Sunrise brief: Lithion is building a battery manufacturing plant in Nevada


Lithion Battery is building a new 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada, outside of Las Vegas. Once built, the plant will become home to the only non-captive Lithium-Ion manufacturing business in the U.S., said Lithion.

The company will develop storage units as well as their Valence line of battery modules used in the electrification of many applications across various industries. Lithion is a vertically integrated manufacturer of cells, rechargeable and non-rechargeable battery packs and modules serving industrial, medical, robotic, military, and energy end-markets. 

Greenbacker acquires 57.5 MW wind farm near San Francisco

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company has purchased the Altamont Winds project, managed by Castlelake L.P. The 57.5 MW facility is the single largest asset in Greenbacker’s wind portfolio. 

The project in its final stages of commissioning and has a long-term power purchase agreement with East Bay Community Energy, a community choice aggregator (CCA). CCAs allow residents, businesses, and municipalities to procure power from an alternative supplier, while still using the transmission and distribution services of their local electric utility provider. 

Altamont Winds is sited in Alameda County, within the Altamont Pass, an area that has been operating wind assets and providing energy to the Bay Area since the 1980s. The wind farm is placed near the load pocket created by San Francisco, giving it strategic value in serving energy usage and capacity needs, said Greenbacker. 

This project boosts the Greenbacker’s total nationwide capacity to just over 300 MW. It has a 1.18 GW portfolio comprised of 855 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar, 16 MW of battery storage, and 12 MW biomass facilities. 

Nautilus Solar acquires 6.34 MW community solar project in New York 

Nautilus Solar Energy has acquired a New York community solar project from Saturn Power, sized at 6.34 MW. Located in Norwich, NY, the project is slated to begin construction in Q2 2021. Once completed, the project will provide renewable energy to 775 households within the NYSEG utility territory. 

The project will employ up to 50 local construction and installation workers, said Nautilus. The company will be responsible for project and asset management, maintenance, and the acquisition and management of customers. Canadian-based Saturn Power developed the project. 

Community solar is among the fastest growing sectors in the New York clean energy industry, said Nautilus. Anyone who pays an electric bill in the project’s area can subscribe to the service, and Nautilus said customers can save ten percent on utility bills with no upfront cost, long-term commitment or cancellation costs. 

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