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Fortis Energy's Biogas Power Plant is Now Operational

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 23:12
Fortis Energy reported it has launched the 3-MW Dolovo Biogas Power Plant in Serbia. The facility's three motors are expected to generate more than 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power 12,000 homes and prevent the emission of 20 million kilograms of CO2 equivalent from fossil fuels.

Oulu Energy Plans a 100 MW Hydrogen Plant in Finland

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 23:12
Oulu Energy is planning to build a 100 megawatts (MW) hydrogen production plant in Oulu, northern Finland. Partner for the project planning is the Finnish P2X Solutions, which is currently constructing a hydrogen production plant in Harjavalta, western Finland.

Italy-ACL Energy, BW ESS and Penso Power form JV focusing on Italian energy storage

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 23:12
Milan-based battery energy storage developer ACL Energy has announced a joint venture partnership with BW ESS and Penso Power aiming to enter the Italian energy storage market.

Amphenol, Melni Technologies Partner to Expand Solar Splice Connector Series 

Solar Industry Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:58

Amphenol Industrial Sustainable Technologies has again partnered with Melni Technologies, this time to expand its RadCrimp series of solar splice connectors, now including those with current ratings of 50 A for 8 AWG and 65 A for 6 AWG cable.

The series was developed to improve crimp reliability in the field, says the company, while helping to reduce the amount of related failures due to improper crimping, including eliminating the risk of cross mating connectors produced by different manufacturers. It adds that low resistance wire termination and sealing can be completed in one action. 

The connector has an IP68 rating.

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SRP seeks 2.5 GW clean power, 1.2 GW peak capacity as rapid Phoenix-area growth continues

Utility Dive - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:47

The request for proposals will be posted later this month. The Arizona utility said it also plans to consider “self-developed” resource options.

Soltec Supplies Solar Tracker to Blue Ridge Power Project

Solar Industry Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:46

Soltec will supply 164 MW of its flagship SF7 solar tracker for a project by Blue Ridge Power located in Virginia.

The tracker has a 2-in-portrait configuration, which the company says results in faster installation and a reduction in structural costs of the project.

“It is a pleasure for us to continue contributing to the decarbonization of the American economy alongside Blue Ridge Power, who is a repeat customer for Soltec,” says Raúl Morales, Soltec CEO.

“It is always an honor that such important players in the renewable energy world continue to trust us and our product. Our commitment to the United States is undeniable, and we will continue working to be a key player in the energy transition in the country and worldwide.”

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Los Angeles public-private partnership aims to advance industrial solar

Utility Dive - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 12:16

The decade-old Feed-in Tariff program pays property owners for solar energy, but long grid interconnection queues and lingering “mistrust” hinder adoption, a business group leader notes.

Virginia clean energy competition bill faces uncertain fate after collapsed negotiations

Utility Dive - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 09:59

The bill will now be taken up by the state legislature’s Commission on Electric Utility Regulation, where its advocates say they intend to make a strong case for it.

SunPower Secures Additional Capital, Revolving Debt from Sol Holding

Solar Industry Magazine - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:29

SunPower says it has raised $175 million in capital financing through a second lien term loan from Sol Holding, the company’s majority shareholder and indirect subsidiary of TotalEnergies and Global Infrastructure Partners. 

The term loan includes $45 million previously funded to the company in December and January, $80 million in new investment and a $50 million second tranche available to be borrowed upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. 

SunPower also obtained new long-term waivers from its financial partners and entered into an amendment to its revolving debt facility. Together, these actions provide the company with up to $155 million of additional liquidity.

“This transaction demonstrates the strong conviction of our financial partners in the long-term value proposition of residential solar, storage and renewable energy services, as well as SunPower’s ability to deliver operational excellence for our customers,” said Peter Faricy, SunPower CEO.

“With this injection of additional liquidity and working capital to our balance sheet, coupled with substantial cost reductions, SunPower is taking positive steps to position itself to succeed in 2024 and beyond.”

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Shaw Industries Invests in Wind Through BHE Renewables

North American Windpower - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:24

Shaw Industries Group has entered into a VPPA with BHE Renewables, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy business, to invest in renewables from BHE’s 200 MW Flat Top wind farm in Mills and Comanche counties, Texas, both operational in 2018.

“Shaw strives to be a positive force in the global effort to mitigate climate change,” says Shaw’s Kellie Ballew. “That’s a fundamental component of our sustain[HUMAN]ability strategy, which focuses on people and the planet. This latest endeavor builds upon our decades of work in this realm.”

Shaw’s investment seeks to reduce the company’s operational footprint by approximately 15% percent annually over the next 15 years.

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Yokogawa Provides Remote Systems for New Offshore Wind Farm

North American Windpower - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:16

Yokogawa Electric’s Solution Service subsidiary has completed the design, supply and commissioning of a remote operation and monitoring system based on the OpreX Collaborative Information Server for the offshore wind turbines and onshore facilities at the Ishikari Bay New Port Offshore Wind Farm. 

The company has also contracted to provide maintenance services at this project, which is operated by JERA and the Green Power Investment Corporation and owned through Green Power Ishikari.

The Ishikari Bay New Port Offshore Wind Farm is the first wind farm in Japan to use large-scale 8,000 kW wind turbines, and started commercial operations at the beginning of the year. The remote operation and monitoring system supplied by Yokogawa includes a video system for monitoring the offshore and onshore power generating facilities at the farm. The company will also provide maintenance services for these systems on an ongoing basis.

In addition to the systems delivered for this project, Yokogawa Solution Service has also received orders from Green Power Investment Corporation for systems that will aggregate information in real-time from wind farms all around Japan, and link this with cloud-based analysis tools. 

With Green Power Investment, Yokogawa Solution Service has additionally commenced proof-of-concept tests in which the DTSX3000 optical fiber temperature sensor, a product in the OpreX Field Instruments lineup, is utilized to detect signs of damage to the submarine cables at the Ishikari Bay wind farm.

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Haewoori Awards FEED Contract to Principle Power, Aker

North American Windpower - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 08:06

Haewoori Offshore Wind 2 and 3, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partner’s (CIP) floating projects off the coast of Ulsan, Korea, with a 500 MW capacity each, have awarded a FEED contract to Aker Solutions and Principle Power for floating foundations.

As part of the scope, Aker Solutions will coordinate the design and delivery of the floating foundation structures and perform the project’s front-end engineering design of the inter-array cable, marshaling port and wind turbine integration, as well as transport and installation.

Principle Power will perform the design of the floating platforms and mooring system based on its WindFloat technology. Aker Solutions will also carry out execution planning, and work with the project to engage the local supply chain.

After a robust selection process, we are happy to collaborate with Aker Solutions and Principle Power for the FEED for the delivery of floating structures,” says Jonathan Spink, CEO of Haewoori Offshore Wind. “The combined technical expertise and know-how of Aker Solutions and Principle Power will provide us with the capabilities to deliver one of the first industrial scale floating wind projects in the world.”

Work will start immediately on FEED and is due to be completed by November.

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Ecowende Leading Offshore Wind Wildlife Monitoring Initiative

North American Windpower - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 07:53

Robin Radar, MIDO and DHI have joined with Ecowende to implement wildlife monitoring, detection systems and data collection on various birds and bats who may be impacted by the offshore wind industry. 

Their technologies include Robin Radar’s MAX bird and bat radar systems, DHI’s sensor integration and AI species recognition solution MUSE and MIDO’s power-generating floating platform FLORA 1, all set to be deployed in Ecowende’s planned offshore farm. 

The wind farm developer, a joint venture between Shell, Chubu and Eneco, has also tasked DHI with integrating the project’s different data sources.

“Bird ecologists will work on accurately mapping seabird behavior around our innovations, patterns of migratory birds and improving existing collision models,” says Marin van Regteren, marine ecologist at Ecowend. “Based on these insights, we can continuously improve our own approach by fine-tuning innovations, and we can help future wind farms.”

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VARD to Design, Build First SOV for Cyan Renewables

North American Windpower - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 07:50

VARD has signed a contract for the design and construction of a hybrid power service operation vessel (SOV) for Cyan Renewables, which is currently set to be Asia’s first dedicated offshore wind vessel owner. 

VARD was awarded the design and building of the SOV after a tender in competition with other providers.

The VARD 4 19 hybrid diesel electric vessel is designed using DC technology, and it is the first time it is combined with two retractable Azimuth thrusters, says the company.

“We are delighted to get this opportunity to participate in the development of the fast-growing markets of offshore wind in Asia together with Cyan Renewables,” adds Vard Group CEO Alberto Maestrini. “With our world leading design and engineering teams VARD is drawing on our long experience as integrated shipbuilders to make maritime opportunities possible in close partnership with our customer.

The vessel is developed by Vard Design in Norway. VARD’s specialized subsidiary Seaonics is delivering their ECMC gangway, a fixed pedestal version with three-ton SWL 3D compensated crane capacity and includes a cargo elevator.

Subsidiary Vard Electro is participating in the project with comprehensive deliveries of SeaQ equipment and green solutions, including a SeaQ Bridge. Vard Electro is also providing a power and automation package.

The vessel will be built, outfitted, commissioned, and delivered from Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam. Delivery is scheduled for 2026.

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Is Alberta's renewable energy industry being treated fairly? (publication)

Pembina Institute News - Thu, 02/15/2024 - 07:00
When Alberta’s renewable energy moratorium ends (February 29, 2024), the Pembina Institute will be evaluating if the Government of Alberta made reasonable changes, within the context of the lack of accountability awarded other sectors needing substantial reform, through seven criteria.

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