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A new Heat Commission convened by the CBI and University of Birmingham - with leading industry figures - has called on the Government to develop a National Delivery Body (NDB) to lead the development and implementation of a national heat decarbonisation strategy. Heat is the largest single source of UK carbon emissions, accounting for over one-third whilst decarbonising heat stands as one of the most significant challenges in reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. To overcome this challenge it is vital business, government, regulators and communities work together to shape the policies and delivery mechanisms that will be needed. The Heat Commission’s report ‘Net Zero: The Road to Low-Carbon Heat’ recommends the establishment of an independent, time-limited, impartial body that will work with government on creating, coordinating and delivering an overarching NDB. Crucially, the NDB will be expected to be locally formulated and locally delivered by local authorities who will synergise their own local and energy plan with the national programme. Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, CBI President and Heat Commission Chair Lord Karan Bilimoria, said: “A green recovery and progress towards the UK’s net-zero emission target are doomed to fail if we don’t address the urgent need to decarbonise heat in our

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Already recognized as the world leader in robotic solutions for solar energy, Ecoppia to leverage capital infusion to expand geographically and accelerate technological developments HERZELIYA, ISRAEL – July 21, 2020 – Ecoppia, the pioneer and world leader in robotic solutions for photovoltaic solar, announced today a US$40M strategic investment in the company by CIM Group. CIM is an experienced and prominent US-based real assets owner, operator, lender, and developer with more than US$60 billion in infrastructure and real estate projects delivered over its 25-plus year history. CIM’s is now the largest investor in Ecoppia, and the investment further solidifies Ecoppia's position as leader in its field. The solar energy sector uniquely requires vendors to meet stringent standards of financial integrity in order to deploy in large scale projects. With the CIM investment, Ecoppia significantly strengthens its balance sheet and reduces its cost of debt. This brings the company in line with expectations of its tier-1 energy clients, who include ENGIE, EDF, Fortum, Actis, Brookfield and others. Ecoppia's fully autonomous robotic solutions are deployed globally in utility-scale sites and have been field-proven to keep solar panels at a year-round peak performance while minimizing O&M costs. Despite the unique challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,

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BayWa r.e., a leading global renewable energy business with a strong presence in Scotland that includes more than 75 employees and 890 MW of onshore wind projects under management, has signed an exclusive agreement to join the existing consortium of Ideol and Elicio to prepare a joint bid for the ScotWind tender recently launched by Crown Estate Scotland. With this new partnership, BayWa r.e. brings significant project development and asset management skills and presence in Scotland to strengthen the existing consortium established between Ideol, a global leader in floating wind, and Elicio, a leading offshore wind farm developer and operator in the Belgian North Sea. Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, stated that “With this consortium, we bring together a unique array of corporate and individual capability; we believe that our respective track-records and experience of project delivery in offshore wind, wind project development in Scotland and locally constructible floating wind expertise render our joint efforts particularly credible and we are confident we can demonstrate clear and significant positive local economic impacts.”

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Research from Cornwall Insight Ireland shows a continuation of the power markets in the Single Electricity Market (SEM) outturning negative. From the 5th of July, all Intraday and day-ahead markets in the SEM have displayed periods where daily market activity has averaged below €0.0/MWh. Since April, the SEM has seen a total of 16 negative pricing events, shown in the below graph. This has predominantly occurred in the Intraday one market (five times) and on the day-ahead market (four times). Joe Camish, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Such negative pricing events have only started to occur this year. The first event observed on the 5th of April when the day-ahead and Intraday one market averaged -€2.5/MWh and -€4.6/MWh respectively. “This is primarily due to a drop in power demand, because COVID-19 measures and strong periods of renewables output have created a perfect storm for negative prices. These negative pricing events also have predominantly occurred over the weekend (15 out of the 16 times), a period of lower demand compared to weekdays. “While this may benefit flexibility providers, these low prices will be a cause for concern for generators, whose revenues could be significantly affected if this price cannibalisation effect continues. “With increasing renewables penetration across the

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The growing PEV fleet demands significant investment in technologies and services for charging equipment, installation, and operations and maintenance  July 21, 2020 – Boulder, Colo. – A new report from Guidehouse Insights examines the global plug-in EV (PEV) charging market, providing an assessment of charging technologies and their applications, market drivers and challenges, the competitive landscape, and the extent by which the market is likely to grow to 2030. The market for PEV charging infrastructure is composed of many types of technologies and nuanced approaches to serve PEV drivers and fleet operators. The market is also young, and the potential value that vehicle electrification offers drivers via charging remains largely untapped. Reduced vehicle downtime through increased charging speed; improved charging convenience through wireless and on-demand mobile charging; and more efficient charging through grid and renewables integration are major areas for development as PEV adoption increases. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, the global PEV charging market—inclusive of charger production, installation, and operations and maintenance (O&M)—is expected to exceed $21 billion in 2020. From there, it is anticipated to slow in 2021 and 2022 and then accelerate again to reach more than $70 billion by 2030. “Though the plug-in EV

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India will be featured at WindEnergy Hamburg 2020. According to the GWEC Annual Report 2019 the South-Asian nation is the world’s fourth-largest onshore wind market, boasting 37.5GW total installations. The consultancy Wood Mackenzie sees two fundamental drivers in place to sustain market growth: rising energy demand and political ambition.   Hamburg, 21 July 2020 – Energy demand in India is expected to double in the next decade, with firm Indian government goals to achieve a 60GW operational wind power capacity by 2022 and 140GW in 2030. During 2019 India remained Asia’s second largest wind market with 2.4GW of newly added wind capacity, and it accounted for 3.9% of all new onshore installations, good for a 4th global ranking position. On 4 June the consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicted 2.5GW of new wind installations in CY 2020, down 1GW from earlier predictions. However, according Mercom India statistics for Q1-2020 saw only 189MW coming online, with Tamil Nadu state leading with a 25% share. Experts are not very optimistic about the rest of 2020 because as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, at least two good months normally key to wind turbine installation were lost. The upcoming monsoon period is traditionally not good for project realisation

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Shenzhen/Munich, July 21, 2020 – BYD Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, announces the compatibility of the energy storage system Battery-Box Premium HVM with the Sunny Boy Storage models 3.7 / 5.0 / 6.0 by SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA). The combination of the latest generation modular high-voltage energy storage system by BYD and the SMA storage inverter line is available in Europe and the APAC region from today. The system combination of Sunny Boy Storage with the Battery-Box Premium model HVS will follow shortly. The compatibility of the new low-volt storage system line Battery-Box Premium LVL with SMA’s Sunny Island inverter line has already been met with a high interest since its availability earlier this summer, as it offers customers an even more versatile and powerful solution – especially for off-grid projects. “BYD and SMA look back on a long and successful partnership. The combination of BYD’s highly efficient modular energy storage system with our popular and most flexible inverter series Sunny Boy Storage and Sunny Island have been one of the most sought after solution combinations in the market”, said Aleksandra Saša Bukvić-Schäfer, Head of Business Development & Partner Management at SMA. “Therefore, we

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has been appointed as owner’s engineer following completion of the EPC contract procurement services which it delivered for the 6MW Llwyndyrus solar farm in conjunction with (and on behalf of) the project owner, Blackfinch Energy. The project is located near Pwlheli in Gwynedd, Wales. Natural Power was responsible for the preparation of the technical documentation for the EPC contract, engagement with each of the tendering contractors and management of the tender process. Following selection of the preferred bidder, Natural Power acted as technical advisor to Blackfinch Energy throughout the contract negotiation process which culminated in appointment of the EPC contractor. David Dunne, Operations Manager at Natural Power, said “This is the first time we have partnered with Blackfinch to deliver engineering and construction project management services, and our technical expertise has complemented the financial and commercial acumen of Blackfinch to ensure a successful procurement process during the pre-construction phase. We now look forward to continuing our partnership throughout the construction phase as owner’s engineer with the solar farm scheduled to enter commercial operation by the end of 2020.” Guy Lavarack, Investment Director at Blackfinch Energy, added: “We are delighted to have signed the engineering,

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GreenGo Srl, a wind farm development company founded in 2018, has confirmed that the Remote Sensing Technology Lidar is supporting their development work for new wind farms in Italy. In their first project, GreenGo selected ZX 300 and were supported by Italian company Studio Rinnovabili (also known as SR international) to install the autonomous Lidar and power supply next to an existing met mast - limited in providing wind measurements at its maximum height of 42 metres. The collocated Lidar provides wind measurements from ground-level up to more than 200 metres, and validates the measurements being provided by the mast in addition to the wind shear and veer across the potential turbines being considered for the site. Andrea Bartolazzi, Director at Studio Rinnovabili commented: “Studio Rinnovabili provides measurement services, technical consultancy including combinations of Lidars collocated with traditional met masts or simply standalone Lidar on newer sites. ZX 300 is the market leading Lidar and we are supporting many clients now, such as GreenGo, with our measurement services using this technology.” Fabio Amico, CTO and Founding Partner at GreenGo Srl commented: “We are now considering wind turbines up to 6MW onshore in Italy and met masts do not allow us to assess the

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Octopus Renewables, the specialist clean energy investor arm of Octopus Group, has announced the acquisition of a 9.1MW portfolio of operational residential UK rooftop solar assets. The deal builds on Octopus Renewables’ leading position in the UK solar sector and will complement its existing rooftop solar portfolios in the UK and France. The newly acquired solar assets cover more than 2,700 rooftops situated across the UK, with a significant proportion concentrated in Manchester and Birmingham. The asset will provide the equivalent CO2 saving of removing close to 8,000 petrol or diesel cars from the road. The deal is the second deployment from the £185 million Renewable Energy Income Partnership III (REIP III), following the recent acquisition of two UK onshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 16.8MW. REIP III is an institutional mandate that was announced earlier this year and is closed for further investment. Over the last decade, Octopus Renewables has grown to become the largest commercial solar energy investor in Europe, as well as a leading UK investor in onshore wind and biomass, managing more than £3 billion in renewable energy assets. Peter Dias, Investment Director at Octopus Renewables, said: “This acquisition is an exciting step for the team and great addition

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