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Paris March 22, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy announced the booking of a hydropower contract with Barki Tojik to refurbish six Kaplan units at the state-owned Qairokkum hydropower station in Tajikistan. This 60-year old plant located on the river Syr Darya, is the only power plant located in the northwestern province of Sughd and the sole source of electricity for about 500,000 people.
GE Renewable Energy leads the consortium which, with Cobra – a division of ACS Group, a Spanish company - will refurbish the Qairokkum hydropower plant. GE Renewable Energy will upgrade the six turbines and generators, as well as part of the balance of plant and will be in charge of the site supervision for its supplied equipment. Thanks to the tailored planning proposed by our Consortium, the project will take 54 months vs. the 73 maximum initially envisaged, enabling the plant to be fully modernized by 2023.
The output of each of the six refurbished units will increase from 21 MW to 29 MW, bringing the total capacity of the plant to 174 MW.
In 2010, the Tajik government engaged into a five-year Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) which aimed at preparing several sectors of the country's economy - including energy - to face climate changes. As 98% of Tajikistan's electricity comes from hydropower, it is critical to adapt the existing and new hydropower assets to future operation conditions. Qairokkum was chosen to pilot how a plant can enhance its performance thanks to rehabilitation and despite challenging as well as changing hydrological conditions. Thanks to a thorough analysis of meteorological, floods and landslides data, the impact on Qairokkum of various climate change scenarios were modeled. Barki Tojik was then able to assess which refurbishment solutions would be best suited to enable Qairokkum to produce electricity at its optimal level in the years to come. Thanks to an improved design of the turbines, the plant will not only be able to address the variations of water flow in the region but produce more energy as well.
Pascale Radue, President and CEO of GE's Hydro Solutions, said "The work done in Tajikistan on making hydropower plants climate resilient is essential for our industry's future and the global energy transition that we all support. We are extremely honored to contribute to this project and we look forward to developing further our collaboration with Tajikistan in the years to come."
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Australian renewables firm Windlab Ltd plans to build a 400-MW wind park in Meru County, central Kenya.
French renewables firm Vergnet said it has completed the installation phase of its four-turbine wind power project of a 1.1-MW capacity in the eastern parts of Chad.
SAN DIEGO (March 12, 2019) – EDF Renewables North America announced today that the 100 megawatt (MW) Stoneray Wind Project (Project) is fully operational. Located in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, the Project consists of 39 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Gamesa. The electricity generated by the project will be delivered to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) beginning in 2020 under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Vice President, Development-North Region, Kate O’Hair, commented, “We are grateful for the community and landowners who backed the development of this project for several years. This level of long-standing support, along with the State’s favorable regulatory environment, excellent wind resource, and advantageous transmission expansion, is vital to bringing wind projects to operation.”
EDF Renewables will perform asset management services, balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics from its San Diego-based Operations Control Center (OCC) during the equipment warranty period. Following the warranty period, the contract will expand to include all asset management, and operations and maintenance services to ensure operational performance, equipment availability and reduce downtime.
Stoneray marks EDF Renewables’ twelfth wind project developed in the state and brings the total of projects to over 1.6 GW demonstrating the company’s commitment to investment, involvement and employment in Minnesota.
The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 47,000 average Minnesota homes1. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 300,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 64,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.
EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data.
2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.
JACKSONVILLE, FL (March 7, 2019): JEA and EDF Renewables North America today announce the signing of five Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for the 310 megawatt (MWdc) / 250 MWac Jacksonville 5 Solar Project (Project) consisting of five 50 MWac distributed generation projects to be constructed across the City of Jacksonville. The Project was awarded in 2018 after a highly competitive procurement process conducted by JEA.
Steve McInall, JEA’s Vice President of Energy and Water Planning commented, “These new projects benefit the community by giving us price security for clean energy through a long-term PPA with EDF Renewables. They also will support JEA’s SolarMax program, which will allow large commercial and industrial users (over 7 million kWh per year) to obtain their electricity from large solar facilities. This will help to retain and attract green businesses to Jacksonville.”
Myles Burnsed, Vice President of Strategic Developments for EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions said, “The Jacksonville 5 Solar Project represents one of the largest and most ambitious distributed generation solar efforts taken on by any utility company in the United States, and we are excited to have been selected as JEA’s partner on this project.”
“Our focus is to provide fully integrated energy solutions incorporating wind, solar, storage, electric vehicle charging and energy storage management at both the grid-scale and distributed level,” commented Jamie Resor, CEO of EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “We look forward to working with JEA on a system-wide portfolio of projects to address their renewable energy objectives, and to assist the team to identify appropriate uses for innovative storage solutions to complement the solar production.”
According to Aaron Zahn, JEA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville will be one of the top solar cities in the country upon completion of the projects. He added, “Solar energy will constitute approximately 5 percent of JEA’s total energy production. This program represents tremendous environmental value for our community.”
The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of more than 48,500 average Florida homes1. This is equivalent to avoiding nearly 448,500 metric tons of carbon (CO₂) emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 95,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.
1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data. 2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.
The Nordex Group has succeeded in entering the Ukrainian market with a major order for 133 MW.
EDF Renewables and its Indian partner SITAC Group have signed a 300-MW power purchase agreement for an unnamed project in India, the green unit of French utility EDF said on Monday.
ISGF gears up for India Smart Utility Week 2019 from 12 -16 March 2019 in Delhi
The national committee on transmission is expected to take a call on Friday on the proposed Rs 393-crore schemes to improve electricity evacuation infrastructure in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
EDF Renewables, Canada today announced the signing of a 20-year Renewable Electricity Support Agreement with the Alberta Electricity System Operator for the renewable attributes related to the 201.6 megawatt Cypress Wind Project.
Area has potential to produce 2,500 megawatts of wind energy
Agreement will enable Ecolab to offset 100 percent of its electricity demand in North America and achieve a 25 percent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.