- Engie says it has been chosen by GPA under a tender to build 50 MW of total solar capacity and 300 MWh of storage capacity in Guam
- It secured the rights to develop two solar projects for offering the lowest winning bid but the company did not reveal the bid details
- Due for completion in 2022, the solar power plants will generate 85 GWh of clean power annually
- According to Engie, the storage capacity it will supply can generate electricity for seven hours post sunset
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The storage business of French energy player Engie EPS has been selected by the Guam Power Authority (GPA) to build 50 MW solar PV capacity along with approximately 300 MWh of storage in the country. All of this capacity needs to be deployed and generated in the form of two plants under Phase III of Guam’s Renewable Energy Resource program.
The French company secured the project after winning a tender with the lowest bid, whichEngie has not revealed yet. On assuming complete operations by 2022, the solar plants are expected to generate over 85 GWh of clean power annually.
For the tender, Engie said it proposed two solar-after-sunset systems to allow for 100% solar power production on a daily basis to be available for up to 7 hours after sunset. Supported by its partner Samsung SDI, Engie will supply the innovative battery storage design and also act as the energy storage solution provider and system integrator.
Once it receives the letter of award, Engie will sign up a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the GPA which needs to be approved by the country’s Consolidated Commission on utilities and the Guam Public Utilities Commission.
“This is an iconic project which sets a paradigm shift for the zero-carbon transition: ENGIE EPS’s technological edge makes it now possible to provide solar power at night cheaper than conventional generation,” said Engie EPS CEO Carlalberto Guglielminotti.
In August 2018, GPA entered into two separate PPAs with Hanwha and another with a consortium of Korea Electric Power Corp and LG-CNS for two projects of 60 MW each to help it achieve 25% renewable energy share in its total generation mix by 2035 (see PPAs Signed For 120 MW PV In Guam).