The European Regional Development Fund has contributed €40 million to the funding of 55 small-scale distributed solar projects in the Balearic Isles, which have a total capacity of 326 MW. The plants should be ready in 2022.
The US state of Virginia will buy 345 MW of power from Dominion Energy’s projects – four solar plants and a wind farm. The Rocky Forge Wind Farm will provide 75 MW; 88 MW will come from the Belcher Solar Plant; 70 MW from the Bedford Solar Project; 90 MW from the Walnut Solar Project; and the remaining 97 MW from an undisclosed project.
Europe’s largest floating solar plant has been commissioned by Akuo Energy. The 17 MW O’MEGA 1 Floating Solar Project is situated on a lake north of Marseille, France, and will sell its output to Swiss energy aggregator E6.
Alinta Energy’s 60 MW solar farm in Pilbara, Western Australia, will power Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines. The plant should be ready by mid-2021.
Greenbacker Renewable Energy has purchased several solar assets – the 5.74 MW Brattleboro Solar Project from Sky Solar, which came online in Q4 2018, and a 25.6 MW portfolio of projects spanning five states from IGS Solar, which will be commissioned between Q4 2019 and Q2 2020. A partnership agreement has been made with Scenic Hill Solar regarding a 3.5 MW pre-construction project in Arkansas.
The Windfloat Atlantic Project will consist of three floating platforms, each using an 8.4 MW Vestas turbine. EDPR, Engie, and Repsol are developing the project, with the first platform and turbine on its way to its destination – 20 km offshore Portugal’s Viana de Castelo.
Four island wind projects and four offshore projects have been awarded electricity supply deals in the UK; all eight will be commissioned between 2023 and 2025. The 189 MW Muaitheabhal and 49.5 MW Druim Leathann Wind Farms will be on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, while the 20.4 MW Hesta Head and 16.32 Costa Head Wind Farms will be on Orkney Island. The four offshore wind farms include the 12 MW Forthwind Offshore Wind Demonstration Project; the 3600 MW Dogger Bank Wind Project; the 454 MW Seagreen project; and the 1400 MW Sofia Wind Farm Phase 1.
GE Renewables has installed a prototype 12 MW Haliade X platform in the port of Rotterdam. Once tests are complete at the end of 2020, Sif will purchase the output for its adjacent Maasvlakte yard. The Haliade X will be used in the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank and the 1.1 GW Ocean Wind projects.
Innogy will begin construction of its 857 MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in January 2020, off the English coast.
EDP Renewables, WindPower Korea, and Aker Solutions are planning to develop a 500 MW floating wind project offshore from the Korean port of Ulsan.
EnBW has made a final investment decision to build a 180 MW solar farm at Weesow-Willmersdorf in Brandenburg, Germany. The plant will be Germany’s largest solar farm.
wpd will buy 17 of Vestas’s 3.45 MW turbines, which have 3.6 MW of optimised capacity, for two wind farms in Taiwan – Leadway and Chuangwei. These will be commissioned in Q4 2020.
Solaria Energia has expanded the scale of its planned Trillo Solar Project from 450 to 626 MW. The plant will be one of the largest in Spain and is set be completed in 2023.
Engie has selected Global Energy Services to build the 162 MW Calama Wind Farm and the 97 MW Capricornio Photovoltaic Plant, in the Chilean province Antofagasta. Construction will take one year.
Japan Renewable Energy has started construction of the 79 MW Shirakawa Solar Plant in Fukushima Prefecture, and should finish works by Q4 2021.
ALE has installed 16 turbines, amounting to a quarter of the 201 MW total planned capacity, at Goldwind’s Loma Blanca 2 Wind Farm in Chubut, Argentina.
State Grid Corporation of China and NBT are partnering on the second and third phases of the Zofia wind farm in Zaporozhia, Ukraine. Both the 300 MW second phase and the 750 MW third phase should be commissioned in 2021.
Siemens Gamesa has received contracts to supply 359 MW of turbines to three undisclosed projects in Chile. Installation is scheduled for 2020.
Asset manager Prime Capital has purchased the 160 MW Andmyran wind farm, currently under development in Nordland, Norway. Construction is set to start in the near future.
Total Quadran is working on five solar plants with a total capacity of 69 MW in France’s Nouvelle-Acquitaine region. Nogueres-Pardies, with a capacity of 34 MW, will be complete by mid-2020; Besingrad, with 15 MW capacity, will be ready by mid-2021; Caresse-Cassaber is 5 MW and will be ready by mid-2020; Monein is 5 MW and will be ready by the end of 2019; and Besingrad-Pardies will be finished in Q4 2020.
Tribus and PS Renewables will develop the 500 MW Sunnica Energy Farm in South England. Construction is planned to start in 2022 and finish in 2025.
Total Eren will install a 13 MW solar-plus-storage plant in the Centre-Nord region of Burkina Faso. The plant will power the Bassi and Bouly mines, which belong to Nordgold.
Siemens Gamesa has sold three wind farms to Iberdrola in Navarre, Spain. The Ballestas and Casetona wind farms have a total capacity of 69.3 MW and have just been completed, whereas construction is now beginning on the 48.5 MW Puylobo wind farm.
ODP Energy has started work on La Estrella Wind Farm in the O’Higgins region of Chile. The 49.5 MW project will use Siemens Gamesa turbines.
Pattern Energy Group and Nigig Power Corporation have completed the Henvey Inlet Wind Farm in Ontario, Canada. The 300 MW project uses Vestas turbines and has the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as an offtaker.
Orsted and Dominion Energy have been given permission to build a two-turbine, 12 MW offshore wind demonstration project off the coast of the US state of Virginia. Siemens Gamesa turbines will be used.
Fluent and Sembcorp have completed the first 60 MW of a 120 MW energy storage portfolio in the UK. The remaining capacity will be added within a year.
Jinko Solar will supply 13.6 MW of its panels to Photon Energy for three projects spread across nineteen locations in Hungary.
Canadian Solar will develop a 30 MW solar project in Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, using its own high efficiency modules. Chugoku Power Electric Company has signed a PPA for the project.