Daily News Wrap-Up_ CHANEL and Sunrun to Help Provide Solar to Low-Income Households

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcement of the day from around the world:

Foresight Group and Elgin Energy have formed a joint venture to develop a pipeline of greenfield solar projects across the United Kingdom. The joint venture is expected to develop six solar projects with a total capacity of around 200 MW in the United Kingdom, Wales, and Scotland.

Li-Cycle Corporation, a lithium-ion battery resource recovery firm, announced that it would invest over $175 million in its first commercial lithium-ion battery recycling hub at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York. The hub is a wet chemistry/hydrometallurgical facility that will refine battery-grade material from ‘black mass’ generated from pre-processing spent lithium-ion batteries. The facility will have the capability of processing materials from an equivalent of 60,000 metric tons of spent lithium-ion batteries. It is expected to begin its commercial operation in 2022.

GE Renewable Energy announced a trio of orders for its 2.X wind turbines with Invenergy. The 576 MW, 187-turbine order can satisfy the energy needs of 160,000 households across three states of the United States. All three projects will be operated by the first quarter of 2021 or earlier.

Luxury brand CHANEL has committed $35 million towards solar energy projects for low-income multifamily households with Sunrun Corporation. The partnership will expand access to solar for nearly 30,000 low-income residents across California, offering families savings of up to $40 to $50 a month. Both companies will install around 30 MW of solar energy systems on affordable multifamily properties in California.

Standard Solar announced that it has been providing 8 GW of energy supply to Maryland community solar subscribers annually, in partnership with Ogos Energy, Earth and Air Technologies, and Neighborhood Sun. The two projects with a cumulative capacity of 5.5 MW are expected to provide clean energy to 800 Maryland households as subscribers. The company will own and operate the community solar projects.

First Solar said that JP Energie Environment has been using its Series 6 photovoltaic solar modules to power the 59 MW Labarde solar power project. The project is being built on a former open-air municipal landfill in Bordeaux in South West France. The company said it’s Series 6 solar modules deliver the lowest carbon solar electricity available to date.

Vattenfall and Glennmont Partners have signed a long-term agreement to provide balancing services for the 211 MW Piiparinmäki onshore wind project in Finland. Glennmont Partners acquired the project in September last year. The project, which is located near Kajaani, will have 41 turbines. Once operational, the project is expected to produce 700 GW of clean energy annually. Glennmont Partners communicated that Google would purchase a significant portion of the total production from the project.

With a product life-span of 30 years and a wind turbine recyclability rate of 85% to 90%, the wind power industry is now looking to design and manufacture the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. The ZEBRA project, driven by the French Research Center IRT Jules Verne, brings together industrial companies and technical centers to demonstrate a full scale of technical, economic, and environmental relevance of thermoplastic wind turbine blades with an eco-design approach to facilitate recycling. The project has been launched with a budget of €18.5 million (~$ 21.8 million) for a period of 42 months.

Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.