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24 June 2021

Renewables orders this week

SaskPower, the principal electric utility of Saskatchewan, Canada, has signed a PPA with Renewable Energy Systems Canada and Cowessess First Nation for the output of the 200 MW Bekevar Wind Energy Project. The project is set to be completed by Q4 2023, and will help Saskpower to meet its target of reducing emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Itsas Wind, a subsidiary of the Saitec Group, has started an environmental impact assessment for a 45 MW pilot floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Bilbao, Spain. The Green Energy Research for Offshore Atlantic (Geroa) project will use the Sath concrete floating platform technology, developed by Saitec, to install three 15 MW turbines, and would start operations in 2025.

Mitsubishi Corporation has reached agreement to invest in Impact Energy Asia Development Limited, the developer of a 600 MW capacity onshore wind farm project in Laos.

Vestas has received a 348 MW turbine order for an undisclosed project in Brazil, which will be commissioned in 2023.

Siemens Gamesa will supply the turbines to the 340 MW Dohoku wind farm cluster in Japan, which is being developed by Eurus Energy. The project’s four sub-developments are expected to be fully commissioned in the second half of 2023.

Enel Green Power will supply dairy company HP Hood with 25 MW of electricity from the 350 MW Azure Sky wind farm in Texas, US, under a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA). The project also includes 137MW of battery storage and is expected to be operational in the first half of 2022.

Vestas has received a turbine order for Yeongwol Eco Wind Co and E1 Corporation’s 46 MW Yeongwol Eco wind farm in Gangwon-do, South Korea. Commissioning is planned for Q4 2022.

ESB and Bord na Mona have started the construction of the 83 MW second phase of the Oweninny wind farm in Ireland, which should be commissioned in Q4 2022.

Leeward Renewable Energy has signed a PPA with Guzman Energy for its 145 MW Panorama wind farm in Colorado, USA, following the project’s completion in December 2021.

Vestas has secured its largest order in France to date and will supply 122 MW turbines for TTR Energy’s Sud Marne wind project, which will be commissioned in Q4 2022.

Nordex has secured a 200 MW turbine order across four undisclosed wind projects in Finland, which will be installed in Q3 2022.

First power has been delivered from the 320 MW Zeewolde wind farm repowering project in the Netherlands, which will use 82 Vestas turbines. The project, operated by Windpark Zeewolde, is on schedule to be running at full capacity in the autumn of 2022.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has provided loans of over €60 million to fund two wind farms in Poland, worth up to 125 MW of combined capacity. The first project is the 81.4 MW Banie 3 development in northwestern Poland, with the second being the 44 MW Sepopol project in the in the north-east of the country.

RWE has signed an agreement to sell two of its Swedish wind farms – worth a combined capacity of 99 MW – to Eolus, for an undisclosed fee. The projects are located in Avesta and Hedemora municipalities and have capacities of 74.4MW and 24.8MW, respectively, with commissioning of both planned for 2023.

Vestas has secured a turbine order from Parkwind for the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. Turbines will be installewd using a new floating installation methods – an industry-first, instead of the typical methods that use jack-up veseels. Installation is expected to commence by the end of 2022, with commissioning expected in 2023.

BASF has acquired a 49.5% stake in Vattenfall’s 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, which will be fully commissioned in 2023. The chemicals giant will use its share of the produced electricity to support chemical production in sites across Europe, while Vattenfall will supply fossil-free electricity to its customers in the Netherlands. The deal is reported to have a purchase price of around €300 million, accounting for the current development stage of the project. BASF’s total commitment to the project is approximated at €1.6 billion.

BP’s solar arm Lightsource BP has acquired a to-be-developed 703 MW solar portfolio in Spain from Grupo Jorge, with three projects in Aragon.

Henan Construction Group won the bid to develop the 300 MW Muguang complementary project in Yuaokou Town, Hebei Province, China, with a bid of $0.80 per Watt.

Togo’s first renewable project has been commissioned – the 50 MW Blitta solar plant developed by AMEA Power.

An unsubsidized 50 MW solar plant is under development in Sjenica, Serbia. The plant should be commissioned n 2023 by Kima Solar, a special-purpose vehicle established by CPW Global.

Enso Energy is consulting on a planned 160 MW solar farm with energy storage in Anglesey, in the UK.

Aixu will spend $1.24 billion on 8.5 GW of cell manufacturing facilities in Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, China.

SPIC won the bid for the first phase of a 200 MW solar plant in Sichuan Province, China, with a $23 per MWh bid.

China Energy Construction has commissioned a 50 MW solar plant in Guizhou Province, and Shanxi Construction Engineering Group has built its first solar plant, a 50 MW affair in Shanxi Province.

The United Nations Office for Project Services has signed an agreement to invest for 10% of the cost of a 250 MW solar plant in Rajasthan, India, of which another 25% will be funded by co-investors including Acme Solar.

Repsol has mostly commissioned its first solar farm, the 126.6 MW Kappa project in Manzanares, Spain, which cost $119 million.