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Recurrent Energy Achieves Commercial Operation of 100-MW Mustang Solar Power Project

LCG, August 25, 2016--Canadian Solar Inc. Tuesday announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, has reached commercial operation of the Mustang solar photovoltaic (PV) power project, which is located on a 1,000-acre site in Kings County, California. The renewable energy generated by the 100-MW project will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to Sonoma Clean Power and MCE.

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SDG&E and AES to Commence Construction on 37.5 MW Battery Storage Projects

LCG, August 19, 2016--San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and the AES Corporation yesterday announced plans to proceed with two energy storage arrays totaling 37.5 MW at sites in San Diego County, California. The announcements follow the approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday of the proposal by SDG&E to build the two new energy storage projects.

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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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