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...
Duke Energy Renewables installed three solar power facilities totaling 30 MW in Eastern North Carolina. The 20-MW Dogwood Solar Power Project is located in Halifax County, near Scotland Neck. The company is also building two 5-MW projects: the Windsor Cooper Hill project in Bertie County, near Windsor; and the Bethel Price project in Pitt County, near Bethel. Power from these projects will be sold through long-term, fixed-price contracts. SunEnergy1 built the PV projects, and expected to complete them at the end of 2013. ReneSola supplied PV modules for the three sites.
Dynamic Energy Solutions began construction on a 904-kW roof-mounted solar array for DiCarlo Distributors in Holtsville, N.Y. The company says the project will be one of the largest roof-mounted solar arrays in Long Island and will participate in the LIPA Clean Solar Initiative Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program. Dynamic Energy will provide full turnkey services, including engineering, procurement and construction.
Washington Gas Energy Systems signed a contract with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to build, own and operate a 1-MW Cogenra Solar array that will provide renewable energy to the utility in Tucson, Ariz. The installation, awarded through a previous TEP RFP process, will consist of ground-mounted Cogenra T14 systems and will be constructed within the University of Arizona’s Science & Technology Park. TEP will purchase output under a 20-year contract. The project is expected to be completed in April 2014.
Siemens received an order for two German offshore wind power plants to supply 97 wind turbines, each with a rating of 6 MW and a rotor diameter of 154 meters, to the Danish energy provider DONG Energy. The Gode Wind 1 (252 MW) and Gode Wind 2 (330 MW) plants will be erected off the North Sea island of Juist. This will mark the first time that Siemens will be supplying its new 6-MW wind turbines for offshore in Germany. Siemens will also service the wind turbines for a period of five years. Construction is planned to begin in the first half of 2015, with commissioning scheduled for the second half of 2016.
FirstEnergy’s Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric (Penelec), Pennsylvania Power (Penn Power), and West Penn Power utility operating companies have filed plans with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) to procure electric generation supply beginning June 2015 for customers who choose not to shop with alternate suppliers. The procurement process will be managed by CRA International, which will conduct auctions on a quarterly basis beginning October 2014, with generation prices calculated based on a blended average by customers’ class. The proposed program also includes a process for meeting state-mandated alternative energy standards, including a separate bidding process in order to meet a portion of the solar energy requirements through a request for proposal for 2-year contracts for the purchase of solar renewable energy credits.
SunEdison secured $185 million (R1.8 billion) in foreign debt funding from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). This amounts to 75 percent of the project cost for the Boshof Solar Park Project (Boshof), located in South Africa’s Free State province near Kimberley. The plant will feed its 60-MW output into