News in Brief May 6 – US Wind Generation Drop, Engie, Sungrow in Africa

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News in Brief May 6 – US Wind Generation Drop, Engie, Sungrow in Africa

Sungrow Sings Pact With Two South African Firms 

Global inverter and energy storage company Sungrow has signed an agreement with two South African distribution companies to increase its footprint in the African market. This included its agreement with Herholdt’s and ARB. 

The global company said the attempt would solidify its presence in South Africa’s renewable energy sector. The signing ceremony marked the commencement of an official distribution agreement, whereby Sungrow committed to providing a comprehensive range of products and services to these esteemed partners. 

US Wind Energy Generation Drops For First Time In Over Two Decades 

Lower wind speeds led to the first drop in wind power generation in the US in 25 years in 2023. This was despite 6.2GW of wind capacity being installed in the past year, according to data provided by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The EIA report shows that US wind generation in 2023 totalled 425,235 gigawatt-hours (GWh), 2.1% less than the 434,297GWh generated in 2022.

Wind capacity in the US has more than tripled from 47GW in 2010 to 147.5GW at the end of 2023, with electricity from wind turbines growing as a result. The utilisation rate at wind turbines fell to an eight-year low of 33.5% in 2023.

Slower wind speeds led to the decline in generation. In the first half of 2023, wind generation dropped by 14% compared with the same period in 2022. In the second half, wind speeds picked up and were 2.4% higher than the same period in 2022, but this was not enough to make up the difference.

Engie To Acquire French Onshore Wind Business From Ørsted 

Ostwind France currently operates 54MW of renewable energy. It has an additional 24MW of wind projects under construction and a further pipeline of projects.

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