May 17, 2020

Solar System to Increase Domestic Food Security?

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solar system grows tomatoes in winter
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A new solar energy management systems allows farmers to grow tomatoes in the deep of winter
Under the Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) project, it is now possible to have locally grown tomatoes in northern Nevada in the middle of Janu...


Under the Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) project, it is now possible to have locally grown tomatoes in northern Nevada in the middle of January. Through a partnership between Sunscience Corporation and DoubleTree Ranch, the first plantings in October in facilities in Lovelock, NV resulted in the first batch of ripe tomatoes January 29.

“It’s great to see SunScience bring a combination of technology, renewable resources and increased agriculture production to Nevada, and across the country,” said U.S. Congressmen Mark Amodei.

SSC, a Reno-based energy company, has origins in systems integration and computer science, and EMS is a hybrid solar energy system that produces thermal energy on a compact footprint. Together, controlled-environment agriculture for greenhouses was a tremendous success. The system allows for up to two additional harvests, control over greenhouse climate during winter, conservation of water usage, optimization of soil conditions for temperature, and ultimately, the ability to grow and sell vegetables off-season—locally.


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“We’re now able to launch a technology that is going to dramatically increase food production, and energy management globally. This is why we were just selected as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Reno Gazette Journal,” SSC’s president Dick Kelsey told Solar Thermal Magazine.




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Jul 22, 2021

Octopus Renewables buys Eclipse Power

Dominic Ellis
3 min
The deal, completed with funds managed by Octopus, furthers Octopus’ involvement in the electricity distribution sector

Octopus Renewables has strengthened its electricity distribution profile by fully acquiring Eclipse Power for an undisclosed sum.

The deal, which was completed with funds managed by Octopus, furthers Octopus’ involvement in the electricity distribution sector, having worked with Eclipse since 2018. It will allow Eclipse to continue the expansion of its team, while also investing in its systems, technology, and pipeline, with the ambition of making it one of UK’s leading IDNOs.

Eclipse has secured a portfolio of more than 10,000 connections across residential, industrial, commercial, battery storage and electric vehicle charging customers. Given the focus on electrification of heat, transport and industry in the UK, Eclipse is expected to play an important role in facilitating the UK’s energy transition.

Octopus Renewables is the largest investor of utility scale solar power in Europe, as well as a leading investor in onshore wind and biomass, managing a global portfolio valued at more than £3.5 billion. Institutional investor Nest partnered with the company in March.

Peter Dias, Investment Director, Octopus Renewables, said: “Having worked with Eclipse since 2018 and seeing their exciting growth, we’re thrilled to be able to make this acquisition and support the team to maintain this momentum.

“The acquisition of Eclipse is part of our strategy to identify and back great management teams that are supporting the energy transition. With ongoing support and investment, our investee businesses will have access to the expertise, business networks and financing to be able to scale faster and help contribute towards the UK’s net-zero goals.

“High-quality management of the distribution networks is going to be critical for the UK, and we are very pleased to be directly supporting the decarbonisation of heat, transport, and industry through this acquisition of Eclipse.”

Gary Gay, Managing Director, Eclipse, added Octopus shares a clear understanding of the important role that electricity distribution networks will play in the UK’s drive towards net-zero, and importance of a customer-focussed approach for building future smart distribution networks.

“With that, we are excited to now be part of the Octopus Group, with this investment helping us to reach the next stage of our growth journey and contribute to a greener, more efficient electricity network in the UK.”

Global renewables updates

ReNew Power recently won a 200MW/ac Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) solar generation project in an auction conducted by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company. ReNew Power expects to sign a 25-Year Power Purchase Agreement with the utility by the third fiscal quarter of 2022 to supply clean energy to Maharashtra at a tariff of Rs 2.43/ kWh (~US$0.033).

Natel Energy, a supplier of sustainable hydropower solutions, has announced a $20M funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and supported by Chevron Technology Ventures.
The company will use the funding to deploy its Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT), which enables cost-effective production of distributed reliable renewable energy.

Duke Energy Florida plans to invest an estimated $1 billion in 10 new solar power plants across Florida, including the construction of four new sites, which will begin in early 2022 and will take approximately 9 to 12 months to complete. Construction of all 10 sites is projected to be finished by late 2024.

LG Electronics has made public its commitment to transition completely to renewable energy by 2050 as a key component of its sustainability strategy. 

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