UAE’s Enviromena starts construction of solar plants in Egypt and Jordan
Building work on more than 500MW of solar plants in Egypt and Jordan has started, which is projected to deliver power to a combined 690,000 homes when finished in 2020.
Enviromena Power Systems, a renewable energy provider from the UAE, announced it had started construction on the projects while also launching a rooftop solar scheme in Dubai.
In Egypt, the company is constructing 256MW of solar PV projects which will help provide power to nearly 370,000 homes while displacing 454,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
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This is part of a wider solar complex of 32 plants which will collectively provide 1,650MW of power, making it a sizable part of Egypt’s plan to achieve 20% renewable energy by 2020.
Enviromena has also broken ground on a 247MW project in Al Muwaqqar, Jordan, in a project which will bring electricity to 320,000 homes while displacing 408,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Ayham Mkalalati, Director of Business Development at Enviromena, commented: “Enviromena has already completed 104MW of solar projects this year, and by year-end, we will have increased that total to more than 600MW.
“To continue growing our portfolio while providing unparalleled service, we’ve also increased our staff by 30 percent since the start of the year.”
In Jordan, the company has already completed what is the country’s largest solar park. The Quweira site was completed in a joint venture with Spanish company TSK.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.