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JERA Americas | January 02, 2023
JERA Americas, a subsidiary of the global energy pioneer JERA headquartered in Houston, has made headway in its efforts to promote the transition to a cleaner energy economy.
Canal and Bucksport Generating Facilities Acquisition
JERA Americas has recently announced the acquisition of a thermal power portfolio in New England totaling 1,633 megawatts (MW): Canal 1 (566 MW), Canal 2 (559 MW), and Canal 3 (333 MW) in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Bucksport (175 MW) in Bucksport, Maine.Due to its location on Cape Cod, the town of Canal can serve as a crucial location for utilizing existing infrastructure to enable offshore wind power. Bucksport, with its current transmission interconnection, can potentially serve as a connection point for renewables to the electric grid.
Zenobē Battery Projects MOU
JERA Americas has announced entering into a partnership with a global leader in electric vehicle fleets and battery storage, Zenob, to create battery storage projects. The organization will collaborate on the development of utility-scale, standalone, grid-connected, and hybrid battery storage facilities in New England and New York to support the uptake of renewable energy. The companies will also seek out other prospects in the United States, such as the co-location of battery storage and renewable energy technology and the acquisition of battery development establishments.
JERA America’s Progress Towards its Objective
JERA Americas and its parent business, JERA, intend to attain net zero CO2 emissions energy by 2050 and have increased their efforts in that direction. JERA Americas has made significant progress in constructing a 300 MW wind power project in Texas and launched hydrogen blending projects at natural gas production facilities in the northeastern United States over the past year.
Additionally, the company revealed that it is partnering with ConocoPhillips on a proposed plant on the Gulf Coast of the United States. The factory, if built, would produce hydrogen and convert it to ammonia. JERA and Uniper may be prospective long-term clients. The planned project's objective would be to expedite the production and distribution of low-carbon fuels for domestic and worldwide consumption.
ABOUT JERA AMERICAS
JERA Americas is promoting a socially and environmentally responsible energy transition. The company is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based JERA, which stands for Japan's Energy for a New Era and generates around 30% of Japan's total electricity. JERA is committed to reaching net-zero carbon dioxide emissions from its domestic and international operations by 2050 and is supporting the creation of a sustainable society.
ABOUT ZENOBĒ ENERGY LTD:
Zenob is a multinational EV fleet and battery storage expert with operations in Europe and Australasia, headquartered in the United Kingdom. It has approximately 1.6 GW in construction and development in the United Kingdom, which amounts to about 25% market share by 2026. It has a market share of around 25% in the UK EV bus segment and contracts for roughly 580 electric cars globally. The corporation owns and operates the highest number of electric buses in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Aurora Solar | February 17, 2023
On February 16, 2023, Aurora Solar, a cloud-based platform enabling a future of solar for all, announced that it has incorporated in Ontario with dedicated Product, Engineering, and Design teams to propel the company into its next growth phase. The company is valued at over $4 billion with more than $500 million in funding and powers up to 100,000 solar projects per week, with 90%of the top 100 US residential solar installers relying on Aurora's AI-powered software to help meet the rising demand for solar energy.
Aurora Solar's achievements are building on a solid foundation and include:
Support for over 7,000 most successful organizations in the solar industry to combat climate change.
Over 60 million tons of CO2 avoided by customers using its powerful AI software.
Recognition on the 2022 Forbes AI 50 and 2022 Deloitte Fast 500.
Ranking among the 2022 Best Remote Companies to Work For by Built In.
Chris Hopper, Co-Founder and CEO of Aurora Solar, shared, "We are thrilled to announce Aurora's incorporation in Canada." He added, "Canada's work in the renewable energy sector combined with its experienced and skilled pool of SaaS talent make it an ideal location for Aurora Solar as we expand our footprint. Our Canadian presence highlights our commitment to creating a future of solar for all, and we look forward to furthering our mission with support from Canadian colleagues."
(Source – Business Wire)
About Aurora Solar
San Francisco-based Aurora Solar places the power of technology and data in the hands of every solar professional. The cloud-based platform uses automation, data, and AI to accelerate the growth of solar businesses by streamlining workflows. Clients can leverage the platform to generate a complete, precise, and customizable design for every customer using just an address and electric bill. It is utilized by over 7,000 of the industry's leading organizations, and over 10 million solar projects were designed using the platform. It was the only climate technology company to be named to the 2022 Forbes AI 50, Deloitte Fast 500, and awarded best solar software in 2021 by Solar Power World
OCI Solar Power | March 10, 2023
OCI Solar Power, a utility-scale solar developer, declared that it recently worked as the EPC to upgrade its Alamo 2 solar farm. This upgrade would enhance its performance and reliability.
It has maintained a solar farm for over eight years and has about 4.4 MWac solar energy projects on 45 acres of land which started operating in March 2014. It has strived for a solution to every mechanical failure and observed the working of advanced tracker technology. In addition, it supervised a second months-long upgrade, during which it performed the scope of EPC. It completed a renovation to its 39.2 MWac Alamo 1 solar facility in 2019 and a 6-month upgrade at Alamo 2 in 2022. These upgrades in projects at Alamo 1 and Alamo 2 happened in sections so that the solar farm remains partially energized. These adjustments ensured power supply to CPS Energy, a power, natural gas, and electric company in the public sector.
Construction Manager at OCI Solar Power, Jason Thompson said, "We found ourselves repairing trackers and then fixing them again days later because of mechanical issues. It was very similar to what our Alamo 1 solar farm located south of San Antonio was experiencing a few years ago. Now both solar farms have state-of-the-art trackers from Array Technologies, Inc. and increased production."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
President & CEO at OCI Solar Power, Charles Kim said, "Enhancing Alamo 2 is another example of our commitment to our customers and the solar industry." He added, "We are consistently working to ensure that the solar farms we own and operate are performing near or at capacity so electric customers receive clean energy. The construction project was also a way for us reiterate the importance of investing in a clean, reliable, sustainable fuel source."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
About OCI Solar Power
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, OCI Solar Power, a solar energy company, has been innovating and developing utility-scale solar power plants in the United States since 2011. It constructs, develops, operates and owns photovoltaic projects for sustainable green energy generation. It is creating job opportunities and energy independence. It has brought utility scaled solar projects to Texas. Among the solar plants installed in the ERCOT market, over 450 MW are from OCI Solar Power. Its three projects are 100% compliant with Buy American Act. Its Alamo 6 is a dual-axis solar farm in the US. Its parent company, OCI Company Ltd, manufactures polysilicon, a raw material for solar cells.