Asset Management

Wind developers are retrofitting newer projects with bigger, better blades

Xcel Energy recently received approval to repower a pair of wind farms originally built in 2015 to take advantage of improved technology and expiring tax credits. Utilities and developers are repowering wind turbines with bigger,...

Mortenson, GE Renewable Energy partner with Clearway to repower 160-MW Texas wind farm

Mortenson has completed construction on the expansion and repowering of an 11-year-old Texas wind farm. Clearway Energy Group announced completion of the repowering work at the 160-MW Langford wind farm in Christoval, Texas. Mortenson...

Esdec acquires rooftop solar mounting company PanelClaw for undisclosed sum

Global rooftop solar mounting solutions provider Esdec announced today that it has acquired PanelClaw, a supplier of solar mounting systems for commercial roofs in the U.S. With the acquisition, Esdec expands its customer base and portfolio of...

Japan’s 12-MW Otake Geothermal Power Station gets a 2-MW upgrade with help from Mitsubishi...

Mitsubishi Power, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, said today that it has completed its renovation of the Otake Geothermal Power Station, located in the Kokonoe-machi, Oita Prefecture. The plant is operated by Kyushu Electric...

Solar+storage reliability puts gas plants at risk

The results are in from a new wind and solar study commissioned by California’s three big investor owned utilities. The main takeaway: solar paired with battery storage is just as reliable as conventional fossil fuel power plants when it comes to delivering power when the grid needs it most.

Energy Storage can increase the life of conventional units

Conventional fossil units have the most operational data on their outage statistics due to their long history. With the advent of wholesale energy and capacity markets, industry thought there is an added incentive for...

Why poorly serviced IoT devices could be holding renewables back

As the UK’s National Grid approaches its centenary, it has just achieved its first two consecutive months without burning any coal. Indeed, the shift away from fossil fuels is revolutionizing our energy systems from top to bottom, bringing a huge...
Commercial Solar

Excelsior and Unico Solar form long-term partnership to build 250-MW of C&I solar projects

This week, renewable energy investor, Excelsior Energy Capital, and solar energy systems developer and investor, Unico Solar Investors, announced the closing of a joint-venture partnership to build, own and operate a 250-MW pipeline of C&I solar projects in...

“Thirst for Power” documentary explores how water and power are intertwined

The first ever documentary screening at DISTRIBUTECH took place in a mega-session on Wednesday and was followed by a great panel discussion about the future of energy. DISTRIBUTECH International attendees may recall the keynote speaker...
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Striking the balance: how to run wind assets at maximum productivity, for maximum lifetime

More than ever, wind farm owners are looking to run their projects as hard as possible for as long as possible. However, a misconception shared by many asset owners across the industry is that any effort to...