Duke Energy Renewables to Install 200-MW Wind Project in Texas

LCG, April 12, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, yesterday announced it will build, own and operate the Mesteño Wind Project, located in southern Texas. The power generated by the 200-MW project will be sold into the ERCOT market, and Duke Energy Renewables will enter into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. Construction has commenced, and the project is scheduled for completion by year-end.

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FPL Announces Plans for 409-MW Battery Storage System

LCG, April 3, 2019--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced a plan to build the world's largest solar-powered battery system, the Manatee Energy Storage Center, as part of a modernization plan to accelerate the retirement of two, 1970s-era natural gas generating units at FPL's neighboring Manatee Power Plant.

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Solar CPV Project Gains Momentum in Arizona

LCG, January 18, 2012--Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona State University (ASU) and SunPower Corp. recently announced agreements to construct a 1-MW solar concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant at ASU's Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. The solar facility will be the first commercial deployment of the SunPower® C7 Tracker technology that uses parabolic mirrors to focus the sun's energy on the solar PV cells.

SunPower will engineer, install, operate and maintain the system, and SRP will purchase all of the electricity generated from SunPower under a purchase power agreement (PPA). In a separate agreement, ASU will purchase all of the energy attributable to the plant for use at its Polytechnic campus. Plant construction remains contingent on a number of factors, such as receiving all necessary permits.

The SunPower® C7 Tracker is named for its ability to concentrate the sun?s energy by a factor of seven. The C7 combines a horizontal single-axis tracker with rows of parabolic mirrors that reflect and concentrate light onto SunPower Maxeon® silicon solar cells.

ASU's associate vice president of Facilities Development and Management stated, "The installation of SunPower's ground-breaking technology helps move ASU closer to our 2014, 20-megawatt solar energy-generating goal."

The SRP board of directors has also set a goal to deliver 20 percent of its retail electricity requirements from sustainable resources by the year 2020.

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