Oct 15, 2018

PCE’s 200MW solar facility breaks ground, could power 100,000 homes

Solar
Olivia Minnock
2 min
PCE's facility is being constructed by Swinterton Renewable Energy and is owned by Centaurus.
Construction has now officially begun on Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE)’s new utility-scale solar facility.

Construction has now officially begun on Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE)’s new utility-scale solar facility.

Wright Solar Park, which will be located in California, has a capacity of 200MW and as such is set to be able to power over 100,000 homes per year. PCE also has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the facility.

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Construction is being carried out by Swinterton Renewable Energy, which will use local labour and should create about 400 jobs. Construction and operation management is being done by Clēnera, an end-to-end utility-scale solar development and asset management service provider, while the project is owned by Centaurus Renewable Energy.

Jan Pepper, CEO of PCE said: “This is a huge step forward for PCE and our customers. The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of providing all customers with 100% renewable power by 2025. This long-term contract locks in the price we pay for electricity, which helps ensure that our rates will remain low.”

Meanwhile, Chair of the Board at PCE as well as President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Dave Pine, said: “One of our primary objectives for PCE is to grow the supply of new renewable energy sources. With the Wright Solar project, we are helping to fight climate change by adding 200MW of new solar power.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
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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