GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Prowind in Germany to provide three Cypress turbines for its Elfershausen project. This is the first order for GE’s Cypress platform, the company’s largest onshore wind turbine. Prowind will operate the three Cypress turbines at 4.8MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m. The split blades will be produced by LM Wind Power in Spain and the blade tips will be installed on site. The project will be completed by the end of 2019.
GE Renewable Energy also announced this week that it has been selected to supply wind turbines to a 342 MW Phoenix project, across 10 new wind parks in Aragón, Spain by Mirova, Engie and Forestalia. The Phoenix project will use 91 of GE Renewable Energy’s 3 MW turbine platform.
Boralex will build the Moose Lake wind farm, located on Crown land 24km northwest of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia working in partnership with Aeolis Wind Power, West Moberly First Nations, Saulteau First Nations and McLeod Lake Indian Band. This is a 15 MW wind farm using four turbines and brings Boralex’s capacity in Canada, France and the US to 1,977 MW.
The Granville Harbour wind farm in Tasmania has just got the go ahead to be built after plans were lodged a five years ago. It will feature 31 turbines and cost 280 million Australian dollars and provide enough electricity to run 46,000 homes. The average wind speed in western Tasmania is apparently 30 km per hour 24/7 365 days a year. The energy will go direct to the grid via an existing substation at the Reece Dam hydroelectric using a 10km line. State-owned Hydro Tasmania will buy the power, but equipment vendors have yet to be announced.
E.ON said it has started the construction of the Cranell wind farm in Refugio County, Texas, USA to generate 220 MW at peak. It will use 100 turbines from Vestas and generate enough electricity for 66,000 households.
Netherlands developer GroenLeven is building a 48 MW floating solar plant, one as the largest of its kind in Europe. It will be in an area owned by Kremer Zanden Grind previously used as a sand extraction site in north east Netherlands. It will be built in mid-2020 and output enough electricity for 13,000 households.
Duke Energy Renewables, said it will build, own and operate a 200 MW wind project called Mesteño in Starr County, Texas. The project’s output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables will enter into a long-term hedge agreement covering the expected energy production. This is the fourth Duke wind facility in Starr County and will use 56 Vestas turbines.
Finland’s Wello has signed a letter of intent with Inix Group for two projects of 30MW of wave power offshore in India. It will work with the Indian government and Ixin, and will use Wello’s Penguin Core package across two parks, one of 20MW and another of 10MW. They should come online in 2023 on the West coast near Mumbai and the other on the East coast. Wello is still short of funds, and looking to raise money on an equity sale right now.
Document protection firm Iron Mountain has signed another renewable energy deal which will take it to 100% renewables, with RPD Energy for 25,000 MWh a year over the next three years, from a wind farm run by NextEra Energy Resources.
Enel Green Power has brought online its first solar plant in Colombia, the 86MW El Paso solar farm in the Cesar region of northern Colombia. It will produce 176 gigawatt-hours of electricity each a year and is Colombia’s first renewable plant with centralized energy dispatch to the grid. Enel invested $70m in the development, over 210 hectares using 250,000 solar panels.