POWER Magazine Announces Award-Winning Renewable Power Plants

Dec 01, 2015, 09:38 ET from POWER magazine

HOUSTON, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- POWER magazine today officially announced winners of its 2015 Top Plants in the renewable generation category. This year's winners are sited in very different locations, climates, and political and economic environments around the world. They deploy diverse state-of-the-art technologies to address both unique and global challenges.

Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, Carmangay, Alberta 
It's yet another sign that policies, markets, and customer desires are changing: The province most associated with fossil fuels has developed the largest wind farm in Western Canada—right on top of existing gas infrastructure.

Blue Lake Expansion Project, Sitka, Alaska 
Even in oil-rich Alaska, islands are sensitive to the delivered price of fossil fuels, so when one island saw demand from electric heating increase, it increased its own energy supply by tapping its water resource.

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, Desert Center, Calif.
Not all solar photovoltaics projects are the same. In this case, cadmium-telluride thin-film solar panels made more sense than crystalline silicon ones, even though they are more expensive.

Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea 
At 254 MW, it's the world's largest tidal barrage power plant, but its development was a result of needing to solve a completely different problem. Now it's a model for future projects.

Olkaria Geothermal Expansion Project, Rift Valley Province, Kenya 
A project that doubled Kenya's geothermal capacity enables it to cut fossil fuel costs while providing greater reliability in a nation where dependence on hydropower means power cuts when rains dwindle.

Termosolar Borges, Les Borges Blanques, Spain 
This unique project couples concentrated solar power generation with a biomass-fired boiler, which together provide reliable, dispatchable, 24/7 power.

For more details about these projects, click the links above or see the December issue of POWER at www.powermag.com.

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Jessica Grier