BEIJING, June 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: JASO), a world leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products, today announced that it has supplies 6.5MW half-cell modules for a solar plant in Namibia Africa. This plant marks the first half-cell modules project in Namibia and represents JA Solar's first application of half-cell modules in utility scale projects.

Located in Namibia, the project is co-developed by renowned German developer SunEQ GmbH, a sister company of the renewable energy consulting firm Suntrace GmbH, and leading new energy solution supplier GILDEMEISTER energy solutions. GILDEMEISTER energy solutions is also responsible for the construction of the project. Due to the high temperature and high ultraviolet conditions in Namibia, this project has very stringent requirements on the reliability of PV modules. For this project, GILDEMEISTER energy solutions selected JA Solar's high performance 72-cells half-cell module to ensure a stable and steady electricity generation.

Compared with conventional modules, JA Solar's half-cell modules optimize interconnection technology, reduce resistance loss, boost current flow by increasing gaps between cells, resulting in an effective increase in power output. Additionally, JA Solar's half-cell module has a better temperature coefficient, which leads to significant output power advantages under high temperature. Through the optimization of BOM, the ability of resist ultraviolet radiation has also been enhanced.  As a result, JA Solar's half-cell modules have the ability to perform well in a high-temperature, high-ultraviolet environment.

Mr. Cao Bo, Vice president of JA Solar, commented, "As the world's leading PV module manufacturer, we remain focused on technological innovation and product quality to meet our diversified customer needs and to contribute in solving global energy problems."

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ALLENTOWN, Pa., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- State legislation that supports the development of strong, flexible and resilient power grids by allowing utilities to propose new rate-making approaches has been signed into law by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wolf signed House Bill 1782 into law Thursday (6/28), six days after the bill earned approval from the full Pennsylvania Senate.

PPL Electric Utilities supported HB 1782 throughout the legislative process. The utility's president, Greg Dudkin, testified in favor of the bill last November at a hearing of the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee.

"The option for utilities to propose new rate-making structures will benefit customers, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and utilities," Dudkin said. "As the electric grid evolves to meet new needs, demands, and challenges, the new rate-making options enabled by HB 1782 will help keep it strong for all users."

HB 1782 received strong support from the Pennsylvania legislature, earning unanimous, bipartisan approval from consumer affairs committees in the House and Senate. The bill was approved in the full House by a vote of 191-1, and in the full Senate by a vote of 41-8.

"We thank legislators for recognizing the importance of HB 1782, and the bill's many potential benefits," Dudkin said. "In particular, we appreciate the work of the bill's sponsor, Rep. Sheryl Delozier; House Consumer Affairs Committee Chair Robert Godshall and Democratic Chair Tom Caltagirone; and Sens. Pat Browne, Lisa Boscola and Robert Tomlinson, who led the bill's passage in the Senate."

Distribution networks are adapting and evolving. As greater numbers of customers install solar panels and other types of distributed generation systems, utilities need to invest in new technology to accommodate two-way flow of energy and keep electric service strong, reliable, and affordable for all users. Utilities also are investing to guard their systems against cyber or physical attack, a major concern throughout the industry.

To keep distribution networks strong, reliable, and prepared for new demands, new rate-making approaches are needed.

One approach: Decoupling
One possible alternative rate-making structure is called decoupling. Decoupling separates, or "decouples," utility revenues from electricity sales. It breaks the traditional link between how much power a utility sells and how much revenue it earns. Various forms of electric decoupling are already working in 18 states.

Under decoupling with a multi-year rate plan, the model advocated by PPL Electric Utilities, utility revenues would be approved in advance by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. A utility would be able to collect only the defined amount of revenue over a multi-year period – no more and no less. There would be periodic rate "true-ups" for customers, adjusting their price per kilowatt-hour up or down to account for any over- or under-collection of the utility's authorized revenues.

The average customer would notice very little difference between the current rate structure and decoupling. Customers may still pay per kilowatt-hour for electricity and have an incentive to use less energy. This includes the generation portion of their bills, which would not be affected by decoupling. Those who use less electricity will have comparatively smaller bills.

Rates still receive PUC review
Utilities would not be required to use alternative rate-making models, and any proposal to change from the current rate-making structure to a decoupled structure will need to be approved by the PUC through a base rate case proceeding. The PUC will still approve in advance, through a public process, what can be charged for electricity delivery.

The law also enables performance-based rates, which would help hold utilities accountable for reliability and other key performance measures on behalf of customers.

"We are committed to continuing to deliver reliable, safe and affordable service to customers throughout our 29-county service area," Dudkin said. "This forward-looking law supports the work all Pennsylvania's electric utilities are doing to adapt and strengthen their delivery networks for the 21st century."

PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. PPL Electric Utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL). For more information, visit

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AGC (AGC Asahi Glass), the world’s largest producer of flat glass, has entered into a strategic development agreement with Ubiquitous Energy, the leader in transparent solar technology. The collaboration will focus on the development of Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent and color neutral solar coating to create windows that produce electricity.

Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent solar coating, ClearView Power™, selectively absorbs and converts non-visible light (ultraviolet and infrared) to electricity while transmitting visible light. Additionally, ClearView Power™ doubles as a solar control coating in addition to its electricity generation by blocking infrared light that is commonly known as solar heat. The transparent solar coating can be applied to vertical surfaces of buildings, turning traditional windows into highly energy efficient and electricity generating windows that are aesthetically pleasing and acceptable to architects, designers, and occupants.

Applied directly to glass using standard glass coating equipment, ClearView Power™ is a highly transparent, color neutral coating. Using standard thin film coating equipment will enable leveraging of the more than 8 billion square meter per year annual global glass production capacity. This novel and patent protected technology will provide a truly transparent energy harvesting solution to the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) market enabling zero net energy buildings and beyond.

“As world leader in glass and glass coatings, AGC is an ideal partner for us. Their experience in bringing advanced glass and BIPV technologies to the market will help us accelerate the development and commercialization of our transparent solar technology,” said Ubiquitous Energy Founder and CEO, Miles Barr. “The architectural glass market has shown great interest in adopting our technology to enable next-generation transparent, power-producing windows.”

“We have been watching Ubiquitous Energy since its beginning and believe that this collaboration will fit in perfectly with our strategy of providing the best environmentally friendly glass solutions,” said Marc Van Den Neste, CTO, Building & Industrial Company of AGC. “By creating aesthetically pleasing, transparent, power-producing glass, we will equip designers and architects with a BIPV solution that is beautiful and seamlessly integrated.” Masatoshi Ueno, AGC Ventures, a corporate venturing arm of Asahi Glass, added: “We are thrilled by supporting Ubiquitous Energy as a partner as it opens up new horizons for making the best environmental use of façades.”

About Ubiquitous Energy

Ubiquitous Energy is the world leader in transparent photovoltaics. Its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology is the only truly transparent solar product. ClearView Power™ harvests solar energy and serves as an invisible, onboard source of electricity for a variety of end products. The thin coating can be applied to the surface of building or automotive windows to provide electricity generation and energy efficiency or to the displays of mobile electronic devices to provide infinite battery life. Spun out of MIT in 2012, Ubiquitous Energy is now producing its highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its pilot production facility in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

About Asahi Glass Company

AGC Asahi Glass (also called AGC, Registered Company name: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Takuya Shimamura) is the parent company of the AGC Group, a world-leading glass solution provider and supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech materials and components. Based on more than a century of technical innovation, the AGC Group has developed a wide range of cutting-edge products. The AGC Group employs some 50,000 people worldwide and generates annual sales of approximately 1.5 trillion Japanese yen (€ 11.5 billion) through business in about 30 countries. For more information, please visit

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Macquarie Capital today announced the launch of its Green Investment Group (GIG) in North America. Leveraging Macquarie Capital’s deep sector expertise and established track record of structuring projects and executing complex transactions in energy and infrastructure, the platform will focus on asset creation in the renewables sector, principal investment and financing solutions that span all stages of the project lifecycle, including development, construction and operations. The North American launch builds upon the success of GIG’s platform in Europe and Asia.

“The launch of the Green Investment Group in North America focuses our long-term strategic commitment to the renewable energy sector and strengthens our ability to develop and construct green energy projects in the region. Since 2010, GIG and Macquarie Capital have led investment in green energy projects valued at more than $20 billion,” said Nick Butcher, Global Co-Head of Infrastructure and Energy for Macquarie Capital.

Commenting on the launch, Chris Archer, Head of Green Energy Americas for Macquarie Capital said: “We see a tremendous opportunity for renewable energy, and we are committed to building a strong pipeline across the full range of renewable subsectors, adding further scale to our global green energy business. We believe that the renewables sector in North America is poised for a prolonged period of growth as falling technology costs combined with growing demand from corporates and utilities drive increasing deployment.”

With the expansion to North America, GIG now represents a leading global, pioneering green investment platform within Macquarie Capital, offering a full suite of services through a team comprising more than 200 green energy specialists. Through the GIG platform, Macquarie Capital will bring its highly specialized expertise, global network and flexible solutions to both established renewable energy technologies, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, hydro, transmission, waste and biomass, and emerging asset classes, such as tidal, biofuels, energy efficiency, storage, low carbon transport, smart grid and district heating.

Launch of partnership with Candela Renewables

As part of the overall renewables effort, GIG will launch Candela Renewables through a partnership that backs a sector-leading solar development team. Candela, co-founded by CEO Brian Kunz and CFO Nik Novograd, comprises a team of industry leaders with an established record in successfully siting, overseeing and developing commercially viable greenfield solar projects across the United States. Under the arrangement, Candela will develop assets exclusively for GIG. Over the past decade, the team has collectively created a pipeline of 26 projects in six states with PPAs that are in operation, under construction or final development, providing more than 4.1 GW through a range of utility scale solar projects to supply some of the world’s largest corporate energy users.

“We’re delighted to back the Candela team, who have the proven ability to originate new large-scale solar projects, and the expertise and industry relationships to ensure their commercial success. The arrangement, targeting the creation of more than 1 GW in new solar projects, enables us to deploy capital to utility-scale solar developments in the US, leveraging our balance sheet, global scale and capability,” said Mr. Archer.

Canadian Breaks reaches Financial Close

GIG has successfully developed, commercialized and reached financial close of Canadian Breaks, a 200 MW onshore wind farm in Texas. The asset, featuring an installation of Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, is located in Texas in Oldham and Deaf Smith Counties and connects into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) electric grid.

Canadian Breaks was fully developed by Macquarie Capital, who provided 100% of the sponsor equity. Macquarie Capital also acted as financial advisor and led the structuring of an energy hedge, tax equity and debt financing. Rabobank, National Australia Bank and Siemens Financial Services provided debt financing.

“Canadian Breaks is the first US greenfield wind project we have developed from inception and is the only deal to close in Texas’s panhandle since 2016. The project demonstrates our ability to manage complex processes and work collaboratively with top-tier counterparties and construction partners,” said Thomas Houle, Managing Director at Macquarie Capital who led the project’s development.

Global Head of Energy Technology

Macquarie Capital also recently created a new role pursuing opportunities in battery storage and distributed energy through the appointment of Greg Callman as Global Head of Energy Technology. Mr. Callman, who joined from Tesla’s Energy Products division, brings global expertise in energy solutions with a commercial track record of combining innovation, operational and commercial success.

About the Green Investment Group and Macquarie Group

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG) is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, project delivery and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. Its track record, expertise and capability make it a global leader in green investment, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy.

GIG was launched in the United Kingdom as the Green Investment Bank in 2012 as the world’s first green bank. The business was acquired by Macquarie Group in 2017, creating one of Europe’s largest teams of dedicated green infrastructure investors. Operating under the name Green Investment Group and integrated with Macquarie Capital’s own existing, successful green energy business, it is now one of the world’s leading investors in green energy.

Macquarie Group is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Founded in 1969, Macquarie employs more than 14,400 people in over 25 countries. At 31 March 2018, Macquarie had assets under management of $381.8 billion.

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WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) announced today that it will provide a $26 million LIHTC equity investment to facilitate the construction of Far Rockaway Village, a 457 unit residential development in the downtown Far Rockaway area of Queens, New York. Fannie Mae will back the project through The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation, a Fannie Mae Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) fund partner.

The project is the first phase of the largest residential development planned in the Downtown Far Rockaway neighborhood rezoning plan. Far Rockaway Village (Phase 1), will consist of two, twelve-story residential high-rise buildings located at 20-02 Mott Avenue in Queens, NY. The development will comprise 227 LIHTC units available for residents earning between 30% and 60% of area-median-income (AMI). Remaining units will have rent affordable to households earning approximately 70% of AMI. In addition, 46 units available at 30% of AMI will be targeted to formerly homeless people though the "Our Space" program and will be underwritten at the NYC Shelter Allowance level. The property also will include sustainable features, such as energy-efficient measures, ENERGY-STAR® appliances, a rooftop solar array, and will be certified under Enterprise Green Communities standards. Construction is expected to begin in July 2018 with an expected completion date of June 2021.

"This LIHTC investment helps us support affordable multifamily housing in one of the highest cost markets in the U.S.," said Dana Brown, Vice President, LIHTC Investments, Fannie Mae. "LIHTC enables Americans to find affordable rental housing, and we are excited to work with our partners to address our country's pressing affordable housing challenges."

The developer of the project is Phipps Houses, the oldest and largest non-profit developer of affordable housing in New York City. Phipps Houses owns more than 4,000 units of affordable housing. Other investors in the development are People's United Bank, N.A. and Signature Bank. NYC Housing Development Corporation and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development are providing significant investments of Tax Exempt Bonds, allocation of the 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and low cost loans.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in November 2017 approved Fannie Mae's re-entry into the LIHTC market as an equity investor. Fannie Mae's deep experience, long history, strong leadership, and partnership approach in the LIHTC market positions the company to provide immediate and ongoing support for the production and preservation of affordable rental housing.

For more information about Fannie Mae's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, visit our LIHTC program website.

Fannie Mae helps make the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and affordable rental housing possible for millions of Americans. We partner with lenders to create housing opportunities for families across the country. We are driving positive changes in housing finance to make the home buying process easier, while reducing costs and risk. To learn more, visit and follow us on

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CLEVELAND, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Energy Ohio reminds customers that available government energy assistance programs and company payment plans can help them maintain vital natural gas service through the entire year. Customers who know they will not be able to maintain regular payments are urged to contact Dominion Energy Ohio immediately to inquire about payment plans and energy assistance programs. For additional information, customers can call the company at 800-362-7557. Hearing-impaired customers with Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf can call 711.

One key assistance program is Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus). To qualify for this special payment plan, developed by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a customer's yearly gross household income can be up to 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Under PIPP Plus, participating customers may maintain their natural gas service by paying 6 percent of their total gross monthly household income, or $10, whichever is greater.

PIPP Plus has special benefits for participating customers. Each time customers make their required PIPP Plus monthly payments in full by the due date, Dominion Energy Ohio will credit their accounts for the rest of that month's current charges, plus a one-twenty-fourth credit toward their prior account balances. After 24 months of on-time and in-full PIPP Plus payments, their accounts would become current.

Effective July 1, the new PIPP Plus maximum yearly household gross income levels for the 2018-2019 program year are: $18,210 for one person; $24,690 for two people; $31,170 for three; $37,650 for four; $44,130 for five; $50,610 for six; $57,090 for seven; and $63,570 for eight. Add $6,480 for each additional person.

Dominion Energy Ohio also offers the following payment options to residential and small commercial customers (using less than 500 thousand cubic feet (MCF) a year):

  • Budget Billing allows customers to pay a fixed budget amount each month, based on annual gas usage. Dominion Energy Ohio periodically reviews the budget amount and adjusts it, if necessary, so that the customer will not have a high balance or large credit at the end of the budget year. Customers may make Budget Billing arrangements by contacting the company.
  • Current-Plus Plan: Customers with a past-due balance pay their current monthly bill, plus one-sixth of the total account balance at the time they enroll in the plan.
  • The One-Ninth Plan allows customers to pay one-ninth of their total account balance each month plus a calculated budget amount.
  • Short–Term Extension grants up to five additional days to pay before the next bill date.

Governmental and company programs also are available to help customers decrease natural gas consumption and lower their bills: 

  • Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a federally-funded program that provides grants for home weatherization projects to customers whose incomes are no more than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. To qualify, a customer's yearly gross household income can be up to $24,280 for one person; $32,920 for two; $41,560 three; $50,200 for four; $58,840 for five; $67,480 for six; $76,120 for seven; and $84,760 for eight. Add $8,640 for each additional person.
  • Dominion Energy Ohio's Housewarming Program provides weatherization assistance to help income-eligible customers reduce their energy usage. For information, call CHN Housing Partners (formerly Cleveland Housing Network (CHN)), at 1-888-377-3774 or go to .
  • Dominion Energy Ohio's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program through CLEAResult has been designed to help our residential customers improve their homes' energy efficiency. It all starts with a home energy assessment. Whether customers are making energy-efficient improvements to their current home or recently purchased a new home, they can benefit from having a home energy assessment. Rebates up to $1,250 are available for eligible improvements. Visit for more information.

For more information about any energy assistance or weatherization programs, visit or call 1-800-362-7557.

About Dominion Energy
Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with over $75 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services.  As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy contributes more than $20 million annually to the communities it serves and actively supports veterans and their families. Please visit, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

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Systemtechnik von SMA kommt in Europas größtem Batteriespeicherprojekt zum Einsatz


Die SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) hat die komplette Systemtechnik für das größte europäische Batteriespeicherkraftwerk Pelham in England geliefert. Der Großspeicher in der Grafschaft Hertfordshire mit einer Anschlussleistung von über 60 MVA ist eines von mehreren Projekten, die derzeit in England gebaut werden, um die für die Frequenzregelung notwendige Reserveleistung bereitzustellen und damit Netzschwankungen auszugleichen. Die 26 Sunny Central Storage Batterie-Wechselrichter von SMA integrieren dabei einen modernen Speicher mit Lithium-Ionen Batterien in das Stromnetz, um verschiedene Systemdienstleistungen für den Netzbetreiber zu erbringen.

„Pelham ist ein Flaggschiffprojekt in Europa und mit über 60 MVA Leistung weltweit eines der größten seiner Art“, sagt Dr.-Ing. Enrique Garralaga Rojas, Leiter Project Development bei der SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH. „Neben den Batterie-Wechselrichtern hat die SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH ein individuell auf die Anlage abgestimmtes Power Management System sowie eine SCADA–Lösung in das Projekt geliefert. Damit wird das Be- und Entladen des Großspeichers entsprechend der Netzanforderungen optimal geregelt.“

Weniger als sechs Monate Bauzeit
Das Speicherprojekt in Pelham wurde von SMA gemeinsam mit dem Subunternehmer British Solar Renewables Limited in einer Rekordzeit von weniger als sechs Monaten errichtet. Es ist das größte zusammenhängende Batteriespeicherkraftwerk in Europa. Betreiber ist die britische Statera Energy Limited, Entwickler und Besitzer von zahlreichen weiteren großen Anlagen. Das System gleicht mit einer Kapazität von 50,06 MWh Frequenzschwankungen im Stromnetz des Inselstaats aus. Diese sind aufgrund der unzureichenden Kapazitäten der Anbindung zum Europäischen Verbundnetz sowie des hohen Anteils von Strom aus Off-Shore-Windkraftanlagen relativ hoch.

„SMA hat entscheidend dazu beigetragen, dass dieses innovative Speicherprojekt in so kurzer Zeit erfolgreich umgesetzt wurde und auch die Testphase ohne Probleme in Rekordzeit absolviert werden konnte“, sagt Tom Vernon, Geschäftsführer von Statera Energy Limited. „Wir haben uns für die technologisch ausgereifte Systemtechnik von SMA entschieden, weil sie uns durch ihre Zuverlässigkeit und hohe Verfügbarkeit überzeugt.“

SMA hat 2017 weltweit Systemtechnologie mit einer Leistung von rund 400 MW in verschiedene Großspeicherprojekte geliefert. Batterie-Wechselrichter der Baureihe Sunny Central Storage zur Integration hochmoderner Batteriespeicher leisten einen wichtigen Beitrag zum weiteren Ausbau der Erneuerbaren Energien, da sie Systemdienstleistungen zur Stabilisierung der Stromnetze bereitstellen.

Über SMA
Die SMA Gruppe ist mit einem Umsatz von rund einer Milliarde Euro im Jahr 2016 Weltmarktführer bei Photovoltaik-Wechselrichtern, einer zentralen Komponente jeder Solarstromanlage. SMA bietet ein breites Produkt- und Lösungsportfolio an, das einen hohen Energieertrag für solare Hausdachanlagen, gewerbliche Solarstromanlagen und große Solarkraftwerke ermöglicht. Zur effizienten Steigerung des PV-Eigenverbrauchs kann die SMA Systemtechnik einfach mit unterschiedlichen Batterietechnologien kombiniert werden. Intelligente Energiemanagement-Lösungen, umfangreiche Servicedienstleistungen sowie die operative Betriebsführung von Solarkraftwerken runden das Angebot von SMA ab. Hauptsitz des Unternehmens ist Niestetal bei Kassel. SMA ist in 20 Ländern vertreten und beschäftigt weltweit mehr als 3.000 Mitarbeiter, davon allein 500 in der Entwicklung. Die mehrfach ausgezeichnete Technologie von SMA ist durch über 1.000 Patente und eingetragene Gebrauchsmuster geschützt. Die Muttergesellschaft SMA Solar Technology AG ist seit 2008 im Prime Standard der Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (S92) notiert und aktuell als einziges Unternehmen der Solarbranche im TecDAX gelistet.

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Diese Pressemitteilung kann zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen enthalten. Zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen sind Aussagen, die nicht Tatsachen der Vergangenheit beschreiben. Sie umfassen auch Aussagen über unsere Annahmen und Erwartungen. Diese Aussagen beruhen auf Planungen, Schätzungen und Prognosen, die der Geschäftsleitung der SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA oder Gesellschaft) derzeit zur Verfügung stehen. Zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen gelten deshalb nur an dem Tag, an dem sie gemacht werden. Zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen enthalten naturgemäß Risiken und Unsicherheitsfaktoren. Verschiedene bekannte wie auch unbekannte Risiken, Ungewissheiten und andere Faktoren können dazu führen, dass die tatsächlichen Ergebnisse, die Finanzlage, die Entwicklung oder die Performance der Gesellschaft wesentlich von den hier gegebenen Einschätzungen abweichen. Diese Faktoren schließen diejenigen ein, die SMA in veröffentlichten Berichten beschrieben hat. Diese Berichte stehen auf der SMA Webseite zur Verfügung. Die Gesellschaft übernimmt keinerlei Verpflichtung, solche zukunftsgerichteten Aussagen fortzuschreiben und an zukünftige Ereignisse oder Entwicklungen anzupassen.

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DURHAM, N.C., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Foleum, the world's first hybrid wind and solar blockchain mining data center, proudly announces a strategic partnership with ASUS, one of the world's leading computer hardware manufacturers. ASUS will provide Foleum with priority access to critical equipment such as motherboards and graphics cards. Normally, being able to acquire these products, which are in very high demand and only available in limited quantities, would be a major concern for a blockchain mining project the size of Foleum. The partnership with ASUS will ensure a steady flow of hardware components, to include custom-made graphics cards that meet the company's exclusive specifications. Foleum will enjoy an extraordinary advantage in that the company will be building its own proprietary energy-efficient GPU mining servers, specially designed to run cooler, last longer, and be more profitable.

Concern for the environment makes ASUS a natural partner for Foleum, as ASUS pursues green policies in design, procurement, manufacturing, and marketing. ASUS also runs a recycling program entitled "PC Recycling for a Brighter Future" in collaboration with other companies, refurbishing computers, notebooks and monitors and distributing them to schools and the indigent. Foleum's vision to use an environmentally-responsible hybrid wind turbine/solar array and fuel cell technology to power the data center, as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system, is revolutionizing the way people think about blockchain mining. By producing the majority of its own power, and avoiding risks associated with ever-rising energy costs, Foleum will be able to maximize profits for many years into the future. Foleum mining crystals are security tokens that entitle investors to a percentage of daily mining profits.

Foleum is mining several different types of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Etherium, Nexus, Litecoin, ZCash, Dash, and others. The company will pay out up to 60% of all profits to crystal holders, while the other 40% will be reinvested to help grow the company and replace aging hardware. Just by holding the Foleum mining crystals, your cryptocurrency portfolio will grow every day! To learn more about Foleum, or to participate in the Initial Crystal Offering ongoing now (accredited investor phase), please visit Foleum looks forward to the subsequent IPO (Initial Public Offering) so everyone can participate. Foleum: Mining for the Masses, Simplified!

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CAYCE, S.C., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 12.37 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, 2018.  The quarterly cash dividend has been reduced from the 61.25 cents per share paid on the Company's common stock for the first quarter of 2018.  The eighty percent reduction in the dividend corresponds to the portion of the dividend attributable to the electric portion of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company.  The board made this reduction to preserve its options as the Company continues to seek a resolution to the recovery of costs for the VC Summer new nuclear construction project. 

The dividend is payable July 18, 2018 to shareholders of record on July 10, 2018.  As noted in previous Company disclosures, the payment of future dividends will be evaluated quarterly by SCANA's Board of Directors. 

SCANA Corporation, headquartered in Cayce, SC, is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the company's website at

Statements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward-looking statements" for purposes of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the proposed merger with Dominion Energy, recovery of Nuclear Project abandonment costs, key earnings drivers, customer growth, environmental regulations and expenditures, leverage ratio, projections for pension fund contributions, financing activities, access to sources of capital, impacts of the adoption of new accounting rules and estimated capital and other expenditures.  In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expects," "forecasts," "plans," "targets," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar terminology.  Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and that actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements due to the information being of a preliminary nature and subject to further and/or continuing review and adjustment. Other important factors that could cause such material differences include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the failure by SCANA to consummate the proposed merger with Dominion Energy; (2) the ability of SCE&G to recover through rates the costs expended on Unit 2 and Unit 3, and a reasonable return on those costs, under the abandonment provisions of the BLRA or through other means; (3) uncertainties relating to the bankruptcy filing by WEC and WECTEC; (4) further changes in tax laws and realization of tax benefits and credits, and the ability or inability to realize credits and deductions, particularly in light of the abandonment of Unit 2 and Unit 3; (5) legislative and regulatory actions, particularly changes related to electric and gas services, rate regulation, regulations governing electric grid reliability and pipeline integrity, environmental regulations including any imposition of fees or taxes on carbon emitting generating facilities, the BLRA, and any actions affecting the abandonment of Unit 2 and Unit 3; (6) current and future litigation, including particularly litigation or government investigations or actions involving or arising from the construction or abandonment of Unit 2 and Unit 3 or arising from the proposed merger with Dominion Energy; (7) the impact of any decision by the Company to pay quarterly dividends to its shareholders or the reduction, suspension or elimination of the amount thereof; (8) the results of short- and long-term financing efforts, including prospects for obtaining access to capital markets and other sources of liquidity, and the effect of rating agency actions on the cost of and access to capital and sources of liquidity of SCANA and its subsidiaries (the Company); (9) the ability of suppliers, both domestic and international, to timely provide the labor, secure processes, components, parts, tools, equipment and other supplies needed which may be highly specialized or in short supply, at agreed upon quality and prices, for our construction program, operations and maintenance; (10) the results of efforts to ensure the physical and cyber security of key assets and processes; (11) changes in the economy, especially in areas served by subsidiaries of SCANA; (12) the impact of competition from other energy suppliers, including competition from alternate fuels in industrial markets; (13) the impact of conservation and demand side management efforts and/or technological advances on customer usage; (14) the loss of electricity sales to distributed generation, such as solar photovoltaic systems or energy storage systems; (15) growth opportunities for SCANA's regulated and other subsidiaries; (16) the effects of weather, especially in areas where the generation and transmission facilities of the Company are located and in areas served by SCANA's subsidiaries; (17) changes in SCANA's or its subsidiaries' accounting rules and accounting policies; (18) payment and performance by counterparties and customers as contracted and when due; (19) the results of efforts to license, site, construct and finance facilities, and to receive related rate recovery, for generation and transmission; (20) the results of efforts to operate the Company's electric and gas systems and assets in accordance with acceptable performance standards, including the impact of additional distributed generation; (21) the availability of fuels such as coal, natural gas and enriched uranium used to produce electricity; the availability of purchased power and natural gas for distribution; the level and volatility of future market prices for such fuels and purchased power; and the ability to recover the costs for such fuels and purchased power; (22) the availability of skilled, licensed and experienced human resources to properly manage, operate, and grow the Company's businesses, particularly in light of uncertainties with respect to legislative and regulatory actions surrounding recovery of Nuclear Project costs and the announced potential merger; (23) labor disputes; (24) performance of SCANA's pension plan assets and the effect(s) of associated discount rates; (25) inflation or deflation; (26) changes in interest rates; (27) compliance with regulations; (28) natural disasters, man-made mishaps and acts of terrorism that directly affect our operations or the regulations governing them; and (29) the other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the reports filed by SCANA or SCE&G with the SEC.

SCANA and SCE&G disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein have the meanings as set forth in the Company's most recent periodic report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ALBANY, New York, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The global electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market was valued at around US$ 290.0 Mn in 2017 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of around 7.0% from 2018 to 2026, according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled 'Electronic Grade Hydrofluoric Acid Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018-2026.' Expansion in the global electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market is driven by the rise in demand for the acid in cosmetic companies. The electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a CAGR of around 8.0% during the forecast period. Advancement in manufacturing technologies and increase in adoption of sulfate-free personal care products are likely to propel the electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market in the region in the near future.

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Electronic grade hydrofluoric acid is a strong, reactive, and corrosive agent that readily reacts with acids, bases, and oxidants. The corrosive property of hydrofluoric acid is used for glass etching and ceramic etching in electronic devices. Electronic grade hydrofluoric acid is primarily used to clean silicon wafers in semiconductors, microelectronics, and photovoltaic cells. The electronics industry is expanding at a rapid pace owing to the rise in demand for products such as computers, smartphones, televisions, and telecommunication equipment. Increase in production of these electronic devices is anticipated to boost the electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market.

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Rise in Demand for Semiconductors and Microelectronics in Internet of Things IoT Devices 

IoT devices and artificial intelligence are the major technologies being adopted across the globe. These technologies enable physical objects to gather and share electronic information through software, sensors, actuators, and other electronic systems. Semiconductors and microelectronics play an important role in electronic systems engaged in IoT devices and artificial intelligence. Growth in usage of these technologies is anticipated to drive semiconductors and microelectronics industries. Rise in demand for semiconductors and microelectronics is estimated to propel the demand for electronic grade hydrofluoric acid.

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In terms of region, the global electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market can be segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific constitutes significant share of the global electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market. China holds prominent share of the electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market, as it is the largest manufacturing hub for the electronics industry. The last decade witnessed a notable change in the electronics industry, wherein large manufacturers of electronic devices shifted their production capacities from North America and Europe to East Asia owing to the easy availability of raw materials and competitive labor pricing in the region. However, the market for electronic grade hydrofluoric acid in North America and Europe is projected to recover and expand at a moderate pace during the forecast period.

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Key players operating in the electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market include Zhejiang Juhua Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Kaiheng Electronic Materials Co., Ltd. and Zhejiang Kaisn Fluorochemical Co., Ltd.,), Stella Chemifa Corporation, Formosa Daikin Advanced Chemicals Co., Ltd., and Morita Chemical Industries Co.,Ltd. Other prominent players include ADVANCE RESEARCH CHEMICALS. INC, Buss ChemTech AG, Derivados del Flúor, Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co., Ltd., Fujian Shaowu Yongjing Chemical Co., Ltd., Honeywell International Inc., KMG Electronic Chemicals, Loba Chemie Pvt. Ltd., Qiaoli Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Sunlit Fluo & Chemical Co.,LTD), Qshi Industry (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Shanghai Changhua New Energy & Technology Co., Ltd., Solvay S.A., Xinxiang Yellow River Fine Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., and Zhejiang Sanmei Chemical Incorporated Company. Major players are focusing on backward integration by striving to expand their business across the value chain in order to gain additional share in the electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market.

The global electronic grade hydrofluoric acid market can be segmented as follows: 

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  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

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BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar-Tectic LLC ("ST") announced today that a breakthrough patent application for an amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon thin film tandem solar cell patent was allowed by the US Patent Office (USPTO).

The patent, Ser. No. 15/266,720 titled "Amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon thin film tandem solar cell" is part of a "Tandem Series" of high efficiency and cost effective solar cell technologies by Solar-Tectic LLC with the potential to surpass the efficiencies of current thin-film solar cell technologies such as CdTe, CIGS, and a-Si, as well as the silicon technology which dominates the global market today based on poly and monocrystalline wafers.

Wafer sized bottom poly- and monocrystalline silicon layers in PERC, PERL, HIT, HJ cells are typically 200-280 microns thick, whereas ST's thin-film crystalline silicon ("CSiTF") bottom layers can be as thin as 20-30 microns, or even less, and with comparable efficiency and without "kerf-loss"; moreover, they can be processed at much lower temperatures thereby further lowering costs of production significantly. The top amorphous silicon layer in the tandem configuration is less than only 1 micron – an ultra-thin film. The CSiTF bottom layer is not microcrystalline or nanocrystalline as is the case with other commercially available tandem or heterojunction solar panels on the market today. Rather, it is highly crystalline, oriented, c-axis aligned, and has large crystals or grains, which is why higher efficiency is possible.  

Tandem silicon solar cells are capable in theory of 45% efficiency, though ST has set a more realistic 30% efficiency goal for now, much higher than the best silicon wafer technologies such as PERC, PERL, HIT, HJ cells. The efficiencies of today's solar cells on the market in general range from 14% - 25% and are almost always lower than reported lab efficiencies.  A cost effective 30% efficient solar cell on the market with a simple design would revolutionize the solar energy industry by dramatically reducing the balance of system (BoS) costs and the number of solar panels needed. Fewer solar panels means lower costs. The silicon wafer technology based on polycrystalline or monocrystalline silicon, which is 90% of today's market, would become obsolete.

The patent covers semiconductor devices in general, and the technology can be used for the backplane of thin-film transistors (TFTs) which today are usually made of thin-film silicon (both amorphous and polycrystalline).  TFTS are essential to LCD and OLED production.

It is important to emphasize that the manufacturing process used in this breakthrough technology is remarkably simple due to the uncomplicated design. Only processing techniques commonly found in today's solar and display industries are needed, such as sputtering and PECVD.

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HOUSTON, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- EMEX, LLC, one of the largest privately held energy consulting and risk management firms in North America, announced the addition of Kurt Keller as Chief Financial Officer, who will offer executive leadership to the company's finance team.

Keller holds over 20 years of accounting and finance experience with a focus in the energy industry and will oversee the accounting, treasury, and risk-management functions. Keller's experience in power generation and marketing, acquisition due diligence, and natural gas marketing will be valuable to EMEX as it grows its energy procurement and consultancy business.  

"Kurt's knowledge and experience will be a valuable asset to the leadership team and the company as we continue on a path of aggressive growth," said EMEX CEO, Dan Marzuola. "He has a great reputation in his field and we are proud to have him on the EMEX team."

Keller's work experience includes 10 years with Navasota Energy, which developed, constructed and operated solar, wind and gas-fired generation facilities, seven years at Deloitte, where he managed due diligence, valuation and litigation engagements and two years at Sonat Energy Services, where he served as project manager in business development and risk strategy for structured commodity transactions. Keller received a bachelor's degree in economics from Baylor University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations.

"I'm excited to join EMEX at an exciting point in the company's journey," said Keller. "I look forward to working with EMEX's established leadership team to leverage its proprietary software platform and expand its customer base".

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EMEX, LLC ("EMEX") is a national leader in energy procurement and reverse auction technology. EMEX transacts annually in hundreds of millions of dollars of electricity and natural gas products for business and government entities, making it one of the largest privately held energy consulting and risk management firms in North America.   EMEX's reverse auction platform has created a strategic shift in how energy is bought and sold throughout the country, and is now considered a best practice for energy procurement.

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TOKYO, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Tokyo publishes the June 2018 issue of the UEC e-Bulletin that includes short videos of UEC researchers describing their activities in areas including photonics, solar cells, cerebral microcirculation in the brain, and distributing digital information to mobile vehicles.

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Research highlights from high impact publications are 'controlling photons with a photon', Haruka Tanji-Suzuki; 'innovative CsSnPbI nanocrystals for photovoltaics', Qing Shen; 'technology for visualizing flow of blood to aid neurosurgery in the human brain', Kazuto Masamoto; and 'multi-access vehicular networks'; Celimuge Wu.

June 2018 issue of UEC eBulletin

Research Highlights 

Photonics research: Controlling photons with a photon

Technology for visualizing flow of blood to aid neurosurgery in the human brain

Computational intelligence-inspired clustering in Multi-access Vehicular Networks

Researcher Video Profiles 

Haruka Tanji-Suzuki, Associate Professor, Institute for Laser Science.

Controlling photons with a photon using cold atoms in an optical resonator

Qing Shen, Professor, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering.

Perovskite semiconductor nanomaterials for next generation solar cells.

Kazuto Masamoto, Professor, Faculty of Informatics and Engineering.

Visualizing the flow of blood in the body

Celimuge Wu, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering.

Multi-access Vehicular Networks


Theoretical aspects of cryptography: How do we know if the system is secure?

Insights into quantum limits of materials: First observation of 100% valley-polarization in solids

About the University of Electro-Communications

The University of Electro-Communications (UEC) in Tokyo is a small, luminous university at the forefront of pure and applied sciences, engineering, and technology research. Its roots go back to the Technical Institute for Wireless Commutations, which was established in 1918 by the Wireless Association to train so-called wireless engineers in maritime communications in response to the Titanic disaster in 1912. In 1949, the UEC was established as a national university by the Japanese Ministry of Education and moved in 1957 from Meguro to its current Chofu campus Tokyo.

With approximately 4,000 students and 350 faculty, UEC is regarded as a small university, but with expertise in wireless communications, laser science, robotics, informatics, and material science, to name just a few areas of research.

The UEC was selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities as a result of its strengths in three main areas: optics and photonics research, where we are number one for the number of joint publications with foreign researchers; wireless communications, which reflects our roots; and materials-based research, particularly on fuel cells.


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