April 11 Energy News

April 11, 2018

World:

¶ The world’s most powerful wind turbine, the first of two 8.8-MW turbines, has been successfully installed at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the coast of North East Scotland, which is set to be a groundbreaking testbed for new offshore wind technologies. It is the first time a turbine this large was installed. [CleanTechnica]

Installing the suction bucket jacket foundation (Vattenfall)

¶ BayWa re renewable energy GmbH announced today it has entered into a power purchase agreement with Norwegian energy group Statkraft for the 170-MWp Don Rodrigo solar project in Spain. The BayWa AG unit notes in its announcement that this is one of the first solar projects of this size in Europe not reliant on any subsidies. [Renewables Now]

¶ Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it was awarded the contract to build what it is calling a “pioneering” 194-MW onshore wind farm with a combined battery energy storage system. The Bulgana Green Energy Hub will be built in Victoria, with a 194-MW wind farm and a 20-MW/34-MWh lithium-ion battery. [CleanTechnica]

Siemens-Gamesa wind farm (Siemens-Gamesa)

¶ Sterling and Wilson is planning to build solar PV projects totaling 300 MW in Vietnam. These solar projects could generate about 270 million units of clean energy annually, while offsetting around 250,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. The projects are expected to attract around $250 million in investments. [CleanTechnology News]

¶ South32 announced plans to put up a 3-MW solar farm at the Cannington silver and lead mine in north-west Queensland. The Perth-headquartered mining and metals company, which was spun out of mining giant BHP Billiton in 2015, said that the solar installation would be integrated into the current gas power station. [pv magazine Australia]

Cannington silver and lead mine (South32 image)

¶ The UK’s National Grid, in its Summer Outlook report, revealed it is expecting summer demand for grid electricity to be dragged low due to the growing amounts of small scale renewable energy installed. The National Grid warns that inflexible generators, such as large gas and nuclear plants, may have to reduce their output. [pv magazine International]

¶ Gujarat’s Chief Minister approved setting up a 5000 MW capacity solar park at the Dholera Special Investment Region. It would be the largest such entity in the world after its completion. The proposed solar power generation project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land with an investment of ₹25,000 crore ($3.76 billion). [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar panels at sunset

US:

¶ Energy Secretary Rick Perry said his agency will soon decide whether to approve a request to boost economically struggling coal and nuclear power plants. His remarks seem to dampened prospects that the Trump administration will move to keep a string of these plants open in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as the president had indicated. [Axios]

¶ Cyprus Creek Renewables partnered with LG Electronics on a project that is the largest solar-plus-storage installation in the continental US. The project is located in coastal North Carolina. It is an 8.5-MW series of solar installations bundled with 12 MWh of storage. The 22,000 solar panels, each 395 providing watts, are spread across 12 sites. [CleanTechnica]

LG site in North Carolina (PRNewsfoto | LG Electronics USA)

¶ A 240-kW/324-kWh behind-the-meter energy storage system made by Sharp Electronics will be installed at Paradise Village Retirement Community near San Diego by NW Photon Energy. It will be integrated with 516 kW of solar PV. Analysis found that the storage system could save the senior community about $90,000 per year [CleanTechnica]

¶ GRID Alternatives brings solar power and solar jobs to low income communities. Recently, GRID Alternatives completed its 10,000th residential solar system installation with a total power of 42 MW. The installations will save families more than $300 million in lifetime energy costs and prevent 850,000 tons of carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Installing a solar system (GRID Alternatives photo)

¶ Tesla will build and supply the energy storage facility to be installed at BP’s Titan 1 wind energy power plant in South Dakota, the company has revealed. The new energy storage facility is expected to be installed during the second half of 2018. It will be BP’s first large-scale battery-based energy storage facility. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Georgia Power announced plans to add at least 177 MW of new solar resources as part of its Commercial & Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative. The initiative is designed both to encourage growth of renewable energy and to help commercial and industrial customers of GP meet their own renewable energy goals. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Solar array

¶ Google has broken ground on Alabama’s first large-scale data center in Jackson County. The new energy-efficient center is being built on 360 acres next to the closed Widows Creek coal-fired power plant.The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with Google to power the new facility with 100% renewable energy. [Birmingham Business Journal]

¶ Under pressure from the state’s major utilities, the South Carolina House killed a solar bill that was intended to protect thousands of jobs and save customers money on their monthly power bills. Many lawmakers decried the House for caving in to opposition by Duke Energy and SCE&G, which were concerned about competition from solar. [The State]

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