SAIC, Carlyle Group team up on 37.5-MW biomass project in Connecticut
Science Applications International Corp. and Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Group have entered into an agreement to build the Plainfield Renewable Energy biomass project in Plainfield, Connecticut. The project, located on a 27-acre site, will cost $225 million.
Under a fixed-price, date certain contract, SAIC will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Owned by a subsidiary of Enova Energy Group, the biomass plant will employ Best Available Control Technology to control emissions.
The biomass facility will generate 37.5 MW of clean energy to power the equivalent of 37,000 homes. The project will consume wood readily available from various sources such as construction and demolition (C&D) debris, recycled wood pallets, and land clearing materials. Connecticut Light & Power will purchase power from the plant based on a 15-year off-take agreement. Construction is expected to be completed in December 2013.
ABB gets $50M order to improve transmission lines in Texas for more wind power
ABB has received a more than $50 million order from Electric Transmission Texas LLC to provide electrical equipment that will improve reliability, strengthen the existing transmission grid and facilitate the integration of wind power. The project, to be completed by 2013, is part of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones program. ETT is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.
Sunvalley Solar to install 88-kW solar system in California
Sunvalley Solar Inc. has been awarded a contract by Hans Enterprise Ltd. to install an 88-kW solar system in Anaheim, California. The solar system will generate up to 126,224 kWh of electrical power annually using three hundred and seventy eight 235 watt high efficiency solar panels. The approximate value for the contract is in excess of $486,000. Installations are expected to start by the middle of 2012.
Duke Energy awards energy efficiency grants to Austin Schools
Duke Energy’s philanthropic arm, Duke Energy Foundation, has awarded grants totaling $40,000 to help two Austin schools improve energy efficiency and provide job training.
St. Gabriel’s Catholic School will apply its $20,000 grant toward the cost of a new state-of-the-art Incenergy Energy Management System that automates heating, ventilation, and air conditioning operation, boosts efficiency, reduces power use and cuts costs. San Juan Diego Catholic High School will use its $20,000 Duke Energy Foundation grant to enhance its Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with weekly opportunities to build valuable skills in corporate work settings in the Austin area.