BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1According to AgWeek magazine, Algeria-based Cevital plans to build a corn-based ethanol plant in Brazil’s leading grains producer Mato Grosso state. Cevital’s representatives met with Mato Grosso Governor Pedro Taques to detail their plans and negotiate terms of the investment, including environmental licensing and tax incentives. The proposed plant would be installed in the municipality of Vera, close to the main soy and corn hubs of Sorriso and Lucas do Rio Verde, along the BR-163 highway used to transport a large part of the state’s grain output to the main southern Brazilian ports of Santos and Paranagua.
  • SunPower Corp. and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced plans for 5.2 MW (DC) of SunPower systems to be installed on rooftops and in parking lots on the university’s campus. UCSB will buy the electricity produced by the systems at a competitive rate under a long-term power purchase agreement with SunPower. UCSB estimates the systems will generate about 12 percent of the campus’s total electricity use, and will reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions by six percent.
  • Georgia Power has announced its support of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s (GPB) two new, interactive in-classroom video series: Chemistry Matters and Physics Fundamentals. The company’s support is part of a longstanding dedication to improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Georgia and includes a $500,000 donation by the Georgia Power Foundation.
  • BlueWave, a solar development and fintech company, headquartered in Boston, MA, and MS Solar Solutions Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, have announced they will develop, co-invest and jointly own a Community Solar portfolio of more than 25 MW in Massachusetts scheduled for completion in 2016. The relationship with Morgan Stanley represents BlueWave’s first major financing for its Community Solar product, a product it plans to launch elsewhere in the U.S. in 2016.