May 17, 2020

Astronergy: 2010 plan to increase solar modules to 75MW

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Astronergy, the Chinese monocrystalline and polycrystalline PV modules provider, together with Oerlikon Solar, announce an updated purchase agreeme...

Astronergy, the Chinese monocrystalline and polycrystalline PV modules provider, together with Oerlikon Solar, announce an updated purchase agreement for Oerlikon Solar's thin film equipment. The new order calls for Astronergy to increase its production capacity from 30 megawatts to 75 megawatts in the year 2010. The purchase is an important component to Astronergy’s plan of expanding its thin film solar PV modules to 400 megawatts in the short term.

"We are committed to taking the thin film route as a direction for growth," said Astronergy CEO Dr. Liyou Yang. "We are pleased to see that the thin film silicon market is step by step gaining momentum,” said Dr. Michael Buscher, CEO of Oerlikon.

"By focusing our efforts on thin film products and diligently working to strengthen our core competencies, we will maintain our reputation as a first-class PV enterprise. We are highly confident that continued collaboration will enable both of our companies to extend our leadership in the thin film solar industry," stated Dr. Liyou Lang, CEO of Astronergy.

New module materials and the latest innovations in thin film technology will be incorporated into the production process. The new agreement details the first phase of the 400 megawatt thin film expansion plan of bringing Astronergy’s thin film module capacity to a minimum of 75 megawatts by the beginning of 2011.

"We let our customers benefit from technology innovations that lead to cost reductions. By continuously doing so, we help them stay on track on their cost and technology roadmaps. Astronergy represents a further milestone on our way to demonstrating that thin film silicon technology leads to the lowest module production cost per watt," commented Jurg Henz, CEO of Oerlikon Solar.


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Apr 20, 2021

Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone

Dominic Ellis
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Nine new projects announced today takes Amazon's renewables portfolio beyond 200 projects

Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.

Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:

First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.

First renewable project in Canada An 80 MW solar project in the County of Newell in Alberta. Once complete, it will produce over 195,000MWh of renewable energy to the grid.

Largest corporate renewable energy project in the UK Amazon’s newest project in the UK is a 350MW wind farm off the coast of Scotland and is Amazon’s largest in the country. It is also the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date.

New projects in the US Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Oklahoma is a 118 MW wind project located in Murray County. Amazon is also building new solar projects in Ohio’s Allen, Auglaize, and Licking counties. Together, these Ohio projects will account for more than 400MW of new energy procurement in the state.

Additional investments in Spain and Sweden In Spain, Amazon’s newest solar projects are located in Extremadura and Andalucia, and together add more than 170 MW to the grid. Amazon’s newest project in Sweden is a 258 MW onshore wind project located in Northern Sweden.

It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.

Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.

A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.

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