EDF Energy's Lepomis Solar Project Begins Operation
EDF Renewable Energy, the leading U.S. based power producer has finally launched commercial operations at its 5.99 MWp Lepomis Solar Plant in Massachusetts.
Located on 37 acres in Plymouth, the solar park had been in works for more than seven months.
Initiated in October 2013, the development of the project is a joint venture between EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and Sage Stone LLC, an international development and investment advisory firm.
The fully operational facility which is built by Gehrlicher Solar America Corp, part of German firm M+W Group encompasses 20,000 Trina Solar modules and generates clean energy delivered to the Town of Wareham, Massachusetts.
Lepomis Solar is also EDF ER’s first renewable energy asset built in Massachusetts, and is implemented to provide cost-competitive renewable energy and economic benefits to the host communities. The project will even contribute to the Commonwealth’s plan to generate 1,600 MW of solar energy by 2020. Affordable renewable energy is steadily finding its place in the mainstream. Initiatives like Lepomis Solar can usher this transition along more quickly.
“Achieving commercial operation of our first renewable energy asset in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a key milestone for our company. EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to deploy our solar development expertise to help the state achieve its ambitious goal of 1,600 MW of solar installations by 2020,” said Jim Schretter, Vice President of Development for EDF Renewable Energy’s East Region.
In addition to delivering efficient renewable energy via the new solar project, EDF RE will provide a slew of long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the plant.
A unit of French utility EDF SA, EDF Renewable’s Lepomis solar facility adds to more than 7.4 gigawatts of company’s renewable energy projects across North America. “With Lepomis, EDF RE has developed over 300 MWp of both distributed generation and utility-scale solar projects across North America,” said Mr. Schretter.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
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