ENGIE and Orange to develop two French solar power projects
Orange has teamed up with ENGIE to develop two solar projects in France.
The 15-year Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) covers a 38MW farm in L’Epine and 13MW project in Ribeyret, which are located in the Hautes-Alpes region - and both are due to open by January 1 2023 latest.
The tie-up will create new solar energy production capacities, managing the production of all renewable electricity capacities contracted by Orange with other producers and supplying additional volumes to cater to Orange's actual consumption.
The regions covered by these solar projects will reap significant economic benefits with local companies building, operating and maintaining the sites, and the facilities will generate rent and tax income.
Under this agreement, ENGIE will aggregate all of the renewable energy produced by the wind farms and solar plants for which Orange France signed a power purchase agreement.
Furthermore, ENGIE will put its expertise in energy management to use to deploy a continuous energy strip that caters as closely as possible to Orange's actual consumption profile.
Fabienne Dulac, Orange's Executive Vice-President and CEO of Orange France said to achieve its aim of carbon neutrality by 2040, it seeks to improve the energy performance of its networks and speeding up the incorporation of renewable energies into its energy mix.
"Signing this agreement with ENGIE is extremely important in this regard; it illustrates our desire to be a major player in the field of power purchase agreements in France," he said.
Rosaline Corinthien, CEO of ENGIE France Renewables, said this innovative contract demonstrates ENGIE's expertise across the entire renewable electricity value chain and the Group’s aim to become "a world leader on the renewable electricity purchase agreements market".
ENGIE currently has 3 GW of PPAs and targets 4.5 GW by the end of 2021. "These contracts will help us accelerate our clients' energy transition", she said.
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.
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