Switzerland’s Axpo announces 10 MW alpine solar plant; IW report on solar & wind energy workers in Germany; Voltalia bags Co-op as offtaker for UK solar farm; Modus raises funds for 22 MW Lithuania projects; EPCG & Respect Energy to explore renewable energy and green fuels in Montenegro.
Axpo’s 10 MW solar plant: Switzerland’s Axpo has announced a 10 MW solar power plant in the Municipality of Glarus Süd, its 6th alpine PV project. The alpine ground-mounted solar plant at around 1,500 meters above sea level will be located on around 120,000 sq. m. space in the Friiteren region and expected to produce around 13 GWh annually with around 36,000 solar modules. It will be assembled as an innovative structure with 8 to 12 modules on module tables. These will be installed around 3 meters above ground in height with an inclination of up to 70°. Axpo said the plant intends to generate essential winter electricity. The project is part of the utility’s solar offensive that started with a 2.2 MW alpine solar plant on Muttsee Dam walls, also in Glarus Süd. Axpo says this project has provided it with a wealth of beneficial experience (see ‘Largest’ Alpine Solar Plant Online In Switzerland).
RE workers needed in Germany: A new report by the Institute of German Economy (IW), commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation, shows Germany is dealing with a short supply of appropriately trained workers for renewable energy, especially wind and solar energy. Using a computer linguistic model, the analysts identified online job advertisements for solar and/or wind energy, defining 190 professions as potentially relevant. Most job advertisements for solar energy are centered around skilled workers with vocational training in plumbing, heating and air conditioning technology, roofing for assembly and construction electrical engineering to connect solar power systems. Most solar job advertisements in Germany are posted frequently in the south and east regions as most expansion has taken place here. The complete report is available on IW’s website.
CPPA for UK farm: French renewable energy company Voltalia has signed a 15-year corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA) for its 34 MW Eastgate Solar Farm in the UK. The North Yorkshire located farm near Scarborough has secured the world’s largest consumer co-operative Co-op as the offtaker. The latter will source solar power from the farm for its estate, including over 170 food stores, distribution centers and 500 Funeralcare homes, once it is online in 2025. Voltalia plans to equip the project with 62,500 solar panels to generate enough clean energy to cover up to 7.5% of Co-op’s total electricity requirement/year.
Lithuania PV farm gets funds: Modus Asset Management, the Lithuania-based fund management company, has raised €14 million from SEB Bank to acquire 22 MW solar PV capacity in the country. It will use the proceeds to finance the acquisition of the PV farms that this capacity represents, currently under development in the districts of Varėna, Jonava, and Radviliškis. On completion, these projects will supply 26 GWh of annual clean electricity capacity to more than 30 companies in Lithuania. It stated that under planned changes to Lithuanian legislation, businesses can still use net metering and sign long-term contracts for 5-7 years to supply electricity from solar parks. SEB provided the financing to companies owned by Modus Remote Solar Fund I (MRSFI).
RE projects in Montenegro: Montenegro’s state-owned electricity utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Poland-based Respect Energy to explore renewable energy projects in Montenegro. The duo plans to launch a joint venture (JV) for the purpose which would include a solar power plant, a battery storage and an offshore wind project in the country. The scope may also expand to the development of an ammonia and electrolyzer-based hydrogen production facility.