National Grid in US solar partnership deal

National Grid is to promote Sunrun’s solar panels to 100,000 of its customers in New York State.

Sunrun is the United States’ largest dedicated residential solar company.

John Flynn, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at National Grid, said: “This exciting partnership with Sunrun provides an opportunity for National Grid to increase our capability in the distributed energy space, and enhance our ability to meet the changing energy needs of our customers and communities.”

> See Sunrun's statement

Atlantis sets up non-tidal arm

Atlantis Resources, the company building the Meygen tidal stream project in the Pentland Firth, is setting up a division to work on tidal lagoon and barrage schemes.

Tim Cornelius, CEO at Atlantis Resources, said: “We are aiming to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading developers of wet renewables, and to be the partner of choice for infrastructure funds seeking to invest in interconnectors, tidal barrage, pumped storage, floating offshore wind and, of course, tidal stream projects.”

The unit will be based at the company’s head office in Edinburgh.

> Read Atlantis's announcement

Scottish wave body awards £3m to projects

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has awarded £3 million to ten projects that will investigate using alternatives to steel in wave energy converters.
Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, said: “Continued innovation is vital in emerging renewable technologies such as wave energy.”

WES has invested £15m in 51 projects since it was launched in December 2014.

> See WES's statement

Unilever in biogas deal for UK sites

GENeco has signed a deal to supply five Unilever sites with biomethane from its anaerobic digester in Avonmouth, which converts inedible food waste and sewage into energy.

The gas will be used to heat Unilever’s offices in London and Surrey and its factories in Cork, Norwich and Trafford Park.

The company – which owns brands including Dove soap, Hellman’s mayonnaise and Wall’s ice cream – said it is now carbon-neutral at the five sites, having already sourced its electricity from renewable sources.

> View Unilever's announcement

BayWa in UK solar acquisition

BayWa has bought solar farm operations and maintenance (O&M) business Green Hedge Operational Services.

Green Hedge’s 160MW of O&M contracts takes BayWa’s total to 620MW.

Matthias Taft, Board Member at BayWa, said: “With the rapid expansion of renewables in Europe and worldwide over the last decade, the technical and commercial operations management segment is becoming increasingly important as investors need reliable partners to take care of their operational projects.”

> Read BayWa's statement