Duke Energy Renewables begins construction on 5-MW solar project in North Carolina; Duke and Integrys partner with Canadian Solar and Community Energy Solar on 3-MW PV project; First Wind...
Digest (June 2014)
IKEA made its first wind farm investment in the United States with the purchase of 98-MW Hoopeston Wind in Hoopeston, Illinois. The project is currently being constructed by Apex Clean Energy and is expected to be fully operational by the first half of 2015. The Hoopeston Wind project will install 49 Vestas V100-2.0 MW wind turbines near Hoopeston in Vermilion County, Illinois, approximately 110 miles south of Chicago.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pre-qualified a four-company team led by TransGen Energy to bid for solar projects at U.S. military installations throughout the United States and its territories. TransGen Energy is serving as prime contractor for the TransGen Solar Team. The team will deliver solar projects under PPAs with the U.S. Department of Defense. Another team member is ConEdison Solutions and will oversee and operate each installed solar facility. The third partner, Quanta Solar Solutions and they will install the awarded solar sites. Finally, PS&S Global will engineer and develop the projects. Once developed, these projects will provide power under PPAs with the Department of Defense for up to 30 years.
Google and MidAmerican Energy (MidAmerican) established an agreement for MidAmerican to supply Google's Council Bluffs, Iowa data center with up to 407 MW of wind-sourced energy. The wind power will come from several wind projects that are part of MidAmerican's Wind VIII program, an initiative under which MidAmerican will bring 1,050 MW of new Iowa wind power online by the end of 2015. This agreement fully supplies the first phase of Google's facilities in Council Bluffs with 100% renewable wind energy, bundled with and tracked by renewable energy certificates, and will allow additional phases to be supplied with wind-sourced energy as the company grows in Iowa. This agreement represents Google's sixth and largest renewable energy purchase to date, bringing the total amount of renewable energy Google has contracted for to over one gigawatt (1,000 MW).
Siemens Canada expanded its wind power footprint, in partnership with Algonquin Power & Utilities , to supply, deliver and commission ten direct-drive SWT-2.3-113 wind turbines for the Morse Project. The 23-MW project will be located in southern Saskatchewan near Morse, 60 km from Swift Current. The technology of the SWT-2.3-113 benefits from the experiences of 250 gearless Siemens wind turbines in operation. Construction of the wind farm is expected to begin in summer 2014, with commercial operation expected by early next year. The deal includes a 10-year service and maintenance agreement, ensuring the reliability, availability and performance of the turbines.
Strata Solar installed nine utility-scale solar projects across North Carolina using more than $100m of tax-equity financing provided by a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company. North Carolina utility Progress Energy Carolinas will purchase the power. The three largest projects - Bladenboro, Wagstaff and Nash 58 - all exceed six MWs in capacity and provide a boost to the local tax base without requiring additional county expenditures on sewer, roads or any other infrastructure.
NextEra Energy Resources , a subsidiary of NextEra Energy dedicated the company's 250-MW Genesis Solar Energy Center, located in