E.ON and Kyuden Mirai Energy signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop offshore wind projects in Japan. The cooperation is focused on fixed bottom projects and starts with a study to jointly select a project in the Kyushu area. The companies may consider expanding the partnership to other regions in Japan is this works out. This is really the first move in E.On joining the Japanese market and offering what it has learned in Europe building out 1.8 GW of offshore wind to Japanese partners. Kyuden Mirai is a spin off out of Kyushu Electric.
Denmark’s Vestas said it has a 132 MW order from Windfarm Polska III owned by Stadtwerke München, for the Jasna wind project Pomorskie Voivodship, in Northern Poland. It was won at auction last year. Vestas said the site will feature V126-3.45 MW turbines at 117m and 137m hub heights.
French utility Engie in North America, said this week it has started to build a 160 MW wind project at Jumo Hill in Texas, which it will complete by spring of 2020. It will bring electricity and Renewable Energy Credits to an as yet unnamed corporate customer but a power purchasing agreement is already in place. It is a $150 million project and will consist of 57 GE 2 MW wind turbines, and some of the facility will be built by Wanzek Construction.
Italian energy firm subsidiary Enel Green Power Australia said this week it has begun building a 34.2 MW solar plant in the Shire of Gannawarra, Victoria state, costing $42 million. The Cohuna Solar Farm is expected to start operations by the end of 2019 and use 87,000 bifacial modules, and generate up to 77 GWh of electricity per.
Black & Veatch has won a contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on a new 150 MW onshore wind facility for Capital Power, a North American power producer on privately owned lands in McDonough and Warren Counties, Illinois.
7X Energy a US solar developer, said it has a power purchase agreement for the rest of its 690 MW Taygete Energy Project in Pecos County, Texas. It is not revealing the purchase at present. It will use SolarBlocks, a fixed shape solar energy product and it claims it will be the largest solar facility in Texas once built and represents a capital investment of over $650 million.
Ball Corp, a $11.6 billion packaging specialist said it has two virtual power purchase agreements – one wind and one solar – for 388 MW of renewable energy which will mean that its packaging and aerospace operations are 50% renewable by end of 2021. They are wind and solar developments in Oklahoma and Texas. Ball was advised on the deal by Schneider Electric.
US utility Southern California Edison has selected a set of energy storage projects to supply local capacity needs around the coastal city of Oxnard, instead of using a 262 MW natural-gas peaker plant it had chosen previously. The switch came about after the local community protested, especially when they knew the gas plant was to be built on their local beach. It will be a 100 MW/ 400MWh system which will handle dispatch to the grid. It will use Lithium ion batteries and will come online in December 2020.