6 March 2017 08:23 AM GMT

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, India’s largest renewable energy company has announced the start of commercial operations at its 15 MW solar plant in Telangana. The solar plant has been built over 80 acres of land and includes an 18 km transmission line. Sale of power from the plant has been tied up under a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement at a tariff of Rs. 5.72. Mr Rahul Shah, CEO, Tata Power Renewable Energy, said “The synchronisation of the 15 MW solar plant in Telangana marks a significant milestone in our drive to grow our portfolio of clean energy generation.

March 5th 2017
DEWA To Build 97 New Substations To Meet Future Energy Demand

DEWA plans to build 97 new 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations over the next three years, at a projected cost of AED 10 billion, supporting the directives of its leadership and showing DEWA’s commitment to meeting growing demand for energy in Dubai. The new substations will be located at Hassyan, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and other locations to support the expansion of other power plants in Jebel Ali and Al Aweer.

March 2nd 2017
Vestas Reclaims Top Spot In Ranking Of Wind Turbine Makers – Big Four Emerging

Vestas reclaimed top spot in the annual ranking of wind turbine manufacturers, according to figures compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Some 8.7GW of Vestas turbines were installed in 2016, 16% of all onshore wind installations last year. Vestas returns to the top spot thanks to a strong push in the US. The Danish manufacturer continues to pursue a global strategy with projects in 35 countries, more than any other turbine maker. GE placed second with 6.5GW, some 0.6GW more than in 2015. Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology fell from first to third place with 6.4GW in 2016.

March 1st 2017
Renovate America Closes $200 Million Credit Facility, Continuing HERO Expansion

Renovate America, a leading U.S. provider of home-improvement financing, announced today that it has closed a $200 million credit facility with Bank of America N.A. to support the continued expansion of the HERO Program, the nation’s largest form of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. Since launching just over five years ago, the HERO program has been used to finance energy and efficiency improvements across 90,000 homes. The credit facility will provide Renovate America with enhanced liquidity and will further diversify the company’s funding profile. It now has five warehouse lenders in aggregate, up from three last year.

March 1st 2017
Nordex Group Wins Project For 95 Wind Turbines In US With Capacity Of 285 MW

The Nordex Group has received an order to install 95 turbines in the 3 MW class in the United States. The project is the first follow-up order from a Safe Harbor transaction agreed upon with a major international power supplier at the end of last year. It added that choosing the Safe Harbor solution, the customer, name not disclosed, will obtain a higher tax benefit which was valid in 2016. The manufacturer will be supplying 95 turbines with a nominal capacity of 3 MW each and a rotor diameter of 125 metres. This type of turbine is designed for the site conditions prevailing and for medium wind speeds. Nordex will install the turbines on 87.5-metre tubular steel towers.

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February 26th 2017
Manufacturing Of Printable Solar Panels Made Possible By Perovskite Breakthrough

A University of Toronto innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Post-doctoral researcher Hairen Tan of U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
University Professor Ted Sargent, an expert in emerging solar technologies and the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology said, “Perovskite solar cells can enable us to use techniques already established in the printing industry to produce solar cells at very low cost.

February 24th 2017
Indian Surge Propels Ingeteam To Become Top Supplier Of Wind Power Converters

Ingeteam has announced that it achieved a new record year for the deliveries of its wind power converters worldwide. With nearly 5 GW of new capacity added in 2016 alone, a total of 36.5 GW of wind turbines have been equipped with Ingeteam’s technology since 1995, making the Spanish company the world’s number one supplier of wind power converters. Its record performance was particularly impressive in large emerging wind markets, despite intense competition. Deliveries to India and Brazil reached a peak volume of 1,268 MW and 837 MW, respectively, in 2016.

February 22nd 2017
Energy Department Announces up to $30 Million for Grid Integration Projects

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electric grid while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. SunShot will fund 13 projects with a total of up to $30 million to develop next-generation grid planning and operation tools that help to integrate more solar power with the grid.

February 20th 2017
Renewables Provide 23% Of US Electrical Generation, As Wind, Solar Grow Rapidly

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); renewables provided 23% Of US electrical generation in 2016, as wind and solar surged with an increase of 23%. Electrical generation by coal dropped by 8.30% and that from petroleum liquids & coke plummeted by 15.37%. (Solar-generated electricity is now more than double that from petroleum sources.) Electrical output attributable to natural gas and other gases increased by just 3.47% while growth in the nuclear power sector was an anaemic 1.02%. Beyond solar, wind, and hydro; geothermal also posted an impressive increase of 9.41% in 2016.

February 18th 2017
Gamesa Consolidates Indian Industrial Presence With New Manufacturing Facility

Gamesa has inaugurated its new factory in the Nellore region, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, one of the country’s fastest-growing wind power producing regions. Construction of this manufacturing facility, one of the company’s largest in India, is framed by Gamesa’s growth plans, which contemplate capex of more than €100 million through 2017 to reinforce its manufacturing presence in this market.

February 16th 2017
Gamesa Targets Indonesia’s High-Potential Wind Market With Its First Wind Farm

Gamesa, has entered into an agreement with PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi – a joint venture owned by UPC Renewables, PT Binatek and AC Energy Holdings- for the supply of 75 MW for the first wind farm ever to be commissioned in Indonesia, a high-potential wind market. This order also constitutes a sales and product milestone for Gamesa as it marks the first time its G114-2.5 MW model will be installed in Asia-Pacific, excluding China. These turbines will reach up to 2.625 MW under certain technical conditions.

February 15th 2017
HERO Program Launching for 240,000 More Homes in 28 More California Communities

88,100 California households have already utilised $2.1 billion in HERO financing for energy efficiency, water conservation and clean energy upgrades. Now, more than 240,000 homeowners in 28 more California communities who want to go solar, or make efficiency-related repairs and upgrades can finance 100% of their home projects through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. Through HERO financing, homeowners can pay for projects with an additional line item on their property taxes. As a result, HERO financing payments may have tax benefits, and many homeowners see immediate savings on their utility bills by investing in efficiency upgrades.

February 15th 2017
Japan’s Jera Accelerates Growth Of India’s ReNew Power With $200m Investment

JERA Co., a joint venture between two of Japan’s largest utility companies, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co has invested $200m in ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies, as its first investment in the Indian energy sector, where significant economic growth has brought increased demand for electricity. In addition, the Indian government has set a target of introducing 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind power generation by 2022. The acquisition of a 10 percent stake values ReNew Power at $2 bn.

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