Reactive power is becoming a hot issue in many regions of the country. Regulators and grid operators are grappling with ways to account fairly for reactive power supplies, and to encourage such...
Wind energy developer Wind Capital Group selected RMT Inc. to design and construct its 150-MW Osage County wind energy facility in Oklahoma. RMT will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of civil and electrical infrastructure for 94 GE 1.6-MW wind turbines at the site. The civil and electrical infrastructure includes roads, crane paths and pads, turbine foundations, and full site restoration. The electrical infrastructure includes a 34.5-kV underground collector system, a 34.5/138-kV power substation, and a 138-kV project transmission line. RMT is also responsible for tower erection, in-tower wiring, mechanical turbine completion, and testing and inspections to deliver a fully functional wind-powered electrical generation facility. Construction of the Osage County wind farm is expected to begin early this fall, with project completion scheduled for June 2012.
Lincoln Renewable Energy (LRE) began construction on its 10-MW New Jersey Oak solar project. Located in Fairfield Township in Cumberland County, it will comprise 55,000 solar panels constructed on a 100-acre site connected to Atlantic City Electric’s distribution system. According to LRE, the project when completed will be the largest non-utility-owned solar project east of the Mississippi, and one of the largest solar facilities in the country. In a related announcement, contractors Quanta Renewable Energy Services and Ryan Co. selected Satcon Technology to deliver 10 of its 1-MW Prism Platform systems configured with Equinox inverters for the New Jersey Oak project. Prism Platform includes step-up transformers, disconnect switches, and power conversion electronics, and uses Satcon’s Equinox PV inverters.
Siemens Energy secured an order for an offshore wind power plant in Germany. For the project Meerwind Süd and Meerwind Ost the company will deliver 80 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.6 MW and a rotor diameter of 120 meters each, for a total capacity of 288 MW. The customer is Bremerhaven, Germany-based WindMW, which is owned by funds managed by Blackstone and Windland Energieerzeugungs. WindMW is responsible for planning, building and operating the Meerwind Süd/Ost project. According to Siemens, this is the first time a private equity company has invested in a Siemens offshore wind plant. The facility is expected to be commissioned in 2013. Siemens said this is its sixth order for an offshore wind power plant in German waters.
Siemens Energy , Mortenson Construction , and MidAmerican Energy completed the expansion of MidAmerican’s wind project near Pomeroy, Iowa. Thirteen Siemens wind turbines were erected at the site, creating an additional 29.9 MW of generation capacity. The units are the first of 258 wind turbines Siemens is providing and Mortenson is erecting at three MidAmerican wind projects in Iowa this year. Siemens is supplying the turbines, as well as providing operation, maintenance and warranty service for the project. Mortenson, based in Minneapolis, was selected through a separate competitive tender process by MidAmerican to construct the wind projects and to install access roads, underground electrical collection systems and internal tower wiring.