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9 December 2021

Renewables orders this week

AGL Energy has struck a deal with hydrogen-leaders Fortescue Future Industries, to transform its Hunter Valley coal fired power station into a major hydrogen and industrial hub. The Liddell coal generator at the project is set to close in early 2023, and will then be replaced with wind, pumped hydro, solar thermal storage, and grid scale batteries, according to initial plans. Pending feasibility studies, the project is expected to include 250 MW of renewable power capacity, as well as 30,000 tons of annual hydrogen production.

German chemical company BASF will sell a 25.2% stake in the 1,500 MW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm off the Netherlands to Allianz Capital Partners, for an undisclosed price. BASF initially bought a 49.5% stake in the project from Vattenfall in September, which will now be split in roughly half. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2022, with the project set to become fully operational in 2023. BASF will continue to receive most of the power produced under a long-term fixed-price corporate power purchasing agreement.

China Three Gorges Corporation has brought online the 400 MW second phase of the Shapa offshore wind project in Yangjiang, China.

China Three Gorges Corporation has brought online the 400 MW H6 segment of the Jiangsu Rudong offshore wind project in Jiangsu, China.

Weather conditions and Covid-19 related issues have delayed completion of Eolus’ 400 MW Oyfjellet onshore wind farm in Norway. The project will now be completed in Q1 2022, rather than December this year as planned.

OX2 has submitted an application to develop a 1,700 MW offshore wind farm, called Galatea-Galene, off the coast of Sweden, which would house 101 turbines.

RWE and Kerpen municipal utility have signed an agreement to jointly develop two onshore wind farms totaling approximately 50 MW in Germany.

TransAlta Renewables has completed its 206 MW Windrise onshore wind farm in Canada. The project, which is the developer’s largest to date, has a 20-year offtake agreement with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

Nordex has secured a deal to supply 67 turbines for JERA’s 300 MW El Sauz onshore wind farm in Texas, USA. The 4.5MW turbines are due to be installed in summer 2022, with commissioning to follow by the end of the year. JERA acquired the project last week from Apex Clean Energy for an undisclosed fee.

Vestas will supply turbines for Invenergy’s 235 MW Sapphire Sky wind farm in Illinois, USA. Commissioning is scheduled for Q4 2022.

Nordex has received a 47 MW turbine order for WPD’s Stollsaterberget wind project in Spain. Installation of the turbines will start in summer 2023.

Vestas has received a 99 MW turbine order from an undisclosed wind farm in Brazil, which will be commissioned in 2024.

AES Corporation has completed its acquisition of Valcour Wind Energy for an undisclosed price from global investor Carlyle. The deal encompasses six wind farms, with a total capacity of 612 MW, across New York state, USA.

Cordelio Power has started commercial operations at its 185 MW Glacier Sands wind farm in Illinois, USA.

Alinta Energy has unveiled early-stage proposals for a 1 GW offshore wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria.

Modern Energy Management has completed the 48 MW Tra Vinh Wind Power intertidal wind farm project in Vietnam, which is owned by investors Climate Investor One and ST International.

SSE and TotalEnergies have completed installation of the first turbine at the 1,100 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm east of Scotland. The project is on track for commercial operations in 2023.

Norway’s oil major Equinor has bought into a battery storage firm Noriker Power, from the UK, managing projects for utility scale storage. The agreement includes Equinor buying 45% of Noriker, with an option to acquire it outright. Equinor will also enter an agreed strategic cooperation giving Equinor the chance to take part in projects matured by Noriker. It is headquartered in Gloucester, has constructed 250 MW of battery storage across the UK and has a pipeline in excess of 500 MW. Part of the stock Equinor is buying is held by UK investor Gresham House.

Australia says it has switched on another Australian record Big Battery through French renewables firm Neoen. It is a 300 MW/450 MWh battery in Geelong, Australia and although there was a fire in July when it was being commissioned, the battery has been delivered in record time. The battery is twice the size of South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve, which was a global record when it went in, but has since been overtaken by the Moss Landing site in the US. Neoen was awarded a grid services contract with AEMO just a year ago and has already completed the work.

China’s wind projects include:

  • SPIC has signed a contract to develop to 500 MW Dalian Wafangdian onshore wind project in Liaoning Province.
  • The 300 MW Yudean Yangjiang Shapa offshore wind farm has been commissioned in Guangdong Province.
  • The 350 MW Guoxin Rudong offshore wind farm has been fully grid connected in Jiangsu
  • Guangzhou Development Group is to develop 200 MW wind capacity in Yunnan Province’s Luquan County.

China’s solar projects include:

  • Inner Mongolia Power Investment Energy will invest $60 million into a 100 MW swathe of residential solar in Shandong Province.
  • Shanxi Hongdong has broken ground on a $66 million, 100 MW solar plant in Leishang Village, Liujiayun Town, Shanxi Province.
  • Guidong Electric Power intends to build a 210 MW solar-fishery plant in Jilin Province.
  • Guangxi Guigang Qintang District, Xijiang Group and China Aneng have signed a development agreement for a 300 MW distributed solar project.
  • Huaneng Wulian has begun construction of a 200 MW solar plant in Shandong’s Wulian County.
  • Jinko Solar plans to build a 300 MW solar plant in Jinchang, Gansu Province.
  • The 200 MW Linyang New Energy Hebei Shunping project has been commissioned in Hebei Province.

Guizhou Province in China has announced it plans to see at least $36 billion invested in the energy sector through to 2023.

Daqo New Energy has commissioned its latest polysilicon plant, which has annual output of 35,000 tons and a pricetag of $64 million. The plant has opened early and partially, with a ramp up to 105,000 tons promised for Q1 2022. The company targets total capacity of 270,000 tons by 2024.

Tongwei has invested $880 million in a 50,000-ton polysilicon production facility, $455 million into a 15 GW mono-grade polysilicon rod and wafer facility, and $550 million to supplement working capital.

Beijing Express will develop an $864 million, 22 GW monocrystalline-grade rod and wafer facility – Phase II of its Leshan manufacturing complex. Initially both phases were to be 12 GW scale, but now the second is 22 GW, for a total of 34 GW.

JA Solar has commissioned its new 6 GW, 182mm cell and module manufacturing plant in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

The Netherlands has attracted 2,224 MW of C&I solar systems and 1,908 MW of floating and utility-scale solar plants via its SDE++ plan’s first round this year.

The US International Development Finance Corporation has approved $500 million of debt finance for First Solar’s 3.3 GW module factory to be built in Tamil Nadu, India.

BayWa r.e. has received approval for the 50 MW Rag Lane solar plant in the UK; construction will begin in 2023.

Acciona Energia has commissioned the Malgarida 1 and 2, and the Almeyda solar plants, which altogether total 300 MW in northern Chile.

Westbridge has acquired the 236 MW Sunnynook PV development and a 100 MW co-located battery system in Alberta, Canada.

SECI has awarded Tata Power Systems with a letter of award for a 120 MWh battery to be co-located with a 100 MW PV plant; the battery is India’s largest so far.