Renewables

Equinor goes large

Equinor announced that it had been selected to provide New York State with offshore wind power in one of the largest renewable energy procurements in US history. Equinor, with incoming strategic partner BP, will provide 1,260 MW of renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind II, and an additiona..

UAE leads the way in solar power in the Middle East

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is pushing ahead with its transition to alternative fuels. According to a report from Deloitte the key drivers for the growth of the UAE solar sector are large scale government sponsored solar energy projects and a strong sovereign credit rating offering low risk for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) with Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). This is evident in the scale of projects that have already been completed or under construction

Total and Engie Partner to Develop France's Largest Site for the Production of Green Hydrogen from 100% Renewable Electricity

otal and Engie have signed a cooperation agreement to design, develop, build and operate the Masshylia project, France's largest renewable hydrogen production site at Châteauneuf-les-Martigues in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur South region.

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires Pflugerville Solar Project

Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, is expanding its solar energy portfolio by acquiring the 144-megawatt (MWac) Pflugerville Solar project from Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. The project is under construction in Travis County, Texas, and is expected to achieve commercial operation in mid-2021. The energy generated from the Pflugerville Solar project will be sold to Austin Energy under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Expanding Texan footprint

Clearway Energy Group (CEG) announced that it had closed financing and commenced construction on its second largest windfarm in Texas.

Enel and Qatar Investment Authority join forces to develop renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa

Enel Green Power S.p.A. (EGP), signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) for a joint venture partnership aimed at financing, building and operating renewable projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The parties also signed an agreement whereby QIA will acquire 50% of EGP’s stake in projects in operation and under construction in South Africa and Zambia with approximately 800 MW capacity

Eni Considers More Renewable Fuel Production in Italy

Eni SPA of Italy is designing new renewable fuel projects in the country, including a conversion of its 84,000 barrel per day Livorno refinery into a biorefinery for hydrotreated vegetable oil production and a new waste to methanol plant. Both projects are scheduled by Eni to be in operation by the end of 2024.

ReneSola Power and Eiffel Investment Group Announce MOU for Joint Venture to Fund Solar Development in Europe

ReneSola Ltd, a leading fully integrated solar project developer, today announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eiffel Investment Group ("Eiffel"), a leading asset management firm with 3 billion euros under management, to establish a joint venture that will provide financing for ReneSola Power's current and future solar projects across Europe.

ENCAVIS is already completing the second major Spanish project to the power grid on time.

The SDAX-listed wind and solar park operator Encavis AG, fed yesterday the first kilowatt hours (KWh) from the largest solar park in the group's portfolio "Talayuela" into the Spanish high-voltage network.

LONGi supplies 70 MW modules to the largest floating PV plant cluster in Vietnam

In a significant development marking the end of 2020, two large-scale floating solar projects in Vietnam were commissioned in December. They were the 35 MWp Ho Tam Bo floating solar power plant and the 35 MWp Ho Gia Hoet 1 floating PV plant. The two projects have been set up on Gia Hoet 1 and Tam Bo irrigation lakes, in Quang Thanh commune, Chau Duc district.

Enel Green Power connects to the grid its first two solar plants in Malaga

Enel Green Power, through its renewable energy arm Enel Green Power España (EGPE), has completed the construction of the photovoltaic plants of La Vega I and La Vega II, located in the municipality of Teba.

Ellomay Capital Announces the Successful Connection of the Talasol Photovoltaic Plant to the Spanish Electricity Grid

Ellomay Capital Ltd., a renewable energy and power generator and developer of renewable energy and power projects in Europe and Israel, today announced that the photovoltaic plant constructed by Talasol Solar S.L. (“Talasol”) in the municipality of Talaván, Cáceres, Spain, with a peak capacity of 300MW, was connected to the electricity grid and electricity production commenced. In parallel, hot commissioning tests have been initiated by the EPC contractor. The Company indirectly owns 51% of Talasol.

TAQA Announces Financial Closing for the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) – alongside partners Masdar, EDF Renewables and JinkoPower – announced, today, the successful financial closing of the Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC Acquires Solar Project Totaling 80 MWac / 104 MWdc

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (“GREC”) announced today that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it purchased a 80 MWac /104 MWdc pre-operational solar project from rPlus Energies LLC (“rPlus”). The project, Graphite Solar I LLC, is located in Carbon County, Utah and has a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) in place with the utility PacifiCorp on behalf of Facebook. The contract was developed under Rocky Mountain Power’s Schedule 34 green energy tariff, which allows large customers to purchase renewable energy generated on their behalf. The project supports Facebook’s goal of 100% renewable energy for its operations and is expected to reach commercial operations (“COD”) in Q4 2021.

Start of construction Vopak Solar Park Eemshaven

Vopak Solar Park Eemshaven is starting construction of its solar park located in Eemshaven in the province of Groningen. The new solar park will have a capacity of approximately 25 megawatts, which equates to an average consumption of approximately 8,000 Dutch households. The subsidy and permit processes as well as the financing have been successfully completed.

Masdar and PT PJBI form joint venture to drive development of Indonesia’s first floating solar power plant

Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, and PT PJBI, a subsidiary of Indonesia’s state electricity company PT PLN (Persero), today announced the formation of a joint venture to drive the development of the Cirata Floating Photovoltaic Power Plant – Indonesia’s first floating PV project.

Partners move onshore US

Siemens Gamesa and Orsted have signed an agreement for their first US onshore project together. The 51-turbine, 298MW Haystack project in Wayne county, Nebraska is expected to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2021. The order also includes a 30-year, full-scope service and maintenance agreem..

Sungrow Supplies Central Europe’s 100 MW PV Plant in Hungary

Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, announced that the Company supplied its medium-voltage inverter solutions to a 100 MW solar park in Kaposvàr, south-west Hungary, which is one of the largest PV projects and biggest investment of this nature in entire Central Europe, committing to support Hungary’s climate policy targets, including energy production in a carbon-neutral way by 2050.

Norwegians sign memorandum for large solar farm to add to Brazil’s capacity

Three Norwegian energy firms Scatec Solar, Equinor, and Hydro Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 9 December 2020 with the purpose to jointly develop a 480 MW solar power plant. The MoU provides a framework to realise the project on a site already secured in Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil by Scatec and Equinor. The MoU contemplates joint ownership and development of the project by the three parties and offtake of part of the production by Hydro. Subject to final agreement, the companies aim to reach an investment decision in 2021

The Refinery Restructuring Trend Continues Across Europe

Neste of Finland recently announced that it plans to shut in the refining operations at its 58,000 barrel per day Naantali refinery by the end of March 2021. This complex’s closure decision had been accelerated by the substantial decline in oil demand worldwide, in addition to competition from Asia and from environmental rulings.

France has its sights on offshore

France’s highest court, the Council of State, has rejected an appeal against Iberdrola’s offshore windfarm project in Brittany, in the countries Northwest. Iberdrola is the sole owner of the planned 2.4 billion euro, 62-turbine, 496MW Saint-Brieuc windfarm, which will be located 16km off the French..

Samson Solar Energy Center is now fully under construction

Chicago based Invenergy is a leading privately held developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions has joined with 8 partners to create the Samson Solar Energy Center which will one of the largest solar power projects in the United States at 1,310 Megawatts (MW) when fully complete in 2023.

HE's position paper on the European Commission’s Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility

Hydrogen Europe welcomes the European Commission’s forthcoming Sustainable and Smart Mobility strategy that will be released on 9 December. This strategy will be the transport sector’s roadmap for achieving the Green Deal objectives of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport by 90% by 2050.

Minesto reaches historic milestone – delivers first tidal energy to the Faroese grid

As a part of the ongoing commissioning work of its DG100 tidal kite system Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands, leading marine energy developer Minesto has reached the milestone of delivering electricity to the Faroese grid facilitated by the Power Purchase Agreement with the utility company SEV

Enbridge invests in additional solar facilities for a lower-carbon future

In an effort to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions Enbridge Inc., is developing a second solar facility in Pennsylvania to help power the Heidlersburg Compressor Station supplying the Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline.

Shell sees its future with fewer, more integrated refineries yielding renewable fuels, hydrogen

Royal Dutch Shell, hit by a $17.7 billion loss in the first nine-months of 2020 as Covid-19 slashed demand, will downsize to six refining-chemical integrated “parks” as part of a transition to lower carbon emission products.

Repsol to wind down oil exploration, focus on renewables growth

Repsol SA will reduce its dividend next year as it outlined plans to wind down the search for oil and expand its renewable capacity fivefold during the next decade.

Vietnam see steady solar growth

An 8 percent per year electricity demand growth is expected in Vietnam and power consumption is said to rise from 275 terrawatt hours (TWh) this year to around 630 TWh in 2030, as a result the country has already invested heavily in 18GW of coal-fired power projects, these slated to been in place by the middle of the decade. Despite this the country has turned to its abundant natural resources of hydro, wind, and solar potential to fill additional demand.

Developing India's wind potential

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) announced that it will launch GWEC India to help develop India’s vast wind power potential and support green recovery. India is the world’s fourth largest onshore wind market, after China, US and Germany, with nearly 38GW of installed capacity according to Inte..

Enbridge Adds Solar Facilities to Power Pipeline Operations

Enbridge is adding solar energy facility to help power its natural gas pipeline compressor stations, citing a recent pledge to green its operations.

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