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4 December 2017 2017 10:40 AM GMT

Siemens Gamesa Strengthens Lead In India With New Order For 200 MW Wind Farm

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the leading renewable energy player in India, has bolstered its position in this market having received a new order from Orange Renewable for the EPC construction of a 200-MW wind farm located in Poovani, in the state of Tamil Nadu. This wind farm project is being promoted by Singapore’s AT Holdings.

This is a major order for Siemens Gamesa as it comes on the heels of the temporary slowdown of the Indian market. The agreement encompasses the entire infrastructure needed to operate the wind farm 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.

The clean and affordable energy generated by this wind farm project will offset approximately 651,000 tCO2e and electrify around 155,000 households annually. The project will be connected to India’s interstate transmission grid, which will enable the flow of energy from a renewable-resource-rich state to other states, helping them to comply with their renewable energy purchase obligations and secure a long-term power supply at a fixed price.

“We are happy to announce this new deal with Orange Renewable, one of the fastest growing renewable IPPs in India. This order certainly boosts our confidence significantly as we gear up for the next phase of growth at Siemens Gamesa in India. With the G114-2.0 MW T-106 model, a turbine made for India, we expect to deliver better value for our client base through innovative tailor-made solutions”, said Ramesh Kymal, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s onshore business in India.

“We are delighted to partner with Siemens Gamesa for our latest wind project, which takes our Siemens Gamesa fleet close to 500 MW and our overall renewable portfolio close to 1 GW. We are proud to have achieved this growth in a very short span while maintaining a high standard of commitment to advanced technology, environment, health and sustainability. Our decision was driven by our confidence in Siemens Gamesa as a global technology leader. We are committed to delivering optimal energy solutions to the country”, added Sudhir Nunes, Chief Executive Officer for Wind at Orange Renewable.

Present in the market since 2009, Siemens Gamesa has installed over 5 GW in India. The company has been the leading OEM in India for the last three years, according to MAKE Consultancy.

December 21st 2018
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

December 21st 2018
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

December 21st 2018
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

December 21st 2018
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

November 16th 2018
India: Improved Monsoon Winds Help Power Producers in 2018 

After a prolonged period of decline, wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal; and up to 20% higher than long-term averages in some regions. These higher wind speeds benefit wind farm production; welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period. These increased wind speeds can thus counter recent patterns of decline contributing to an increase in investor confidence with a data-driven approach.

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