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GE turbine collapses in Brazil, the fourth in the Americas this year The collapse at the 216MW Ventos de São Clemente wind complex in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, which has been confirmed by GE, comes as the OEM probes three recent turbine collapses in the US - in February, May and July - and after a leading renewables insurer has raised concerns about the possibility of a pattern emerging.

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Poland paves the way for 2.5GW onshore auction Polish Senate due to approve plans and revised clean energy legislation at the end of the month.

Green light for first of many utility-scale wind farms in Saudi Arabia Construction will begin soon on 400MW Dumat Al Jandal project, which will sell power for an ultra-low $21.30/MWh, as nation gears up to install 16GW of wind by.

Duke acquires 200MW PV project as Texas solar expansion surges The facility is part of a larger transition in the state from coal to cleaner energy for power, as developers become more comfortable with alternative off-take.

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires 200-MW Holstein Solar Project The Holstein solar project will be Duke Energy Renewables' third solar generation facility in Texas. The 200-MW project will contain over 709,000 solar panels across approximately 1,300 acres in Wingate, Texas. Construction has begun and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2020.

BP's Pan American Energy expands in Argentine wind power Oil groups' venture and local power sector company Genneia agree to jointly develop 141MW of new wind.

The UK is heating thousands of homes using cheese A byproduct of Wensleydale, one of the UK’s most popular varieties, will be used to produce biogas to heat 4,000 homes.

Prysmian scoops €700m deal for UK-Denmark power link TSOs Energinet and National Grid have handed out major contracts for Viking Link, the 1.4GW interconnector between the UK and Denmark that will help transmission of renewable power across Europe.

New UK Tory leader urged to back onshore wind RenewableUK has called on new Conservative leader Boris Johnson to put the UK on track to hit its 2050 net zero emissions goal by supporting onshore wind and innovative offshore technologies.

New law to 'speed up' Vineyard grid build Massachusetts has enacted bi-partisan legislation authorising a local authority to expedite construction of the interconnection between the 800MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm and the grid.

New turn for an old windmill: Oranjemolen powers up A flour-mill built in 1699 is getting a new life adding to the clean-energy generation on the Dutch grid.

Solar newbie snaps up Utah project Milford has a 25-year power purchase agreement, with an investment-grade offtaker, beginning in the second half of 2020, for all of the electricity produced.

Lithuania maps offshore potential The Lithuanian government has tasked scientists from Klaipeda University to conduct a comprehensive analysis of offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea. Approximately 3.35GW of wind power capacity can be installed in Lithuania's Baltic Sea territory, according to the study.

Irish planners refuse midlands biomass plan An Bord Pleanala cited "unsustainable transportation movements" of biomass deliveries to the facility in County Offaly as the chief reason for shooting down the plan. Using a "substandard regional road" would "endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and obstruction of road users", planners ruled.

The First True Renewable REIT in the market: An interview with Jeff Just of RadiantREIT The bank would come in, invest in the solar project entity, they will get, almost all, 99 percent of the tax credits and some of the cash for five years. Then after five or six years, it flips, and then the solar developer gets 95 percent of the income and the bank gets 5 percent.

NKT conquers with Danish-UK interconnector deal NKT has won a €90m contract to supply the onshore power cables for the Viking Link interconnector project that will balance Danish and UK renewables supply.

Top turbine makers to spend €2.3bn on R&D Research and development expenses among the world's top 10 wind turbine manufacturers are expected to exceed €2bn by 2023, predicts Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables.

'Miracle' or 'stone age religion': which Johnson awaits UK clean energy? ANALYSIS - Like so many other areas of UK policy, renewables will have to wait and see which version of the controversial new Prime Minister turns up.

German clean-energy fund sees promise in US distributed solar development Germany-based clean-energy fund Hep Kapitalverwaltung AG agreed to invest $50 million to $80 million annually in a partnership to develop small solar projects in the U.S. Hep and ReNew Petra, a North Carolina-based renewable energy company, plan to jointly develop more than 100 megawatts of solar annually, according to a statement Wednesday.

First turbine installed at Norwegian giant Tonstad Vindpark will feature 51 4.1MW Siemens Gamesa turbines, with the exception of three which had their capacities reduced to produce less noise. The electricity generated by the wind farm will be sold to Norsk Hydro to power the latter's aluminium production.

Dispatchable offshore wind cheaper than coal within five years And that would just be great." Thermal energy storage could make offshore wind dispatchable for an additional cost of only €17 per MWh within five years, according to wind-power pioneer Henrik Stiesdal.

LS Cable lands Formosa 2 LS Cable signed a contract with Jan De Nul for the project, which is owned by Macquarie and Swancor Renewables. Jan De Nul is engineering, procurement, construction and installation contractor for the foundations and offshore cabling for Formosa 2.

World's top ten turbine makers double R&D spending: WoodMac "Offshore wind turbine sizes are expected to sit at around 20MW by 2030. The cost of technology, balance of plant equipment and installation of vessels to handle such large components will play a crucial role in this increase," said Barla. "Turbine rotor diameter remains the central product differentiator for turbine OEMs.

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