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11 July 2018 2018 02:52 PM GMT

Vestas Expands Global Presence With 108 MW Order For 3 Wind Parks In Bolivia

Vestas has expanded its global presence further and has entered Bolivia with a 108 MW order for the three wind parks, San Julián, Warnes, and El Dorado, all located in the municipalities of Cocota, Warnes and Cabezas in Santa Cruz, central Bolivia. Upon completion, the three wind parks will have a capacity of 40 MW, 14 MW and 54 MW respectively and will make up the Santa Cruz wind project and have a total capacity of 108 MW, which is four times the country’s total currently installed wind capacity.

Because its large scale, the Santa Cruz wind project will significantly accelerate Bolivia’s journey towards phasing out fossil fuels and support the country’s ambitious climate goals, aiming at having 74 per cent of its electricity come from renewables by 2025.

The order is placed by ENDE (Electricity National Company), a Bolivian state-owned company managing electric energy generation, transmission, and distribution in the country. Additionally, the project is supported financially by the development cooperation, Danida, which is Denmark’s development cooperation under Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dedicated to fighting poverty through economic growth and promotion of human rights.

“The execution of this project together with an experienced partner like Vestas responds to the government’s aim to implement a more sustainable, clean and environmentally committed energy mix in the country. As of today, only thermoelectric energy is generated in the Santa Cruz department, so these three wind farms implementation will be transcendental to reduce CO2 emissions and to improve the environmental quality” says Engineer Rafael Alarcon, Minister of Energy, from ENDE.

“Vestas has pioneered more than 30 markets across the globe, and we are pleased to once again make our versatile and sound expertise in wind available to customers in a new market – this time Bolivia. With more than 4 GW installed in Latin America, Vestas plays a key role in supporting the continent’s green transition, and we will continue to work hard in order to deliver clean, competitive, and sustainable energy solutions to our customers in the future”, says Enric Català, Senior Director Sales LATAM, Vestas.

The order includes site construction supervision and an MV Collector system as well as supply and installation of 30 V136-3.45 MW delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode. Turbine delivery is expected for 2019 while commissioning and take over is planned for the next year.

Vestas is designs, manufactures, installs, and services wind turbines across the globe, and with 92 GW of wind turbines in 79 countries, it has installed more wind power than anyone else. Through its industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 78 GW of wind turbines under service, it uses data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. It is one of the leading organisations in the global Wind sector. with more than 23,900 employees worldwide.

January 30th 2019
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 the 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.

January 25th 2019
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.

January 25th 2019
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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