IKEA has announced plans to increase the solar array atop its Boston-area store. Last month, IKEA began work on a 58,575-square-foot store expansion, atop which new panels will be installed beginning Spring 2014, with a summer completion expected. The 51,516-square-foot solar addition will consist of a 312-kW system, built with 1,248 panels, and will produce 383,200 kWh more of electricity annually for the store. Including the existing system, IKEA Stoughton’s total 902.8-kW solar installation of 5,468 panels will generate 1,078,200 kWh of clean electricity yearly.
Genomatica was voted #1 for the third year in a row in Biofuels Digest’s 30 Hottest in Renewable Chemicals and Biobased Materials competition. Genomatica has earned the top spot on the list every year since it was started in 2011. Genomatica’s #1 ranking resulted from voting from 100 invited industry experts; survey responses from thousands of Biofuels Digest subscribers; and social media, including tweets, Likes and ‘hot picture’ submissions.
Vestas has announced a 108 MW wind turbine order from S.C. Crucea Wind Farm S.R.L. / STEAG GmbH for the wind power plant Crucea North, located in the Constanta county in the province of Dobrogea, Romania. The order includes supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines, along with a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution as well as a 10-year full-scope service agreement. Delivery is planned to start in April 2014 and the wind farm is expected to be completed by December 2014.
PetroEnergy Resources Corporation has disclosed that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) granted the certificate of compliance (COC) to the Maibarara Geothermal Inc.’s (MGI) 20-megawatt power plant located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The COC clears the way for MGI to start commercial operations of its plant, the first project under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008. MGI expects its plant to go online before year end as planned.