Daily News Wrap-Up: McDonald’s to Purchase 326 MW of Wind Power from Apex Clean Energy

Sungrow shipped 2 GW of inverters for Vietnam’s rooftop solar market in 2020

December 9, 2020


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

Apex Clean Energy announced two power purchase agreements (PPA) executed with McDonald’s totaling 326 MW of wind energy. McDonald’s will purchase 200 MW from Caddo Wind, located in Caddo County, Oklahoma, and 126 MW from Lincoln Land Wind, located in Morgan County, Illinois. The newly announced PPAs build on the restaurant company’s previous purchase of 220 MW from Apex-developed Aviator Wind West, located in Coke County, Texas. Aviator Wind, owned by Consumers Energy, Kansai Electric, and Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure and Power, commenced operations in September 2020.

Sungrow said that 2 GW of its featured commercial inverter SG110CX was shipped to Vietnam for the rooftop solar market in 2020. Sungrow has been supplying the flagship solutions optimized to local rooftop installations, which tend to be defined over 1 MW. According to the company, the SG110CX rated at 110 kW streamlines the configuration and maximizes the levelized cost significantly. The high protection capacity of IP66 and C5 makes the inverter robust despite working on rooftops where it’s vulnerable to scorching heat or rainy conditions in the long run. Integrated with AFCI function, the inverter can detect different arcing current and protect the system from being an ignition source of a fire.

EDF Renewables North America announced winning a contract to build a 700 kW/2,400 kWh Microgrid Infrastructure Project for the Port of San Diego. The project, designed to island the electrical infrastructure at the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, was approved by the Board of Port Commissioners on November 10, 2020. EDFR was selected as the highest-ranked proposer, demonstrating the most experience and technical expertise, and strong familiarity with the project site. The Microgrid Infrastructure Project, consisting of a battery storage system and electrical infrastructure, projects $3.2 million in energy savings for the Port during regular operations over 20 years.

ENGIE North America and Hannon Armstrong entered a new partnership to jointly invest in a Distributed Generation portfolio of solar and solar-plus-storage assets located across the United States. The portfolio comprises a diversified set of community solar and commercial & industrial ground-mounted, carport and rooftop solar and solar-plus-storage projects (around 70 MW in total) located across the U.S., including Massachusetts, Illinois, Vermont, California, Texas, and Arizona.

U.S. utility Portland General Electric Company has started the commercial power generation at the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility in Eastern Oregon. Wheatridge is a joint project of PGE and a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The Wheatridge will be one of the first large-scale energy facilities in the United States to combine wind, solar, and battery storage resources at a single location.

Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.