Stephen Lacey: This is The Interchange, conversations about the global energy transformation from Greentech Media. I'm Stephen Lacey in Boston. Out in Berkeley, California is my co-host, Shayle Kann. How are things in those Berkeley hills treating you, Shayle?

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Stephen Lacey: You know, America considers itself to be one of the most advanced countries in the world, but we can't even get the power back on for our citizens. Three months after Hurricane Maria, there are still large swaths of...

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunnova Energy Corporation, a leading residential solar service provider, today called on Members of Congress to aid in power restoration efforts for the people of Puerto Rico, 45% of which still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Irma and Maria made landfall.

Sunnova, the largest residential solar service provider in Puerto Rico, has been working alongside a number of suppliers, companies and organizations to push for policy solutions and aid measures in the upcoming disaster supplemental that would support the construction of a more resilient, reliable power system in Puerto Rico. Sunnova believes that a viable policy solution would be to modify the existing Investment Tax Credit (ITC) into a cash grant for disaster-hit U.S. territories. Such a solution would leverage the investment of private capital into a market that desperately needs it, while at the same time strengthening the island’s energy infrastructure and helping prepare it for the next inevitable storm.

“Sunnova supports including a provision in the disaster supplemental that would authorize a cash grant in lieu of the ITC for U.S. territories recovering from disasters,” said Sunnova Energy Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, William J. (John) Berger. “This would spur the development and construction of resilient, renewable energy options for businesses and residents in Puerto Rico and the USVI.”

Berger added, “We believe this proposed solution is paramount to the future reliability of Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure. As Congress continues its work on the disaster supplemental, it is imperative that they remember that Puerto Rico’s energy recovery strategies need to be reliable, flexible, affordable and resilient—and utilize the energy sources that are most impactful for the island.”

The ITC grant solution includes the following provisions:

  • The Investment Tax Credit would be replaced by a cash grant
  • The cash grant option will be limited to U.S. territories recovering from disasters
  • This provision will sunset in three years
  • The costs shall be limited to cost per MW per Treasury guidance or cost paid to a third party to construct
  • The paperwork shall be limited for grants under $20k
  • The grant would be contingent on service date, not ‘placed in service’ date, due to difficulties connecting to the grid right now

About Sunnova

Sunnova is a leading U.S. residential solar and storage service provider whose mission is to help power solar, savings, reliability and most importantly, life, forward. Offering various rooftop solar system solutions, Sunnova provides its customers with the opportunity to customize their own systems. Sunnova isn’t simply a solar company, but a power provider that offers people a brilliant choice for energizing their lives. For more information, visit sunnova.com, follow us on Twitter @Sunnova_Solar and connect with us on Facebook.

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Arizona headquartered First Solar Inc.'s stock finished Wednesday's session 0.89% lower at $69.80 with a total trading volume of 1.92 million shares. The Company's shares have surged 15.75% in the past month, 47.79% over the previous three months, and 108.11% over the past one year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 12.53% and 53.20%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of First Solar have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 61.06.  

On December 14th, 2017, research firm Bank of America/ Merrill resumed its 'Neutral' rating on the Company's stock, with a target price of $70 per share.

On December 19th, 2017, First Solar announced that it is supplying over 860,000 high-performance thin film modules to power a 100-megawattAC, utility-scale photovoltaic solar power plant developed by Zorlu Enerji in Pakistan. The Independent Power Producer facility, part of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in the country's Punjab province, is expected to be completed and connected to the electricity grid by the first half of 2018. Get the full research report on FSLR for free by clicking below at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=FSLR

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Shares in California headquartered Sunrun Inc. ended at $6.05, up 2.20% from the last trading session. The stock recorded a trading volume of 933,727 shares, which was above its three months average volume of 905,450 shares. The Company's shares have gained 11.21% in the last month, 7.08% in the previous three months, and 8.23% over the past year. The stock is trading 4.00% above its 50-day moving average and 1.87% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Sunrun have an RSI of 56.70.  

On December 14th, 2017, Sunrun received an award under the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage Program, run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources, to fund the development and deployment of advanced residential energy storage in Massachusetts. The Company's home battery service, BrightBox, uses the latest solar and battery storage technology to enable customers to save on electricity bills with solar power and uses energy stored in the battery to power through electricity grid outages. Gain free access to the research report on RUN at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=RUN

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California headquartered NVIDIA Corp.'s stock ended yesterday's session 6.58% higher at $212.47. A total volume of 22.71 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 13.18 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 7.48% in the past month, 18.45% over the previous three months, and 108.28% over the past one year. The stock is trading 5.46% and 31.66% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of NVIDIA have an RSI of 65.20.  

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On Wednesday, shares in Taiwan headquartered Himax Technologies Inc. recorded a trading volume of 5.07 million shares. The stock finished 4.32% higher at $10.87. The Company's shares surged 74.76% over the past one year. The stock is trading above its 200-day moving average by 18.25%. Furthermore, shares of Himax Technologies have an RSI of 50.64.  

On December 08th, 2017, Himax Technologies (HIMX) responded to a tweet published by Citron Research, an online stock commentary blog, dated December 06th, 2017. HIMX reaffirmed the Company's commitment to transparent and reliable shareholder communication, and its adherence to the highest standards of corporate governance. It also cautioned investors that Citron Research has never made any contacts with the Company, and that the tweet did not contain any input from HIMX. The Company categorically denied any and all allegations of fraud. Register now for today's free coverage on HIMX at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=HIMX

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WUXI, China, 4. Januar 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. („Suntech") gab heute bekannt, dass seine selbst entwickelte hocheffiziente schwarze Silizium-Solarzelle erfolgreich in die Massenproduktion gegangen ist. Mit diesem technologischen Durchbruch wird Suntech in der Lage sein, seinen Kunden hocheffiziente Solarzellen aus schwarzem Silizium und hervorragende Module zur Verfügung zu stellen.

Suntech begann im Juni 2017 mit der Entwicklung der Verarbeitungstechnologie für Solarzellen aus schwarzem Silizium. Das Forschungsteam von Suntech hat alle Probleme im Zusammenhang mit dem Diamantdrahtschneiden von multikristallinen Silizium-Wafern in der Massenproduktion durch eine selbstentwickelte metall-gestützte chemische Ätztechnik gelöst. Durch die optimierte nanostrukturierte Verarbeitungstechnologie wurde im Vergleich zur direkten Additiv-Texturierung eine zusätzliche absolute Effizienzsteigerung von bis zu 0,3 % erreicht. Es wird erwartet, dass bis zum ersten Quartal 2018 die jährliche Kapazität der schwarzen Silizium-Solarzelle 500 MW erreichen wird.

Das Forschungsteam von Suntech konzentriert sich auf die Entwicklung von Solarzellen mit höherer Effizienz und arbeitet kontinuierlich an innovativeren Möglichkeiten zur Integration von schwarzem Silizium und PERC-Technologie. Suntech wird sich weiterhin mit der Umsetzung von Labortechnologien in Massenproduktion beschäftigen und gleichzeitig versuchen, die Kosten für die Solarproduktion zu senken, um Kunden kostengünstige, aber hocheffiziente Solarprodukte bereitzustellen.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association today announced that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support weather related disaster relief efforts for the spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) community.

Wheelchair users and other people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable from severe weather and natural disaster events such as the recent hurricanes and floods in Puerto Rico, USVI and Houston.

"This significant grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation will benefit people whose needs United Spinal is uniquely in a position to help," said James Weisman, United Spinal's president and CEO.

"Wheelchair users and other people living with disabilities face additional challenges in the aftermath of weather related disasters, including loss of accessible housing, mobility equipment, and medically necessary supplies that pose great risks to their well-being," added Weisman.

Funds from the grant will be utilized for United Spinal's Resource Center to add dedicated disaster relief staff, a call in number, an online portal, and specific SCI/D case management services.

The grant will allow increased and targeted outreach to the SCI/D community in affected areas and increase participation in, and coordination between, regional relief efforts.

United Spinal's regional chapters impacted by the recent hurricanes and floods will also receive funds to provide local hands-on assistance and resources and services toward rebuild efforts.

Micro-grants will be made available to individuals (both United Spinal members and SCI/D community members at large) to close the "FEMA" gap – which includes funding for accessible housing, equipment and general subsistence needs.

As part of these efforts, United Spinal sent a delegation to Toa Baja, Puerto Rico on December 16 to provide disaster relief from Hurricane Maria to wheelchair users and other people with disabilities. This relief included distributing essential supplies and care items, including inverters to load wheelchairs; solar lamps; batteries; containers for loading gasoline; as well as other necessary medical equipment.

About United Spinal Association

United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

About Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation's funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Craig H. Neilsen established the Foundation in 2002 to award grants to a broad spectrum of charities, including those that benefit spinal cord injury efforts. Today, the vision of the Foundation is such that individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CleanSpark, Inc. (OTC: CLSK), a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource management systems, today announced that it will be releasing updates to its mPulse control platform in the second calendar quarter of 2018.

CleanSpark's mPulse 2.0 ("mPulse 2.0") software and control platform builds upon the successes of the Company's original mPulse platform which has powered the Camp Pendleton 'Fractal Grid' since 2014. The mPulse platform was developed with a core focus on security and resiliency for military and critical infrastructure system applications.  The system ensures these critical systems had consistent and reliable access to power at all times via a variety of distributed energy resources including energy storage, even in the case of a utility disruption. The updated platform will retain all functionality related to resiliency and reliability while adding powerful features focusing on economic optimization.

Matthew Schultz, Chief Executive Officer of CleanSpark, Inc., commented, "CleanSpark has worked closely with customers, industry leaders, the United States Marines, and multiple universities to identify the trends and demands of the future energy markets. These enhancements will further advance the Company as a market leader in the microgrid controller industry."

CleanSpark's mPulse 2.0 software and control platform's improvements have been designed to meet the needs of commercial and industrial clients who demand optimum cost savings and flexibility of operation within a rapidly changing utility and technology landscape. As facility owners become increasingly aware of cutting-edge developments in sustainable and renewable energy systems, many demand that investments will produce sizable ROI's and immediate savings.  The mPulse software and control platform fully integrates a variety of energy generation and energy storage technologies, with CleanSpark's intelligent controls to maximize efficiency and minimize cost.

CleanSpark's mPulse software and control platform is capable of virtually eliminating 'demand charges' which, for some users may account for more than 50% of their monthly utility bill.  The system is also hardware agnostic which allows our customers to add new technologies to existing renewable energy resources.  The Company will announce further details on specific functionality in future releases.

About CleanSpark, Inc.

CleanSpark provides advanced energy software and control technology that enables a plug-and-play enterprise solution to modern energy challenges. Our services consist of intelligent solar monitoring solutions, microgrid design and engineering, project development consulting services, system installation and consulting, and turn-key microgrid implementation services. We also combine our microgrid services with a revolutionary and patented stratified downdraft gasifier.  By integrating new and existing energy generation and storage assets with advanced load management capacities, CleanSpark's software allows energy generated locally to be shared with other interconnected microgrids. This unique capability enables microgrids to be scaled and widely adopted for commercial, industrial, military, municipal, and remote community deployment.

For more information on CleanSpark, please visit http://www.cleanspark.com.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05262353

This research service focuses on power cable non-conducting materials including insulation materials and jacketing materials in the Asia Pacific region. The timeframe covered by the research is 2013 to 2023, the base year being 2016. The market is forecast from 2017 to 2023.

Research Scope
Regions: The regions studied under the scope of this research service include China, Japan, South Korea, India, ASEAN and the rest of Asia-Pacific encompassing South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Energy demand in the Asia-Pacific region is estimated to double by 2030 and renewable energy sources are likely to play an extremely important part in supporting the demand growth. For instance, India has ambitious plans to install 275 GW of renewable energy by 2027.

China, a world leader in wind energy generation, is looking to triple its solar power capacity by 2020. With regional co-operation for power production and trade in the offing, huge opportunity exists for the power cable market. Countries such as China, India and the ASEAN region have invested heavily in unconventional and clean energy.

Among the factors influencing the power cable materials market include the robust growth in energy demand from the Asia-Pacific region, a region that is energy-starved with very low per capita consumption compared to Europe and North America. Growing industrialization and strong GDP performance have been paralleled by the surging need and demand for electricity in South Asia and South East Asia. China has surpassed the United States in terms of energy consumption and is witnessing continued growth in its appetite for energy.

Regional Trends: Traditionally, the power cable materials market has been dominated by China. China is the largest producer as well as consumer of insulation and jacketing materials and is home to a number of European and North American material manufacturers as well as cable manufacturers.

Japan and South Korea, on the other hand, are mature economies with comparatively slower growth. The market in these countries is driven by replacement cable demand.

Research Highlights

Products: Insulation materials have been segmented by products into PVC, XLPE, fluoropolymers, EPR and others.

Jacketing materials have been segmented into various products such as PVC, PE-based materials (include LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, CPE and so on), TPU and others.

Power Cable Types and Applications: The market has been analyzed by the different power cables such as low voltage (LV), medium voltage (MV), high voltage (HV) and extra high voltage (EHV). Each cable type has been further analyzed with respect to their applications as well as the insulation and jacketing material employed.

Applications analyzed for EHV and HV cables are underground and sub-sea cables. Applications for MV cables are railway and rolling stock, transmission, oil and gas, hydro, thermal and industrial. Applications analyzed for LV cables include residential and commercial buildings, railway and rolling stock, distribution, industrial, oil and gas, hydro, thermal and others.

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The outlook for rooftop solar in Nevada has boomeranged in the span of two years.

In December 2015, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) voted to hike rates and eliminate net metering for both new and existing rooftop solar customers. The unprecedented move threw the state’s rooftop solar market into chaos. New installations stopped dead, rooftop solar companies were forced to close shop, and customers saw the savings from their solar investments disappear.

At the time, accusations swirled that the three-member commission, appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval, was doing the bidding of state utility NV Energy.

But the times have changed. With the reformed commission’s latest decision, advocates for consumers and clean energy say the PUCN has successfully protected the growing residential rooftop solar energy industry while lowering consumer power bills.

Last week, regulators voted unanimously to reject NV Energy’s proposed fixed rate increase for all customers that would have reduced bill savings for rooftop solar and energy efficiency investors. Consumer advocates argued it would have also put a burden on low-income customers.

The public came out strongly against the utility’s original proposal, which would have raised the average residential customer’s basic service charge from $12.75 to $16.76. NV Energy proposed partially offsetting the increase with a reduction in the volumetric charge.

Regulators took a different approach. On December 29, the PUCN approved a draft order that reduced both fixed and usage-based rates for Southern Nevada residential customers as part of NV Energy’s triennial general rate case. The commission cited the utility’s financial health and input from the public in its decision.

The Nevada Conservation League, RenewNV, Chispa Nevada, and other advocates delivered 1,464 signatures in opposition to the fee hike. Members of the public also spoke out at a hearing on December 6.

“It is important to note that this rate decrease is occurring while historic levels of Net Energy Metering rooftop solar are being installed, the closure and cleanup of coal plants are being accelerated, and new energy laws are being implemented,” the order states. “Voices of Nevadans have been heard.”

“This reduction in both the fixed and usage-based parts of electric bills will benefit both lower-income Nevadans, all the while fostering growth in solar energy development and providing an incentive for even greater energy efficiency efforts,” the draft order continued.

NV Energy will collect less profit as a result of last week’s decision. Specifically, the order reduced monthly fixed charges for residential customers from $12.75 to $12.50, with similar reductions in other rate classes. The order also cut $30 million from NV Energy’s revenue request, to be distributed to customers through lower volumetric charges. As a result, all customers, with and without solar, are expected to see monthly power bill savings of about 2 percent. Regulators noted this the first rate reduction of its kind in more than 30 years.

The rate case decision is the latest victory for rooftop solar advocates in Nevada, following two years of policy uncertainty.

Due to enormous public outcry over the 2015 order, the state legislature passed new legislation last June (AB 405) that reversed the rate increases and reinstated net metering credits. The law also prohibited net-metering customers from being treated as a separate rate class, introduced customer protections and added measures to promote the adoption of energy storage

Governor Sandoval signed the bill into law, and appointed a new set of utility commissioners -- two of them in 2016, and the third last summer. In September, the reformed PUCN established favorable rules and regulations for how net-metered solar customers are to be compensated under the new legislation, bringing life back to the state’s rooftop solar market.

NV Energy initially sought to increase fixed fees as part of the net metering proceeding, but regulators denied that request and required that it be addressed in the utility’s general rate case. The proposal was reintroduced days later as part of NV Energy’s rate request.

The utility insisted the changes were necessary to recuperate the cost of net metering customers.

“To be clear, NV Energy is asking for no additional revenue for its core operations,” the utility said in a statement. “As directed by a Public Utilities Commission of Nevada order issued last Friday, NV Energy is requesting in its general rate review filing to change how costs are allocated amongst different customers due to the implementation of new private solar generation policies enacted in the most recent legislative session.”

NV Energy eventually backed off of its rate increase proposal in response to public outcry. CEO Paul Caudill said the utility did not want to leave the impression that the rate increase “was punitive related to the passage of AB405,” and would move forward with a commitment to all customers, including those who choose to install rooftop solar.

The PUCN's vote on December 29 makes the rate reductions official. With its latest decision, the commission proved that it heard the public’s voices "loud and clear," said Demi Falcon, an organizer with the Nevada Conservation League. 

“Nevadans opposed this back-door attack on rooftop solar,” she said. “We are relieved to see both the utility and the commission took that opposition into consideration. And we hope this marks a new chapter where regulators, the utility, and advocates can work cooperatively to move toward a clean energy future.”

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On Wednesday, shares in Charlotte, North Carolina headquartered Duke Energy Corp. recorded a trading volume of 2.69 million shares, which was higher than their three months average volume of 2.52 million shares. The stock ended the day at $82.97, slightly declining by 0.31% from the last trading session. The Company's shares have advanced 6.74% over the past one year. The stock is trading below its 200-day moving average by 2.96%. Furthermore, shares of Duke Energy, which together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the US, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 25.21.

On December 14th, 2017, Duke Energy's Board of Directors announced the appointment of Robert Davis, CFO and Executive Vice President of global services at Merck & Co., Inc., as a new Board member, effective January 08th, 2018. Davis will serve on two of the Company's Board committees: audit, and finance and risk management. Get the full research report on DUK for free by clicking below at:

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Consolidated Edison

New York-based Consolidated Edison Inc.'s stock saw a slight drop of 0.95%, finishing yesterday's session at $82.79. A total volume of 1.88 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 1.56 million shares. The Company's shares have gained 2.34% over the previous three months and 12.44% over the past one year. The stock is trading slightly below its 200-day moving average by 0.15%. Additionally, shares of Consolidated Edison, which through its subsidiaries, engages in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses in the US, have an RSI of 29.22.

On January 02nd, 2018, Con Edison, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, announced that longtime Company executive and electrical engineer, Timothy P. Cawley, has assumed a new role as president, serving New York City and Westchester County. Cawley's appointment comes at a time of rapid change for the Company and industry as customers seek easier access to solar energy, energy efficiency, information to help them manage their usage, and other products and services. Get access to our top-rated research, including the free report on ED at:

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Entergy

Shares in New Orleans, Louisiana-based Entergy Corp. ended the session 1.10% lower at $81.69. The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.47 million shares, which was above its three months average volume of 1.39 million shares. The Company's shares have gained 7.94% over the previous three months and 12.00% over the past one year. The stock is trading 2.92% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Entergy, which together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and distribution of electricity in the US, have an RSI of 43.68.

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Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais

At the closing bell on Wednesday, Belo Horizonte, Brazil headquartered Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais' stock finished flat at $2.14. A total volume of 2.29 million shares was traded. The Company's shares have gained 7.00% since the last one week and 3.11% in the last month. The stock is trading 0.90% above its 50-day moving average. Additionally, shares of the Company, which through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in Brazil, have an RSI of 57.70. To get free access to your research report on CIG, sign up at:

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ULURU, AUSTRALIA, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro's immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru has been extended for a further period and will now remain in place until December 31, 2020.

The award-winning exhibition, located at Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia, opened on April 1, 2016 to critical acclaim, and has since exceeded all expectations proving to be a stand-out drawcard to the destination. 

"With such incredible demand, and high occupancy experienced throughout the year at the Resort, extending the Field of Light to 31 December 2020 will allow even more guests to enjoy this extraordinary experience," said Voyages Executive General Manager Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Ray Stone.

"Since opening, more than 200,000 guests have been deeply moved by the Field of Light, it's hard not to be. This further extension offers guests the opportunity to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destination, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way," said Ray.

The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or 'looking at lots of beautiful lights' in local Pitjantjatjara, is Munro's largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of nine football fields. It is also the artist's first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars. 

Tourism Australia MD, John O'Sullivan welcomed the decision to extend the exhibition until the end of December 2020. "Field of Light has been a remarkable success, and there's clearly still significant demand amongst people both here in Australia and overseas to make the journey to Uluru to see what is unquestionably one of world's most spectacular and immersive exhibitions."

ABOUT AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN TERRITORY
Tourism NT's role is to increase the desirability of the Northern Territory as a travel destination, inspiring more people to visit the spiritual heart of Australia. The organization helps highlight the incredible natural beauty of our diverse regions from the tropical Top End to the rich outback of the Red Centre and the amazing adventures visitors can have in Australia's Outback. www.northernterritory.com

ABOUT VOYAGES INDIGENOUS TOURISM AUSTRALIA 
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and offers unique experiences including Ayers Rock Resort, Home Valley Station and the Mossman Gorge Centre.  Profits from all business activities are re-invested. www.voyages.com.au

ABOUT BRUCE MUNRO
Bruce Munro is noted for his immersive site-specific installations that employ light to evoke emotional response. Born in London in 1959, he completed a B.A. in Fine Arts at Bristol in 1982. Shortly thereafter he moved to Sydney where he took up employment in design and lighting, inspired by Australia's natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire, where he and his wife Serena raised four children. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire, and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. It is held in museum collections internationally including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  www.brucemunro.co.uk

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GUELPH, Ontario, Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CSI New Energy Holding Co., Ltd. has completed the sale of three solar power plants in China, totaling 44.3 MWp to Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd. The transaction was closed on December 29, 2017 and the Company expects to recognize revenue from the sale of the plants for the fourth quarter of 2017.

"With the sale of these three solar plants, we have now sold a total of seven plants in China to Shenzhen Energy," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, "As a developer for solar power plants, we are delighted to see many traditional energy companies such as Shenzhen Energy are looking to own and grow more renewable energy assets. This trend will bring cleaner air to China."

About Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd. invests, constructs, and operates new energy and conventional energy projects.  It operates as a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd., a listed and state-owned company in China.

About Canadian Solar Inc.

Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar also has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 16 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 24 GW of premium quality modules to over 100 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the Company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.

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WUXI, China, 4 de enero de 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. ("Suntech") ha anunciado hoy que la producción masiva de sus celdas solares de silicio negro, de alta eficiencia y desarrolladas internamente, se ha iniciado con éxito. Con este avance tecnológico, Suntech proporcionará a sus clientes celdas solares de silicio negro de alta eficiencia y excelentes módulos solares.

Suntech empezó a desarrollar la tecnología de procesamiento de celdas solares de silicio negro en junio de 2017. El equipo de I+D de Suntech ha resuelto efectivamente todos los problemas relacionados con el corte con hilo de diamante de las obleas de silicio multicristalino durante la producción en masa mediante un proceso de grabado químico asistido por metal de desarrollo propio. Gracias a la tecnología de procesamiento nanoestructurado optimizado, se ha logrado una ganancia adicional de eficiencia absoluta del 0,3% en comparación con el texturado directo con aditivo. Se espera que para el primer trimestre de 2018 la capacidad anual de las celdas solares de silicio negro alcance los 500 MW.

El equipo de I+D de Suntech se centrará en el desarrollo de celdas solares de mayor eficiencia y trabajará continuamente en formas más innovadoras de integrar el silicio negro y la tecnología PERC. Suntech continuará desarrollando tecnologías de laboratorio para aplicarlas a la producción masiva en su afán de reducir los costes de producción solar con el objetivo de ofrecer a sus clientes productos solares de bajo coste altamente eficientes.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Alabama Power's cutting-edge Smart Neighborhood™ project is getting the attention of the building industry at the world's biggest construction conference.

The Smart Neighborhood team will present next week at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla., about the project, now under construction in Hoover, Ala.

The International Builders' Show is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting 60,000 visitors from 100 countries.

Smart Neighborhood is a state-of-the-art community of 62 homes equipped with emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials and appliances, all connected to the Southeast's first community-scale microgrid. Performance data and energy usage gathered from the homes' innovative features will provide insight into how neighborhoods of the future will function, and which programs and services can provide energy solutions for customers.

"We expect our research to yield meaningful contributions to the future of home building and home energy usage," said John Hudson, senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development for Alabama Power. "Our team is looking forward to sharing details about the components of Smart Neighborhood with building industry leaders, and pleased about the attention this collaborative project is already getting from across the nation."

Alabama Power Market Specialist Shon Richey, Southern Company Research Engineer Jim Leverette and Signature Homes President Jonathan Belcher will provide a project overview on Jan. 11 during the conference's "Disruptors & Innovators: The Future of Home Building" panel.

The discussion will focus on how the community will demonstrate the impact of changing codes and technology to builders, consumers and the grid, and how lessons learned will shape the way homes are built and customer expectations are met in the future, according to the NAHB.

The panel discussion also will explore the future of housing and the products, processes and people on the cusp of transforming and disrupting the home construction industry. 

Among those presenting at the conference are industry leaders and futurists that will address market shifts expected to take place in home design, labor, construction techniques, financing and more.

Smart Neighborhood is a collaborative partnership with Signature Homes, Southern Company, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others.

Construction of the neighborhood is expected to be complete in spring 2018. The first homeowners moved into the neighborhood in November 2017, and all homes in the neighborhood have sold.

The neighborhood's microgrid became operational at the end of 2017. It is the first of its kind in the Southeast.

The microgrid has the capacity to generate more than 600,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, which is enough to power the neighborhood and provide support to the existing electric grid. The microgrid includes a 330 kWh AC solar array, around 600 kWh of battery storage and 400 kW of natural gas backup generation.

The Smart Neighborhood's mix of solar panels with battery and natural gas backup and their ability to interact with each home's HVAC systems and water heater make it a state-of-the-art project.

Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is focused on providing innovative energy solutions to improve customers' lives. Learn more at www.alabamapower.com. Learn more about Smart Neighborhood at www.smartneighbor.com.

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