Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Sangam Renewables, in a BSE filing, said its subsidiary Waacox Energy has commissioned a 16 MW mounted-solar project in Gavhankund, Maharashtra, under the agri feeder program of the Maharashtra government for MAHAGENCO.
The United States added 4.5 GW of small-scale solar capacity in 2020, of which California accounted for a 31% share. Texas and Florida added 422 MW and 282 MW of small-scale solar capacity, respectively. Calfornia has the most small-scale solar capacity of 10.6 GW as of December 2020, followed by New Jersey with 1.9 GW capacity and Massachusetts with 1.8 GW capacity.
Clean Energy and Total have announced a 50:50 joint venture to develop carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) production facilities in the United States, and credit support to build additional downstream RNG fueling infrastructure. The two companies would initially invest $100 million and could increase up to $400 million as development opportunities progress. Total would provide credit support for clean energy development in the RNG value chain, including $45 million for contracted RNG fueling infrastructure.
Nunam, a German-Indian startup, has turned two Audi e-Tron battery modules from test vehicles into a solar nanogrid. The energy storage system is being used daily at a local energy service provider in India. The prototype currently allows roughly 50 shopkeepers and small businesses to continue working even after dark. The Audi Environmental Foundation supports the startup to advance research into the technical requirements for second-life power storage systems made of used batteries.
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Invest program has signed an agreement with Facebook for the fourth renewable energy project. TVA partners with Origis Energy to develop a 150 MW solar project equipped with 50 MW of storage capacity to support Facebook’s two data centers in the Tennessee Valley, United States. The project is expected to be completed in late 2023.
Energy Web and Volkswagen Group Innovation, the research department of Volkswagen Group, have partnered to investigate digitalization and integration of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in support of advanced electric vehicle charging programs. The two companies would integrate Energy Web’s open-source tech stack with existing electric vehicle charging standards combined with the public key infrastructure of Electrify America, a U.S.-based electric vehicle charging network company.
Brazoria County Solar Project has entered into a power purchase agreement with Target Corporation to receive 160 MW of solar power from the Golden Buckle solar project located in Brazoria County, Texas. Savion Energy would start the construction of the project in late 2021. The project is expected to begin commercial operation by the end of 2022.
The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology has welcomed the U.K. Government’s budget announcement to establish a £12 billion (~$16.57 billion) U.K. infrastructure Bank. The association said this move could help finance infrastructure projects that could move the country towards its net-zero targets. It also highlighted new investments for the Hydrogen hub in Holyhead and wind manufacturing in Humberside as a positive move.
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.