DOE launches $500m effort to turn mines into clean energy hubs

A $500 million program funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package aims to transform current and form mines into clean energy hubs.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) issued a Request For Information (RFI) to inform how the program will support clean energy project development.

The clean energy hubs could feature solar photovoltaic systems, microgrids, geothermal energy, direct air capture, fossil-fueled power generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, energy storage, including pumped storage and compressed air, and advanced nuclear, DOE said.

Two of the clean energy demonstration projects funded under this program must include solar energy and DOE is seeking information from respondents about opportunities to use domestically-manufactured solar for these projects.

DOE is seeking feedback from a wide rang

e of stakeholders, including industry, community organizations, environmental justice organizations labor unions, and state and local governments.
Public input is sought on how to design the program such that it will best encourage private-sector investment in similar projects leading to economic development for underserved communities located near current and former mine land while advancing environmental justice.

Vestas receives 145 MW order from Leeward Renewable Energy to power the Panorama Wind Farm in the US

PORTLAND: Vestas has secured a 145 MW order to power the Panorama Wind Farm in Colorado, U.S., which is owned by Leeward Renewable Energy.

This order consists of a mix of 2 MW platform turbines including V120-2.2 MW, V110-2.2 MW, and V110-2.0 MW turbines. This order follows Vestas’ earlier agreement with Leeward Renewable Energy to supply 61 MW of V110-2.0 MW and V120-2.2 MW turbines to repower the Crescent Ridge Wind project in Illinois.

‘We’re proud to once again partner with Leeward Renewable Energy on a project that extends the successful run of Vestas’ 2 MW platform in the state,’ said Jeff Fuchs, Vice President of Sales for Vestas in North America.

‘Leeward is pleased to partner with Vestas and deliver sustainable wind energy and economic benefits to the people of Colorado,’ said Andrew Flanagan, Leeward Renewable Energy’s Chief Development Officer.

The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to ensure optimised performance of the asset.

Turbine delivery will begin in the third quarter of 2021 and construction is expected to be completed in December 2021.