Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
KPI Global has announced that it has bagged an order for executing a solar project from Anupam Rasayan India. Slated to be developed for a 12.50 MW capacity, the project has been received under the captive power producer category, the company said in a BSE filing. The company has received the letter of intent for the project.
We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service have proposed to purchase the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, a planned 465 MW solar and battery storage project in south-central Wisconsin. If approved, the project would be the largest renewable energy project in the state. This is the third large-scale solar and battery project announced in 2021 by We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, the largest utilities in WEC Energy Group. The Koshkonong Solar Energy Center would feature 300 MW of solar generation and 165 MW of battery storage, which can store solar-generated power and provide customers with round-the-clock power. The project is planned to be built in Dane County, Wisconsin. The total investment is expected to be $649 million.
The Federal Constitutional Court, in an order, said that the German government needs to more clearly define the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions for the period after 2030. Upholding the Federal Climate Change Act, 2019, the bench noted that the current outlines of the nation’s climate targets lack sufficient specifications. German policymakers have been asked to set out the measures they will use to achieve the climate targets.
Slovenia’s Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy will co-finance small-scale solar units. They have issued a financial support decision for the call for proposals to co-finance the construction of new small-scale solar facilities. The total amount available under the call for proposals is €10 million (~$12.02 million), with the Cohesion Fund contribution standing at €5 million (~$6.01 million).
German auto giant Volkswagen has presented a roadmap for climate-neutral mobility. The company aims to cut CO2 emissions in Europe by an average of some 17 tonnes per vehicle by 2030, 40% less than in 2018. The motor vehicle manufacturer has pledged to invest €14 billion (~$16.83 billion) in decarbonization by 2025. The firm has also declared that electricity for its plants in Europe and North and South America will be switched to renewables by 2030. The company said it would source 170 GWh of solar power annually.
Srinwanti is a copy editor at Mercom India, where she writes and edits news stories across the clean energy spectrum. Prior to Mercom, she has worked in book publishing at Macmillan Publishing House and Integra and honed her editorial and writing skills in both online and print media such as Reuters, Times Group Books, The Times of India, and Pune Mirror, covering local to international stories. More articles from Srinwanti Das.