Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
The United Kingdom added 11.8 MW of solar capacity in December 2020, according to the latest data from the Department for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy of the U.K. The report suggested that the U.K. has 13.46 GW of installed solar capacity across 1,060,471 installations. During December 2020, there were 3,053 installations, down by 1,296 or 30% compared to November 2020. To date, 5.95 GW or 44% of total installed solar PV capacity comes from the 457 large-scale (over 5 MW) installations, while 93% of all installations are sub-4kW, which amounts to 2.76 GW or 21% of total installed solar capacity.
Cleantech Solar has commissioned three rooftop solar photovoltaic systems at AkzoNobel’s manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and Thailand. The combined 1.6 MW of solar power projects are expected to reduce 28,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions across the term of the agreement. Cleantech Solar has funded and developed and will operate and maintain the system throughout the term of the agreement.
Tata Motors has partnered with the Department of New and Renewable Energy to deploy its electric vehicles in Goa, as a part of its tender with Energy Efficiency Services (EESL). In July 2020, EESL floated the tender to procure 250 electric cars. Tata Motors and Hyundai Motors won the tender to supply 150 units and 100 units of electric sports utility vehicles, respectively.
SunPower, a U.S.- based solar technology and energy services provider, has signed an agreement with EagleView, an aerial analytics technology provider, to reduce solar installation timelines and costs. SunPower combined EagleView’s high-resolution roof reports with its Home Survey application, enabling solar installers and contractors to create a precise and construction-ready solar design without a home visit. By removing the in-person site survey, the company can reduce project cycle times by up to two weeks and eliminate costs associated with sending a site surveyor to the home.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a green transition bond worth 280 million Australian Dollars (~$213.11 million). Japan Post Insurance bought the bond, EBRD’s largest private placement to date with green transition bonds. The 10-year bond proceeds, which bear a coupon of 1.2% paid semi-annually, will finance the bank’s portfolio of green transition projects.
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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.