Daily News Wrap-Up: TotalEnergies to Build Solar Projects in Iraq

Western Australia's low-income households reduce energy costs within six months of its smart energy for social housing trial


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

TotalEnergies, the Iraqi Ministries for oil and electricity, and the National Investment Commission have signed agreements covering several projects in the Basra region to enhance the development of Iraq’s natural resources to improve the country’s electricity supply. TotalEnergies will invest in installations to recover gas flared on three oil fields and supply gas for power generation. It will also develop 1 GW of solar electricity generation capacity to supply the Basra regional grid. The projects represent a total investment of approximately $10 billion.

Private healthcare services group Mediclinic announced that its Southern Africa division has entered an agreement with Energy Exchange of Southern Africa to procure renewable electricity in a deal worth £110 million (~$152.41 million). The company did not divulge the volume of power it will source from the energy exchange. However, it said the move was part of its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Western Australia has observed reduced energy costs for low-income earners within six months of its ‘Smart Energy for Social Housing’ trial.  Public housing tenants have saved up to $200 each in the trial, part of the state government’s ‘Smart Energy for Social Housing’ plan, focusing on renewable energy. In July 2020, the State Government announced it would install $6 million worth of solar panels at 500 social housing properties as part of the Western Australia recovery plan’s $66.3 million renewable energy technologies package.

Spanish electrical energy conversion technology and control systems company Ingeteam Wind Energy announced that it has integrated its SCADA software into 20 GW of renewable energy projects worldwide. The INGESYS™ Smart SCADA platform harnesses big data and the internet of things (IoT) into a single product to deliver significant cost savings, enhanced security, and performance improvements for the integrated management of wind, solar and hydro assets.

German electric utility E.ON has integrated the third battery storage unit into its grids in Dúzs, Hungary. E.ON works with partners to develop mobile and flexible battery storage systems (BESS). Two large solar plants are already in operation locally. E.ON has already integrated two battery storage facilities into its grids as part of the IElectrix project in Friedland in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Zánka.


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