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5 December 2019

Renewable orders this week

1414 Degrees has acquired the Aurora Solar Energy Project in South Australia from SolarReserve, which couldn’t raise funds to hold onto the project. The project currently has approval for 70 MW of PV solar and 150 MW of Concentrated Solar Thermal generation; further approval will be requested to increase the PV Solar portion to 400 MW. 1414 Degrees plans to use the project as a pilot for its Thermal Energy Storage Systems, potentially involving a storage capacity of thousands of MWh.

Vestas has received an order for 12 x 2.0 MW turbines and 57 x 2.2 MW turbines for a project in the US. The project itself was not disclosed, but the turbines will be delivered in Q2 2020 and commissioned in Q4 2020.

Vestas will upgrade two of China Datang Group’s wind farms, totalling 50 MW, with its PowerPlus technology.

Enel’s Magdalena II Solar Farm has been completed in Tlaxcala, Mexico. The 220 MW output will be sold entirely to private offtakers. The project uses Soltec bifacial panels.

Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente has commissioned the 30.5 MW Polenino Solar Plant in Aragon, Spain.

Amea Power will develop a 50 MW Solar plant in Bitta, Togo. Togo Electric Power will purchase the electricity.

Jinko Solar’s new Tiger panels will be piloted at the 300 MW Qinghai Ultra High Voltage Demonstration Plant in China.

Vattenfall is developing a 1.2 MW floating solar project in Gendrigen, Netherlands. When commissioned in May, the project will provide half the power for Netterden’s sand pumping and gravel extraction at the site.

Ireland and the French Development Agency AFD will partner on funding the development of a 7.5 MW solar plant in the Gaza Strip. When commissioned, the plant will power the North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment (NGEST) wastewater treatment plant.

Innergex has signed a longterm PPA with an investment grade US corporation for its 200 MW Hillcrest Solar Plant, in Ohio, which will be commissioned in 2020. The project will use single-axis trackers.

The first power has been generated at China Three Gorges’ Yangjiang Shapa offshore wind farm in Guangdong Province. This first phase is 302.5 MW, and the full project is over 1 GW, due for completion in 2020.

Equinor and SSE have made a request to the UK Planning Inspectorate to increase the capacity of the under-development Dogger Bank Teesside A offshore wind farm, which is currently set to be 1200 MW.


EDF Renewables has reached FID on the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, offshore Scotland. The 450 MW project will use Siemens Gamesa turbines and will be commissioned in 2023.

EDPR has secured a PPA with an undisclosed party for its 96 MW Catanduba Wind Farm in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte. The project will be ready in 2024.

Taaleri Energia has started construction works on the 14.4 MW Malajord Wind Farm in southern Sweden. The project will be commissioned in Q3 2021 and will use Nordex turbines.

Invenergy’s 300 MW Thunderhead wind farm will be commissioned in September 2020 and will use GE Renewable Energy turbines. The project is located in the US state of Nebraska.

Boralex has commissioned its 24MW Seuil du Cambresis Wind Farm in France’s Nord department. The project uses seven MHI Vestas turbines.

Black Hills Electric Generation has commissioned the 60 MW Busch Ranch 2 Wind Farm in Colorado. Colorado Electric is the offtaker.

Eolus has commissioned the 163.4 MW Kraktorpet Wind Farm in Sundsvall, Sweden. Vestas turbines were used, and Vattenfall is the power purchaser. The project will be sold to Aquila Capital upon completion.

Amazon has announced three new solar plants which will power its operations. They will be a 149 MW plant near Seville, Spain, a 100 MW plant in Illinois, and 80 MW in North Virginia.

NextEnergy will develop solar projects totalling 35 MW in England located at Anglian Water’s operations, which they will power.

Eni has been awarded a 50 MW solar project in an auction in Kazakhstan, in the Turkestan region.

Total Quadran has commissioned a solar+storage plant in the French Pacific island of New Caledonia. The project has 16 MW solar and 10 MWh of lithium-ion storage. This is an extension of the 11.2 MW Helio Boulouparis 1 project which was commissioned in 2017.

United Renewable Energy will develop a 193 MW solar plant in the south of Taiwan, near Tainan. It will be complete in 2020.

Total Quadran has plans to build about 200 MW of wind projects in the Brazilian state of Piaui at a cost of around $235 million.

ABO-Wind and Sowitec have commissioned the 10 MW Garcia del Rio Wind Farm in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Envision turbines were used.

Covestro has signed a PPA for 100 MW of Orsted’s 900 MW Borkum 3 Offshore Wind Farm, which is planned to be commissioned in 2025, pending FID. The project will be situated in the German North Sea, and is a renaming and grouping of three planned projects, previously known as the 420 MW Borkum Riffgrund West 1, the 240 MW OWP West, and the 240 MW Borkum Riffgrund West 2.

Nordex will supply 138 MW of turbines to an undisclosed project in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas: forty AW132/3300 and two AW132/3000 turbines. This new project will be near the El Cortijo Wind Farm which was built in 2018, also with Nordex turbines.

AES will develop a 167.4 MW wind farm in the Brazilian state of Bahia, for Anglo American, which will purchase the power starting from 2022, when first production is expected.

YPF Luz expects to complete the 122 MW Canadon Leon Wind Farm in Santa Cruz province, Argentina, by mid-2020.

EDPR has commissioned a battery installation attached the the Bailesti Solar Plant. It is the first energy storage system attached to a solar plant in Romania.

Iberdrola has commissioned a 3 MWh Battery Energy Storage System in Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia, Spain, using Ingeteam inverters.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures has announced its first large-scale battery project, a 15 MWh lithium-ion project at Holes Bay in Dorset, England. The project will be plugged into Southern Electric Power’s local grid.

Wartsila will supply the energy storage system for Baywa r.e.’s solar+storage project at the Fekola Gold Mine in the Kayes region of Mali. B2Gold is the owner of the mine. The project will have 30 MW of solar power, and a 17MW / 15 MWh energy storage system.

Alfen will develop a 10 MW / 10 MWh battery energy storage system for energy distributor Uniper, on the man-made island of Maasvlakte, in the Netherlands. The project will form part of Uniper’s existing 1 GW coal and biomass plant on Maasvlakte.

Gazprombank will fund two wind farms totalling 200 MW in the Kalmyk Republic in Russia. Fortum and ROSNANO Group will develop the projects which are scheduled to come online in Q4 2020.

NextEra Energy Resources is repowering its Ashtabula Wind Farm in North Dakota, increasing capacity from 148.5 to 160.4 MW in the process.

MHI Vestas will supply eighteen 5.6 MW turbines for two wind farms in Finland to be developed by Puhuri Oy which are scheduled for commissioning in Q4 2021. Together, the Parhalati and Hankila wind farms total 100.8 MW.

Futuren has commissioned two wind farms in France and is working on another, while a fourth is under planning. The 12.8 MW Mazurier wind farm was commissioned in November in Aisne department in November, 37.95 MW Coteaux wind farm was commissioned in August in Aube department, 15.4 MW Mottenberg wind farm is still under construction in Moselle department, and the Varaize wind project in Charente-Maritime department will have four turbines, whose power and type have not yet been selected.

HBRE Group and Super Energy Corporation will develop a 100 MW wind farm in Gia Lai, and highlands province of Vietnam. The HBRE Chu Prong Wind Farm will come online in two 50 MW phases, the first by the end of 2020, and the second by the end of 2021.

Jinko Solar supplied its modules to Obton’s 40 MW Almelo Solar Plant in the Netherlands, which was commissioned summer 2019.

Shell Energy has signed a PPA for the 132 MW Maverick 7 Solar Project in California, which is being developed by EDF. The project will be commissioned by Q4 2021.

Statkraft has signed a 12-year PPA regarding five solar projects under development by Enerparc in Bavaria, with an overall capacity of 52 MW. Construction began this summer and should be complete in spring 2020.