22 August 2016 11:52 AM GMT

Seven years after making its first move in Chile, German firm wpd has taken part in the largest energy tender for the supply of electricity in Chile’s history and distanced its competitors in the market. As the Energy Ministry officially announced on Wednesday evening, three projects with wpd’s participation have been accepted. In the process, wpd has secured so-called “Power Purchase Agreements” (PPA) for 786.8 GWh per year with a term of 20 years from 2021.

August 18th 2016
Mainstream Wins 986MW, $1.65bn Wind Projects in Chile’s Largest Energy Tender

Global wind and solar energy company Mainstream Renewable Power was today awarded contracts by the National Energy Commission of Chile to build and operate seven utility-scale wind energy plants with a total investment value of USD $1.65bn. The projects are scheduled to begin supplying low-cost, clean energy into the grid from January 2021. Mainstream led the largest and most competitive energy tender in Chilean history with this award of 986MW. The Tender was 7 times oversubscribed – 84 companies submitted 85,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of bids for just over 12,000 GWh of available power.

August 12th 2016
Electricity Generation From Biomass In The US Grows By 15%

Over the past five years, U.S. electricity generation from biomass across all sectors grew from 56 terawatt-hours (TWh) in 2010 to 64 TWh in 2015. Much of this growth occurred in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. In 2015, electricity generation from biomass across all sectors accounted for 11.3% of renewable electricity generation and 1.6% of total electricity generation in the United States. Nearly half of the electricity generated from biomass in 2015 was at industrial facilities outside of the electric power sector, such as pulp and paper mills. Within the electric power sector, biomass accounted for 6.3% of renewable electricity and 0.8% of total U.S. electricity generation.

August 12th 2016
First Solar Wins 160MW Of PV Module Contracts For Turkish Power Projects

First Solar, Inc. has announced that it has won 160MW Of PV module contracts power projects in Turkey. Zorlu Enerji, a subsidiary of Zorlu Holding, has contracted First Solar to supply 100MWDC of its high-performance Series 4 thin-film modules, for projects expected to be constructed and commissioned in 2017. In addition, Basariarge Enerji A.S. – a joint venture between Basari Yatirimlar, a Turkish infrastructure company, and the Basari Group – has placed orders for 60MWDC of modules that will power its own projects, as well as PV power plants that it will provide EPC services for. The first modules will be delivered in late 2016.

August 11th 2016
Vestas Wins 278MW Wind Turbines Order From E.ON, USA

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order from E.ON for 139 V110-2.0 MW wind turbines. The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a multi-year service agreement. “We are excited to be working with Vestas on this turbine purchase as E. ON expands its U.S. portfolio,” said Patrick Woodson, Chairman of E.ON North America. Nacelles, blades, and towers will be produced at Vestas’ Colorado factories with delivery expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and commissioning planned for the fourth quarter of 2017.

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August 11th 2016
Solar Frontier Powers Device To Recycle Waste And Support Tourism In Bolivia

Solar Frontier has announced that it has provided the solar panels for a solar energy system to Projecto YOSI, an organization working to keep Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, clean and promote sustainable tourism in the region. Projecto YOSI will use the solar energy system, consisting of 40 solar panels, to power a device to recycle plastic waste into petrol, whilst also helping to address the growing problem of litter in the area. Furthermore, it’s doing so working with the local community.

August 9th 2016
U.S Department Of Energy $7m Project Funding For Fuel and Engine Technologies

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

August 9th 2016
New $1Bn Wind Project: Part Of Alliant Energy’s Vision For Clean Energy In Iowa

Iowans will soon see a significant increase in clean, economical wind generation from Alliant Energy. Alliant Energy CEO Patricia Kampling and Gov. Terry Branstad announced the utility will invest approximately $1 billion to expand its wind energy operations in the state. In the 25 year period to 2030, Alliant Energy is targeting a 40% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, the project will generate tens of millions of dollars in property taxes, and result in more than 1,500 jobs at the height of construction, boosting Iowa’s economy while supporting customers seeking to use more renewable energy.

August 8th 2016
Duke Energy Monitoring Surges; Serving 3.5GW Wind And Solar Energy Plants In US

Duke Energy Renewables has announced its monitoring and control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015. As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities.

August 8th 2016
E-Mobility Driven Forward With Boosts In Manufacturing And Infrastructure

With ambitious targets for electric mobility, Japan and China are currently driving the organisation of their national vehicle markets forward; both in the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies as well as in the further development of battery-driven systems. Emission-free drives for cars and buses are being advanced. The combination of rigid pollutant regulations and attractive incentive systems is — in China and in leading European markets as well as the USA, with Tesla — the unavoidable path that needs to be taken in order to meet the requirements of the Paris World Climate Convention.

August 3rd 2016
New York State To Generate 50% Of Its Electricity From Clean Energy By 2030

The third-largest state economy in the US will soon obtain half of its electricity needs from renewable energy thanks to a new measure approved by the New York Public Service commission. The Empire State’s new Clean Energy Standard will diversify the state’s electricity by requiring utilities and other energy suppliers to procure over 26 percent of the state’s electricity mix with clean and renewable energy resources, including solar and wind power, in 2017, and over 30 percent by 2021, rising to 50 percent by 2030.

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