Sun seekers: Innogy prepares for solar push under €3.5bn renewables strategy. German renewables giant promises to spend €3.5bn on new renewable capacity over the next three years, with major focus on solar PV rollout. Juergen Grossman, the former CEO of RWE, once joked building solar PV in Germany “makes as much sense as growing pineapples in Alaska”. The rationale for pineapple cultivation in the snowy north may not have changed since those comments, which were made in 2011, but the outlook for solar certainly has, after costs plummeted over 60 per cent since 2008. Now Innogy, the spin off clean energy company from RWE, is beefing up its solar interests, with plans to rapidly expand its PV portfolio over the next three years. Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Hans Bunting, Innogy’s chief operating officer for renewables, explained that in the next three years Innogy plans to invest €3.5bn in new renewables capacity, with solar set to form a major part of the new strategy. Bunting highlighted countries in the southern hemisphere, where demand for energy is surging, as a key focus for the firm this year. But one of its first solar projects will be in Canada, where it has signed an agreement with a Canadian developer to build out up to 1GW of PV capacity. The company is also “actively developing” projects in the Netherlands, North America, and, yes, Germany. Elsewhere in the renewables space, Innogy said it has a total pipeline of clean energy projects totalling 7GW in capacity, which includes onshore and offshore wind as well as solar. Alongside developing the Triton Knoll offshore windfarm, which it secured a Contract for Difference for in the 2017 UK auction round, Bunting said the firm was also preparing to bid into the upcoming 2019 CfD auction for the 1.2GW Teesside B wind farm in the Dogger Bank, which has been renamed as the Sofia project.
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Shell agrees power purchase for England’s largest solar farm. Energy giant Shell has announced a landmark power purchase agreement partnership with British Solar Renewables (BSR) for England’s largest solar farm. The Bradenstoke site, covering 213 acres of the former RAF base at Lyneham near Swindon.
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The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has become the latest organisation to call for a route to market for solar PV as it seeks more ambitious decarbonisation efforts from government. The government’s independent watchdog today publishes its report on last year’s Clean Growth Strategy. Its view is that while the Clean Growth Strategy is a welcome move in the right direction, its policies and proposals do not go far enough to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets. It has therefore called on the government to “firm up” the CGS with further policies, and has suggested introducing new routes to market for solar and other established low carbon technologies as one such way.
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Developer INRG is proposing the construction of a 120 MW subsidy-free solar farm in the UK. INRG says that it will start a public consultation process for its proposed plans in early 2018, and that it hopes to make a planning application later in the year. The solar farm is the second large-scale, subsidy-free solar farm to be put forward by developers in the UK in recent months. In November 2017, Hive Energy and Wirsol said they planned to develop a solar farm in Kent, southeast England, with a capacity of up to 350 MW. INRG is developing plans for a site near Scunthorpe, northern England, and says that it could incorporate a 50 MW battery energy storage facility.
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