Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
WAAREE Energies Limited, a Mumbai-based solar panel manufacturer, said it received an order worth $105 million to supply more than 300 MW of solar panels in the United States. The modules will be provided for a California-based project, which is likely to get commissioned in the second or third quarter of 2021.
Eos Energy Storage announced that the company entered into an agreement with International Electric Power to supply 1 GW of standalone battery energy storage system (BESS) for grid-connected projects with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. It also signed an agreement to provide 500 MW of integrated alternating current BESS to Carson Hybrid Energy Storage. Eos Energy Storage secured $10 million funding from its strategic partner Holtec to facilitate the acceleration of orders.
NextEra Energy Resources, a U.S.-based electricity supplier, announced that the company would build around 700 MW of fully-contracted battery storage projects in California, before the end of 2022. The battery storage projects will be co-located at the company’s six existing solar projects. The electricity supplier also has 2 GW shovel-ready battery energy storage projects under pipeline in California. The 2 GW of battery energy storage projects could be utilized to satisfy energy storage capacity requirements put forward by the California Public Utilities Commission. It is also prepared to construct the 1.3 GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage project in California.
Sungrow, a solar inverter manufacturer, has teamed up with Shanghai Electric to supply its turnkey inverter solution for the 900 MW solar project under the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar project. The manufacturer will provide its 1500V 6.25 MW turnkey inverter solution for the project located in Dubai. The 900 MW fifth phase of the project is expected to be online in the second quarter of 2021. The company’s 10-year-old inverters also passed the latest stringent testing requirements for stable operation under weak grid-connection.
ACWA Power, a Saudi-Arabia based energy developer, said that the company had selected Shanghai Electric as the EPC contractor for the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar project in Dubai. Shanghai Electric is expected to deliver the 900 MW fifth phase of the project in three phases of 300 MW with a construction period of 12 months. The power purchase agreement for the project was signed between ACWA Power and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in April 2020, achieving a world-record solar energy tariff for $0.0169 (~₹1.24)/kWh. The solar project is a part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.
Enel Green Power, an Italy-based multinational renewable energy developer, has started operations at 245 MW Roadrunner solar project (second phase), which has a total capacity of 497 MW. The project is situated in Upton County, Texas. The company signed a 70 MW power purchase agreement with Clorox Company and a 65 MW PPA with Mondelēz International to sell the generated power from the Roadrunner solar project. The company said that the completion of the Roadrunner project had increased its operation portfolio over 6 GW across the United States and Canada.
Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has proposed draft regulations for solar energy in the country. According to the draft, installers of residential and commercial solar energy systems will require licenses to operate in Zimbabwe. The proposed regulations will apply to solar PV manufacturers, importers, vendors, technicians, contractors, and system owners. The licenses will be issued in a four-tier system depending on the applicant’s ability to handle the capacity of the system.
VoltH2 BV has signed an agreement with North Sea Port to develop a green hydrogen plant with storage, distribution, and refueling facilities on an industrial plot covering 27,950 m2 in Vlissingen. The company is also expected to build a 25 MW electrolysis unit. The project will produce 3,600 tonnes of green hydrogen annually. The design of the green hydrogen project will allow its expansion up to 100 MW with a potential production of 14,400 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.
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.