Notable Renewable Energy Projects and Deals
Imperial Valley Press Online - Jun 21
Lawsuits against the controversial renewable energy project consisting of 112 wind turbines east of Ocotillo seem to keep piling up. The latest lawsuit was filed last week by the Community Advocates For Renewable Energy Stewardship against the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the project’s owner, Pattern Energy. This lawsuit calls for injunctive relief to stop construction of the Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Facility, while claiming the project lacked the necessary legal requirements when obtaining the federal right-of-way.
Las Vegas Sun News - Jun 21
The federal government on Thursday approved a massive 350-megawatt solar energy project to be built on land in Clark County belonging to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Tribe. It would be the first utility-scale solar project on tribal lands. The project, covering about 2,000 acres, would be located 30 miles north of Las Vegas and occupy about 3 percent of the tribe’s land, which is held in trust by the U.S. government. The operation would generate enough electricity to power 100,000 homes.
Solar Thermal Magazine - Jun 20
enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, last week announced that they have signed a solar module supply agreement with First Solar Inc. First Solar will deliver 61 megawatts peak (MWp) of thin film modules starting in September 2012 for enXco’s Catalina Solar Project located in Kern County, California. Catalina Solar will be built in two phases — the first phase of approximately 60 MWp is targeted to go online by the end of 2012 and the remainder of the project by June 2013.
eSolar Energy News - Jun 20
Cogenra Solar, a provider of distributed solar cogeneration systems today announced its first dairy solar cogeneration system at the Clover Stornetta Farms Dairy Processing Plant in Petaluma, California. The solar cogeneration system is the company’s latest renewable energy initiative and will not only reduce Clover’s greenhouse gas emissions, but will also result in more than 50% energy savings at the plant.
Solar Energy - Jun 20
An almost 20-megawatt solar installation at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center has catapulted San Antonio, Texas, to the no.1 spot in the state for solar. The city is ahead of the rest of Texas with a total of 34.2 megawatts of installed solar. But the utility isn’t stopping there. Moreno said CPS has a goal of reaching 1,500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020.
Think Geo Energy News - Jun 20
Canadian TSX-Venture listed geothermal developer Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. (NGP) announced “that it has completed a comprehensive independent review of all resource information for the New Truckhaven project that provides an updated resource assessment and estimation of electrical power generation capacity of the field." The report concludes that the Indicated Geothermal Resource is of a sufficient size to proceed with the development of an initial net 27 MWe binary power plant at New Truckhaven.
Energy Business Review - Jun 20
El Paso Electric Company and SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, have inaugurated a 12MW solar power plant in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Spread over 140 acres, the new Las Cruces Centennial Solar Farm, which was activated in May, is located near Las Cruces International Airport. The solar farm uses more than 48,000 of MEMC's Silvantis P280 photovoltaic modules which are expected to generate more than 32 million kilowatt hours of solar energy in the first year and will eventually rise to 773 million kilowatt hours in the next 25 years.
Navajo-Hopi Observer Latest News - Jun 19
The agencies that oversee the Arizona Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) have awarded eight Native American organizations with $1.3 million to build renewable energy systems in their communities. The projects include wind and solar facilities for schools in Leupp and Kayenta, solar power for an assisted-living facility in Moenkopi and solar panels for a housing project in Peach Springs.
Solar Novus - Jun 19
CPS Energy 's newest source of solar energy, the William R. Sinkin Centennial Solar Farms 1 and 2, is a 19.8 megawatt (MW) project that will produce enough clean power for an estimated 2550 average Texas (US) homes annually. The two sites feature a total of 83,034 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that track the sun from east to west. The solar arrays are located on nearly 200 acres of land at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Centre owned by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), San Antonio, Texas.
Solar Thermal Magazine - Jun 18
Soitec, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, announced today that one of its US Solar Energy subsidiaries has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a SUNPATH award in the amount of $25 million to support its new North American solar manufacturing facility in San Diego, California.
eSolar Energy News - Jun 18
SunPower Corp. today announced the completion of a 1.8-megawatt solar power system for Bloomberg in New Jersey. The eight-acre, ground-mounted solar tracking system is generating the equivalent of 58 percent of electricity demand at the 100,000-square-foot main building at Bloomberg's Skillman, N.J. campus.
North Bay Business Journal - Jun 18
Supplementing utility power according to the on-site renewable distributed energy generation model is a growing trend in the private sector, evidenced by the new 340-foot tall wind turbine at the Anheuser-Busch brewery off Interstate 80. The turbine generates 1,500 kilowatts of electricity, or 3,500 megawatt hours per year — 20 percent of the facility’s total electricity needs — enough power to produce 25,000 cases of beer per day. This clean renewable source provides sufficient energy to power 399 homes, with a carbon offset benefit of 3,003 tons per year. The 700,000 square foot Anheuser-Busch plant produces 4.4 million barrels of beer annually, or 136 million gallons. It will utilize 100 percent of the wind energy generated and will not route power back to the grid.
KHON2 News - Jun 16
Honolulu-based commercial solar power company Hoku Corp. says its chief executive officer is resigning and that it is exploring selling subsidiary Hoku solar. Scott Paul has been CEO since 2010. He will resign on June 30 and continue as a director and chairman of a newly formed restructuring committee. The five-member committee will oversee and direct the company's efforts to restructure its liabilities.
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