EDP Renováveis, S.A. (“EDPR”) and ENGIE are pleased to announce that Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Limited, a joint venture company currently owned by EDPR (77%) and ENGIE (23%), has been awarded a 15-year Contract for Difference (CfD)[1] for the delivery of 950 MW of offshore wind generation at £57.50/MWh (in real 2012 terms). The contract was awarded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) following its latest CfD auction.

EDPR and ENGIE are jointly developing this project, which is located off the north-east coast of Scotland. Upon conclusion of the development phase and the selection of all partners and suppliers for the different stages of construction and operation, the project would then move towards the construction phase. Completion and the commencement of commercial operation are expected in 2022.

João Manso Neto, CEO of EDPR, said:

“With today’s announcement, EDPR increases its growth options in offshore wind in an attractive market, thereby enhancing and diversifying the company’s long term profitable growth options while maintaining a balanced risk profile.

“EDPR’s sustained commitment to the UK offshore wind market through Electricity Market Reform and the transition to CfD auctions has enabled dramatic cost reduction from £150/MWh in 2014 to £57.50/MWh today.

“This auction has demonstrated the real progress in cost reduction and our result shows how affordable offshore wind can be compared to other technologies, including new thermal generation. The UK needs more low carbon generating infrastructure to maintain security of supply against an increasingly uncertain future. EDPR has demonstrated what can be done at this site. It is in the UK’s interests to enable us to continue this achievement at other sites”

Wilfrid Petrie, CEO for ENGIE in the UK & Ireland, said:

“We are delighted that the Moray East offshore wind farm has received this CfD, which is an important step in taking this project forward. This will be ENGIE’s first offshore wind development in the UK, and complements our growing global offshore wind portfolio with projects in France, Portugal and Belgium, as well as our existing renewables operations in the UK.

“ENGIE is committed to investing in sustainable energy solutions and innovative services in the UK, including renewable energy generation. Moray East will make a significant contribution towards helping the UK meet its decarbonisation targets and it will also support ENGIE’s ambition for 25% of its global energy portfolio to be renewable by 2020.”

Dan Finch, Managing Director of Moray Offshore Renewables, said:

“Moray East’s success in this auction will enable us to bring a high-quality, high-value offshore wind project to the UK, and I would like to thank all of the organisations, individuals and communities with an interest in the Moray Firth with whom we have worked to reach this vital milestone.

“Moray East also brings major economic opportunities to our supply chain. Innovation and co-operation have enabled the cost reduction which ensured success in this auction. Electricity from Moray East will be produced at the lowest cost of any offshore wind farm around the UK, with exceptional benefits to consumers.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd (known as ‘Moray East’) is owned 76.7% by EDPR – www.edpr.com and 23.3% by ENGIE – www.engie.com
  2. Development of Moray East commenced in 2010 with EDPR as lead developer of a joint venture which won development rights for Zone 1 of the UK’s 3rd round of offshore wind development.
  3. Consent was granted in 2014 by the Scottish Government for
  • construction and operation of 1,116MW
  • maximum turbine blade-tip height - 204m (669 feet)
  • minimum distance from shore - 22km (13.5 miles)
  • maximum of 186 turbines
  1. The CfD will provide for 950 MW capacity, capable of providing power for the average needs of over 950,000 UK homes (assuming 3,300 kWh p.a.).

About EDP Renewables (EDPR)

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years.

For further information, visit www.edpr.com.

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ATLANTA, Sept. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As Hurricane Irma approaches Georgia, Georgia Power is prepared to respond with approximately 3,400 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities identified and ready to restore power as quickly and safely as possible following the storm. All of Georgia Power's resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma. 

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Georgia Power expects widespread, extensive damage due to high winds, heavy rain and fallen trees as a result of Hurricane Irma and customers are encouraged to prepare now. Once the storm leaves affected areas, the company must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by repair crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area. As weather conditions improve, restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of time for all customers to be restored.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. While the company has contacted and requested aid through the mutual assistance network, resources have been assigned to harder-hit areas in Florida first before traveling to Georgia. 

To help its employees focus on safely restoring power for customers and relieve concerns about their own families, Georgia Power has also activated its Family Services volunteers, who are preparing to deploy to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma in anticipation of employee assistance requests. Family Services is supported by employee volunteers who are not involved with storm restoration.

Prepare Before the Storm

The company also urges customers to complete their preparations before the weather deteriorates. Tips from Georgia Power to prepare before the storm:

  • Note the location of power lines and poles. This makes it easier to know where downed power lines may be possible following the storm. Also, ensure that curbsides and yards are clear to allow quick repair and restoration following the storm.
  • Protect electronics and appliances. Turn off air conditioners since power surges can overload them, unplug all electronics such as DVD players, televisions and computers, and move any appliances or electronics that may be located in flood-prone areas of your home.
  • Secure any outdoor items that could be moved by high winds and cause damage. Move patio furniture inside where possible.
  • Charge all necessary electronics, including cell phones and tablets, so you can stay connected even if the power is out. Know how to adjust the settings on mobile devices to maximize battery life and use power banks if available.
  • Build or check your emergency supply kit. Consider providing an additional emergency supply kit for elderly family members or friends who may not have one.

Tools You Can Use

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

Georgia Power Power Plants

Georgia Power's electric generating plants are also prepared for Hurricane Irma. Power plants, including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants, are built to be robust and highly secure and incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans. Safety systems at U.S. nuclear plants, including Georgia's Plants Vogtle and Hatch, are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding. Read more here.

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ATLANTA, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power's power plants statewide are prepared to maintain safe generation of energy for millions of customers across the state during and following Hurricane Irma. In addition, the company is prepared to respond to power outages that may occur due to the storm as quickly and safely as possible with additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers.

Electric generating plants, including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants, are built to be robust and highly secure.  Power plants incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans.  

U.S. nuclear plants' safety systems are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding. Georgia's two nuclear plants, Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro and Plant Hatch near Vidalia, are equipped with numerous redundant safety systems to prevent or respond to emergencies, including backup power resources such as DC battery banks and diesel generators. Plants Vogtle and Hatch also feature onsite FLEX domes which are designed to withstand an earthquake, a direct hit by a tornado, or airborne flying objects during severe weather. The FLEX domes house portable generators, pumps, communication equipment, refueling equipment, and other resources that might be needed if the power supply to the plant were interrupted for an extended period of time. Additionally, both plants have comprehensive emergency preparedness plans in place developed in accordance with federal requirements by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other oversight agencies.  

At the construction site of the two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, teams are conducting walk downs of the site to identify and secure potential hazards that could result from heavy winds.  Crane booms are being lowered, pumps have been delivered to help mitigate flooding in critical areas, and weather plans are in place to ensure the site and employees remain safe before, during and after the storm.

The Mutual Assistance Network
Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as New York to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Georgia Power is also able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly to Georgia customers. The company is holding all Georgia Power resources in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Irma and is in touch with other mutual assistance network utilities to ensure coordination and access to additional resources if needed following the storm.

Just last year, Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the Georgia coast in more than a century, broke or damaged approximately 1,000 power poles and more than 3,500 trees brought down nearly 120 miles of wire along the Georgia coast. Georgia Power restored power to more than 338,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew quickly and safely by fully deploying company resources and leveraging the mutual assistance network in the week following the storm.

Tools You Can Use

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacifico Energy K.K. (Head Office: Minato, Tokyo) is pleased to announce the commencement of construction of its second solar power plant in the Tohoku region, the 42 MW (DC) Iwaki Mega Solar Power Plant, located in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

The plant will be constructed on approximately 50 hectares of land in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Operations are expected to start in August 2019, following a 23 month construction period. Once commissioned, the plant will generate approximately 48 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, representing an annual reduction of approximately 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Tohoku Electric Power Company will purchase all electricity generated by the plant. Toyo Engineering Corporation is appointed as EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) provider. Trina Solar will provide PV module.

To date, Pacifico Energy has completed construction of two solar power plants in Okayama (in Kumenan and Mimasaka) and one solar power plant in Miyagi (in Furukawa), each of which are now in commercial operation. Pacifico Energy is currently constructing two other solar power plants: a 96 MW (DC) plant in Miyazaki (under construction since March 2015), and a 257 MW (DC) plant in Okayama (under construction since April 2017), and the Iwaki Mega Solar Power Plant will be the second project initiated this year for Pacifico Energy. Leveraging know-how and experience gained through developing, constructing, and operating utility scale solar power plants all over the world, and in collaboration with the communities of Fukushima, we shall go forward constructing an environmentally friendly power plant.

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ATLANTA, Sept. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With tropical storm weather conditions expected across Georgia in the coming days, Georgia Power encourages customers to take proactive steps before severe weather strikes to ensure they are prepared to stay safe and minimize damage. The company has mobilized restoration teams and is prepared to respond to Hurricane Irma as quickly and safely as possible with additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers.

Tips from Georgia Power to prepare before the storm:

  • Note the location of power lines and poles. This makes it easier to know where down power lines may be possible following the storm. Also, ensure that curbsides and yards are clear to allow quick repair and restoration following the storm.
  • Protect electronics and appliances. Turn off air conditioners since power surges can overload them, unplug all electronics such as DVD players, televisions and computers, and move any appliances or electronics that may be located in flood-prone areas of your home.
  • Secure any outdoor items that could be moved by high winds and cause damage. Move patio furniture inside where possible.
  • Charge all necessary electronics, including cell phones and tablets, so you can stay connected even if the power is out. Know how to adjust the settings on mobile devices to maximize battery life.
  • Build or check your emergency supply kit. Consider providing an additional emergency supply kit for elderly family members or friends who may not have one.

Tools You Can Use

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

Georgia Power's electric generating plants are also prepared for Hurricane Irma. Power plants, including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants, are built to be robust and highly secure and incorporate multiple layers of protection including structural strength, highly trained operators and security forces, and proven emergency plans. Safety systems at U.S. nuclear plants, including Georgia's Plants Vogtle and Hatch, are designed to withstand significant hazard events, including hurricane force winds and flooding. Read more here.

The Mutual Assistance Network
Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as New York to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Georgia Power is also able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly to Georgia customers. The company is holding all Georgia Power resources in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Irma and is in touch with other mutual assistance network utilities to ensure coordination and access to additional resources if needed following the storm.

Just last year, Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the Georgia coast in more than a century, broke or damaged approximately 1,000 power poles and more than 3,500 trees brought down nearly 120 miles of wire along the Georgia coast. Georgia Power restored power to more than 338,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew quickly and safely by fully deploying company resources and leveraging the mutual assistance network in the week following the storm.

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- An outdoor living-history museum depicting a rural New England town from the 1830s, is now powered by a 1.8 MW solar ground mount, owned and operated by Green Street Power Partners, LLC.

Old Sturbridge Village's 1.8 MW solar ground mount
Old Sturbridge Village's 1.8 MW solar ground mount

Green Street purchased this completed project from a local company. The solar system will provide power at a discounted rate for 25 years to Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), which welcomes more than 250,000 visitors annually. Green Street is proud to support this extraordinary museum preserving 40 original historic buildings on 200 acres, while also providing savings to OSV's new charter public school – Old Sturbridge Academy.

OSV is excitedly awaiting the upcoming commission date. "Old Sturbridge Village plays a critical role in the Northeast by keeping the rich history of our region alive," commented Jim Donahue, President and CEO of OSV. "That's why joining the renewable energy movement is so important to us. We're reducing our electricity expenses, and in turn putting those savings back into the museum to make sure we're able to continue providing a robust and affordable educational experience to all of our visitors."

Green Street continues the rapid expansion of its project diversity "OSV is such a distinct venture," stated Scott Kerner, CEO and Co-founder of Green Street. "How often do you get the opportunity to simultaneously power one of the most prestigious history museums and a school?" he added.

Green Street is placing a strong focus on powering schools with the addition of Old Sturbridge Academy alongside its solar projects at Attleboro School District, The League School, and Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School.

About Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Guests are invited into more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, a working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops - all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff.

About Green Street Power Partners, LLC
Green Street Power Partners provides solar energy systems to homes and businesses throughout the northeast. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Green Street has grown from two founders to more than 40 employees in less than two years. Green Street continues to experience rapid growth with 100 MW of commercial and community solar projects in development. As they expand their solar coverage, Green Street consistently provides the best available solar technology coupled with an unwavering commitment to customer service. To find out more about Green Street Power Partners, visit greenstreetsolarpower.com.

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UNION CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amber Kinetics, Inc., the developer and manufacturer of game-changing, four-hour discharge duration flywheel energy storage technology, was named the winner of pv magazine’s Array Changing Technologies Award 2017. The award has been given annually since 2015 to recognize excellence in innovation for solar components and PV power plant development and operation.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the most reputable, leading solar industry publication,” said Ed Chiao, co-founder and CEO. “The recognition is a great validation to the technology we are commercializing. I'm especially proud for our scientists, engineers and the rest of the Amber Kinetics team who have devoted themselves to launching our safe, sustainable flywheel energy storage solution. Being recognized by pv magazine similarly affirms our customers’ decisions to be cutting edge early adopters of our technology, which greatly enables the next big wave of PV solar deployments.”

Amber Kinetics was first selected as one of 12 finalists from among approximately 30 entrants from North America and Europe. A final meeting of the jury confirmed the company had been chosen the overall winner.

According to jury member Rebecca Hott, contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, “Amber Kinetics M32 flywheel is an innovative energy storage technology that aims to extend the discharge duration from minutes to four hours. Its projected long lifespan, unlimited daily cycling, and void of hazardous chemicals are all desired attributes for wide adoption. I see flywheels, together with electro-chemical and other types of energy storage systems, as key enablers of solar PV integration by providing the necessary flexibility to the electric grid.”

The integration of renewables is an obvious need for a growing number of utilities. Only through massive deployment of storage will states like Hawaii, California and Arizona be able to effectively avoid negative locational marginal pricing when solar assets are peaking, and create pricing signals adequate to encourage the continued investment in utility-scale solar. Renewables plus reliable, cost-effective storage like Amber Kinetics’ four-hour duration flywheels enables utilities to smooth out the variability of solar generation and meet their evening peak demand. The same benefit accrues to utilities throughout the world that already have high penetrations of solar.

According to recent industry research, the future looks bright for storage plus solar, with more than 2,000 megawatt hours to be installed annually by 2021. While utility-scale storage is anticipated to make up the largest sector, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) estimates that as many as 5 million commercial electric customers across the U.S. could cost-effectively reduce their utility bills by using solar plus behind the meter storage. The analysis showed economic activities across the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southwest, as well as in early adopter states like California and New York.

The economics are equally positive. NREL forecasts solar plus storage will have a higher cost-benefit ratio than standalone PV by 2020 in markets with 15% PV penetration. A June 2017 report from the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab compared the cost of building new gas fired generation facilities to solar + storage and found the latter to be cost-effective now in deferring new peaker plants. The same study found storage could be used to better utilize the state’s wind energy resources.

Amber Kinetics’ long-duration all-steel flywheels have advantages over battery and conventional peaking resources for demand reduction, energy arbitrage, renewable energy firming, and frequency regulation on a grid- and micro-grid scale. The flywheels incur no capacity degradation, have unlimited daily cycling capability and $0 variable O&M for 24/7 operation. In addition, the flywheel energy storage systems are highly efficient, fully recyclable at end-of-life and carry no hazardous materials risk.

In December, Amber Kinetics will begin shipping its M32 (8 kW / 32 kWh) units to customers around the world; its next generation of more powerful, cost-effective flywheels -- the M160 (40kW / 160kWh), will begin testing in the first quarter of 2018.

Headquartered in Union City, CA, Amber Kinetics began shipping pre-commercial flywheels in September 2016. To date, the company’s fleet of demonstration units has accumulated 24,000 hours of run time domestically and abroad.

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--APsystems introduces the YC600, a dual-module, utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology and Rule 21 grid support functionality at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, NV.

The first of its kind, the YC600 was designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhanced capability and meet the latest grid compliance standards, including UL 1741 SA requirements for California Rule 21 as well as voltage and frequency ride through and RPC for European and Australian DER requirements.

Offering an unprecedented 300VA peak output power per channel, the YC600 works with 60 and 72-cell PV modules and offers dual, independent MPPT per panel. The unit operates within a wider MPPT voltage range than competing brands for a greater energy harvest and boasts a durable, NEMA 6/IP67, powder-coated aluminum enclosure, bucking today’s trend of plastic casings.

“Integrating smart grid-interactive capability, reactive power control and Rule 21 support functionality into a dual-module microinverter while still maintaining independent MPPT per channel is a groundbreaking achievement in microinverter technology,” said Olivier Jacques, executive vice president, USA and EMEA. “We’ve significantly raised the bar with this product.”

The YC600 builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, simplifying installation and reducing logistics costs. The unit features both integrated ground and DC connectors for fast, hassle-free installation and maintains inherent compliance to NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown code requirements. An integrated ZigBee antenna offers broadband communication over a mesh network for fast, accurate data monitoring.

“The demands on today’s power conversion systems require that manufacturers not only bring cutting-edge concepts into existence, but also include the complex capabilities of successful previous generations, all while accommodating both current and new compliance standards,” said Dr. Yuhao Luo, APsystems’ chief technology officer. “The YC600 includes dozens of new and advanced features and functions that outclass competing products. And then we added free monitoring.”

The groundbreaking new microinverter will debut at Solar Power International, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 11-13, booth #1745. The product is now available in Australia and Asia-Pacific markets and will soon launch in the U.S. market mid-Q4 and EMEA market late Q4 of this year.

About APsystems

Founded in Silicon Valley USA in 2009, APsystems has grown to encompass three global business units with offices around the world, serving customers in more than 80 countries with its ground-breaking multi-module microinverters, including the YC1000, the world’s best-selling 3-phase microinverter.

Today, with hundreds of thousands of units installed producing more than 142 GWh of clean, renewable energy, APsystems continues to be a leader in the ever-growing solar MLPE segment and a solid corporate performer, profitable each of the past five years. APsystems USA is based in Seattle, Washington; APsystems EMEA is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Lyon, France; APsystems APAC is based in Jiaxing, China.

Information on APsystems solar microinverter products can be found at www.APsystems.com.

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ATLANTA, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With Hurricane Irma expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to Georgia in the coming days, Georgia Power continues to monitor the changing weather around the clock and mobilize crews. The company is prepared to respond to this storm as quickly and safely as possible with additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers.

On Thursday afternoon, Governor Nathan Deal issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95 and other parts of Georgia's coast. Georgia Power wants to assure customers that it is not the company's procedure to disconnect power as part of mandatory evacuations.

Georgia Power also reminds customers to keep safety first during severe weather and offers the following tips for Georgians evacuating prior to Hurricane Irma.  

  • Develop a plan for your family. The plan should include the destination of travel, alternate routes, gas stations and a re-unification plan if family members become separated as well as a list of critical information such as utility accounts and insurance documents.
  • Prepare and carry an emergency supply kit with critical supplies. Supplies may include a car charger for cell phones or other electronics, a flashlight, battery operated radio and non-electric clock – for a complete list of additional items, visit the Georgia Power hurricane resource page.
  • Unplug electronics in your home and place them on sturdy surfaces or relocate them to the highest floor.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and pack your freezer with as many food items as possible. If electrical service is interrupted, a packed freezer can keep food frozen for up to 48 hours.
  • When travelling before or after a storm, be aware of electrical crews working or the potential for down power lines or power poles.

Tools You Can Use

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

The Mutual Assistance Network
Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as New York to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Georgia Power is also able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly to Georgia customers. The company is holding all Georgia Power resources in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Irma and is in touch with other mutual assistance network utilities to ensure coordination and access to additional resources if needed following the storm.

Just last year, Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest, most destructive hurricanes to hit the Georgia coast in more than a century, broke or damaged approximately 1,000 power poles and more than 3,500 trees brought down nearly 120 miles of wire along the Georgia coast. Georgia Power restored power to more than 338,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Matthew quickly and safely by fully deploying company resources and leveraging the mutual assistance network in the week following the storm.

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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MALVERN, Pa., Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CertainTeed® Solar is poised to showcase upgraded products and an enhanced installer program at Solar Power International 2017, being held September 11-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Billed as 'North America's Premier Energy Event', Solar Power International is the largest annual gathering of solar industry professionals in the U.S., and CertainTeed Solar will be highlighting the following at booth #2463:

An Enhanced Solar Installer Program - CertainTeed Solar has updated its Solar Installer program to include both Credentialed Installer and Master Installer levels, featuring workmanship warranty coverage of 25 years for Apollo II, Apollo Tile II and Solstice systems installed by Master Solar Installers. Coupled with lead generation, marketing co-op funds and public relations support, CertainTeed's upgraded Solar Installer Program adds further value to solar installers looking to differentiate and grow their businesses.  

US Series Solar Modules – CertainTeed Solar will also highlight its US Series 60 and 72-cell solar modules. Announced in June 2017, 60 cell US Series modules have a maximum power output of 305W, while 72 cell modules reach up to 365W. All US Series modules are American-made using domestic and foreign components, and rank among the most efficient solar modules manufactured in the United States. The modules are available individually or as part of CertainTeed's Solstice® system, which includes the components necessary for rooftop installation.

Upgraded Apollo® II Solar Roofing Systems – Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems have been upgraded to offer 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed's solar roofing systems. Apollo II and Apollo Tile II modules are proudly manufactured in the United States using foreign and domestic components.

With more than 110 years of experience supplying products to the construction industry, CertainTeed Solar provides unparalleled confidence in a long-term investment.  All CertainTeed solar products are available nationwide. For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/solar.   

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company had total sales of approximately $3.4 billion in 2016. www.certainteed.com

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MONTREAL, Sept. 8 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Today, Hydro-Québec submitted two proposals to partner with New York on projects that will make significant contributions to the state's clean energy future. Providing incremental hydropower in the near term and for many decades to come, these bids optimize existing New York transmission infrastructure and set the stage for collaboration with New York in selecting new transmission to deliver clean energy resources to where they're most needed in the state. 

In June 2017, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) issued a Large Scale Renewables Request For Proposals (Q17-6164MH) for the procurement of 1 million MWh (1 TWh) or more to support the development of the state's power infrastructure and large-scale, cost-effective renewable projects.

Hydro-Québec is submitting two options for consideration by NYPA:

  • Optimizing Existing Infrastructure for Clean Energy Progress
    Hydro-Québec can increase deliveries into New York through a transmission infrastructure enhancement project. By upgrading an existing interconnection, Hydro-Québec can provide an additional 700 gigawatthours (GWh) per year of reliable, renewable energy deliveries.
  • New Transmission infrastructure : A great leap towards New York's Fifty by Thirty Goal
    Hydro-Québec proposes to deliver large volumes of hydroelectricity —5.8 to 8.3 terawatthours (TWh) per year— over a major new or expanded interconnection into New York from Québec. The company would also cooperate with US developers in the design of the transmission infrastructure needed in New York and construct the corresponding transmission facilities needed in Québec. New York is working to achieve a 50% increase in its use of renewable energy by 2030. Through its firm, around-the-clock deliveries of hydropower, Hydro-Québec could thus be a major part of the solution in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a secure electricity supply for New Yorkers.

Achieving a long-term clean energy future for New York

Hydro-Québec has been providing clean, robust power to New Yorkers for over a century. Enhancing grid integration, through new or expanded transmission facilities, will improve reliability and cost-effectiveness in New York for decades to come. Interconnected electricity markets are more efficient, using power generated from a range of resources over a broad geographic area. These features lower the cost of producing and managing electricity for the region.

Hydro-Québec: the battery of North America

Québec's hydropower generating fleet is supported by a system of 62 power stations, whose 27 reservoirs allow water to accumulate for future use or to be dispatched to meet real-time changes in consumer demand. Our reservoir storage capacity totals 176 TWh – more than enough electricity to supply New York State for an entire year. This unique characteristic can enable the deployment of intermittent sources of clean energy, such as wind or solar. Hydro-Québec may also assist New York in integrating hydropower with other renewable sources.

"New York is at the vanguard of clean energy policy initiatives and is set to significantly cut GHG emissions over the next decade," concluded Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec. "As North America's largest supplier of clean energy and a decades-long regional partner, we can offer the reliability, flexibility and strength of our hydropower system in developing solutions to meet New York's clean energy goals."

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SHANGHAI, 8 september 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LONGi's 1H17-rapport laat inkomsten zien van 6,276 miljard RMB, een nettowinst van 1,236 miljard RMB, met een toename tussen de opeenvolgende jaren van 43,6%, en een geconsolideerde brutomarge van 35,11%.

De R&D-investering bedraagt 444 miljoen RMB, meer dan 7,1% van de inkomsten. De continue en grote R&D-investeringen onderhouden of versterken zelfs de vooruitstrevende positie van LONGi.

LONGi Solar ranked No.1 in terms of PV Triathlon financial health rating.
LONGi Solar ranked No.1 in terms of PV Triathlon financial health rating.

Tijdens de rapportageperiode bleef de vraag naar efficiënte en kwalitatief hoogwaardige monokristallijne producten sterk; de producten verkochten goed, en het aandeel in de markt voor monokristallijne producten steeg verder. Het transport van monokristallijne modules in de Chinese markt oversteeg de 2 GW, en dit is meer dan drie keer de omvang van het transport in dezelfde periode afgelopen jaar.

Om de krapte in de toevoer van monokristallijne producten te verlichten heeft LONGi de voortgang van nieuwe en uitbreidende producten versneld, terwijl de volledige inzet van de bestaande capaciteit wordt gegarandeerd.

  1. LONGi Yinchuan 5GW monokristallijne siliconen blokken en LONGi Ningxia 5GW monokristallijne siliconen blokken zijn nu in de foutopsporingsfase voor apparatuur;
  2. LONGi Kuching 300MW monokristallijn siliconen blokken, 1GW monokristallijn siliconen schijven, 500MW monokristallijn siliconen cellen, en 500MW monomodule project bevinden zich nu in het laatste stadium, en er wordt verwacht dat deze in het 4e kwartaal van 2017 in volledige productie zullen worden genomen;
  3. LONGi Baoshan 5GW monokristallijne siliconen blokken en het LONGi Xi'an 500MW moduleproject stimuleren de versnelde aanbouw van de fabriek.

In het tweede kwartaal van 2017 van de PV Triathlon, die recentelijk is vrijgegeven door PHOTON Consulting, kwam LONGi Solar als eerste naar voren op het gebied van financiële gezondheid.

PHOTON Consulting, een wereldwijd consultings- en onderzoeksinstituut, analyseerde en vergeleek 56 zonnecelbedrijven over de hele wereld op basis van hun huidige financiële gezondheid, leiderschap op het gebied van kosten en winstgevendheid, en duurzaamheid van de bedrijfsstrategie. Door de hoge productiviteit en goede kostenbeheersing werd LONGi Solar beoordeeld als nummer 1 waar het gaat om financiële gezondheid, nr. 5 in het 1e kwartaal voor algehele prestaties, en nr. 3 op het gebied van duurzaamheid en kostenbeheersing.

Met de lancering van het PV3.0-tijdperk en 300W+ wereldwijde marketing in het derde kwartaal, wordt verwacht dat LONGi Solar de buitenlandse bedrijvigheid sterk in de markt zal zetten voor een verbeterde tweede jaarhelft en prestaties voor het hele jaar. 

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SHANGHAI, 8. Sept. 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LONGi gibt mit seinem ersten Halbjahresbericht 2017 einen Umsatz in Höhe von 6,276 Milliarden RMB und einen Reingewinn von 1,236 Milliarden RMB bekannt, was einer Steigerung von 43,6% gegenüber dem Vorjahr und einer konsolidierten Brutto-Verkaufsmarge von 35,11% gleichkommt.

Die Investition in Forschung und Entwicklung beträgt mit 7,1% des Umsatzes 444 Millionen RMB. Mit der kontinuierlichen und erheblichen Investition in Forschung und Entwicklung wird LONGi seine Vormachtstellung aufrechterhalten oder sogar noch weiter ausbauen können.

LONGi Solar ranked No.1 in terms of PV Triathlon financial health rating.
LONGi Solar ranked No.1 in terms of PV Triathlon financial health rating.

Während des Berichtsjahres blieb die Nachfrage nach monokristallinen Produkten für hohe Effizienz und hohe Qualität robust, die Produkte verkauften sich gut und der Marktanteil für Monokristalline vergrößerte sich. Die monokristalline Modul-Lieferleistung auf dem chinesischen Markt überschritt einen Wert von 2 GW; dies entspricht mehr als dem Dreifachen im Vergleich zum entsprechenden Zeitraum im Vorjahr.

Um den Versorgungsengpass im Bereich der monokristallinen Produkte anzugehen, beschleunigt LONGi nun neue Projekte sowie Expansionsprojekte, wobei die vorhandenen Kapazitäten voll ausgelastet werden.

  1. Die Projekte LONGi Yinchuan und LONGi Ningxia, im Rahmen derer monokristalline Silicium-Ingots mit einer Kapazität von 5 GW bzw. 1 GW hergestellt werden, befinden sich nun in der Fehlerbehebungsphase;
  2. das LONGi-Kuching-Projekt zur Produktion von monokristallinen Silicium-Ingots mit einer Kapazität von 300 MW, monokristallinen Silicium-Wafern mit 1 GW, monokristallinen Zellen mit einer Kapazität von 500 MW und monokristallinen Modulen mit einer Kapazität von 500 MW hat die Fertigstellungsphase erreicht und wird im 4. Quartal 2017 in Vollproduktion gehen;
  3. das Projekt LONGi Baoshan, im Rahmen dessen monokristalline Silizium-Ingots mit einer Kapazität von 5 GW produziert werden, und LONGi Xi'an zur Produktion von Modulen mit einer Kapazität von 500 MW tragen zur Beschleunigung des Anlagenbaus bei.

In der vor kurzem erschienenen Ausgabe für das 2. Quartal 2017 des von PHOTON Consulting herausgegebenen PV Triathlon erhielt LONGi Solar den ersten Platz im Ranking für finanzielle Stabilität.

PHOTON Consulting, eine global führende Beratungs- und Forschungsinstitution, analysierte und verglich 56 Solarunternehmen weltweit anhand ihrer aktuellen finanziellen Lage, Vormachtstellung im Bereich Ausgaben und Rentabilität sowie Nachhaltigkeit der Unternehmensstrategie. Aufgrund seiner starken Produktivität und guten Kostenkontrolle erzielte das Unternehmen LONGi Solar den ersten Platz für finanzielle Stabilität, den fünften Platz im ersten Quartil in Bezug auf die Gesamtleistung und den dritten Platz in Bezug auf Nachhaltigkeit und Kostenkontrolle.

Mit der Einführung der PV3.0-Ära und dem global Marketing in Bezug auf 300W+ im 3. Quartal wird erwartet, dass LONGi Solar zur weiteren Verbesserung seiner Zahlen in der zweiten Hälfte des Geschäftsjahres und im Hinblick auf die Leistung für das gesamte Jahr mit Nachdruck seine Auslandsgeschäfte fördern wird. 

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