Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) approved transmission lines for evacuating power from the 500 MW Blended Power Project (Wind-400 MW & Solar-100 MW) of JSW Renew Energy in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. The overhead line is covered under a 230 kV D/C transmission line from JSW Renew Energy’s generation switchyards to the Tuticorin II PGCIL pooling substation. It will pass through, around, and between 33 villages in the Kayathar Taluk in Tuticorin.
Tata Power and Tata Motors have partnered to develop a 7 MW solar rooftop project at Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicle Plant in Chikhali, Pune. This is the third phase of a joint 17 MW on-site solar project developed by the two companies, of which 10 MW was installed earlier. The Tata Motors PV manufacturing unit will be home to India’s largest on-site solar project with this latest installation. Tata Motors and Tata Power recently inked a Power Purchase Agreement for the project. The installation is expected to generate 23 million units of electricity, mitigating 523,000 tons of carbon dioxide. It would be equivalent to planting 836,000 trees over a lifetime.
Okinawa Autotech and Tacita signed an agreement to form a joint venture for global futuristic electric two-wheeler and power train manufacturing. The new company will be based in India and begin production in 2023. Tacita, an Italian manufacturer of electric and performance motorcycles, will provide the powertrain – controller, motor, battery packs, and BMS. Okinawa will provide the local development of the future product and its production line.
Akuo, an independent global renewable energy power producer and developer, and Tonga Power, the Tonga Islands’ public grid operator, announced that they commissioned Tonga 1 & 2, the South Pacific’s largest battery energy storage system with a total capacity of 29.2 MWh / 16.5 MW. The two battery storage facilities use Storage GEM (global enterprise management), the innovative modular energy storage container technology developed by the Akuo Group. Eight such containers have been deployed on Tongatapu, the Tonga archipelago’s main island: three Storage GEM for Tonga 1 and five for Tonga 2.
Lightsource bp secured a 150 MW fishery solar project in Taiwan, co-developed by local company Green Rock Energy. The project will be co-locating solar with aquaculture. The Budai project would be one of Taiwan’s largest fishery solar farms, creating 750 employment opportunities during construction, which is expected to commence in June 2023. The project will produce 210,000 MWh of renewable electricity a year, enough to power roughly 43,000 homes and save 133,770 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Scout Clean Energy, a U.S.-based renewable energy developer, signed an agreement with First Solar to purchase 378 MW of advanced, responsibly produced thin-film solar modules. Scout is actively developing a portfolio of over 12 GW of solar PV, battery storage, and onshore wind projects spread across 21 U.S. states. It plans to use the First Solar modules to begin construction on several late-stage projects, with the start of operations expected in 2024.