Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will be built into 1254 new homes in 11 communities in the SMUD service territory. The first 174 homes are due to be built this year.

Germany’s Siemens Power Generation is to supply two steam turbine gensets to a proposed 160 MWe biomass-fired plant in Tres Lagoas, 600 km northwest of São Paulo in Brazil. The order, valued at € 22 million, was placed by Poeyry Empreendimentos, part of VCP (Votorantim Celulose e Papel), one of the biggest cellulose producers in the Americas.