DALLAS, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A once-abandoned building on the edge of Downtown is being reincarnated as an eco-friendly, people-friendly mixed-use destination that offers coworking, loft living, green space, commercial office space and a coffee shop, and developers have been awarded a $300,000 grant to install a solar system to power the new venture.

The 60,000-square foot building, built in the 1930s and expanded in the late 1950s, is located at 1808 S. Good Latimer Expy. in East Cedars, near the Farmer's Market. Renovations began February 2016, and the building is expected to be ready for occupancy January 2018. One of the nation's premier green architectural design firms, GGO Architects, led by Gary Olp, FAIA and LEED Fellow, designed and directed the renovation of the project in partnership with GoodWork, led by Amy King, a company dedicated to incubating healthy environments for working and living.

"1808 from its conception is an innovative mixed-use re-development. Our goal is a coworking, business and residential community built around the synergies of design, business and sustainability," said Steve Kinder, 1808 building owner and CEO & Founder of LOFTwall. "As we worked with our partners to pursue LEED Certification, solar was on our wish list." The solar dream became a reality when the Dallas nonprofit group Downwinders at Risk (www.downwindersatrisk.org) chose the 1808 project to receive the final grant from their Sue Pope Fund for Pollution Reduction.

Dallas-based Sunfinity Solar (www.sunfinitysolar.com), a company serving residential and commercial solar customers, has been selected to design and manage the system installation. John Billingsley, Chief Executive Officer of Sunfinity Solar, says that this installation will be one of a small handful of solar systems operating in the downtown area.  

"The vision of the 1808 leadership team and the opportunity to help take a building from the early 20th century into the 21st century make this a unique, appealing project, and we're very honored to be part of it," said Billingsley.

The Sunfinity System will include 454 panels (149.8 kW) that will provide 45.8% of the building's power needs and feed excess power produced back to the electric grid. Over 20 years, this solar system is estimated by the Department of Energy to offset:

  • 3,022 metric tons of carbon dioxide
  • 24,000 pounds of SO2 (sulfur dioxide)
  • 12,000 pounds of NOx (nitrogen oxide)
  • 172,000 milligrams of mercury

The carbon sequestered is equivalent to taking 638 cars off the road for a year, planting 78,317 trees over 10 years or preserving 24.1 acres of U.S. forests from conversion to cropland in one year.

"Solar power makes sense for businesses of all sizes – from for-profit concerns to schools and non-profits - for the same reasons that it appeals to homeowners," said Billingsley, who notes that Texas is particularly suited for solar. According to GoSolarTexas, Texas has the second greatest technical potential for photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installations given its location in the Southwest and relatively low tree coverage.

"The potential financial savings are impressive, and they go on for years," Billingsley added.  "Solar is about choice, and businesses have the choice to be energy independent by owning their own power and locking in a percentage of their building's needs for 30-plus years.

"The environmental benefits are just as compelling, since solar taps a clean, endlessly renewable energy source that doesn't require other resources, like water and fuels, to produce or transport."

When asked why this project was compelling, Architect Gary Olp said, "It has been rewarding to take this building from a dilapidated, overlooked, abandoned building and transform it to one of the most healthy working and living environments in Dallas."

ABOUT 1808 / GoodWork
The mixed-use redevelopment at 1808 S Good Latimer Expy. is a building for independent collaborators, growing businesses and community cultivators. Along with its coworking partner GoodWork, this 1808 historic warehouse in the Cedars -- a creative and industrial sector on the edge of Downtown Dallas -- has a vision to create a community built around the synergies of design, business, and sustainability. 1808 features a variety of work places and amenities inspired by nature -- encouraging movement, wellness, creativity and collaboration. It offers two green courtyards, a coffee shop, event space, coworking, 2nd floor office space, and hotel/residence loft living. The building is being designed with environmentally and wellness-friendly features paramount. It is pursuing both LEED and WELL Building™ certification. www.1808.biz; www.goodwork.co

ABOUT GGOArchitects, Corp.
GGOArchitects (www.ggoarchitects.com) is an innovative, environmentally focused studio. The practice was founded to effect a fundamental change in the application of the craft of architecture based on an understanding of environmental stewardship. The efforts of the award-winning studio reflect an enterprising approach to energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting and enhanced fresh air systems with an emphasis on reducing construction waste and the use of natural, non-toxic building materials.

ABOUT Sunfinity Solar
Sunfinity Solar (www.sunfinitysolar.com) is headquartered in Dallas with full-service operations throughout California and North Texas and active expansion in Texas and other states. Sunfinity Solar offers complete system design (solar panels, inverter and metering), installation (including handling all permits and inspections), financing and ongoing system support for residences, businesses and agricultural concerns of any size that want to realize the many financial and environmental benefits of solar power.

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“Ninety thousand solar lanterns sold last quarter,” said Mr. Li. He was sharing sales numbers for his solar appliance business in Ethiopia and I couldn’t believe it.

To put that number in perspective, the Global Off-grid Lighting Association pegs the average number of all solar lighting products sold in Ethiopia in a single quarter at around 250,000 units. Close to 80 perent of Ethiopians live in rural areas with little to no access to electricity. Assuming two lanterns for every household with an average five people in each, Mr. Li might have provided energy access to close to a quarter million people within months.

As far-fetched as that sounds, it is actually quite possible. The catch, however, is that Mr. Li’s sales are illegal. He sells his products on the informal market, outside of the government net, avoiding taxes and the country’s formal quality regime. As a result, his sales, though meaningful, are at risk of coming to a halt.

A rapidly growing market for solar lanterns and home kits is driving an energy revolution in Ethiopia. Like many low-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Ethiopia is a point of focus for international development and finance institutions as well as donors. Such organizations are channelizing tens of millions of dollars into Ethiopia for energy access. In order to maximize the impact of their investments, they need to have an understanding of local requirements in order to provide tailored financial flows.

To that end, I visited Ethiopia earlier this year as part of a study for the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) program. In collaboration with partners, we at TFE Consulting helped SE4All understand the quantity and type of financing needed for energy access in five developing countries across Africa and Asia. Ethiopia was a focus country, along with Nigeria, Kenya, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

What I learned in Ethiopia was encouraging. On the face of it, the market has a high focus on quality: the World Bank’s “Lighting Africa” quality certification is mandatory for products and most key suppliers have this. Additionally, distribution networks are well established and run deep. Financing support is also available through micro-finance institutions offering consumer financing and banks that provide corporate credit to suppliers. Overall, the growth rate of energy access businesses is between 10-20 percent and there is tremendous optimism about the size and future of the market

Despite these promising facts, sales volumes across the formal sector are actually quite low. One reason is that foreign exchange is scarce, which makes imports difficult. Also, debt comes with crippling conditions like interest rates of 12-15 percent and high collateral requirements. As a result of these barriers, most businesses operating in the formal sector sell between 2,000-5,000 lanterns a year. The volume of solar kits is a third of that. Even the largest formal supplier we met sold fewer than 20,000 lanterns a year. These numbers are an order of magnitude lower than those in the informal sector, where some suppliers, like Mr. Li, sell more than 100,000 lanterns a year.

Mr. Li is a true entrepreneur. He runs a cottage-industry-style assembly line for solar lanterns on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. To avoid customs that confiscate products lacking certification, he imports individual components and assembles them locally. Once assembled, he sells wholesale to agents. His price is 20 percent below any formal market product. He is greatly optimistic about his business and plans to convert his makeshift assembly line into a proper factory by the end of the year.

Mr. Li is not alone. From our interviews and data, we estimate that as much as 65 percent of Ethiopia’s solar lantern market transacts in the informal sector. In the vast, highly congested bazaar at the edge of Addis known as Merkato, thousands of vendors sell a wide range of consumer products at cutthroat prices entirely outside the tax and regulatory net. Deals here are large, conducted on trust, not paper, and executed quickly. This is where business gets done.

The Merkato, and other markets like it, are the beating heart of the energy access market in Ethiopia. They are deeply connected to informal networks that have low transaction costs, high flexibility, wide geographic reach and access to the most remote areas of the country. These features make such networks the backbone of many developing markets like Ethiopia and the channel of choice for energy access suppliers looking for large transaction volumes, low costs and speed-to-market.

A focus on volume is understandable in a market that offers razor thin margins. Customers have very low purchasing power and are therefore highly price sensitive. A slight increase in prices can put products out of reach for a large segment of customers. Selling through the informal sector then is not only financially attractive for enterprises due to scale and lower transaction costs, but also a key lever in reaching the largest number of consumers.

The Merkato is notorious. It is a black market, and the authorities continuously try to crack down on it. Formal businesses complain about unfair price competition due to avoided taxes. Many buyers with access to formal markets often avoid it for fear of being cheated. Moreover, access to financing of the kind our project was trying to solve altogether overlooks this market segment.

If international financiers, government, donors, and consultants like us are serious about improving energy access for the poor, there is a trade-off to address. We have to recognize the advantages of the informal sector and develop an approach that incorporates and leverages its many strengths. For a start, we need to recognize the scale and reach of informal markets and find ways to include them when planning financing for energy access. By failing to do so, we are failing to turn lights on.

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Mohit is an expert on energy in emerging markets. At TFE Consulting, he leads projects to help international companies navigate the energy transformation underway globally.

The views in this article are his own and do not reflect the views or findings of any studies or organizations mentioned.

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GUELPH, Ontario, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced completion of its second green project bond placement with Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. The JPY7.4 billion ($66.0 million) dual-tenor green project bond was issued to finance Canadian Solar's 27.3 MWp Tottori Solar Power Plant in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. The Tottori solar power plant achieved commercial operations in August 2017, and the electricity generated is currently being purchased by the Chugoku Electric Power Company, Inc. under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of JPY40.0 ($0.36) per kWh.

The Tottori green project bond consists of a dual-tenor maturity of 1.5 years and 18.3 years, representing the initial and extended tenor respectively, within a single-tranche of the bond. This dual-tenor structure makes full repayment of the bond flexible, while enabling a potential sale of the solar power plant to Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund, recently listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. ("JCR") assigned the Tottori project an investment grade rating of "A", making it the fourth project by Canadian Solar in Japan to receive such a rating and in line with the highest ratings reported in the Japan PV sector. Furthermore, the Japan Research Institution, Limited ("JRI") independently certified the designation as a green bond, in accordance with the Green Bond Principles (2016) published by the International Capital Market Association ("ICMA"). The asset-backed, non-recourse bond was issued at par and pays a fixed coupon of 1.2725% per annum during the initial tenor and, if extended at the option of Canadian Solar, 1.3113% per annum thereafter. Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. acted as the bond arranger and Hitachi Capital Trust Corp., was appointed as trustee. 

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc. commented, "We are very proud to announce the issuance of a second dual-tenor green project bond at a low coupon rate. This solidifies our position as the leading international issuer of green project bonds in Japan. Investors recognize our strong record of building high quality and bankable solar power projects. This project will contribute to the growth of Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund as a leading renewable energy fund in Japan. We will continue to look for opportunities to promote renewable energy platform in this market."

About Canadian Solar

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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Certain statements in this press release regarding the Company's expected future shipment volumes, gross margins, business prospects and future results, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These statements are made under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by such terms as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include general business and economic conditions and the state of the solar industry; governmental support for the deployment of solar power; future available supplies of high-purity silicon; demand for end-use products by consumers and inventory levels of such products in the supply chain; changes in demand from significant customers; changes in demand from major markets such as Japan, the U.S., India and China; changes in customer order patterns; changes in product mix; capacity utilization; level of competition; pricing pressure and declines in average selling prices; delays in new product introduction; delays in utility-scale project approval process; delays in utility-scale project construction; cancelation of utility-scale feed-in-tariff contracts in Japan; continued success in technological innovations and delivery of products with the features customers demand; shortage in supply of materials or capacity requirements; availability of financing; exchange rate fluctuations; litigation and other risks as described in the Company's SEC filings, including its annual report on Form 20-F filed on April 27, 2017. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance, or achievements. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All information provided in this press release is as of today's date, unless otherwise stated, and Canadian Solar undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Macerich (NYSE: MAC), one of the nation's leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind retail properties in top markets, today announced that the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) has named Macerich 2017 Retail "Leader in the Light" for an unprecedented fourth straight year.

"Earning 'Leader in the Light' for the fourth consecutive year, added to other important global and national recognition of our environmental achievements, is a powerful testament to Macerich's ongoing industry leadership in sustainability," said Art Coppola, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Macerich. "Our vision and commitment to invest in energy assets including solar, fuel cell, battery storage and water technology – combined with smart practices in utility conservation and water reservation – not only provide strong economic results, but also propel us toward our industry-leading goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030."  

Other major sustainability awards – including multiple repeat honors – earned by Macerich in 2017 include:

  • GRESB: For the third straight year, Macerich achieved the #1 ranking in the North American Retail Sector for 2017, based on scores published by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
  • EPA Green Power Partnership: Macerich again made the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership list of Top 30 On-Site Generation companies, also for the third consecutive year. 
  • CDP: Macerich achieved high rankings with CDP for actions to mitigate climate change for the third year in a row.
  • BREEAM USA In-use Certification for 10 more properties: This fall, Macerich is set to earn this important green building standard for existing buildings for Danbury Fair, Deptford Mall, FlatIron Crossing, Green Acres Mall, Kierland Commons, Kings Plaza, Queens Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Twenty Ninth Street and Tysons Corner Center. Earlier this year, Macerich's The Oaks merited distinction as the country's first BREEAM USA In-use certified building.

"Our top properties and top markets, from Santa Monica and Walnut Creek, California, to Portland, Boulder and Northern Virginia, include some of the most forward-thinking and environmentally attuned consumers in the world," added Coppola. "Leading the retail real estate industry in the critically important area of sustainability is a natural position for Macerich."  

For more information on Macerich's comprehensive sustainability efforts and impacts, please view the 2016 Sustainability Report.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country's most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company's website at www.macerich.com.

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NEW YORK, November 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

According to data published by the GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the U.S. energy storage market is expected to be worth $3.1 billion by 2022, a ninefold increase from 2016 and a sixfold increase from this year. Revenues in 2017 will grow by 43% over 2016. The research also indicates that the residential segment of the energy storage market is contributed only 4% in total revenue in 2016, but by 2022, the residential segment alone will be a $1.2 billion market. The utility segment accounted for $252 million and 76% in 2016, and will continue to be the largest segment by 2022 at $1.3 billion. Stina Resources Ltd. (OTC: STNUF), The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN), Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL)

Geographically, the market is segmented between the major cities of the country. "California will remain the undisputed king of the U.S. storage market over the next five years. Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Texas will all battle for second place, with each market forming a significant chunk of deployments through 2022, driven by a combination of state mandates, resource-planning-related utility procurement, and the increasingly favorable economics of behind-the-meter storage projects," GTM Research claims.

Stina Resources Ltd. (OTCQB: STNUF) also listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange under the Ticker 'SQA'. Just earlier today the company announced breaking news that, "the definitive agreement for the acquisition of Pure Vanadium Corp. ("Pure"). This acquisition supports Stina's long-term objective of becoming North America's first vertically integrated producer of vanadium electrolyte for the energy storage industry. In July 2017, Stina announced a Letter of Intent with Pure Vanadium Corp., and following a thorough review of the company's technology and other relevant matters a definitive agreement has now been finalized.

"The development of battery technology is progressing rapidly throughout the world with vanadium redox flow batteries being one of the main new technologies for grid-scale energy storage. The combination of our vanadium resources in Nevada and new applications for vanadium in battery technology will progress Stina towards its goal of being a leading vertically integrated producer of vanadium electrolyte," said Brian Stecyk, President & CEO, Stina Resources Ltd.

Pure is a technology company involved in development of vanadium electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries used in grid-scale energy storage. Pure holds a portfolio of licenses for the production and sales of vanadium electrolytes. Pure's licenses were granted by the Battelle Memorial Institute ("Battelle"), operator of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ("PNNL"), a US Department of Energy National Laboratory," located in the State of Washington, says Dusty McKinnon of Pure Vanadium.

The finalization of the definitive agreement and its execution will result in Pure becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stina Resources Ltd., and the Company will assume all the assets and obligations owing in connection with Pure's research & development (R&D) and business operations…"

The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. The company's subsidiary AES Energy Storage is a leader in commercial energy storage solutions, which improve flexibility and reliability of the power system, and provide customers with a complete alternative to traditional energy infrastructure investments such as peaking power plants. On July 11, 2017, the company and Siemens AG announced their agreement to form a new global energy storage technology and services company under the name Fluence. The joint venture will bring together AES' ten years of industry-defining experience deploying energy storage in seven countries with over a century of Siemens' energy technology leadership and its global sales presence in more than 160 countries. Combining the proven AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage energy storage platforms with expanded services, Fluence will offer customers a wider variety of options to meet the challenges of a rapidly transforming energy landscape. 


SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. On October 25, 2017, the company and AES Distributed Energy, Inc. announced that a SunPower® Oasis® Power Plant platform with an innovative solar plus storage facility is under development by AES DE on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‛i. AES DE will construct a 28-megawatt SunPower Oasis system at the site, as well as a 20-megawatt five-hour duration energy storage system.  AES DE expects the project will be the largest solar-plus-utility-scale-battery system in the state of Hawai‛i, and one of the largest solar electricity storage systems in the world. The power generated and stored at the plant will serve customers of the Kaua‛i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).


Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN) provides clean energy to homeowners. On December 14, 2016, the company announced the availability of the Sunrun BrightBox™ solar energy generation and home battery storage service to homeowners across California. With BrightBox, Californians can enjoy a customized and innovative solution with little to no money down and Sunrun will maintain, monitor and insure the system for 20 years. Systems are available through a monthly or prepaid lease. Sunrun BrightBox is a best-in-class solar plus energy storage service that offers homeowners peace of mind during power outages by backing up the electrical circuits that matter most to homeowners. Importantly, BrightBox also saves homeowners money by seamlessly optimizing when a home uses electricity generated directly from the home's solar system, stored in the battery, or sourced from the grid, resulting in maximum control over electricity bills.

Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL) is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. The company's ultracapacitor products provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. On May 01, 2017, the company announced the appointment of Thibault Kassir as Vice President and General Manager, Energy Storage Products. With over 24 years of business and technical knowledge combined with considerable experience in Asia, Kassir will oversee Maxwell's global energy storage product line, tasked to build on recent momentum and to drive future growth.

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GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CoorsTek, the world's leading engineered ceramics manufacturer, today announced that a team of scientists from CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, the University of Oslo (Norway) and the Instituto de Tecnología Química (Spain) have successfully completed laboratory testing of a ceramic membrane that generates compressed hydrogen from natural gas and electricity in a one-step process with near zero energy loss.  The ceramic membrane makes production of hydrogen from abundant, low-cost natural gas so efficient that it will make hydrogen the cleanest and least expensive option for future automotive fueling — surpassing both electricity and petroleum. Results of the team's breakthrough development were recently published in the prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Energy in the research report "Thermo-electrochemical production of compressed hydrogen from methane with near-zero energy loss."

Infographic | How hydrogen from ceramic membranes can be cleaner and cheaper than electricity for next-gen vehicles
Infographic | How hydrogen from ceramic membranes can be cleaner and cheaper than electricity for next-gen vehicles

The research report builds on 20 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of ceramic membranes at CoorsTek. The present membrane is made from oxides of abundant materials (including barium, zirconia, and yttrium), forming a solid ceramic electrolyte that can transport hydrogen in the form of protons at temperatures from 400 to 900 °C. By applying an electric potential over the ceramic cell, hydrogen is not only separated from other gases but also electrochemically compressed. 

"Our breakthrough ceramic membrane technology makes it possible for hydrogen-fueled vehicles to have superior energy efficiency with lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to a battery electric vehicle charged with electricity from the grid," said Per Vestre, Managing Director at CoorsTek Membrane Sciences. "The potential for this technology also goes well beyond lowering the cost and environmental impact of fueling motor vehicles.  With high-volume CoorsTek engineered ceramic manufacturing capabilities, we can make ceramic membranes cost-competitive with traditional energy conversion technology for both industrial-scale and smaller-scale hydrogen production."

Hydrogen is an energy carrier for next-generation fuel cell electric vehicles, and is already an important molecule for a range of industrial processes from food processing to manufacturing of glass and semiconductors, with ammonia-based fertilizers as the single largest application for hydrogen today. While a fuel cell electric vehicle will only need about 0.4 kg of hydrogen per day for typical family use, a world-scale ammonia plant needs a million times more, from 200 to 600 tons of hydrogen per day.   CoorsTek Membrane Sciences research indicates that ceramic membranes can be a competitive technology for hydrogen production with integrated carbon capture, even at a scale required for cost-effective ammonia production.  

"By combining an endothermic chemical reaction with an electrically operated gas separation membrane, we can create energy conversions with near zero energy loss", explains Dr. Jose Serra, Professor with Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) in Valencia, Spain, a leading research lab for hydrocarbon chemistry and a co-author of the report in Nature Energy. "When you have the technology to convert energy from one form to another with almost no loss of energy, this opens up new ways to think about energy systems. For example, we can use the ceramic membrane technology to produce hydrogen from water. This will require more electric power than reforming of methane, but if electricity is available from renewable sources we can make hydrogen without CO2 emissions. You can also think one step further and design energy systems that are not only low carbon or zero carbon, but even have negative carbon emissions. This will be the case if you use renewable electricity to reform biogas to hydrogen, and store the produced carbon from the biogas underground. In this way, hydrogen can one day become a negative emission energy carrier."

Read the research report published in Nature Energy, "Thermo-electrochemical production of compressed hydrogen from methane with near-zero energy loss".

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The Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) is a joint research centre created in 1990 by the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). ITQ is today an international reference centre in the area of catalysis and new materials. The institute has specialized personnel as well as forefront facilities for research development in the field of chemical technology and materials and comprise more than two hundred researchers from all over the world.

About University of Oslo

The University of Oslo (UiO) is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway. As a classical university with a broad range of academic disciplines, UiO has top research communities in most areas and a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy and life sciences in particular. With five Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Omnidian, a nationwide provider of comprehensive protection plans for investments in residential solar systems announced today that it has launched the industry’s first 3rd-party performance guarantee for the lifetime of your system. The performance guarantee is available for owners of individual home solar systems through Omnidian channel partners, such as lenders and installers. It is also available for financial institutions, such as funds and third-party owners, that manage large portfolios of residential solar assets. Omnidian’s performance guarantee includes 24/7 continuous monitoring, proactive service alerts and 100-percent covered hardware and software through a nationwide network of field service professionals, as well as 100-percent guarantee of promised energy or plan owners will be reimbursed for energy loss.

“Residential PV systems are often backed by narrowly tailored warranties that cover defective equipment,” said Mark Liffmann, Omnidian’s CEO and founder. “But at the end of the day, owners of residential solar – whether it is an asset manager overseeing thousands of systems or an individual homeowner trying to save on electric bills – want the assurance that their investment will perform as promised. By shielding the owners of residential solar systems from the performance risk, Omnidian is providing the solution that gives owners true peace of mind.”

Omnidian’s proprietary technology integrates with all major third-party monitoring platforms and quickly identifies underperforming assets requiring field service dispatch. The firm partners with a nationwide network of pre-certified field technicians. Omnidian’s 100-percent performance guarantee transfers solar energy production risk away from the asset owner. This risk transfer secures the solar energy investment, enhancing asset security and liberating capital.

The firm’s service offering addresses one of the major pain points in the growth of residential solar. The residential solar market in the U.S. has grown substantially over the last decade. But competition and high customer acquisition costs have resulted in consolidation and exits by many large installation firms. This has often left distressed residential solar assets without active management for monitoring system health and ensuring optimal performance. Further, home owners have not broadly had the option for performance guarantees when they purchase a system with loan proceeds or cash.

“Transferring performance risk will allow solar businesses to free up vital capital for growing their business and give customers the assurance that their investment will perform as promised without having to personally monitor their solar system,” Liffmann added.

Venture capital firms also see the market opportunity and value in the Omnidian team’s industry experience and unique service offering. The company recently closed an oversubscribed $5.1 million series seed round led by Congruent Ventures, an early-stage venture firm that backs companies in the sustainability ecosystem. Other participants include City Light Capital, Blue Bear Capital, Energy Foundry, Ekistic Ventures, and Avista Development, a wholly-owned, non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA).

“Performance guarantees for residential solar energy present a major opportunity to create value for asset owners and help drive the next wave of growth in the residential solar market,” said Abe Yokell, co-founder and managing partner of Congruent Ventures. “We see Omnidian as best positioned to seize this opportunity due to the extensive industry experience of the executive team as well as the state-of-the-art technology they’ve developed in a short period of time.”

The team at Omnidian has managed nearly half of the residential solar systems installed in the U.S. This industry background has allowed rapid expansion of their business objective to protect and accelerate capital investments in the residential solar sector. Today, Omnidian supports Fortune 1000 clients and other third-party owners of leased solar portfolios. The firm is currently managing tens of thousands of systems, having doubled its assets under management in September alone. Additionally, it is the backup servicing firm to tens of thousands more systems. Looking longer term, Omnidian sees an opportunity to be the performance assurance company of choice for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market.

“With extensive monitoring capabilities for actionable insight, residential solar in many ways is the most mature IoT technology in the market,” Liffmann continued. “As more and more everyday household items become connected to the Internet, we see an opportunity to use our technology to monitor the health and performance of those goods, similar to what we do for solar today. Our vision is to give consumers the assurance that every device they connect to the Internet is operating as promised, so that they can focus on the important things.”

About Omnidian:

Omnidian is a nationwide provider of comprehensive protection plans for investments in residential solar energy systems. It serves both individual homeowners and financial institutions, such as funds and third-party owners, that manage large portfolios of residential solar assets. Omnidian’s lifetime performance guarantee includes 24/7 monitoring, proactive service alerts and 100-percent covered hardware and software through a nationwide network of field service professionals, as well as a 100-percent guarantee on promised energy or plan owners will be reimbursed for energy loss.

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JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Audubon Florida today announced an innovative new partnership to enhance FPL's solar power plant sites with unprecedented environmental stewardship, providing thousands of acres of habitat for native plants, birds and vital pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies.

Through the "Solar Sanctuary" partnership, FPL and Audubon Florida are working with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Native Plant Society, Wildlife Habitat Council, local Audubon chapters and others to design and implement site-specific environmental enhancements that will make FPL solar sites bird- and pollinator-friendly havens.

FPL is on track to install more than 2.5 million solar panels at eight new solar power plants across Florida that will be operational by early 2018. The site of each new facility is being designed to allow a significant amount of the land to be planted with native grasses, trees, shrubs and vines. Plants are being chosen to provide food for birds and pollinators. Quality wetlands are being preserved, which also provide habitat for birds.

"Our beautiful state has an abundance of sun and great diversity of native plant and animal species. FPL's solar sites are transforming large sections of land. What is exciting is that each site is being designed to make the best use of areas that can benefit wildlife. We are so happy that FPL is taking the time to consult with Audubon and other organizations to make the best decisions about native plants. These Solar Sanctuaries will have benefits for generations," said Julie Wraithmell, interim executive director of Audubon Florida.

"We are proud to partner with Audubon and other dedicated environmental groups on this wonderful project," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "When Audubon Florida approached us with this idea, we knew it was something our company wanted to be a part of. We are firm believers in the notion that amazing things can happen when non-profits and the private sector work together constructively, and I believe this project will set a great example for others to follow."

The FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center in Putnam County and the FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County are the first sites with approved plans to become Solar Sanctuaries.

"FPL's Solar Sanctuary site in St. Lucie County will help move us toward more green energy production and less environmental impact while maintaining efficiently priced energy for residents. Serving many social and conservation priorities at once, these projects are supported by the St. Lucie Audubon as an example of forward-thinking priorities in the energy sector," said Eva Ries, president of the St. Lucie Audubon Society.

In addition to the enormous environmental benefits, FPL's eight new solar power plants are expected to produce estimated net lifetime savings of more than $100 million for FPL customers by reducing fossil fuel use.

"We commend FPL for recognizing the value of collaborating with local organizations like ours in customizing the use of native plants for birds and butterflies in diverse landscapes and enhancing the solar fields for a more natural environment," said Donna Halleran, 1st vice president of the Pelican Island Audubon Society in Indian River County, which is home to two of the sites – the FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center and the FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center.

In addition to the four mentioned above, the following sites are also currently under construction and will be included in the Solar Sanctuary program:

  • FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam Counties
  • FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County

Solar Sanctuary Designation
Each FPL solar power plant encompasses several hundred acres of land in order to host roughly 330,000 solar panels. However, unlike other types of development, an FPL solar site leaves much of the land virtually untouched, including areas beneath and around the solar panels.

Concrete is not used to secure the panel systems to the ground, and once construction is complete, the facilities require minimal human activity – making them ideal for sharing with birds and pollinators. The goal of the Solar Sanctuary partnership is to leverage this land to further enhance its environmental benefits.

Plans for each Solar Sanctuary designation will vary from location to location based on input from local conservation groups that will advise FPL on locally important birds, native wildlife, other natural resources and specific benefits that may be achieved by using certain types of plants and supplemental habitat aides.

Some enhancements that will be implemented include:

  • Creating pollinator-friendly habitat areas to provide ample food sources for insects, songbirds and hummingbirds
  • Planting vine species to provide a food source for native and migratory hummingbird species
  • Planting native vegetation as a buffer near property edges, which will provide food sources and nesting habitat for a variety of songbirds such as bluebirds and wintering sparrows
  • Preserving wetlands and surface waters to provide habitat for a variety of wetland-dependent wildlife species such as frogs, snakes, turtles and wading birds
  • Protecting existing gopher tortoise habitat, including burrows
  • Planting native groundcover and shrubs to provide additional food and shelter for birds and wildlife

The program will also provide an added benefit to agricultural communities that neighbor many of the solar sites by attracting native pollinators that help farmers grow crops. Additional plans may include building bird perches and bird boxes and creating water recharge opportunities.

This partnership builds on FPL's pilot pollinator program, which was initiated at three solar power plants that were completed in 2016. Approximately 15 acres of pollinator habitat were designated at the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County, FPL Babcock Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County and FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center in Manatee County. Pollinator-friendly wildflowers and other native plants were planted to provide fertile habitat for butterflies, bees and birds.

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Florida ranks ninth in the nation for solar resource – the strength of the sun's rays – making it a great place for solar energy production. Already one of the cleanest electric utilities in the nation, FPL projects that solar will outpace coal and oil combined as a percentage of the company's energy mix by the year 2020.

From 2016 to 2023, FPL plans to add a total of more than 10 million solar panels across Florida, including approximately 1 million installed at three new plants in 2016 and more than 2.5 million at eight plants currently under construction.

FPL has been studying and operating solar in Florida for more than three decades. In 1984, FPL commissioned its first universal solar installation, a 10-kilowatt PV facility in Miami that helped the company's employees gain experience with the then-emerging technology. Over the years, FPL has continued to test and operate a wide variety of solar technologies.

In 2009, the company built the 25-megawatt FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which was the largest solar PV power plant ever built in the U.S. at the time. In 2016, FPL became the first company to build solar cost-effectively in Florida, leveraging its purchasing power and sites with key advantages to complete three 74.5-megawatt universal solar power plants that are projected to result in net customer savings over their operational lifetimes.

Today, the company operates more than 335 megawatts of solar generating capacity throughout the state:

  • FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County
  • FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County
  • Solar research installation at Florida International University, Miami-Dade County
  • FPL SolarNow array at the Broward Young At Art Museum & Library, Broward County
  • FPL SolarNow array at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, Palm Beach County
  • FPL SolarNow array at the Palmetto Estuary Nature Preserve, Manatee County

For more information, visit www.FPL.com/solar.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2017 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

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CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 16, 2017) - A detailed review of provincial climate action plans and the results from countries around the world who have pursued similar policies indicate that the current provincial plans will cost Canadians billions and likely produce very little environmental benefits, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

"Across the country, ineffective climate policies will cost taxpayers billions with little to show for it," said Kenneth Green, Fraser Institute's senior director of energy and natural resource studies and author of Canada's Climate Action Plans: Are they cost-effective?

Alberta's climate action plan, considered the most expensive in Canada, is projected to cost $5.4 billion over the next three years. That works out to $3,600 per household in Alberta, on average.

Ontario's cap-and-trade program alone is expected to cost $1.9 billion a year (or $365 per household annually) and that's in addition to increased hydro costs -- now the highest in the country -- largely because of Ontario's Green Energy Act.

Crucially, while the climate action plans will be costly, they will likely yield much fewer environmental benefits than projected because they all share features -- energy-efficiency programs (so-called green building codes), electric car subsidies and renewable power schemes (solar, wind, etc.) -- that have fallen short of their projected benefits in countries that have implemented similar policies and programs.

The countries and jurisdictions included in the analysis are the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the United States as well as California and Georgia more specifically.

Moreover, the study concludes that the four provinces with climate action plans as well as the federal government, which have all introduced carbon-pricing schemes -- cap-and-trade programs or carbon taxes -- will not achieve the stated economic benefits of carbon pricing.

The reason is that those benefits are calculated based on a theoretical model that assumes, among other things (1) revenue neutrality, (2) carbon pricing replaces existing regulations, and (3) the absence of subsidies and funding for carbon substitutes such as wind and solar power. None of the provinces or the federal government's guidelines for carbon pricing come close to this ideal model.

"Policymakers cannot use theoretical models to justify the benefits of climate action initiatives and then ignore all the characteristics of such models when designing actual policy," Green said.

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NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM plc, the world's largest pureplay business-to- business events organizer and marketing services organization, today announces that it has acquired MIREC (Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress) and AIREC (Argentinian International Renewable Energy Congress) from UK-based Green Power Global.  Through this acquisition, UBM expands its presence in Latin America, launching its first event in Argentina, and further strengthens UBM's events portfolio in the renewable energy sector.

MIREC, Mexico's largest clean energy event, runs annually and is now in its seventh year. Known for connecting international equipment and service solution providers with power generation developers, MIREC is considered the must attend event for wind and solar farm developers, corporate and industrial consumers of electricity, utilities, government and service providers.  The 2018 edition of MIREC will take place May 21-25 in Mexico City.

AIREC, Argentina's leading annual clean energy congress and exhibition is now in its third year. At the forefront of Argentina's renewable energy revolution, the event's content covers the new regulatory environment in great detail and provides in-depth insight into legal and financing complexities.  The 2018 edition of AIREC will take place October 22-25 in Buenos Aires.

"What is particularly exciting about the acquisition of MIREC and AIREC is that, in addition to building UBM's presence in Latin America including our first event in Argentina, it helps establish the company in a space with so much promise—renewable energy.  UBM is strengthening its commitment to the future of renewable energy and is focused on developing a global portfolio of events that serves and stimulates this exciting sector," said Scott Schulman, CEO, UBM Americas.

Jaime Salazar Figueroa, Director General and Managing Director, UBM México, added, "Renewable energy in Latin America is an attractive new vertical for UBM Americas and we are excited to add the largest renewables events in Mexico and Argentina to our portfolio. AIREC and MIREC are highly complementary to UBM's existing presence in renewable and energy-related markets, which currently includes the Renewable Energy India Expo, The Battery Show USA, which UBM acquired last year, and our renewable energy event series in Southeast Asia."

Nadim Chaudhry, Founder and President of Green Power Global, commented, "MIREC and AIREC have been designed to help accelerate change in electricity markets and minimize the risk associated with strategic decision making. Both MIREC and AIREC are firmly focused on helping strategic decision makers identify opportunities in the transition to a clean, economical, flexible grid of distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This new partnership with UBM will allow the events to benefit from the strength of UBM's existing global portfolio of clean energy events, like Renewable Energy Expo India and the Battery Show, and to grow their level international participation."

Notes to Editors 

1. About UBM plc 
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.  For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM ,UBM Plc LinkedIn

2.  About UBM Americas  
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com  

3.  About Green Power Global (Green Thinking Services Ltd)
Organizes events in the areas of renewable energy and its financing, climate change, sustainable business planning, biofuels and carbon markets, solar and wind power, clean energy technology, and corporate climate response. It also offers event management services for the production, promotion, and management of B2B public and private meetings and conferences. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.  For more information visit: www.greenpowerglobal.com

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Macerich (NYSE: MAC), one of the nation's leading owners, operators and developers of one-of-a-kind retail properties in top markets, today announced that the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) has named Macerich 2017 Retail "Leader in the Light" for an unprecedented fourth straight year.

"Earning 'Leader in the Light' for the fourth consecutive year, added to other important global and national recognition of our environmental achievements, is a powerful testament to Macerich's ongoing industry leadership in sustainability," said Art Coppola, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Macerich. "Our vision and commitment to invest in energy assets including solar, fuel cell, battery storage and water technology – combined with smart practices in utility conservation and water reservation – not only provide strong economic results, but also propel us toward our industry-leading goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030."  

Other major sustainability awards – including multiple repeat honors – earned by Macerich in 2017 include:

  • GRESB: For the third straight year, Macerich achieved the #1 ranking in the North American Retail Sector for 2017, based on scores published by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
  • EPA Green Power Partnership: Macerich again made the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership list of Top 30 On-Site Generation companies, also for the third consecutive year. 
  • CDP: Macerich achieved high rankings with CDP for actions to mitigate climate change for the third year in a row.
  • BREEAM USA In-use Certification for 10 more properties: This fall, Macerich is set to earn this important green building standard for existing buildings for Danbury Fair, Deptford Mall, FlatIron Crossing, Green Acres Mall, Kierland Commons, Kings Plaza, Queens Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Twenty Ninth Street and Tysons Corner Center. Earlier this year, Macerich's The Oaks merited distinction as the country's first BREEAM USA In-use certified building.

"Our top properties and top markets, from Santa Monica and Walnut Creek, California, to Portland, Boulder and Northern Virginia, include some of the most forward-thinking and environmentally attuned consumers in the world," added Coppola. "Leading the retail real estate industry in the critically important area of sustainability is a natural position for Macerich."  

For more information on Macerich's comprehensive sustainability efforts and impacts, please view the 2016 Sustainability Report.

About Macerich

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 54 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country's most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company's website at www.macerich.com.

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NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM plc, the world's largest pureplay business-to- business events organizer and marketing services organization, today announces that it has acquired MIREC (Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress) and AIREC (Argentinian International Renewable Energy Congress) from UK-based Green Power Global.  Through this acquisition, UBM expands its presence in Latin America, launching its first event in Argentina, and further strengthens UBM's events portfolio in the renewable energy sector.

MIREC, Mexico's largest clean energy event, runs annually and is now in its seventh year. Known for connecting international equipment and service solution providers with power generation developers, MIREC is considered the must attend event for wind and solar farm developers, corporate and industrial consumers of electricity, utilities, government and service providers.  The 2018 edition of MIREC will take place May 21-25 in Mexico City.

AIREC, Argentina's leading annual clean energy congress and exhibition is now in its third year. At the forefront of Argentina's renewable energy revolution, the event's content covers the new regulatory environment in great detail and provides in-depth insight into legal and financing complexities.  The 2018 edition of AIREC will take place October 22-25 in Buenos Aires.

"What is particularly exciting about the acquisition of MIREC and AIREC is that, in addition to building UBM's presence in Latin America including our first event in Argentina, it helps establish the company in a space with so much promise—renewable energy.  UBM is strengthening its commitment to the future of renewable energy and is focused on developing a global portfolio of events that serves and stimulates this exciting sector," said Scott Schulman, CEO, UBM Americas.

Jaime Salazar Figueroa, Director General and Managing Director, UBM México, added, "Renewable energy in Latin America is an attractive new vertical for UBM Americas and we are excited to add the largest renewables events in Mexico and Argentina to our portfolio. AIREC and MIREC are highly complementary to UBM's existing presence in renewable and energy-related markets, which currently includes the Renewable Energy India Expo, The Battery Show USA, which UBM acquired last year, and our renewable energy event series in Southeast Asia."

Nadim Chaudhry, Founder and President of Green Power Global, commented, "MIREC and AIREC have been designed to help accelerate change in electricity markets and minimize the risk associated with strategic decision making. Both MIREC and AIREC are firmly focused on helping strategic decision makers identify opportunities in the transition to a clean, economical, flexible grid of distributed generation, energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This new partnership with UBM will allow the events to benefit from the strength of UBM's existing global portfolio of clean energy events, like Renewable Energy Expo India and the Battery Show, and to grow their level international participation."

Notes to Editors 

1. About UBM plc 
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.  For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM ,UBM Plc LinkedIn

2.  About UBM Americas  
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, delivers events and marketing services in the fashion, technology, licensing, advanced manufacturing, automotive and powersports, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries, among others.  Through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. The division also includes UBM Brazil's market leading events in construction, cargo transportation, logistics & international trade, and agricultural production; and UBM Mexico's, construction, advanced manufacturing and hospitality services shows. For more information, visit: www.ubmamericas.com  

3.  About Green Power Global (Green Thinking Services Ltd)
Organizes events in the areas of renewable energy and its financing, climate change, sustainable business planning, biofuels and carbon markets, solar and wind power, clean energy technology, and corporate climate response. It also offers event management services for the production, promotion, and management of B2B public and private meetings and conferences. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.  For more information visit: www.greenpowerglobal.com

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JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Audubon Florida today announced an innovative new partnership to enhance FPL's solar power plant sites with unprecedented environmental stewardship, providing thousands of acres of habitat for native plants, birds and vital pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies.

Through the "Solar Sanctuary" partnership, FPL and Audubon Florida are working with the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Native Plant Society, Wildlife Habitat Council, local Audubon chapters and others to design and implement site-specific environmental enhancements that will make FPL solar sites bird- and pollinator-friendly havens.

FPL is on track to install more than 2.5 million solar panels at eight new solar power plants across Florida that will be operational by early 2018. The site of each new facility is being designed to allow a significant amount of the land to be planted with native grasses, trees, shrubs and vines. Plants are being chosen to provide food for birds and pollinators. Quality wetlands are being preserved, which also provide habitat for birds.

"Our beautiful state has an abundance of sun and great diversity of native plant and animal species. FPL's solar sites are transforming large sections of land. What is exciting is that each site is being designed to make the best use of areas that can benefit wildlife. We are so happy that FPL is taking the time to consult with Audubon and other organizations to make the best decisions about native plants. These Solar Sanctuaries will have benefits for generations," said Julie Wraithmell, interim executive director of Audubon Florida.

"We are proud to partner with Audubon and other dedicated environmental groups on this wonderful project," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "When Audubon Florida approached us with this idea, we knew it was something our company wanted to be a part of. We are firm believers in the notion that amazing things can happen when non-profits and the private sector work together constructively, and I believe this project will set a great example for others to follow."

The FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center in Putnam County and the FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County are the first sites with approved plans to become Solar Sanctuaries.

"FPL's Solar Sanctuary site in St. Lucie County will help move us toward more green energy production and less environmental impact while maintaining efficiently priced energy for residents. Serving many social and conservation priorities at once, these projects are supported by the St. Lucie Audubon as an example of forward-thinking priorities in the energy sector," said Eva Ries, president of the St. Lucie Audubon Society.

In addition to the enormous environmental benefits, FPL's eight new solar power plants are expected to produce estimated net lifetime savings of more than $100 million for FPL customers by reducing fossil fuel use.

"We commend FPL for recognizing the value of collaborating with local organizations like ours in customizing the use of native plants for birds and butterflies in diverse landscapes and enhancing the solar fields for a more natural environment," said Donna Halleran, 1st vice president of the Pelican Island Audubon Society in Indian River County, which is home to two of the sites – the FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center and the FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center.

In addition to the four mentioned above, the following sites are also currently under construction and will be included in the Solar Sanctuary program:

  • FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam Counties
  • FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County

Solar Sanctuary Designation
Each FPL solar power plant encompasses several hundred acres of land in order to host roughly 330,000 solar panels. However, unlike other types of development, an FPL solar site leaves much of the land virtually untouched, including areas beneath and around the solar panels.

Concrete is not used to secure the panel systems to the ground, and once construction is complete, the facilities require minimal human activity – making them ideal for sharing with birds and pollinators. The goal of the Solar Sanctuary partnership is to leverage this land to further enhance its environmental benefits.

Plans for each Solar Sanctuary designation will vary from location to location based on input from local conservation groups that will advise FPL on locally important birds, native wildlife, other natural resources and specific benefits that may be achieved by using certain types of plants and supplemental habitat aides.

Some enhancements that will be implemented include:

  • Creating pollinator-friendly habitat areas to provide ample food sources for insects, songbirds and hummingbirds
  • Planting vine species to provide a food source for native and migratory hummingbird species
  • Planting native vegetation as a buffer near property edges, which will provide food sources and nesting habitat for a variety of songbirds such as bluebirds and wintering sparrows
  • Preserving wetlands and surface waters to provide habitat for a variety of wetland-dependent wildlife species such as frogs, snakes, turtles and wading birds
  • Protecting existing gopher tortoise habitat, including burrows
  • Planting native groundcover and shrubs to provide additional food and shelter for birds and wildlife

The program will also provide an added benefit to agricultural communities that neighbor many of the solar sites by attracting native pollinators that help farmers grow crops. Additional plans may include building bird perches and bird boxes and creating water recharge opportunities.

This partnership builds on FPL's pilot pollinator program, which was initiated at three solar power plants that were completed in 2016. Approximately 15 acres of pollinator habitat were designated at the FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County, FPL Babcock Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County and FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center in Manatee County. Pollinator-friendly wildflowers and other native plants were planted to provide fertile habitat for butterflies, bees and birds.

More information about solar in Florida and FPL's solar investments
Florida ranks ninth in the nation for solar resource – the strength of the sun's rays – making it a great place for solar energy production. Already one of the cleanest electric utilities in the nation, FPL projects that solar will outpace coal and oil combined as a percentage of the company's energy mix by the year 2020.

From 2016 to 2023, FPL plans to add a total of more than 10 million solar panels across Florida, including approximately 1 million installed at three new plants in 2016 and more than 2.5 million at eight plants currently under construction.

FPL has been studying and operating solar in Florida for more than three decades. In 1984, FPL commissioned its first universal solar installation, a 10-kilowatt PV facility in Miami that helped the company's employees gain experience with the then-emerging technology. Over the years, FPL has continued to test and operate a wide variety of solar technologies.

In 2009, the company built the 25-megawatt FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which was the largest solar PV power plant ever built in the U.S. at the time. In 2016, FPL became the first company to build solar cost-effectively in Florida, leveraging its purchasing power and sites with key advantages to complete three 74.5-megawatt universal solar power plants that are projected to result in net customer savings over their operational lifetimes.

Today, the company operates more than 335 megawatts of solar generating capacity throughout the state:

  • FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County
  • FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County
  • Solar research installation at Florida International University, Miami-Dade County
  • FPL SolarNow array at the Broward Young At Art Museum & Library, Broward County
  • FPL SolarNow array at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, Palm Beach County
  • FPL SolarNow array at the Palmetto Estuary Nature Preserve, Manatee County

For more information, visit www.FPL.com/solar.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2017 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

Editor's Note: B-roll of FPL solar energy centers and photos:
https://fplexternal.sharefile.com/d-s601e8dbe68f4138a

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