ACCIONA prequalifies for project to replace and maintain the Dartmouth College energy supply system in the USA

08/13/2019

The scope of the project not only covers the design and construction of a new biomass-powered hot water generation plant, but also improvements to the transmission and distribution system, and the energy transfer stations in the university’s buildings.

ACCIONA has pre-qualified for the project to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain for a period of 35 years, the energy supply systems at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA.

The scope of the project not only covers the design and construction of a new biomass-powered hot water generation plant, but also improvements to the transmission and distribution system, and the energy transfer stations in the university’s buildings.

Dartmouth College hopes that this project will help it to achieve various sustainability goals, such as improving the efficiency of its energy transmission and distribution system up to 20% by 2030, while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 and up to 80% by 2050.

Furthermore, the university’s greatest challenge is to ensure that 50% of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2025, rising to 100% by 2050.

The university wants to implement renewable energy systems to contribute to its sustainability and meet its environmental and energy-saving criteria.

ACCIONA have been named as one of the four shortlisted respondents in this stage of the tender. In addition to ACCIONA’s concessions area, the project also involves teams from its industrial, energy and water areas, which gives the company a competitive advantage. For ACCIONA this contract would also mark its entry into a new concessions market in the USA.

ACCIONA is already present in the water and energy markets in the United States. In the water business, ACCIONA constructed and operates the USA’s largest desalination plant, supplying water to 2.5 million people and producing 108,000 m3 of water per day. The plant came into operation in 2008 and has won various international awards in the sector. In energy, ACCIONA owns nine operational windfarms in the USA, with a combined capacity of 866 MW. It also has a 64 MW solar-thermal plant in the Nevada desert.

Through its concessions business, ACCIONA intends to continue growing in the supply systems market with these types of new projects, both in the USA and other regions.

This goal is part of the new strategy for the business, which is seeking to expand its activities into new markets and regions, as well as strengthening its leadership position in traditional markets such as transport and social infrastructures.

ACCIONA now has strong commercial interests in the USA, especially in its concessions business, after recently opening an office in Chicago to boost its presence in the country and strengthen its relationship with potential partners and clients.

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