A123 Systems to supply Grid Battery System for 21-MW Hawaii wind farm
A123 Systems has agreed to supply an 11-MW Grid Battery System to Sempra Generation for the 21-MW Auwahi Wind project in Maui, Hawaii.
A123’s GBS storage system is designed to facilitate the smooth and efficient operation of the wind farm, helping Sempra Generation maintain the consistent delivery of clean, emission-free energy. In addition, A123’s Smart Grid Domain Controller will manage voltage regulation requirements for the project, leveraging the battery system and other assets including substation capacitor banks.
When fully operational, the Auwahi wind farm is expected to be capable of generating enough energy to power the equivalent of 10,000 homes. The wind project will supply power to Maui Electric Co. under a 20-year contract.
NextEra Energy unit raises $131M for three California wind projects
NextEra Energy Resources LLC subsidiary Golden Winds LLC has raised $131 million for three California wind farms with an aggregate capacity of 205.9 MW. Golden Winds has issued Class B membership interests to JPMorgan Capital Corp. in exchange for about $131 million at closing. In addition, Golden Winds expects additional $78 million capital contribution in early 2012.
Solar Thin Films to form new solar company
Solar Thin Films Inc. plans to form a wholly owned subsidiary that will seek to engage in the development and syndication of solar power projects. The subsidiary will be named Cenergy Inc. Forming a new solar development company is Solar Thin Films’ latest step in shifting its focus to the establishment, operation and management of solar farms, internationally.
Midwest Generation install additional pollution controls at Illinois power plants
Edison Mission Group subsidiary Midwest Generation has completed the installation of selective non-catalytic reduction systems at its fleet of Illinois power plants to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, which can contribute to the formation of smog.
The new controls will enable Midwest Generation to comply with both State of Illinois and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for NOx, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2012.