Renewables

Blue Elephant Energy and EnBW sign long-term power purchase agreements for PV projects in Spain

The Hamburg-based operator of solar and wind power plants Blue Elephant Energy AG (BEE) and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a 150-megawatt solar park project in the Spanish region of Andalusia. Both parties have agreed not to disclose any details about the economic terms of the electricity price, which has been fixed for 10 years.

Masdar wins Uzbekistan solar tenders

The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan has large ambitions with solar power. It has a broad program to construct solar PV plants with a total capacity of 1 gigawatt (GW).

NextChem wins FEED Contract for TotalEnergies’ Renewable Project

Maire Tecnimont SPA recently announced that its subsidiary NextChem has won a contract from TotalEnergies for the purpose of completing Front-End Engineering Design duties for the developing renewable production activities at TotalEnergies’ Grandpuit complex in France.

First floating solar plant in Albania starts commercial operations

Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy generator, in cooperation with Norwegian supplier Ocean Sun has started commercial operations at the first unit of its floating solar project in Albania, further contributing to the country’s renewable energy journey.

Largest yet for the Philippines

Siemens Gamesa has secured an order to supply, install and commission 32 turbines in the Philippines.

bp boosts its renewables business in the US with 9GW solar acquisition to be developed by Lightsource bp

bp reached an agreement today to purchase 9GW of solar development projects in the US from independent US solar developer 7X Energy. The acquisition represents a significant step towards bp’s target of growing its net developed renewable generating capacity to 20GW by 2025 and aim to increase this to 50GW by 2030. The deal will also grow bp’s renewables pipeline from 14GW to 23GW. These assets will be developed through bp’s 50-50 solar joint venture Lightsource bp, a global leader in solar energy, applying Lightsource bp’s capabilities to accelerate bp’s renewables targets.

Ministry of Energy awards tender for construction of 457 MW solar energy plant

The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan is pleased to announce the Winning Bidder of the tender for the construction of a 457 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Sherabad district of the Surkhandarya region, has been awarded to Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar). The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev formally launched the implementation phase of the project on a visit to the site on 1 June 2021.

AlpinSolar: construction starts on largest alpine solar plant in Switzerland

Over the next four months, Axpo and IWB will build the largest alpine solar plant in Switzerland at the Muttsee dam. Following construction approval from the local municipality of Glarus Süd, the first components were transported to the dam yesterday. AlpinSolar will generate 3.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, half of which will be in the winter months. Supermarket chain Denner has concluded a 20-year power purchase agreement for the electricity produced by the plant.

Nacero Awards FEED Contract to Bechtel for GTG plant

Nacero of Houston has awarded a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract to Bechtel for a proposed natural gas to gasoline (GTG) plant in Penwell, Texas. This multibillion-dollar facility has an anticipated capacity for 115,000 barrels per day and is believed to the first gasoline manufacturing facility to include carbon capture, its storage, and 100% renewable power.

Solar: floating on water

As the latest alternative to rooftop solar-powered systems or ground mounted solar systems, floating photovoltaic (FPV) technology can utilise space otherwise wasted.

Mayflower Next Up in Massachusetts

Following on from Vineyard Wind’s final approval, Mayflower Wind is next up seeking permits at the start of the so-called “offshore wind era”.

ACWA Power leads South Africa's largest renewable energy project Redstone CSP to financial close

ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants in 13 countries and the lead shareholder in the Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, announced the commencement of construction on the 100 MW Redstone project following achievement of financial close. At ZAR 11.6 billion total investment, the Redstone project is the largest renewable energy investment in South Africa to date.

Haldor Topsoe Signs on to Supply Technology for Renewable Refinery in Kansas

Seaboard Energy of Kansas has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology for its upcoming renewable diesel facility in Hugoton, Kansas.

Atlas Renewable Energy executes its second finance project in Brazil

Atlas Renewable Energy, a leading renewable energy company in the Americas, announced today that it has obtained a USD 150 million loan from IDB Invest, a member of IDB Group, and from DNB Bank ASA (the largest financial services group in Norway) to finance the construction of its Lar do Sol – Casablanca project, a 359MWp solar project to be developed in Brazil that will provide clean energy to Anglo American’s operations in Minas Gerais.

Vineyard wind receives record of decision for first in the nation commercial scale offshore wind project

Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), today received the Record of Decision (ROD) from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the final major step in the federal review process for the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the United States.

Amazon renewables drive

Amazon the America multinational technology company, most popular as an online retailer, has been in recent years driving to a more sustainable carbon footprint. In 2019 the enterprise-wide carbon footprint from direct and in-direct operational activities was 51.17 MMT CO2e according to the business’s website.

BP and EnBW target Scotland

BP and EnBW hope to cement their partnership further by taking part in the upcoming ScotWind offshore wind leasing round 4 in Scotland, scheduled for July. The companies have already launched an online portal for the Scottish engineering and supply sector, foreseeing future opportunities for contra..

Equinor acquires Polish renewables company Wento, and its 1.6-gigawatt solar project pipeline

Equinor has completed an agreement to buy 100% of the shares in Polish onshore renewables developer Wento from the private equity firm Enterprise Investors for EUR 91 million in enterprise value, before customary net cash adjustments. The acquisition supports Equinor’s effort to be a leading com..

Iberdrola starts up its first photovoltaic plant in Teruel

Iberdrola is making progress in its plans to lead the energy transition and the recovery of the economy and employment in Spain. After the construction phase, the company has started up its first photovoltaic plant in the province of Teruel.

Uzbekistan gets Saudi push

ACWA Power, a Saudi developer of power generation, signed an implementation agreement with the Ministry of Investments & Foreign Trade, and the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan for the development of a 1,500MW windfarm. The proposed 1,500MW windfarm in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic situate..

Lightsource bp in Italy continues to boost its utility scale solar portfolio

Press release - 6th May, Milan – Lightsource bp Lightsource bp and Horizon Firm’s deal brings new solar projects to Sicily and Apulia.   Pollinator protection and Agri-PV initiatives demonstrate the multiple land use capability of solar developments  These projects support the sustainable devel..

Phillips 66 Steps Towards Renewables in San Francisco

Phillips 66 of Houston, Texas recently announced that it had begun initial renewable diesel production at its San Francisco complex with a recently completed conversion of a diesel hydrotreater onsite. This unit is expected to reach 8,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel by the third quarter of this year.

Neste to Add SAF Production to Rotterdam Refinery

Neste of Finland recently announced its plans to modify its already producing renewable fuels complex in Rotterdam to include production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF.

FIDs set to soar

New analysis from Westwood Global Energy Group, the specialist energy market research & consultancy firm, reveals that Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) outside mainland China will grow by 57% in the next 18 months, compared to the 2019-20 period. The growth represents an additional 20.4GW of new c..

$700 Million Dollar Renewable Diesel Refinery Planned for Louisiana

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Strategic Biofuels LLC CEO Paul Schubert recently announced that Strategic BioFuels subsidiary, Louisiana Green Fuels, will develop a renewable diesel facility at the Port of Columbia in Louisiana. The project is undergoing feasibility and financing tasks now and is working towards a final investment decision by the end of 2022.

Hywind Tampen on its way

Aker Solutions has completed the first phase of construction for the Hywind Tampen project.

Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group Partners with Tokyo Gas America to Construct Largest Solar Power Project in Texas

In southeastern Texas surrounded by farmland, Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group (REG) has begun building the largest solar power project in the state. The Aktina Renewable Power Project calls for the installation of 1.4 million solar modules across 4,000 acres in Wharton County, located outside the Houston Metro area.

Engie breaks into Peru

Siemens Gamesa has been selected by Engie to supply turbines at Peru’s largest windfarm. The 50-turbine, 260MW Punta Lomitas windfarm in the southern region of Ica will be Engie’s first venture into Peru, a project almost twice the size of the current largest windfarm, Enel Green Power’s 42-turbine..

Xcel Energy to build Minnesota’s largest solar project

Xcel Energy has proposed to build Minnesota’s largest solar energy project near the Sherco power plant in Becker, Minn. The 460-megawatt Sherco Solar project will provide carbon-free energy as Xcel Energy pursues its vision of delivering 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. The project, representing an investment of about $575 million in clean energy infrastructure, will help drive the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating nearly 900 union construction jobs over the duration of the project.

Rabigh Solar PV IPP Project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) through a Special Purpose Company (SPC) established with Al Jomaih Energy & Water Company Limited (Al Jomaih) in January 2021. In March 2021, a loan agreement for limited-recourse project financing for the Rabigh Solar PV IPP Project was signed, and EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) work on the project proceeded the following month.