Cincinnati signs on for largest municipal solar array in the country

solarpowerworldonline | December 02, 2019

The City of Cincinnati, Ohio, will construct the largest municipal solar array in the country to provide clean, renewable energy to all city facilities and serve the city’s residents through the Cincinnati Electric Aggregation Program. “Cities need to take action – and that’s exactly what Cincinnati is doing. We are spending money we would already spend on power to buy lower-cost renewable energy that also benefits the community,” said Mayor John Cranley. Cincinnati has signed a 20-year PPA for 100 MW of solar. The agreement was facilitated by the World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Renewables Accelerator, through support from the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. The 100-MW solar farm will be installed in two phases roughly 40 miles east of downtown Cincinnati in Highland County, Ohio.

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Global energy interconnection (GEI) represents the ultimate evolution of the trend towards greater interconnection of power systems. It embodies high-level integration of the flow of energy, a flow of information and flow of business as an intelligent, automated and networked-based system for ensuring energy security on a universal scale.

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The Natural Fibers Alliance Calls for the Promotion of Natural Fibers and the Suspension of the HIGG Index

Natural Fibers Alliance | June 17, 2022

Effective immediately, the Natural Fibers Alliance (NFA) is calling for an immediate suspension of the use of the HIGG Index considering the recent New York Times article "How Fashion Giants Recast Plastic as Good for the Plant." Developed in 2012, the HIGG Index was created to help brands, retailers and manufacturers assess the sustainability of materials for use in footwear, garments, and other consumer products. Since that time many within the natural fibers community (leather, wool, fur, silk etc.) and fashion activists have voiced concerns over the index's questionable support of harmful synthetic materials made from fossil fuels that run counter to long term environmental sustainability goals. "It's simple, natural biodegradable fibers to include leather, wool, fur, silk, etc. are more sustainable and better for our planet than plastic clothing. The culture of fast fashion is as much consumer driven as it is a direct result of corporate greenwashing. The only way to lower environmental costs and impact is to buy clothing that lasts, repurpose older pieces and support a culture of slow fashion based on high quality long-lasting materials," says Mike Brown, head of sustainability and public affairs for the Natural Fibers Alliance. According to the Changing Markets Foundation (CMF), 'Fossil Fashion: The Hidden Reliance on Fossil Fuels', the use of such synthetic materials derived from crude oil and gas has doubled in clothing, creating both a reliance on the material and a boom in the cheap, fast fashion industry. This boom has had a direct environmental impact that will lead to an eventual ecological disaster. The CMF estimates the use of synthetic fibers will increase from 69% to 73% market share within the next 10 years. The NFA feels that legislation and effective regulation are the only clear path forward. Sustainable natural fiber derived products should be the norm, not the exception and the only way to achieve that is to level the playing field, placing responsibility on companies through their compliance with regulation, allowing customers to make informed choices rather than having that decision manipulated by data or overreaching animal rights activists. About Natural Fibers Alliance The Natural Fibers Alliance is a coalition of producers and associations in both the US and Canada that support the use of natural sustainable materials in clothing, accessories, and other goods.

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Cleco Power and DESRI Announce 240 MWac Solar Power Agreement

Cleco Power and DESRI | August 19, 2022

Cleco Power (Cleco) and D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), a leading renewable energy producer in the U.S., announce a long-term renewable energy off-take agreement. The Dolet Hills Solar Project includes a 240 MWac facility to be constructed at the recently retired Dolet Hills lignite-fired power plant in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. The Dolet Hills Solar Project supports Cleco's growing renewable energy fleet and follows the company's recent announcement of Project Diamond Vault, a major economic development and decarbonization initiative to build a state-of-the-art carbon capture facility at its central Louisiana Brame Energy Center. "This solar project is another step forward in Cleco's journey to becoming Louisiana's leading clean energy company,This project continues our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint while affordably and reliably serving our customers." -Bill Fontenot, President and CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings. Pending project approvals, Dolet Hills will boast one of the largest solar facilities in Louisiana and will represent more than $250 million invested towards powering approximately 45,000 homes. While Dolet Hills Solar is the first power purchase agreement between the companies, DESRI's portfolio in Louisiana will now total nearly 700 MWac in construction and contracted clean power projects. DESRI is proud to deliver low-cost, clean, reliable power to Cleco and its customers from this landmark solar energy facility," said Hy Martin, Chief Development Officer of DESRI. Alongside our partners at Cleco, the project will provide local economic benefits to DeSoto Parish and the surrounding communities for years to come. In addition, the project will replace lignite-fired electricity with renewable power sited on reclaimed mining lands. The Dolet Hills Solar Project is expected to deliver significant community benefits, including the creation of local construction jobs and tax revenue for the Parish. When asked about the project, DeSoto Parish President, Ernel Jones, stated "Cleco has been an integral part of the DeSoto Parish community for over 70 years and we look forward to our continued partnership. At the same time, we welcome DESRI and believe the Dolet Hills Solar Project will lead the way for future economic growth in our area. About Cleco Power, LLC Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility that owns nine generating units with a rated capacity of 3,035 megawatts. Assets also include 1,335 miles of transmission lines and 12,152 miles of distribution lines. Cleco Power uses multiple generating sources and multiple fuels to serve approximately 291,000 customers in 24 of Louisiana's parishes through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Parishes served include Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Catahoula, DeSoto, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Vernon and Washington. About D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) and its affiliates develop, acquire, own, and operate long-term contracted renewable energy assets in the U.S. DESRI's portfolio of contracted, operating and in-construction renewable energy projects currently includes more than 65 solar and wind projects representing more than 6 GWac of aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than $60 billion in investment and committed capital as of June 1, 2022, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Cero Generation Selects Ameresco and Sunel as Partners on 100MWp Delfini Solar Project

Cero Generation and Ameresco | August 17, 2022

Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE: AMRC), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced that Ameresco Energy Hellas S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ameresco Inc. and Sunel Group, an international developer and EPC contractor for energy projects, have been selected by Cero Generation, a leading European solar energy developer, as the contractors for “Delfini”, a 100 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) project.As part of the project, Ameresco SUNEL Energy S.A. - the joint company already established in Greece - will undertake the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the 100-MW solar PV park in Prosotsani Drama, Greece. The Delfini solar project is one of Greece's first solar project to utilize a private power purchase agreement that does not benefit from government subsidies on electricity costs. The launch of the Delfini solar project marks the start of a new chapter for the delivery of cheaper, clean energy to Greece’s grid. “We are delighted to be partnering with Ameresco and Sunel Group on this landmark project. Against the backdrop of an ongoing energy crisis, we're helping to deliver cheaper, cleaner power across the country and supporting the government's ambitious transition goals. This project is an important step in the expansion of Cero's Greek portfolio and one of many market-leading projects in our pipeline,” -Marta Martinez Queimadelos, CEO of Cero Generation. We’re thrilled to have been selected as a partner on this innovative and important project. As one of the first private power purchase agreement for a solar project in Greece, this move sets the stage for future contracts that will stand to benefit the country both economically and environmentally, said Britta MacIntosh, SVP, Ameresco It’s an honor to play such an active role in developing a greener and cleaner future for Greece. "Sunel Group's collaboration with Cero and Ameresco on the 'Delfini' project is an important milestone, as it gives us the opportunity to leave our footprint in yet another important photovoltaic project. Cero is a valuable partner for us. Our commitment is to successfully deliver the Delfini project, on time and with high quality, thus strengthening our collaboration for its future projects" -Sunel Group CEO Konstantinos Zygouras. Mr. Zygouras also emphasized that The partnership of SUNEL Group with Ameresco opens new possibilities for growth in addition to this first specific project in Greece, as we are jointly exploring the expansion to additional countries and the creation of new models for providing specialized services to prospective investors. Project construction has begun and is expected to reach completion by Q3 2023. The Cero, Ameresco and Sunel project teams, along with recognized dignitaries such as Kostas Skrekas, Minister of Energy and Environment, Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development and Investment, and Nikolas Tagaras, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environment, celebrated the launch of the project with an in-person event in Athens on July 13, 2022. To learn more about the energy efficiency solutions offered by Ameresco, visit www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency/. About Ameresco, Inc. Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator. Our comprehensive portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services in support of clients’ pursuit of Net Zero include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction, and operation of distributed energy resources. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with Federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For more information, visit www.ameresco.com. About Sunel Group SUNEL Group is an international EPC contractor and Developer. Founded in 2006 by Greek stakeholders, the group has won the trust of the international investment community by its professionalism, reliability, efficiency, and work ethic, thus creating a strong and recognizable brand. Since 2012, Sunel has been rapidly expanding, by establishing operational centers in Athens, London, Valencia, Dubai and Istanbul. It has operated on 4 continents and has implemented to date 500+ projects, with a total capacity of over 1,000 MWp in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. It is currently constructing projects in Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, Malawi and Chile, of a total capacity exceeding 400 MWp. For the next 5 years SUNEL is planning to develop solar projects of over 2.000 MWp, in cooperation with strategic investors. For more information, visit www.sunelgroup.com. 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