Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Tata Power Solar Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has received the letter of award from the Solar Energy Corporation of India for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of 100 MW of solar project and 120 MWh utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS). The total contract value of the project is around ₹9.45 billion (~$126.09 million). With this order, the company’s utility-scale order book stands at 4.4 GW capacity with an approximate value of around ₹90 billion (~$1.20 billion) without Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Amazon has announced 18 new utility-scale wind and solar projects across the US, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, totaling 5.6 GW of procured capacity in 2021. The company has 274 renewable energy projects worldwide. With these new utility-scale wind and solar projects, Amazon’s total renewable power production capacity reached over 12 GW and 33,700 GWh. The company said it is on a path to power 100% of its business operations with renewable energy by 2025 – five years ahead of its original 2030 commitment.
Johnson & Johnson has signed two power purchase agreements with Orsted to offtake power from its Sparta Solar in Texas in the United States and Kilgarvan Wind Farm and Booltiagh Wind Farm 1 in Ireland. The PPA with Sparta Solar includes a contract capacity of 55 MW from the 250 MW Sparta Solar project. While the PPA with Kilgarvan and Booltiagh Wind Farm 1 is an eight-year commercial agreement that would satisfy Johnson & Johnson’s 100 % power needs across its four manufacturing facilities in Ireland. Over the lifetime of the PPAs, Orsted would generate over 1,000 GWh of renewable energy under the agreement with Johnson & Johnson.
LG Electronics USA and Sunverge Energy have joined hands to develop a residential virtual power project for Northern and Central California consumers. The project incorporates load control and solar/energy storage control holistically. The project, which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022, explores ways in which intelligent and dynamic load control and solar or energy storage can be aggregated as dynamic multi-service and multi-asset.
Stellantis and Factorial Energy have signed a joint development agreement to advance Factoria’s high-voltage traction solid-state battery technology. The agreement also included a strategic investment from Stellantis. Factorial Energy has developed a solid-state technology that addresses critical issues like driving range and safety that hold back wide-scale consumer adoption of electric vehicles.
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.