The world of renewables this week

Long standing German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion this week appointed Neil Robson, a turnaround specialist as its Chief Restructuring Officer leading its transformation efforts. It put in a new CEO last September, and a new CFO in January. It’s tough to live in a market that has had subsidies for a decade and suddenly has to stand on its own two feet, and constantly find cost cuts. Senvion said that some of its issues were in project management and sales and anyway it still has a €5 billion order book. It plans to do more business in India and Latin America, streamline its product line, and localize components. Senvion employs 4,000 people.

EDF Energy and partner Upside Energy, have signed a deal with Anesco, a UK energy storage provider for a combined solar (10 MW) plus battery assets (6 MW) at the Clayhill solar farm. EDF will guarantee the price for the renewable energy it gets, due to its expertise in trading and dispatching assets. EDF will control Clayhill’s portfolio of assets through its demand-side response platform, PowerShift. Anesco claims it is the UK’s leading storage developer with 100MW of storage and a pipeline of 380 MW to 2020.

EDF Renewables North America has entered into a build and transfer agreement with Tucson Electric Power for an existing wind project the 247.4 MW Oso Grande project in New Mexico. EDF will finish its construction later this year and it should go into full operation by the end of 2020.

GSSG Solar has announced Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has granted approval for its 14.7 MW Yamanashi solar plant. This means it qualifies for a specific feed-in tariff for the next 20 years. The solar will be used by 2,800 local residents.

Innio said this week it will supply six Jenbacher gas engines for the Lemene microgrid project in Finland, which it says will be the largest energy self-sufficient business district using renewable energy in Finland. It cost €39.7 million and will provide all local heating. The Jenbacher engines were chosen because they can burn greener gases such as biomethane and have a capacity of 8.1 MWs.

A report from Research and Markets out this week says that the market for global solar panel cleaning systems will grow at 7.5% CAGR to 2026. Seems very low to us.

Fortistar and finance firm Ares Capital, said this week they have acquired two landfill renewable natural gas facilities, Greentree Landfill Gas and Imperial Landfill Gas, from EDF Renewables North America. They are in West Pennsylvania and have the capacity to produce 1.5 million decatherms of RNG a year.

NiSource said that its greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation will fall 90 percent from its 2005 levels by 2030 with cuts in nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions down 99% and water withdrawal and was water discharges down by 99% and coal ash by 100%. There more aggressive targets from Northern Indiana Public Service Co (NIPSCO) are because it plans to retire all of its coal-fired electric generation by 2028. NiSource also to expects to reduce methane emissions from its gas main by 50%.

Canadian Solar said its subsidiary Recurrent Energy has secured a $50 million letter of credit from financial services firm, Natixis to support the development of utility-scale solar projects across the US and Canada.

South Korean I-ON Communications said it was recently selected to partner South Korea-based utility Busan City Gas and Shinhwa SNC in a research collaboration, to integrate its technologies plus next generation energy storage into a VPP (Virtual Power Plant) pilot at five sites across Malaysia at a value of $7 million.

The Tennessee Valley Authority this week issued an RFP to renewable energy developers for 200 MW of renewable energy to be brought online by the end of 2022. Proposals need to be in by May 15 and may include battery storage options. In 2017, TVA sent a similar 200 megawatt request to developers which resulted in 675 MW of solar power being developed to supply new renewable energy to Facebook and Google data centers.

EDF has finalizes the purchase of French solar operator Luxel which will bring 1 GW of solar capacity, plus large-scale plants and projects still under development.

Kirkbi, the holding company which owns 75% of the Lego Group, has reached an agreement to buy a majority stake in Enerparc, a US affiliate of German solar developer Enerparc.

Clean Energy Wire says that greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.2% in Germany in 2018, the largest reduction since the 2009 recession. The drop was due to warm weather along with higher prices for fuel and carbon.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance this week suggested that emerging Electric Vehicles might lead to UK wide road tolls costing some £700 a year for each car. Bloomberg NEF said this would be necessary to fill the hole in government finances left by a drop in fuel duty, which amounts to some £28.8 billion a year.

SunPower plans to sell 233 MW of solar installations to a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs Renewable Power for $86.9 million, according to filings with the SEC this week. The portfolio encompasses about 200 projects in nine states.

Sunnica, a joint venture between UK-based Tribus Clean Energy and PS Renewables, said this week it has plans to build a 500 MW solar-plus-storage complex in England and is now looking for environmental approval through two separate parks known as Sunnica East and Sunnica West, near Worlington, Suffolk, and Chippenham, East Cambridgeshire.