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Mississippi Power Proceeds with Another Solar PV Project

LCG, April 28, 2016--Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the state's largest solar farm yesterday in Hattiesburg. The 50-MW solar PV project is estimated to cost $100 million and is scheduled to commence operations by early 2017.

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ESC Files Application with FERC for the Empire State Connector "HVDC" Transmission Project

LCG, April 27, 2016--Empire State Connector Corp. (ESC) announced yesterday that it has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authority to negotiate agreements with customers for transmission service on a 260-mile long high voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission line designed to deliver 1,000 MW of energy and capacity directly into New York City from generating sources located in upstate New York. ESC has assumed the full market risk for the $1.5 billion construction cost so at to cause no negative impact on ratepayers. The project is scheduled to be in-service in 2021.

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GE to Construct Hybrid Renewable Power Plant in Turkey

LCG, June 8, 2011--GE Energy (GE) announced that Turkey's MetCap Energy Investments selected GE's hybrid renewable-natural gas, combined cycle design for a 530-MW plant scheduled to commence operations in 2015. The energy facility will include wind turbines with a generating capacity of 22 MW, along with 50 MW of solar-thermal technology. The project site is in south central Turkey.

The solar thermal power system will be created by eSolar. GE announced on Monday that it would invest in eSolar to supply the solar portion of the system and that it would have licensing rights to sell and develop stand-alone solar thermal or hybrid power plants globally, using eSolar's technology.

eSolar employs a concentrated solar power (CSP) design. A field of sun-tracking, dual-axis heliostats reflects solar energy on a thermal receiver mounted atop a central power tower. The energy is used to create steam. In this hybrid design, the solar steam supplements the steam supply created from the gas-fired, combustion turbines. The high-pressure steam in turn drives the steam turbine to generate power.

Conceptually, the hybrid design adds solar power at a low incremental cost relative to building a stand-alone solar thermal power plant, as the incremental cost (above a stand-alone gas-fired combined cycle plant) is roughly the cost of the heliostats and power tower.
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