about 90 pct of Texas's electric load, totaled $1,114/kW in 2019 and were less expensive than the U.S. average for that year. ERCOT installed the most wind capacity of any U.S. electricity market region in 2019 (3.5 GW) and also had the highest total wind capacity (26 GW) as of December 2019. Favorable market conditions, wholesale prices, and geographic advantages contribute to lower construction costs in ERCOT.

In 2019, the average construction cost for wind capacity was lower in ERCOT than it was in neighboring market regions Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). The average construction cost for wind in SPP, which manages the electric grid in all or parts of 14 states including northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, was $1,426/kW. In MISO, which covers the Midwest United States as well as parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the average construction cost for wind in 2019 was $1,637/kW. Average construction costs in both SPP and MISO were above the U.S. average in 2019.

All three market regions -- ERCOT, SPP, and MISO -- are in the central US "Wind Belt" where some of the country's best wind resources and a large share of U.S. wind capacity are located. Wind Belt states were among the least expensive in the U.S. for constructing wind generating capacity from 2013 to 2019.

Like many states in the Wind Belt, California had significant wind capacity (5.9 GW) at the end of 2019. However, California had relatively high average wind plant construction costs, averaging $2,310/kW for new wind installations between 2013 and 2019. The high costs could be driven by a variety of factors, including state policies and regulations, land use restrictions, and difficulties in developing wind projects.

Additional information is HERE. (Source: US EIA, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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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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Bluefield Solar Expands Wind, Solar+Storage Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
Bluefield Solar
Date: 2021-08-16
In the UK, Isle of Gurnsey-headquartered Bluefield Solar Income Fund Ltd is reporting acquisition of a 13-MW portfolio of 109 small-scale wind turbines across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, totalling 12.59 MW for £63 million ($74.1 million).

Bluefield also purchased a 45-MWp shovel-ready solar+storage project with 25 MWp in Lincolnshire UK. The assets were purchased from Arena Capital Partners Ltd . (Source: Bluefield Solar Fund Ltd., John Rennocks, Chairman, +44 (0) 1481 742 742, bluefieldteam@ocorian.com, www.bluefieldsif.com; Arena Capital Partners, www.arenacapital.ie

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$200Mn Available for South African Solar, Wind Projects (Int'l.)
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Date: 2021-08-13
In Johannesburg, the government-owned Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) reports it is seeking proposals for solar and wind projects, looking to provide $200 million under a programme developed together with the Green Climate Fund , with $100 million provided by each fund.

The proposal is seeking 10 MW to 75 MW projects that have completed feasibility studies, are fully permitted and have a 15-year or more power purchase agreement (PPA) in place. (Source: Development Bank of Southern Africa, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: Development Bank of Southern Africa, www.dbsa.org

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Northland Power Closes on Spanish Renewables Portfolio (M&A)
Northland Power
Date: 2021-08-13
Following up on oue 16th April coverage, Toronto-headquartered Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc. reports the completion of its €348 million ($408.7 million US) acquisition of a 551 MW portfolio of operational renewable energy assets in Spain from Madrid-based Helia Renovables FCR fund. Northland also assumed debt of €716 million in the deal.

The portfolio includes 33 operating assets totaling 435 MW of onshore wind, initially 424 MW, 66 MW of solar PV and 50 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP). (Source: Northland Power, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Northland Power, Mike Crawley, CEO, Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Helia Renovables, www.dnb.com/business-directory/companyprofiles.helia_renovables_fcr.17923b9d5b34a27511c140416afe2293.html

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Wartsila Supplies Battery Energy Storage in Taiwan (Int'l. Report)
Wartsila
Date: 2021-08-11
Wartsila reports it will supply a 5.2 MW/5.2 MWh battery energy storage system to the Beimen Energy Storage project to be constructed by Shangfa Construction for North-Star International .in the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, The project is expected to be operational by the end of Q1, next year.

Wartsilas system will enable North-Star International to provide frequency regulation and spinning reserve services and will enable the integration of greater levels of renewables, Taiwan aims to have 20% solar and wind power by 2025, which will be augmented with an additional 15GW of offshore wind power by 2035. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 10 Aug., 2021)

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Emerson Nails Alaska Wind Farm Digitalization Project (Ind. Report)
Golden Valley Electric Association
Date: 2021-08-11
Emerson Automation is reporting completion of a digital transformation project to increase the reliability of clean energy generation at Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) Eva Creek wind farm, the state's largest wind farm.

Emerson's solutions will simplify management of the Eva Creek wind farm and provide more accurate equipment diagnostics and analytics for forecasting and power dispatch. The end-to-end solution incorporates Emerson's Ovation™ automation platform and OSI Monarch™ software to help the utility achieve a more resilient, responsible and smarter power grid. (Source: Emerson Automation, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Emerson Automation, Bob Yeager, Pres.- Power and Water Solutions, www.emersonautomationexperts.com; Golden Valley Electric Association, 907-452-1151, www.gvea.org

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Vestas Lands 126 MW EnVentus Order in Finland (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2021-08-09
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind energy giant Vestas is reporting receipt of a 126 MW order from Taaleri Energia for the Isoneva project in Finland, adding to the more than 1.8 GW in firm orders already received in Finland for the EnVentus platform.

The order includes supply, installation of 21 V162-6.0 MW turbines from Vestas' EnVentus platform. Along with a long-term Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

The Isoneva project, which will be situated in Siikajoki municipality in the North Ostrobothnia region, will receive turbines in the first quarter of 2022 and be fully commissioned by the end of 2022.

Taaleri Energia is a Helsinki based renewable energy fund manager and developer and manages a 2.8 GW wind and solar portfolio in Europe, the US and the Middle East.The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange. (Source: Vestas, PR 6 Aug., 2021) Contact: Vestas, John Wawer, External Communications Specialist, +44 (0) 73 9792 9959, jowaw@vestas.com; Taaleri Energia, www.taalerienergia.com/en

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NRCAN Invests in Housing Net-Zero Energy Retrofits (Ind. Report)
NRCAN
Date: 2021-08-09
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is reporting a $547,500 investment to the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) to retrofit affordable housing. The corporation is matching federal funding, for a project total over $1 million.

The pilot project -- the first of its kind in Canada -- aims to retrofit a four-unit townhouse in Ottawa , Ontario, into net-zero energy home while extending the building's life-cycle. The energy related upgrades and retrofits include; new roof, windows, prefabricated exterior panels, rooftop solar panels and others to increase energy efficiency and reduce the building's carbon footprint and the building's energy consumption by roughly 55 percent.

Canadian Federal funding is provided through the NRCAN Green Infrastructure Energy Efficiency for Buildings Program. This program supports the development and implementation of building codes for existing buildings and new net-zero energy-ready buildings through research, development and demonstration projects. CanmetENERGY-Ottawa is also collaborating with OCHC to monitor the performance of the retrofit, as well as providing ongoing research on Prefabricated Exterior Energy Retrofits (PEER). (Source: NRCAN, PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ottawa Community Housing Corp, www.och-lco.ca; NRCAN Green Infrastructure Energy Efficiency for Buildings Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/netzerobuildings

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Ontario Incentivizing Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programs (Funding)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, NRCAN
Date: 2021-08-06
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a $1.8 million investment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, driving cost savings for Ontario communities through FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The following Ontario municipalities are being funded to design or conduct feasibility studies on implementing home energy efficiency retrofit financing programs:

  • Oakville Enterprises Corporation -- $70,000 to complete a feasibility study on a home energy retrofit financing program, in partnership with the Town of Oakville.

  • Peterborough -- $175,000 for a feasibility study on Peterborough's more equitable energy efficiency program.

  • Windsor -- $175,000 for a feasibility study on designing a residential deep energy efficiency retrofit (R-DEER) financing program.

  • Brampton -- $175,000 for a feasibility study on the Peel residential energy program (PREP).

  • Clean Air Partnership -- $175,000 for a feasibility study to develop a locally-tailored finance program for home energy retrofits with the County of Dufferin, London, Barrie and Huntsville.

  • Clean Air Partnership -- $175,000 for a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Clarington, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Tay Valley Township to develop locally-tailored home energy retrofit financing programs.

  • REEP Green Solutions -- $175,000 to complete a residential energy retrofit loan program design study in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo.

  • City of Greater Sudbury -- $170,000 for a study comparing home-retrofit financing models for Greater Sudbury.

  • Newmarket -- $133,700 for a feasibility study on the Newmarket energy efficiency retrofit (NEER) business implementation plan.

  • City of Thunder Bay -- $116,800 for a community efficiency financing feasibility study.

  • City of Burlington -- $100,000 for a feasibility study on a home energy efficiency retrofit program.

  • Municipality of Leamington and Essex Energy Corporation -- $91,200 for a study examining utility on-bill financing for home renewable energy projects in Essex County.

  • Town of Cobourg -- $71,500 for a community efficiency financing feasibility study. GMF's Community Efficiency Financing initiative helps communities of all sizes implement innovative local financing programs that directly help homeowners cut their GHG emissions, make their homes more energy-efficient.

    To date, the Government of Canada has invested $1.65 billion in GMF since its inception. (Source: Natural Resource Canada, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, PR, Oakville News, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, www.fcm.ca; NARCAN, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • Orsted Nails Largest Onshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Copenhagen-headquartered energy giant Orsted is reporting completion of its largest onshore wind project to date -- the 130-turbine, 367 MW Western Trail Wind Farm in Wilbarger and Baylor counties, Texas. The completed project brings Orsted's total onshore capacity to over 2.8 GW of wind, solar and battery storage in operation.

    The project has long-term power purchase agreements with PepsiCo, Hormel Foods, and Nucor for the majority of its power generation. Both PepsiCo and Hormel Foods will also purchase power from the Haystack Wind project in SPP (Southwest Power Pool) which is slated to come online later this year. (Source: Orsted, Website PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Orsted, www.orsted.com

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    US Wind Announces Major Offshore Wind Progress (Ind. Report)
    US Wind
    Date: 2021-08-06
    US Wind, Inc., Maryland's leader in offshore wind development, has announced major steps forward in the development of offshore wind energy for Maryland, including: major labor agreements to support the company's first major offshore wind project for Maryland -- the 22-turbine MarWin project -- and all other future projects; anew port facility agreement with Tradepoint Atlantic to develop 90 waterfront acres into a new offshore wind deployment hub, where US Wind will initially invest $77 million via the MarWin project; expansion plans for development of up to an additional 1,200 MW of offshore wind energy with the new Momentum Wind project; and a proposal for a new steel fabrication facility in Baltimore County at the Tradepoint Atlantic site -- Sparrows Point Steel -- to be built in conjunction with Momentum Wind.

    At full capacity, Momentum Wind would include up to 82 turbines and will be Maryland's most ambitious clean energy project, able to fully satisfy the state's offshore wind energy goals and renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    Catalyzed by a landmark 90-acre lease agreement with Tradepoint Atlantic at Sparrows Point Shipyard, the former home of Bethlehem Steel, US Wind will build on the port investment already committed via the MarWin project to facilitate the investment of an incremental $150 million to develop Sparrows Point Steel, Maryland's first manufacturing facility for monopile offshore wind foundations.

    Founded in 2011, US Wind is majority-owned by Italian renewable energy developer Renexia SpA and a subsidiary of Toto Holding SpA which specializes in large-scale transportation and energy sector construction projects. (Source: US Wind, Website PR, 3 Aug., 2021) Contact: US Wind, Jeff Grybowski, CEO, Nancy Sopko, 410.727.4020, n.sopko@uswindinc.com, www.uswind.com; Tradepoint Atlantic, www.tradepointatlantic.com

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    LONGi Claims Eurowind 64 MW Solar Modules Order (Int'l. Report)
    LONGI, Eurowind Energy
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Xi'an, China-headquartered solar technology specialist LONGi is reporting receipt of an order from Eurowind Energy for 64 MW of its high-efficiency Hi-MO 5 solar modules for three Eurowind projects -- 22 MW in Portugal and 42 MW in Denmark. Delivery is slated to start in Sept, this year.

    With 15 manufacturing bases and more than 30 branches around the world, LONGi produces monocrystalline silicon wafers and modules for distributed and ground mount power station systems. In 2020, LONGi became the first solar module manufacturer to ship more than 20GW of modules in a year, according to the company release. (Source: LONGi, Website News, 5 Aug., 2021) Contact: Eurowind Energy, Jens Rasmussen, CEO, www.eurowindenergy.com; LONGi, +86-21-6057 8585 marketing@longi.com, www.longi.com

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    Enel Purchasing ERG Hydro Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
    Enel, ERG
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In Milan, Europe's largest utility Enel reports an agreement to purchase a 527 MW portfolio of hydroelectric assets from Italian renewable energy major ERG S.p.A. The €1 billion ($1.19 billion) deal is expected to close early in 2022.

    Enel, Italy's dominant hydroelectric player with almost 12.5 GW of capacity, will fund the deal from cash flow and current debt lines.

    ERG, one of Europe's leading wind power players, is reportedly selling the assets, along with some gas-fired power plants, to speed up the process to create a pure wind and solar player. (Source: Enel, PR, Aug., 2021)Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; ERG, +39 010 2401804, stampa@erg.eu, www.erg.eu

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    Province, Feds Invest in Newfoundland Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Newfoundland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In Atlantic Canada, the Newfoundland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is reporting a cost-shared funding more than $1 million for Efficiency and Fuel Switching projects for the Bruce II Sports Complex and Ralph Bennett Memorial Fire Hall in Channel- Port aux Basques.

    The funding will be used for heat pump system HVAC improvements, installation of energy star rated glazing, air sealing and lighting retrofits at the Bruce II Sports Complex. The Ralph Bennett Memorial Fire Hall will be switched from oil to electricity, with installation of insulation and more efficient windows and doors.

    The Town of Channel-Port aux Basques is receiving $490,000 from the Federal Government and $408,292 from the Provincial Climate Change Challenge Fund with the town contributing $326,707 in support of the project for the Bruce II Sports Complex. Funding of $58,631 is being provided by the Federal Government, along with $48,854 from the Provincial Climate Change Challenge Fund toward the Ralph Bennet Memorial Fire Hall project, with the Town contributing $39,092 in support of the project.

    The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador's Climate Change Challenge Fund is a competitive grant-based program to fund greenhouse gas reduction projects and supports capital projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions. Funding is available to organizations across commercial, municipal, not-for-profit sectors and, Indigenous governments and organizations. (Source: Gov. of Newfoundland and Labrador, PR, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Newfoundland Environment and Climate Change Ministry, Lynn Robinson, 709-729-5449, 691-9446, lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca, www.gov.nl.ca

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

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

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

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    RES, Octopus Renewables Ink Wind Management Agreement (Ind. Report)
    RES, Octopus Renewables
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Four of the nine are new sites totaling 234.4 MW to the RES portfolio, while the other five will continue to be managed by indpendant renewable energy developer RES after the successful re-tendering of the projects. Takeover of the four new sites: Cour, Beinneun, Grange and Hillhead of Auquhirie is complete, and work has already started to identify asset enhancements to make the sites as efficient as possible.

    The latest agreement means RES now delivers asset management services for over 130 wind, solar and storage assets in the UK and Ireland, with an installed clean energy capacity in excess of 2 GW. (Source: RES, Octopus Renewables, PR, Energy Global, 29 July, 2021)

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    Bord na Mona Advancing Controversial Offaly Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Ireland, in a Pre-Application Consultation with the national planning authority, Bord na Mona Powergen reports it is moving forward with plans for a controversial 3-17 turbine wind farm in Offaly, County Leinster.

    The Offaly County Council Conservation Plan which "provides a framework for decision-making on future developments to infrastructure and land use," supports the wind farm project which has encountered local opposition. (Source: Bord na Mona Powergen., Offaly News, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Bord na Mona Powergen, www.bordnamona.ie

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    Terra-Gen Closes Financing on CA Solar+Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
    Terra-Gen
    Date: 2021-08-02
    NYC-headquartered independent renewable energy provider Terra-Gen, LLC reports completion of $804 million financing on the initial phase of its Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility in Kern County, California.

    When fully operational the project will produce sufficient clean energy for more than 158,000 homes and displace more than 307,000 tpy of CO2. The Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility incorporates 346 MWac of solar modules and 1,501 MWh of battery storage.

    The project is on land leased from Edwards Air Force Base as well as on adjacent private land. Mortenson is the full engineering, procurement and construction contractor on both the solar and energy storage scopes with First Solar supplying the solar modules and LG Chem and Samsung supplying the batteries.

    Terra-Gen, LLC is a leading U.S. developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale renewable energy projects in North America. Terra-Gen owns approximately 1.3 GW and 77MWh of wind, solar and energy storage capacity in operation across 26 renewable power facilities throughout the United States. Terra-Gen was formed in 2007 and is owned by ECP, a leading investor in infrastructure facilitating the energy transition, and First Sentier Investors, a leading global asset manager. (Source: Terra-Gen LLC, PR Contact: Terra-Gen LLC, Jim Pagano, CEO, 646-829-3909, 646-829-3900, jpagano@terra-gen.com, www.terra-gen.com

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    INOVUES Touts Glazing Shield™ Window Technology (Ind. Report)
    INOVUES
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Saint-Gobain-backed U.S. startup INOVUES is touting its window retrofit system that provides the same benefits of full window replacement at a fraction of the cost and without disruption to the building or occupants. The company’s retrofit technology enables the windows and glass facades of buildings to be upgraded and incorporate the latest energy-saving and smart glass innovations without removal or replacement.

    INOVUES' patented Glazing Shield™ "overglaze" system is mounted on the existing window glass, incorporates a new high-performance glass panel to transform energy-inefficient single- and double-glazed windows into high-performing double- or triple-glazed systems, create a hermetically sealed desiccated cavity between the original glass and the newly added glass that delivers up to 10 times higher thermal insulation.

    Available with a variety of glass tints and performance options, including smart glass and embedded transparent PV, INOVUES' Glazing Shields can save up to 40 pct on energy consumption and increase the value and sustainability of the building, according to the release. (Source: INOVUES, PR, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: INOVUES, Hannah Miller, 303-520-5737, hmiller@inovues.com, www.inovues.com

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