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Samsung & Pattern complete South Kent Wind, continue with 3 others
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Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced April that construction was complete on the South Kent Wind project and that the facility was fully operational. The 270 MW wind project is billed as the largest in Canada. (The Gros Morne project in Quebec is actually larger, but it is composed of several phases.)
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Northland Power completes financing for 130 MW PV program
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Northland Power Inc. announced That it had completed financing for the fourth and last phase of its 130 MW ground-mount solar farm program. The five solar projects, totaling 50 MW, are located in various communities in northern and central Ontario. The financing process was managed by The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Nordeutsche Landesbank and Siemens Financial as Lead Arrangers, and included Raymond James, CIT Financial Ltd, and Laurentian Bank of Canada. The facilities consist of a $240 million construction credit facility with an 18-year term loan.
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Recurrent Energy opens 10 solar farms
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Recurrent Energy announced the commercial operation of 10 solar photovoltaic projects totaling 108 MWp (78 MWac), located near Barrie and London in southern Ontario. The projects have contracts with the Ontario Power Authority for the next 20 years through feed-in-tariff agreements. "These projects are ten of twenty-three projects Recurrent Energy has brought online in the last year – bringing our total operating portfolio to more than half a gigawatt globally," said Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy. "Completing our 220 megawatt Ontario portfolio represents years of hard work and collaboration with our financial partners and numerous stakeholders in Ontario and local communities."
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Black Rock Tidal releases details for Bay of Fundy ocean power project
Hydro Review
German marine propulsion manufacturer Schottel has announced details of a 2.5 MW ocean power demonstration berth its subsidiary Black Rock Tidal Power, Inc. plans to install in Canada's Bay of Fundy. Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP) was one of two marine and hydrokinetic technology developers selected by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy in March to deploy an array in the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site.
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First Nations, CEBC sign agreement for small hydro development in British Columbia
Hydro Review
A memorandum of understanding signed recently sets up an agreement between BC First Nations and the Clean Energy Association of BC (CEBC) to cooperate in developing British Columbia's renewable sector, including hydroelectric power. The document — which includes the signatures of 13 First Nations groups, the First Nations Energy and Mining Council, and CEBC — also includes wind, biomass, biogas, solar, geothermal and natural gas generation.
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Major breakthrough for plastic solar panels could help improve cost efficiency
PV Buzz
Scientists at the University of Montreal and their international collaborators successfully figured out how light beams excite the chemicals in plastic solar panels–enabling them to produce charge. Why is this important? Well, they claim this is the "holy grail" to understanding the fundamental mechanistic workings (in molecular detail) of the process by which solar cells convert sunlight into energy.
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A new look for a growing power in the energy world — Leader Resources
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
Leader Resources of Kincardine, ON is launching a new look reflecting the Ontario company's expanding portfolio and markets. The new logo, website and social media presence coincide with the addition of solar energy and an expansion beyond the borders of Ontario.
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More than 83,000 still without power in Atlantic after Arthur
Sun News
Power is slowly being restored to homes and businesses across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia after Saturday's storm. The Fredericton Airport tweeted Tuesday morning that its power was back online. The airport operated normally with backup generators after post-tropical storm Arthur brought heavy rains and high winds to the region.
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Nautricity, Fundy Tidal teaming up for Nova Scotia ocean energy project
Hydro Review
Ocean energy developers Nautricity Ltd. and Fundy Tidal Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a 500 kW tidal power project in Nova Scotia's Petit Passage. The site will be powered by a Nautricity-manufactured Contra Rotating Marine Turbine (CoRMaT), which, the companies said, will be deployed in Summer 2015. CoRMaT units are currently being tested at Scotland's European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), which offers flows similar to those in the Petit Passage, Glasgow-based Nautricity said.
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What should Toronto do with the Hearn Power Generating Station?
CBC News
This week, city councillors vote on a motion that could begin to bring one of Toronto’s most unusual buildings back to life. The Hearn Power Generating Station was opened in 1951 to provide electricity for the fast-growing Toronto region. The building — almost as big in volume as the Rogers Centre — once housed 8 giant turbine generators used to produce power.
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Innergex completes acquisition of 30.5-MW Sainte-Marguerite 1 hydropower plant
Hydro Review
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and the Desjardins Group Pension Plan have completed their acquisition of the 30.5-MW Sainte-Marguerite 1 hydropower plant from the Hydromega Group. Located near Sept-Iles, Quebec, the run-of-river plant was originally commissioned in 1993 with one 8.5 MW turbine unit. Two additional units were installed in 2002, raising the project's output capacity to its current level.
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Samsung & Pattern complete South Kent Wind, continue with 3 others
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Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced April that construction was complete on the South Kent Wind project and that the facility was fully operational. The 270 MW wind project is billed as the largest in Canada. (The Gros Morne project in Quebec is actually larger, but it is composed of several phases.)

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OPA publishes status report on generation procurement
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As part of its 2013 annual report, the OPA has released an overview documenting the full range of its current generation procurement business. Entitled, "Procuring Generation for a Cleaner, More Reliable System," the summary reads as follows. The FIT Program for renewable energy continued to account for a significant amount of the wind, solar and bioenergy under contract to the OPA.

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Utilities prepare for future of change
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According to credible experts the electric power industry is about to see major restructuring. No one knows how widespread it will be or how quickly it will take over, but in all likelihood big change is already underway. Some experts are warning of major threats to the viability of existing utilities while others are saying it's a huge opportunity and market participants should waste no time preparing to make the most of the new reality.

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Top 10 questions about Tsilhqot'in
Canadian Energy Law
While lawyers, analysts and journalists are depicting the Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia decision as "monumental", "landmark", "groundbreaking" and "historical", the active participants (developers, Aboriginal groups and government) are asking: What does it mean? What does this change? Despite the earth having apparently moved, one important principle has not changed following this decision.
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Let's talk about Schottel tidal generators
Martime Journal
A test platform with German Schottel STG turbines is due to be installed off the Isle of Wight (UK). The platform is designed by the British company SME (Sustainable Marine Energy). Further operational experience for the Schottel turbines will be gathered in 2014 and 2015 through test installations in Northern Ireland and Atlantic Canada. The STG is a light-weight, yet robust tidal generator, based on the fact that reducing turbine size leads to a better ratio of power and material use.
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In the wake of Fukushima, what's the role for nuclear power in Japan?
GlobalResearch.ca
Japan is still struggling to deal with the hugely complex ramifications of the nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi. While there is often a hope that disasters may act as a major catalyst, following 3/11 it appears that there has been more continuity than change in Japanese politics. The considerable social impact of the nuclear accident has been widely reported. Here the focus is on its consequences for energy policy in Japan.
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Islands are the low-hanging fruit for microgrids
PowerMag
If you're looking for the easiest place to deploy microgrid technology, look at islands. That was the general consensus of presenters at the 4th Military & Commercial Microgrids Summit in Washington, D.C.. In addition to a presentation about a microgrid being developed for Necker Island — owned by Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group — panels on financing and remote microgrids also examined the circumstances that make islands some of the best locales for deploying microgrid technologies.
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