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Why analysts say President Biden will fall short of offshore wind goals
Massive investment in offshore wind is expected to drive capacity to 21 gigawatts by 2030, according to a report by IHS Markit, compared to the current capacity of 42 megawatts. But analysts say the industry is still likely to fall 30% short of President Biden’s 2030 goals. The Biden administration set a goal of reaching 30GW offshore wind capacity by 2030 – a milestone authors from the Clean Energy Technology service say the White House is “almost certain” to miss. IHS Markit [...]
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National Grid JV Emerald gains $150M credit for future solar, wind & energy storage investment
A joint venture owned by utility giant National Grid has secured $150 million in new credit to help grow its renewable energy investment over the coming years. Emerald Energy Venture LLC secured its $150 million portfolio revolving facility structured by SMBC, which is also lead arranger and agent. The portfolio revolver can be expanded to $250 million midway through next year. The new credit will allow National Grid’s EEV to fund construction of solar, battery storage and wind projects [...]
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Plug Power partnering with wind developer on PPA to energize green hydrogen production
Fuel cell technology firm Plug Power and Apex Clean Energy are partnering on a 345-MW wind power purchase agreement and development of a green hydrogen facility driven by the zero-carbon electricity. The 100-percent renewable energy PPA will supply a new hydrogen production plant being co-developed by Plug Power and Apex. Once operational, the hydrogen plant could produce more than 30 metric tons per day of carbon-free, liquid hydrogen—enough to fuel 1,000 heavy duty trucks and twice that m [...]
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Massive 50-GW wind, solar, hydrogen power plant with unique ownership model announced in Australia
An international consortium made up of InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy Limited, announced today an integrated green fuels mega project in the South-East of Western Australia. When fully operational, the Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) could produce up to 50 gigawatts of hybrid wind and solar power over 15,000-square-kilometres in South-East Western Australia, across the Shires of Dundas and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The region provides an optimal diurnal pro [...]
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Repowering project underway at Terra-Gen’s 60-MW Oasis Wind
Last week Mortenson said it has started work at Terra-Gen’s 60-MW Oasis Wind project located in Mojave, California. The work involves the repowering of a project first operational in 2004. Mortenson will replace sixty 1-MW turbines with seventeen state-of-the-art, 3-MW class turbines. The repowered project will consist of six Vestas V112-3.45 MW turbines with 112-meter rotors at a 94-meter hub height, and eleven V136-3.6 MW turbines with 136-meter rotors at an 82-meter hub height. All acces [...]
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Tri Global Energy selling 350 MW in Blackford wind & solar projects to Leeward
Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy is acquiring Indiana wind and solar projects from the original developer. Tri Global Energy is selling close to 2,000 MW of renewable generating capacity to Leeward. Both projects are based in Blackford County, Indiana, and were developed by Tri Global beginning in 2019. Blackford Wind will be capable of delivering up to 200 MW, and Blackford Solar will be capable of up to 150 MW. The projects combined are expected to produce enough energy to power mor [...]
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The Panther Creek III wind farm in Texas to get a boost through repowering
RWE Renewables said this week that it has partnered with GE Renewable Energy to repower its Panther Creek III wind farm in West Texas. The Panther Creek III wind farm, which came online in 2009 is part of a mega-complex that includes the 142.5-MW Panther Creek I and 115.5-MW Panther Creek II, both of which have already undergone repowering. Panther Creek III currently uses 133 of GE’s 1.5-MW turbines for a total installed capacity of 199.5 MW. By replacing a significant portion of the wi [...]
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Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit
The wholesale energy wing of Southern Co. has amped up its utility-scale wind project holdings again. Southern Power acquired its 15th wind power project. The 118-MW Glass Sands facility is located in Murray County, Oklahoma, and was developed by Steelhead Americas, the North American development arm of Vestas. “We are proud to announce this new addition to our generation portfolio,” said Southern Power President Bill Grantham. “Glass Sands is a great project for Southern P [...]
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Wind power experts expect wind energy costs to decline up to 35% by 2035
Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements. The findings are described in an article in the journal Nature Energy. The study summa [...]
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More wind and solar capacity could save some of the world’s most important rivers
By Jeff Opperman, Michele Thieme, Rafael Guevara Senga, Amit R. Dalal and Pramod Jain, In parallel to the internet technology revolution there is another revolution taking place: the power generation industry is fast decarbonizing, moving inexorably from fossil fuels to low carbon sources; maintaining, or even improving, efficiency and reliability even as the leading generation sources are variable renewable energy (VRE). And although this revolution is generally framed as crucial for stabili [...]
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Global wind industry to deploy 1 TW of new capacity through 2030
Research firm Wood Mackenzie says it anticipates the global wind power industry will install 1 TW of new capacity between 2021 and 2030. The world set a new record in wind installations in 2020 and saw a number of national and regional targets set for 2030, underscoring the important role of wind technology in the energy transition, according to Wood Mackenzie. Despite the growth in the wind energy market, there is a need for the enactment of new policies or revision of existing targets to [...]
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EIA: Levelized cost of onshore wind, solar PV dropping below gas-fired and conventional generation by 2026
Within a decade, if not a few years, the levelized cost of electricity is coming way down for new utility-scale onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to levels below all fossil or conventional fuels including combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA’s newly added table compares revenues to costs for all utility-scale form of power generation in the coming years. Using a forecast from 2023 to [...]
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Solar PV, Estimating, Design & Sales – Rocky Mountain Solar & Wind, Inc – Colorado Springs, CO
Job Description: This sales position includes designing, estimating, site visit, and selling of mostly residential PV systems, some with battery backup, and some off-grid.  Experience, Training and Qualities Preferred for This Position:  Significant sales experience.  Training in solar electric design.  Strong desire to focus on solar as a profession.Good communication skills both verbal and written.  Experience writing contracts.Experience and trai [...]
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Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, NextEra plan combined wind, solar, energy storage project
The Skeleton Creek project will be located in three Oklahoma counties [...]
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Electrician or NABCEP Certified Foreman/woman Position – Rocky Mountain  Solar & Wind, Inc. – Colorado Springs, CO
Experienced in PV: Electrician or NABCEP Certified Foreman/woman Position: This foreman/woman position includes PV system installations, both residential and commercial, including battery backup.    Experience And Training Preferred For This Position:  NABCEP Professional Certification in PV installations.Licensed electrician.Must have most of own tools, and own truck preferred, but not required.  PV installation experience including acting as foreman, sch [...]
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Experienced Solar Electric Installers – Rocky Mountain  Solar & Wind, Inc. – Colorado Springs, CO
Experienced PV Installers: Must have experience installing PV systems, both residential and commercial, including battery backup systems. Experience and Training Preferred for This Position:  PV installation experience.  Training and experience in electricity, solar electric and batteries.Good communication skills.Significant general construction experience.Helpful if have own tools, and own truck preferred, but not required.  Training and experience as an ele [...]
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Bloomberg predicts wind and solar will power half the world and bag $9 trillion investment
Wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power generation capacity in approximately two-thirds of the world. [...]
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Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy
On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations. [...]
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Ball Corporation plans 100 percent renewable push; purchases 388 MW of wind and solar
This week global energy and infrastructure group, Eversheds Sutherland, announced that it helped Ball Corporation secure two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) – one wind and one solar – for a total of 388 MW of new renewable energy. According to Ball, these agreements will allow the company to power 100 percent of its corporate, packaging and aerospace operations electricity load in North America with renewable energy by the end of 2021. [...]
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Three strategies for building solar and wind energy systems on potentially contaminated lands
Building solar and wind energy projects on potentially contaminated lands can be a golden opportunity, both effective and cost-effective, for developers. The 120-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation Superfund site was recently redeveloped with a utility-scale solar farm and is a prime example of the reuse potential inherent in thousands of Superfund sites, brownfields, retired power plants, and landfills. [...]
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Multi-millions of dollars available for wind, solar energy research
Over the past week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced multiple funding opportunities to renewable energy research including $130M for early-stage solar and $28M for wind. Further, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium announced up to $7M in funding for offshore wind. [...]
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Solar and wind take the lead in FERC first infrastructure report of 2019
According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), new solar and wind generating capacity has taken the lead over natural gas and all other energy sources for the first month of 2019. [...]
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Crowdfunding Renewable Energy November Update: Solar and Wind Powered Campsites & Building Green Energy Agriculture in Africa
As the Internet serves to democratize the world and enable strangers to share everything from their spare bedrooms to their personal cars through apps and websites, the trend has made its way to renewable energy startups. Specifically, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow innovators to break outside of the traditional model of seeking out venture capital or applying for government grants. Instead, these ambitious renewable energy projects are increasingly gathering needed s [...]
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China Hopes to Lessen Solar, Wind Curtailment in 2019
China set three-year targets for allowing more wind and solar power onto the power grid after the rapid addition of panels and windmills forced some electricity distributors to partly block that energy from flowing into their systems. [...]
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