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8 March 2023

Renewables orders this week

Vestas has received an order from KOEN (Korea South-East Power Company) for the 600MW Wando Geumil offshore wind project in Wando-Gun, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. Vestas will supply and install 40 units of the V236-15.0 MW turbine.

Nordex Group has received two orders for a total of 109.3 MW in Sweden and Finland from WPD. Nordex will supply ten N163/6.X turbines for the Tomasliden wind farm in Sweden and seven N163/5.X turbines for the Finnish Oulainen project. The 68 MW Tomasliden wind farm is being built in Vesterbotten County, about 55 km west of Skeleftea. The Finnish 41.3 MW wind farm Oulainen is being built in the municipality of Oulainen in the Northern Ostrobothnia region.


GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Inikti as the supplier for the Otada wind farm in Lithuania, located near Sakiai city in the south-west of the country. With this 18 MW project, GE’s total installed onshore wind capacity in Lithuania will reach close to 500 MW by the end of 2023.

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) plans to purchase 10 fuel-cell electric buses from New Flyer in 2024, as part of a trial of hydrogen tech in bus fleets.


Scout Motors – backed by the Volkswagen Group – has announced it will build its first manufacturing facility in South Carolina, US. The 1600-acre site will cost approximately $2 billion and aims to produce 200,000 vehicles per year, it will employ as many as 4,000 people. Scout Motors says it will consider going public in the future similarly to Porsche.

SQM – the state-owned Chilean mining company – reported profits of $3.9 billion, up 567% on last year, largely owing to record sales volumes of lithium products averaging $52,000 per ton.

Tesla has signed a deal with Korean company L&F for the supply of high-nickel cathode materials worth $2.9 billion from 2024 to 2025.

Ford has announced that its F-150 lightning production will resume operation on March 13th, after operations were paused for a month investigating a battery fire.

Volvo Penta – the manufacturing arm of the Volvo manufacturing group – has entered into the BESS market with a subsystem product initially launching in the US and North America. Volvo has indicated that the company’s BESS system will use the same batteries as in its heavy-duty applications segment.

A joint venture between US-unit of Spanish engineering group ACS and US-based Yates Construction has won a contract from Japan-based Panasonic to build an EV battery plant in Kansas as part of a $4 billion investment.

Haitai Solar is to build a $91 million, 3 GW module factory in Hebei Province, China.

Solar Plus (Xuhe Technology) is to develop a 5 GW solar cell and module factory in Kunming City alongside 4 GWh of battery production capacity.

Adani Group has commissioned its fourth wind-solar hybrid power station, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. This one has 600 MW solar and 510 MW wind capacity, rated at 700 MW combined in order to meet a 50% capacity utilization factor minimum requirement.

ACWA Power is to assist in the development of 1.4 GW solar, 1.2 GW energy storage in Uzbekistan.

Origis Energy has secured $750 million credit to be put towards its US solar-storage project development pipeline.

SolarPack is to develop the 258 MW El Aromo solar project in Ecuador.

Oman’s Power and Water Procurement Company is soon to award the Manah 1 & 2 projects to investors, worth $777 million and 1,000 MW, with commissioning due in mid-2025.

Entergy Louisiana has received approval for 225 MW of solar capacity to be added to its generation mix in the state of the same name, with commissioning of two projects of that combined size expected for late 2025 and early 2026.

Eni has installed an “Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC) device 800 meters offshore from the Italian island of Pantelleria, with a capacity of 260 kW.

Huawei string inverters and smart transformer stations will be supplied to a 193 MW solar, 12 MW wind project at Kleczew, Poland.

TotalEnergies has acquired a 200 MW solar portfolio in Poland, across six sites.

Duke Energy Florida will begin construction of two 74.9 MW solar projects this month, Mule Creek and Winquepin, with commissioning slated for later this year.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved the $2.9 billion, ±800 kV UHVDC, 16 GW, 927-kilometer Longdong-Shandong transmission line which runs through the five provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, and Shandong, from the northwestern desert to the coast. This is State Grid’s 18th UHVDC project.

The Australian state of Queensland has purchased the $3.3 billion, 1,100-kilometer transmission line named Copperstring 2.0, which will enable 6 GW of further renewable energy capacity. Construction is expected to proceed from 2024 through 2029. This project leads inland to the mining town of Mt. Isa, rather than along the coast, and will enable further growth for the mining industry.

Royal Group will develop a 200 MW residential distributed “whole county” rooftop solar project in Wuxuan County, Guanxi Province, China.

Hebei Haisheng Industrial Group will invest $430 million in a 750,000 ton solar glass factory in Chengdu, China.

AikoSolar has begun ramping production at its new 6.5 GW All Back Contact (ABC) cell factory.