This week’s renewable orders

Vestas will handle engineering, procurement and construction for the 35 MW Wesley wind project located at the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The order was placed by EDF Renewables and comprises supply, installation and commissioning of ten V126-3.45 MW turbines.

A  2.7 MW floating solar farm at Hyoshiga Ike, has been built using Ciel & Terre’s Hydrelio technology, and successfully grid-connected in Kobe City, Japan. Other partners included Energy Bank Japan, an Osaka Gas Company subsidiary, and JFE Plant Engineering. The floating solar farm is on an irrigation pond, so requires non-toxic materials to be used.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said this week it has been awarded the wind turbine supply contract for the 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind power plant in Taiwan by the German wind power developer wpd 6 kilometers off the coast of Yunlin County. It will use a 167-meter diameter turbine and be installed by the beginning of 2020.

The GFG Alliance, a privately held company owned by Britain’s Gupta family, says it has linked up with Chinese energy company Shanghai Electric to build Cultana solar project, a 280 MW solar farm in the state of South Australia. It will power GFG’s Whyalla steelworks, as well as other industrial and corporate customers.

Vena Energy Australia has completed a 95MW solar project at Tailem Bend, 100 kilometers southeast of Adelaide in South Australia. The US $139 million project first started feeding energy to the grid in February for New South Wales-based utility Snowy Hydro.

European solar power producer Scatec Solar has started construction of the 148MW Progressovka solar project in Ukraine. Power China’s construction financing will cover 65% of the project’s cost. Scatec Solar said that it is in final stage of securing long-term financing for the project. It intends to close both debt financing and equity upon the start of commercial operations of the plant in the first half of 2020. The project is planned will use the 10-year feed-in-tariff scheme of Ukraine.

Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona has announced the construction of two solar plants with a capacity of 43.7MW in Ukraine. The two solar plants will be built with an investment of €30.6m. Acciona has signed an agreement with the developer of the projects UDPR to acquire a 75% of the stake and aims to complete the construction by the end of this year.

American brewing giant Anheuser-Busch has signed a Power Purchase Agreement for a 310 MW solar farm in West Texas to be completed by 2021.

The company is committed to transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

Canada’s Boralex has commissioned the 10 MW Catésis wind farm located in France’s Nord department taking its French capacity to 951 MW and a total of 1,987 MW worldwide. It will use five 2 MW-rated V100 Vestas wind turbines and supply energy to Electricité de France.

Starbucks has announced another renewables deal buying 146 MW of wind and solar from three different plants located in three states – LevelTen Energy, brokered the deal. Starbucks will buy 50 MW Allete Clean Energy another 50  MW from Cypress Creek Solar in Texas; and 46 MW from BayWa r.e. Solar in North Carolina.

Spain’s Iberdrola plans to build Europe’s largest solar plant in Extremadura at a cost of €300 million at the 590 MW Francisco Pizarro plant, which will employ 1,000 people until it is commissioned in 2022. The total investment will be over €300 million.