This week’s renewable orders

Florida Power & Light said last week it would begin the construction of 10 solar projects, each of 74.5 MW, bringing 745 MW of new solar capacity online beginning 2020 to add to the 1,250 MW of solar it already operates.

Enel Green Power has begun the construction of a 140 MW wind farm in South Africa, at Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape province. It is expected to generate 568 GWh annually once fully operational, in the second quarter of 2021. It will be built with a total investment of €180 million and it is its fourth project in the country. The wind farm is supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with the South African energy utility Eskom.

Microsoft said this week that it has a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands with Dutch developer Eneco. It will purchase 90 MW from the existing 731.5 MW Borssele III/IV offshore wind farms.

Denmark’s Vestas has an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 227 MW Collector Wind farm to be developed by RATCH-Australia Corporation at a cost of A$180 invested by Clean Energy Finance.

Capital Dynamics and First Solar have announced commercial operations of the 280 MW California Flats Solar Project, located on 2,900 acres of ranch land owned by Hearst, near Monterey County, California. The facility has a very low visual impact and cannot be seen from any public roads and supports the sustainable cattle operation of the ranch. Capital Dynamics acquired the project two years ago.

Floating solar farm specialist Ciel & Terre USA has begun construction of the largest floating solar system in California. The solar array will be installed on the Town’s largest recycled water storage pond and is expected to meet 90% percent of the Town’s water treatment and pump facility energy needs with an output of 1.78 MWs. It will cover some 22% of the water surface and have no impact on the biology of the pond and will reduce water loss through evaporation and inhibit algae growth.