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Tennessee Valley Authority takes first step into solar plus storage market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The Tennessee Valley Authority announced this week that it has contracted for 484 megawatts of solar power in the past two months, part of its push to expand its clean energy portfolio and reduce its reliance on coal power.The awards announced this week, which include one 200-megawatt solar system paired with a 50 megawatts/200 megawatt-hour battery system, will increase the TVA’s share of solar generation by 44 percent. The seven-state federal power agency gets less than 3 percent of its power from wind and solar today, compared to 39 percent nuclear, 26 percent natural gas, 21 percent coal-fired, and 10 percent hydropower.But TVA’s long-range integrated resource plan (IRP) calls for adding between 1,500 and 8,000 megawatts of solar by 2028, along with up to 2,400 megawatts of energy storage, to serve the utilities and customers it supplies across seven states. By 2038, TVA could see as much as 14 gigawatts of solar on its system, a rate of increase that equates to roughly 700 megawatts per year over the next 20 years.The winning projects announced Tuesday were selected out of a total of 3,700 megawatts of proposals submitted to an April 2019 RFP for TVA’s newly launched Green Invest program, which is aimed at providing large corporate power purchasers with renewable energy. It’s modeled on the work TVA has done with big data center customers like Facebook and Google, which are demanding 100-percent clean energy options from utilities across the Southeast.The first Green Invest project, a 35-megawatt solar system developed by Nashville-based Silicon Ranch in partnership with Vanderbilt University and municipal utility Nashville Electric Service, was announced in January. Silicon Ranch will also be developing a solar project of up to 80 megawatts in Madison County, Tennessee.Florida-based developer Origis Energy won two contracts, including a 100-megawatt solar farm in Obion County, Tenn., and a 200-megawatt solar system with 200 megawatt-hours of batteries in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Spanish developer OPD Energy will develop a fifth, 69-megawatt project in Simpson County, Kentucky. [Jeff St. John]More: Tennessee Valley Authority adds 484MW of solar, plus 50MW of batteries Tennessee Valley Authority takes first step into solar plus storage marketlast_img read more

Connacht go level with Scarlets

first_imgConnacht kept alive their hopes of European Champions Cup qualification with a 40-10 away win over bottom-of-the-table Zebre in the Guinness PRO12. A 10th win of the season, which marks a season’s best for Pat Lam’s men, lifted them level with Scarlets in the all-important sixth place which would secure a place in Europe’s elite knockout competition for next season. Scrum-half John Cooney scored two first-half tries to put the Irishmen on their way to a 10th successive win over the Italian minnows. Brendon Leonard pulled a try back for the home side on 26 minutes and Luciano Orquera closed the gap further with the conversion and a penalty. However, winger Matt Healy also went over for Connacht in the first half, with Jack Carty kicking his third conversion to make it 21-10 at the break, and back rower Eoghan Masterson secured the bonus point with a fourth touchdown 14 minutes into the second half Connacht then pulled away, adding further tries through Tiernan O’Halloran and Shane O’Leary in the final 10 minutes to overwhelm the Italian side, who were led by veteran flanker Mauro Bergamasco in his final home game. Bergamasco, who recently turned 36, is bowing out after 18 years of club rugby at Petrarca Padova, Benetton Treviso, Stade Francais, Aironi and Zebre and will finally hang up his boots after this autumn’s World Cup. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more