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- The clean energy giant signs a strategic cooperation contract with Deuter to co-develop solar backpacks for global market
- The duo to adopt dual brand strategy to promote their upcoming solar backpacks
- The world’s largest thin-film power solution company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (00566.hk), today announced that it has signed an agreement for a strategic co-operation with Deuter, one of the leading backpack brands worldwide, to collaboratively design and develop solar backpacks for the global market.
According to the strategic cooperation contract, Hanergy will be responsible for the development and the design of thin film flexible components, Deuter will take the onus for the design and the production of the bags globally. The duo will adopt co-brand strategy to promote their upcoming solar backpacks.
Deuter is a German brand of sport packs and bags, for hiking, trekking, snow sports and other uses. Founded in 1898, Deuter has been pioneering premium outdoor equipment market for over 120 years.
Robert Schieferle, VP, Deuter said, “We're delighted to collaborate with Hanergy, and together embark on a new journey to introduce our co-branded solar backpacks in the global market. The partnership is intended towards leveraging the expertise of both the companies in their respective fields. We’re confident that with Hanergy’s high efficiency and reliable thin film flexible components our upcoming solar backpacks will set a new benchmark in the market."
Hanergy’s solar cells set the world record for conversion efficiency several times, with the newest one being 29.1%. It launched and upgraded handful of consumer products in 2018, including Humbrella, solar-powered umbrella; SolarTank, solar backpack; HanPower, solar power bank, retaining its leading position in mobile energy sector.
Commenting on the collaboration with Deuter, Mr. Wang Zhongshuang, CEO, Hanergy German Company said, “Partnering with Deuter we intend to take the notch up in the solar backpack category and bring in a fresh approach to the design while retaining the energy efficiency quotient of the product. We’re extremely confident that the consumers will appreciate our upcoming solar backpack which is an amalgamation of great aesthetics and technology.”
Earlier last week Hanergy had participated at the 2019 Intersolar Europe Exhibition, a world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners to feature its path-breaking energy solutions. As part of a three-day conference and exhibition that's being held at Messe München Exhibition Centre, Munich, Germany from May 15 - 17, 2019, Hanergy showcased most promising solar solutions, covering a wide span of life-related scenarios.
NISKAYUNA, NY – May 22, 2019 – A project team from GE Research and GE Energy Consulting, supported by GE Renewable Energy’s hydro teams, has been awarded $1.25 MM in funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office to evaluate the long-term benefits and economics of pumped storage hydropower (PSH) to provide flexibility, system stability and reliability services to the grid. These services can enable high penetrations of variable renewables such as wind and solar.
PSH stores energy by pumping water up into a reservoir. When power is needed, the water is released from the reservoir and runs through hydro turbines that convert the flowing water into electricity. When paired with a wind and/or solar farm, the idea is that you could utilize excess power generated from these renewable installations to drive a pump that pushes water up into the PSH reservoir. Once in the reservoir, this energy can be released whenever it is needed most to supplement a grid’s overall power needs.
“Can PSH prime the pump to enable more renewables?” said Yazhou Jiang, Ph.D., a Power Systems Engineer leading the project from GE Research. “This is a central question we’re asking as part of our DOE-supported study. It’s part of a mix of promising storage solutions that are emerging to meet the needs of a fast- changing energy landscape.
Jiang added, “With future energy trends pointing to a more renewables intensive, distributed energy mix, we believe PSH could represent a viable storage alternative for wind or solar- heavy grid portfolios that exhibit high degrees of variability. For this study, we will examine just how viable PSH could be as a long-term solution. One of the factors we will examine very closely is how quickly it can be activated to respond to rapidly changing power loads and highly variable renewables.”
Last year, GE launched the Reservoir, a 1.2 MW, 4MWh unit modular, scalable platform with GE’s unique digital tools that can deliver a suite of customized energy solutions. It can work together well with renewable installations, traditional power installations and be integrated into other parts of the grid as well. PSH is another storage platform that could be the ideal pairing with existing or potentially new renewables installations located close to existing hydro facilities. And like the Reservoir, new digital tools could be integrated at the Edge to optimize their management.
“We’re testing the hypothesis that at high levels of wind and solar, you will need a storage portfolio,” shared Debra Lew, Senior Technical Director, GE Energy Consulting. “This project will help to value the benefits of pumped storage hydro to the grid that are currently not well understood.”
As the world marks Earth Day this week, this study will be looking at the viability of connecting three of nature’s key energy generation sources in different combinations. Currently, 7% of the power in United States is generated at hydro facilities located across the country. While the primary expectation is that PSH could be an enabler for new wind and solar power installations, it could result in the growth of existing hydro facilities as well … in all cases bringing new renewable-energy on the grid. This will all be evaluated as part of the study, which will be completed over the next 17 months.
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina—May 22, 2019—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today announced that it has initiated a Vendor Design Review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
The Vendor Design Review is an optional service provided by the CNSC to provide early feedback to the reactor vendor during the design process with the objective of verifying, at a high level, whether a plant design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. The combined Phase 1 and 2 review by the CNSC will focus on identifying any issues that could become fundamental barriers in a licensing process for a new build project in Canada while assuring that a resolution path exists for any issues that may be identified.
“We are designing the BWRX-300 small modular reactor to be cost competitive with gas and renewables,” said Jon Ball, Executive Vice President of Nuclear Plant Projects for GEH. “This review is an important step in the commercialization of this breakthrough technology.”
The BWRX-300 leverages the design and licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will require up to 60 percent less capital cost per MW when compared to other water-cooled SMRs or existing large nuclear reactor designs. By leveraging the ESBWR design, utilizing proven components and through simplification innovations, GEH believes that the BWRX-300 can become cost-competitive with power generation from combined cycle gas and renewables.
As the tenth evolution of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 represents the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began developing nuclear reactors in 1955.
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A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.
Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million.
Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.
Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.
The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.
Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.
A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.
There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).
Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.
Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.
Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).
Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.
Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.
Source: IEA-ETSAP and IRENA
SINGAPORE, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark today switched on one of Singapore's largest solar energy installations at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, which produces Huggies diapers and Huggies baby wipes. The 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt hours of clean energy, enough to power up a thousand 3-bedroom HDB flats for a year.
With this investment, renewable energy will now replace 15% of conventional energy use at the plant, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by approximately 1,600 metric tons per year. This is equivalent to removing nearly 350 passenger cars from roads annually.
Kimberly-Clark's Tuas plant has a long track record of reducing its environmental footprint. In 2016, it launched an in-house wastewater treatment plant that recycles 75% of the water used in its wet wipes production.
Since 2017, it has partnered with Ngee Ann polytechnic researchers to find utility for material waste generated during its production process, as part of its broader efforts to re-use or recycle 100% of its waste.
At a ceremony held to inaugurate its solar roof, Achal Agarwal, President, Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific, said, "Our manufacturing operations in Singapore have long been recognized as a leader in environmental protection. Switching on this solar roof marks a new milestone in our sustainability journey and accelerates our progress towards our goal of achieving a 20% reduction in GHG emissions globally, by 2022."
Through continued investments in climate and energy programs at its operations around the world, Kimberly-Clark has embarked on a long-term effort to minimize climate change impact from its operations and at the same time transform its financial performance.
Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, was the guest of honour at the inauguration. He said, "I am glad to see enterprises such as Kimberly-Clark Corporation step up efforts to adopt renewable energy. Sustainable development is not just central to the mitigation of climate change and protection of the environment. When thoughtfully incorporated, it can benefit business operations and reduce costs in the long run."
The solar roof panels were installed in partnership with Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap, which has played an instrumental role in the development of many grid-connected PV systems, pioneering the solar energy movement in Singapore.
"We are pleased to work with Kimberly-Clark in their efforts to go green. As the leading integrated clean energy solutions provider in Singapore, we encourage all companies to look for ways to be environmentally friendly in their business. There are various measures companies can take to reduce their carbon footprint including tapping renewable energy for their operations and going paperless in their day-to-day work," said Frank Phuan, CEO and Executive Director, Sunseap Group.
Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Fueled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people's most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what's important to them. Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Viva and WypAll, hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in 80 countries. We use sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, build stronger communities, and ensure our business thrives for decades to come. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company's 147-year history of innovation, visit kimberly-clark.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ROTH Capital Partners (ROTH), www.roth.com , a full-service investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors, today announced that it will host its 6th Annual China Solar Tour in Shanghai on June 3-6, 2019. The event is held in conjunction with SNEC – 13th Annual International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Smart Energy Exhibition & Conference, one of the largest annual solar & smart energy conferences/expos in the world.
This invitation-only event, which will be hosted by ROTH’s Cleantech Senior Research Analysts Philip Shen and Craig Irwin, will provide an opportunity for industry executives and institutional investors to meet and exchange views on the latest industry trends & issues.
“We are at the beginning of a new era of solar: Subsidy-free economic demand. We expect this to be a key theme in the current upcycle as we believe the industry has quietly reached the Holy Grail inflection point of unsubsidized demand. This will result in future solar cycles becoming increasingly more driven by the global economic cycle, rather than individual country subsidy policies. We are already starting to see subsidy-free green shoots of demand throughout the world, especially in Europe, and eventually throughout the world. Moreover, we expect the industry structure to consolidate at an accelerating pace as many companies will likely not be able to maintain the R&D investment and capex required to remain profitable and competitive. Our tour is designed to explore these trends and more to uncover investment opportunities,” said Jesse Pichel, Managing Director – Cleantech Investment Banking at ROTH.
“Additionally, this year we are touring some of the largest EV and battery module suppliers to the Chinese Electric vehicle supply chain. China is the largest producer and end market for electrical vehicles.”
According to Mr. Shen, “We expect industry visibility to improve commensurate with less and less dependence on country subsidy policies and more and more demand supported by non-subsidy enabled economics. This improved visibility, in our view, will lead to multiple expansion for the overall sector over time. We believe investors do not fully appreciate this yet, but we expect this to be a theme for years to come. That said, marginal China is still critical to the current solar cycle. With the SNEC Power Generation and Smart Energy Expo as the largest solar and storage conferences in the world, we expect our booth tour at SNEC to provide investors with insight into how China’s growth could drive near-term supply/demand dynamics as well as how this new era of subsidy-free economic demand will sustain the industry for years to come.”
“We plan to meet with companies representing each step of the power generation and smart energy value chain, including: (1) Upstream polysilicon producers; (2) Midstream wafer, cell, and module manufacturers; (3) BOS/Inverter suppliers; (4) Equipment manufacturers; (5) Downstream players; (6) Energy Storage, Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technology Companies, and (7) Industry experts.”
Craig Irwin will be giving two speeches during the SNEC Conference and EXPO. The closing keynote on June 4th titled “Energy Storage: Emerging Paradigms in Transportation and Utility” during the sub event named 2019 Int’l Energy Storage and Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Engineering Technology Conference. On June 5th, during the 8th Global Green Energy and PV Financial Summit, Mr. Irwin will be on a panel titled “Green finance: What are the various options available and how are they supporting industry growth?”. For details on the SNEC agenda and panels, see - http://www.snec.org.cn/HomePage.aspx?lang=en.
This trip will include booth tours during the SNEC Power Generation and Smart Energy Expo, which will feature nearly 2,000 companies and exhibitors from over 90 countries, a tour of the Human Horizons manufacturing facility, and the WM Motor facility in Shanghai, as well as, a tour of Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment facility in Jiangsu.
Our collective cleantech banking team has been involved in ~170 cleantech transactions over the past decade with a total transaction value of over $16B. (Source – ROTH Capital – 05/17/2019)
ROTH is a founding member of Sustain SoCal (formerly Sustain OC), a trade association with its roots in cleantech economic growth that accelerates sustainability in Southern California through innovation, collaboration and education. ROTH is also a member of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Event sponsors include Business Wire and The Blueshirt Group Asia.
List of participating companies as of this release (As of 05/23/2019 – subject to change):
|Asia Clean Capital||PRIVATE|
|Canadian Solar Inc.||CSIQ|
|Daqo New Energy Corp.||DQ|
|GameChange Solar LP*||PRIVATE|
|Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.||PRIVATE|
|JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.||JKS|
|Longi Green Energy Technology||SSE: 601012|
|Singapore Solar Exchange||PRIVATE|
|Tianjin Zhonghuan*||SZ: 002129|
|Tongwei Co., Ltd||SH: 600438|
|Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment||SZSE: 300450|
|Xinyi Glass||HK: 00968|
*Invited as of 05/23/2019
About Roth Capital Partners, LLC:
ROTH Capital Partners, LLC (ROTH), is a relationship-driven investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors. As a full-service investment bank, ROTH provides capital raising, M&A advisory, analytical research, trading, market-making services and corporate access.
Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., ROTH is privately-held and owned by its employees, and maintains regional offices throughout the U.S. For more information on ROTH, please visit www.roth.com.
BALTIMORE, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- US Wind Inc - the Baltimore-based company responsible for developing one of the nation's largest commercial offshore wind energy project in Maryland - welcomes the Hogan Administration's decision to allow the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Senate Bill 516) to take effect while also pursuing the goal of achieving 100% of clean energy electricity by 2040.
"We look forward to partnering with the Administration in realizing the ambitious goal outlined in the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES) initiative that would require a hundred percent of low- to zero-carbon energy sources in the coming years," said Salvo Vitale, Country Manager of US Wind Inc. "Offshore wind is one of the few clean, renewable energy sources that must provide in-state jobs and is key to generating clean air benefits for for all Marylanders. The additional offshore wind goal called for in the Clean Energy Jobs Act will help reassert Maryland's position as a leader in offshore wind energy generation while also delivering significant economic and job-creation benefits and clean energy independence within the State for generations to come. We are committed to doing our part to ensure that these ambitious and admirable objectives become reality." Unlike other energy sources, offshore wind is required by current Maryland law to produce an economic, environmental and health "net benefit" to the state and its ratepayers.
Mr. Vitale previously testified before the Senate Finance Committee and House Economic Matters Committee urging passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, citing the significant economic benefits that the legislation would make possible by incentivizing the development of 1,200 MegaWatts of additional offshore wind energy off the coast of Maryland.
The benefits of the legislation are significant for Maryland's economy, resulting in the creation of between 5,000 and 7,000 direct jobs; an additional $18 million to be deposited in the Offshore Wind Business Development Fund; approximately $5 billion in new capital expenditures; and thousands of tons more of carbon emissions reduced or avoided altogether.
Earlier this week, US Wind announced that it has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its Meteorological Tower beginning this summer, marking a key milestone in the advancement of its Maryland offshore wind project which is expected to be operational within 2023. US Wind will install up to 32 wind turbines at a distance of approximately 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City that will eventually produce 268 megawatts of offshore wind energy, an amount sufficient to provide 76,000 Maryland homes with clean, renewable energy. It is anticipated that the US Wind project will result in the creation of approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and represent an in-state investment of nearly $1.5 billion.
About US Wind Inc. - www.uswindinc.com
US Wind, based in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded in 2011 and has established a leadership position in offshore wind energy development. US Wind has obtained the federal lease to build a 1,000 Megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm in three phases, the first of which will is underway and is expected to be operational in 2021.
US Wind is fully owned by Renexia S.p.A., a leader in renewable energy development in Italy and the developer of the first offshore wind farm in the Mediterranean Sea. Renexia is a subsidiary of Toto Holding Group. Toto Holding Group has more than 40 years of experience specializing in large infrastructure construction projects, rail transportation and aviation.
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ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standard Solar, a leading solar energy company, applauds its home state of Maryland on the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). The bill will help further advance the solar industry in the state and return Maryland to its rightful place as a leading solar state in the country.
The CEJA raises Maryland’s requirement for renewable energy, requires state planning to reach 100% renewable energy by 2040, and increases funding for clean energy workforce development. According to the Sierra Club, the 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will include a jump from 2.5% in-state solar to 14.5% by 2030. The solar carve-out level in 2028 alone is equal to all of the coal-powered electricity generated in the state in 2017.
Legislators in the state, led by bill sponsor Senator Brian Feldman, worked overtime to get this bill passed and have shown a strong commitment to expanding the solar industry. The legislature also successfully voted to pass an expansion of the community solar pilot program.
“It can’t be said enough how proud we are of the Maryland legislature and we appreciate Governor Hogan’s support in allowing the bill to become law,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. “The long-term effects of this law will green the state’s energy system, create well-paying jobs and help consumers save money on their electrical bills. This fiscal-results driven legislation will set Maryland on the right clean energy path for decades to come.”
The bill is expected to spur the creation of 20,000 new solar jobs, including 5,700 development, manufacturing, and construction jobs and drive billions in direct investment in Maryland’s economy. Additionally, rate payers stand to benefit over the next ten years of in-state investment and generation.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Maryland currently has slightly more than one gigawatt of solar installed, enough to power 120,880 homes. The state’s solar industry employs 4,515 people at more than 240 companies. It ranks as the 14th best solar state in the country, with 61,990 installations currently in place. The bill will increase the access to clean renewable energy for Marylanders statewide and set a new path to welcome the nation’s best organizations and firms seeking clean energy to relocate, expand and grow in-state.
About Standard Solar
Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed and maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies in the US. Owned by Énergir, a leading energy provider with more than $5.8 billion US in assets, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com
JUNO BEACH, Fla., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced the start of construction on its 10 newest solar power plants that are expected to begin powering customers by early 2020:
- FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
- FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
- FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
- FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
- FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center, Baker County
- FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
- FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
- FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center, Martin County
- FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
"FPL is well on its way to making Florida a world leader in solar energy," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "This year alone we're building enough solar to increase our solar capacity by 60% and we are just getting started as we count down to the installation of 30 million panels by 2030. With 18 solar plants in operation and 10 more on the way, we're adding even more emissions-free power to one of the cleanest systems in the nation while consistently keeping our customers' bills among the lowest in the nation."
Today, the company operates approximately 1,250 megawatts of solar capacity across 18 existing solar plants and other smaller installations. Each of the new solar plants will have a capacity of 74.5 megawatts. When the new solar power plants begin serving customers early next year, FPL's total solar capacity will reach nearly 2,000 megawatts – enough to power approximately 400,000 homes.
The new solar plants are another example of FPL's strategy of advancing affordable clean energy that has resulted in customer bills that are 30% below the national average. Purchasing solar panels in bulk and capturing other economies of scale helps FPL build its solar plants cost effectively. These new solar plants are expected to save customers millions of dollars in avoided fuel and other costs over the long term.
Of the new FPL solar power plants, six will support FPL SolarTogetherSM, the company's new community solar program that will be the largest in the country if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.
FPL's ongoing investments in solar play a significant role in the positive impact Florida's solar expansion is having on job creation in the state. Florida ranked second in the nation in 2018 in solar employment, behind California, according to The Solar Foundation. Each of the ten new solar plants FPL is building this year is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction.
Florida's largest generator of solar energy
FPL currently operates 18 solar power plants, two that feature innovative energy storage, and hundreds of smaller solar installations*. Florida's largest generator of solar power, FPL has approximately 1,250 megawatts of universal solar capacity, including:
- FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, Charlotte County
- FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
- FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
- FPL Citrus Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
- FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
- FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
- FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam counties
- FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
- FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
- FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
- FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County
- FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade County
- FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia County
- FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
- FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia County
- FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
- FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County*
- Solar research installation at Florida International University, Miami-Dade County*
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2018 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fifth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2019 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Banyan Water, the leading provider of total water management software, today announced it is expanding its partnership with BH Management—one of the largest multifamily property management firms in the U.S.—as the preferred smart irrigation provider for the firm’s properties.
In 2018 alone, BH Management experienced 55 percent water savings across 11 of its properties with Banyan Water Central, Banyan’s total water management software. The firm has also saved a total of 40 million gallons since installation and plans to implement Banyan Water Central across a number of new properties in 2019.
“Since we’ve implemented Banyan’s smart irrigation technology, we’ve seen a significant reduction in our water bill and have substantially mitigated our risk of water leaks,” said Joanna Zabriskie, President of BH Management. “We look forward to expanding with Banyan in 2019 as our preferred provider and to conserve even more water across our portfolio.”
Banyan Water uses a combination of real-time metering, zone-controlled irrigation and meteorological data to monitor and maintain indoor usage and outdoor irrigation efficiency. Banyan’s cloud-based software also detects leaks in real time to avoid detrimental property damage and exorbitant water bills.
“We’re seeing more and more multifamily properties embrace water management solutions that enable facility managers to visualize how water is being used on their sites,” said Gillan Taddune, CEO of Banyan. “BH Management has made a significant investment in sustainable practices, and we’re excited to augment their water conservation strategies with a total water management solution that both protects precious resources and delivers quantifiable ROI.”
For more information about Banyan Water, visit www.banyanwater.com.
About Banyan Water
Founded in 2011, Banyan Water is the leading provider of total water management software for the built environment. Using smart devices and real-time monitoring and analytics, Banyan protects Earth’s most precious resource while generating untapped revenue for clients. Since the company’s inception, Banyan has saved more than 3 billion gallons of water—equivalent to the resources required to make 150 million pints of beer—and in 2018, increased customer asset value by $20 million. For more information, visit www.banyanwater.com.
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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of 10 projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program, Duration Addition to electricitY Storage.
The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) recently concluded a year-long series of white papers examining state-level efforts to modernize the American utility grid. As we’ve previously explored, the creation of a stable, sustainable electric grid is a vital step towards a future in which consumers have greater choice over the source of their power.