FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norway’s Equinor has bought a 9.7 percent stake in renewable energy producer Scatec Solar, raising its ownership to 10 percent, the state-controlled energy firm said on Thursday.“The investment in Scatec Solar will increase Equinor’s exposure to a fast growing renewable sector, further complementing Equinor’s portfolio with profitable solar energy,” Equinor said in a statement. “This is in line with our strategy to develop into a broad energy company,” it said.It paid 700 million Norwegian crowns ($82.55 million) for the stake, corresponding to about 63.5 crowns per share, a premium of 4.8 percent over Wednesday’s closing price on the Oslo stock market.In partnership with Scatec, Equinor entered its first solar development project in 2017 in Brazil, followed by a second joint project in Argentina in June 2018.Equinor has also invested heavily in offshore wind turbine projects.More: Equinor takes Scatec stake in solar energy push Norway’s Equinor continues renewables expansion, ups stake in solar company
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Following its routine end-of-quarter order intake flurry, Vestas reached over 4.6GW of new turbine orders during the second quarter of 2019. On top of the 3GW it won in Q1, Vestas is flying ahead of its 2018 total.In total, Vestas has won a little over 7.61GW of new turbine orders so far in 2019. This total is 40% more than the same period of 2018, when Vestas won 5.44GW on its way to securing 14.2GW across all of 2018.This means Vestas is already over halfway to last year’s total, in a market where many deals are agreed in the final six months of the year. In 2018, 62% of Vestas’ orders were awarded in the second half of the year.As with 2018, the U.S. remained the dominant market for Vestas. It secured 11 deals across the first six months of the year totaling 3,072MW ranging from 143MW to a 459MW deal with PacifiCorp.More: Vestas orders up 40% in first half of 2019 Strong U.S. demand pushes Vestas wind turbine orders well above 2018 levels
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:Arizona Public Service Co. will produce all of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 and will get 45% of its power from renewable sources like solar and wind by the end of this decade, the company announced Wednesday.Meeting those goals will mean closing the company’s coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico by 2031, seven years ahead of schedule. The APS coal-fired Cholla Power Plant in Arizona already is scheduled to close in 2025.APS gets about 22% of its energy from those coal plants today.In addition to the energy it gets from coal today, APS gets just over one-fourth of its power from natural gas, meaning it will have to replace nearly half its energy supply by the midpoint of this century to meet the new goal.APS also runs the largest nuclear plant in the country, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which is about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix. It gets about 25% of its energy from the plant, which is co-owned by several utilities from California to Texas.[Ryan Randazzo]More: APS will eliminate carbon emissions by 2050 and close coal plant ahead of schedule, CEO says Arizona utility APS to exit coal by 2031, be carbon-free by 2050
Latest solar auction in India gets record-low price, strong interest from foreign companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mercom India:The Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) latest auction saw a record low bid of ₹2.36 (~$0.0313)/kWh.The auction was conducted for 2 GW of the interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected solar projects (Tranche IX). This is about 3.3% lower than the previous lowest quoted tariff of ₹2.44 (~$0.032)/kWh. ACME had quoted a tariff of ₹2.44 (~$0.032)/kWh in two of SECI’s auctions; one for 3 GW and another for 2 GW of ISTS-connected solar projects held in July 2018.The L1 (lowest) tariff was quoted by Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica SA, Avikaran Surya India Private Limited (Enel Green Power), Amp Energy Green Private Limited, Eden Renewables, and ib vogt Singapore Private Limited quoted the second-lowest tariff of ₹2.37 (~$0.0314)/kWh.AMP Energy won 100 MW of projects, while the other companies won 300 MW of projects each.A SECI official confirmed the auction results stating that “We are happy to note a few first-timers and a majority of the winners are foreign companies, which is encouraging. And of course, the tariff is low, which is very good.”The winning bidders were from seven different countries; Solarpack (Spain), Enel Green Power (Italy), Amp Energy (Canada), Eden Renewables (France), ib vogt (Germany), Ayana Renewable (United Kingdom) and ReNew Power (India).[Nithin Thomas Prasad]More: SECI’s 2 GW solar auction gets India a new record-low tariff of ₹2.36/kWh
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mercom India:Tata Power announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tata Power Green Energy Limited (TPGEL), received a letter of award (LoA) to develop a 225 MW hybrid renewable power project.The LoA was awarded from its Mumbai-based distribution company (DISCOM) – TataPower Mumbai Distribution. The project will be used to supply power to the DISCOM under a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 25 years.According to the press statement, Tata Power’s renewable energy generating capacity will increase to 3,782 MW after the addition of this project. Of this, 2,637 MW capacity is currently operational, and the remaining 1,145 MW is under implementation, including 225 MW secured under this LoA.Last month, Tata Power had issued a request for selection (RfS) to produce power on a long-term basis for a 225 MW hybrid renewable power project. The minimum project size of a single hybrid power project was 25 MW of wind with at least 5 MW at one site for an intra-state project. The capacity for inter-state projects will be 50 MW at one location to be interconnected at a single delivery point.According to the tender document, the rated installed project capacity of either of the two components should be more than 25% of the other. Further, the wind component should be capped at a maximum of 50% of the project capacity.The project is required to be commissioned within 18 months from the date of execution of the PPA, the company added. Tata Power also said that the project is expected to generate 700 million units (MU) of energy every year, offsetting about 700 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere.More: Tata Power Green receives letter of award for a 225 MW solar-wind hybrid project Tata Power unit wins bid to build 225MW hybrid wind-solar project in India
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. continues to explore the possibility of building an offshore wind project in Lake Erie to deliver power for New York state, as development zones off the Atlantic Coast remain in limited supply.Diamond Offshore Wind, a unit of Mitsubishi Corp., stirred up local opposition last year after submitting an interconnection request with New York’s grid operator for potential capacity in eastern Lake Erie. The developer still believes offshore wind turbines are a good solution for the Great Lakes region as states seek more renewable power and clean energy jobs, CEO Chris Wissemann told GTM.Diamond Offshore Wind was encouraged by a white paper from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released this summer, looking at the state’s options for meeting its 70 percent renewable energy target for 2030. In the white paper, NYSERDA called for a feasibility study to “explore and confirm” the potential benefits of offshore wind in the Great Lakes.At this stage, Diamond still does not have a specific project under development in Lake Erie. “We’re watching earnestly to see if New York, through this feasibility study, concludes that projects are worthwhile in the Great Lakes,” Wissemann said. “If so, and if that ultimately turns into a solicitation in the next year or two, we’d be keenly interested in participating.”Offshore wind development has moved at a snail’s pace in the Great Lakes, despite longstanding interest and big potential. Much of the focus to date has been on the Icebreaker project offshore Cleveland, backed by the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.Wissemann said future Great Lakes projects will look more like those shaping up along the Atlantic Coast: larger and more competitive on cost. Winter ice endemic to the Great Lakes is not an engineering challenge for turbines affixed to the seabed, and there’s no need to demonstrate any particular technology for freshwater projects to advance, he said. “I think you can go bigger, faster in the Great Lakes.”[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: Mitsubishi eyes Great Lakes for offshore wind development Mitsubishi unit sees potential in offshore wind projects in U.S. Great Lakes region
Our favorite web videos from the week that was:1. Beer City? More Like Beats CityIt’s almost the weekend so kick it off with this beer-themed gem from Explore Asheville celebrating the uniqueness of the WNC beer scene, which is robust. The production value far exceeds expectations here.2. Old Guys RuleIf this doesn’t inspire you, don’t know what will. Love the contrast in tactics here: long strides vs. choppy steps and check out the closing speed on Mr. Choppy!3. This Late Old Guy In ParticularEd Abbey. Legend.“Wrenched” trailer from ML Lincoln Films on Vimeo.4. Hit the Way Back ButtonThis video won an award…or being extreme.Progression in Regression – 2013 Bridger Bowl Point and Chute – 1st Place from Bridger Brigade on Vimeo.5. Birthday BoySome of these videos can get a little high and mighty with the minimalism and the skid living and the pure stoke-ness of it all, and this vid is no exception with a fairly holier-than-thou-because-I-climb monolog at the top. So you like to be a dirtbag and do your own thing, get over it. That being said: sweet video.35 from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo.
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If you haven’t gotten out to Bryce Resort’s new bike park, now — or more specifically, Saturday, October 25 — will be the perfect opportunity. The Bryce Bike Bonanza, which the resort intends to make an annual event, will hook you up this weekend with unique races, delicious food, numerous giveaways, and a fantastic day on your wheels – available to anyone purchasing a ticket to the park for the day!The Bryce Mountain Bike Park, as of early 2014, features 7 lift-accessed trails. The trails, each carefully designed and cut into the mountain, vary in difficulty and offer a range of terrain fit for any level biker. The park even offers a “learning center” for beginners and those looking to pick up or practice new skills. The best part? No need to waste your energy on uphill drab! The “Quad Lift” carries both you and your trusty bike to the top of each trail, so you can focus on the fun to come on the way back down.Visit the park for the Bryce Bike Bonanza, and you’ll find some seriously unbeatable deals. The event promises to host prize giveaways every half hour throughout the day, for a chance to win jerseys, t-shirts, commemorative pint glasses, and stickers. Plus, at both 1 PM and 4 PM, look out for you chance to snag a free season pass to the resort. Independent vendors will also offer their own prize packages. For everything else on your list, don’t pass up a special 25-percent off sale on all items in the Retail Shop, including huge savings on past rental equipment. Finally, because you’re bound to work up a big appetite, the Grill and Beer tent will be open all day, with a Happy Hour from 12 to 2 PM.Feeling daring? Check out the Bike Bonanza Chainless Race, the second of its kind after the All-Mountain Bike Festival. Say goodbye to your bike chain and hop on the Sundowner trail for the adrenaline rush you’ve been waiting for. The race will take place at 5 PM, just as the sun begins to set, so get ready to bask in the glow of the moon and the bright slope lights!A day pass for $32 to the mountain during the Bryce Bike Bonanza will not only give you access to the whole bike park, but will also send you home with a park sticker, waterbottle, and 50-percent off coupon for a future pass. You’ll also be able to take advantage of an exclusive 2015 Season Pass offer for only $185. Grab your ticket now for a jam-packed day at the Bryce Bike Bonanza.
Minnesota singer/songwriter Charlie Parr returns with a brand new record.I fell in love with Charlie Parr’s music back in 2011, when I first heard “Jesus Met The Woman At The Well” off of his release Keep Your Hands On The Plow. Charlie’s sandpaper voice and old time banjo wailings captivated me, and I have been following him ever since.Steeped in gospel, folk, and blues, Charlie has been putting out records since 1999 that call to mind the deepest richness of Americana. On each record I hear echoes of the Appalachians and New Orleans, the Piedmont of North Carolina and the wide open prairies of the Midwest. Like a freight train chugging across country, Charlie pulls in sonic passengers and mashes them together, much like the beans and rice he often cooks on his manifold (more on that later).The end result is a music that is, perhaps, more singularly American than any other.I recently caught up with Charlie to chat about the new record, Spam, and manifold cuisine.BRO – You ventured outside of your native Minnesota to record Stumpjumper and this is your first project with a full band. What pushed you outside of your comfort zone for this project?CP – Phil Cook did. He’s been a great friend and supporter for me, and he encouraged me to get out and try something different. I’m glad I did, and if it hadn’t worked I know I still would have benefited from trying it.BRO – Stumpjumper is all originals, with the exception of “Delia.” What is it about this classic murder ballad that made you include it on the record?CP – “Delia” has been part of my personal soundtrack for ages. It just covers a lot – loneliness, regret, unrequited love, justice and injustice, grief. The different versions, and there are several recorded that date back to at least the mid-1920s, are varied and all have some amazing lines, and the whole thing started with one horrible night in 1895, which gives it the gravity it has.BRO – I know you play a variety of instruments. When you hear a song, during the writing process, do you hear it on a specific instrument or do you have to play around with it until you find the right match?CP – I actually don’t play a variety of instruments. I play guitar (reso and twelve string) and banjo, but I play them all the same. The songs I write can be played on any of the three, and it’s just kind of a mood thing, when it comes time to play, as to which sound I want to hear while I’m playing a particular song. So it changes from time to time, and recording is just another time, so it depends on what I feel like doing just then.BRO – We are featuring “Over The Red Cedar” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?CP – It’s just kind of a meditation inspired by a conversation I’ve been hearing lately that usually goes along the lines of folks thinking times are okay, and then it turns out that they’re not. I walk a lot and find myself walking to water whenever there’s some around, so at least there’s that.BRO – You grew up in the hometown of Hormel. Be honest . . . did you ever get tired of Spam?CP – We rarely ate Spam, and for many years now I haven’t eaten any meat. When I was a kid, my dad preferred beef and cooked a mean chili. I don’t know for sure, but it might be that when you work in a pork processing plant, you might develop an aversion to certain foods. I can’t say for sure, I’m just guessing. Beans and rice will never let you down.BRO – When will manifold cooking gain distinction as haute cuisine?CP – Never. It’s too practical, not good for folks with control issues, resists a lot of variation, can be messy on your upholstery during prep, and is prone to unspectacular failures.It looks like Charlie is taking the month of May off from touring, but fans from the Midwest to the Rockies can catch him once June rolls around.For more information on Charlie, where his tour is taking him, or how to get your hands on Stumpjumper, please surf on over to Charlie’s website. Also, be sure to take a listen to “Over The Red Cedar” on this month’s Trail Mix.And, if you want to get your hands on a copy of Charlie’s brand new record for free, Trail Mix and the fine folks at Red House Records would like to make that happen. Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner from all of the correct responses received by noon on Thursday, May 7th, will have a brand new copy of Stumpjumper shipped right to his or her own personal mailbox!Question . . . . As mentioned above, Charlie grew up in the hometown of Hormel. What Minnesota town would that be?And remember . . . . email your answers in. Putting the answer in the comment box below is just no fun for anyone!