World’s biggest floating solar plant gets underway

Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation (CTL) and Kyocera Solar have begun building the world’s largest floating solar array on the Yamakura Dam reservoir.

The 13.7MW project will be the fourth array the two companies have built together.

The array, which will power 5,000 homes, is due to be completed in 2017.

Read CTL's announcement 

 

Bluefield acquires six solar plants

The London-listed Bluefield Solar Income Fund has bought six solar schemes, which together will generate 104.5MW of peak power.

Four of the sites – in Hampshire, Kent and Sussex – are being bought from Primrose Solar Management.

The other two sites – in Gloucestershire and Norfolk – are currently being built by Solarcentury.

See Bluefield Solar's statement 

 

SeaGen tidal device to be decommissioned

Atlantis Resources is to decommission the 1.2MW SeaGen tidal turbine in Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.

The turbine was installed in 2008 by Marine Current Turbines, which was taken over by Siemens in 2012 and then sold to Atlantis last year.

Stephen Ward, Director of Power Generation at Atlantis, said: “Both SeaGen S 600kW turbines have operated as an essential research and design platform, providing our team with a wealth of data and key engineering and environmental data. 

“The lessons learnt from SeaGen have been used in the development the next generation of the SeaGen 1MW tidal turbine.”

Find out more about the SeaGen 

 

Bonds raise over £2m for community projects

Mongoose Energy has raised £2 million through the issue of two bonds to bring two solar arrays into community ownership.

The company helped Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) and Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) to offer the bonds to investors.

BWCE wants to buy a 4MWp array at Portworthy in Devon, while BEC has its eye on a 4.59MWp array at Puriton in Somerset.

View Mongoose Energy's announcement 

 

£110m contract for offshore wind farm

Petrofac and General Electric have won a £110 million contract to connect the 336MW Galloper wind farm off the coast of Suffolk to the national grid.

Toby Edmonds, Project Director at Galloper Wind Farm Limited, said: “Once constructed, Galloper Offshore Wind Farm will be capable of generating enough clean energy to meet the needs of over 330,000 homes.”

The wind farm – which is owned by RWE, Siemens, Macquarie Capital and the Green Investment Bank – is due to start generating electricity in 2018. 

Read Petrofac's statement