Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
NHPC Limited has revealed its plans to build a 600 MW solar project in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh. The announcement was made during the National Solar Energy Federation of India’s joint stakeholder session with developers for a large-scale solar facility. NHPC Limited has plans to soon conduct a more detailed survey of topography and the soil conditions and appraise developers for the project.
HPL Electric & Power Limited has established a new research and development facility for smart meters to incorporate advanced smart technologies and materials to develop a new generation of smart metering products. The research and development center is located at the HPL’s manufacturing facility at Gurugram, Haryana. With this latest investment in developing next-generation smart meter technology, the company aims to widen its smart meter portfolio and enhance its footprints in domestic and international markets.
Northern Indiana Public Service Limited, a NiSource Corporation subsidiary, has finalized three build transfer agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources. The three solar projects with a cumulative capacity of around 900 MW are expected to start its construction in 2022. The solar projects will be operational in 2022 and 2023. These three solar projects are expected to generate enough clean energy to satisfy the electricity needs of 270,000 households.
LONGi, a global solar technology company, has delivered 101 MW of bifacial modules for a solar project in Chile. Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of Spain’s Natural Energy Group SA, developed the 101 MW solar project. The project is expected to be operational in November 2020, located at a high altitude region of Antofagasta, Chile.
First Solar said that Vistra Corporation has selected its high-performance solar modules to power its six recently announced solar energy project across Texas, United States. Under the agreement, the company will provide 869 MW of solar modules to power five utility-scale solar projects with capacity ranging from 50 MW to 200 MW.
LG Electronics USA has launched the latest alternating current solar modules featuring its integrated microinverter designed for easy installation, monitoring, and use. The new 60-cell panel features a power class of up to 365W and its integrated 320W microinverter. The latest addition to LG’s extensive array of solar products provides homeowners and installers with a wide selection of options tailored for individual homes or buildings.
SmartestEnergy Australia has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with CEP Energy to manage and operate the first batteries delivered as a part of their 1 GW virtual power project. SmartestEnergy Australia will operate and manage the first 400 MW of virtual project for CEP Energy. The CEP Energy project will build a 1 GW battery bank made up of aggregated batteries in a VPP, including the commissioning of three large-scale batteries.
International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Energy Fiji Limited have signed to develop the Pacific’s largest solar project. The solar project, worth around $15 million, is expected to generate enough solar energy to satisfy the electricity needs of 14,000 households while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement allows EFL and IFC to move forward with selecting a private-sector partner in the project to deliver at least 15 MW of solar power to the national grid.
Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.