Gamesa to supply 298MW at Avangrid Renewables’ El Cabo wind farm
Avangrid Renewables — a US-based subsidiary of Spanish utility Iberdrola — has awarded turbine manufacturer Gamesa the contract to provide the turbines for its newest wind farm.
The 298MW capacity wind farm, called El Cabo, is located in New Mexico’s Torrance County and will be capable of generating clean electricity for some 900,000 households.
In one of the largest orders it has ever processed, Gamesa will supply the project with 142 of its G114 model turbines, which have a unit capacity of 2.1MW. Delivery of the wind turbines will commence in March of next year, with the facility due to be commissioned from June 2017.
Iberdrola has already arranged for the long-term sale of the power generated at El Cabo as part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The total value of investment in the project is thought to exceed US $500 million.
With 53 wind farms in 18 states and an installed capacity of 6.3GW, Avangrid Renewables is the second-largest producer of wind energy in the US today.
Gamesa said it has installed 4338MW of wind capacity in the US to date.
Photo courtesy of Gamesa
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
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.