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Fortnightly Magazine - October 2013

Government Technologies to build and operate the facility, which will consist of five 2.3 MW turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex plant. Siemens will provide a turnkey wind system with a five-year service, maintenance, and warranty agreement, and with operating and maintenance options from years six through 10. Siemens will provide an energy savings contract and an annual energy production guarantee. Construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014. 

Duke Energy Renewables acquired the 4.5-MW Sunset Reservoir solar power project, the largest solar generation facility in San Francisco, from Recurrent Energy. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will purchase the energy under a 25-year PPA. The facility provides electricity for the city and county of San Francisco’s municipal services and facilities.  

EdF Renewable Energy started commercial operations at the 143 MW (DC), 110 MW (AC) Catalina solar project, located in California’s Mojave Desert. The project is comprised of 82 MW of Solar Frontier and 61 MW of First Solar PV modules. EdF Renewable Services will operate and maintain the plant, with output provided to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) under a 25-year PPA. 

DTE Gas is providing pipeline-quality landfill gas to its residential natural gas customers. DTE Gas’ BioGreenGas program contributes to the development of pipeline-quality biogas at the Sauk Trail Hills landfill in Canton, Mich., where Clean Energy Renewable Fuels (CERF) built a plant to purify the landfill gas. DTE Pipeline invested about $2 million to build a pipeline and a meter station at Sauk Trail Hills. 

Siemens Energy received an order from Portland General Electric to supply and install 116 wind turbines. The 2.3-MW, 108-meter turbines are to be installed at the Tucannon River wind farm in Washington state. Siemens is responsible to service the turbines for five years. The Tucannon River wind farm, formerly known as Lower Snake River Phase II, is adjacent to the Lower Snake River Phase I
project, a 343-MW wind facility completed in 2012, also using Siemens wind turbines. The new project is expected to come online in 2015.

REC developed, built, and sold four solar power installations with a total capacity of 7.87 MW on the island of Sardinia. The four ground-mounted plants – in Villacidro (4,986 kW), Pischedda (996.4 kW), Ulmos (901.6 kW), and Lula (990 kW) – were sold to IKAV Global Energy of Luxembourg. The projects include approximately 31,000 REC solar panels, covering about 40 acres of land. 

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) contracted First Solar to build three solar power plants totaling 23 MW (AC) of generating capacity. Under the agreement, First Solar is expected to provide EPC services and supply its PV modules. Pending approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, the three projects are expected to begin construction and be completed in 2014.

Xcel Energy plans to expand its wind generation. The company submitted to state regulators proposals to purchase at least 1,500 MW of wind resources, a 30 percent increase in overall wind capacity. Xcel is seeking approval of the following projects: three