GMP to build solar array in Berlin, largest in northern New England

first_imgGreen Mountain Power customers will be especially happy to see the sun shine in Berlin, Vermont, where the Company will build the largest solar array in Northern New England. At 200 kilowatts, the new array will be the largest project in Vermont when it is built this summer.”Building a large solar generator is an important step towards reaching our vision of supplying customers with power that has low carbon emissions, low cost and high reliability,” said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. “Solar power is extremely low in emissions, and perhaps best of all, with the help of declining solar costs, grants and tax credits, this project will be cost effective for our customers.”The solar generator will be located on Green Mountain Power property west of Montpelier on a site that is ideal for a solar installation, with open space and good sun.Using a competitive bid process, Green Mountain Power has chosen Alteris Renewables (formerly SolarWorks and Solar Wrights) of Montpelier, Vermont, to build the plant. “We very consciously bid the project among Vermont companies so this project would support our green economy and create jobs here at home,” said Ms. PowellThe permitting process has begun and the project is expected to be completed this summer. “This solar plant will be an important milestone for Vermont in terms of realizing cost-effective, utility scale solar generation,” said Leigh Seddon, vice president of Alteris Renewables.The Berlin project will be Green Mountain Power’s third solar installation. The Company recently installed a 58-kilowatt solar power system at GMP’s Westminster, Vermont, service center, which supplies 80 percent of that facility’s electricity needs. It also has four-kilowatt solar panels at its Colchester headquarters, which provide enough electricity to power its two plug-in hybrid vehicles.Green Mountain Power will develop a website with generation data about the plant, which will be accessible to the public and particularly useful to school groups who study renewable energy and choose to tour the site.”In Vermont, we are always happy to see the sun shine,” said Ms. Powell. “This gives us one more reason to rejoice on a sunny day.”About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.About Alteris RenewablesFormed when SolarWrights, Inc, and Solar Works, Inc joined forces in October of 2008, Alteris Renewables is a full service renewable energy systems integrator and project developer. The company provides solar electric (photovoltaic), solar thermal, and wind energy solutions for commercial, residential, education, municipal and institutional clients. The company has industry leading expertise in engineering, design, project management, performance analysis, project financing and renewable energy credit programs. For more information, please visit www.alterisinc.com(link is external).COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – April 06, 2009) -Highlighted LinksGreen Mountain PowerAlteris Renewableslast_img read more

Inpex starts up Ichthys LNG power plant

first_imgThe Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project has initiated a start-up of gas turbine generators at the onshore power plant near Darwin, Australia.Inpex said on Friday that this milestone was a significant step towards power generation at the project’s onshore combined cycle power plant (CCPP).Ichthys project managing director, Louis Bon, said: “Initiating the safe start-up of the gas turbine generators (GTG) illustrates the strong commitment of the onshore team to overcome challenges and achieve our targets.“The combined cycle power plant uses gas and steam turbines together to produce up to 50 percent more electricity from the same amount of fuel compared with a traditional simple-cycle plant.”The waste heat from the gas turbines will be used to create steam for the nearby steam turbine system, which generates extra power. Ultimately powered by natural gas from the Ichthys Field, the CCPP will use a mix of five gas and three steam turbine generators to supply all the electricity requirements for onshore processing of LNG.The power plant has the capacity for up to 490 megawatts of electricity, which allows LNG processing trains to cool and liquefy natural gas.“With more than 50 per cent energy efficiency, the CCPP will provide energy efficiency well above the 30-35 per cent typically achieved by a standard industrial gas turbine open cycle power plant and will allow the project to use saved fuel gas to produce more LNG,” Bon added.Inpex said that, when fully operational, the Ichthys LNG project would have the capacity to produce up to 8.9 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of LNG, up to 1.65 million tonnes per annum (Mta) of liquefied petroleum gas, and 100,000 barrels of condensate a day (at peak).When it comes to offshore components of the Ichthys LNG project, the Ichthys Explorer central processing platform (CPF) was moored in the field in June while the Ichthys Venturer floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) was moored about two months later, in late August.In addition, a naming ceremony for the Oceanic Breeze tanker that will be transporting 0.9 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year produced from Ichthys took place in late October at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Nagasaki. The Oceanic Breeze will join another tanker, the Pacific Breeze, in a fleet which will be chartered by Inpex to transport Ichthys-produced LNG.last_img read more