News Article | November 9, 2015
German utility E.ON has agreed to sell its 527 MW Terni hydroelectric power complex to Genoa-based ERG Power Generation S.p.A.
News Article | April 19, 2016
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News Article | December 9, 2015
In 1984, when this year’s POWER-GEN 2015 Woman of the Year Kim Greene started engineering school, about 16 percent of her class was made up of women. Today, more than 30 years later, that number has jumped to just 18 percent. Greene, the Chief Operating Office of Southern Company was one of three finalists for the 2015 Woman of the Year award during Power Generation Week and on Tuesday December 8, she took part in a panel discussion with her co-finalists: Terry Jester, CEO and Chairman of Silicor Materials and Roxann Laird, Director of the National Carbon Capture Center, during the Women in Power luncheon. The fact that women only make up 18 percent of engineering students is an alarming statistic and was the topic of discussion for much of the panel. To combat it, Greene believes that everyone should be encouraging young women to study engineering. “Fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, school teachers,” she said, explaining that it should be important to all of us to encourage girls to pursue education in technical fields that will (hopefully) ultimately lead to careers in the energy industry. Laird explained that she does simple things in her household, such as conducting science experiments at birthday parties for her daughter. Also important is persistence, said Greene. Girls may need a bit of extra encouragement when they do poorly on a test or fail a class. If a mentor can offer words of encouragement like “keep your chin up” and “you can do this,” that may be all that is needed to keep a girl motivated who may otherwise have become discouraged. As far as rising through the ranks of an organization, Jester believes it isn’t about being the smartest person in the room or always making the right decisions. Women just need to believe that they are capable of being charge. If you make a mistake, own it and move on, said Greene. It’s ok to admit you are wrong, don’t dig in your heels. Panelists were also asked for tips on how to re-enter the workplace after a hiatus or after switching careers and all agreed on one thing: “don’t apologize for the gap.” Jester believes that someone who has re-dedicated herself to the workplace makes for an excellent employee. At the end of the day “engineers solve problems,” said Laird adding, “it’s a fun industry.” Jester said that there are misperceptions in the industry that engineers are stuck in a cube or an office doing very boring jobs but it is not like that. Those of us in the industry know its fun. Robynn Andracsek, an engineer with Burns & McDonnell and member of the Women in Power committee led the panel discussion during the luncheon. The purpose of the Women in Power committee is to provide role models to inspire young women to pursue careers in energy. Anyone in the energy industry can nominate a woman for the Woman of the year award. Nominations are open from April to August each year.
News Article | December 6, 2015
Las Vegas – Dec. 7 marks the opening of Power Generation Week in the city of Las Vegas. Power Generation Week is a series of energy conferences anchored by the behemoth Power Gen International (PGI) – the largest conference and expo for the traditional power generation industry.
The plant, located in the town of Sorocaba in Brazil's industrial hub of São Paulo, is being built by industrial services group Flex, Recharge discovered from multiple sources. Canadian Solar first announced plans for the Brazil factory last year but has given no details since then. Speaking to Recharge, a Canadian Solar spokeswoman reiterated that plans for the Brazil plant remain underway, but would not confirm any additional details. Canadian Solar is said to be seeking accreditation under the 2014 local content rules set by the National Development Bank (BNDES). It will be the first confirmation of four module makers that are expected to accredit their equipment beside five small, local module-assemblers, allowing Brazil to reach a 1GW a year module manufacturing capacity, as Recharge reported. The panel maker's decision will come as a relief for most of Brazil's solar sector, which is fraught with indecision because of the current political and economic crisis that has led some top module makers to decide not to invest in the 1GW-2GW annual PV market. The confirmation comes as most developers that won PPAs in the 2014 tender are asking the government to postpone the start of power supply to 2019 from 2017 claiming, among other issues, a lack of local equipment suppliers. Enel Green Power, which is importing Jinko Solar modules for its projects, is the only winner that is not seeking a postponement. Thin-film manufacturer First Solar and China's Jinko Solar have already said that they will not invest in Brazil for now, although they will seek to continue selling imported equipment there. Troubled SunEdison, which in 2015 announced plans to build a 140MW plant in Brazil, may not invest, Recharge understands. China's BYD, which said it will invest in a 200MW plant, and JA Solar are still reportedly undecided. They are said to be waiting for confirmation of further tax incentives for solar PV equipment and their respective raw materials through a semiconductor incentive program known as PADIS. “Canadian's stance is important to large centralised solar generation projects, because up to now the five panel makers operating in the country don't have the capacity nor the quality to supply utility-scale projects,” Carlos Evangelista, president of the Brazilian Association of Distributed Power Generation (ABGD) told Recharge. Although Globo Brasil, which assembles modules in a plant in São Paulo, has a 180MW a year capacity, its equipment built with imported Chinese solar cells lacks the certification required for large utility-scale projects. Although locally-made solar panels are currently more expensive than imported panels, local production is important to avoid exchange rate risks and, principally, for developers to tap cheap financing from the BNDES. Canadian Solar will initially supply projects in which it has equity stakes in São Paulo and Minas Gerais states, in partnership with Spanish developer Solatio. In the 2014 tender the two companies won PPAs for nine projects with a combined capacity of 270MW and in the 2015 tender it won PPAs for five projects totally 150MW. All projects have to be operational by 2017. Story was updated with response from Canadian Solar.