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1366 Tech., Hunt Perovskite Tech. Merge Announced (M&A)
1366 Technologies,Hunt Perovskite
Date: 2021-06-28
Bedford, Mass.-based silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies and Dallas-headquartered Hunt Perovskite Technologies are reporting a merger to form CubicPV, which is reportedly in partnership talks with an as yet unidentified Indian firm.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, First Solar, and Hunt Energy Enterprises are the three top shareholders in CubicPV.

CubicPV reportedly plans establish a 2GW solar wafer and cell manufacturing unit with an investment of around $300-350 million under the Indian central government's production-linked incentive scheme.

While CubicPV will establish and control the wafer and cell manufacturing, the yet to be determined local partner would handle module assembly from the cells and marketing in India. CubicPV will utilise 1366's trademark Direct Wafer process to produce wafers directly from molten silicon instead of ingots. (Source: 1366 Technologies, Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Hindu Busines Line, 28 June, 2021) Contact: 1366 Technologies, Frank van Mierlo, CEO, Laureen Sanderson, (781) 861-1611 x2204, lsanderson@1366tech.com, www.1366tech.com; Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, info@huntperovskite.com, www.huntperovskite.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News 1366 Technologies,  Solar,  CubicPV,  Hunt Perovskite ,  


First Solar Plans Third Ohio Solar Factory Complex (Ind. Report)
First Solar
Date: 2021-06-09
First Solar reports it plans to invest $680 million to double its US manufacturing capability with the construction a new state-of-the-art factory in Toledo, Ohio.

The new facility, the company's third solar plant in the Toledo area, will be able to produce one solar module every 2.8 seconds primarily for the U.S. market. It will also be the largest fully integrated solar manufacturing complex in the world, outside of China, according to First Solar. (Source: First Solar, PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar ,  Solar,  


First Solar, Nel Partner on PV Hydrogen Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, First Solar
Date: 2021-05-05
Oslo-headquartered hydrogen technology specialist Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser and Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar -- global manufacturer of solar panels and developer of utility-scale solar power plants -- report they have joined forces to develop an integrated power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for PV hydrogen power plants.

The SCADA system will enable optimization of PV-electrolyser hybrid projects resulting in lowest total cost of hydrogen and electricity. The parties will also explore further ways of optimising and integrating technology elements throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant. (Source: First Solar, Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, PR, Contact: Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, www.nelhydrogen.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser,  First Solar,  Hydrogen ,  


NovaSource Closes First Solar North American O&M Deal (M&A)
NovaSource Power Services ,First Solar
Date: 2021-04-02
Austin, Texas-based NovaSource Power Services , a portfolio company of Clairvest Group Inc. , reports closure of its previously announced acquisition and corresponding merger with the North American operations and maintenance (O&M) business of First Solar, Inc. The combined business will operate as NovaSource Power Services.

NovaSource is now the largest global solar operations and maintenance workforce, with over 700 service technicians serving the utility, industrial, commercial, and residential solar markets, as well as EV charging station infrastructure. The combined resources will provide the solar industry with an independent market leader focused on enabling the growth of the renewable energy infrastructure through safe, professional, and reliable O&M services, according to the release. (Source: NovaSource Power Services, First Solar, Inc., PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: NovaSource Power Services, www.novasourcepower.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NovaSource Power Services,  Solar,  First Solar ,  


9H, Wyoming University Partner on Solar Energy Research (R&D)
9H Research Foundation
Date: 2021-03-08
In Wyoming, the Laramie-based 9H Research Foundation reports it will donate possibly millions of dollars to the University of Wyoming (UW) in the form of clean energy installations and in-kind support services for construction of a philanthropic student research facility and the creation of a world-class clean energy engineering curriculum at UW.

First Solar, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, made a $300,000 in-kind donation to the project with more than 2,000 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic modules totaling nearly 1 megawatt of capacity. Other funders include Creative Energies Solar, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Alt E Wind & Solar, RiskThinking.AI, and Black Bean Capital Partners.

To drive innovation and provide students with hands-on research experience, 9H Foundation is hiring additional student interns and funding $15,000 worth of projects for seven student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects out of the new research facility. (Source: 9H Research Foundation, Gillette News Record, 7 Mar., 2021) Contact: 9H Energy, 9H Research Foundation Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder, info@9henergy.com, www.9henergy.com; University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science, 307-766-4253, enginfo@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  9H Research Foundation,  Solar,  


Longroad Picks up 900 MW Solar+Storage Portfolio (M&A, Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy
Date: 2021-02-17
Longroad Energy, a US-based renewable energy developer, owner, and operator has announced the acquisition of First Solar's Sun Streams 2, 4, and 5 solar projects totaling 900 MWdc capacity plus the potential for 1-2 GWh of battery storage projects in Arizona.

Longroad has closed the acquisition of Sun Streams 2. The closing of Sun Streams 4 and 5 is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Sun Streams 2 is being constructed by McCarthy Building Companies and is expected to be operational in June 2021. Sun Streams 4 and 5 are development projects targeted for 2022 and 2024 startups respectively. Both projects are currently uncontracted and uniquely positioned to accommodate a variety of offtake structures, with or without storage, according to the Longroad release. (Source: Longroad, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Longroad Energy, Paul Gaynor, CEO , www.longroadenergy.com; First Solar, Georges Antoun, CCO, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longroad Energy,  First Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


Arkansas Solar Education Lab, Array Approved (Ind. Report)
University of Arkansas
Date: 2021-02-01
In Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) Board of Trustees is reporting approval of a seven-acre solar array and solar learning lab that will issue a Certificate of Proficiency in Solar Energy Technology. The certificate curriculum is adopted from Solar Energy International.

With this curriculum, UAHT will become an approved training provider for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), according to the release.

The certificate program, which is expected to begin this fall, is part of the path to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Power Technologies degree at UAH

The UHAT solar lab $200,000 in grant funding from AEP/SWEPCO Foundation. In addition, Entegrity Energy Partners, which was selected to design and install the solar project, as well as First Solar and OMCO Solar, are donating solar modules and racking equipment to help complete the laboratory.

There are presently more than 42,5610 homes in Arkansas powered by solar, with twenty-six solar companies active in the state. (Source: University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, PR, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, 870-777-5722, www.uaht.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Leeward to Acquire 10 GW U.S. Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-01-27
Dallas-headquartered Leeward Renewable Energy LLC is reporting plans to acquire a utility-scale solar platform for about $261 million. Leeward, which is owned by the province of Ontario, Canada pension fund OMERS said it would acquire about 10 gigawatts of projects being developed by Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar. Many of the projects are slated for California and other parts of the U.S., with construction expected to begin within two years.

Leeward operates about 2 GW of wind power generation in the U.S. The First Solar deal is expected to bring the company's operating capacity to 5 GW of renewable energy by 2025. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2021) Contact: Leeward Renewable Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, John Wycherley, VP Bus. Dev., 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy,  Solar,  


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 , www.alliantenergy.com

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


Vistra Selects First Solar PV Modules for Texas Projects (Ind. Report)
First Solar,Vistra Corp.
Date: 2020-10-30
Tempe, Arizona-based thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy Corp has selected its high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to power its six recently announced solar energy projects across the Lone Star State. First Solar will supply 869 MW (DC) of Series 6 modules to power five utility-scale solar projects, developed by Vistra, ranging from 50 to 200 MW (AC),

Vistra is the largest competitive residential electricity provider and largest competitive power generator in the U.S. with a diverse generation portfolio of approximately 39,000 MW. (Source: First Solar, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, Jim Burke, COO, www.vistraenergy.com; First Solar, Georges Antoun, Chief Commercial Officer, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Vistra,  Solar Module,  


Alliant Unveils Iowa Solar + Storage Garden (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-10-23
In the Hawkeye State, Alliant Energy reports its more than 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 can 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, KWBG, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy Iowa, Terry Kouba, President , www.alliantenergy.com

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


Acciona Acquires Diode Ventures' TX Solar Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
Acciona
Date: 2020-09-30
Diode Ventures, a Black & Veatch company, is reporting ACCIONA has acquired 100-pct of its 240-MW solar PV project in Fort Bend County, Texas. The acquisition is Acciona's fourth investment in the state, and its first solar PV project in the Lone Star State. Diode bought the Fort Bend Solar project from global property group and contractor Lendlease in 2018.

When operational, Fort Bend will give the company more than 750 MWs of renewable capacity in Texas. ACCIONA has committed to delivering 1,600 MWs of new solar across the United States by 2023.

Diode Ventures, which offers clients reliable, turnkey asset-development solutions for large-scale infrastructure programs, teamed with Enfinite Capital LLC to develop the Fort Bend Solar project to a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) state. As an investment and asset management firm, Enfinite Capital specializes in renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate assets. (Source: Acciona, Website PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: ACCIONA , David Jakubiak, 312-673-3086 , djakubiak@acciona.com, www.acciona.com; Diode Ventures , Anna Goebel , 913-458-1688 , GoebelA@diodeventures.com, www.diodeventures.com; Enfinite Capital, www.enfinite.capital

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona,  Solar,  


Siemens Gamesa Claims 473-MW Indian Turbine Order (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2020-08-19
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA reports receipt of a firm order from Indian renewables developer Adani Green Energy Ltd for 215 units of SG 2.2-122 turbines totaling 473 MW for Adani's wind project in Fatehgarh , Rajasthan state, India. The order includes supply, installation and pre-commissioning. . The wind farm is expected to be commissioned and online in September 2021. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewables, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Adani Green Energy More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa news, Wind news, Adani Green Energy news, Philadelphia Energy Launches Second Annual Solar Week (Ind. Report) In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the launch of its second annual “Solarize Philly” program that provides free remote solar assessments and a new Solar Savings Grant Program to households of all income levels. The program , which is the largest of its kind in the nation, has facilitated a $10 million investment in Philadelphia's clean energy economy since 2017.

PEA also heads up Bright Solar Futures, a workforce development program aimed at establishing the nation's first Solar Energy Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, with U.S. DOE support and PECO utility sponsorship.

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is an independent municipal authority created in 2010 to advance clean and affordable energy goals for the City. PEA has facilitated over $100 million in clean energy projects in Philadelphia since 2017, creating more than over 1,000 jobs. PEA’s $1 billion Philadelphia Energy Campaign, which launched in 2016, will create 10,000 jobs by 2026 through the implementation of clean energy and energy efficiency projects. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, PR, 14 Aug., 2020) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, www.philaenergy.org; Solarize Philly, www.solarizephilly.org More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarize Philly news, Philadelphia Energy Authority news, Solar news, Statkraft Plans Berry Burn Wind Farm Expansion (Int'l. Report) Norwegian state owned Statkraft AS reports it is seeking Scottish government approval to expand its 66.7-MW Berry Burn wind farm in Moray, Scotland to 104.5 MW with nine additional turbines totalling 37.8 MW. The additional turbines are expected to generate 139.1 GWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply over 35,500 homes. The 29-turbine Berry Burn wind farm originally came online in 2014. (Source: Statkraft, PR, Renewables, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Stakraft, More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft news, Wind news, Scotland Wind news, Azelio Announces Masdar Renewable Energy Storage Project (Intl. Report) Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered global engineering firm Azelio AB reports along with Masdar and Khalifa University its will install a verification project in Abu Dhabi in Q3 2020 to evaluate Azelio’s renewable energy storage technology for inclusion in the Masdar product portfolio for current and future renewable energy projects. The evaluation project will be set up and installed by ALEC Energy, the solar business division of ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC, part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Azelio and ALEC Energy have signed an MoU, covering a collaboration over 49MW installed capacity of Azelio’s energy storage until 2025. (Source: Azelio, Middle East Technical Review, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklund, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80, jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio news, Energy Storage news, Renewable Energy news, Dominion Energy Snares 62.5MW Virginia Solar Project (M&A, Ind. Report) In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting acquisition of a 62.5-megawatt solar power project in Orange County from Cypress Creek Renewables . The facility is expected to go online in 2022. Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corp. will purchase the facility's renewable energy from the grid to power its operations. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert Blue, Exec. VP, . Cypress Creek Renewables More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy news, Solar news, Cypress Creek Renewablse news,


Gridserve Snares Subsidy-Free UK Solar Facility (Int'l. M&A)
Gridserve,Anesco
Date: 2020-08-07
In the UK, Anesco Ltd. is reporting the sale of the Clayhill solar farm near Bedfordshireto for an undisclosed price to Gridserve. Clayhill, the UK's first solar farm developed without government subsidies, consists of 10MW of solar PV co-located with a 6MW energy storage facility and generates sufficient power for roughly 2,500 homes.

Anesco has developed 115 utility-scale solar and energy storage projects to date, with a total capacity in excess of 750MW. Anesco invested directly in a number of projects but is now selling these assets to focus fully on its core offering: providing full lifecycle engineering services to solar and energy storage markets. (Source: Anesco Ltd., PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Anesco Ltd., Mark Futyan, CEO, webenquiries@anesco.co.ik, www.anesco.co.uk; Gridserve, +44 333 1234 333, www.gridserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Gridserve,  Anesco,  


Orsted Snares 2nd U.S. Solar Project (Ind. Report, M&A)
Orsted
Date: 2020-07-13
Copenhagen-headquartered global energy player Orsted is reporting acquisition of the 227MW AC Muscle Shoals PV solar project which is under construction in Colbert County, Alabama.

The project -- the company's second U.S. solar venture -- will incorporate panels supplied by First Solar and is expected to come online in Q3, 2021. (Source: Orsted, Republic World, 19 July, 2020) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Solar,  


Amesbury Solar-Plus-Storage Project Completed (Ind. Report)
CS Energy,Kearsarge Energy
Date: 2020-06-24
Edison, New Jersey-based clean energy contractor CS Energy is reporting completion of a 4.5MW solar project installation with a 3.8 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion battery system on a landfill cap site in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

The project, which was developed as part of a partnership between the City of Amesbury and Kearsarge Energy, was one of the first solar plus energy storage projects to participate in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program (Source: CS Energy , renews.biz, 24 June, 2020) Contact: CS Energy, Sean Harrington, Dir. Energy Storage, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Kearsarge Energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CS Energy news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  Kearsarge Energy news,  


Amazon Launches Chinese Solar Energy Facility (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2020-05-22
On-line retail juggernaut Amazon is reporting the opening of its first solar energy facility in China. The 100-MW solar project in Shandong is expected to generate 128,000 MWh of power annually.

The company plans to construct similar facilities in Australia and the U.S. -- Ohio and Virginia -- as part of its Climate Pledge and commitment to be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2030.

Amazon presently has 31 renewable energy facilities and uses power from solar panels on rooftops at 60 fulfillment centers around the world. (Source: Amazon, GeekWire, 21 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Solar,  


First Solar, Geronimo Seal 415 MW Module Supply Deal (Ind Report)
First Solar,Geronimo Energy
Date: 2020-05-08
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. is reporting a framework supply agreement with Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, for 415 MW of its high-performance, eco-efficient Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules for delivery in 2022. 2022.

Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.

First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact: Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, info@geronimoenergy.com, www.geronimoenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  Geronimo Energy ,  


US-MAP Boosts Solar Perovskite Commercialization (Ind Report)
NREL
Date: 2020-05-04
NREL reports it has joined with the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo to form the US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAPPS).

While perovskite cells have shown promise in the lab, more work remains to be done to ensure that the technology is ready for commercial success, according to NREL. Manufacturing, durability, and sustainability remain challenges and will be the consortium's research focus. Members of US-MAP will share R&D, validation, and pilot manufacturing, which will reduce development costs and technology risks for potential investors.

US-MAP has six major US-based industry players as founding members: BlueDot Photonics, Energy Materials Corporation, First Solar, Hunt Perovskites Technologies, Swift Solar, and Tandem PV. (Source: NREL, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Center for Materials Science, Joseph J. Berry, 303-384-7611, Joe.Berry@nrel.gov, | HERE; US-MAP, HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  perovskite,  Solar,  


Jonesboro Ark. Utility Announces 13.25 MW Solar Project (Ind. Report)
TurningPoint Energy, Jonesboro City Water and Light
Date: 2020-05-01
In Arkansas, the city of Jonesboro (pop. 77,000) City Water and Light (CWL) utility reports it has entered into a turnkey agreement with TurningPoint Energy (TPE) to develop the city's first solar power system totaling 13.25 MW.

Construction of the approximately 98 acre project is slated to begin during the summer of 2021, for commissioning and startup no later than December, 2021.

CWL will own the system, which will generate an estimated total of 24,292 MWh during the first year of operation -- sufficient power for roughly 1,600 homes. (Source: Jonesboro City Water and Light, KASU News, 28 April, 2020) Contact: Turning Point Energy, turningpoint-energy.com; Jonesboro City Water and Light, 870-930-3300, www.jonesborocwl.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TurningPoint Energy ,  Solar,  


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

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

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

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

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


First Solar Inks Rabbitbrush Solar LLC PPAs (Ind. Report)
First Solar,
Date: 2020-04-24
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc. reports inking two 15-year PPAs with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) for power from its 100-MW Rabbitbrush Solar LLC project in Kern County, California. The facility, which will include 20MW of battery storage capacity is expected to come online in Q2, 2022.

The project will incorporate First Solar's proprietary thin film module technology, designed and developed at the Company's research and development (R&D) centers in Santa Clara, California, and Perrysburg, Ohio. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 45,000 average homes, while displacing 62,000 metric tpy of CO2. (Source: First Solar, PR, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Silicon Valley Clean Energy, www.SVCleanEnergy.org; Monterey Bay Community Power, www.mbcp.org; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Solar,  


Colorado Springs Utility Starts Largest Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables ,Colorado Springs Utilities
Date: 2020-04-17
Duke Energy Renewables and Colorado Springs Utilities are reporting the start of operation for the 60 MW, 220,000 panel Palmer Solar project on roughly 700 acres southeast of Colorado Springs, Colo. The project is the largest solar project contracted by Springs Utilities to date and the first solar project to interconnect with its transmission system.

Springs Utilities will purchase the electricity Palmer Solar generates from Duke Energy Renewables under the terms of a 20-year PPA. The project was acquired by Duke Energy Renewables from juwi Americas in May 2019. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, Colorado Springs Utilities, Env+Energy Leader, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; Colorado Springs Utilities, www.csu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado Springs Utilities,  Duke Energy Renewables,  Solar ,  


Nat. Solar Jobs Census Finds Solar Jobs in 2019 (Ind. Report)
The Solar Foundation
Date: 2020-02-26
According to the Washington-based not-for-profit Solar Foundation's just released 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census the U.S. solar industry employed nearly 250,000 workers in 2019, an increase of more than 5,600 jobs over 2018 and a resurgence in solar industry employment following two years of job losses in 2017 and 2018.

Since the first Solar Jobs Census was published, American solar jobs have increased 167 pct from just over 93,000 jobs in 2010 to 249,983 jobs in 2019. This job growth reflects the rapid expansion of the U.S. solar industry, driven by the plummeting cost of solar technologies and its increased popularity among individuals, businesses, and electric utilities.

In the five-year period between 2014 and 2019, solar employment increased 44 pct -- five times faster than job growth in the overall U.S. economy. Solar jobs also increased in 31 states in 2019, led by Florida, followed by Georgia, Utah, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia.

Most of the solar job gains in 2019 were in installation and project development, which added about 7,000 jobs in 2019. Overall, this industry sector employs 162,126 solar workers, about 16,000 of these workers focus on battery storage. The solar manufacturing sector grew by just under 700 jobs to a total of 34,423. (Source: The Solar Foundation, KY3, 23 Feb., 2020) Contact: The Solar Foundation, Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director, www.thesolarfoundatioon.org; Solar Job Census, www.SolarJobsCensus.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  The Solar Foundation,  


Shell Announces First Australian Solar Project (Int'l Report)
Shell Australia
Date: 2020-02-10
In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered Shell Australia is reporting its first solar farm to be constructed in Queensland.

The project, which will incorporate approximately 400,000 PV panels for an annual capacity of 120MW, is slated to come online in 2021 and will be connected to existing infrastructure. (Source: Shell Australia, PR, CSO. 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Shell Australia. Shell Energy, Greg Joiner, VP Australia, +61 8 9338 6600, www.shell.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Australia ,  Solar,  Australia Solar,  


EDP Renewables, ConnectGEN Complete First Solar Acquisition (M&A)
EDP Renewables,First Solar, ConnectGen
Date: 2019-12-23
Following up on our 13th November report, First Solar reports EDP Renewables and Houston-headquartered ConnectGEN LLC's acquisition of three First Solar projects totaling 278MW AC in the US has been completed . The projects include the 154MWAC Sun Streams 1 project in Maricopa County, AZ, the 20MWAC Windhub A project in Kern County, CA, and the 103MWAC Sunshine Valley project in Nye County, Nevada.

EDP Renewables North America commissioned its first two solar parks in California in January 2015, subsequently adding three solar parks in South Carolina to its operational portfolio.

Houston-headquartered ConnectGen develops renewable energy and energy storage projects across North America. The company is backed by Quantum Energy Partners, a provider of private equity capital to the global energy industry. (Source: EDP Renewables, First Solar, Printed Electronics, 30 Dec., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com; ConnectGEN LLC, (346) 998-2020, www.connectgenllc.com

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ExxonMobil Contributes $1Mn to Promote Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
EXXON, Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2019-12-09
The Americans for Carbon Dividends (ACD) political action group is reporting Houston-headquartered oil industry giant ExxonMobil Corp. has made a $1 million donation to ADC's lobbying campaign to promote a U.S. tax on CO2 emissions, a central factor in global warming. The contribution came less than a month after the oil giant agreed to contribute $100 million to oil companies' efforts to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The ADC aims to spend $5 million on an initial lobbying campaign to win support for the tax, said , senior vice president at the group. PAC is looking to build legislative support for its carbon tax. It proposes an initial $40 a ton tax on carbon dioxide that would increase over time, with the money raised to be returned to consumers. The PAC has raised $1 million each from Exelon Corp, First Solar Inc and the American Wind Energy Association and expects to reach its goal of a $5 million in coming months. (Source: Exxon, Denton Daily, Reuters, 8 Dec., 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, Greg Bertelsen, www.clcouncil.org; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org

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Pacifico Energy Launches 2nd Solar Investment Fund (Int'l.)
Pacifico Energy
Date: 2019-12-04
Izumi Garden-based Japanese solar power projects developer Pacifico Energy reports the launch of its second solar investment fund -- Fund II -- which raised ¥29 billion ($264 million) from Japanese institutional investors. The fund will cover five Japanese solar power plants with a combined generating capacity totalling more than 216 MWdc. After acquiring its first 35MW solar plant in Tochigi Prefecture, the fund plans to purchase the remaining four solar plants next year.

In 2017, the company launched its first solar investment fund (Fund I), which raised ¥15.5 billion and covered five Japanese solar power plants totaling 100MWdc. The company also intends to launch new renewable energy funds for developing its own solar projects and external solar assets. (Source: Pacifico Energy, PR, PowerTech, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: Pacifico Energy, +81 3-4540-7830, www.pacificoenergy.com

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EDPR Acquires 50 pct Stake in 278MW US Solar Portfolio (M&A)
EDP Renewables,First Solar
Date: 2019-11-13
EDP Renewables North America LLC is reporting acquisition of a 50 pct stake in a 278 MW portfolio of three solar projects in the U.S. as well as a contract to develop 804 MW of offshore wind power through a 50/50 joint venture.

The first portfolio of three solar energy plants developed by Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. is expected to commence operations in the coming months and is secured by Power Purchase Agreements. The second announcement involves an agreement to supply 804 MW of clean and renewable offshore wind energy enough to power approximately half a million homes to customers in Massachusetts. (Source : EDPR, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.co; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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Intersect Power Plans 1.7GW Solar Portfolio in 2020 (Ind Report)
Intersect Power
Date: 2019-09-27
US-based renewable energy projects developer Intersect Power is reporting plans to develop a 1.7GW solar power plant portfolio in 2020. The portfolio will include five shovel-ready solar projects, which will be located in California and Texas.

Out of the five projects, three will be developed in Texas. Juno, a 425MW project is scheduled to begin construction in February 2020, while Titan, a 375MW project is slated for Culberson County with an expected expected ground-breaking in March 2020. The Aragorn project will have an installed capacity of 250MW will be built at Culberson Country, with construction works expected to begin in June 2020.

In California, the company will develop Athos I and Athos II in Riverside County in June and October 2020 respectively.

First Solar will supply more than 3.7 million thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules for these projects. Signal Energy will handle engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities. (Source: Interstate Power, Power Tech., 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: Interstate Power, Sheldon Kimber, CEO, www.intersectpower.com

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Duke Renewables' Largest Solar Project Now Online (Ind Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2019-06-28
Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Renewables reports its 150-MW North Rosamond solar project in Kern County, California, has begun commercial operation. The 1188 acre, 477,000 panel solar farm will generate sufficient power for 71,000 homes and is the largest in Duke Energy Renewables' fleet.

Electric power generated from the North Rosamond solar project is being sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 15-year PPA. The facility was designed and completed by First Solar Electric California's engineering, procurement and construction subsidiary under a fixed-price EPC agreement. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, T&D World, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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First Solar Offloading 45-MW Indian PV Portfolio (Ind. Report)
First Solar
Date: 2019-06-19
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered thin-film solar module maker First Solar Inc is reported to be seeking a purchaser for a 45-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant portfolio in the Indian state of Karnataka, according to liveMINT.

The planned sale, which is expected to raise approximately $43 million, would be the company's second such sale in India. In 2017 the company sold 190 MW of PV assets across seven sites in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to IDFC Alternatives. (Source: First Solar, liveMINT, June, 2019) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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APS Plans 1GW Solar, Battery Resources by 2025 (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2019-02-22
Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it will add 850 MW of battery storage and 100 MW or more of solar generation by 2025. To that end, APS will equip existing utility-owned solar projects with 200 MW of batteries, deploy 500 MW of new battery resources, and contract for 150 MW of third party-owned storage. This work builds on the dispatchable 50-MW battery and 65-MW solar power project APS is building with First Solar that is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Initially, APS has selected Invenergy to install 141 MW of new battery systems at six solar sites, with the first expected to begin service by the summer of 2020. The remaining retrofits will be completed by 2021. According to its website, APS expects 15 pct of its electric power mix to be from renewables by 2025. (Source: APS, gtm, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: APS, Brad Albert, VP Resource Management, www.aps.com

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CIP's Mitchell Solar Portfolio Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2019-02-15
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports construction is underway on the Mitchell portfolio of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in North Carolina on behalf of the Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) fund.

The project portfolio is geographically diversified across the state and will be implemented in multiple phases over the coming years starting with five projects. Mitchell represents CIP's first investment into Southeastern United States.

The first phase of Mitchell consists of five utility-scale solar PV projects totaling 23 MWAC. First Solar, Inc. will supply solar modules and provide ongoing operation and maintenance services. The projects, which will generate sufficient electric power roughly 5,000 homes, are slated to begin commercial operation in Q3 and have long-term PPAs with Duke Energy. The projects in the next phases of the Mitchell portfolio are expected to start construction later in 2019 to 2020. The Mitchell solar PV project portfolio is part of CIP's approximately 1.1 GWAC US solar PV portfolio. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, 8 Feb., 2019) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen +45 70 70 51 51 cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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Dubai Solar-Powered Green Hydrogen Project Breaks Ground (Int'l)
DEWA
Date: 2019-02-04
In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is collaborating with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and has broken ground for the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project will be constructed at DEWA's outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. (Source: DEWA, Emirates News Agency , 3 Feb., 2019) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae

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

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

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

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CPS Energy, SwRI Partner on TX Solar, Storage Project (Ind. Report)
CPS Energy,Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-10-10
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy reports it has broken ground on their first solar energy and battery storage project.

For the project, CPS partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) which will provide nearly 50 acres in San Antonio on which the solar facility and battery storage system will be constructed. SwRI aims to gain valuable insight into the efficiencies of both solar production and battery energy storage which it will share with CPS.

The $16.3 million project, which will be constructed by RES Americas, will consist of a 5 MW solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; Southwest Research Institute, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

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NE Tennessee's First Solar Farm Underway (Ind. Report)
Silicon Ranch,BrightRidge ,TVA
Date: 2018-08-20
Johnson City, Tennessee-based solar developer BrightRidge, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA )and Silicon Ranch Corp. are reporting the ground breaking on what they say is the first solar power-producing plant in Washington County, Northeastern Tennessee.

The 40-acre, 41-panel solar farm, which will be owned and operated by Silicon Ranch, is expected to generate 8 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually when fully operation by the year end.

Silicon Ranch is covering all costs to build the solar farm. TVA and BrightRidge will purchase power from the facility. (Source: TVA, Johnson City Press, 17 Aug., 2018) Contact: Silicon Ranch, Matt Kisber, Pres., CEO, (615) 321-2022, www.siliconranchcorp.com; BrightRidge, Jeff Dykes, CEO, (423) 952-5000, www.brightridge.com

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Omega Geracao Taking Stake in Brazil's Largest Solar Farm (Int'l)
Omega Geraçao
Date: 2018-08-17
The Brazilian company Omega Geracao reports it is acquiring a 50 pct in the Pirapora solar complex in the state of Minas Gerais. EDF Renewables in Brazil will hold 30 pct and Canadian Solar 20 percent.

Omega's 50 pct stake was valued at $283.6 million, subject to certain conditions and final financing disbursements.

Pirapora is the largest pv solar site in operation in Brazil with an installed capacity of 321 MW. Pirapora will be Omega's first solar investment and, after completion of the transaction, solar energy will account for 25 pct of the Company's installed capacity, while wind and hydroelectric power will represent 62 pct and 13 pct, respectively. (Source: Omega Geracao, Renewable Energy, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Omega Geracao, www.omegageracao.com.br; EDF Renewables – Brazil, + 55 21 3993 7650, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com

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