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Duke Energy Renewables to Install 200-MW Wind Project in Texas

LCG, April 12, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, yesterday announced it will build, own and operate the MesteƱo Wind Project, located in southern Texas. The power generated by the 200-MW project will be sold into the ERCOT market, and Duke Energy Renewables will enter into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. Construction has commenced, and the project is scheduled for completion by year-end.

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FPL Announces Plans for 409-MW Battery Storage System

LCG, April 3, 2019--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced a plan to build the world's largest solar-powered battery system, the Manatee Energy Storage Center, as part of a modernization plan to accelerate the retirement of two, 1970s-era natural gas generating units at FPL's neighboring Manatee Power Plant.

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SRP Expands Plans for New Solar Energy to 1,000 MW by 2025

LCG, November 20, 2018--Salt River Project (SRP) recently announced plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025. The new plan will accelerate the pace and increase the total capacity of SRP's solar energy resource plans by 700 MW relative to the current resource plans during the same timeframe. The new plan is driven by decreasing costs for solar power and customer's growing interest in solar energy.

SRP plans to add approximately 200 MW of new solar annually through 2025. The incremental installation will provide both the ability to evaluate the impact to the reliability of SRP's electrical grid and valuable operational experience. By the end of fiscal year 2025, SRP will have a total of over 1,200 MW of solar energy capacity and will be considering the installation of more battery capacity to complement the solar energy.

SRP's CEO and General Manager stated, "This proposal represents a growing commitment to sustainability that is both reliable and affordable. It focuses on investments in utility-scale solar projects that have higher solar capture efficiencies and therefore provide optimal value for our customers."

SRP plans to evaluate programs to allocate the new solar capacity to various customer groups, including community solar for residential customers.

"Over the past several months, we have had discussions with residential customers and many of our larger commercial, industrial and municipal customers regarding their needs for sustainable resources. Several customers have asked us to work with them on providing resource options that help them achieve their goals," said SRP's CEO. "This proposal is a foundational part of providing programs that bring increased value to our customers while partnering with them to achieve mutually desired renewable energy goals."
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