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by SI Staff on Thursday 23 December 2010
AES Solar, a joint venture between The AES Corp. and Riverstone Holdings LLC, says that one of its subsidiaries has closed on long-term nonrecourse financing facilities totaling 103 million euros for a 24 MW portfolio of solar photovoltaic projects named Il Terzo.
The Il Terzo portfolio is located throughout the Lazio, Puglia and Sicilia regions of Italy. Two banks participated in this financing: Dexia Crediop and Societe Generale. The facilities cover approximately 85% of estimated project costs, with a final maturity date of 18 years post-construction.
The seven plants comprising Il Terzo are expected to reach commercial operation by the end of the first quarter of 2011, which will qualify the portfolio for a 20-year regulated feed-in tariff under the Conto Energia scheme, the companies add.
It’s an 8-megawatt battery pack for hire.
Energy Storage-as-Service Concept Expands With AES
Storage was once a product, but like software, it is now increasingly sold as a service.
AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary of energy giant AES, today announced it has begun to commercially operate a power storage farm. In a nutshell, the facility is a bank of batteries that can rapidly provide power to utilities to balance loads for a fee. The facility -- located in Johnson City, New York -- provides 8 megawatts of storage now and will grow to 20 megawatts in 2011.
AES says the battery-for-hire park is the first to be classified as a power generator by FERC, but the storage-as-service concept actually began in 2009 and 2010. Beacon Power, the Tyngsboro, Mass.-based maker of flywheels, has a three-megawatt flywheel farm in New England and started work on a 20-megawatt farm in upstate New York in early 2010.
Beacon originally planned to sell its flywheels as pieces of equipment to utilities to help fine-tune power output from power plants. Utilities, however, didn't want to risk capital on building their own storage facilities so the company shifted to services. Grid balancing and other so-called interconnect services could rise to $1 billion in a few years as more renewable parks get built, CEO William Capp told us last hear.
"Utilities don't want to make a big bet yet," he said then. "We are acting as a utility in the state of New York."
Meanwhile, Megawatt Storage Farms, co-founded by industry vet Ed Cazalet, wants one day to provide similar sorts of storage services in California. And Xtreme Storage, which wants to commercialize a dry-cell battery initially developed in the early '90s by Corning, British Aerospace and Ford Aerospace, is working in conjunction with wind and solar developers to make storage an integral part of solar or wind parks. The company this week won a fourth contract to build a storage facility in Hawaii.
In some ways, classifying storage as a service rather than a product is an accounting trick. But a similar accounting trick -- that of selling residential solar panels under lease contracts -- has caused startups like SolarCity and Sungevity to explode.
by SI Staff on Wednesday 27 July 2011
AES Solar, a joint venture between AES Corp. and Riverstone Holdings LLC, has closed on long-term nonrecourse financing totaling 68 million euros to fund the construction of an 18 MW portfolio of solar photovoltaic projects in Italy.
Dexia Crediop, Societe Generale, DnB NOR and ING participated in the financing, which will fund up to 81% of the estimated project costs. The companies expect all four PV plants connected to the financing to reach commercial operation by the end of the third quarter.
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