Daily News Wrap-Up: Voltalia to Develop a 49.9 MW Solar Project to Supply Power to London

Australia announces $341,990 funding for an innovative micro wind turbine technology that can be used on off-grid telecommunication towers


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

Voltalia, a global renewable energy company, said it would develop a 49.9 MW solar facility to supply green electricity to the City of London, United Kingdom. The governing body of the Square Mile signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy all the electricity produced by a new-build 95,000 panel-solar project in Dorset, United Kingdom. The 49.9 MW project will generate enough clean energy that can power around 15,000 homes and will provide over half the City Corporation’s electricity.

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $341,990 in funding to Diffuse Energy to demonstrate the effectiveness of its innovative micro wind turbine technology for use on off-grid telecommunication towers and broader remote applications. As part of the $922,307 project, the Newcastle-based startup will install its small wind turbines at ten off-grid telecommunications towers across various locations in Australia. SEUZ and bp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the feasibility of the United Kingdom’s first carbon capture and storage project from waste-to-energy. The Net Zero Teesside Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) project is expected to capture up to 10 million tons of carbon dioxide emission, the equivalent to the annual energy use of 3 million UK households. The agreement paves the way for SUEZ to develop a solution to capture carbon dioxide emissions from one of four waste-to-energy facilities it operates in the Teesside area of the UK. Once captured, the carbon dioxide will be supplied to the bp led Net Zero Teesside CCUS project, to be transported and stored in a geological storage facility beneath the North Sea.

Sunrun, a US-based renewable energy company, has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE), a U.S.-based electric utility company, to increase grid resilience and lower power costs. SCE Will send signals to Sunrun during high demand events such as extreme heat waves when the energy grid is strained. In response, Sunrun will dispatch energy from its solar-powered battery systems installed in the SCE territory, providing 5 MW of energy capacity to support the overall energy system. The same solar-powered batteries will also provide reliable backup power to these households if the power goes out.

Harsh Shukla is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.

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