May 17, 2020

Wind Capital Group Buys 228 Advanced GE Turbines

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GE and Wind Capital Group sign a deal for 228 advanced wind turbines for projects in Oklahoma and Kansas
Wind Capital Group reached an agreement to buy 228 advanced General Electric (GE) wind turbines, as well as operation and maintenance services, for win...

Wind Capital Group reached an agreement to buy 228 advanced General Electric (GE) wind turbines, as well as operation and maintenance services, for wind projects in Oklahoma and Kansas. 

GE will supply 94 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines for the Osage project in Oklahoma and 134 of its 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Post Rock project in Kansas.  While financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the turbines are expected for delivery by early 2012.

Combined, Wind Capital Group’s Oklahoma and Kansas projects will generate 350 megawatts of power, bringing the company’s installed wind power capacity to over half a gigawatt

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“This purchase will help us to create American jobs, invest in rural economies and bring clean, domestic energy to communities across the country,” says Ciaran O’Brien, Wind Capital Group’s chief executive officer. “At a time when many energy projects around the country are on hold, Wind Capital Group is making substantial investments and expanding our operations.  This turbine acquisition sends a clear signal that we have a pipeline of high-quality development projects that we are continuing to translate into strong commercial availability.”

The GE turbines being purchased are some of the company’s most technologically advanced.  With a 100-meter rotor diameter, the turbines offer a 47 percent increase in swept area.  This results in an 18 percent increase in efficiency over previous models.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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