SAN ANTONIO, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CPS Energy was named the Public Power Utility of the Year award by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) for the utility's forward thinking in new generation sources and using technology on the grid to facilitate access to distributed energy resources.

CPS Energy is an industry leader for its diversification of its energy portfolio while embracing renewable energy and new technologies to meet its energy demands. The utility is installing battery storage and distributed generation such as solar panels to both improve reliability and reduce the demand for electricity.

"This is about us putting into practice our thought leadership around meeting customer expectations. Many of our customers want reliable, clean electricity – preferably with little or no emissions," said President & CEO Paula Gold-Williams. "Where some other utilities talk about how it could be done, we ask ourselves how it can be done today."

Gold-Williams said the utility already has 76 megawatts of installed rooftop solar in addition to nearly 450 megawatts of solar farm generation and is looking for ways to install even more in the future. Leveraging technologies such as the smart meters the utility has installed on its system, Gold-Williams said the utility has already achieved state leadership in this area. Beyond our state borders, the SEPA award recognizes that leadership.

"It's always great to be recognized for your efforts, but it's truly motivating to be recognized as a national leader like we are with the SEPA award," Gold-Williams said.

The award will be given July 26 in Washington, DC as part of SEPA's Grid Evolution Summit: A National Town Meeting.

CPS Energy is celebrating its 75th year of City of San Antonio ownership. Established in 1860, we are the nation's largest municipally owned natural gas and electric company, providing safe and affordable service to 804,000 electric and 343,000 natural gas customers in Greater San Antonio. With our AA+ credit rating, one of the best in the industry, we offer best in class reliability and some of the lowest rates among the top 10 largest U.S. cities. We recognize our role as a community partner and are continuously focused on job creation, economic development and educational investment. Powered by our people, our investment in the community is demonstrated through our employees' generosity in giving $1.1 million to United Way. We are also committed to investing in clean energy. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation. For more information, visit

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- If you want the fewest parts possible, the FastRack510 (FR510) by Sollega might be the answer. It is a universal one-piece ballasted mounting system compatible with all framed modules. As with all Sollega mounting systems, the FR510 is lightweight and stackable, ships efficiently and is quick and easy to stage and install. FR510s are injection molded in California from Ultramid – an advanced glass reinforced nylon developed in partnership with BASF, the world leader in polymers. Ultramid is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions and has a 25-year warranty. Sollega offers full engineering support services with every project, including layouts, ballast and optional anchor plans.

How does it save time and cost?
The FR510 arrives on site ready to install with no assembly required (500 kW fits in a 40-ft shipping container). All module attachments are top-down and require one size tool. Built-in reference tabs ease the alignment process. Sollega also says its system's ability to attach rail internally provides for increased load sharing, and for hybrid systems, flexibility in mechanical anchor installation.

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WOBURN, Mass., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PcVue, Inc., the North American affiliate of ARC Informatique and HMI/SCADA software automation solution provider, will be presenting at Intersolar North America 2017, in San Francisco, July 11-13 a new solar solution to easily and reliably monitor and control SunSpec compliant solar assets.

The new PcVue Solutions SunSpec Scanner is compliant with the SunSpec standard for interoperability across solar power generation equipment.  It provides for automated configuration of the communication between compliant equipment such as inverters, smart meters and weather stations and PcVue's solar monitoring software platform.  Solar operations and maintenance (O&M) organizations and Independent Power Producers (IPP) that manage multiple PV farms using different supplier's equipment can now have a consistent supervisory system to manage all their solar assets.

According to the Solar Electric Power Association, as large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar projects become an integral part of utility portfolios across the country, managing these assets for optimum performance—physical and financial—has become a high priority for a range of stakeholders. Specifically the industry requires more overlap of asset management (AM) and operations and maintenance (O&M) capabilities.

According to Ed Nugent, PcVue COO: "Intersolar is the perfect venue to unveil our SunSpec compliant solar monitoring solution and show how we solve communication and interoperability challenges engineers face when managing large PV farms.  PcVue Solutions SunSpec Scanner provides a robust automated and fully integrated system that is flexible, scalable and easy to use so that it saves time, optimizes performance and reduces maintenance issues."

The SunSpec Alliance is a trade alliance of over 70 solar and storage distributed energy industry participants, together pursuing information standards to enable "plug & play" system interoperability.

To learn more about this new solution, visit PcVue Inc.'s booth #9237 at the Balance of Systems Pavilion during Intersolar North America in San Francisco.

About PcVue, Inc.
PcVue is a SunSpec Alliance member and a provider of advanced HMI/SCADA software solutions. For more than 30 years, ARC Informatique and its affiliate PcVue Inc. have been developing, marketing and supporting innovative component-based solutions used by VAR's, OEM's and System Integrators for automation of buildings & renewable energy such as Solar Power. Headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts and backed by ARC Informatique's global reach, PcVue Solutions are used by Fortune 500 and multinational corporations around the world.

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DALLAS and YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), a leading energy storage company, and Skoda Electric, a leader in the manufacture of electric drives and traction motors for trolley and electric buses, have signed a Joint Development Agreement and Framework Purchase Contract in which Leclanché will provide Skoda Electric with battery solutions for its electric bus expansion strategy. The Agreement is worldwide in scope and will operate for an initial term of five years.

Leclanché will provide Skoda Electric with high energy (larger G/ NMC batteries for overnight charging) and ultra-fast power battery solutions (smaller LTO battery packs for more regular charging, such as at bus stations during the day) for its e-buses. Its solutions will be modular, thereby enabling Skoda Electric to build e-buses from 6 meters to 26 meters across all market segments.

The first targeted delivery of the partnership will be the release of a battery system by the end of this year, scalable between 50 – 350kWh and certified for the European market according to ECE-R100.r2. 

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said: "In 2015, Leclanché unveiled its first all-electric bus in Belgium. Now the European e-bus industry is at a watershed moment as proven battery technology and tighter environmental legislation make electric buses economically competitive with diesel.  We are delighted to announce our partnership with Skoda Electric and to take a leading role in the development of Europe's e-bus market. The industry is set to see considerable growth in the next few years and we look forward to the economic contribution that the agreement with Skoda Electric will make to Leclanché's transport business."

Jaromír Šilhánek, CEO for Skoda Electric, said: "Leclanché is unique in that it is fully integrated, has a world-leading heritage in innovation, first class long life-cycle technology across both high energy and ultra-fast charging power batteries, and a production facility in Europe. Leclanché's solutions and business approach give us ultimate flexibility and scalability, making the company the ideal partner for us to deliver our European electric bus strategy."

The global e-bus fleet comprised approximately 173,000 vehicles in 2015 of which 170,000 were in China. Europe is the second biggest market for e-buses and by 2016 the continent had over 1,300 vehicles delivered or on order1. The industrial e-transport sector is expected to expand at a Combined Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 37 per cent over the coming years, according to Navigant Research.

Most European metropolitan areas are targeting zero-emission environments, and increasing numbers of transport companies are considering a fully-electric solution for their urban bus networks.

In addition to e-buses, the Joint Development Agreement covers battery systems for a comprehensive range of uses, from passenger vehicles to off-road equipment.

About Leclanché

Leclanché is one of the world's leading, vertically integrated, energy storage solution providers. It delivers a wide range of energy storage solutions for homes, small offices, industry, electricity grids, as well as solutions for transport such as electric buses and marine applications. Established in 1909, Leclanché has been a trusted provider of battery energy storage solutions for over 100 years.

Leclanché is listed on the Swiss stock exchange, and is the only listed, pure-play, energy storage company in the world.

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OCEANSIDE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) has completed a 422-kw carport solar system at their Oceanside Headquarters.

The system was designed and built by REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions. It consists of 1,224 individual panels that generate 743,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The energy generated from the solar array is estimated to save PMCU $125,000 a year while producing about 85% of the power needed at the facility.

As part of the system, there are two solar powered car charging stations with the ability to charge up to four electric vehicles simultaneously.

“We are excited about this project,” said Bill Birnie, President/CEO at Pacific Marine Credit Union. “Solar helps us lower our operating costs, reduces our impact on the environment and brings benefits like shade and electric vehicle charging to our members and staff.”

“Solar carports are a creative way to leverage existing space,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at REC Solar. “Pacific Marine Credit Union is generating real value with this investment and we are proud to support their business.”

About Pacific Marine Credit Union

Since 1952, Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) has been making a difference: helping people with their financial needs and giving back to the local communities. PMCU is owned and governed by its members, operating not-for-profit, but for service. This allows the revenue generated by its services to be given back in the form of lower interest rates on loans, reduced fees, attractive earnings on savings and investments, and around-the-clock access to the latest electronic services.

PMCU is open to everyone who lives or works in San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Pacific Marine Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration and is an Equal Housing Lender.

About REC Solar

REC Solar is a nationwide leader providing complete commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions. Incorporating experience from more than 600 successful commercial solar installations over 20 years, REC Solar tailors financing and technology solutions to immediately deliver bottom line savings. REC Solar makes solar simple, working seamlessly with customer operations to deliver clean energy for decades. For more information, visit or call 844-732-7652.

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NEWARK, N.J., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has named Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) its 2017 Investor Owned Utility of the Year.  In announcing the award, SEPA recognized PSE&G for its ongoing commitment to increasing the amount of solar power in New Jersey and specifically lauded the utility's work to build solar farms on landfills and brownfields in the state through its Solar 4 All® program.

Solar 4 All is PSE&G's 158 megawatt-dc (MW-dc) universal solar initiative that uses traditional solar farms as well as rooftops, parking lots, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, universal solar projects that provide solar electricity directly to the PSE&G electric grid. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) initially approved the program in 2009 for 80MW-dc and has subsequently extended the program twice, once in 2013 for 45MW-dc and most recently in 2016 for an additional 33MW-dc.

"PSE&G's utility-owned, grid connected Solar 4 All program created a model that can be replicated across the country and will drive further transformation across the industry," said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. "Moving towards a clean energy future involves rethinking how we interact with our environment and this program has done just that."

There are currently 123MW-dc of the program's 158MW-dc total in service comprised of 174,000 pole-attached solar units and 31 centralized solar projects.  Nine of the centralized projects are on landfill or brownfield sites, transforming 190 acres of mostly unused land into solar farms that provide more than 52MW-dc of universal solar electricity, which is enough to power about 8,500 homes annually.

"As a national leader in landfill and brownfield solar development, we are honored to be recognized by SEPA as their 2017 Investor Owned Utility of the Year," said Courtney McCormick, PSE&G vice president – renewables and energy solutions. "By building solar projects that are connected directly to the grid, our Solar 4 All program is ensuring that all of our electric customers truly share both the costs and the benefits of solar power.  Further, by focusing much of our efforts on landfill and brownfield solar development we are aligning with New Jersey public policy, helping to save scarce open space in our state and giving new purpose to sites that would otherwise have limited opportunities for development."

PSE&G is currently selecting three or four additional landfill and brownfield sites to build an additional 33MW-dc of solar capacity between now and 2020, with work on the first project expected to begin later this year.

"It's great to see utilities embracing solar and showing that it can be deployed in creative ways and in innovative locations," said judge Tom Hunt, senior vice president at Clean Energy Collective, SEPA's 2016 Innovative Partner of the Year.

Now in their ninth year, the SEPA Power Players Awards recognize utilities, their industry partners, individuals and other stakeholders on the front lines of energy transformation in the United States. Chosen by an independent panel of seven judges with diverse experience in the electric power industry, PSE&G and winners in six other categories will be honored at an awards dinner Wednesday, July 26, 2017 during SEPA's Grid Evolution Summit: A National Town Meeting in Washington, D.C.

About PSE&G
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of+ the state's population.  PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.  PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy company.

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About SEPA
The Smart Electric Power Alliance is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the utility industry's transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center's 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit

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MINNEAPOLIS, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Solar Corporation ("US Solar"), a leading community solar developer, announced today it has secured a project financing facility from the Alliance Fund II, LP, an affiliate of North Sky Capital which is advised by New Energy Capital Partners ("NEC"), a leading investor in clean infrastructure real assets.  This capital will be used to support the development of US Solar's 100+ MW solar portfolio, with an initial focus on the Minnesota community solar market.

"U.S. Solar's strategy of developing grid interconnected community solar projects aligns with our focus of investing in small-scale, high quality clean energy infrastructure," said Ian Marcus, Principal at New Energy Capital Partners. "U.S. Solar's strength in the Minnesota market presents an attractive opportunity for NEC and we're pleased to add them as a development partner."

Mike Pohlen, Managing Director at North Sky Capital, added, "While we are geographically indifferent with respect to our investments, it is particularly exciting to partner with a leading developer in US Solar to build community solar projects in our home state of Minnesota."

"We are tremendously excited to be working with North Sky and NEC," said Marty Mobley, US Solar's CEO. "This facility will help us move forward in key markets with additional conviction and agility, while also allowing for significant scaling potential."

Since its founding in 2014, US Solar has focused on emerging "community solar" markets, which bring the solar opportunity both to owners of well-situated project sites and to electric customers unable to host a project onsite.  Through its subsidiaries, US Solar identifies and contracts directly with property owners and electricity customers.  Following early successes working with municipalities, school districts and corporate subscribers, US Solar plans to launch a residential pilot program in 2017.

About North Sky Capital and Alliance Fund II
North Sky Capital is a leader in impact investing.  North Sky manages Alliance Fund II, which invests in clean energy projects throughout North America.  The firm manages a total of six impact funds and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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About New Energy Capital Partners
New Energy Capital Partners, LLC is a leading alternative asset management firm which invests across the capital structures of small- and mid-sized clean energy infrastructure projects and companies. Since its founding in 2004, NEC has participated in more than 25 transactions across a broad array of industry verticals, including solar, energy efficiency, storage, landfill gas, waste water treatment, and biofuels totaling more than $2 billion in total asset value. NEC is headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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About US Solar
United States Solar Corporation ("US Solar") is a developer, owner, operator, and financier of solar generation projects with a focus on emerging midwestern regional markets and community solar programs.   US Solar has offices in South Norwalk, Connecticut and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it has plugged-in a solar panel array atop the new IKEA Burbank, a larger, roomier store that opened in February in Burbank, California, less than one mile away from what was the company’s oldest store in the Western United States.

The new Burbank store’s 71,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 646 kW system, built with 1,872 panels, and will produce approximately 1,033,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 726 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 153 cars or providing electricity for 77 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at

For the development, design and installation of the new store’s solar power system, IKEA selected REC Solar, a national leader in commercial solar electric design and installation with more than 600 systems built across the U.S. VCC Construction built the store that reflects the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

“Completing the solar installation is another exciting and sustainable milestone at the new IKEA Burbank,” said Jeff O’Shaughnessy, store manager. “IKEA strives to create a sustainable life for communities where we operate, and the new IKEA Burbank is furthering this goal with a solar array nearly three times the size of the one atop our old store.”

This array contributes to the IKEA solar presence atop nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation goal of more than 42 MW. IKEA owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally allocated $2.5 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2020, reinforcing its confidence and investment in photovoltaic technology. Consistent with the goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 700,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns approximately 300 wind turbines, including 104 in the U.S.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can do good business while minimizing impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA has installed electric vehicle charging stations at 29 stores, including 6 units at the new Burbank store, with more locations planned.

The roomier 456,000-square-foot new Burbank store, including 1,700 parking spaces, opened on February 8, 2017 on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue. Southern California customers also can shop at nearby IKEA stores in Carson, Costa Mesa and Covina; or online at

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 380 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked among “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Developers are building an average of 80,000 new California homes a year, but the state needs another 1.8 million by 2025 in order to keep pace with its growing population, according to a 2017 report from California Department of Housing and Community Development. As of January 1, 2017, new construction homes must meet more stringent building energy codes that require higher levels of energy-efficiency, and many builders are turning to solar to achieve these goals.

This summer, SunPower will have installed solar at its 1,000th new home community. Working with new home builders since 2005, SunPower has already enabled about 25,000 newly-built homes across the country to be more energy-efficient with high performing residential solar systems; far ahead of California's Title 24, Section 6 code change that will require solar for all newly constructed homes in California in 2020 and beyond.

SunPower Installs Solar at 1,000th New Home Community
SunPower Installs Solar at 1,000th New Home Community

"Going with SunPower was a decision made after thoughtful consideration of potential solutions to meet the new energy code," said Craig Merry, Division President of Richmond American Homes in Northern California. "Their program and products offer cost-effective solutions, while providing marketing support in our sales centers and energy savings to homebuyers. SunPower has completed over 2,000 homes for Richmond American through our valued partnership, and we trust the value of their products and their performance on our job sites."

SunPower is currently partnered with 10 of the 13 largest builders in the U.S., according to Professional Builder magazine.

This year alone, about 1,500 new construction homes have already been constructed with SunPower® high efficiency solar systems as builders respond to a growing demand for solar homes, driven by increasing awareness that solar can significantly reduce the cost of home ownership.

This week, Matt Brost, SunPower's new homes senior director, will speak at PCBC, the largest homebuilding tradeshow representing the West Coast region, to educate building industry attendees on the important role of solar in the current code. Brost will also address how the industry expects the next code update to impact new home construction in 2020, as California continues its progress toward zero energy residences.

SunPower has showcased its expertise in meeting code compliance through the SunPower Up™ program, designed to help builders cost effectively comply with energy codes like Title 24. The program keeps construction costs down and increases marketability while empowering homeowners to choose lower cost alternatives for powering their new home.

"When compared to other energy efficiency measures, solar adds greater energy savings benefits to the homeowners who will ultimately occupy the home," said Martin DeBono, SunPower executive vice president, residential solar. "Incorporating solar into the construction of a home, while it's being built, makes a lot of sense, especially when homebuyers can reap the rewards of paying less for their electricity."

The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative. The NSHP program has provided incentives to builders to help prepare the building industry and achieve the 2020 goal of zero net energy homes. Since the program began in 2007, nearly 27,000 new solar homes have been completed by over 450 participating installers. SunPower has completed nearly half of all these homes, according to information provided by the Commission.

"The NSHP has helped catalyze solar on new construction," said David Hochschild, California Energy Commissioner.  "I'm glad to see that solar has a significant role in California energy code, which will help our state reduce pollution, build energy independence and reduce energy bills for Californians."

For more information on how solar can help builders meet coming code changes, visit SunPower on the exhibition floor during this week's 2017 PCBC Expo in San Diego, Calif. Learn about SunPower's experience helping homebuilders and homeowners go solar by visiting Or for tips on building a green home, see our blog here.

About SunPower
As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit

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FREMONT, Calif., June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, NEXTracker™, the global leader in solar tracker technology, has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the Bay Area News Group. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

"The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it's all about fancy perks and benefits," said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. "But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what's most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it's going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn't have a shot at being named a Top Workplace."

"We are honored to be recognized as one of the Bay Area Top Workplaces, and most appreciative to our amazing team of solar professionals for helping create our culture and company," said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. "In four short years, our team has accomplished the remarkable, including the creation of six new global office and manufacturing locations, and the introduction of many new products and services. We continue to invest in staff career development and, most importantly, facilitate active communication and transparency throughout the company. From bike-to-work day, which we turned into a month-long campaign, to our passionate EV-driving staff, our employees really value their roles in creating a clean energy future."

In the four years since its founding, NEXTracker has risen to the number-one market share position within its solar equipment category, with over 8 gigawatts of its award-winning NX Horizon™ solar trackers sold or installed globally. Shugar and the other co-founders have led this record-breaking growth with a triple-bottom-line mentality guiding company culture and workforce development. In fact, half of the energy requirements of the NEXTracker headquarters and laboratories are offset by an on-site solar farm adjacent to the main building. Taken from the WorkplaceDynamics survey conducted in late 2016, here are a few things NEXTracker employees are saying:

  • "NEXTracker is the perfect blend of culture and challenge."
  • "I know I'm directly contributing to bringing more solar power to the planet, one system at a time, positively impacting the effects of climate change."
  • "Huge growth potential working among smart, compassionate, motivated colleagues and leadership."
  • "From the top down, the leadership at NEXTracker has a goal to save the world while building a great company."
  • "I feel appreciated knowing that I provide an important role at NEXTracker."
  • "I love that I get to talk to customers on a daily basis and am able to travel to project sites."

NEXTracker continually reinforces its commitment to the environment and its community, from the 25 free electric vehicle charging stations it provides (all powered by on-site solar), to company-sponsored vanpools, and support of volunteer activities such as installing solar for low-income families and sponsoring solar education for Bay Area public schools. With company-sponsored outdoor yoga classes, onsite bikes that enable employees to enjoy a daily ride at local East Bay parks, and a dog-friendly workplace, NEXTracker continues to lead the way with people-focused benefits programs.

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According to a report published by Transparency Market Research, the global lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach US$77.42 billion by 2024 and with a compound annual growth rate of 11.6 percent during the forecast years. The increasing demand for electric vehicles as well as other consumer electronics, such as smartphones and wearable equipment continues to drive the growth of the market. A Lithium-ion battery is a type of rechargeable batteries with high power density. It is getting more popular as many automakers use it as an alternative to nickel-metal batteries in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. Millennial Lithium Corp. (OTC: MLNLF), Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Panasonic Corp. (OTC: PCRFY), Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), FMC Corp. (NYSE: FMC).

The declining availability of fossil fuels and the benefits of clean energy continue to boost the demand for electric vehicles. According to a report by Reuters, Consultants CRU Group stated that, "electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicle sales could increase to 4.4 million in 2021 and reach more than 6 million by 2025." In addition, the consumer electronics market is expected to witness rapid growth in the coming years due to the strong demand for smartphones and other portable electronics in the Asia-Pacific region and other developing countries.

Millennial Lithium Corp. (OTCQB: MLNLF) is also listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol ML. Earlier today, the company announced that it is pleased to report very positive analytical results from the latest exploration well at its Pastos Grandes Project in Salta, Argentina. Exploration hole PGMW17-04b, was drilled to a depth of 564 metres (m) and terminated in a brine-bearing formation. This hole, coupled with the results of holes PGMW16-01 and PGMW16-02 (see News Release dated Jan. 25, 2017), confirm the salar's brine carrying capacity extends to much greater depths than encountered in previous exploration wells. Hole PGMW17-04b intersected a robust brine horizon averaging a lithium grade of 535 milligrams per litre (mg/L) from 93.5m to 475m.

Millennial CEO, Farhad Abasov, commented, "We are very pleased to see that drilling in the Pastos Grandes salar continues to encounter very thick lithium brine-bearing sequences. The average lithium content of hole PGMW17-04b is 535 mg/L over an impressive 381.5m which is significantly higher than the values encountered in previous drilling. Millennial currently has two drills turning to further define the lithium-bearing brine in this region as it works toward a maiden resource estimate."

Exploration well PGMW17-04b, drilled to a final depth of 564m, was sampled using a double packer system which is designed to isolate sample intervals. Twenty seven brine samples were collected from 93.5m deep to 475m, and yielded an average lithium grade of 535 mg/L and an average magnesium/lithium ratio of 5.6. Individual lithium grades from the hole range from a low of 463 mg/L to a high of 623 mg/L. Potassium values range from 4906 mg/L to 6148 mg/L and average 5610 mg/L over the 381.5m intersection. Similar to magnesium, the sulphate/lithium ratio is also lower in this region, averaging 17.4 compared to an average of approximately 22.1 in holes PGMW16-01 and 02. Clastic sediments, primarily sand, form the majority of the lithium-bearing units and continue to the bottom of the hole. We anticipate the zone below 475m (the depth limit of pneumatic packer testing) to be consistent with the rest of the hole and we are undertaking bailer sampling to confirm..."

Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) in an official company blog announced earlier this year that, together with Panasonic Corp. (OTC: PCRFY) mass production of lithium-ion battery cells has begun, which will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and Model 3. The company said that the, "Gigafactory is being built in phases so that Tesla, Panasonic, and other partners can begin manufacturing immediately inside the finished sections and continue to expand thereafter. Our phased approach also allows us to learn and continuously improve our construction and operational techniques as we continue to drive down the cost of energy storage. Already, the current structure has a footprint of 1.9 million square feet, which houses 4.9 million square feet of operational space across several floors."

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. We power the potential of companies in many of the world's largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics. On May 3rd, the company reported first quarter 2017 net sales of $722.1 million, net income from continuing operations of $62.7 million and adjusted EBITDA of $211.4 million. "Our first quarter results clearly demonstrate the increased growth profile of Albemarle following the changes to our business portfolio over the last few years," said Luke Kissam, Albemarle's Chairman, President and CEO. "Excluding currency exchange impacts and divested businesses, both revenue and adjusted EBITDA grew by double digits, 15% and 14%, respectively, compared to first quarter 2016. Our industry-leading Lithium business lead that growth, with an adjusted EBITDA increase of 56%."

FMC Corp. (NYSE: FMC) operates its businesses in three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition and FMC Lithium. On June 23rd, it announced that the company has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Epax Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q3 2017, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. "We are pleased to sell our Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS, a leading manufacturer of pelagic fish products," said Eric Norris, President, FMC Health and Nutrition. "We believe Pelagia provides a strong strategic fit for our Epax® Omega-3 product line and will complement Pelagia's existing portfolio."

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LONDON, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Poland's electromobility market is ripe for growth. Favourable government initiatives such as the Electromobility Plan and Electromobility and Alternative Fuels Act are reshaping local mobility and igniting innovative clean technologies to achieve higher competitiveness and energy optimization. Growth will be augmented by consumer incentives and the simultaneous development of infrastructure, energy distribution, and product offerings. Players should look for opportunities in charging point infrastructure development, automotive supply chain transformation, and public transport modernisation to gain a competitive advantage.

Poland Electromobility Market, 2016–2025, recent research from Frost & Sullivan's Mobility Growth Partnership subscription, finds that the EV market in Poland grew at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77% during 2011-2016, with Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) being the best-selling model for three consecutive years. The research analyses the EV market in Poland as two segments: passenger vehicles and city buses. Key trends, forecasts, taxation structures, drivers, restraints, government plans, business models, charging station infrastructure, and energy generation strategies are discussed.

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"Developing a charging point network will be critical to electric vehicle (EV) growth. Players should assess potential locations for the installation of charging stations, collaborate with municipalities to obtain permits for charging point construction, and consider merging the efforts of charging point operators, utilities, and oil and gas companies to leverage existing capabilities in charging technology, energy generation, and distribution networks," said Frost & Sullivan Mobility Consulting Analyst Ivan Kondratenko.

Poland's electromobility market developments and trends encouraging growth include:

  • Plan to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025;
  • Tax reductions, no real estate tax for charging points, no excise duty, free parking for EVs, and zero-emission zones;
  • Financial support from government and European Union (EU) fund for 45 municipalities to purchase 819 electric buses by 2020;
  • Establishment of eBus programme to modernise public transport with alternative fuel solutions such as electric powertrains;
  • Construction of battery production factory by LG Chem in Wroclaw to supply European original equipment manufacturers with EV batteries.

"New EV mobility business models are emerging through technology advancements, particularly app-based, on-demand services that encourage access to mobility rather than ownership, such as carsharing and electric taxis," noted Kondratenko. "Players should seek to tap into these lucrative nascent markets."

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SHANGHAI, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, today announced that JinkoSolar Japan K.K. ("JinkoSolar Japan"), a subsidiary of the Company, has signed a JPY4.1 billion syndicated loan agreement up to two years with a bank consortium led by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation ("SMBC"). The financing will be used to support strong shipments growth in Japan and to supplement JinkoSolar Japan's working capital.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with SMBC again in increasing our line of credit. As one of the largest commercial banks in Japan, SMBC upholds the highest standards and thoroughly evaluates the financial position of each company applying for a loan," commented Mr. Charlie Cao, JinkoSolar's Chief Financial Officer. "I believe this loan agreement demonstrates the trust and recognition of a respected financial institution in JinkoSolar's brand, business scale, operations and financial position. We look forward to working closely with SMBC and other local banks to further expand our business in Japan."

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JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 5.0 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4.0 GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2017.

JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities in China (5), Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa, and 18 global sales offices in China (2) ,United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.

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