13 December 2017 09:30 AM GMT

Policy makers led by US Senator Harry Reid were present at a celebration formally recognising Switch Stations 1 and 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, as fully commissioned and in commercial operation. Senator Reid stated “Less than a decade ago, Nevada’s solar energy landscape was nonexistent, but this commissioning helps fulfil the vision I had to make our state the leader in renewable energy development. A technology giant like Switch committing to using 100% renewable energy is truly visionary and grows our clean energy economy by creating hundreds of good-paying construction jobs here.”

December 12th 2017
Renewable Future Challenges UK And Germany To Build Flexibility In Power Systems

A new economic study highlights that future energy systems in the UK and Germany, with very high levels of variable renewable generation, must be complemented by flexible resources, including energy storage. The study was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “This study highlights a seismic shift in how power systems will operate in the future. As wind and solar become the cheapest options for power generation, the race is on to develop and deploy the flexible resources that will complement them,” said Albert Cheung, head of global analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

December 10th 2017
EU Parliament Aims Higher For Renewables In Its 2030 Climate And Energy Goals

The European Parliament’s Industry & Energy (ITRE) and Environment (ENVI) committees have voted their position on the Energy Union Governance Regulation, just a week after the ITRE committee called for raising the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35% instead of 27%. The Governance Regulation sets out how EU Member States will deliver the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy goals including the binding EU renewables target and how they will give visibility to renewable energy investors on post-2020 deployment volumes. The IEA now says that wind will be Europe’s leading electricity source soon after 2030.

December 7th 2017
Google Leads The Way In Purchasing Clean Energy; Signs 196 MW PPA With Avangrid

Google has reached power purchasing agreements with Avangrid Renewables for 196 MW of wind power. The agreements cover two wind farms, producing enough energy each year to power 50,000 households. The additional capacity helps Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy use in global operations. Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure stated: “with solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”

December 4th 2017
Siemens Gamesa Strengthens Lead In India With New Order For 200 MW Wind Farm

The agreement is a strong, positive development for the company in the Indian market in the wake of its temporary slowdown. The agreement encompasses the entire infrastructure needed to operate the project together with the supply of 100 of its G114-2.0 wind turbines with a hub height of 106 meters, specifically designed for the low-wind sites typical of India. The project is expected to be commissioned by February 2019. Present in the market since 2009, Siemens Gamesa has installed over 5 GW in India and the company has been the leading OEM in India for the last three years.

 
November 30th 2017
Volkswagen Strongly Commits To E-Mobility And Digitalisation, Investing €34 Bn

The Volkswagen Group has made a major announcement regarding its strategic goals until 2025. By the end of 2022: more than €34 billion is planned for the development of e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalisation. Financial markets reacted positively to the Group’s strategic focus and Volkswagen’s share price were back at the pre-crisis levels. CEO Matthias Müller stated “We are reinventing the car. To achieve that, we are making targeted investments to provide the necessary funds from our own resources.” The Group has said it would electrify its entire model portfolio by 2030. 

November 29th 2017
Pico Alto Highlights The Increasing Significance Of Geothermal In Energy Mix

The inauguration ceremony of the Pico Alto 4 MWe geothermal power plant was held recently in the stunning scenery of the Terceira Island, Azores. The plant is now providing a sustainable, reliable source of electricity to 56,000 inhabitants and meeting up to 10% of the island electricity needs. Marco Bonvini COO of EXERGY stated, “we are very proud of the successful completion of this challenging project. It represents a great example of how innovation in greentech can provide sustainable solutions. We see many opportunities to apply the technology in remote environments and Pico Alto is a good starting point and an excellent reference.”

November 27th 2017
Vestas, Fortum Lead Expansion Of Wind Energy In Huge Russian Electricity Market

Following the success of Vestas and Fortum Energy in Russia’s first wind energy auction, the two companies have entered into an agreement, engaging Vestas to supply its 4 MW platform for wind energy projects in Russia, the world’s fourth-largest electricity market. With this, the companies hope to lead the expansion of wind energy in Russia. They will work with local partners to establish a strong local manufacturing and supply chain capacity; and Vestas will also provide its considerable experience to build up and establish high standards for the relatively young Russian renewables sector.

November 27th 2017
Siemens Gamesa Sets Records: Largest Thailand Order And Asia’s Tallest Turbines

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has significantly enhanced its positioning in the Asia Pacific, having secured its largest-ever contract in Thailand; a market in which it is the leading OEM, responsible for more than 50% of the country’s total installed capacity. The company will supply a local developer 103 of its G126-2.5 MW turbines (260 MW) at the Hanuman wind complex, Chaiyaphum, northeast Thailand. The project also entails installing Asia’s highest wind turbines: with a tower height of 153 metres and blade length of 62 metres and total height of 215 metres.

November 20th 2017
African Rise: VINCI Energies Wins Contract To Build 8 PV Power Plants In Senegal

VINCI Energies has won a project that could be at the spearhead of many other similar projects for EU, Chinese and US firms. A €26.8m contract for 8 pv power plants with a combined capacity of 17 MW, to be built over a period of only 10 months. Strategically the project will diversify Senegal’s energy mix and electrify the country’s isolated regions. The power plants will use 62,850 panels overall and produce the annual energy consumption for 140,000 people. The project represents a €26.8 million investment, financed by the German bank KFW and Senelec.

November 16th 2017
EV Boost: BMW, Porsche, VW, Ford Launch Pan-European High-Power Charging Network

Electric vehicles and e-mobility received a major boost with BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, the Volkswagen Group, Audi and Porsche announcing a joint venture IONITY, that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Launching approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will make long-distance journeys easier and marks an significant step forward for electric vehicles and the electric highway revolution. The network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System.

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