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CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDF Renewables, Canada today announced the signing of a 20-year Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA) with the Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) for the renewable attributes related to the 201.6 megawatt (MW) Cypress Wind Project. The contract, secured through Round 2 of the Renewable Electricity Program’s (REP2) competitive procurement process managed by the AESO on behalf of the Alberta Government, represents a partnership between EDF Renewables, Canada and the Blood Tribe.

Cypress Wind is located on approximately 11,400 acres of privately owned land southeast of Medicine Hat, in Cypress County, Alberta, in the Traditional Territory of the Blood Tribe. The project is expected to create more than 250 jobs at peak construction along with millions of dollars injected into the local economy. When operational in 2021, the electricity generated at full capacity will power up to 100,000 average Alberta homes. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020, following the receipt of all required provincial and municipal approvals and permits.

“EDF Renewables is honored to partner with the Blood Tribe and support their tradition of turning innovative economic development strategies into sustainable businesses like the Cypress Wind Project,” said David Warner, development manager for EDF Renewables Canada. “In the past year, the Cypress Wind Project team engaged with community members, local government officials and local businesses to make sure that the final design was socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. Our goal is to minimize potential impacts to the environment, local stakeholders and Indigenous communities and to bring important economic opportunities to the Blood Tribe and Alberta businesses.”

Chief Roy Fox of the Blood Tribe praised the opportunity for his Nation to participate in the Cypress Wind Project, “For more than 70 years, the Blood Tribe of southern Alberta has played a key role in the success of Alberta’s energy sector. Our Reserve is Canada’s largest and these unique and diverse lands and associated natural resources have historically attracted many Alberta industries. The wind and solar resources over the Blood Tribe Traditional and Ancestral Lands are similarly attractive to the renewable energy industry and it is time we participated actively in their development instead of watching from the sidelines. The REP2 Indigenous Community participation requirement provided the opportunity to own a renewable energy facility in partnership with a world-class developer. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with EDF Renewables in the Cypress Wind Project.”

Indigena Capital, LP, an investment firm specializing in partnering exclusively with Tribal Nations in the U.S. and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, acted as the technical, transaction, and financial partner to the Blood Tribe in respect of the REP2 program. Chief Fox commented, “We are pleased that our partnership with Indigena Capital continues to bring about opportunities designed to assist us in our ultimate goal of attaining financial sovereignty and look forward to realizing the economic benefit from Cypress Wind.” President of Indigena, Christine Robertson added, “Indigena Capital is delighted to be working with the Blood Tribe and EDF Renewables to provide capital for a project and a partnership of this caliber.”

About EDF Renewables North America:

EDF Renewables North America is a market leading independent power producer and service provider with over 30 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage, EV charging and energy management; and asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial skills to maximize performance of generating projects. EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 10 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. In Canada, the Company has 1,600 MW of wind and solar power facilities in service or under construction and 4,200 MW under development. EDF Renewables is a subsidiary of EDF Renouvelables, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group. For more information visit: www.edf-re.com

About the Blood Tribe:

The Blood Tribe is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and a Treaty 7 Nation. Located approximately 200 kilometers south of Calgary, Alberta, the Blood Tribe has the largest Reserve in Canada, encompassing nearly 560 square miles, with over 13,000 members both on and off-Reserve. The Blood Tribe’s focus on business enterprises is anchored by decades of oil and gas development on their lands, and in their operation of the largest irrigation project in Canada.

About Indigena:

The principals of Indigena have specialized in partnering exclusively with Tribal Nations in the United States and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada for over three decades. In response to Nations’ requests to help build their economies, Indigena’s principals have partnered in over 70 transactions, invested $450 million of direct capital and sourced $1.7 billion in joint venture capital. Indigena partners with Indigenous Nations to assess their unique rights and resources, investing early stage capital to assist them in taking an active role in development. Through disciplined capital allocation, the return expectations of investors can be met while creating the foundation for self-sustaining economies for Nations. Please visit: www.indigenacapital.com

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading clean energy developer Community Energy Inc. today announced the approval of a 70-megawatt (MW) solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Adams County, Pennsylvania to power government facilities in Philadelphia.

The solar farm, named Adams Solar LLC, will produce enough electricity to operate 22 percent of Philadelphia government buildings by 2020. The project is the largest in Pennsylvania by sevenfold, and a significant step toward the City’s clean energy goal of sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

Adams Solar LLC will sell 100 percent of its power under a 20-year contract to The Philadelphia Energy Authority, an independent city agency. The project will generate 156,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy in the first year of operation, eliminating more than 4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the project.

“The Philadelphia solar commitment demonstrates impressive and much-needed leadership on climate change in Pennsylvania,” said Brent Alderfer, Community Energy CEO and co-founder. “As the costs of climate change go up, Philadelphia is showing the way for municipalities to secure reliable, long-term solar power to decarbonize and head off irreversible climate damage.”

An Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) will use best efforts to incorporate minority, women and disabled-person owned businesses into the Adams Solar LLC project. Job fairs for sub-contractors and the workforce will be held in both Philadelphia and Adams County. Community Energy’s efforts will connect to existing solar training opportunities, such as recent Philadelphia Energy Authority initiatives.

This latest large-scale solar project by Community Energy reflects shifting energy production and sourcing trends that extend well beyond the state of Pennsylvania. According to a report by GTM Research and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), constituents are calling on government officials to set renewable energy goals that will bring reliable, climate-friendly energy to their communities. As requests for clean power translate into municipal sustainability goals, the industry is witnessing an acceleration of utility-scale project deployment and that growth is expected to continue.

“This project not only helps Philadelphia demonstrate leadership on climate action, but it also makes good economic sense and helps to boost regional job growth in the renewable energy sector,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “We thank Councilwoman Reynolds Brown, the Philadelphia Energy Authority, and Community Energy, Inc. for their partnership in creating this win-win deal for Philadelphians.”

About Community Energy, Inc.

For more than twenty years, Community Energy, Inc. has partnered with utilities, Fortune 500 companies and communities to develop more than a gigawatt of reliable, high-quality solar and wind generation. Community Energy is a clean-energy project developer that fosters long-term relationships with customers and stakeholders to deliver low-risk, customer-focused clean energy solutions. As an early pioneer in commercializing renewable energy assets, Community Energy leverages emerging technologies and resources to support decarbonization of our energy systems and enable a fuel-free future. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania and with offices in Boulder, Colorado and Chapel Hill North Carolina, Community Energy has a strong presence in diverse geographical markets. For more information about Community Energy please visit www.communityenergyinc.com.

NAIROBI, KENYA, December 18, 2018 – GE Renewable Energy and GE Energy Financial Services ("GE EFS") have partnered to provide technology and advisory support for its flagship onshore wind project in Sub-Sahara Africa. Kipeto Energy Plc's ("Kipeto") 100-megawatt (MW) wind power project is located south of Nairobi, in Kajiado, Kenya.

GE Renewable Energy will provide 60 of its highly efficient GE 1.7-103 turbines to the Kipeto project, providing power to the equivalent of approximately 40,000 homes in the region. The 100MW Kipeto wind power project will provide clean energy to the national grid as a significant contribution to Kenya's Vision 2030 and Big Four Agenda. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2020.

Peter Wells, GE's Onshore Wind Regional Director for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, said: "GE is incredibly proud to be a part of this exciting endeavor. The Kipeto project is an important step forward in providing affordable, reliable clean energy to the region, and meeting Kenya's renewable energy goals. We look forward to working with our partners on the journey for years to come."

The Kipeto wind power project, which reached financial close yesterday, is funded by equity from Actis and a Kenyan company, Craftskills Wind Energy International, alongside senior debt from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States government's development finance institution (DFI).

Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director, GE EFS' Global Capital Advisory, said: "Kipeto represents our ability to identify and connect capital from leading government agencies to emerging markets, and enable construction of GE's wind projects in new markets. The project lays foundation for cleaner and more reliable energy for the local communities in the future."

GE Renewable Energy will also provide operations and maintenance services for the wind turbines. The Kipeto project was originally conceived by Craftskills Wind Energy International, with support from GE. AIIM and IFC InfraVentures co-developed the project with Craftskills from 2014 until early 2018, executing a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power and Lighting in 2016.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

About GE Energy Financial Services
A strategic GE Capital business, GE Energy Financial Services is a global energy investor with 35+ years managing assets through multiple energy cycles. Drawing on its technical know-how, financial strength and strong risk management, GE Energy Financial Services invests in and provide capital solutions for long-lived and capital-intensive projects and companies that help meet the world's energy needs. It is headquartered in Connecticut with regional hubs in London, Houston, Washington D.C., Hong Kong and Nairobi.
For more information, visit www.geenergyfinancialservices.com and follow us on twitter @GEEnergyFinServ.

DULUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE (NYSE: ALE), announced today it is refurbishing its 50-megawatt Condon Wind facility in Oregon, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2019.

The refurbishment will extend the operating life of the facility, sustain its high level of operating availability and requalify the site for federal production tax credits. The project also will position the site for recontracting after the existing power sales agreement with Bonneville Power Administration expires in late 2022. This investment ensures the Condon facility will continue to deliver its sustainable energy supply and add value to the Condon community well into the future.

“We are pleased to advance our fleet-wide optimization strategy with the refurbishment initiative at Condon,” said ALLETE Clean Energy Chief Financial Officer Laura Schauer. “The project will position the site well for future power sales, extend the project’s operating life, sustain operating performance and produce income growth.”

The investment in the facility includes equipment and system upgrades necessary to drive high availability and clean energy production performance. ALLETE Clean Energy acquired the Condon facility from AES Corporation in 2014 as part of a portfolio acquisition that included wind facilities at Storm Lake in Iowa, Lake Benton in Minnesota and Armenia Mountain in Pennsylvania.

In addition to the Condon project, ALLETE Clean Energy is refurbishing 385 turbines at the Lake Benton and Storm Lake sites to improve turbine performance and reliability, generate federal production tax credits at each site and support the renewal of power sales agreements at Storm Lake.

ALLETE Clean Energy was established in 2011 to acquire or develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas and other emerging innovations.

ALLETE Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth; BNI Energy in Bismarck, North Dakota; U.S. Water in St. Michael, Minnesota; and has an 8 percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. Learn more at www.allete.com. ALE-CORP

The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Powering Texas announces the launch of a coalition and powerful voice to promote innovative, sustainable electricity generation throughout Texas, including the continued promotion of renewable wind energy. The organization will focus on educating Texans on wind energy in the state, from the policies that spurred immense growth in the industry to the resulting community investment, job creation and direct economic impact.

Texas has become the national leader for economic expansion, innovation, and sensible regulation. Thousands of people are moving from across the country and around the globe to experience the “Texas miracle” for themselves. Powered by decades of Texas leadership, wind has contributed to this boon through investment, manufacturing, and job creation.

As Texas grows, so does the state’s enormous demand for electricity. Texas is the number one energy consumer in the country, and our continued economic growth is dependent on reliable power. As part of a diverse portfolio, wind has helped keep the lights on during extreme demands on the Texas grid. Supplying nearly 15% of all Texas electricity in 2017, wind power is an important contributor to Texas’ electricity mix.

“Wind power has become an invaluable tool in the rural economic development space in Texas - creating jobs and generating revenue streams for rural Texans that strengthen our communities and provide needed economic opportunities for landowners and local school districts,” said Scott Dunaway, spokesperson for Powering Texas. “Powering Texas is advocating for the continued expansion of an electric generation fleet that reliably and sustainably powers Texans’ homes, businesses and communities for the future.”

As the number one wind energy producer in the country, Texas is a case study on how the industry can transform communities across the country. Through investments of more than $42 billion across the state, the wind industry is bringing benefits to Texas communities, including school districts, rural communities and the agriculture industry.

“The wind energy industry has proven time and again to be valuable in South Texas, from its investment in our schools and community to the creation of steady jobs around the area,” said Sergio Contreras, President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. “We’re proud to support wind power and its continued expansion here in the Valley and across the state.”

For additional information on Powering Texas and to inquire about becoming a participating member, please visit our website at poweringtexas.com.

Quick facts about wind energy:

  • Texas is the #1 wind energy generator in the country, producing ¼ of the national total and nearly 15 percent of all in-state electricity generation.
  • If Texas were a country, it would rank #8 in the world in total wind energy generation.
  • Wind energy provides over 24,000 jobs in Texas.
  • 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies currently have a renewable energy target.
  • The 226 million megawatt-hours (MWh) generated by wind energy during 2016 prevented the use of roughly 87 billion gallons of water, the equivalent of 266 gallons per person, or 657 billion bottles of water.

About Powering Texas

Powering Texas is an alliance of stakeholders bound by a mission to educate and advocate for innovative, sustainable, market-driven electricity generation in Texas, including the expansion of renewable wind energy. For more information, please visit poweringtexas.com.

  • Corporate
  • Solar

Investment Capitalizes on Accelerating Growth in C&I Solar Market

SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK CITY (September 24, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America (EDF Renewables), a leading developer in the renewable energy sector and EnterSolar, a leading provider of distributed generation solar solutions to corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, today announced a strategic partnership whereby EDF Renewables will acquire a 50 percent interest in EnterSolar. Together, the companies will offer C&I customers the most comprehensive array of behind-the-meter services.

The partnership leverages EDF Renewables’ unparalleled experience in renewable energy and storage, and its proven long-term expertise in distributed solar solutions to corporate C&I customers internationally, along with EnterSolar’s 12-year solid track record in developing behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic projects for a broad range of corporate clients. As part of the agreement, EDF Renewables is providing growth capital as well as additional project financing capabilities to EnterSolar.

The partnership will allow both entities to capitalize on the strong and accelerating demand for distributed generation solutions from the corporate C&I sector. “We are delighted to announce this partnership with EDF Renewables, which, in conjunction with a strategic investment, provides EnterSolar with enhanced growth opportunities and the ability to further advance our goal of becoming the preferred provider of distributed generation solar solutions to the corporate marketplace,” stated Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar.

“We are impressed with the quality of the EnterSolar team and the striking natural fit between our offerings. EnterSolar has a remarkable customer satisfaction track record with C&I customers, while EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions brings strength and experience specific to ground-mount solar projects up to 30 MWp alongside behind-the-meter battery storage for the C&I sector. This new partnership will benefit from complementary synergies,” said Raphael Declercq, executive vice president, EDF Renewables. “The partnership now provides our customers with a wider choice of comprehensive distributed energy solutions.”

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NAIROBI, KENYA, December 18, 2018 – GE Renewable Energy and GE Energy Financial Services ("GE EFS") have partnered to provide technology and advisory support for its flagship onshore wind project in Sub-Sahara Africa. Kipeto Energy Plc's ("Kipeto") 100-megawatt (MW) wind power project is located south of Nairobi, in Kajiado, Kenya.

GE Renewable Energy will provide 60 of its highly efficient GE 1.7-103 turbines to the Kipeto project, providing power to the equivalent of approximately 40,000 homes in the region. The 100MW Kipeto wind power project will provide clean energy to the national grid as a significant contribution to Kenya's Vision 2030 and Big Four Agenda. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2020.

Peter Wells, GE's Onshore Wind Regional Director for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, said: "GE is incredibly proud to be a part of this exciting endeavor. The Kipeto project is an important step forward in providing affordable, reliable clean energy to the region, and meeting Kenya's renewable energy goals. We look forward to working with our partners on the journey for years to come."

The Kipeto wind power project, which reached financial close yesterday, is funded by equity from Actis and a Kenyan company, Craftskills Wind Energy International, alongside senior debt from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States government's development finance institution (DFI).

Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director, GE EFS' Global Capital Advisory, said: "Kipeto represents our ability to identify and connect capital from leading government agencies to emerging markets, and enable construction of GE's wind projects in new markets. The project lays foundation for cleaner and more reliable energy for the local communities in the future."

GE Renewable Energy will also provide operations and maintenance services for the wind turbines. The Kipeto project was originally conceived by Craftskills Wind Energy International, with support from GE. AIIM and IFC InfraVentures co-developed the project with Craftskills from 2014 until early 2018, executing a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power and Lighting in 2016.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

About GE Energy Financial Services
A strategic GE Capital business, GE Energy Financial Services is a global energy investor with 35+ years managing assets through multiple energy cycles. Drawing on its technical know-how, financial strength and strong risk management, GE Energy Financial Services invests in and provide capital solutions for long-lived and capital-intensive projects and companies that help meet the world's energy needs. It is headquartered in Connecticut with regional hubs in London, Houston, Washington D.C., Hong Kong and Nairobi.
For more information, visit www.geenergyfinancialservices.com and follow us on twitter @GEEnergyFinServ.

  • Corporate
  • Solar

Investment Capitalizes on Accelerating Growth in C&I Solar Market

SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK CITY (September 24, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America (EDF Renewables), a leading developer in the renewable energy sector and EnterSolar, a leading provider of distributed generation solar solutions to corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, today announced a strategic partnership whereby EDF Renewables will acquire a 50 percent interest in EnterSolar. Together, the companies will offer C&I customers the most comprehensive array of behind-the-meter services.

The partnership leverages EDF Renewables’ unparalleled experience in renewable energy and storage, and its proven long-term expertise in distributed solar solutions to corporate C&I customers internationally, along with EnterSolar’s 12-year solid track record in developing behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic projects for a broad range of corporate clients. As part of the agreement, EDF Renewables is providing growth capital as well as additional project financing capabilities to EnterSolar.

The partnership will allow both entities to capitalize on the strong and accelerating demand for distributed generation solutions from the corporate C&I sector. “We are delighted to announce this partnership with EDF Renewables, which, in conjunction with a strategic investment, provides EnterSolar with enhanced growth opportunities and the ability to further advance our goal of becoming the preferred provider of distributed generation solar solutions to the corporate marketplace,” stated Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar.

“We are impressed with the quality of the EnterSolar team and the striking natural fit between our offerings. EnterSolar has a remarkable customer satisfaction track record with C&I customers, while EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions brings strength and experience specific to ground-mount solar projects up to 30 MWp alongside behind-the-meter battery storage for the C&I sector. This new partnership will benefit from complementary synergies,” said Raphael Declercq, executive vice president, EDF Renewables. “The partnership now provides our customers with a wider choice of comprehensive distributed energy solutions.”

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  • Storage

SAN DIEGO (October 17, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America Distributed Solutions was chosen by San Diego Zoo Global to provide energy storage services in support of the organization’s fiscal and sustainability planning.   The storage project will reduce energy costs at the San Diego Zoo facility by utilizing a 1-megawatt (MW) /4-megawatt hour (MWh) battery to mitigate spikes in usage thereby lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by recharging the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, and then later discharging that power to the Zoo when costs are highest.

The San Diego Zoo is able to leverage EDF Renewables’ performance-based contract whereby EDF Renewables is only paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation.  Accordingly, the Zoo has no fixed payments and bears no performance risk on the operation of the system.  The battery solution also acts as a hedge against rising utility rates.

Adam Ringler, director of performance improvement stated, “This is a perfect example of how we are identifying and implementing cost-effective energy and green environmental projects as a part of San Diego Zoo Global’s commitment to sustainability. In this case, the savings can be invested into enhancing the Zoo experience, and furthering wildlife conservation and education.”

Andrew Goldstone, director of distributed solutions at EDF Renewables commented, “We are honored to be partnering with such a well-known and respected organization in the San Diego Community.  This is a perfect illustration of how we are bringing decades of experience and our financial stability to serve not only utilities and wholesale markets, but also end-users of energy through our Distributed Solutions group.”

EDF Renewables North America employs over 1,000 people, 400 of which are located at its Corporate Office in North County, San Diego.  The company’s close ties to the region offers the perfect combination of plentiful renewable resources, high electric rates, and sustainable-minded businesses interested in lowering their energy costs with solar and battery storage microgrids.

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Monday, November 26, 2018, Cherbourg, France: GE Renewable Energy confirms the completion of its recruitment plan for 2018 at LM Wind Power's offshore wind blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. The site today counts more than 100 employees, 34 percent of whom are women.

On September 10, the first group of 30 newly-hired employees, from all functions, participated in the launch of the factory's Center of Excellence training center. New employees participated in a one-week theoretical class, followed by a week of practicing on an actual piece of a wind turbine blade mold.

After completing the Center of Excellence course, each trainee left Cherbourg to spend a month abroad in other LM Wind Power sites – from Spain, to Denmark, Poland and even Canada depending on the job scope. Employees from LM Wind Power sites around the globe will also travel to Cherbourg to support the ramp-up of the factory. The second group started their training program on October 22.

"The Cherbourg site is a great location to support the development of the offshore wind industry in Europe and beyond, with a positive impact on the jobs and the ecosystem in the surrounding region. We are investing in building a strong and sustainable value chain and are happy to welcome the first hundred recruits," said Alexis Crama, LM Wind Power Offshore Wind Vice President.

The construction of the factory is on track to start the prototyping phase in January 2019. The first blade produced will be shipped to ORE Catapult Research & Development Center in Blyth, UK for indoor testing. The three next blades produced will be installed on GE's Haliade-X 12MW prototype at the end of the second quarter of 2019, at a yet to-be-determined site.

"This project entails new challenges and creates enthusiasm as we are starting up a new factory, installing new equipment inside and welcoming new people with diverse backgrounds. At the same time, we are developing a new product: a new blade of a size we have never achieved before," said Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 P Project Director. "We can witness a significant combination of efforts as we use the expertise from our facilities worldwide to train the people in Cherbourg. This enthusiasm from all our teams will bring us to the successful ramp-up of the factory."

In parallel to the development of the LM 107.0 P blades in Cherbourg, GE's Offshore Wind teams are focused on the assembly of the first two Haliade-X nacelles at the Saint-Nazaire manufacturing site, in France.

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About LM Wind Power
LM Wind Power is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that includes blade factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain, France, Turkey and the United States. The company has produced more than 205,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 93 GW installed capacity and global savings of 189 million tons of CO2 annually. LM Wind Power is a GE Renewable Energy Business.
Learn more at www.lmwindpower.com or on twitter @lmwindpower

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

Chanhassen, Minnesota, November 20, 2018 - Juhl Energy announced today that it has selected GE Renewable Energy (GE:NYSE) to supply equipment for the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the U.S. The Minnesota-based clean energy company has developed the 2.0MW community-based renewable energy project to provide low-cost, locally generated energy to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative of Pelican Rapids, Minn. Bank of America (BAC:NYSE) has provided necessary financial support for the project, agreeing to purchase the project-generated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), in line with its environmental goals. 3Degrees facilitated the connection between Juhl Energy and Bank of America.

"Distributed generation will play a major role in the implementation of renewable energy in the U.S. electrical market in the years to come," said Dan Juhl of Juhl Energy. "Projects such as this one, with Juhl Energy's package design and GE hybrid technology, will economically blend clean, renewable energy into the electric grid at a lower cost, plus add reliability to the system."

"This unique renewable energy project will provide a tremendous amount of value to the local community. The cost savings from purchasing the hybrid project's energy will help provide rate stability, benefiting all of our co-op members," stated Tim Thompson, CEO of Lake Region Electric Cooperative.

The project will use one 2.0-116 wind turbine from GE Renewable Energy's Onshore Wind business supported by 0.5 MW of PV solar. The innovative project utilizes GE's Wind Integrated Solar Energy (WiSE) technology platform – developed through GE's Global Research Center - to directly integrate the solar panels through the wind turbine's converter so both wind and solar share the same balance of plant, increasing system net capacity by 3-4 percent and annual energy production by up to 10 percent. The hybrid design gives these type of projects the ability to produce power when it is most needed, with the solar essentially providing summer peak energy, and the wind providing winter peak energy.

Pete McCabe, president and CEO, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy, said, "By leveraging the complementary nature of wind and solar, this unique project shows how GE is driving technology innovation that will help customers deliver more renewable energy in an even more efficient manner."

Bank of America's purchase of the RECs from the project long term will cover the bank's electricity usage in the state and will contribute to its 2020 environmental operations goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity.

"Accelerating the path to a sustainable future starts with creative thinking and projects that can help drive more low-carbon energy solutions in our communities," says Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America. "Through supporting innovative renewable energy projects like this one, we continue to enhance our commitment to reduce our operational impacts on the environment."

The project will be owned by a subsidiary of Juhl Energy that pools together capital from the company and outside private investors. Juhl is further partnering with Faith Technologies, Inc., to construct the project and collaborate on building additional hybrid projects. Faith Technologies, Inc. is a national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation that is headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin and has regional offices throughout the country. This project will be operational before year end 2018.

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About Juhl Energy
Juhl Energy is an established leader and pioneer in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar, hybrid systems and heat/power projects designed for rural communities, municipal electric companies, and industrial companies throughout the United States. Juhl Energy has completed 25 projects, accounting for over 350 MW's of power. Juhl services every aspect of development from general consultation, engineering, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy is headquartered in Chanhassen, MN, and has other offices in Chicago, and Milwaukee.

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables.

Bank of America
At Bank of America, we're guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We're delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It's demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.

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Blyth, November 20th 2018 – GE Renewable Energy and the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have today announced a $11 million four-year research partnership aimed at minimizing the time people have to spend offshore, which will enhance both safety and operating costs for offshore wind farms. The "Stay Ashore!" program is built on three pillars:

  • Reliability by design, which is primarily focused on validation of key wind turbine components.
  • Enabling full remote operability and troubleshooting of the turbines through advanced digital functionality, to reduce the need to go offshore for unplanned events.
  • Use of robotics for planned maintenance events, specifically repetitive tasks, inspection activities as well as activities in areas that are difficult to access.

This partnership is aimed at further reducing the operating costs of offshore wind, which will benefit electricity consumers. It is part of GE's broader offshore wind strategy for the UK - collaborating with local partners to drive down the cost of electricity and improve reliability of offshore wind projects.

Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry said "We are a nation of innovators and this latest $11 million research partnership between GE Renewable Energy and the Government's ORE Catapult is a fine example of how we're working with industry to embrace cutting-edge technology to ensure the UK offshore sector stays ahead of the pack. As part of our modern Industrial Strategy we're putting the finishing touches to our Offshore Wind Sector Deal to create the right business conditions to export this type of expertise around the world to ensure this sector goes from strength to strength."

John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business, said "By eliminating unplanned offshore human intervention through increasing productivity with digital and robotic tools, in addition to our Haliade-X 12 MW performance and design features, we will contribute significantly to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy."

ORE Catapult Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson said "This further strengthening of ORE Catapult's partnership with GE Renewable Energy will see significant investment in nationally important R&D, growing not only our expertise but providing opportunities for the UK supply chain to capture domestic and international market share in an offshore wind market expected to be worth $39 billion per year by 2030."

The ongoing collaboration between GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult will launch focused technology innovation challenges to the UK Small to Medium Enterprises and academic community, including robotics, blade and tower inspections and repair processes.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities. Follow us @GErenewables and www.gerenewableenergy.com.

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About ORE Catapult 
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK's leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy. Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth. Headquartered in Glasgow, it operates the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland and the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife. ore.catapult.org.uk

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Global Wind Energy Council

The Global Wind Energy Council helps open up new markets for wind energy. GWEC has a proven track record of success in helping to build the wind energy industry in emerging markets around the world, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, Argentina, and Vietnam

GWEC calls on Taiwan government to rethink proposed changes to Feed in Tariffs to protect its leadership position in offshore wind, investment in the sector and jobs

 

Brussels, 11 December 2018

  • Taiwan has created a strong leadership position in Asia’s Offshore Wind sector
  • The Offshore Wind Industry could bring some NT$880bn of inward investment into Taiwan by 2025 and create some 20,000 jobs
  • Proposed reduction in FiT of 12.7% and unexpected changes to FiT structure put offshore wind target of 5.5GW at risk and undermine investment climate for Taiwan’s economy
  • Government must seek consensus on changes to FiT levels and rethink damaging and unexpected changes to contract structures

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has called on the government of Taiwan to rethink proposed changes to the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) for Offshore Wind projects, advising it to seek consensus in order to ensure that the large amounts of direct investment that companies plan can go ahead and ensuring that the expected creation of around 20,000 jobs takes place.

“Taiwan has been widely recognised for quickly establishing its offshore industry and attracting promises of investment from a number of world-class companies in the sector,” says Ben Backwell, GWEC’s CEO. “The government must now avoid introducing damaging and unhelpful changes to contracts to ensure that these promises materialise into long-term investments that will create tens of thousands of skilled jobs and provide clean, competitive power for Taiwan’s economy.”

Taiwan has awarded contracts for a number of major offshore wind projects under both an initial FiT scheme and later under an auction programme. GWEC points out that the highly competitive prices that companies bid in the June 2018 auction round were based on assumptions that they would be able to build up a local supply chain and economies of scale, and this requires them to be able to build the first round of FiT projects.

“Looking at the last auction prices should not lead Taiwan’s government to retrospectively change the terms for the first round of projects, which it’s worth remembering – haven’t been built yet,” says Backwell. “It took Europe over 20 years to bring prices down to their present ultra-competitive level. If Taiwan allows developers to build the projects they have been awarded and invest in the supply chain and skills, it can create its market in less than half the time and become an economic hub for offshore wind in Asia.”

The proposed changes to FiTs are of two types. Firstly, a much steeper than expected reduction of 12.7% in tariffs which will sharply reduce project revenues.

And secondly, two completely unexpected structural changes; a limit of 3600 annual full load hours; and removal of the so-called “ladder tariff”. The cap on load hours constitutes, in GWEC’s view, a perverse disincentive for the efficient growth of Taiwan’s industry, as developers will not be rewarded for using the most efficient turbine models. And the removal of the ladder tariff closes off an effective way of helping developers attract project finance at the most competitive possible costs.

Taken together, the proposed changes could reduce project revenues by approximately 20% and so make the projects non-investable, thwarting growth in the sector

GWEC is committed to facilitating dialogue between the government and the wind industry and providing research and evidence, in order to help all parties to find a solution that allows planned investment to go forward and maximise the benefit for the Taiwan’s economy and society.

The offshore wind target of 5.5GW by 2025 will bring some NT$880bn inward investment. Numerous agreements have been signed with Taiwanese supply chain companies and it is estimated 20,000 local jobs will be created.

 

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organisation that represents the entire wind sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national and regional wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

 

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Global Wind Energy Council

The Global Wind Energy Council helps open up new markets for wind energy. GWEC has a proven track record of success in helping to build the wind energy industry in emerging markets around the world, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, Argentina, and Vietnam

Global Wind Energy Council

The Global Wind Energy Council helps open up new markets for wind energy. GWEC has a proven track record of success in helping to build the wind energy industry in emerging markets around the world, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, Argentina, and Vietnam

European Platform for corporate renewable energy sourcing

In both corporate and renewables circles, everyone is talking about RE-Source 2018. The inaugural RE-Source event last year was an enormous success. Over 500 registered participants, including representatives from over 70 corporate clean energy buyers, gathered in Brussels to explore the opportunities of PPAs.

This November, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope are co-organising RE-Source 2018 in partnership with RE100 and WBCSD. This will be an ideal occasion for renewable energy buyers and sellers to connect.

PPAs are going from strength to strength, and the scale of this year’s event reflects that success. A larger venue, more conference sessions and even more B2B networking opportunities!

RE-Source 2018 is the perfect occasion for both experienced and new PPA players to benefit from the Corporate Renewable PPA boom.

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Welcome to the 2nd edition of Vietnam Wind Power!

Following on from the success of the first conference in 2018, GWEC will be holding its second edition of Vietnam Wind Power Conference in Hanoi on 11-12 June 2019, where  we expect to attract around 400 delegates. 

Vietnam’s establishment of the Feed-in-Tariff in August 2018 has created renewed momentum for the country’s wind market and attracted a rush of development projects. There is already 187 MW of installed wind capacity in the country, and the Vietnamese government has set a target for wind development at 800 MW by 2020, 2,000 MW by 2025 and at 6,000 MW by 2030. 

However, there are still a number of regulatory challenges to be addressed in order for project developers to be able create PPAs that are bankable from the point of view of international project finance, while the long term potential and system impact of renewables has yet to be fully recognised in long term planning.  During our full-day conference on 12 June, we’ll be addressing these topics as well as other pressing issues relating to the development of a sustainable wind and renewables industry.  

Experts from the international and national wind industry, financial institutions, high level representatives from government and other competent authorities from Vietnam, will set the scene for a discussion on what needs to be achieved to smooth the way for further development.

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Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:

Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’

Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?

It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.

Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.

In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.

“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.

Courtesy Senvion

There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.

The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”

Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.

Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."

Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”

Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."

The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.

Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!

Courtesy Senvion

At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.

One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.

250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.

Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."

At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.

The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.

"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.


Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."

Courtesy Senvion

AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world. 

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.

The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.

The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.

Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.

“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.

While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.

Courtesy The World Bank

WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.

So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of  wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.

Learn more about GE’s wind power software and Digital Wind Farms by contacting us today.

Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).

The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.

Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.

Courtesy ENERCON

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The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.