Renewable Energy Update -- May 1, 2012

by Allen Matkins
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Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates massive desert solar project

Standard-Examiner - Apr 26

Native American artifacts and ancestral bones have been discovered at three different sites at or in the vicinity of the $1 billion Genesis solar project 200 miles east of Los Angeles. Local tribes want the boundary lines of the project redrawn.

Largest Solar PV Plant in North America Comes On-Line

Greentech Solar - Apr 26

The largest operational PV plant in North America is the 100 megawatts on-line of the 290-megawatt Agua Caliente solar project in Yuma County, Arizona. Construction is still in progress, with completion expected in 2014. Agua Caliente is owned by NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG). First Solar will build, operate and maintain the site.

Navajo community banking on proposed solar array

Boston.com - Apr 26

The To'Hajiilee (Toe-hajee-lee) solar project is one of 19 energy projects that will share in $6.5 million recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to spur renewable energy development on tribal lands. About two-thirds of the money is earmarked for tribes in the West. Most of that will go toward projects in New Mexico and Arizona.

NV Energy pulls wind project because of threatened bird

National Wind Watch - Apr 23

More studies by the federal government on the future of the sage grouse has prompted NV Energy to pull out of developing a major wind energy project touted to supply 100,000 homes. NV Energy was working with RES America Development to build the China Mountain Wind Project with anywhere from 170 to 200 wind turbines in Elko County and Idaho.

Salmon may benefit from spilling excess water

Sustainable Business Oregon - Apr 26

Salmon advocates say they have new information that shows that spilling more water over dams may actually benefit fish. The news has implications for wind power generators as they look toward another spring season of possible shutdowns.

PG&E; cancels PPA with Terra-Gen on Nevada geothermal project

Think GeoEnergy - Apr 27

U.S. utility PG&E announces it has told regulators in the state of California that “it has terminated a geothermal-power contract with Arclight Capital Partners LLC unit Terra-Gen Power. Terra-Gen had signed a 25-year PPA with the utility in 2010 under which the company was to build a 53 MW geothermal power plant near Reno in the state of Nevada.

Shiloh IV Wind Project Receives CPUC Approval

msnbc.com - Apr 25

enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the 102.5 megawatt Shiloh IV Wind Project PPA. Shiloh IV Wind Project, located in Solano County, California, is the largest repowering project in the country whereby older technology is upgraded allowing for increased generation of clean energy with fewer wind turbines. Approximately 235 Kenetech 100kW turbines originally installed in 1989 have been removed and will be replaced with 50 REpower 2.05 MW turbines.

U.S. Bancorp Sets up New Fund with Sunrun

PE Hub - Apr 26

A subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp has set up a new renewable energy tax equity fund with Sunrun to support the purchase and installation of more than $150 million in residential solar systems across the US. Sunrun is a home solar specialist and this is the company’s sixth renewable energy tax equity commitment from U.S. Bancorp.

EPA, DOE See Potential In Siting Wind And Solar Projects On Contaminated Land

North American Wind Power - Apr 26

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for their wind and solar energy potential. The EPA estimates that, nationwide, there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties. According to the EPA and the DOE, the new tools give local communities and landowners ways to evaluate these sites for renewable energy potential without the need for technical expertise.

Notable Renewable Energy Projects and Deals

Japanese company to invest $10 million in local geothermal project

Imperial Valley Press - Apr 27

Fuji Electric Co., a leading supplier of turbine-generator equipment to the power-generation industry, announced Thursday its investment of $10 million in the development of a geothermal plant in Imperial Valley owned and operated by EnergySource LLC, an independent renewable energy generation company that develops utility scale geothermal power plants., according to a press release from the company based in Japan.

Lawmakers want to pursue new deal with solar company

KSNV MyNews3 - Apr 25

Nevada lawmakers are asking for a review of its 20-year solar contract the state has with Sierra Solar. They want to see if the price of 15 cents-per-kilowatt hour can be modified because the rate is higher than what it would cost to buy directly from NV Energy.

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