Montana-Dakota | October 23, 2020
CPower Energy Management Company, the nation's leader in demand-side energy management, and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (Montana-Dakota), a regional energy supplier to organizations in the Upper Midwest, announce the expansion of Montana-Dakota's popular Demand Response Resources (DRR) program. The expansion of the program marks another opportunity for CPower's nearly 1,500 commercial and industrial customers to earn revenue and support the grid.
United Renewable Energy | May 07, 2021
United Renewable Energy® (URE)®, a national EPC supplier, collaborated with their development partner, New Energy Equity (New Energy), to introduce three more community solar gardens to Minnesota's solar development portfolio. The three sites, totaling more than 4.3 MW DC and based in North Branch, Lindstrom, and Cokato, are estimated to generate 5,980 MWh of renewable energy in their first year. This amount of renewable energy is enough to fuel nearly 600 average homes and will be available for subscription to local businesses and school districts.
Subscribers can collect utility bill credits for the electricity generated by the gardens, allowing them to take advantage of solar energy without having to buy, maintain, or install solar panels on their property.
In Minnesota, New Energy Equity has built over 130 projects totaling more than 160 MW. United Renewable Energy has built more than 40 MW of projects in Minnesota as part of their alliance with New Energy Equity.
URE was in charge of the engineering, procurement, and maintenance of these projects. "We are committed to delivering the best, highest-quality, and least-expensive solar and energy storage installations possible. This portfolio of ventures with New Energy Equity is an excellent example of a fruitful collaboration that brings ongoing benefits to host communities and subscribers," said Keith Herbs, Executive Vice President of URE. In addition, Kenyon Energy, a leading developer, owner, and operator of solar energy projects in the United States will provide long-term funding for the projects.
The three community solar gardens were built by New Energy Equity. "We are proud to be a leading developer in Minnesota's continuing transition of its energy grid toward cleaner and more cost-effective energy, assisting the State and our solar garden customers in achieving their respective sustainability goals," says Matthew Hankey, President, and CEO of New Energy Equity.
In addition to these three successful ventures, the URE and New Energy teams have partnered on a pipeline of additional MN Community Solar Gardens that will be built in 2021 and 2022, creating additional construction jobs and providing low-cost, renewable energy for the region.
About United Renewable Energy
United Renewable Energy® (URE®) is an engineering, procurement, and construction firm that specializes in the development of utility-scale photovoltaic plants and energy storage systems. In Solar Power World's "2019 Top Solar Contractors" ranking, URE was listed as one of the top 15 utility-scale EPCs. URE is committed to the innovative design and implementation of solar energy systems and energy storage projects of the highest standard, efficiency, and safety
About New Energy Equity
New Energy Equity, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, was established in 2013 and develops and funds solar power generation assets that provide renewable electricity to private, retail, public, and utility customers through long-term contracts. Since 2013, New Energy Equity has successfully built over 250MW of solar projects. On Solar Power World's "2019 Top Solar Contractors" list, the firm was ranked sixth, and Inc. Magazine named it one of the fastest-growing energy firms in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in 2020.
About Kenyon Energy
Kenyon Energy is a leading US financier, owner, and developer of solar energy ventures. Kenyon Energy takes great pride in delivering outstanding customer service while creating cost-effective, turnkey, and innovative renewable energy technologies for a wide range of clients, including utilities, municipalities, schools and universities, federal and state government facilities, small and large manufacturing plants, and Fortune 500 companies.
Enel Green Power | May 06, 2021
Enel, through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has started construction on five new renewable energy projects in the US including Roseland solar + storage, Blue Jay solar + storage, Ranchland wind + storage, Alta Farms wind project and Rockhaven wind project. In addition, Enel will add 57 MW battery storage systems to two operational projects in Texas, the High Lonesome wind farm and Roadrunner solar farm. The new wind, solar and hybrid projects announced today, located in Texas, Illinois and Oklahoma represent over 1.5 GW of new capacity and 319 MW of battery storage capacity.
"The American transition to clean energy is unstoppable, and Enel Green Power North America is playing a leading role," said Salvatore Bernabei, CEO of Enel Green Power and Head of Enel's Global Power Generation business line. "With more than 2 GW now under construction in the United States, more than ever before, we are creating value with communities, partners, and our entire value chain, helping meet the ambitious clean energy targets of policymakers and businesses alike."
The five new projects under construction will generate over 4.1 TWh of renewable electricity per year, equivalent to avoiding 2.5 million tons of CO2 emissions, and enough to power over 525,000 U.S. households annually. Over their lifetime, the five new projects are expected to generate around 450 million US dollars in tax revenue for local communities and new income for project landowners. Construction of the projects will be responsible for over 1,500 construction jobs. With these projects, Enel Green Power North America currently has over 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction.
Projects in Texas
Enel is expanding its presence in Texas, to bring added capacity and resiliency to the local grid. The company has now started construction of the Roseland solar + storage, Blue Jay solar + storage and Ranchland wind + storage projects. At 639.6 MW1, Roseland will be Enel's largest solar plant in the US and Canada and will be paired with a 59 MW2 battery storage system. Located in Falls County, Roseland is expected to achieve commercial operation in the second-half of 2022.
In Grimes County, Texas, the Blue Jay solar + storage project will pair a 270 MW3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with a 59 MW4 battery storage system. The project is expected to begin operations by the end of 2021. The Ranchland wind + storage project will be a 263 MW wind farm paired with an 875 MW battery system. Located in Callahan and Eastland counties, operations of the project are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.
Enel previously announced construction, which is currently underway, on three other renewables + storage hybrids in Texas including the Lily solar + storage, Azure Sky solar + storage and Azure Sky wind + storage projects. Additionally, the company plans to retrofit its 500 MW High Lonesome wind farm and 497 MW Roadrunner solar farm in West Texas with a 57 MW battery storage system at each plant, with construction expected to begin this summer. In total, Enel Green Power has six projects under construction in Texas representing 2 GW of new generating capacity and around 600 MW of battery storage.
Projects in Illinois and Oklahoma
Enel is growing its portfolio in Illinois with the construction of the Alta Farms wind project in DeWitt County. The 200 MW plant is expected to begin operations in the second-half of 2022. In Oklahoma, Enel has started construction on the 140 MW Rockhaven wind project in Garvin and Carter counties, adjacent to the Origin wind farm which the company has operated since 2015. The project is expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2021.
Enel Green Power continues to be the partner of choice for companies and utilities looking to purchase renewable energy and all five projects being announced today have offtake agreements for a portion of their output.
Enel Green Power North America is a leading developer, long-term owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with a presence in 15 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 60 plants with a managed capacity of over 6.7 GW powered by renewable wind, geothermal and solar energy.
Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas, and renewables markets. It is the largest European utility by ordinary EBITDA, and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 88 GW of installed capacity. Enel distributes electricity through a network of over 2.2 million kilometers, and with more than 74 million business and household end users globally, the Group has the largest global customer base among its European peers. Enel's renewables arm Enel Green Power is the world's largest renewable private player, with around 49 GW of wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower plants installed in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.