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UL, NREL Partner on SolarAPP+ Permitting Tool (New Prod & Tech)
UL, NREL
Date: 2021-05-07
Northbrook, Illinois-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are reporting a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the further development and commercialization of Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) software that will automate the permitting process for residential solar systems.

The SolarAPP+ enables local governments to shorten the time required to grant a permit from a national average of five business days to zero. NREL released a US DOE-funded pilot version of the free SolarAPP+ software in 2020. (Source: UL, PR, 5 May., 2021) Contact: UL, Steven Brewster, (847) 664-8425, ulnews@ul.com, www.ul.com; NREL, Wayne Hicks, (303) 275-4051, wayne.hicks@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov

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LS Power Acquires GI Energy, Re-brands as Endurant Energy (M&A)
LS Power, Endurant Energy
Date: 2021-05-07
NYC-based LS Power, a U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, reports acquisition of distributed energy infrastructure solutions provider GI Energy, which will be rebranded as Endurant Energy.

Chicago-headquartered Endurant is a full-service provider of cost-effective, resilient and sustainable clean energy, microgrid and energy storage solutions to the education, commercial, industrial, real estate, public utility and other sectors. In addition, Endurant is advancing a development portfolio of ground-breaking eco-district projects in California.

To date, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 45,000 MW of power generation, including utility scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired and battery storage projects, and over 660 miles of transmission, for which it has raised over $47 billion in debt and equity financing. Additionally, LS Power actively invests in businesses and platforms focused on distributed energy resources and energy efficiency, according to the company website. (Source: LS Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: LS Power, Paul Segal, CEO, (212) 615-3456, www.lspower.com; Endurant Energy, (630) 323-5254.

More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  Energy Efficiency,  


The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-05-07
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

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

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;

  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;

  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);

  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity: AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);

  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;

  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power,  


  • Agilitas Energy's RI Energy Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Agilitas Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Wakefield, Mass.-based distributed energy, solar and battery energy storage developer Agilitas Energy reports pre-construction work is underway on a 3 MW/ 9 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in Pascoag, Rhode Island.

    The project is expected to begin commercial operation in Q2, 2022, and will provide peak shaving services to the Pascoag Utility District and ancillary services to ISO-New England.

    Agilitas Energy is presently constructing over 40 MW of solar and over 70 MWh of energy storage projects in Massachusetts and New York State. (Source: Agilitas Energy, Website, Pr, 6 May, 2021) Contact: Agilitas Energy, Barrett Bilotta, Pres., 781-486-4007, www.agilitasenergy.com

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


    Mitsubishi, Powin Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Power Americas, Powin
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. reports it and battery energy storage specialist Powin, LLC have received an order from Southern Power for two utility-scale lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage system (BESS) projects totaling 640 MWh.

    The BESS projects are among the first collocated solar and storage projects in California and represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America to date. They are designed for a 20-year life cycle and four hours of energy storage duration. Southern Power's 205 MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County will add 88 MW and 352 MWh of energy storage, and its 204 MW Tranquillity Solar Facility in Fresno County, California, will add 72 MW and 288 MWh. Both projects are scheduled to come online in 2021.

    The energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, both of which have existing ownership interests in the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities that went into commercial operation in 2016.

    Southern Power operates the solar projects and will be responsible for operating the energy storage projects upon completion. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Powin LLC, www.powin.com; Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Mitsubishi Power Americas,  Powin,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    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 ,  


    Solar4America Touts Res. Battery Storage System (Ind. Report)
    SPI Energy, Solar4America
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Santa Clara, California-based SPI Energy Co Ltd is reporting the launch of its UL-certified S4A-Hybrid (DC/AC compatible) residential battery energy storage solution.

    With up to 8.6-kilowatt max output, intelligent energy management, and on-grid/off-grid seamless switching, the battery system is outdoor rated and provides homeowners with complete control of the energy in their home using real-time data.

    The global battery energy storage market is widely expected to grow at a 20.4 pct CAGR to reach $19.7 billion by 2027. (Source: SPI Energy Co Ltd, PR May, 2021) Contact: SPI Energy Co. Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Colar4America, www.solar4america.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SPI Energy,  Solar4America,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Batter,  


    465-MW Badger State Solar+Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-05-05
    In Milwaukee, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, the largest utilities in WEC Energy Group, are proposing to purchase the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, a planned 465-MW solar and battery storage project in south-central Wisconsin. If approved, the project would be the largest renewable energy project in the state.

    The Koshkonong Solar Energy Center would feature 300 MW of solar generation and 165 MW of battery storage. The total investment is expected to be $649 million. WPS would own 90 pct of the project with Madison Gas and Electric holding the remaining 10 pct. If approved, construction is expected to begin in late 2022 for commercial operation in 2024. Koshkonong is part of WEC Energy Group's plan to invest nearly $2 billion in new solar, wind and battery storage projects at its utilities by 2025.

    This is the third large-scale solar and battery project announced in 2021 by We Energies and WPS. Earlier this year, the companies announced plans for the 325-MW Darien Solar Energy Center and 310-MW Paris Solar-Battery Park. (Source: WEC Energy Group, PR, Website , 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: WEC Energy Group , Tom Metcalfe, Pres., www.wecenergygroup.com


    Tata Power Reportedly Considering Renewable Energy IPO (Int'l.)
    Tata Power
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Mumbai, India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power, controlled by Tata Group, is reportedly considering an IPO that could raise roughly $473 million before the year end.

    Tata, including subsidiaries and joint entities has 12.8 GW capacity, 30 pct of which is from solar and wind energy. (Source: Tata, Business Standard, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    Peel Cubico Renewables JV to Develop UK Wind, Solar (Int'l.)
    Peel Cubico Renewables
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the UK, London-headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments reports it has partnered with natural resources and energy business Peel NRE to created a joint venture (JV), Peel Cubico Renewables to develop more than 500 MW of onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the UK over the next 5-10 years. All electricity generated by the wind and solar projects will either flow to the grid or directly to end-users.

    Cubico Sustainable Investments is a global renewable energy investor with more than 4GW of energy capacity across 12 countries in Europe, the Americas and Oceania. (Source: Cubico Sustainable Investments, PR, Website, Power Technology, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Cubic Sustainable Investments, Matt Boss, www.cubicoinvest.com; Peel NRE, Rob Tate, Dir. Dev., www.peellandp.co.ok

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peel Cubico Renewables,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Evergy Scuttling Coal, Transitioning to Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Evergy
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission, Kansas City-headquartered Evergy Inc.'s integrated resource plan reports the utility will retire its 487-MW coal-fired power plant in Lawrence by the end of 2023 and "nearly all" of its remaining coal generation by 2040 on its way to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

    According to the release, within the next 10 years Evergy will retire nearly 1,200 MW of coal-based energy and add 3,200 MW of renewable generation including 700 MW of solar energy. (Source: Evergy, PR, Website, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Evergy, David Campbell, Pres., CEO, Terry Bassham, Pres., info@evergyventures.com, www.evergyventures.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Evergy,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


    Cat Creek Taps Voith for Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Voith
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Voith Hydro North America reports it has been selected to design, manufacture and install 720 MW of ternary pumped energy storage equipment for the planned Cat Creek Energy and Water (CCEW) Project in Elmore County, Idaho.

    The overall project, which includes wind and solar generation parks, the pumped storage plant and associated electrical transmission facilities and structures, and a very large upper reservoir, will provide more than $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs over the next six years and offset more than 2.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions .

    The CCEW project also addresses many national and regional issues including the transition to renewable energy and the mitigation of long-term effects of climate change. (Source: Voith, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Voith Hydro North America, Stanley J. Kocon, Pres., COO, www.voith.com/us-en/about-us/locations-in-the-united-states/u-s-hydro-locations.html, Voith GmbH, www.voith.com; Cat Creek Energy, www.catcreek-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voith,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Solano County Investing $38Mn in Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Solano County
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In the Golden State, Solano County supervisors are banking on energy cost savings to pay for most of the $38.08 million in new and upgraded power infrastructure they recently approved. said in an interview Friday that the county pays about $3 million a year in utility costs. That is the entire county and not just the project sites.

    The energy cost savings after 20 years is estimated at $39.45 million, and $60.55 million over 25 years, the report to the board states. The larger number reflects five years of having no debt service payments. Most of the savings will be generated by rooftop solar systems, battery energy storage, more efficient LED lighting systems and newer more efficient equipment at five sites where it will produce 85 to 90 pct of the energy needs. The county hopes the project will be operational in two years; 18 months of that is basically waiting for PG&E to approve an inner-connectivity agreement.

    The county notes its master plan calls for $89 million in new buildings in the coming decades and it aims to reduce its energy use by 50 pct by 2035. (Source: Saolona County, PR, 1 May, 2021) Contact: Solano County, Megan Greve, Dir, General Services, (707) 784-7900, GSDAdmin@solanocounty.com, www.solanocounty.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Tucson Electric Turning to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Co. reports it plans to "flip the switch" on its 100-MW Wilmot Solar Energy Center which was built and owned by NextEra Energy. The facility includes 30MW of linked battery storage.

    The utility's largest renewable energy resource, the 250MW Oso Grande Wind Project in New Mexico is also expected to come online soon. With both the Wilmot solar and Oso Grande wind projects online, TEP will have 628 MW of large-scale wind and solar resources.

    TEP aims to generate 70 pct of its power from renewables and cut its carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2035. The Arizona Corporation Commission is aiming for state-regulated utilities to source 100 pct of their energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. (Source: Tucson Electric Power, PR, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Tucson Electric Power, Susan Gray, Pres., CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    BayWa's Yatpool Solar Farm Finally on Line (Int'l. Report)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2021-04-30
    German developer BayWa r.e. reports its 106MW, 350,000 panel Yatpool Solar Farm in northern Victoria, Australia, has finally connected to the grid after 18 months of "complicated grid congestion challenges."

    According to BayWa, "This is our third major solar development in Australia and marks another step forward in supporting the country's renewable energy goals. We have an offtake agreement for Yatpool's output with business energy retailer Flow Power, a reflection of the growing appetite for corporate renewable power purchase agreements." (Source: BayWa r.e., renews, 29 April 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC, Jam Attari, CEO, Christine Owens, VP Marketing, www.us.baywa-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  BayWa r.e.,  


    Scout Clean Energy Credit Facility to Back Expansion (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reporting receipt of a $50-million letter of credit facility. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as coordinating lead arranger, while Rabobank and Wells Fargo acted as joint lead arrangers to support expansion.

    Scout will use the facility primarily to provide letters of credit to support current and upcoming security requirements related to new project interconnections and power purchase agreements (PPAs) for its renewables pipeline.

    The company has over 4 GW of onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage projects in its 13-state pipeline and 843 MW of onshore wind farms in operation. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR, Website, 26 Apr., 2021)Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    Novus International Awarded LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In the Show Me State, livestock and food processor Novus International Inc. reports its new global headquarters in St. Charles has received the Platinum LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council .

    The 90,000-square-foot building incorporates: under-floor air distribution system, 5,000 square-foot solar array, salvaged and recycled material use in construction, and other energy efficiency features. (Source: Novus International, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Novus International, www.novusint.com; US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

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


    Tesla Touts Energy Storage, Rooftop Solar Growth (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In an earnings call, Tesla reported its energy storage deployments grew 71 pct year-over-year in Q1, 2021, largely due to "the popularity of its Powerwall product." Tesla deployed 260 MWh of storage in Q1 of 2020 and 1,584 MWh in Q4, dropping to 445 MWh in Q1, this year.

    Tesla also noted rooftop solar deployments climbed to 92 MW in Q1, its strongest quarter in 2.5 years. Solar roof deployments grew 9x compared to the same period last year. The growth curve slowed, however, from the fourth quarter of 2020 when the company installed 86 MW. (Source: Tesla, PR,27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/solarpanels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    £50Mn UK Energy Efficient Housing Project Lauded (Int'l.)
    Active Building Centre
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Swansea, Wales, the Active Building Centre reports it is advising and working with the Nationwide Building Society to help create one of the UK's largest energy-efficient housing developments in Swindon. The £50 million project will construct 239 homes to EPC-A energy efficiency, the highest new home environmental rating in the UK.

    The new properties will all be equipped with: air source heat pumps rather than gas boilers; photovoltaic solar panels; electric vehicle charging points; individual building battery energy storage units; and other energy efficient features. The first units will go on the market in 2022. (Source: Active Building Centre, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Active Building Centre, Ron Cowley, CEO, info@activebuildingcentre.com, www.activebuildingcentre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Duke Energy Plans to Triple Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In its just released 15th Sustainablilty Report, Charlotte, North Calolina-headquartered Duke Energy notes it plans to triple the amount of renewable energy it produces from company power plants and dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

    Currently, 7 pct of Duke Energy's company-owned electrical output comes from wind, solar and hydroelectric plants. That figure is projected to grow to 23 pct by 2030. The company is also undertaking its aggressive renewable energy build-outs with wind and solar projects currently under construction in Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. Over the next three years, Duke will also add 280 mw of pumped storage hydro capacity at its Bad Creek facility in South Carolina.

    The company is also overseeing the largest coal retirement in the industry and since 2010 has retired 51 coal-fired units and is aiming to cut carbon emissions 50 pct by 2030 to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, the company is on track to operate or purchase 16,000 mw of renewable energy capacity by 2025 and is investing in major electric grid upgrades, expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear, according to the release.

    Duke Energy also announced Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a new comprehensive brand for its non-regulated commercial renewables business. The brand unifies products and services offered by several Duke Energy subsidiaries, including Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar and Duke Energy One. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Katherine Neebe, VP National engagement & Strategy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Raises $190Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Gore Street
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In the UK, Dublin-based energy storage investor Gore Street Energy Storage Fund reports it raised £135 million ($187.89 million) for use in deploying a 1.3GW development pipeline and a potential 80MW acquisition for its portfolio of battery projects.

    The net proceeds of the fund raise is earmarked for previously announced development of its existing portfolio including the expansion of its Republic of Ireland assets from 30MW to 90MW.

    The company notes that its portfolio of operational energy storage assets has doubled to 210 MW across 11 projects in Great Britain and Ireland and that its two 50-MW Northern Ireland energy storage project -- Mullavilly and Drumkee -- were completed on time and within budget and are now generating revenue. (Source: Gore Street Capital, PR, Website, Solar Power Portal, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 (0) 203 826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Energix Planning Roanoke Valley Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Energix
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Old Dominion State, Alexandria-based Energix US, LLC, a subsidiary of Israeli renewable energy developer Energix Renewable Energies Ltd., is proposing what could become the first utility-scale, tracker-equipped solar array near Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County in the Roanoke Valley.

    The 20-MW project would generate sufficient power for 2,400 homes and is subject to a conditional use permit from Franklin County and a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality permit. Construction could begin in 2022, according to Energix.

    Energix US is developing, constructing, financing and owning utility scale solar projects across the US. To date, Energix US has constructed more than 80MW of PV projects across the US. The company offers a One Stop Shop strategy and will provide its own projects with Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services based on the significant experience of Energix in Israel and local executive with years of experience in this field that the company hired, according to the company website. (Source: Energix US, PR, Roanoke Times, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: Energix US LLC, (703) 373-7345, www.energixrenewables.com, www.energix-group.com/Energix-US

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Energix news,  


    China's 2021 Renewables Capacity to Surpass Coal (Int'l. Report)
    China Electricity Council
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The China Electricity Council (CEC), a non-profit trade association representing China's power groups, is reporting China's installed capacity of producing non-fossil energy will surpass that of coal-fired power generation at about 1.12 billion kilowatts in 2021, accounting for 47.3 percent of the total capacity.

    According the CEC, China's major power companies invested roughly $20.6 billion in increased power generation capacity in Q1, 91 pct of which went to non-fossil fuel power generation. The CEC noted that China's newly installed power generation capacity will reach around 180 million kilowatts in 2021, of which about 140 million kilowatts of non-fossil energy power generation capacity will be put into operation.

    China's installed capacity of coal power generation stood at 1.09 billion kilowatts at the end of March. The proportion of the total installed capacity fell below half for the first time since the end of 2020, before further dropping to 48.8 pct at the end of March this year, according to the CEC.

    China ranked first in the world in newly installed wind capacity amid efforts to pursue greener development in 2020, the NEA data showed. Besides wind energy, the country is also a global leader in the production and use of solar energy and hydropower, among others.

    As previously reported, China pledged to reach the CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. (Source: China Electricity Council, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: China Electricity Council, english.cec.org.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Electricity Council,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


    EIB Commits €2Bn to Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) last week reported approval of €3.4 billion ($4 billion) in new financing for climate action, including €2 billion ($2.418 billion) to support renewable energy projects in France and Germany, solar power in Spain and wind projects in Ireland. The financing will help improve energy distribution in Italy and covers a solar-plus-storage project that relies on both batteries and hydrogen.

    The EU has also committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels and to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. (Source: European Investment Bank, 23 Apr., 2021)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Renewable Energy,  


    EU Aims to Become Ist Climate Neutral Continent (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Last week, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced approval of €3.4 billion ($4.08bn) in new financing for climate action, including €2 billion to support the development of renewable energy projects in France and Germany, the increase in solar power consumption by homeowners across Spain, and wind projects in Ireland. The financing will help improve energy distribution in Italy and covers a solar-plus-storage project that relies on both batteries and hydrogen.

    The €3.4 billion package also includes €700 million for sustainable transport, €720 million for corporate research, innovation and business investment, and €837 million for urban investment, housing, education and communications.

    The EU has committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels and the first climate neutral continent by 2050. (Source: European Invstment Bank, 23 Apr., 2021)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org ;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Renewable Energy,  


    Samsung Considering $673Mn Texas Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Samsung
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In California, a unit of Samsung C&T Corp is reportedly considering developing solar power plants in Texas at a projected cost $673 million.

    The plants, which would have a combined 700 MW capacity, will be located near Austin where affiliate Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has a chip factory and is considering construction of a second plant. Construction of the solar plants will begin in June 2022. (Source: Samsung C&T Corp, PR, Reuters, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Samsung C&T Corp., www.samsungcnt.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung,  Solar,  


    Renewables Included in USDA Infrastructure Investments (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports it is investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states "build back better and stronger while prioritizing climate-smart solutions and environmental stewardship." USDA is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

  • Renewable Energy in Rural Communities -- USDA is investing $78 million in renewable energy infrastructure in 30 states through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Projects financed under this program can help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that affects our climate.

    For example, in Iowa, Textile Brewery LLC will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a 38-KW solar array. This project will save the company nearly $20,000 in electricity costs and will replace 50 pct of the electricity it uses each year.

  • Other investments include: Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure -- $374 million; Rural Electric Infrastructure Upgrades -- $17.4 million; Biofuel Infrastructure -- $18.4 million.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to support infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development , PR 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development www.usda.gov, www.rd.usda.gov; Rural Energy for America Program, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rural Energy for America Program ,  USDA,  HBIIP,  Renewable Energy,  


  • American Clean Power Assoc. Applauds Clean Energy for America Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Clean Power Association
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Washington, DC-based American Clean Power Association (ACPA) issued the following statement after Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced the Clean Energy for America Act.

    "The American Clean Power Association applauds the collective efforts in Congress to promote economic investment and address climate change. Chairman Wyden's Clean Energy for America Act goes a long way towards addressing both of these pressing needs in America. This bill would be important to deploying more renewable energy and facilitating economic growth and job creation across the country. In addition, this legislation's focus on transmission infrastructure and project financing flexibility will help enable the U.S. to remain on the cutting edge of clean power development and to deliver additional clean energy to communities across the country. The wind, solar, energy storage, transmission, and hydrogen industries look forward to working on a bipartisan basis to help move towards an affordable, reliable, and clean electric system for America." (Source: American Clean Power Association, PR, 2 Apr., 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, Heather Zichal, CEO, (202) 383-2500 www.cleanpower.org

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    Hershey Announces BayWa Solar Projects Agreement (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Pennsylvania-headquartered chocolate maker Hershey Co. reports it is partnering with BayWa r.e. and National Grid Renewables to develop solar projects that will help the company transition its Texas and North Carolina operations to renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint.

    To that end, Hershey has a 15-year PPA with BayWa r.e. that will enable the financing and construction of Hershey's first utility-scale, 20-MW solar farm in Camden, NC. Hershey also has a PPA with National Grid Renewables for 50 MW, 118,000 MWh per year solar project currently under construction in Denton County, Texas.

    Combined, the two solar projects are projected to cut Hershey's CO2 footprint by 115,650 tpy and support the company's science-based GHG reduction targets. (Source: Hershey, PR, Baking Business, 21 Apr., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC, Jam Attari, CEO, Christine Owens, VP Marketing, www.us.baywa-re.com

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    Solarize Philly Announces Solar Savings Installations (Ind. Report)
    Solarize Philly, Philadelphia Energy Authority
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the outcomes of City's first program to provide rooftop solar installations for low- and moderate-income homeowners, in celebration of Earth Day 2021.

    The first of 50 Installations are underway through PEA's Solar Savings Grant Program that covers two-thirds of the total solar installation cost, with the remainder provided through a low-cost loan.

    The Solar Savings Grant Program is a part of Solarize Philly, a citywide program to help all Philadelphians go solar. Nearly 6,500 Philadelphia homeowners have expressed interest in the program, over 750 homes have gone solar, and over $12MM has been invested in communities across the city since the program launched in 2017. Solarize Philly is the largest initiative of its kind in the country.

    The Solar Savings Grant Program was made possible with support from Solarize Philly, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Solar States, Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation, the William Penn Foundation, Spark Therapeutics, and the National Energy Improvement Fund. (Source: Solarize Philly, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215.686.4483; Solarize Philly Program, (215) 686-4483, solarize@philaenergy.org, www.solarizephilly.org

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    NASA Nails 2020 Green Bldg Initiative Award (Ind. Report)
    NASA,Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Building 4221 in Huntsville, Alabama has won the 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Award.

    The building was recognized for its innovative sustainability features that include: a customized stormwater management plan, cistern, and bioswales, stormwater capture and infiltration, reflective roof with a 120kW solar array, improved thermal envelope, high-efficiency glazing, and exterior shading. The project also includes a green cleaning program, temperature and humidity sensors to maintain thermal comfort and day-lighting in 94 pct of occupied space. During construction the project diverted 78 pct of on-site generated construction waste from landfills and 23 pct of the total construction materials contain recycled content from local sources and 92 pct of the lumber used in construction came from FSC-Certified forests.

    GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to improving building performance and reducing climate impacts. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification and assessment programs, according to its website. (Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: GBI, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org

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    Crown Battery Enhances Green Energy, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Crown Battery,AEP Energy
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Fremont, Ohio-headquartered industrial battery manufacturer Crown Battery reports the inking of a contract with AEP Energy to source clean energy through AEP's Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution to power its manufacturing operations.

    The long-term, fixed-price retail energy program will support new, locally sourced wind and solar power for more than 12 years beginning in January 2023. The company will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from AEP Ohio to power operations until the IRE supply begins, according to the company release.

    To date, Crown has invested over $8 million in energy efficiency, including the use of on-site solar panels, ultra-efficient lighting, geothermal cooling and an ultra-efficient charging system that will drastically reduce energy consumption, according to the company. (Source: Crown Battery, PR, DC Velocity, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Crown Battery, Hal Hawk, Pres., 419.334.7181, sales@crownbattery.com, www.crownbattery.com; AEP Energy, www.aepenergy.com

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    Maverick Creek 492MW Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    RES
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Bloomfield, Colorado-based Renewable Energy Systems America (RES) is reporting its 127-turbine, 492-MW Maverick Creek wind farm in Concho County, Texas has begun commercial operation.

    Maverick Creek, RES's largest North American project, was originally developed by Roaring Fork Wind LLC -- a joint venture partnership between RES and Steelhead Americas (Vestas' development arm in North America) -- and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

    RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, transmission and distribution. (Source: RES, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: RES, Tim Jordan, Snr. VP Construction, www.res-group.com; Roaring Fork Wind LLC, ca.linkedin.com/company/roaring-fork-energy-partners

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    132MW Alberta Solar Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Infrastructure
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Toronto, Ontario-based independent energy producer Capstone Infrastructure Corp. and its Danish partner Obton A/S, a solar energy investor and developer, are reporting the 132 MWac Claresholm solar project in the Municipal District of Willow Creek, Alberta, is now fully operational and online .

    The majority of Claresholm's power and associated emission offsets are sold to TC Energy under a PPA and the rest of the electricity will be sold into Alberta's wholesale power pool. (Source: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., PR, jwn, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Obton A/S, +45 86 26 12 00, www.obton.com; Capstone Infrastructure Corp., David Eva, CEO, 416-649-1300, Fax: 416-649-1335, info@capstoneinfra.com, www.capstoneinfra.com

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    Virgin Money Provides Credit Line to Gresham Solar Fund (Intl.)
    Gresham House
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In the UK, Sir Richard Branson's full-service digital bank Virgin Money reports it will provide a £18 million ($25 million) revolving credit facility to London-based Gresham House Plc's Solar Distribution LLP fund. The facility will be used to grow the Fund's solar capabilities.

    The Fund currently owns eight operational ground-mounted solar parks in England and Wales totaling 48 MW and has to date raised over £49 million from investors, according to the company. (Source: Virgin Bank, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Virgin Money, www.uk.virginmoney.com; Gresham House, +44 20 3837 6270, www.greshamhouse.com

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    First 3 MW of 60-MW Ill. Comm. Solar Project Activated (Ind. Report)
    Clearway Energy Group
    Date: 2021-04-21
    San Francisco-headquartered Clearway Energy Group is reporting completion of the first 3-MW of the 60 MW (dc), $160 million Southland community solar project composed of 19 separate solar farms near Kankakee, Illinois.

    The projects are supported by the Illinois Shines Programme, the brand name for the Adjustable Block Program -- a state-administered incentive program supporting the development of new solar energy generation in Illinois. (Source: Clearway Energy Group, Website PR, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com; Illinois Shines, www.illinoisshines.com

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    Sungrow Supplies Iowa's Largest PV Power Plant (Ind. Report)
    Sungrow
    Date: 2021-04-21
    San Francisco-based renewable energy iverter supplier Sungrow reports it has supplied 34 inverters completing a 127.5 MW solar facility in Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa.

    The Wapello Solar project -- the largest solar project in the state -- was developed by Clenera and constructed by RES, and features 318,000 Risen Energy bifacial solar panels mounted on FTC Solar's Voyager single-axis trackers. The facility began commercial operation on March 8, and has a 25-year PPA with Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO). (Source: Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd, PR , 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: Sungrow Power Supply, www.sungrowpower.com; RES Group, www.res-group.com Clenera, www.clenera.com; Central Iowa Power Cooperative, www.cipco.net

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    DOE Helps Remote Communities Transition to Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP) has announced it will work with 11 remote and island communities around the U.S and provide federal assistance to bolster their renewable energy and energy infrastructure, energy efficiency reduce the risk of outages, and improve their future energy and economic outlook, advance local clean energy solutions and improve resilience.

    To that end, ETIPP will use a community-led and inclusive approach to identify the each community's energy challenges and provide strategic assistance and funding to help communities determine and direct their energy transition. The 11 selected communities include: Sitka, Alaska; Dillingham, Alaska; Eastport, Maine; Honolulu, Hawaii; Islesboro, Maine; Kauai, Hawaii; Nags Head, North Carolina; Ocracoke Island, North Carolina; Ouzinkie, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; and Wainwright, Alaska.

    These projects are funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Energy Transition Initiative, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, and are supported by the DOE's Office of Electricity. Five regional stakeholder engagement partners will help communities identify and prioritize their energy resilience needs and connect them to experts from DOE's NREL, PNNL, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, ETIPP, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: ETIPP, www.energy.gov/eere/energy-transitions-initiative-partnership-project-who-we-are

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