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2 May 2019

This week’s renewable orders

Enel Green Power has brought the 34 MW Ngonye solar PV facility, in southern Zambia, and will sell the output energy to the state-owned utility Zesco through a 25-year power purchase agreement. Investment amounted to $40 million part funded through Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation. The facility is expected to produce around 70 GWh per year, and was signed last June. Zambian electricity is dominated at present by hydro plants.

Bombora Wave Power has been chosen by Enzen to supply a grid connected wave farm in the Atlantic Ocean on the north side of Lanzarote, in the Spanish Canary Islands, off the coast of northern Africa. The first phase of the project will see 4 MW of capacity generated through an array of 1.5 MW mWaves submerged energy converters. This will supplement the island’s existing electricity supply which is currently produced largely by a diesel-fueled power station. This follows the installation of a 1.5 MW mWave in the Marine Energy Testing Area off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Due for completion in the summer of 2020, this demonstration project will run concurrently with the consenting process for the Lanzarote wave farm.

A solar system has been floated on the Langthwaite Reservoir in Lancashire, UK, by Northern Pontoon. The floating array supports 3,520 solar panels and is 7,200 square-meters in size and will provide 1 MW of power.

None of GE, Siemens Gamesa or Vestas received a single order from bids placed for 6 GW of wind power in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia. This is a massive project and is being developed by SPIC, one of China’s state-owned power producers. Chinese companies SEWPG (SEwind), Goldwind, CSIC Haizhuang, Mingyang and DEC all won wind turbine orders from the auction. The reason none of them could be competitive was because there was a premium placed on overseas bids and pricing was based on the price of existing coal plant electricity, which of course does not include the cost of building a coal plant. The Chinese market share for these three is just 5%.

AC Energy and the BIM group, based respectively in the Philippines and Vietnamm have switched on 3 solar power plants outputting 330 MW of power in Ninh Thuan in Vietnam. It is claimed this is the largest solar power plant in Southeast Asia. Investment was approximately $300 million and it used over 1 million solar panels.

Azure Power a solar power producer in India, said this week it will build a 150 MW solar plant in Bhadla in Rajasthan. This is the first phase of 200 MWs allocated to Azure Power by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Government agency and the contract agreed a tariff of $0.036 per kWh over 25 years.