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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd., one of India’s largest clean energy companies, has appointed Ajay K Goel as President Solar & Chief New Businesses. In his current role, Ajay will be responsible for building new businesses on the distributed side of the solar sector focusing on commercial, industrial and residential segments.
  • Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. and its development partner Golden Square Energy, have put two solar power plants in operation near Cambridge in the United Kingdom. After having received planning consent for the Fenland Farm and the Green End PV parks in November 2014 and December 2014 respectively, construction and grid connection of both projects took place in the first quarter of 2015, on time to operate under the 1.4 ROC scheme.
  • MPOWERD Inc., the maker of Luci inflatable solar lights, announced that they have signed a 5-year deal with one of the world’s leading medical supply distributors, UK & US-based Durbin Group. The deal significantly expands the presence of MPOWERD’s solar lights in the NGO and humanitarian aid sector, as Durbin will market the lights throughout its vast network of charitable clients in 180 countries. The companies project that millions of units will be distributed over the course of the 5 year contract.
  • AWS Truepower, LLC, an international leader in renewable energy consulting and information services, announced a major upgrade to Windographer, its market-leading software for analyzing, visualizing, and validating wind resource data from meteorological towers and remote sensing systems. Version 4 allows users to perform numerous tasks more effectively and in less time, while retaining the intuitive, easy-to-use interface that has made the software so popular.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Belltown Power announced it has commissioned four solar projects totaling 50MW in the UK. Belltown’s in house engineering team managed the projects from consent stage through construction and into operations, successfully delivering all four projects ahead of the 31 March deadline for 1.4 ROCs.
  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. has announced it has closed the previously announced acquisition of two operational wind power facilities totaling 351 MW from Wind Capital Group, LLC and its affiliates for a final purchase price of $242 million plus assumed net debt of $102 million. The acquisition includes ownership interests in the 201 MW Post Rock Wind facility in Kansas, and the 150 MW Lost Creek Wind facility in Missouri.
  • Renova Solar, a Palm Desert, CA-based solar installer and SunPower Master Dealer, has received the SunPower “Residential National Dealer of the Year” award for its outstanding performance as a SunPower dealer in 2014.
  • Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has been named to the Grid Edge 20 – the top 20 companies in the nation that are transforming the energy industry – by Greentech Media. FPL was singled out for its industry-leading approach to the grid, using technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among the best in the nation.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDF1 Azure Power, an independent power producer in the Indian solar power sector, has announced the commissioning of its largest (100 MW) solar plant under India’s National Solar Mission (NSM) policy in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Azure Power had won this project under the NSM Phase-2 Batch I to supply power to Solar Energy Corporation of India, for 25 years. With the commissioning of this project, Azure Power is now the single largest owner and operator of solar PV projects under the NSM with a cumulative operational capacity of 142MWs under this policy.
  • Atlantic Wind & Solar, Inc. subsidiary Atlantic Solar has announced that its new 130 KW AC/137.25 KW DC fixed solar array featuring 450 multi-crystalline modules, located in Ontario Canada, is now powering the grid. With the formal receipt of a notice of Commercial Operation (COD) from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) this marks the final step in the construction and connection of this solar plant. The power will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority at a rate of 71.3 cents per Kwh for 20 years.
  • CenturyLink, Inc. has announced the opening of a new data center in central Washington, adding hydro-electric-powered data center services to CenturyLink’s hybrid IT services portfolio. The facility offers global enterprises low power costs, and its high resiliency and geographic location make it ideal for cloud and disaster recovery solutions. The data center, located in Moses Lake, Washington, will ultimately support up to 30 megawatts of IT load on the site, with an initial ramp to 8 megawatts.
  • The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, a USD 50 million investment in CEC Africa Investments Limited, a multinational power company headquartered in Nigeria and Zambia. CEC Africa (CECA) seeks to acquire and develop distribution and transmission assets and complementary greenfield generation projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. By investing across the energy value chain (generation, transmission, and distribution), CECA aims to reduce electricity losses while improving the overall economics in Africa’s power sector.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The National Geothermal Summit is around the corner, taking place June 3-4, 2015 in Reno, Nevada. On tap – key players in the geothermal industry will discuss the outlook for geothermal power in the Silver State and beyond under the theme: “Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality”. The annual event is put on by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) and attendees will hear from Councilwoman Naomi Duerr, Reno City Council; Paul Thomsen, director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy; and, John Ruhs, acting state director, Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office; among many other influential members of the sector.
  • PSI Repair Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries and leading independent service provider (ISP) to the wind energy industry, announced today that it recently shipped its 20,000th repaired wind turbine part to a prominent wind energy company. Since 2009, PSI has provided economical repairs, as well as industry-leading engineering services that include product upgrades, for the largest wind farms in the United States.
  • Golden Age Resources, Inc. has announced construction plans and financing on Cogeneration Pilot Project. Thomas Wolff, Vice President of Golden Age Resources Mexico S de R.L. noted, “The 100Kw Biomass to Energy Plan will build as a scalable WTE (Waste to Energy) Plant with a 2 Mw/hour output by using organic municipal and/or sisal waste with planned implementation of the new fuel cell technology provided from our Strategic Alliance Partner GEI Global Energy Corp.” As soon as the plant reaches initial planned capacity of 2mW/Hr the total energy produced will be 17.52 gW/Yr. The energy generated from the WTE plant will be sold to the Commission Federal de Electricidad with a signed 20 year PPA.
  • Tri Global Energy, the utility-scale renewable energy company with wind farm projects located in Texas and New Mexico, leads Texas as the developer on nearly one quarter of all wind energy projects currently under construction in the state, according to the Q1 2015 Market Report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The U.S. wind energy industry is in the middle of a near record expansion, with over 13,600 MW of capacity in construction at 100 sites in 23 states, according to AWEA’s Q1 2015 Market Report.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Waaree Energies Ltd. has dispatched over 1000 solar lanterns to be freely distributed to the earthquake affected families in Nepal. Once completely charged, these solar lanterns can work up to eight hours and they can also be used to charge mobile phones. This would provide the much needed respite to those who are stressed due to non-availability of power. Most of the earthquake affected areas are still under darkness, while power restoration work is underway.
  • GlobalData’s report, “Wind Regains Momentum in 2014 and Industry Outlook Improves,” reveals that the global wind turbine market is expected to see increased growth in the coming years. In 2014, the global market experienced substantial improvement, reaching nearly 45% growth over 2013 in terms of annual installations, or 52 GW. GlobalData forecasts the cumulative wind installed capacity to reach 425 GW in 2015, an increase of 14%, as the global new wind turbine order intake rose by 44% in Q1 2015 over Q1 2014, or an 8% increase over Q4 2014.
  • The Waste to Wisdom (W2W) project has launched a new website highlighting the 3-year effort and its objective to make better use of forest residues from timber harvests and thinning. W2W is funded by a $5.88 million grant from the DOE and is led by Humboldt State University with assistance from 15 regional partners. The grant is part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. A key focus of the new website is to outline how the project addresses a core problem surrounding forest residues.
  • Three central New Jersey green energy companies have joined forces to develop and operate solar projects that make businesses and communities more resilient to power failures. Called the Resilient Solar Alliance (RSA), the joint venture provides power from clean energy systems at costs lower than available through traditional power sources. RSA makes innovative solar/battery hybrid energy systems that utilize state-of-the-art software, technology and design.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The VELUX Group and the social business Little Sun have announced a partnership with the NGO Plan International to distribute a new solar lamp – the Natural Light solar lamp – in three African countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia and Senegal. The partnership with Plan International will deliver sustainable solar-powered light to people living off-grid in areas without electricity, through a program that involves and empowers local communities.
  • Soventix Chile SPA and JA Solar have announced the establishment of a joint venture in Santiago de Chile that will develop large scale solar photovoltaic power projects in Chile.
  • Envision Energy has announced that it aims to install a superconductive generator on one of its most advanced wind turbines. The product named EcoSwing generator is designed for a +3 MW class direct drive turbine, and will provide enough electricity to power 1000 households.
  • Green Charge Networks‘ intelligent energy storage solution was named a Finalist in the new category, Energy Industry Innovation of the Year category in the 2015 American Business Awards. This category recognizes singular innovations in energy-related technology, production, conservation, storage or delivery, by an organization in the U.S.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Trina Solar Limited has announced that it has set up Trina Solar Science & Technology (Thailand) Ltd., a subsidiary company in Thailand to build a manufacturing facility with 500 MW of module and 700 MW of cell production capacity. Trina Solar will invest US $160 million in the facility, which is located in Rayong of Thailand. Production is projected to commence in late 2015 or early 2016.
  • Agility Fuel Systems, a designer and producer of natural gas fuel storage and delivery systems for heavy duty trucks and buses, announced today it will be opening a 204,000 square foot production facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. The new facility, expected to commence production later in 2015, is strategically located north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in order to be in close proximity to heavy duty truck and bus OEM assembly plants.
  • In a new report, “U.S. Distributed PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors,” GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting identify a wide range of competitors entering the distributed PV operations and maintenance and asset management market, which the duo forecasts to reach $803 million by 2020. According to the report, asset management encompasses the ongoing financial, commercial and administrative tasks related to a PV installation. Operations and maintenance (O&M), also covered in the report, encompass the array of technical activities that enable PV systems to produce energy efficiently and within regulatory guidelines.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Penske Truck Leasing a $400,000 grant for the company’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Demonstration and Enhanced Driver Experience Project, to be administered by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Penske will utilize the funds to further introduce alternative fuel vehicles to its customer base.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has appointed Kristian Ruby as Chief Policy Officer. Ruby is a widely recognised expert in sustainability communication and political affairs. He joins EWEA from Danish consultancy Operate, where he was manager in the sustainability team, specialising in climate, environment and energy issues.
  • IKEA has announced it had officially plugged-in Kansas’ largest rooftop solar array, atop the recently opened IKEA Merriam. The 92,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 730.17-kW DC system, comprised of 2,394 panels, and will produce approximately 986,800 kWh of electricity annually for the store.
  • Germany will become the world’s leading market for annual offshore wind turbine installations in 2015, with the country set to add an impressive 2,071 Megawatts (MW) this year, an almost fourfold increase from the 529 MW added in 2014, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. “Wind Regains Momentum in 2014 and Industry Outlook Improves,” finds that global annual offshore wind installations will more than double, from 1,681 MW in 2014 to 3,903 MW in 2015, with a dip to 3,255 MW forecast for 2016.
  • Weekend Business Report, hosted by Ileana Bravo, will air a Special Report featuring Ryder System, CNG 4 America, Consolidate Energy Solutions and more where they will look at many of today’s critical energy and environment issues. The report will take an in-depth Deep Dive look at natural gas and how clean burning fuels like Compressed Natural Gas [CNG] and Liquid Natural Gas [LNG] are not only having a positive environmental impact and helping to secure our energy future, but doing so using clean domestic natural gas while creating jobs and saving money for enterprises.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Mississippi Power is expanding its renewable generation portfolio with an agreement to team on another utility-scale solar electric generating farm, this time with solar provider Origis Energy. The company, and Origis, are working to develop a 52 MW solar project on 485 acres in Sumrall, Miss. pending approval by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
  • More than 104,000 Illinois residents now work in the clean energy sector, according to a new report released today called “Clean Jobs Illinois”. The report found employment in the Illinois clean energy economy grew by 7.8 percent the past 15 months alone, with more than 7,500 new clean energy jobs added statewide.
  • Renmatix has announced that it has acquired existing assets of the former Mascoma corporation’s 56,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Rome, NY. The new Feedstock Processing Facility is dedicated to the first step in conversion to cellulosic sugar (from different types of biomass materials) utilizing proprietary Plantrose process conditions. The FPF opened officially on April 20, 2015, as the third U.S. location for Renmatix.
  • Finavera Wind Energy Inc. has announced it has signed a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of Solar Alliance of America, Inc., thus entering the U.S. market. Under the terms of the Agreement, Finavera will acquire Solar Alliance for 11,915,238 shares of the Company and contingent payments of up to $4 million USD in cash comprised of up to four installments of $1 million USD.

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  • http://energy.agwired.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors to provide an inverter solution that will allow for grid and photovoltaic integration with Tesla’s home battery solution, the Powerwall. The joint development by SolarEdge and Tesla builds on SolarEdge’s DC optimized inverter solution and Tesla’s automotive-grade energy storage technology to enable more cost-effective residential solar generation, storage, and consumption for the global market.
  • AWEA WINDPOWER 2015 Conference & Exhibition is taking place in Orlando, Florida May 18-21, 2015. Industry leaders such as GE Power & Water, Siemens, DNV GL and more will deliver insights on the technology trends spurring a “wind rush” across the country, in places like Texas, Michigan and soon the Southeast.
  • Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development have dedicated the 250 MW Copper Mountain Solar 3 facility in Boulder City, Nev. Situated on 1,400 acres, it is the third phase of the landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex, currently among the largest PV solar power installations in the U.S. The entire complex, which also includes the recently completed 58-MW second phase of Copper Mountain Solar 2, is capable of generating more than 450 MW of power.
  • The Urban Air Initiative has joined with a broad cross section of public and private interest groups supporting the call for more aggressive regional pollution control measures in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Working together as Clean Fuels Omaha, the campaign was launched to support measures outlined by the Metropolitan Area Planing Agency (MAPA). One program, the Little Steps-Big Impact Air Quality Initiative, is an annual campaign to educate the public on the impacts of ground level ozone on air quality, and the steps that can be taken to reduce emissions.