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10 October 2019

Renewable orders this week

Hecate Energy is planning to build 500 MW of new solar facilities in Texas, and Google has signed a contract to purchase 250 MW of the output.

France’s Total energy group has begun construction of its third solar plant in Japan. The Miyago Osato Solar Plant will be 52 MW and will be complete in 2021.

Sunseap has won a contract in Singapore to install rooftop solar panels atop 1,200 Housing & Development Board blocks and 49 government sites. The SolarNova 4 Project will consist of 170,000 bifacial solar panels with an output of 70 MW.

The second and third phases of Argentina’s Cauchari Solar Project are complete, bringing it to 300 MW so far. Jemse, Shanghai Electric, and PowerChina are co-operating to develop the project. A further 296 MW is planned to come online in the coming years.

The Philippine utility Meralco has put $8.2 million funding into its renewables subsidiary, MGreen, with a new series of solar projects planned in the main island of Luzon. The projects would come to 210 MW in total and cost $193 million all told.

Sunpower will deploy its Helix Roof and Carport systems in 10 locations throughout Contra Costa County, in California. In total the sites will have 3.7 MW of solar power, and a few sites will have Helix Storage systems – 1.5 MW / 3MWh energy storage in total. The power will be bought by Conta Costa County.

In Russia’s Far East district, a state-run development fund will work with Hevel Energy and RusHydro to develop solar and battery energy storage projects. RusHydro has 260 diesel facilities across the district, and the plan is to integrate solar and battery storage into these existing installations to reduce diesel reliance. Hevel Energy will audit these diesel facilities and select the locations for the new projects across the Sakha Republic, which is the pilot region.

Masdar Clean Energy has won a tender to build a 100 MW Solar Plant in Uzbekistan’s Navoiy region. The project is sponsored by the World Bank’s Scaling Solar programme, along with the governments of Switzerland, Austria, and the Netherlands.

Next year, Enerside will begin construction of a 322.06 MW solar project in the Brazilian state of Piaui. Some environmental permits have not been received yet, but the plant is expected to be completed by 2023.

Engie has won a contract from Guam’s state electricity utility to build a 50 MW Solar-plus-Storage project, which will be ready by 2022. Engie EPS will supply the battery system, and the Guam Power Authority will purchase the power.

Vestas has been selected to supply three 9.5 MW turbines to the Groix & Belle-Ile Offshore Pilot Wind Project, offshore from Brittany, France. The 28.5 MW project is being developed by Eolfi and CGN Europe Energy while Naval Energies supplies the floating platforms. The project is now expected to be complete in 2022, a year later than was previously planned.

EDF Renewables has commissioned the Pays d’Anglure wind farm in Marne region, France. The 22 MW wind farm uses six Nordex wind turbines.

GE Renewable Energy will supply 25 5.3 MW Cypress turbines to EDF Renewables’ 132.5 MW extension of the Ventos Da Bahia Wind Farm, situated in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The current 182 MW of the wind farm were commissioned in late 2017, so with the extension the farm will be 314.5 MW all told.

Consumers Energy will purchase the Crescent Wind project in Michigan. Crescent Wind LLC is the developer and expects to complete the project by the end of 2020.

Siemens Gamesa will supply 42 4.8 MW turbines to a 201.6 MW wind farm near Changji in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. Xinjiang TBEA Group expects to be commissioning the project by the end of 2020.

Statkraft has purchase a proposed wind farm of up to 200 MW from the Energy Isles consortium. The project in Yell on the North Shetland Isles, Scotland, is expected to enter operations in 2026.

Innergex Renewable Energy has commissioned a 350 MW wind project, the Foard City Wind Farm, in Texas. GE Renewable Energy supplied its Cypress turbines to the project, and Vistra Energy has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement for 300 MW of the output.

Cubico Sustainable Investments has commissioned two projects in Mexico: the Solem Solar Plant in Aguascalientes, and the Mezquite Wind Farm in Nuevo Leon. State-owned CFE Basic Supply will purchase their power. Cubico expects to complete a further two wind farms in Mexico, 400 MW in total, during 2021.

Tri Global Energy has signed an agreement to sell the pre-construction, 360 MW Canyon wind farm in Texas to Silverpeak. Tri Global Energy will retain its role as lead developer while the project is financed and constructed.

Cat Projects Africa has signed an agreement with the government of Tshopo Province, DR Congo, to build a 40 MW Solar Plant near the provincial capital, Kisangani. Société nationale d’électricité will purchase the power.

Corsica Sole has completed a 5 MW Solar-Storage project near Giuncaggio in the French island of Corsica. Tesla Powerpack batteries will be used, and EDF SEI is the power offtaker. An expansion of the project up to 20 MW of Solar and 15 MWh of energy storage is planned.

Ib vogt has won a contract to develop a 50 MW solar plant in Chittagong, Bangladesh, near the Baraiyarhat substation, on a build-own-operate basis. The Government of Bangladesh will purchase the plant’s power.

Sowi Kosovo LLC is planning to build a 105 MW wind farm in Mitrovica, Kosovo. The project will cost €157 million in all, including a €55 million loan from the EBRD awaiting board approval.

SSE Renewables has selected Montrose Port as its base of operations for the construction of its Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm. 16 miles out from the Scottish coast, the wind farm will be a massive 1.7 GW, and the company is planning two further wind farms in Scotland after that. Commissioning is expected for 2024.

East Bay Community Energy has signed two PPAs: one with sPower’s sPower Solar+Storage Project for 125 MW of solar and 80 MW of energy storage, and one with Terra-Gen’s Edwards Solar Project, for 100 MW. Both projects should be complete by December 2022.

Ameresco will build the DePue Solar farm in Bureau County, Illinois. The 27 MW project will be complete by the end of 2020.

sPower has commissioned the 20 MW Antelope DSR 3 solar project – part of its Lancaster solar portfolio in California. A PPA has been signed with Southern California Edison.

Sungrow will provide its ST4200KWh-2000 Energy Storage system to create a 15MW/32MWh Solar-plus-Storage project in Massachusetts. Stem is developing the project across five sites and will complete works in Q2 2020.

The state of Virginia has approved four solar projects – Strata Solar’s 12 MW Danville Farm, Apex Clean Energy’s 80 MW Dragonfly Solar, Dominion Energy’s 80 MW Grasshopper Solar Project, and Cypress Creek Renewables’ 20 MW Turner Solar.

Two Boralex wind farms have been approved in France – the 19.8 MW Seuil de Cambrésis Phase 2, in Nord, and the 12.8 MW Extension de la Plaine d’Escrebieux, in Hauts-de-France. Boralex will receive a feed-in premium agreement over a period of 20 years from the date of commissioning.