June 3 (Renewables Now) - In the second half of May we were flooded by power purchase agreement (PPA) announcements from different parts of the world, including several contracts for powering mines, retails chains and data centres with renewables.
MINES TURNING TO GREEN POWER
-- Engie inks 11-year PPA to power Chilean copper mine
-- Poland's PGE to build 5-MW solar park with corporate PPA
-- Swedish miner Boliden buying 415 GWh of wind power
MORE RENEWABLES FOR DATA CENTRES
-- Facebook to power Utah data centre from 122-MW solar park
Social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will be sourcing electricity for its Eagle Mountain Data Centre in Utah from a 122-MW solar park that will be installed by First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR). Read more..
-- QTS buying wind power for 2 data centres
US data centre solutions provider QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) has agreed to buy enough electricity from huge wind farms in Illinois and Texas to cover 100% of the expected demand of two of its data centres. Read more..
-- Microsoft to buy power from 731.5-MW Dutch offshore wind park
Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be one of the off-takers of the 731.5-MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind projects in the Dutch North Sea. The software giant has signed a 15-year PPA with Dutch Eneco Holding NV, one of the project’s owners. Read more..
NEW RETAILERS JOIN THE PARTY
-- Chile’s Colbun signs PPA to supply renewable power to retail chain
-- French retailer Boulanger to source renewable power from Voltalia
UPDATES FROM KEY TENDERS
-- Enercon, Enerjisa win 1-GW onshore wind tender in Turkey
German wind turbine maker Enercon GmbH and Turkish energy group Enerjisa have each secured 500 MW of capacity in Turkey’s latest wind tender, the country’s energy ministry announced. The companies will be awarded 15-year PPAs. Read more..
-- Argentina receives USD 520m in proposals under RenovAr Round 3
-- Massachusetts issues 800-MW solicitation for offshore wind
Massachusetts has launched its next solicitation for offshore wind, targeting up to 800 MW of capacity at sea. Interested parties will be competing to sign PPAs with Massachusetts power distribution companies for a period of 15-20 years. Read more..
-- Colombia issues proposal for terms, date of 2nd renewables auction
May 24 (Renewables Now) - The Colombian energy ministry has recently launched a call for public feedback on two proposals that establish conditions and the possible date of the country’s second renewable energy auction. Read more..
OTHER PPA NEWS
-- Holaluz ready to sign PPAs for up to 75 MW of crowdfunded PV
Spanish renewable power retailer Holaluz and crowdfunding platform Fundeen have agreed to jointly push for the development of solar projects of up to 75 MW in total over the next three years. The retailer’s side of the deal will be to buy the output of the crowdfunded projects under the PPA model. Read more..
-- Lendlease inks PPA for 160-MW solar project in California
-- Rhode Island okays 400-MW PPA for Revolution Wind
-- Lightsource BP seals 100-MW solar PPA in Alabama
-- Avangrid signs 52-MW wind PPA with Dairyland
-- Malawian power co signs PPAs for 140 MW of renewables
-- ESCO to supply renewable power to Zodiac Aerospace Mexico
Zodiac Aerospace Equipo de Mexico, an affiliate of France's Safran Group, will buy renewable power and clean energy certificates from Mexican energy retailer ESCO Comercializadora Energetica under a new off-take deal. Read more..
-- Texas cooperatives ink PPAs for 7 MW of local solar
Five Texas-based electric distribution cooperatives have signed PPAs with Canadian renewable energy developer Saturn Power Corp for the output of distribution-scale solar arrays totalling 7 MW DC, which will be built in their state. Read more..