Contracts for over 11 GW of clean energy capacity has been awarded in the UK’s latest Contract for Difference auction, almost doubling that awarded in the previous round. Over 7 GW of the capacity will come from new offshore wind farms, including the Inch Cape 1 (1,080 MW), Moray West (294 MW), Hornsea Three (2,852 MW), Norfolk Boreas (1,396 MW), and East Anglia 3 (1,372 MW). Hexicon also secured a strike price of $87.30 per MWh for its 32 MW TwinHub Floating Offshore Wind Project.
Cloudberry Clean Energy will sell 50% of its shares in Cloudberry Offshore Wind to form a joint venture with Hafslund. With the transaction expected to close in September, the pair will then aim to develop the 100 MW Stenkalles Grund wind farm on Lake Vanern in Sweden by 2025.
Northland Power has signed a PPA with unnamed party, for all of the power produced by its 744 MW Hai Long 2B and 3 offshore wind farms off Taiwan. The agreement is for 20 years at a fixed-price, commencing once Hai Long reaches full commercial operations in late 2026.
Nordex has been tapped by a JV of the Green Investment Group and Hydro Rein to supply turbines for 456 MW Feijao wind farm in Brazil. The project is due to come online in spring 2024.
Ilmatar Energy has started the construction of four wind farms in Finland, with a combined capacity of almost 132MW. Commercial operations are expected in Q1 2024.
Neoen has started constructing its 57 MW Storbrännkullen wind farm in Sweden, putting in on track to be commissioned in late 2023.
EDF has announced plans to develop a 100 MW hybrid renewable energy project in Wales – named Hirfynydd – and that it is hoping to submit planning applications by end 2023.
VSB Group will sell its 150 MW Karahka and 40MW Juurakko wind farms in Finland to national utility Helen, for an undisclosed fee. Juurakko is set to be completed by the end of 2022, with Karahka to follow by the end of 2024.
Meijer has signed a PPA with a subsidiary of NextEra to secure the majority of the power from the 300 MW Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center in Texas. The project is expected to be completed in late 2022.
RWE has officially opened its 96 MW Clocaenog Forest onshore wind farm in North Wales, UK.
Fred Olsen and Vestas have installed the first turbine at their 589 MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2024 and will feature 62 Vestas turbines.
Trina Solar is to build a 71 MW floating solar plant in Sarawak, Malaysia, at the Batang Ai hydropower plant.
Xinjiang Yue Hydropower, a subsidiary of Yue Hydropower, has received approval for two solar-plus-storage projects in Xinjiang. One is 400 MW solar with unspecified storage, the other is 800 MW solar with a 200 MW, 4-hour battery capacity – unusual since Chinese battery projects are usually 2-hour.
Narada Power will act as EPC for a 100 MW, 2-hour battery project at the Fuchong substation, in Chenzhou City, Hunan Province, China.
Sunshine New Energy Development has commissioned a factory with a production output of 500 MW energy storage converter systems and of 1.5 GWh for lithium-ion batteries.
The 1 GW Yalong River Kela solar farm has begun construction in China’s Sichuan Province at elevation between 4,000 meters and 4,600 meters, with a 500 kV transmission line to the Lianghekou Hydropower Station, and an investment of $780 million.
The 400 MW Hebei Guyuan solar farm has been commissioned in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China.
A second utility-scale solar farm has been approved in Libya, with a PPA signed for a 200 MW solar farm in Ghadames, which like the first farm is in the Western half of the country, which is still split in half by its civil war. Planned solar development in the Egypt-aligned east half of the country has been far more limited.
Kenlov Renewable Energy has entered Greek renewables with a 378 MW wind and solar pipeline seeking approval.
EP New Energies (EPNE) and LEAG are developing a 300 MW solar farm in Huhnerwasser and Wolkenberg, near Spremberg, Brandenburg, Germany.
US-based Origis Energy has sourced 700 MW of solar modules from Vietnam’s Boviet Solar, an example of solar imports from South-East Asia being protected by President Biden’s executive order suspending solar import tariffs on products from Indochina.
Scatec has begun construction of the $430 million, 531 MW Mendubium solar farm in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state. A PPA has been signed for nearly 60% of the plant’s output with Alunorte, which has a nearby alumina refinery.
The second of four 175 MW turbines has been installed at the Zongeru Hydropower station in Nigeria, courtesy of China Hydropower.
A 1.2 GW hydropower plant planned for Wencheng County in China’s Zhejiang Province has passed its pre-feasibility study study, and has a planned investment of $1.78 billion.
The 8 GW, 800 kV UHVDC Jiangsu-Baihetan transmission line has been commissioned, with a length of 2,080 kilometers and an investment of $4.5 billion dollars.
China Energy Construction Gezhouba International Company, South Korea’s DL E&C, and Indonesia’s own state-owned enterprise WIKA have signed a contract to construct the 1.04 GW Upper West Cisokan pumped storage power station in Indonesia, the first such in the country. The expected construction period is 50 months, with four 260 MW generators.
A 300 MW, 2-hour battery project is to be built at a cost of $150 million in Foshan, in China’s southern Guangdong Province. Most battery capacity on China’s grid is co-located with renewables.
Xinte Energy and Shuangliang Energy have signed a long-term polysilicon supply deal covering 201,900 tons, running from January 2023 to December 2030, which would be worth $7.5 billion at today’s prices. However the price is to be renegotiated on a monthly basis, as usual with such deals, so it is probably worth more like $3 billion.