Solar, Wind Dominate U.S. Northeast's $2 Billion in Planned Second-Quarter Power Project Starts
Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--The U.S. Northeast market region, which includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, is seeing an influx of upcoming project starts in the Power Industry. Industrial Info is tracking more than $2 billion in planned second-quarter 2021 power project starts in the region. New York, with more than $1.6 billion of these projects, easily leads the other states in terms of investment value. Wind and solar power dominate the region's project activity.
Among the largest projects planned for the region is Renewable Energy Systems Limited's (Kings Langley, U.K.) planned Ball Hill Windpark near South Dayton, New York, about 45 miles south of Buffalo. Construction involves erecting 29 Vestas 3.45-megawatt (MW) wind turbines to generate about 100 MW. The project is expected to be completed later this year. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.
Other upcoming wind projects include Brookfield Asset Management Incorporated's (NYSE:BAM) (Toronto, Ontario) 125-MW Dutch Hill Windfarm repower project in Cohocton, New York, about 85 miles southeast of Buffalo. The project entails replacing 50 vintage Clipper wind turbines with new General Electric (NYSE:GE) (Boston, Massachusetts) turbines to generate 125 MW. Construction is expected to kick off about midway through the upcoming quarter and be completed in late 2021. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.
A number of smaller solar projects of 40 MW or less also can be seen throughout the region. These include the Janis solar project in Chenango Forks, New York. The facility will use 67,500 Q Cells solar modules on a fixed-tilt, ground-mounted racking system. The project is owned by Conti Enterprises Incorporated (Edison, New Jersey) and is planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.
Microgrids are becoming increasingly popular as municipalities and institutions seek to free themselves from the constraints of the power grid, ensure steady power supplies, and/or incorporate more renewable energy into their energy mix. A couple of such projects are upcoming in the Northeast region, such as a 19.2-MW microgrid system in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The facility will incorporate a gas turbine, two natural gas reciprocating engines and various chillers to form the basis of a combined heat and power facility to support the regional medical center and the city's casinos and hotels during a weather or humanitarian emergency. The project is expected to kick off early this summer and be completed in 2023. DCO Energy LLC (Mays Landing, New Jersey) is providing engineering, procurement and construction services. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.
In downtown Buffalo, New York, the State University of New York system plans to install an 18.9-MW microgrid system using a combination of combined heat and power and renewables, such as solar and energy storage, to meet the resiliency needs of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and portions of an adjacent residential neighborhood that shares a common electrical infrastructure. The project was previously delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is now on track to begin in the upcoming quarter, with completion set for late 2023. For more information, see Industrial Info's project report.