9 November 2017 11:49 AM GMT

A consortium led by Enel Green Power has been selected as the preferred bidder for a 100 MW solar project in Metehara, Ethiopia. Ethiopia has all the potential to become a key market for Enel’s strategy in Africa due to its plentiful renewable resources, stable regulatory framework and electrification needs. In addition, the Ethiopian Government’s ‘Growth Transformation Plan 2’ is expected to collect nearly 12,000 MW of new hydro, wind, geothermal and solar capacity in partnership with the private sector, with the aim of meeting the country’s electrification needs while diversifying its generation mix in line with the government’s energy plan for the years up to 2020.

November 9th 2017
Nordex Consolidates In France. Wins Two Contracts With Joint Capacity Of 37.2MW

The Nordex Group was again awarded orders for the delivery of wind turbines to France in the third quarter. In 2018, it will be supplying fourteen wind power systems with an aggregate capacity of 37.2 MW. Starting in February, Nordex will be delivering six N117/3000 turbines for the “Coesmes” wind farm located around 40 kilometres south-east of Rennes. The turbines will be installed on the top of 120-metre high towers to ensure maximum utilisation of the good local wind conditions. At the same time, the systems permit quiet turbine operation. The customer is the project developer VSB Energies Nouvelles.

November 8th 2017
European Independent Energy Retailers Unite And Innovate In The Energy Markets

The role of independent energy retailers and service providers in the energy market were at the centre of a high-level conference on Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels. With the conference, EER took a strong stand in the current discussions of the future energy policy of the European Union. The EER is aiming at enhancing cross-border competition in energy markets and achieving fair market conditions for new entrants offering energy and service-related solutions. It’s also calling for effective unbundling and harmonization of market rules. Competition and transparency must be key-principles of any future market design.

November 7th 2017
Clean Energy Drives Digitalization In Power Sector. Market Growth: $64Bn by 2025

A shift is coming in the energy industry with a focus on hardware to the increased importance of software in order to make systems more efficient, resilient, and digital. Digital technologies for fossil fuel operation and maintenance are big business today, but activity is shifting towards services for distributed renewables and the connected home. New energy innovations will be centred on digital technologies and the strategic use of data, according to new research published today.

November 3rd 2017
European Innovation Engine InnoEnergy and World Alliance Pen Landmark Agreement

InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine supported by the EIT, has signed a letter of agreement with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions (World Alliance) to enhance the impact and increase the synergies of clean, smart and energy efficient technologies. The World Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation, launched by the Solar Impulse Foundation. The companies will collaborate on a range of initiatives, including events and mutual promotion with start-ups and investors, whilst also working more closely with their respective networks of industry experts.

 
November 3rd 2017
Big Deal: Siemens Gamesa Supplies Over 300 Turbines Totaling 780 MW In The US

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced that the company will supply 310 wind turbines of different types for five projects in the US with a combined capacity of 784 MW. With various output ratings and rotor diameters, the projects feature both Siemens and Gamesa technology of the recently merged company. Together, these five onshore wind projects will have the potential to provide clean energy to nearly 240,000 U.S. homes. The new orders will leverage U.S. manufacturing facilities and place the new, integrated company, in a stronger position to challenge its rivals.

November 2nd 2017
Microsoft Commits To Clean Energy. Signs Major Power Supply Deal With Vattenfall

Microsoft has signed a ten-year agreement to power its international data centre operations in the Netherlands, with Vattenfall. The deal is the largest in the sector – based entirely on wind power. Production at the Wieringermeer Wind Farm, Netherlands is due to start from 2019. “Investing in local clean energy to power our local data centre is a win-win for our business and the Netherlands. Microsoft is committed to bringing new renewable energy sources online to power our data centres,” said Brian Janous, general manager of energy at Microsoft. The Wind Farm will eventually include 100 windmills, producing approximately 1.3 TWh of renewable electricity, comparable to the consumption of around 370,000 households.

November 2nd 2017
Dubai’s Transformation Into Smart City Under Way, Using New Technolgy From ABB

ABB technology is supporting the development of new smart solar power systems for the city of Dubai, UAE. Dubai Electric & Water Authority (DEWA) is using the ABB AbilityTM Electrical Distribution Control System to help develop data-driven strategies that maximize year-round solar energy production as part of the Smart Dubai initiative. “We seek to promote Dubai as a smart, sustainable, and integrated city with a high-tech infrastructure to support social and economic development, as well as promote sustainable use of resources by ensuring best practices in consumption, efficiency and governance,” said his Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

October 27th 2017
Amazon Launches Biggest Wind Farm Yet, Generating Over 1,000,000 MWh Each Year

Amazon has announced that its largest wind farm yet—Amazon Wind Farm Texas—is now up and running, adding more than 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy to the grid each year. In total, Amazon has launched 18 wind and solar projects across the US, with over 35 more to come. Together, they will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually. The Farm includes more than 100 turbines – each over 300 feet tall with a rotor diameter more than twice the wingspan of a Boeing 787. It is built, owned, and operated by Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE).

October 24th 2017
Construction Starts On Horns Rev 3, Denmark’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Construction is commencing on Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, the 406 MW Horns Rev 3. Vattenfall won the contract for its construction in 2015 and is installing the first of a total of 49 foundations in the North Sea. It is the first time in five years that an offshore wind farm will be built in Denmark and when Horns Rev 3 is complete, it will provide enough power to satisfy the annual electricity consumption of 425,000 Danish households. The 8.3 MW turbines are 187 metres high and have a rotor diameter of 164 metres. They are manufactured by MHI Vestas and are today one of the world’s most powerful wind turbines.

October 22nd 2017
Energy And Corporate Leaders Declare Wind And Solar Can Power Business In Europe

The private sector accounts for around half of the electricity consumption in Europe. Powering corporate consumers with renewable energy could deliver massive reductions in CO2 emissions, save businesses money and make it easier for people to invest in renewables. Large energy consumers such as chemical and aluminium producers, ICT and food & drink companies gathered recently in Brussels with renewable energy producers to consider how to unlock this potential. The RE-Source 2017 event brought together industry leaders such as Google, Mars, IKEA and Alcoa with energy players EDF Energies Nouvelles, ENEL Green Power, Envision and Vestas with policymakers.

October 17th 2017
Grids Integration, Energy Networks Boosted By Distributed Generation Growth

Renewable energy has continued to develop at ever increasing rates, with remarkable growth seen since the start of this decade. The pace of the energy transition is driving innovation and growth in related sectors. For energy networks and grids integrating small gas turbines, micro-turbines, fuel cells, biomass, small hydropower, wind and solar energy; distributed generation installation provides significant solutions in the restructured electricity regime. This is particularly so, where there is a larger uncertainty in demand and supply.

October 17th 2017
Small Island States Drive To Scale-Up Clean Energy And Address Climate Change

Ministers and officials representing 30 countries and organizations met in Malé, Maldives, signalling the determination of small island developing states (SIDS) to strengthen global efforts to address climate change and accelerate renewable energy deployment. “In the wake of a deadly hurricane season in the Caribbean and at a time when the resolve to tackle the climate crisis has been called into question, small islands are sending the world a clear message: we are seizing the promise of renewable energy to grow our economies today and build a better future for tomorrow,” said Thoriq Ibrahim, Energy and Environment Minister for the Maldives and Chair of Alliance of Small Island States.

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