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Nissan looking into second-life use of EV lithium-ion batteries

What happens to all those used-up batteries in electric cars? As it turns out, after 10 years of use in an electric vehicle, a lithium-ion battery pack has up to 70 percent remaining capacity. Nissan North America is teaming up with power and technology group ABB to get more life out of the lithium-ion battery packs that power their Leaf all-electric vehicles.


Japanese company to supply world’s largest CIGS solar plant

Japan’s Solar Frontier K.K., a subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu, will supply copper indium gallium selenide solar panels to renewable energy-based California utility EnXco for a planned150-megawatt project in Kern County. The company said the solar farm will be the largest of its kind in the world, if completed. The two-phased project, seen delivering 60 MW of electricity by the end of the year, is estimated to be completed by June, 2013.


California regulator approves Pattern’s P.P.A. with SDG&E

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved the 20-year power purchase agreement between Pattern EnergyGroup and San Diego Gas & Electric for 315-megawatts of wind energy from the Ocotillo facility in Imperial Valley, Southern California. The project, which was estimated to produce enough energy to power 130,000 households annually, has garnered the support of the Imperial Valley local government, the business community and labor organizations.


Broadwind Energy secures $23-million in wind tower orders in Q4

Illinois-based clean technology firm Broadwind Energy, Inc. won strong fourth-quarter orders which include a $23-million contract to deliver wind power towers to be produced at the company’s Manitowoc, Wisconsin facility, and to be supplied to a United States wind turbine manufacturer by the second half of 2012.


San Antonio utility negotiating for 400 MW of solar power

CPS Energy, a municipal utility in San Antonio, is negotiating with OCI Solar Power to be able to buy up to 400 megawatts of solar electricity for 25 years from a generation site rising in Texas’ second largest city. Construction has not been scheduled yet, but the project is said to be built in phases over the next five years. It is estimated that the project will employ more than 800 people and haul in more than $1 billion in construction investment. The projected annual economic impact of the project is placed at $700 million, according to the companies.


ICF International bags $12 million from Pepco for energy efficiency

ICF International, a consulting services and technology solutions provider to both government and commercial clients, was awarded a $12-million contract to promote increased energy efficiency in the residential consumer market for Pepco Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries Pepco and Delmarva Power.


‘Milestone’ fuel cell deal signed to the tune of $500 million

One of the largest deals in the stationary fuel cell industry ever signed, United States-based fuel cell company ClearEdge Power and Austrian low-carbon utility Güssing Renewable Energy G.m.b.H., entered a $500-million, nine-year agreement to deliver 50 megawatts’ worth of energy derived from fuel cells by 2020.


Sempra and BP Wind invest $1 billion in two U.S. wind farms

Sempra US Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy agreed to jointly invest more than $1 billion to develop the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania and the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm in Kansas. The wind farms, to be operated by BP, will start working by the end of the year with a combined output of 560 megawatts. The two farms are both to be the largest ever built in their respective states, according to a statement.


CPV completes financing for Cimarron wind energy project in Kansas

CPV Renewable Energy Co., a subsidiary of Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures Inc., LLC, has closed financing for the construction of its 165.6-megawatts Cimarron wind energy project in Gray County, Kansas, made up of 72 2.3-MW Siemens wind turbines.


MidAmerican Energy to develop three wind projects in Iowa

Investor Warren Buffett’s Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Co. will be developing three new wind projects in Iowa with total output of 404.8 megawatts. These projects are the 103.5-MW Vienna wind project in the Marshall and Tama counties, which the company bought from RPM Access L.L.C.; the 101.2-MW Morning Light wind project in Adair County; and the 200.1-MW Eclipse wind project in Guthrie and Audubon counties, which the company bought from Clipper Windpower.


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