Solar Alliance begins construction of 2.4MW facility in US
US solar company Solar Alliance Energy Inc has begun constriction on a new solar power project.
The project will have a capacity of 2.4MW and is currently a proof-of-concept operation, which is being done on behalf of a Fortune 500 company.
Chairman and CEO Jason Bak: “Solar Alliance is proud to support this Fortune Global 500 company’s efforts in reducing their carbon footprint.
“This proof of concept project will hopefully lead to job creation, profitability and increased equity for the client. Our team has been working diligently to ensure this project meets their requirements and we are proud to have been elected to assist our client’s sustainability team with this important project.”
The company states the project will be equivalent to building 400 residential solar systems. Construction is set to be completed by the end of next year, at which point the name of the client will be revealed.
Solar Alliance Energy Inc currently operates in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky, and says it currently has an ‘expanding pipeline’ of solar projects.
The company and its commitment to solar are currently promoted by popular award-winning actor William Shatner, who has stated: “The benefits of solar energy are significant and I am pleased to work with Solar Alliance on this public awareness campaign. I am committed to creating a better world through action and this is one small step towards a cleaner future that is less dependent.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.