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Digest (May 2014)

Fortnightly Magazine - May 2014

Renewable Energy

Geronimo Energy’s Aurora Solar Project won an RFP to supply Excel with energy and capacity.

SunEdison, along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, National Bank of Arizona (NBAZ), and Sol Systems announced a $50 million fund, to build a 13.4-MW solar portfolio for the State of California prison and hospital systems. Sol Systems advised Nationwide Mutual Insurance on the acquisition of the equity in the transaction. SunEdison secured long-term debt for the projects from the National Bank of Arizona (NBAZ).

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled in favor of solar as a cost-competitive energy source for Xcel Energy . Geronimo Energy's Aurora Solar Project was selected by the PUC to fill a portion of Xcel's future generation needs. Aurora Solar is a 100-MW distributed solar generation project that will utilize solar arrays ranging in size from 2 MW to 10 MW across Xcel's service territory. The project will interconnect to multiple Xcel Energy substations across Minnesota and will provide energy and capacity for the local distribution network.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 Snohomish County for the proposed Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project,to be located in the Puget Sound. The 600-kW Admiralty Inlet Project is experimental - designed to determine whether commercial development of the tidal energy resources of Puget Sound is commercially viable. The pilot license authorizes Public Utility District No. 1 to study, monitor, and evaluate the environmental, economic, and cultural effects of hydrokinetic energy. The license also contains several monitoring and adaptive management requirements to protect against adverse impacts.

Babcock & Wilcox will refit AEP’s Cook nuclear plant.

SunEdison completed construction of a 24-MW solar power plant located in the California Desert. The Cascade solar power plant will supply renewable electricity to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) through a 20-year PPA that was awarded under the California Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM). The 150-acre solar power plant is comprised of more than 75,000 SunEdison Silvantis Monocrystalline Solar PV Modules mounted to SunEdison AP90 Single Axis Trackers. The plant will be managed by the SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC), which provides asset management, monitoring, field dispatch and reporting services.

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development (ConEdison Development) have partnered on five solar projects in Nevada and California. The projects include Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's 250-MW Copper Mountain Solar 3 project near Las Vegas, and ConEdison Development's CED California Holdings portfolio: the 50-MW Alpaugh 50, 20-MW Alpaugh North and 20-MW White River 1 facilities in Tulare County, and the 20-MW Corcoran 1 facility in Kings County. The renewable power output from all of the projects has been sold under long-term contracts. Upon finalization of the agreements, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and ConEdison Development holding companies each will own a 50-percent interest in the five solar facilities. The agreement relative to the CED California Holdings projects is subject to regulatory approvals, which are expected during the second quarter of 2014.

First Solar completed the 1.3MW solar PV power plant at Kitakyushu-shi, Japan. Powered by First Solar FS Series 3 Black PV modules, the plant will generate approximately 1,400 MWh of solar electricity per year. Power from the project