HOUSTON, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- POWER magazine today officially announced winners of its 2017 Top Plants in the renewable power generation category. Articles about each of the winners were published in the December issue of POWER and are available online at www.powermag.com.
Block Island Wind Farm, Block Island, Rhode Island
The Block Island Wind Farm is a triumph of technology, and a milestone for U.S. energy as the nation's first offshore wind power generation project. The installation off the coast of Rhode Island began serving Block Island in May 2017, eliminating the use of costly diesel fuel.
Clayhill Solar Farm, Milton Keynes, UK
The Clayhill solar farm in the UK is the first built without the use of government subsidies. As the nation's solar industry adjusts to finding new funding for its projects, less-costly technologies are in play, including the use of battery storage.
Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, Gonghe County, Qinghai Province, China
China has ambitious targets for increasing power generation from renewable sources even as it continues to rely heavily on coal-fired power. Among its renewable projects is the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, part of a hydro-solar integration. The facility is a model for the country's future energy strategy.
Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant, North Sumatra, Indonesia
The Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant in Indonesia is among several projects planned in the region over the past decade, but it's the only one to be financed to completion. The first two units of the 330-MW facility came online this year, and when a third unit enters service in 2018, Sarulla will be one of the largest geothermal plants in the world.
Willow Island Hydroelectric Facility, St. Marys, West Virginia
Successfully building a hydropower plant despite space limitations and design considerations, while not disrupting commercial traffic on the busy Ohio River, was a challenge for a Midwestern utility and the project's engineers. Today it's an example of how innovation and collaboration came together to ensure success.
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