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26 October 2022

Renewables orders this week

BMW has announced a $1.8 billion investment in a US EV manufacturing plant and has signed an agreement with Envision AESC for the supply of batteries to Plant Spartanburg

Volkswagen AG and Canadian quantum technology company Xanadu have established a multiyear research program to improve the performance of quantum algorithms for simulating battery materials.

Nanotech Energy Europe signs 1GWh+ agreement to supply BESS systems in Greece

Property, renewables, and minerals company Banks Group is working on plans to deploy a BESS system at a green energy hub at a defunct power plant in Doncaster, UK. This hub has the potential to store up to 2.8GWh, and will utilize the existing 1.45GWh connection to the grid

Landwind Group, a German wind power company, has ordered 81.6 MW worth of turbines from Nordex for installation as part of four projects in Lower Saxony.

SSE Renewables has acquired 12 turbine 49.9 MW of wind turbines as part of an onshore project expansion in Scotland’s Highlands.


First Solar has expanded its module supply agreement with US Independent Power Producer (IPP) Silicon Ranch from 4 GW to 4.7 GW. The original 4 GW April deal runs through to 2025.

Vena Energy has reached financial close on its 125 MW Wandoan South solar farm in the Australian state of Queensland.

Poland’s energy agency ARE reports that the country has installed 3.36 GW in the first eight months of 2022, up from 3.7 GW in full-year 2021.

China has installed 8.7 GW of solar power in September, up from 6.4 GW in August. These figures are from the National Energy Administration and makes a total yearly installation of 95 GW seem likely.

The winning bid of a 20 MW, 2-hour battery energy storage project co-located with 100 MW solar in China’s Shandong Province, came in at $8.06 million, or $0.26 per Wh.

So far this year China’s Hubei province has seen no fewer than eight UHV transmission lines continue or begin construction, five of them AC and three DC.

Matrix Renewables has reserved $217 million for two solar-plus-storage projects in California, namely Gaskell West 2 and 3, which sum to 132 MW solar and 80 MWh battery energy storage.

RPlus Energies has signed a long-term PPA with utility PacifiCorp for the 400 MWac solar, 200 MW battery Green River Energy Center in the US state of Utah.

Lightsource bp will develop the 130 MW Black Bear Solar project which will now provide power to eleven public power utilities under the umbrella of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA).

Powerchina has issued an EPC tender for a 600 MW solar, 150 MW four-hour battery energy storage project in Fukang City, Xinjiang, China.

Mondragon Assembly is to develop an automated, multi-GW cell factory for Indian manufacturer BVG India, starting with a first phase of 500 MW producing 182mm, M10 halt-cut cells, to be commissioned in Q2 2023.

Guangdong Zhengye Tech has entered the solar industry with a 5 GW module, 8 GW heterojunction cell factory to be built in the Jingdezhen High-Tech Zone, in China’s Jiangxi province.

GCL System Integration will develop a $1.1 billion TOPCon cell and supporting industry factory in Wanzhu District, Wuhu City, Anhui Province, China.

Inner Mongolia Dongli Photovoltaics will invest $1.6 billion in a 48,000-ton polysilicon factory.

Haiyou New Materials has signed an investment agreement with Xincang Town’s municipal government concerning a 30 GW photovoltaic encapsulation film factory to be built.

Daqo New Energy has signed a 432,000-ton polysilicon supply contract which will run from 2023 to 2028. If the price per kilogram averages say $9 per kg in that period (such deals feature monthly price renegotiations), then this deal is worth about $9 billion. The customer is unspecified but this is enough to make around 27 GW per year for the six year period.

China’s largest agrivoltaic project so far weighs in at 300 MW, a pastrol project taking high ground for solar and leaving flatter ground for cattle.

TotalEnergies has formed a joint venture to develop and operate Brazilian developer Casa Dos Ventos’s 12 GW wind and solar project assets across Brazil. TotalEnergies will acquire a one-third share with a possible additional equity-share of 15% after five years.