The Scottish government has given the go ahead for ScottishPower to build a 50MW battery on its Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow to be installed next year. The installation is said to be the size of half a football pitch, and reach full charge from its 215 wind turbines in under an hour. Effectively it is to sit between the wind farm and the grid, to stabilize an intermittent output and offer grid stabilization services. The battery deal is part of plans to invest £ 2 billion into clean technology projects in 2019 and was granted local approval by South Lanarkshire Council in May.
US renewables specialist Recurrent Energy, part of Canadian Solar, has signed two power purchase agreements one with Anheuser-Busch InBev for 222 MW and another with Energy Transfer for 28 MW of solar power from two of its Maplewood solar parks. Both should be operational by 2021 using Canadian Solar poly modules.
Italian renewables firm Enel has won an auction in Russia to create the 71 MW Rodnikovsky wind farm in the Stavropol region and will spend €90 million on the build out and it will be operational in 2024. It has recently competed the Azov wind farm in Russia.
Denmark’s wind turbine maker Vestas says it has its largest ever order from Ukraine using its V150-4.2 MW turbines from long-term customer Vindkraft for a 164 MW wind project Myrnenska, located in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine. Turbine delivery is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2019.
Athens-based EPC firm Metka EGN has built a private 10MW solar PV project at Bufulbi in Uganda for developer and financier Tryba Energy.
Sweden’s Statkraft will begin building a hydro-plant in August in Chile and expects to complete it in the second half of 2022. It will have 52 MW capacity and cost around $200 million. Civil works will be carried out by local construction companies Brotec, Valko and OBChile and the electro and hydromechanical work by Voith, from Brazil. The Los Lagos hydropower plant will be on the Pilmaiquen River close to the city of Osorno. Statkraft acquired the rights to develop this in 2015 when it bought Eléctrica Pilmaiquén.
Canada’s Boralex has 3 new projects totaling 68.2 MW from the national call for tenders conducted by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France. It has the Bois des Fontaines (25.2 MW), Helfaut (20 MW) and the Caumont Chériennes (23 MW) wind projects.
Swedish power company Vattenfall will install solar systems at two pumped hydro storage plants at Saxony and Geesthacht in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It will install solar panels totaling 4.3MW at the dam of the upper basin, while in Geesthacht it plans to install 2.4MW. Vattenfall will also use roof areas at Markersbach bringing the overall total to 7MW at both facilities.
Construction is scheduled for 2020.
US New England utility Eversource says it plans to deploy energy storage to Westmorland, an outage-prone New Hampshire town of 18,000. There is a single line which connects the town to electricity resources and ice storms and heavy snowfall regularly knock the line out. Eversource will own and operate a 1.7 MW (7.1 MWh) battery.