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10 May 2019

This week’s renewable orders

Denmark’s Vestas has received an order for 459 MW of wind turbines from PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, for two wind projects, TB Flats I and II, located in Wyoming. We pointed out last week that US energy utility PacificCorp said it would close down a number of coal fired electricity plants early and replace the capacity with a combination of wind, solar and batteries, clearly Vestas has some of that business. The order includes a 12-year service agreement, and turbine delivery will be complete in Q4 2020.

A consortium of ACWA Power, Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) and Alternative Energy Projects (APEC) has been selected by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company for the development of the 500MW Ibri-2 solar project in Oman located 300km west of Muscat.  ACWA is the lead investor with 50% stake, and GIC and AEPC control 40% and 10% respectively.

US residential solar community firm SunShare said its SaintSun and ZumbroSun community solar projects have been commissioned and are now live in Minnesota, consisting of six total community solar gardens, which will serve approximately 1,200 households in Carver, Wabasha.

Danish offshore wind specialist Ørsted said it has taken the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farms in Taiwan after several months of indecision and delays over the Feed-in Tariff for offshore wind. Ørsted was unable to sign a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Taiwanese utility Taipower because of a permit delay for the 605 MW Changhua 1 offshore wind farm and the 295 MW Changhua 2 offshore wind farm. The Feed-in Tariff was announced in February with a 6% reduction, but Ørsted has now begun the work.

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity has issued a first-round tender for 755 MW of solar capacity in five provinces of Babel, Wasit, Karbala, Al-Muthanna and Diwaniyah, all expected to be complete by the end of 2020. Iraq has also signed with Siemens to develop the electricity sector in Iraq.

Walmart has reached a deal to power more than 40 stores in five states with solar energy – it plans to get 50% of its energy from renewables by 2025.

It has signed 46 power purchase agreements with C2 Energy Capital, a New York-based solar company for around 65 GWh annually in Arizona, New Jersey, Maryland, California and Louisiana.