U.S. gives go-ahead for its first major offshore wind farm
CNBC – May 12
The U.S. offshore wind sector took a major step forward Tuesday after authorities gave the green light for the construction and operation of the 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1 project. The U.S. Department of the Interior described the development, which will be located in waters off the coast of Massachusetts, as "the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States." The news represents the latest boost for America's fledgling offshore wind sector. In March, the Departments of Energy, Interior and Commerce said they wanted U.S. offshore wind capacity to hit 30 GW by 2030.
Desert Community Energy inks PPA for 50-MW solar park in California
Renewables Now – May 12
Desert Community Energy (DCE) has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 50-MW solar park project in Tulare County, to be coupled with 200 MWh of battery storage. Community choice aggregator DCE has committed to buying the entire output of the photovoltaic park, which is due to begin construction next year and will start generating electricity in 2023.
Tucson Electric Power's largest solar plus storage system now in service
T&D World – May 12
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) can deliver more solar energy than ever before with Tucson’s newest and largest solar power system now online. The new Wilmot Energy Center includes a 100-MW solar array and a 30-MW battery energy storage system. This month, TEP will also start delivering power from its new 250-MW Oso Grande Wind project in New Mexico. With the addition of the two systems, TEP has the ability to produce nearly 26% of its power from renewable resources.