Richmond Hill to covert all street, park and parking lot lights to LED

The light has gone off in Richmond Hill. This GTA town north of Toronto is converting most of its 17,000 street, park and parking lot lights to LED as part of a contract it has just signed with Ameresco, which will supply and install the new lights. But this is more than just about high-efficiency lighting. The town will be getting a “smart lighting control system” that allows staff to remotely monitor and turn off/on the lights. Is it worth it? Hell, ya. LEDs consume up to 60 per cent less power than “high pressure sodium” lamps currently used in most infrastructure. The town is expected to spend around $8 million to convert 15,000 lights and in return will enjoy $1.5 million in energy and maintenance …

Apex clinches 66MW off-take deal with US Army

Apex Clean Energy, the Virginia-based developer, has finalised a deal that will see it selling 65.8MW of Texas wind and solar power to the US Army over nearly three decades for consumption at Fort Hood, the US military’s most populous installation in the world.

EGP on pole as Enel strikes $1bn China finance pact

Italian utility Enel said its Enel Green Power (EGP) renewables unit will be the biggest beneficiary of a $1bn finance and co-operation pact with China.

Taiwanese investment in offshore wind to hit $74m in 2016

Investment in Taiwan’s fledgling offshore wind sector could hit NT$2.5bn ($74.3m) in 2016, with annual installations set to eventually reach 300MW in the years ahead, the government said this week.

Ikea adds to wind investments with 42MW repowering project in Finland

Ikea has made its latest foray into the renewables sector with an agreement to buy a 42MW project in northern Finland.

Vestas strengthens O&M grip with €88m Availon acquisition

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has agreed to buy leading European independent service provider Availon for €88m ($95.9m) in cash, in a bid to further strengthen its O&M business just a month after snapping up San Diego-based ISP UpWind Solutions.

After Paris, it’s time for Canada to finally join IRENA

IRENA is the International Renewable Energy Agency, a UN-affiliated organization established in 2009 to promote awareness and growth of renewable energy technologies on the global stage. It’s a kind of counter-balance to existing agencies that have long represented the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. The idea for IRENA goes as far back as 1981, but it took a quarter century to get the political traction it needed. Today, 145 countries have officially joined IRENA and another 30 are in the process of becoming members. That would bring the total to 175. By comparison, the 42-year-old International Energy Agency has only 29 members, while the 59-year-old International Atomic Energy Agency has 167 members. Canada is a founding member of the IEA and IAEA, yet Canada is the only G8 countries …