Google, NV Energy To Build ‘Biggest Ever’ Battery-Backed Solar Storage To Power $600m Nevada Data Centre

Google | January 13, 2020

Tech giants continue to shake hands with energy providers in a bid to succeed in their sustainable energy source pledges. Affiliates of Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and NV Energy have agreed to power a new $600m data centre in Henderson, Nevada, through what they say is the world’s biggest battery-backed solar deal for a corporate customer. The deal was disclosed in a recent filing with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada by Nevada Power Co., a subsidiary of NV Energy that was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Energy in 2013. The agreement involves around 350MW of solar photovoltaics and between 250MW and 280MW of battery storage at one or more hybrid projects. According to NV Energy, the deal is “cost-effective and competitively priced compared to other available options”.

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There’s expected to be a massive growth in distributed solar power generation. According to Penn Energy Research, global distributed power generation is predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent between 2013 and 2019. Whether distributed solar plays a large role on your grid now or is expected to in the future, it’s important to determine now how it will impact your electrical distribution system so you can ensure reliable planning, adequate generation and efficient dispatch.

Spotlight

There’s expected to be a massive growth in distributed solar power generation. According to Penn Energy Research, global distributed power generation is predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent between 2013 and 2019. Whether distributed solar plays a large role on your grid now or is expected to in the future, it’s important to determine now how it will impact your electrical distribution system so you can ensure reliable planning, adequate generation and efficient dispatch.

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United Renewable Energy and New Energy Equity have Built 4.3 MW of Community Solar Gardens in Minnesota

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.

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GCCIA and CESI Launch the GCC DAM Pilot Project

GCCIA | December 23, 2021

Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) with the support of CESI Middle East FZE, a subsidiary of CESI S.p.A. (Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano), a world-leading technical consulting and engineering company launched the GCC Day Ahead Market (DAM) Pilot Project at the Pavilion of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Expo 2020, in Dubai. This ambitious project consists in the creation of an electronic platform for the pricing of electricity in GCC countries, as part of the first phase of the energy pricing project in the region. After the go-live, the pilot project is set to last over the course of six months, during which the Member States will be able to gather and leave feedbacks for further implementations in the future. The GCC DAM Pilot Project is the first of its kind, as it represents a fundamental cornerstone for managing the energy exchange platform launched by the Electricity Interconnection Authority in 2018, an essential contribution to the development of the spot market for electricity trading. The Electricity Interconnection Authority has dedicated a full international team, in collaboration with CESI and ENERWEB, to manage and follow this project. The GCC DAM Pilot Project aims to be a key-step for the evolution of the roadmap of the regional electricity market. This first phase aims at estimating electricity prices at a regional level and enhancing the expertise and skills on electricity trading topics. Due to the complexity of simulating day-ahead market scenarios, CESI has been involved in the creation of the new platform in terms of both quality assurance and project management support. This project is a true milestone for the electricity trading in the Gulf area, as it meets the need to implement tools that can support the shift from fossil fuels to renewable electricity sources for GCC countries. I am very proud of CESI involvement in the initiative: for years, we have been developing and using simulation tools for power markets in Europe and supporting traders and market operators, therefore, our expertise and tools can support the ambition of GCCIA, with the goal of modernizing the Gulf region’s energy market.” Matteo Codazzi, CESI Group CEO

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Six Rockland County Communities Launch Innovative Renewable Energy and Cost Cutting Initiative

Six Rockland | October 06, 2020

Six Rockland County municipalities announced that they are launching a cost-cutting energy program to provide their residents and small businesses with more affordable, locally-sourced renewable energy. The initiative will be offered through Rockland Community Power (RCP), a collaborative program that enables residents and small businesses to purchase renewable energy at a fixed cost that is lower than they have paid historically for standard (non-renewable) electricity supply. The six participating communities—the Town of Clarkstown, Village of Haverstraw, Village of Nyack, Town of Orangetown, Village of South Nyack, and Village of Upper Nyack—are working in partnership with Joule Community Power (Joule) to offer the program that is scheduled to launch on November 1, 2020. Joule will serve as the Program Administrator.

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