Pattern Energy Names Hunter Armistead as CEO

Hunter Armistead

Pattern Energy Group LP has hired Hunter Armistead as CEO of the company, in succession to Michael Garland. Armistead is presently the company’s chief development officer. Garland will retire after his successful tenure as CEO of the company and its predecessor entities since 2009.

“This is an extraordinary time for the renewable energy sector and the entire Pattern team is exceptionally well positioned to deliver on the opportunities ahead,” says Garland. “Given his long history as a leader of this company, the strength of his commercial instincts, and his passion for Pattern’s vision, I believe Hunter is uniquely capable of leading this company in a way that provides consistency, continuity and leadership across the business both internally and externally.”

Armistead brings almost 30 years of energy experience including roles at Conoco-Phillips, Edison Mission Energy, and Babcock & Brown, previous to his time at Pattern.

“It has been a tremendous journey since we founded Pattern in 2009, and it is my honor and privilege to take on the CEO role,” states Armistead. “Pattern began with a modest pipeline, a few dedicated professionals, and a vision to accelerate the world’s energy transition. To see Pattern and our industry evolve into what we have become has been a beautiful ride and is one that has only just begun. I am 100 percent committed to driving the next chapter in our growth in a manner that is consistent with our mission, our culture and our values.”

“I have seen first-hand Mike Garland’s exceptional leadership of the company since 2009,” comments Lord John Browne, chairman of the board. “During his long service he has led Pattern through many successful phases of development. We are most grateful for all he has done. We conducted a thorough search for his successor and concluded that Hunter Armistead was the ideal candidate. He cares deeply for the company’s culture and people and brings great experience and understanding of the company’s business to the role.”

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CEP Renewables, Partners Finish Installations for 25.6 MW Landfill Solar Project

CEP Renewables, CS Energy, Terrasmart, Lindsay Precast and NJR Clean Energy Ventures have completed the largest landfill solar project in North America. The 25.6 MW DC solar project is located in Mount Olive, N.J. It has enabled the township to recoup nearly $2.3 million in past taxes while at the same time transitioning the former Combe Fill North Landfill Superfund site into a revenue-generating, clean energy asset.

“We’re pleased to have been able to work closely with our reliable, long-time partners to convert yet another, previously unusable, landfill site into a renewable energy generating power plant,” says Chris Ichter, executive vice president at CEP Renewables. “There are over 10,000 closed landfills in the United States, yet only a small fraction of these parcels have been redeveloped. Transitioning more of these landfill sites into solar projects will create more local tax revenue, jobs, cleaner air, and affordable energy for residents throughout the country.”

“We’re proud to have been selected by CEP Renewables to provide our expertise for this impactful landfill solar project due to our track record of completing these challenging projects safely, on time and on budget,” comments Mike Dillon, director of operations at CS Energy. “This is our eighth project with CEP Renewables, our seventh project with Lindsay Precast and our fourteenth landfill solar project with Terrasmart. Our strong partnerships with each of these industry leaders also enabled us to efficiently deliver this high-quality landfill solar project, which will provide significant financial and environmental benefits to this community long-term.”

In addition to the benefits provided to the town, the large size and the challenging nature of this capped landfill solar project, the Mount Olive project is also notable in that it involved the purchasing of the landfill by way of the redevelopment and tax lien foreclosure process. This structure was entirely unique and resulted in the project winning the 2021 Award for Innovation in Governance from the New Jersey League of Municipalities. The Mount Olive project now serves as a model for the myriad other closed landfill sites throughout the U.S. – both in terms of the redevelopment process as well as the design and construction execution, while also providing greater tax revenue and more affordable clean energy for local communities.

NJR Clean Energy Ventures will own and operate the Mount Olive solar facility long-term. CEP Renewables owns the land for this project, which is being leased to NJR Clean Energy Ventures.

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Nexamp Works with Calif. School District on Community Solar Solution

Joe Fiori

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District has chosen Nexamp as its community solar provider under a long-term contract. The district spans nine towns in three counties across western New York, comprising four schools that educate more than 2,100 students.

Under the program, the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District is an anchor tenant supporting 2.4 MW of renewable energy production from one of Nexamp’s community solar projects in Watertown, N.Y. That number represents approximately 40% of the project’s total capacity; the district will receive energy credits to reduce its annual electric costs while contributing to the expansion of renewable energy.

“Maximizing our resources to provide the best education possible for our students is a top priority, so finding ways to rein in expenses is always something we are looking for,” notes Gene Mancuso, superintendent of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District. “The opportunity to yield savings while also addressing sustainability is a bonus and a move that we are very excited about. By subscribing to community solar, we support the addition of renewable energy on the grid, ultimately benefiting our students and their families with a cleaner, brighter future.”

The district will save approximately $40,000 each year from its annual allocation of nearly 2.4 million kWh of energy, delivering a total savings of more than $650,000 over the life of the contract. Nexamp also has another community solar farm located next to the middle school that brings additional revenue into the district through a PILOT agreement.

“Community solar for school districts and municipalities offers an easy way for the public sector to address sustainability goals and realize savings while doing right by the community,” says Joe Fiori, director of business development at Nexamp. “This agreement, combined with the Mendon Renewables array located just across from the middle school, demonstrates our commitment to being a long-term partner to the Town of Mendon and the Honeoye Falls-Lima School District.”

Nexamp is working on a collaborative education program with the district that will provide opportunities for students to tour a solar farm and learn more about the role of renewable energy in a more resilient grid. With the participation of public sector clients, community solar is growing rapidly in scale, helping to make significant economic and environmental benefits available to local area residents.

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Solar Proponent Chooses Ideematec Solar Tracker for Texas Solar Projects

Ideematec, a provider of utility-scale solar tracking systems, has signed an agreement to support Solar Proponent’s approximate 7 GW pipeline of projects in Texas using Ideematec’s Horizon L:TEC 1P tracker. Ideematec and Solar Proponent are working together with an EPC contractor to finalize the delivery schedules for the first approximate 650 MW project in Texas.

“Solar Proponent recognizes that our superior tracking technology is not only ideal for hurricane zones around the Texas Gulf Coast but also has a long track record of zero wind damage in areas with up to 105 mph wind speeds,” says Philipp Klemm, CEO of Ideematec Inc.

“We look forward to delivering the first project and working with Solar Proponent to supply GW of our L:TEC product into the Texas region,” continues Klemm. “Ideematec’s team is proud to reach this milestone in our North American expansion strategy.”

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DE Sud Brought on Board as First Solar Roof Tile Distributor for Meyer Burger

As part of the pilot phase of its solar roof tile, Meyer Burger Technology AG has signed its first distribution partner from the roofing trade. Dachdecker-Einkauf Süd eG (DE Süd), a specialist roofing distributor in Germany, will supervise the first pilot projects and implement these together with their customers from the roofing sector. The solar roof tiles come from the pilot production of Meyer Burger and contain high-performance solar cells from the production plant in Thalheim (town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen).

“We are delighted to be able to provide the trade with such an innovative product for the product launch, together with Meyer Burger,” says Björn Augustin, an executive board member of DE Süd. The solar roof tiles have already been presented this year at the trade shows Intersolar as well as Dach+Holz, where they met with a high level of interest among installers, roofers and end customers.

After the completion of the current pilot phase, the market launch of the Meyer Burger Tile is planned for the second half of 2023. For mass production of the solar roof tile, Meyer Burger is planning to work with a specialized European contract manufacturing company. The solar cells and the connection technology are to come from Meyer Burger’s own production. The company will also select and procure all materials and components. As a result, Meyer Burger not only ensures that the product conforms with the company’s high-quality standards, but can also leverage its existing supply chains and protect its intellectual property.

“The design of our Meyer Burger Tile enables a uniform and aesthetic appearance across the entire roof area and is therefore ideal for demanding architectural applications,” says Moritz Borgmann, chief commercial officer of Meyer Burger.

The tile is intended for use in private rooftop systems in new construction or roof replacement scenarios, property in redevelopment areas and listed buildings, as well as on buildings with limited roof load. The solar roof tiles will provide a conversion efficiency of up to 17%, with further improvements planned. The solar roof tiles are hailstorm-proof up to 55 millimeters hailstone size and are classified as rigid roofing, which enables installation up to the roof edge without additional safety clearance. Meyer Burger offers a product and performance guarantee of 30 years.

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GreenPowerMonitor, Raptor Maps Integrate Solar Analysis Software Platforms

Raptor Maps, a provider of solar lifecycle management software, has partnered with renewable monitoring provider GreenPowerMonitor to enable a new domain of data and insights for managing solar assets. The integration of the Raptor Maps and GreenPowerMonitor software platforms will be launched on a portfolio overseen by EV Solar, a full-service engineering, EPC, and O&M firm.

With this offering, Raptor Maps and GreenPowerMonitor are able to localize inverter, combiner and pyranometer data to the correct geospatial position on a solar farm, making it accessible via a digital twin. Asset owners and operators will have immediate assessments into how the physical conditions of modules impact power production, all ready for analysis alongside maintenance and inspection data.

“We’re pleased to be bringing together two critical data sources that we use to run our assets and we look forward to doing more with GreenPowerMonitor and Raptor Maps,” says Manuel Folgado, CEO of EV Solar.

“We are proud of our customer-centric approach,” explains Juan Carlos Arévalo, CEO and co-founder of GreenPowerMonitor, a DNV company. “EV Solar is a forward-looking organization that is scaling quickly, and we are partnering with Raptor Maps to enable this solution for them and the other 60GW of solar and wind customers in our portfolio.”

“The integration of sensor data in the GreenPowerMonitor platform with inspection analytics in the Raptor Maps platform creates tighter correlation between maintenance and performance,” notes Raptor Maps CEO and cofounder Nikhil Vadhavkar, adding that aerial inspection data for 40 EV Solar sites are stored within the Raptor Solar platform. “By incorporating and learning from this data, EV Solar is showing us what the future of solar asset management will look like.”

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Invinity gets 15MWh flow battery order from Taiwan

Invinity and Everdura executives marking the agreement. Image: Invinity Energy Systems.

Vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) firm Invinity Energy Systems has secured a 15MWh order from industrial technology company Everdura in Taiwan, its largest to date.

The deal is a reseller agreement whereby Everdura Technology will promote Invinity’s products across the market segments in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. A deposit is due shortly and first deliveries will commence in 2023 with revenues expected to be mostly recognised in 2024.

The announcement today (1 December) is Invinity’s second order in Taiwan in quick succession, after it agreed to sell 10 systems totalling 2.2MWh to Bei Ying International Corporation, an industrial equipment wholesaler.

The deal with Everdura also includes a follow-on order giving it the ability to purchase a further 255MWh of Invinity products over the next three years.

The order is Invinity’s largest to date, displacing its recent 10MWh order for a renewables microgrid in California.

A deposit for the initial order is due shortly. First battery deliveries are expected to commence in late 2023 with the majority of revenue associated with the project expected to be recognised during 2024.

Darren Yen, chairman at Everdura said: “Long-duration energy storage has a key role to play in decarbonising Taiwan’s energy future and through close cooperation, we look forward to furthering the deployment of Invinity’s technology in the years to come.”

Matt Harper, Invinity CEO added: “With renewable generation delivering an ever-larger portion of Taiwan’s energy needs, Invinity and Everdura together are ideally positioned to provide energy storage to deliver renewable power on demand, speeding Taiwan’s path to net zero.”

Everdura Technology was established in July this year as a JV between Everbrite Technology and Pronergy, with a focus on construction, system integration and technology distribution within the energy, smart buildings and public EV charging infrastructure sectors.

Taiwan has been a strong early mover within Asia-Pacific when it comes to battery energy storage deployments. In just the last few months, Fluence bagged a 100MW order with a power electronics group while the Taiwan Cement Corporation has been growing its order pipeline to subsidiary NHOA, the France-based EV and energy storage group.

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Leeward Completes Construction of 100 MW Rabbitbrush Solar Facility

Sitework for the Rabbitbrush solar project

Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE) has completed construction and commenced operations of its 100 MW Rabbitbrush Solar Facility located in Kern County, Calif., which also includes a 20 MW, 50 MWh battery energy storage system. As previously announced, the energy generated by the project will serve two not-for-profit, community-owned electricity providers, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), through two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPA).

LRE, CCCE and SVCE hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rabbitbrush Solar Facility earlier today to celebrate the start of operations at the facility. The event featured comments from Chief Executive Officer of LRE, Jason Allen; Chief Operating Officer of CCCE, Rob Shaw; Chief Operating Officer & Director of Power Supply at SVCE, Monica Padilla; Director of Kern County Planning and Natural Resources, Lorelei Oviatt; Executive Director of CalCCA, Beth Vaughn; and Kern County Supervisor, Zack Scrivner.

“LRE is proud to partner with CCCE and SVCE on a monumental project that will provide significant economic and environmental benefits,” says Jason Allen, LRE’s CEO. “Bringing this project online is another example of how we manage our projects in alignment with our core values of protecting and respecting the environment in the communities where we operate. Our focus is on providing continuous value to local communities, while building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships.”

As part of LRE’s continued commitment to preserving and protecting the environment, the company has signed an agreement with the National Audubon Society and Kern Audubon Society to contribute $150,000 to a fund for the study and conservation of the Swainson’s Hawk in the Antelope Valley.

“Responsible renewable energy development and wildlife conservation go hand in hand, and LRE’s contribution to the very important Swainson’s Hawk Conservation Fund will help hawks in the Antelope Valley of California survive and thrive,” states Garry George, director of the National Audubon Society’s Clean Energy Initiative. “We are pleased to collaborate with LRE as we advance habitat conservation and clean energy in Kern and Los Angeles Counties, and we look forward to partnering with other companies in the region to ensure renewable energy facilities avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts on birds and other wildlife.”

The Rabbitbrush Solar Facility features ultra-low carbon, thin-film photovoltaic solar modules that use less energy, water, and semiconductor material. Additionally, the project’s 20 MW, 50MWh battery energy storage system is designed to support the resiliency and reliability of the California electrical grid.

“The Rabbitbrush project is Central Coast Community Energy’s second solar-plus-storage power purchase agreement to come online this year,” adds Rob Shaw, COO of Central Coast Community Energy. “Coupling solar generation with battery storage allows us to move closer to a decarbonized energy grid and statewide emission-reduction goals. CCCE is committed to investing in innovation while delivering reliable energy to our customers.”

LRE closed construction financing and secured tax equity commitment for the Rabbitbrush Solar Facility in June 2022, and closed on the tax equity funding in October 2022. “Rabbitbrush helps Silicon Valley Clean Energy deliver on its commitment to provide clean, affordable, and reliable electricity,” concludes Monica Padilla, SVCE’s COO and director of power resources. “As SVCE communities shift away from fossil fuels to electrify homes and buildings, new projects like Rabbitbrush that add carbon-free capacity and reliability to the grid are key.”

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Martin McDermut Leads Financial Operations for Solar Integrated Roofing

Martin McDermut

Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. (SIRC), an integrated, single-source solar power, roofing systems installation and EV charging company, has named Martin McDermut as its CFO. He brings more than 30 years of financial leadership to SIRC, with a track record in strategic and financial planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC reporting for NASDAQ-listed technology companies.

Prior to joining SIRC, McDermut was CFO of Resonant Inc., a Nasdaq-listed provider of radio frequency (RF) filter solutions for the mobile device industry, before being acquired by Murata Manufacturing. Prior to Resonant, he served as vice president and CFO of Applied Micro Circuits Corp., a publicly traded semiconductor company, which was acquired by MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings.

In addition, McDermut previously served as senior vice president of finance and CFO of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., a publicly traded semiconductor company, which was acquired by Microsemi Corp. He also previously served as CFO for other publicly traded companies including Iris International Inc. and Superconductor Technologies Inc.

“On behalf of our board and management team, I would like to welcome Marty to the position of chief financial officer,” says George B. Holmes, CEO of SIRC. “I have had the privilege of working with Marty at Resonant – where he served as chief financial officer – and believe his experience in growing technology companies, SEC reporting as well as his invaluable experience with mergers and acquisitions will be instrumental for us here at SIRC. I firmly believe that Marty will prove invaluable as a member of the SIRC executive team as we begin our journey as a fully reporting company and plans for a 2023 Nasdaq uplisting.”

“It is an honor to join SIRC at such a critical point in its growth trajectory,” states McDermut. “I am eager to transform and improve our controls, reporting and finance functions to better position SIRC for growth and to deliver upon its obligations as a fully reporting company. As we work towards achieving a Nasdaq listing, building up our finance capabilities is paramount. I look forward to working closely with George and the broader team in the quarters ahead as we strive to create long-term value for our shareholders.”

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NREL: US utility-scale energy storage costs grew 11-13% in Q1 2022

NREL’s benchmarking uses a four-hour system for utility-scale, which has quickly become the norm in the largest market, California. Projects like Terra-Gen’s 560MWh Valley Center Battery Storage Project, San Diego, which came online in March, have four-hour durations to participate in Resource Adequacy, the state’s capacity market. Image: Terra-Gen.

Energy storage costs in the US grew 13% from Q1 2021 to Q1 2022, said the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in a cost benchmarking analysis.

The research laboratory has revealed the results of its ‘U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmarks, With Minimum Sustainable Price Analysis: Q1 2022‘ report.

For standalone energy storage, NREL said that the costs benchmark grew 2% year-on-year for residential systems to US$1,503/kWh and 13% for utility-scale to US$446/kWh.

Both figures are modelled market price (MMP) which it uses alongside a new, minimum sustainable price (MSP). MMP is simply the sales price that a developer would charge while MSP is a theoretical construct meant to capture the long-term cost impacts of technological evolution while muting the impact of policy and short-term market fluctuations.

It uses a 5kW/12.5kWh benchmark for residential and a 60MW/240MWh benchmark for utility-scale, clearly modelled along the lines of the California market where four-hour durations have become the norm.

For residential, commercial and utility-scale the MSP is around 10% lower than the MSP. The commercial MMP benchmark in Q1 2022 was US$672/kWh, in between the two other sectors, but a change in methodology between 2021 and 2022 means the years cannot be compared directly, it added.

For solar-plus-storage, the MMP benchmark for residential systems grew 6% year-on-year to US$38,295 while utility-scale costs grew 11% to a benchmark of US$195 million. Commercial was US$1.44 million.

Within solar-plus-storage, the MMP benchmark is 13-15% higher than the MSP for all three segments.

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