NorthRenew Energy's Mesquite Sky Wind Project Commences Construction

LCG, January 21, 2021 -– NorthRenew Energy (“NorthRenew”) announced today that Clearway Energy Group (“Clearway”) achieved construction commencement on the Mesquite Sky Wind Project, f/k/a Baird North Wind Project (“Mesquite Sky”), initially developed by NorthRenew and sold to Clearway in 2019. Following the sale in 2019, NorthRenew continued to assist Clearway with final development and pre-construction services.

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Minnesota Power Announces Vision for 100 Percent Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

LCG, January 13, 2021--Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, yesterday announced its vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free energy to customers by 2050.

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BrightSource Suspends Application for the 500-MW Hidden Hills Solar Project

LCG, April 8, 2013--BrightSource Energy Inc. notified the California Energy Commission (CEC) on April 3 that it will suspend the permit application for the Hidden Hills Solar Energy Generating System project.

The power purchase agreement (PPA) between BrightSource and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will also be terminated. BrightSource stated that the termination is due to challenges associated with the project schedule and uncertainty around the timing of transmission upgrades.

The Hidden Hills Solar Energy Generating System project site is located on 3,280 acres of private land in Inyo County, California and is approximately 45 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. The project was to be a 500-MW solar thermal complex using over 340,000 software-controlled mirrors to focus the sunlight on boilers that sit atop two 750 foot tall towers. The concentrated solar energy heats the water to create superheated steam that drives a standard turbine where electricity is generated.

The project was to include two solar fields and associated facilities: the northern solar plant (Solar Plant 1) and the southern solar plant (Solar Plant 2). Each solar plant would generate 270 MW gross (250 MW net), for a total net output of 500 MW. Construction was to have started in 2013, with power produced in 2015.

BrightSource stated that the contracts with PG&E did not originally include storage, and such a change would require an amendment to the permit application and reopening of the evidentiary record to account for impacts associated with a new project footprint, including a layout of the solar field, storage equipment and reconfiguration of the power blocks.
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