State Prisons Harness The Power of Solar Energy
A handful of state prisons throughout Colorado seem to be on to something. Nine state prisons have recently installed solar photovoltaic arrays, which are working hard to harness the powerful rays of the sun. This could have numerous benefits, not only for the prisons, but for taxpayers as well.
Solar panels have been set up at numerous prisons throughout Colorado, including the San Carlos prison in Pueblo, the Colorado Territorial prison, the East Canon Prison Complex in Canon City, as well as the Arkansas Valley prison in Ordway. This new renewable energy project is predicted to save state taxpayers $475,000 in electricity costs during the course of the next 20 years by generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 80 homes.
"This innovative Department of Corrections project leverages Colorado's solar energy and bright minds to save money and energy," said Gov. John Hickenlooper, who flipped the switch to start the generating project April 22, according to iStock Analyst. "Offenders will also gain real work experience in Colorado's renewable energy field, helping our state's recidivism rates.”
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Inmates worked alongside MW Solar Solutions workers on the installation of the panels and even fabricated some of the clips used to hold the panels in place, says Colorado Correctional Industries Executive Director Steve Smith, according to iStock Analyst.
Solar energy is just the beginning for Colorado state prisons though. In addition to this solar energy project, many state prisons are working on replacing old light bulbs with eco-friendly light bulbs in fixtures fitted with motion sensors.
Now with these eco-friendly bulbs, when a worker leaves an office, the lights automatically turn off and come back on when the worker returns, said Maryann Aldrich, Territorial prison spokeswoman, according to iStock Analyst.
This renewable energy project can mean big things, not just for solar energy, but for hard-working taxpayers as well. Imagine all of the possible savings if every state prison started using solar power?
Swire Energy buys ALL NRG, Vestas wins Australia wind order
The company currently operates across wind markets in Europe and Asia. ALL NRG was established in 2014 by Nordic private equity firm, Via Equity, by the acquisition of four prominent energy-related companies: APRO Wind, VB Enterprise A/S, Q-Star Energy A/S and WTG Partners A/S.
Manfred Vonlanthen, CEO of Swire Energy Services, said: “This acquisition, alongside the investment of BladeInsight in June of this year, positions Swire Energy Services firmly within the wind industry. ALL NRG has an impressive track record and is a trusted service provider, with access to over 600 highly qualified technicians.
“With this competence, in combination with our global reach and our long-term experience operating safely in the offshore environment, we will be able to service OEMs, operators, and owners with a full spectrum of specialist services for wind projects globally. We welcome Michael Thatt and his team and look forward to developing our service offering together in line with our strategic vision for wind services within SES.”
Via Equity is happy to see the ALL NRG services continuing under new ownership and we are certain SES will have great opportunities to excel in the very promising market for wind and solar, added Peter Thorlund Haahr, partner at Via Equity.
This is the second wind focused acquisition for Swire Energy Services this year, and forms part of the company’s long-term strategic objective to grow its renewable energy sector offering to support customers through the energy transition.
ALL NRG will be rebranded Swire Energy Services, which will roll out across the organisation from August 3.
Vestas wins 58 MW wind project order in Australia
In partnership with Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of the multinational power company Naturgy Group, Vestas has secured a 58MW deal for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm in New South Wales, Australia. The project will feature 16 V126-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.6 MW operating mode which Vestas will supply and install.
Upon completion, Vestas will also deliver a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. This agreement will optimise energy production while also providing long-term business case certainty.
“As the largest installer and maintainer of wind turbines, both globally and nationally, we are pleased that customers like Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group) continue to choose our leading technology, market experience and broad service solutions”, said Purvin Patel, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.
“Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group) is a globally valued customer to Vestas”, said Peter Cowling, Head of Vestas Australia and New Zealand. “We look forward to championing their ambitious vision of sustainability in Australia through the successful delivery of Crookwell 3 Wind Farm, and our remaining projects which are currently in progress.
Once again, Global Power Generation is very pleased to partner with Vestas as OEM and long-term maintenance provider for Crookwell 3 Wind Farm, added Pedro Serrano, Chief Business Development Officer, Global Power Generation (Naturgy Group). Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2022, with commissioning to commence in Q4 2022.
Last month leading CEOs from the global wind industry united to call on G20 members to show leadership in the climate crisis by raising national ambitions and urgently laying out concrete plans for increased wind energy production to replace fossil fuels (click here).