ABB bags solar order
ABB has won an order worth around $20 million from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), to extend a substation that will integrate more solar energy into the grid, helping diversify Dubai’s energy mix to meet the growing demand. DEWA is doubling the net output capacity of Phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park from 100 MW to 200 MW. The company had previously won a substation order in 2014 to integrate 100 MW from the park into the grid. This utility scale solar photovoltaic plant, which covers 4.5 square kilometres, will produce enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes serving 130,000 people. Toshiba Group member and world leader in smart metering, Landis+Gyr has won a major order to supply a megawatt-class battery energy storage system (BESS) to Helen Ltd., a major energy utility operating in the capital of Finland. The BESS, the first in any Nordic country, is set to start operation in Helsinki in spring 2016. Landis+Gyr will supply a 1.2-0.6 MWh SCiB™ lithiumion BESS for installation on a site next to the Suvilahti solar power plant, Finland’s largest, built as a part of a smart community project that Helen is developing in Helsinki’s Kalasatama district.