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Renewables Briefing: Vestas Layoffs, Dubai’s 1000 MW Solar Plant, BP and Sempra Team Up and More…

Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, is to lay off 2,335 staff worldwide. The company has also warned of a potential further 1,600 job cuts if the U.S. Congress doesn’t extend tax breaks for renewable energy, reports the Associated Press.

Dubai is building a 1000 MW solar power plant that should be operational by 2013. The planned facility would stretch 48 square kilometers along the Dubai-Al Ain road and cost 12 billion U.A.E. dirham ($3.27 billion) to construct, reports The Wall Street Journal.

BP and San Diego-based Sempra Energy are to jointly develop two wind farms – Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania and the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm in Kansas. The farms will have combined production capacity of 560 MW and should cost $1 billion to build. In December, Tata Power announced plans to buy out BP Alternative Energy Holdings’ remaining shares in the companies’ joint venture Tata BP Solar.

IKEA has announced plans to install solar energy panels on five more of its United States locations – all of them in the Midwestern U.S. Collectively, the five stores’ solar output will total 4.8 MW.

U.K. utility Portsmouth Water has installed solar power hubs on reservoir roofs and land at treatment sites at six of its sites in southern England. The solar systems will each generate 50kW almost exclusively for on-site pumping and water treatment.

Bear Creek Ranch, an affiliation of Pacific Ag Management, in Wasco, California, has chosen Conergy’s Solar Large Projects Group as the project manager for its 1.5-acre solar energy power generation site. The solar energy site will power the water pumps and irrigation system for the ranch’s surrounding almond orchards. The site will produce 470,000 kWh of energy a year.

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