Introducing the New Vergnet Global Website and Blog

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As of January 2016, Vergnet is proud to announce its new positioning as a global renewable energy solutions provider.

Combining our key offerings of wind, solar, and hybrid energy solutions, as well as solar applications, with our expertise and innovative technology, we can deliver economically profitable bespoke solutions that provide clean, reliable energy and deliver high return on investment.

Reflecting this approach, we invite you to visit our new look Vergnet website where you will find a host of new features, including our new blog area.

This site will remain open for access to historical Vergnet blogs, but for the latest news and blogs from Vergnet, please visit www.vergnet.com or connect with us on our new global Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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France Ranked Top Nation for Climate Change in New Climate Action Network Europe Report

CAN logoThe recently published Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, which indicates the best preforming nations in tackling climate change across the world, has ranked Vergnet’s home country, France, in the top 10 for climate action.

As with all previous editions of the report, the top three places are left blank as, according to the report, “no country has done enough to prevent the dangerous impacts of climate change.”

France climbed six places this year to position eight, behind four others, as the country has a decreasing emission trend. The United Kingdom also increased on the ranking ladder to be considered the second best country for accelerating a cleaner future as it continues to expand its renewable energies.

The report, launched at COP21 in Paris, was compiled with the help of 300 energy and climate experts to create a ranking of over sixty countries.

Vergnet is proud to lead the way in providing renewable energy solutions around the world to help countries meet their individual renewable targets and contribute to a cleaner, greener world. With over 25 years’ experience, Vergnet offers wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions  as well as Hybrid Wizard®, a patented solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions and to read case studies, visit www.vergnet.com.

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Non-state Actors Pledge For Action Following COP21

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With 195 nations declaring their support for a final agreement to combat climate change at the United Nation Climate Change Conference (COP21), non-state actors have pledged to take steps to ensure that the new global deal to keep the world’s temperatures under two degrees Celsius is met.

The Paris Pledge for Action demonstrates that non-state actors such as businesses, cities, civil society groups, investors, regions and trade unions welcome the Paris Agreement on climate change and are committed to implementing it. The pledge has been signed by global companies such as Microsoft, Diageo, Tesco and Ericsson, along with a strong coalition made up of 400 businesses, 120 investors and 150 cities that represent 150 million people.

The pledge is a call to action which brings together a multitude of voices agreeing on a single collective statement, “As cities, regions, businesses, investors, civil society groups, trade unions and other signatories, coming from every sector of society and every corner of the world, we realize that dangerous climate change threatens our ability and the ability of future generations to live and thrive in a peaceful and prosperous world.”

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, with over 25 years’ experience in design, engineering, construction and maintenance of wind, solar and hybrid renewable energy projects ranging from 200 kW up to 120 MW, Vergnet welcomes the pledge which promotes key global players presenting a united front to help tackle climate change.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions and to read case studies, visit www.vergnet.com.

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COP21 – The Future is Renewables

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After two weeks of climate talks, the highly anticipated United Nation Climate Change Conference (COP21) climaxed with 195 nations declaring their support for a final agreement to combat climate change. This was a significant world event representing nations coming together for the first time with a single mindset and united goal to address what is arguably the most important issue facing us in the 21st Century.

Heralding the historic agreement, President Barack Obama said it provides the “best chance we have to save the one planet we have” with UK Prime Minister David Cameron saying the deal represents “a huge step forward in securing the future of the planet”.

The agreement will fully come into effect in 2020 with the overarching aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the global average temperature to a rise “well below” 2C (3.6F) compared to pre-industrial levels – a level of warming deemed to be the point when dangerous climate change could threaten life on Earth.

Other legally binding targets within the agreement include the regular review and submission of emission reduction targets and a $100bn fund from developed economies to help emerging and developing nations decarbonise their energy mix. This will see a global shift from the burning of fossil fuels to adopting clean energy sources, such as renewables, to power countries, with each nation responsible for setting their own Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) in terms of emissions levels.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, with over 25 years’ experience in design, engineering, construction and maintenance of wind, solar and hybrid renewable energy projects, Vergnet welcomes the signing of this historic agreement and the united goal to work towards a sustainable future with renewable energy at its core.

Vergnet is highly experienced in delivering solutions for diverse environments and extreme climates, as well as isolated sites including islands and off-grid locations across the globe. For those countries considering their renewable energy options for the first time, or those considering expanding their current renewable energy mix to meet emissions targets, Vergnet’s renewable energy solutions deliver clean, affordable energy generation, tailored to the needs of the project and environment for countries throughout the world.

Vergnet’s recent renewable projects including a solar/hybrid farm in the Republic of Kiribati, which will supply 855MWh of energy and save 227,000 litres of diesel per year, and a hybrid power plant in Kiffa, Mauritania, the first of its kind in the West African sub region.

In addition to providing wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions, Vergnet global solutions also offer Hybrid Wizard®, a patented solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

With the COP21 agreement signed and a global commitment to sustainability promised, as each nation works to meet its targets, it is clear that the future is renewables.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions and to read case studies, visit www.vergnet.com.

 

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Vergnet Presents its Renewable Solutions’ Expertise at the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) 2015

WAPIC2Vergnet recently presented at the West African Power Industry Convention in Lagos, Nigeria, which showcased energy solutions to help address the challenges the regional power industry currently faces.

As well as an information stand showcasing Vergnet’s extensive portfolio of renewable energy solutions and projects, Vergnet spoke at two conferences during the event. John Okoro, Vergnet Team Leader in Mining and Metals shared his expertise at the ‘Rural Electrification and Funding Requirements’ session, analysing business models for off-grid electrification and exploring future projects.

Frédéric Cheve, Vergnet Business Development Manager for Africa also presented at a masterclass entitled ‘Accelerating the Take-Up of Wind and Solar Projects.’

Frédéric’s presentation, available here, outlined key steps for renewable project development and presented Vergnet’s world-class case study of the first grid connected wind project in Nigeria, Katsina wind farm, with 10MW of total installed power.

Across the four day event, Vergnet additionally contributed to the Convention by highlighting best practice case studies and detailing its latest technology to provide cost and time savings for companies and projects in Africa, particularly in weak or isolated grid areas.

In addition to providing wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions, Vergnet offers Hybrid Wizard®, patented software which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and delivering a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

At WAPIC, Vergnet was also able to discuss its latest project with Osun state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the construction of a 13MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The project launch is planned for the first half of 2016 and is the first solar energy project of such magnitude to be completed in Nigeria.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions visit www.vergnet.com

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Vergnet Exhibit at Annual EWEA Event in Paris

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Vergnet recently showcased its latest wind solutions at the European Wind Energy Association 2015 Annual Event over a four day conference which took place from 17th – 20th November in Paris.

The EWEA 2015 Annual Event presents an international platform for the wind energy industry to meet and, with Europe’s industry leaders and policymakers attending; the event provides an opportunity to define the strategic direction for wind energy activities in Europe.

Taking place two weeks before the COP21 UN climate negotiations, which kicked off this week in Paris, the highly anticipated event marked the first in a series of renewable energy conferences and meetings with a single aim to reduce climate change.

Vergnet’s Eric Vales (Product Engineer), presented a poster on the topic ‘Hybrid Renewable Energy Production System and Connection to Existing Network’. The poster showcased Vergnet’s work in successfully delivering hybrid solutions within island countries to optimise renewable energy penetration in off-grid and small grids applications.

As a global leader in wind energy solutions, with over 900 wind turbines installed worldwide, Vergnet is attending EWEA 2015 to share its expertise with attendees from across the globe and showcase its extensive portfolio of wind energy projects and developments including the Nouadhibou Wind Farm in Mauritania and the biggest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa to date, located in Ashegoda near Mekelle in the Tigray region. Vergnet is also an experienced Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) contractor, with projects ranging from 200 kW up to 120MW.

In addition to providing wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions, Vergnet is also showcasing Hybrid Wizard®, a patented solution developed to maximise renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions visit www.vergnet.com.

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Renewable Global Energy Supply Set to Triple

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The latest edition of Greenpeace’s Energy Revolution series includes reports indicating that renewables could account for 64% of the global energy supply in the next 15 years, more than triple the current percentage.

The 2015 edition of the report, sponsored also by GWEC and Solar Power Europe, predicts a continued renewables increase to 2030 and beyond, surpassing expectations and creating a clean, equitable energy future.

The report also emphasised the magnitude of the discussions and outcomes of the COP21 in Paris will have on the renewable industry.

With over 164 countries having renewable energy targets in place, the report claims the wheels are in motion for a global energy transition with renewables.

60% of worldwide new energy generation was contributed by renewables in 2014. The report highlighted that this expansion enables solar PV and wind power to be cost-competitive with new coal in most regions.

Vergnet, as a global manufacturer of renewable energy solutions for over 25 years, welcomes the predications as it works to deliver innovative wind, solar and hybrid solutions across the globe.

Vergnet has implemented complex renewable energy projects worldwide from wind farms in the Independent State of Samoa, Chile and West Africa to solar plants in the Central Pacific and Republic of Niger, West Africa, for example.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions visit www.vergnet.com.

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All Aboard as Solar-Powered Boat Sails into the Seine for COP21

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As the renewable energy industry prepares for the start of the highly anticipated United Nation Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris today, the world’s largest solar-powered boat has sailed in to the European city and is anchored on the river Seine in Paris for the duration of climate talks.

The sustainable vessel represents a key discussion point at the talks and draw attention to the important issues of ocean plastic waste and maritime emissions. Conference delegates and the public will be able to board the zero-emitting boat and discover the actual extent of plastic pollution in the oceans to coincide with the conference, which is taking place in Le Bourget, France, from 30 November to 11 December.

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, including design, engineering, construction and maintenance of solar energy projects, Vergnet recognises the importance of showcasing renewable innovation in unique ways at pivotal events such as COP21.

With over 25 years’ experience, Vergnet provide adaptable turnkey solar photovoltaic energy solutions that enable clean, affordable energy generation, tailored to the needs of the project and environment. Vergnet’s recent renewable projects including a solar farm in the Republic of Kiribati, which will supply 855MWh of energy and save 227,000 litres of diesel per year, and a hybrid power plant in Kiffa, Mauritania, the first of its kind in the West African sub region.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions, visit www.vergnet.com.

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Vergnet Hybrid Wizard® Maximizes Renewable Energy at Tarawa Solar Farm

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Vergnet has announced the recent commissioning of a 500kWp solar/hybrid farm in the Republic of Kiribati, on the island of Tarawa, which is located in the central Pacific Ocean and home to half of Kiribati’s 110,000 inhabitants.

Inaugurated in October 2015, the solar photovoltaic project at the Tarawa Solar Farm was originally planned to deliver 400kWp. Since commissioning, this has been increased to 500kWp, supplying 870 MWh of energy on Tarawa and saving 290,000 litres of diesel per year. The project introduces a sustainable diversity of energy sources and also facilitates the countries growth.

The power from the solar photovoltaic project is exported to the local Public Utilities Board’s grid and aims to reduce the island’s dependency on diesel generators and its greenhouse gas emissions.

For the project, Vergnet utilized its patented Hybrid Wizard®, which was designed specifically to provide security of electricity supply for remote or island locations. The innovative solution maximizes renewable energy penetration, in this case from photovoltaic solar, into existing diesel systems in real time. It features an instantaneous feedback loop between the controller and generators, enabling users to constantly maximize penetration to what the existing electricity grid can accept.

This is Vergnet’s second project with developer Masdar, an Abu Dhabi renewable energy company, following the success of the partnership when delivering Samoa’s first wind farm.

Vergnet has a significant track record in developing energy solutions that are particularly suited to insular environments and believes these have a vital role to play in developing countries.

Through both wind and solar plants, Vergnet has installed approximately 43MW of wind and solar power throughout the Pacific region in areas including Samoa, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

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Vergnet Signs Final Contract with Osun State, Nigeria for 13MW Solar Plant

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Vergnet has signed the final contract with Osun state in Federal Republic of Nigeria for the construction of a 13MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.

The project launch is planned for the first half of 2016 and is the first solar energy project of such magnitude to be completed in Nigeria.

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The agreement was signed by Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and Vergnet, with France’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Stephane Gompertz, reflecting that the project was the first of such magnitude to be signed in Nigeria.

In addition to the construction of the solar PV plant, Vergnet’s agreement with Osun State deal also covers a large training centre aimed at paving the way for future solar projects handled by local properly trained Nigerians.

Vergnet was also responsible for the construction of the 10-MW Katsina wind farm in the northern region of Nigeria.

As a global renewable energy solutions provider, Vergnet provides adaptable renewable energy solutions that help to reduce and secure energy costs for people, communities, businesses and economies like Nigeria and around the world.

With 25 years’ renewable energy experience, Vergnet is a market leader in developing energy solutions that perform in the most challenging, complex environments.

When complete, the Osun State solar plant will further demonstrate Vergnet’s innovation, reliable and affordable solutions in the area of clean energy solutions for Nigeria.

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