DP Energy Partners with Iberdrola to deliver 320MW hybrid project in South Australia’

January 2020

DP Energy Partners with Iberdrola to deliver 320MW hybrid project in South Australia.

Cork based renewable energy developer DP Energy moves toward construction of its Port Augusta hybrid wind and solar project in South Australia (SA) with Spanish energy giant Iberdrola. Construction on the ground-breaking project is to commence in mid-2020.

Established more than 20 years ago, DP Energy has successfully delivered 13 renewable energy projects totalling 400MW in various jurisdictions with a further pipeline of projects totalling more than 2000MW under development across Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. These projects variously incorporate both on and off-shore wind, solar and tidal energy technologies, with PAREP selected as the first hybrid renewable facility.

With a history of more than 170 years, Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number-one producer of wind power and one of the world’s biggest electricity utilities by market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to more than 100 million people in the countries in which it operates.

The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP) is one of the new generation of renewable projects designed to provide predictable power more uniformly across the day and when complete will be one of the southern hemisphere’s largest hybrid renewable power stations. The Project is projected to produce approximately 900 gigawatt hours (GWh) per annum, enough to power around 180,000 households each year, with an emissions saving of approximately 400,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.

DP Energy CEO Simon De Pietro welcomed Iberdrola’s participation in the project. “We are delighted to have partnered with Iberdrola on this project. The company is a global energy leader with a track record of 31GW of renewable capacity amongst other activities. It’s exciting that they’ve chosen PAREP for their first investment in Australia and we are enthusiastic to see the project commence construction. DP Energy will continue to work with stakeholders and the local community and support Iberdrola through construction and commissioning,” Mr De Pietro said. He went on to explain that PAREP is one of the new large scale projects currently being developed by DP worldwide, including a number of utility scale solar projects in Canada and onshore and offshore wind in Ireland. ‘DP Energy is focused on the delivery of renewable energy when and where it is needed to support the transition to a fossil fuel free future’.

Country Manager Fernando Santa Maria said collaborating with the DP Energy team and securing investment for Iberdrola’s first project in Australia was an important milestone. “A 320MW hybrid wind and solar project is of great significance to our team and we look forward to being involved in South Australia throughout the lifetime of the project,” Mr Santa Maria said.

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Press Release – DP Energy Announces Successful ADCP Deployment at FORCE

DP Energy, working with Seaforth Geosurveys of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada  and Applied Renewables Research (ARR) from Northern Ireland, UK, recently deployed Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP)  as a key step in the development of the Uisce Tapa tidal energy project. The deployment is in Berth E at the FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy) site in the Minas Passage.  These ADCPs will be collecting data over the next month to gather information on the current flows at the specific project site.  The devices will be retrieved in August, with analysis of the data expected to complete by the end of September 2019.

New Project Manager, Sarah Thomas said “The deployment went absolutely seamlessly, with all three devices being in position within a couple of hours. We were delighted to be working with the very professional teams from Seaforth and ARR which made the whole process very simple and professional.

DP Energy remains ready to take on the exciting challenges provided by the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy and expects that development of the FORCE Berths will be a significant stepping stone enabling tidal energy to take its appropriate place amongst the other ‘core’ renewable energy sources of wind and solar”.


Sarah Thomas – Project Manager [email protected]

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*Photo credit to Cuan Boake of ARR.

DP Energy first solar park in Canada moves towards approval in Calgary


Largest solar energy project in Western Canada could be built within Calgary city limits

By Adam MacVicar
Digital Journalist Global News

WATCH: A 156-acre lot off Barlow Trail S.E. is being eyed for a massive solar energy production facility which would house more than 1,500 solar panels. Adam MacVicar explains.

Despite the lack of heat recently in Calgary, an Irish energy company is banking on a lot of sunshine to fuel a potential new solar energy farm.

DP Energy is proposing a 156-acre solar energy production facility within Calgary city limits. If approved, it would be the largest in Western Canada.

“We do have a number of small (solar) farms that are at the compost facilities and I think some of our landfills have a small array, but nothing of this size,” Ward 12 councillor Shane Keating said.

The company is eyeing a property in the Shepard industrial site off Barlow Trail S.E. which is currently owned by Viterra, which would lease the land to DP Energy.

The site is home to an old tailings pond that has been capped, which means development opportunities on the land are limited, but officials believe the fixed-angle solar panels won’t disturb the land underneath.

“The panels would be installed on a concrete base that would rest on top of the land so as to not disturb the soil cap below,” a report going before Calgary’s planning commission said.

The proposed project would see the construction of 1,576 solar panels arranged in 78 rows and is expected to generate 25 megawatt hours of renewable electricity annually.

“It takes land that is sterile, it puts in a method of producing electricity in the heart of the city,” Keating said. “I think this is the beginning of the future… and I think that’s why it’s a benefit to the city at this point.”

According to Keating, that kind of production could power between 3,500 and 4,000 homes, however, there have already been some discussions on what to do with the power generated at the plant.

The new Green Line LRT is designed to travel through the area adjacent to where the proposed solar farm would be built and Keating believes the accompanying new LRT maintenance facility could benefit from the project.

“The beauty of this is all of our CTrains are run by renewable energy,” Keating said. “So this is the win-win — we’re building something in the heart of Calgary that eventually could be running one of our CTrains.”

Although the project is being labelled a win-win for the city, there is concern for how it will impact the area.

The biggest is the potential for glare from the panels at multiple locations along three airport flight pathways: Deerfoot Trail S.E., Barlow Trail S.E., and 114 Ave S.E.

But an analysis conducted by Stantec Consulting shows only a few areas that could see moderate glare.

“I’ve been assured the way the angle of the panels are and the fact that they can move them at different times a year, that it won’t be a concern,” Keating said.

It remains unclear whether there is any provincial money going toward construction of the project, but Keating believes the solar farm will be 100 per cent privately funded by DP Energy.

Based in Ireland, DP Energy is a renewable energy and sustainable development company with sites operating around the world.

Representatives from the company are expected to be on hand when the proposed solar project is presented to the city’s planning commission on Thursday.

City administration is recommending the planning commission approve the land development, at which point it will go in front of city council and then to a public hearing.

If all goes according to plan, Keating believes shovels could be in the ground later this year.

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Original article here: https://globalnews.ca/news/4931598/calgary-solar-farm-proposal/

News Release – Marine Renewables Canada New Board Appointments for 2019

Halifax, Canada

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of three industry and policy leaders to its 2019 Board of Directors.

The appointments of Michelle Chislett, Managing Director of Northland Power for Canada and the United States, Simon De Pietro, Director/Owner for the DP Energy Companies and the Hon. Michel P. Samson, Counsel with the law firm Cox & Palmer came at the associations annual general meeting in Halifax, Canada on November 22, 2018.

All three will assume their directorships on January 1, 2019.

Marine Renewables Canada Chair Tim Brownlow added he wished to thank three retiring board members for their time and leadership:  Mr. Troy Garnett of Cherubini (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), Ms. Sue Molloy, PhD, of Glas Ocean Engineering (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Mr. Marius Lengkeek, P.Eng, of Lengkeek Vessel Engineering (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia).

Biographies of the new 2019 Board Members:

Michelle Chislett, Managing Director (Canada & United States), Northland Power Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

As Managing Director of Canada & US for Northland Power, Ms. Chislett holds responsibility for business development to grow the company’s portfolio of clean and green energy project portfolio in North America including offshore wind, a new area of interest for Marine Renewables Canada. Northland has extensive offshore wind interests in Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining Northland in 2016, she was country manager for Sun Edison in Canada.  Other past positions include Vice President of Business Development with GDF SUEZ Canada. From 2006-2010 she was with SkyPower Corp, rising to Vice President, Solar Group where she led the team that developed Canada’s first fully operational solar farm, ‘First Light’, a 9MW solar Photovoltaic facility in Ontario.

Ms. Chislett is a current Board member for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Western Engineering (ACWE), a past member of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and a past member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force. She holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Simon De Pietro, President, DP Energy
Cork, Ireland

Mr. De Pietro is an Owner / Director for the DP Energy companies and current president of the European Ocean Energy Association. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics) from the University of Liverpool. Mr. De Pietro has more than 25 years experience developing wind farms and more recently marine energy projects. DP Energy has developed 260MW of built and operating renewable assets and has more than 1GW of renewable energy projects under development including 339MW of tidal energy projects.
He has been a leading advocate for Ocean Energy during his term as president of Ocean Energy Europe, representing the organisation at numerous conferences, seminars and events, including policy discussions with the European Commission and member states.

DP Energy through its subsidiary companies Rio Fundo and Halagonia Tidal Energy is currently developing the largest tidal array in Canada through the Uisce Tapa project in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. In September 2018, the project was awarded a substantial grant of $30million from Natural Resources Canada through the Emerging Renewable Power Programme (ERPP). DP is also developing another 300MW of projects in the UK and Northern Ireland.

The Honourable Michel P. Samson, BA, LLB, ECNS, Counsel, Cox & Palmer
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Hon. Michel Samson is Counsel to the Atlantic Canadian regional law firm of Cox & Palmer.  A bilingual graduate of Dalhousie Law School, he began his law practice in Cape Breton before spending 19 years as a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Mr. Samsons cabinet assignments included acting Minister of Justice, Attorney General & Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Trade & Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Minister of Economic and Rural Development & Tourism, Minister of Environment and Government House Leader.

As Counsel in the Halifax office, his areas of practice include energy, fishery, aboriginal affairs and trade matters both on a regional and national basis.  In his position he provides strategic advice on government relations and community consultation.  He is a registered lobbyist with the Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada and advises clients in government relations matters.

About Marine Renewables Canada:

MRC is the country’s wave, tidal, offshore wind and river current association representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers as well as firms in the marine and energy supply chain. Since 2004, the mission of the association has been to identify and foster collaborative business opportunities and act as an advocate for Canada remaining a leading contributor to the burgeoning Blue Economy, both at home and abroad.

More at www.marinerenewables.ca

NRCAN Grant triggers major investment in the Bay of Fundy

A substantial grant of CA$29,750,000 under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is set to trigger the next wave of tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia.

Cork based renewable energy developer DP Energy is managing two berths in the Bay of Fundy through its Canadian registered company, Halagonia Tidal Energy Limited.  It intends to develop both berths together as a single project under the banner Uisce Tapa (pronounced Ish ka Ta Pa) which means fast running water in Gaelic. The Project plans to incorporate 5 Andritz Hydro Mk1 1.5MW sea-bed mounted tidal turbines and a single SR2-2000 floating turbine by Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited. At 9MW this will make it the largest tidal stream array to be deployed anywhere in the world.

DP Energy has been working closely with both turbine suppliers for the past two years, during which time turbines from both manufacturers have been successfully deployed in real sea environments in Scotland. In the case of Andritz, the three Mk1 turbines installed at the MeyGen Project have produced a cumulative output of more than 8.2GWh since their deployment whilst the SR1-2000 prototype deployed by Scotrenewables at the EMEC facility in Orkney has produced more than 3GWh since October 2017.

The Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) administered by NRCAN aims to help Canada to meet the commitments made under the Pan Canadian Framework on Climate Change, by reducing GHG emissions and increasing government and industry experience with new technologies and building supply chains to support emerging renewable energy sectors such as in-stream tidal.

DP Energy CEO, Simon De Pietro commenting on the award said that he is “thrilled that NRCAN has recognised the value and potential of the tidal sector as well as the merits of the project proposed. In 2008 DP Energy added Ocean Energy to its Wind and Solar Energy projects and has been actively involved in the marine energy sector, developing projects in the UK, Northern Ireland and Canada since then. Uisce Tapa represents an opportunity to realise a project of meaningful scale in one of the most energetic tidal sites in the world”. Mr. De Pietro was also keen to acknowledge the backing which the industry has received from the Province of Nova Scotia to date in addition to its ongoing support. “The Nova Scotia Department of Energy and FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy) have been driving the development of tidal energy in the province. The establishment of the FORCE facility and provision of an enabling Feed-In Tariff have contributed greatly to bringing us to this important milestone’. Mr. De Pietro concluded that he is excited with the prospect of moving on with the project in consultation with key stakeholders including Indigenous communities and local fishers.

DP Energy has developed 393 MW of wind energy systems, generating enough electricity to power some 117,900 homes every year. The company has a further 1,476MW of projects which are consented, in planning or in late stage development in Australia, Ireland, and the UK as well as a number of large-scale solar PV projects across Canada.


CEO, DP Energy: Simon De Pietro – [email protected] T: +353 (0) 879722399

Commercial Director, Canada: John Kerr – [email protected] T: +353 862 513899

Minister Sohi Announces Major Investment in Renewable Tidal Energy That Will Power 2,500 Homes in Nova Scotia

News release
September 20, 2018 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Natural Resources Canada

Our government is committed to making investments that use Canada’s natural advantage, our resources, to make our economy more competitive while cutting pollution. These include investments in emerging technologies to tap the vast potential of marine renewable energy.

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced $29.8 million for Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd. in support of its $117-million project to provide clean electricity to Nova Scotia. The project will cut pollution from power generation in Nova Scotia, which currently relies on fossil fuels for a large portion of its electricity needs, and create well-paying, clean jobs for Canadians.

The project, which will create approximately 120 jobs, will deploy a nine megawatt tidal energy system and combine both floating and submerged turbines to work together, improving efficiency. It will demonstrate the capability to extract energy in both shallow and deep water. Ultimately, the project will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 2,500 homes. Showcasing that predictable and reliable energy can be extracted from the Bay of Fundy is another step toward developing Canada’s huge marine energy potential.

A first of its kind in Canada, the project will also demonstrate the potential for further tidal energy projects and provide valuable experience managing electricity generation from tidal resources, reducing barriers to entry for the tidal industry.

The funding, which was announced at the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy in Halifax, is part of Natural Resources Canada’s Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) plan for promoting clean growth and fighting climate change.


“This investment will support a low-carbon future while encouraging businesses to innovate, grow and create well-paying, long-term jobs for Canadians in an emerging sector. We have taken an approach that will grow our economy and protect the environment, all while encouraging growth in the marine renewable energy sector.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources

“Developing marine renewable energy is a key pillar of our province’s clean energy plan, and we continue to support projects that advance our understanding of how to capture the Bay of Fundy’s clean, renewable energy potential. Further public and private sector investment in this sector will spur innovation and solidify Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the development of tidal technology and set us on a path to a cleaner economic future.”

Derek Mombourquette
Nova Scotia’s Minister of Energy and Mines

“Tidal energy can make a significant contribution to Canada and our world’s need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and has the potential to do so in a cost-competitive way along with the more mature renewable technologies of wind and solar. This investment and the support of both the Government of Canada and Province of Nova Scotia are welcomed and will help both deliver the technology in a challenging environment and support the development of a new industry as we make the essential transition to a low-carbon world.”

Simon De Pietro
Chief Executive Officer, Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd.

Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations
[email protected]

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
[email protected]

Reference: https://www.canada.ca/en/natural-resources-canada/news/2018/09/minister-sohi-announces-major-investment-in-renewable-tidal-energy-that-will-power-2500-homes-in-nova-scotia.html

Renewable power station of the future for Port Augusta moves a step closer

Media Release
July 11, 2018

International renewable energy company DP Energy has received SA Government approval for Stage 2 of its ground-breaking Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP), which when complete will offer most of the services of a traditional fossil fuelled power station but fuelled by renewable energy.

Approved by the State Government in June 2018, Stage 2 of the PAREP allows up to 500MW of solar photovoltaic generation, 400MW of battery storage and 3,000MW seconds of synchronous condenser capacity to be built. This infrastructure will add capability to the existing project, further improving the generation output to match the South Australian demand profile. It also provides the added benefit of actively supporting additional electricity network system stability through the use of synchronous condenser technology.

The addition of batteries and synchronous condensers to the renewable generation capacity gives the project the ability to react to fluctuations in both voltage and frequency which can help stabilise the grid and assist the network in reducing potential black outs.

Established more than 20 years ago, DP Energy has successfully completed 13 renewable energy projects around the world totalling 400MW with a further eight totalling over 1000MW currently under development. The projects variously incorporate wind, solar and tidal energy technologies, with Port Augusta selected as the site for the first hybrid renewable facility due to the region’s unique wind profile and consistently strong solar resource.

DP Energy Business Development Manager, Catherine Way, said the power station represented the next step in renewable technology. “Renewable energy projects are becoming increasingly mainstream, driven by continual technological advances that deliver greater efficiencies and reduced costs. However, the missing piece has always been the ability to provide full grid support and controllable power to match energy demand with energy generation. The unique renewable energy capability of Stage 2 minimises this previous limitation, making this a power station of the future,” she said.

DP Energy CEO Simon De Pietro said Stage 2 approval represented another successful step in the process. “We’ve now received all the necessary government approvals for the project, which is very encouraging. This latest development will contribute to Port Augusta becoming the renewable energy capital of Australia now there is no longer coal generation,” he said.

DP Energy is nearing financial close for Stage 1 of the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, which is a hybrid wind and solar plant. The Stage 2 approval will also allow for battery storage and synchronous condenser to be built on to Stage 1.

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DP Energy – Battery and Solar Installation: Bringing Innovation Home.

DP Energy continues to pursue best practice in the development of environmentally sustainable and benign projects around the globe. Closer to home, the company has recently commissioned Solo Energy www.solo-energy.com  to install a new Tesla Powerwall 2 battery together with a 4kW solar PV system. The system is being monitored by Solo Energy to optimise the consumption of solar energy and improve overall energy efficiency. The DP Energy office was designed as a passive building with very high levels of insulation and an air source heat pump to heat the building. Browse through some of the photos of our new installation.

New OEE Co-Presidents and Directors target pre-commercial deployments

The new appointments will be tasked with uniting the sector behind a strategy to build an ocean energy industry in Europe.
10 April 2018. Brussels. Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) has appointed Simon De Pietro (DP Energy, Ireland) and Laurent Schneider-Maunoury (Naval Energies, France) as its new Co-Presidents. The duo bring a formidable combination of expertise to the table, as representatives of key project developers and OEMs in the ocean energy sector. They will set the industry’s strategy in the coming years, as it aims to deploy pre-commercial farms in European waters.

Mr De Pietro was reappointed after an interim election in 2016. Mr Schneider-Maunoury will serve his first term as OEE co-President. Co-Presidents are elected for a three-year term.

See complete article HERE.

DP Energy Expands Canadian Investment

DP Energy has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with Atlantis Resources Ltd to acquire its 50% interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL). The transaction, subject to formal approval of the Nova Scotia Minister of Energy, will result in DP Energy taking sole ownership of the 4.5 MW Berth C tidal project at FORCE in the Bay of Fundy, NS, Canada. AOCL will be renamed on completion of the sale.

DP Energy already holds the rights to develop a 4.5 MW project at Berth E and this acquisition enables it to take a more integrated approach to delivery of the two projects in parallel. Key to this integrated approach, beyond using a single development team, will be the potential for the utilisation of common vessel assets across multiple technology options and an essential precursor to commercial developments and driving down the cost curve. Both Berth C and E are fully consented, grid connected and are supported by a 15-year feed-in-tariff set at $530/MWh.

Simon De Pietro, DP Energy CEO, said:

“DP Energy is fully committed and pleased to be working with the Nova Scotia Government to promote the development of tidal energy as a major source of renewable electricity production in Canada. The continued Provincial and Federal government support for the tidal industry gives confidence to our ongoing investment in the sector in Canada and that support echoes our strong belief in the value of the sector to the future renewables mix.

DP Energy remains ready to take on the exciting challenges provided by the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy and expects that development of the FORCE Berths will be a significant stepping stone enabling tidal energy to take its appropriate place amongst the other ‘core’ renewable energy sources of wind and solar.

This investment which is one of a number already in process across Canada, both on and offshore, adds further depth to the expanding portfolio of renewable energy projects of the DP Energy group of companies worldwide”.

Simon De Pietro, Chief Executive Officer; [email protected]
Damian Bettles, DP Energy Canada; [email protected]
John Kerr, DP Energy Canada; [email protected]