Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
ENGIE and Google inked a three-year 24/7 carbon-free energy supply agreement to supply renewable power to Google’s German operations. Under the agreement terms, ENGIE will assemble and negotiate an energy portfolio to supply Google with solar and wind power to ensure its German operations are nearly 80% carbon-free by 2022. Altogether, ENGIE will supply Google with 140 MW of renewable electricity. ENGIE will also provide energy management services, including sourcing residual supply, balancing pool management, and grid management.
Convergence Energy Services (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), has launched an electric two-wheeler program in Kerala. The program is custom-designed for employees of the government of Kerala, and vehicles are made available by CESL through its relationship with vehicle manufacturers. This program is carried out in collaboration with the Energy Management Centre (EMC), Government of Kerala. A four-day exhibition of the electric 2-wheelers will be organized by EMC & CESL in Thiruvananthapuram, where the vehicles can be test-driven. Kerala is also set to become the first state to use the portal https://www.myev.org.in/, which will enable easy access to consumers for booking and buying electric two-wheelers.
Sweden-based truck maker Volvo AB received a commercial order from AP Moeller-Maersk AS’s warehousing and distribution company for 16 electric trucks. The acquisition of the new Volvo VNR Electric models is part of Maersk’s Environment Social Governance (ESG) strategy to decarbonize logistics. Maersk is participating in a State of California South Coast Air Quality Management District grant to reduce emissions in the transportation sector by replacing diesel trucks with electric trucks and creating new, future charging infrastructure. The El Segundo, California-based company operates a North America warehousing and distribution network of 45 locations and a fleet of 215 trucks.
Canada-based PV manufacturer Silfab Solar has opened its third solar module production facility in the US in Burlington, Washington. The plant will initially produce Silfab’s newest Silfab Prime 370wt series to meet the growing demand for PV products in the US. Silfab manufactures back-contact and mono PERC PV modules for the North American residential and commercial markets. Silfab has recorded more than a dozen expansions of North American production capacity, including millions of dollars of additional investment to expand and upgrade Silfab’s Bellingham PV module assembly plant just 24 miles north of the new Burlington facility.
Arevon Energy has selected Nextracker for its upcoming 1.5 GW portfolio of projects in Indiana and Nevada. Nextracker will supply NX Horizon™ smart solar trackers with TrueCapture™ and NX Navigator™ software and control systems for advanced monitoring, control, and asset management. Indiana will host the 300 MW Posey solar plant, 200 MW Elliott solar plant, 280 MW Gibson solar plant, Ratts 1 and Ratts 2 solar plant of 150 MW each. The 250 MW Citadel project will be located outside of Reno, Nevada. The seventh site in the portfolio is the 232 MW Townsite plant in Boulder City, Nevada. All the plants are expected to be operational by the end of 2023.
Invenergy and Guzman Energy sign a 127 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Boutique Solar project in Montezuma County, Colorado. Developed by Invenergy, the Solar project will generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes. The project will support nearly 300 jobs during the construction period. Boutique Solar is expected to generate more than $250,000 per year in local property taxes and generate sales taxes during construction. It is expected to be operational at the end of 2025.