Clean Energy Council urges Government to put some energy into its policy and vice versa

PV-Magazine | February 18, 2019

In the likely last full fortnight of Parliament before the Australian Federal election, the Clean Energy Council has thrown all political parties a lifeline in the form of 10 policy recommendations to grow renewable energy, as a low-cost source of electricity, a planet-saving emissions-reduction strategy and as a sustainable industry. As he launched the Clean Energy Council (CEC) proposed energy policies this morning, Kane Thornton, Chief Executive of the peak body for the renewable-energy industry, said, “Federal politics has failed energy consumers. Leadership from the next Federal Government is essential to deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.”

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Enel Green Power North America Announces Construction Of 1.5 GW Of New Renewables + 319 MW Of Storage Capacity In The US

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.

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VIGORPOOL Introduces the Captain 1200, a New Generation of Smart Solar Generators

VIGORPOOL | June 09, 2022

On June 15th, EST, VIGORPOOL, a company that delivers portable, green energy solutions, will launch the Captain 1200, its new flagship product, on Indiegogo. With a continuous output power of 2400W and a peak power of 4800W, the power station provides a parallel function, allowing customers to connect two units and quadruple the capacity to 2560Wh. It also has a dual rapid charging mechanism that allows it to charge completely in 1.5 hours. When the Captain 1200 is combined with solar panels, it forms a green solar generator that produces safe, clean, pollution-free, renewable electricity. It is also more durable and safer than similar items with similar power capacities. Its battery will last around nine years if used and recharged every day. FEATURES OF VIGORPOOL CAPTAIN 1200: 1. Perform a parallel function The introduction of the Parallel Function marked a watershed moment in the mobile power supply business. When two Captain 1200s are connected in parallel, the capacity is increased to 2560Wh, and the continuous output power is increased to 2400W. The Captain 1200's longer battery life and higher power output make it more suited for a wider range of mobile power applications. 2. Longer-lasting and more cost-effective The Captain 1200 employs a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery, which is both safer and more robust. In comparison to ternary lithium batteries, which lose roughly 20% of their charge capacity after 500 cycles, LiFePO4 batteries withstand 3500+ charge cycles before reaching 80% capacity. Because of the improved durability, even if the unit is used and recharged every day, it will last for 9 years without losing substantial capacity. As a result, the requirement for product replacement and recurring purchases is greatly decreased. 3. A Portable Energy Station on Wheels Because of its high output and 12 different types of power ports, the Captain 1200 is compatible with 99 percent of equipment and appliances on the market. There's also a built-in wireless charging station for charging cordless phones on the road. 4. It Only Takes 1.5 Hours To Recharge The Captain 1200 accomplishes actual fast charging while keeping the unit and battery safe thanks to the smart built-in BMS system. The Captain 1200 can be charged by both the main charger and the solar panel at the same time to accomplish Duel Fast Charging, which takes only 1.5 hours to complete. 5. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) (UPS) Any devices plugged into the Captain 1200 will run straight from the power supplied by the outlet if it is kept plugged into a wall outlet. The Captain 1200's UPS feature restores power within 10 milliseconds following a power outage, safeguarding the operation of important equipment such as household freezers, CPAPs, and computers. 6. BMS Protection System with Three Layers VigorPool prioritizes safety beyond anything else. The VigorPool Captain 1200 features a three-layer BMS system to assure the safety of the user and the equipment, whereas similar products only enable two-layer BMS protection. 7. A Sustainable Energy System The VigorPool Captain 1200 may be combined with 100W, 200W, or 400W solar panels to create a solar generator that can be used anywhere. Furthermore, its built-in MPPT charge controller intelligently adjusts the charging power, resulting in a 30 percent higher solar charging efficiency than standard solar charging systems. 8. Intelligent Control System Users may check battery data, control charge and discharge operations, and access other options via their phone or tablet using the VIGORPOOL APP.

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EDP Renewables Enters Chile with a Portfolio of 628 MW Wind and Solar Energy

EDP Renewables | May 31, 2021

EDP Renewables, a part of the EDP group, increases its worldwide footprint with its 16th market. This expansion reinforces EDPR’s strategic presence in Latin America, where it currently has 0.4 GW of operating capacity in Brazil, and it is developing 1.6 GW in the Brazilian and Colombian markets. EDP Renewables, a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the fourth most significant renewable energy producer globally, has reached agreements to acquire a 628 MW wind and solar portfolio in Chile, with commercial operations expected to commence between 2023 2025. With this project, EDPR increases its worldwide footprint, achieving a strong presence in 16 international markets. With these projects, EDP’s Group enters its 21st country. The transaction has been reached through two separate agreements with Atacama Energy and Lader Energy for a total consideration of up to $38 million, conditional to the achievement of pre-determined milestones for each project. The portfolio consists of a 77 MW wind farm with a 20-year PPA, expected to enter operational in 2023, and 551 MWs in projects under development, including two wind farms totaling 297 MWs and one 254 MWac solar park. These projects will actively participate in the upcoming regulated tenders and the private PPA market in Chile, aiming to enter into operation by 2025. Completing the 77 MW wind farm transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions for a trade of this nature. Completion of the 551 MWs of projects under development has co-occurred with the signing of the agreements. Strengthened position in Latam and strategic market entry This portfolio allows the EDP group to establish its presence in Chile with a sizeable and technologically diversified portfolio at different stages of development. EDPR will be pursuing additional wind and solar projects and green hydrogen growth opportunities in the country and will play an active role in the green energy transition in Chile. Furthermore, the entry into the Chilean market reinforces EDPR’s presence in Latam, where it currently owns 0.4 GW of operating capacity and 1.1 GW of secured capacity in Brazil, and 0.5 GW of secure capacity in Colombia. The Chilean power sector is sizeable and still highly dependent on thermal generation, representing c. 50% of the generation mix. In terms of renewables, the country has solid fundamentals both for wind and solar and a stable regulatory framework with visibility on long-time PPAs, both through regulated tenders and the increasingly growing private PPA market. Chile has set out an ambitious roadmap that outlines plans to generate 20% of its power from non-hydro sources by 2025 and 70% by 2050. The roadmap further outlines the significant potential for developing large-scale green hydrogen projects, providing an attractive long-term growth outlook for renewables in the country. EDP’s entry into the Chilean market is within the context of the EDPR Business plan 2021-25, providing diversification and growth optionality in a sizeable renewables market with solid growth prospects, further reinforcing EDPR’s worldwide leading position in renewables.

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