US Solar Fund completes acquisition of 11 MW of solar in N Carolina

Renewables Now | January 13, 2020

London-listed investment company US Solar Fund Plc (LON:USF) on Monday said it has closed the purchase from Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC of three operational solar power facilities in North Carolina with a combined direct current (DC) capacity of 11 MW. Earlier this month, the company announced it had closed the acquisition of cash equity interests in five operational utility-scale solar farms in North Carolina with a total capacity of 28 MW, also part of the deal. The agreement for the eight solar parks with а total DC capacity of about 39 MW was announced at the end of December. The eight solar farms sell their electricity under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with subsidiaries of Duke Energy.

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Duke Energy | January 31, 2022

Continuing its efforts to grow renewable energy in North Carolina, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, recently began commercial operation of two major solar facilities in the state. The 50-megawatt (MW) Broad River Solar power plant in Cleveland County The 22.6-MW Speedway Solar power plant in Cabarrus County Even with the 2021 challenges of COVID-19 and supply chain constraints, our team remained focused and delivered these projects on time. We could not have completed these projects without the support of our vendors and the people of Cleveland and Cabarrus counties." Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions The facility's design, procurement of inverters, balance of plant systems and construction of the project were performed by Swinerton. The solar power generated by both projects will be delivered through 20-year power purchase agreements. Together, the projects can power about 15,000 homes during a year. North Carolina is fourth in the nation for overall solar energy. The outlook is promising for more solar energy in the future with the passage of the Energy Solutions for North Carolina (HB951) law in 2021. "Solar power is a major focus for Duke Energy as we target 70% carbon reduction by 2030 in North Carolina and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 under HB951," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "We expect solar to play a leading role in our clean energy future." A leader in renewable energy Duke Energy is leading the largest clean-energy transformation in the United States. It maintains more than 4,100 MW of solar power on its energy grid in North Carolina, which could power about 800,000 homes and businesses at peak output. The company also operates more than 40 solar facilities in the state. With nuclear, hydro and renewable energy, more than half of North Carolina's energy mix is carbon-free. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a nonregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy – a Fortune 150 company and one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. – headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is a leader in sustainable energy, helping large enterprises reduce power costs, lower emissions and increase resiliency. The team provides wind, solar, resilient backup power and managed energy services to over 1,000 projects across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of more than 5,100 megawatts of nonregulated renewable energy. Visit Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions and follow on LinkedIn and YouTube for more information. Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with goals of at least a 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is a top U.S. renewable energy provider, on track to operate or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues.

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Arevon Selects Nextracker to Supply Smart Solar Trackers for 1.5 GW U.S. Utility Solar Portfolio

Arevon | August 31, 2021

Nextracker, the market leader in yield-enhancing PV system technology and solar trackers, today announced that Arevon Energy, Inc., has selected Nextracker for its upcoming 1.5 gigawatt (GW) portfolio of projects in Indiana and Nevada. Nextracker will supply NX Horizon™ smart solar trackers with TrueCapture™ and NX Navigator™ software and control systems for advanced monitoring, control, and asset management. Indiana will host five of these solar power plants: Elliott (200 megawatt [MW]), Gibson (280 MW), Ratts 1 and Ratts 2 (both 150 MW), and Posey (300 MW). The 250 MW Citadel project will be located outside of Reno, Nevada. The U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Rep. Susie Lee recently toured the seventh site in the portfolio, the 232 MW Townsite plant in Boulder City, Nevada. "We're excited to partner with Nextracker and use their state-of-the-art technology in this latest portfolio of solar projects," said Justin Johnson, Arevon's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Nextracker was our first choice to help standardize construction practices across the portfolio and create efficiencies and greater cost savings. We have already seen Nextracker's TrueCapture software boost energy gains by 2.72% at one of the solar projects we service, so we have direct experience with this innovative solution and how it can add value to every project in the portfolio." "Sophisticated asset managers and project developers like Arevon know the importance of standardizing their utility-scale solar projects with advanced data monitoring and optimization software," said Ryan Booth, Nextracker's Vice President of Utility Sales. "Our partnership with Arevon highlights how the future of solar development will leverage system standardization to improve project value in an increasingly competitive sector." Both Indiana and Nevada are poised for significant solar growth. Data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) projects close to 5 GW of solar will be installed in Indiana over the next five years, ranking the state's pipeline as the sixth largest in the country. SEIA estimates that Nevada, ranked seventh, will install more than 4 GW over the same period. These seven projects totaling more than 1.5 GW will be key to these two states meeting their renewable energy goals. They are all expected to be operational by the end of 2023. Standardizing tracker and software technology across multiple renewable energy project sites increases the overall efficiency of the portfolio while mitigating risks and reducing the potential for failures. This efficiency boost is accomplished by locking in the system designs and component procurement in advance, which creates seamless and turnkey installation and commissioning. Additionally, Arevon's license of TrueCapture software will boost power production, and NX Navigator's monitoring and control system will actively minimize risk from increasingly prevalent extreme weather. About Nextracker Nextracker is a leader in the renewable energy transition. It provides critical, yield-enhancing solar technology, expertise and strategic services to capture the full system value and maximize the efficiency of solar power plants. Delivering the most comprehensive portfolio of intelligent solar tracker and control software solutions for system owners, Nextracker is transforming plant performance with smart technology, data monitoring and analysis services. About Arevon Arevon Energy, Inc., is a leading renewable energy company with roots as one of the largest renewable asset managers in the United States. Arevon's financial prowess and industry expertise come together to improve the structure and performance of clean energy assets across North America. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, and New York City, Arevon uses innovative approaches and leading-edge technology to provide commercial, financial, performance asset management, and construction services to nearly 10 GWac of renewable energy assets delivering clean energy to utilities and corporations.

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PSP Investments to Release Green Bond Framework

PSP Investments | February 15, 2022

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