602 MW of Carolina solar, Europe put $30 billion into wind in 2018, and more

Electrek | April 18, 2019

In today’s EGEB: Duke Energy announces contracts for 602 megawatts of Carolina solar. Europe invested $30 billion in wind projects last year. The Trump administration is trying to steer Puerto Rico away from renewables and toward natural gas. Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy announced contracts for 14 utility-scale solar projects in the Carolinas. Duke Energy will produce or purchase a total of 602 MW of renewable energy through North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy (CPRE) program. The rest will be built by other developers, with 10 projects in North Carolina and 4 in South Carolina total. North Carolina’s competitive bidding structure for solar allows bids to come from any company, including utilities like Duke Energy. Duke Energy recently proposed a $76 million initiative for electric vehicle charging in North Carolina. On the flip side, the company is appealing a decision which would force them to excavate coal ash from its coal-burning sites in the state.

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The Australian Wave Energy Atlas (AWavEA) project aimed to support the continued growth of Australia’s emerging wave energy sector. Key outcomes from the project include. The revised wave energy resource information generated in the project provides an independent and verified dataset that spans a greater spatial extent with higher resolution and quality than has previously been available.

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The Australian Wave Energy Atlas (AWavEA) project aimed to support the continued growth of Australia’s emerging wave energy sector. Key outcomes from the project include. The revised wave energy resource information generated in the project provides an independent and verified dataset that spans a greater spatial extent with higher resolution and quality than has previously been available.

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Mississippi Power seeks solar photovoltaic renewable energy proposals

Mississippi Power | February 07, 2022

Mississippi Power announced a request for proposals for solar photovoltaic renewable resources. Qualifying proposals submitted through this RFP will afford Mississippi Power an opportunity to review market offerings of RFP resources. The company will determine whether there are economic and viable energy projects suitable to meet the needs of its customers. The submitted projects must be at least 20 MWAC. Mississippi Power will consider proposals for 25-year term energy-only power purchase agreements for solar photovoltaic renewable resources from bidders who are not affiliates of Mississippi Power or Southern Company. Mississippi Power would receive all the environmental attributes from the projects. Resources must be located in Mississippi and must be directly interconnected with Mississippi Power's transmission system. Bids for the RFP must be received by 6 p.m. CST on March 15, 2022. Now in its 97th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for nearly 191,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi.

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Scout Clean Energy Acquires 369 MWdc Illinois Solar Project

Scout Clean Energy | January 03, 2022

Scout Clean Energy, a Colorado based renewable energy developer, owner and operator is pleased to announce the acquisition of the utility-scale Blue Sky Solar project from its original developer, RES (Renewable Energy Systems). The approved development plans call for the installation of a 369 MWdc solar facility to be located on 2,700 acres of land in Grundy County, IL. We are pleased to complete another renewables investment with the team at RES. The Blue Sky project is one of the largest solar projects approved to date in the PJM and is the second Midwest solar project Scout has added to its expanding renewables portfolio this year. Blue Sky is a uniquely located project enabling the supply of significant solar power to the Greater Chicago region. Blue Sky further diversifies our fleet across wind, solar and storage. Scout will close out 2021 with over 12,000 MWdc in our development pipeline and more than 1,200 MWdc of renewable projects in operation across the United States." Michael Rucker, CEO and founder of Scout Clean Energy Blue Sky received unanimous approval for a Special Use Permit with Grundy County in December 2020, under the established Grundy County Solar Ordinance. RES began land acquisition and interconnection studies on the site in 2018. The project should receive its full interconnection agreement in the third quarter of 2022. "We are excited to be working with Scout Clean Energy again," said John Rohde, CEO of RES in the Americas. "We are proud of our work in developing projects that focus on clean energy and a sustainable future. This deal and our partnership with Scout bring us closer to our vision of a future where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy." The Blue Sky facility will be constructed near Morris, Illinois and is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2024. Upon reaching commercial operations, Blue Sky will provide an estimated 585,000 megawatt hours of carbon-free, renewable electricity to the PJM grid each year, enough to power over 67,000 Illinois homes. "Scout expects to invest over $400 million to bring Blue Sky through construction and into operations and will support over twenty new jobs in the ongoing operations phase. The power generated from this project will enable Scout to bring the many benefits of low cost and carbon-free solar energy to central Illinois," explained Rucker. The project has a finalized and executed Property Tax Abatement Agreement in place with all taxing jurisdictions in Grundy County. It is estimated that the county taxing jurisdictions will receive $36.3 million in tax revenue over the life of the project, including $25.4 million slated to the local school district alone. "Scout has accomplished so much in the last year which is a testament to our incredible team of experienced renewable energy professionals and to the ongoing support provided by our sponsor, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners," continued Rucker. "Blue Sky Solar is among our first utility- scale solar projects and is another major step in Scout's rapid growth as a leading US renewable energy developer, owner and operator. We expect to announce further project investments and closings of PPAs in early 2022." Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a specialist global investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage, and grid support infrastructure. About Scout Clean Energy Scout Clean Energy is a renewable energy developer, owner-operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with over 1,200 MW of operating assets. Scout is actively developing a portfolio of over 12,000 MW of onshore wind, solar PV, and battery storage projects across 17 US states. Scout has expertise in all aspects of renewables project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction, 24/7 operations, and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. About Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure and operational asset management in the US, UK, and Australia. Quinbrook is led and managed by a senior team of power industry professionals who have collectively invested c.USD 8.2 billion equity in energy infrastructure assets since the early 1990s, representing a total enterprise value of c.USD 28.7 billion or 19.5 GW of power supply capacity. Quinbrook has completed a diverse range of direct investments in both utility and distributed scale onshore wind and solar power, battery storage, reserve peaking capacity, biomass, fugitive methane recovery, hydro and flexible energy management solutions in the US, UK, and Australia. About RES RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for over 40 years, RES has delivered more than 22GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 7.5GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured 1.5GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs more than 2,000 people and is active in 10 countries.

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Guzman Energy Announces New Solar Project in Colorado's Southern Delta County

Guzman Energy | May 11, 2021

Guzman Energy declared the improvement of an 80MW sun-based energy project roughly 3.5 miles southeast of Delta, Colo. This will deliver more than 194,000 MWh of power a year, enough to supply energy to 18,000 homes. Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will straightforwardly buy a bit of the energy created by the plant and Guzman Energy will offtake the rest. This is the principal neighborhood sustainable power project created in organization with Guzman Energy since DMEA left its force supply concurrence with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in July 2020. "At the point when we began serving DMEA, we made a pledge to building neighborhood sun based. The Garnet Mesa sunlight-based venture, which will serve DMEA and other Guzman loads, exhibits our guarantee to our clients," said Guzman Energy CEO Chris Riley. "We will keep on fitting force answers for our clients, utilizing both possessed and contracted fuel sources, to furnish the networks we present with moderate and dependable force." Local area Impact and Investment The undertaking is in the investigation stage for interconnection and the Delta County allowing measure has been started. The development period is required to the most recent 11 months, with a business activity date expected in mid-2023. Extra people group benefits include: • Development work headcount of 350-400 • Local charge gauge of $10 million more than 35 years • Helps DMEA arrive at roughly 20% neighborhood power age "We are exceptionally amped up for this task. At the point when we progressed to Guzman Energy as our force provider, we had three essential objectives: rate adjustment expanded neighborhood sustainable age and nearby control. The Garnet Mesa Solar task assists us with accomplishing every one of the three," said Virginia Harman, DMEA's acting CEO. About Guzman Energy Guzman Energy is a discount power supplier devoted to networks looking for moderate and solid energy. We band together with cooperatives, districts, organizations, and clans across North America to redo energy portfolios that bode well for now and tomorrow. Together, we are lighting the route forward. About Delta-Montrose Electric Association Delta-Montrose Electric Association is a part possessed and privately controlled provincial electric helpful, joined in 1938. Situated in Southwest Colorado, DMEA invigorates and serves 28,000 individuals in Montrose, Delta, and Gunnison districts. DMEA is a reformist and groundbreaking electrical conveyance agreeable..

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