WASHINGTON, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association's brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users.

This year's report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

"To leading companies across America, deploying solar is a common-sense business decision," said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). "Large corporations have found that going solar not only benefits the environment, but also their bottom-line, satisfying both shareholders and customers alike."

Adding more than 40 megawatts (MW) of solar in 2017, more than the annual total in 23 U.S. states, Target earned the top spot in the report for the second year in a row. Target now has 204 MW of installed solar capacity.

"At Target, we're designing for tomorrow and putting solutions in place across our business to leave our homes better for future families," said John Leisen, vice president, Property Management, Target. "And we're proud of the progress our team has made over the past year towards Target's goal to install rooftop solar panels on 500 buildings by 2020. As we continue our commitment to supporting our local communities, it's an incredible honor to be recognized by SEIA for the second year in a row."

Other blue-chip companies recognized for their installed solar capacity in the Solar Means Business 2017 Top 10 include Walmart, Prologis, Apple, Kohl's, Costco Wholesale, GGP, IKEA, Macy's and Amazon.

"Solar is a vital component of Walmart's expanding renewable energy portfolio," said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart, Inc. "As one of the leading U.S. companies for solar energy installations and capacity, Walmart plans to continue our efforts on seeking to find renewable energy projects that are right for our customers, our business and the environment. It is an honor to be recognized by SEIA for our work in the renewable energy space as it serves as a confirmation that we are continuing to move in the right direction with our solar energy achievements and aspirations."    

"As the world's largest owner and operator of logistics real estate, we are committed to minimizing our environmental impacts and contributing to a more sustainable global distribution system," said Matt Singleton, senior vice president, Global Energy, Prologis. "Our holistic approach to sustainability is a core component of our long-term business strategy, helping deliver greater value for our customers and stronger returns for our shareholders. This is evident from the 175 MW of solar generating capacity in our global property portfolio, keeping us on track to achieve our goal of 200 MW by 2020."

"It is a tremendous honor to once again be recognized by SEIA for our continued efforts to expand solar energy capacity across our portfolio," said Shobi Khan, president and chief operating officer of GGP. "Our investment in solar generation not only creates value for our shareholders, it reflects our long term commitment to reduce GGP's carbon footprint within our communities. Most importantly, it is the right thing to do."

Among several fun facts, the Solar Means Business 2017 report, which is now in its 6th edition, notes that every week 9.6 million people visit a solar-powered Walmart store, more than 19,300 Americans work at a solar-powered Kohl's, and Apple's solar facilities produce enough electricity annually to fully charge more than 44 million iPhone's every day for an entire year.

Several of the top companies featured in Solar Means Business 2017 will be discussing the report's findings, along with the latest trends in the commercial solar market, at SEIA's upcoming Solar Goes Corporate conference in Boston, Mass.

For photos, rankings and the report's underlying data, go to SEIA's multimedia landing page www.seia.org/solarmeansbiz. 

About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 44th anniversary in 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America.  SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, lifted off at 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At 7:53 p.m., the twin solar arrays that will power the spacecraft successfully deployed.

"We are thrilled TESS is on its way to help us discover worlds we have yet to imagine, worlds that could possibly be habitable, or harbor life," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "With missions like the James Webb Space Telescope to help us study the details of these planets, we are ever the closer to discovering whether we are alone in the universe."

Over the course of several weeks, TESS will use six thruster burns to travel in a series of progressively elongated orbits to reach the Moon, which will provide a gravitational assist so that TESS can transfer into its 13.7-day final science orbit around Earth. After approximately 60 days of check-out and instrument testing, the spacecraft will begin its work.

"One critical piece for the science return of TESS is the high data rate associated with its orbit," said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge. "Each time the spacecraft passes close to Earth, it will transmit full-frame images taken with the cameras. That's one of the unique things TESS brings that was not possible before."

For this two-year survey mission, scientists divided the sky into 26 sectors. TESS will use four unique wide-field cameras to map 13 sectors encompassing the southern sky during its first year of observations and 13 sectors of the northern sky during the second year, altogether covering 85 percent of the sky.

TESS will be watching for phenomena called transits. A transit occurs when a planet passes in front of its star from the observer's perspective, causing a periodic and regular dip in the star's brightness. More than 78 percent of the approximately 3,700 confirmed exoplanets have been found using transits.

NASA's Kepler spacecraft found more than 2,600 exoplanets, most orbiting faint stars between 300 and 3,000 light-years from Earth, using this same method of watching for transits. TESS will focus on stars between 30 and 300 light-years away and 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler's targets.

The brightness of these target stars will allow researchers to use spectroscopy, the study of the absorption and emission of light, to determine a planet's mass, density and atmospheric composition. Water, and other key molecules, in its atmosphere can give us hints about a planets' capacity to harbor life.

"The targets TESS finds are going to be fantastic subjects for research for decades to come," said Stephen Rinehart, TESS project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "It's the beginning of a new era of exoplanet research."

Through the TESS Guest Investigator Program, the worldwide scientific community will be able to conduct research beyond TESS's core mission in areas ranging from exoplanet characterization to stellar astrophysics, distant galaxies and solar system science.

TESS is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT and managed by Goddard. George Ricker, of MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, serves as principal investigator for the mission. TESS's four wide-field cameras were developed by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. Additional partners include Orbital ATK, NASA's Ames Research Center, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, research institutes and observatories worldwide are participants in the mission.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta today unveiled its smart manufacturing at the Techno-Frontier show in Japan, which uses its advanced automation technologies and production expertise to provide mass or customized production with high flexibility. Delta's exhibition features a new integrated robot production line application for the needs of the Japanese market. The onsite demonstration presents Delta's technology strengths in automation and smart manufacturing by integrating two different robots collaborating on the production line, as well as combining Delta's smart servo system and robot controller to enable automatic alignment of conveyor belts. Delta also expanded its integration of photovoltaic inverters, battery storage, energy management systems, and charging and management technologies for electric vehicles, and combined its experience in operating solar power plants in Japan, to introduce energy infrastructure solutions targeting fast-growing EV charging grid applications.

Ms. Shan-Shan Guo, Chief Brand Officer of Delta Electronics, Inc. said that Delta continues to focus on the two major trends of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities, and is committed to developing innovative energy-saving technologies to build IoT-based automation and infrastructure solutions for customers. Using its advanced automation technologies and years of production expertise, Delta achieves mass or customized production for smart manufacturing. Starting from our own factory, Delta has completed a smart manufacturing demonstration line that largely reduces manpower. Delta's active efforts began with its own carbon reductions as well as solutions for green buildings, EV charging, and intelligent lighting which contribute to low-carbon cities. These technical strengths and experiences are gradually being implemented in various regional markets. This time, the Japanese team is demonstrating its automation applications and energy infrastructure solutions as real cases.

Mr. C.H. Ko, executive director of Delta Electronics (Japan) stressed that Delta's long-term commitment to innovative and energy-efficient products and solutions as well as quality services for the Japanese market is widely recognized by customers in our three major business area of power electronics, automation and infrastructure. In addition to our double-digit growth in overall operating performance in 2017, Delta's telecom power systems and energy-efficient fans have won annual awards from Japan's leading telecom operators and game companies. Our EV chargers, both residential and quick, have been selected by major car manufacturers for their new EV models, and our high-efficiency inverters were officially adopted by Japan's leading elevator manufacturer, conveyor, and HVAC companies. In the area of energy infrastructure, our PV inverters reached their highest sales last year and were utilized in several reference projects that combined renewable energy with energy storage systems.

In response to the latest trends for smart manufacturing and smart cities, Delta is displaying several new applications for industrial automation, including an integrated robotic production line application and a high-efficiency inverter combined with IPM motor. Delta is also exhibiting advanced energy-saving products and applications for smart buildings, low-carbon transportation, and energy infrastructure solutions with an IoT-based management platform at the show. These include: building management and control systems, indoor environmental quality services, smart security, EV charging and management, renewable energy, battery energy storage and telecom power systems. The exhibition also fulfills Delta's implementation of its corporate mission of environmental protection and energy conservation across buildings, transportation, and energy infrastructure.

Highlights of Delta's exhibition at Techno-Frontier 2018 include:

  • Integrated robotic production line application: This on-site demonstration combines the Delta ASDA-A2 series smart servo system, SCARA industrial robot and ASDA-MS series robot controller. Compared with traditional configurations, no upper motion controller and machine vision are required. The system can establish an automatic alignment of the conveyor belt, greatly reducing the cost of electromechanical products and improving the competitiveness of the equipment. Embedded with 27 robot modes, 4-axis servo drivers and programmable PLC languages, the MS series robot controller allows customers to construct the required robot production lines more freely, reducing the cost of the servo system, and making it easier to implement robotic automation production.
  • High-efficiency inverter combined with IPM motor: In response to the trend for low-energy-consumption motors, Delta is cooperating with a Japanese motor manufacturer to provide a green automation solution to control high-wattage interior permanent magnet (IPM) motors with its high-efficiency CH2000 and MH300 series inverters. Delta also exhibited a newly designed, multifunction C2000-HS series inverter with high output frequency that expands the scope of customer applications, providing customers with a safer, more flexible application environment.
  • Energy infrastructure solutions: For the future demands of Japan's smart grid, Delta has connected its PV inverters to operate a solar power plant in Ako City, Japan, and has combined battery energy storage systems, energy management systems, high-efficiency power systems, and EV charging and management to build the Delta Ako Energy Park. Delta has developed its energy infrastructure solutions based on this experience. Currently, Delta has launched an EZQC infrastructure application platform for the fast-growing EV charging market in Japan, integrating intelligent charging, flexible charging systems, surrounding business services, and more, to build a new business model for charging electric vehicles.
  • LOYTEC building management and control system: With an All-IP, IoT-based management platform, all building sub-control systems can be directly integrated into the IP layer through a controller compatible with all building communication protocols, which minimizes the cost of integration. It can be seamlessly connected with other collaborative vendors' management systems such as office automation, hotel management, and property management systems. The complete room automation and DALI lighting control system is in line with the latest European building energy efficiency standards to comprehensively improve building management quality and efficiency.
  • UNO Indoor Environmental Quality Service Solution: Utilizing IoT architecture, Delta's distributed heating, ventilation and air conditioning (D-HVAC) hardware and software services integrate cloud services to dynamically detect the indoor and outdoor environment and human behavior. By facilitating seamless, strategic control, this solution enables optimized balance among indoor environmental quality, zone comfort, and energy efficiency within commercial buildings.
  • Smart Security: Delta's subsidiary VIVOTEK exhibited its 360-degree, zero-dead leg fisheye camera FE9382-EHV equipped with the latest H.265 compression technology; and a 180- degree Infrared Camera CC8371-HV with enhanced night lighting equipped with a 180-degree horizontal panoramic view lens, which can be moved up and down by 25 degrees. Both cameras are IP66 water- and dust-proof with IK10 riot-proof casing, ideal for both indoor and outdoor scenarios.

Delta is also exhibiting its EC fans, telecom power systems, standard industrial power supplies, medical devices, and more. Visitors are welcome to come and see Delta's innovative solutions at Booth 5B-43 between April 18th and 20th, 2018, at Makuhari Messe, Japan.

About Delta

Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and a major player in several product segments such as industrial automation, displays, and networking. Its mission statement, "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow," focuses on addressing key environmental issues such as global climate change.  As an energy-saving solutions provider with core competencies in power electronics and innovative research and development, Delta's business domains include Power Electronics, Automation, and Infrastructure. Delta has 163 sales offices, 64 R&D centers and 39 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Throughout its history, Delta has received many global awards and recognition for its business achievements, innovative technologies and dedication to corporate social responsibility. Since 2011, Delta has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability™ World Index (DJSI World) for 7 consecutive years. In 2017, Delta was selected by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level for the 2nd consecutive year.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded commitments on solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, were also discussed.

“In its first year, Project Gigaton has helped to inspire action that has led to the avoidance of millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has expanded into an international campaign that includes the participation of several hundred suppliers,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “The early success of Project Gigaton parallels ongoing progress in our operational efforts that seek to double our U.S. renewable energy use and expand our customer electric vehicle charging hubs to retail outlets across more than 30 states.”

With the recent expansion of Project Gigaton in China and the U.K., more than 400 suppliers with operations in more than 30 countries have joined the program. Suppliers can commit to reductions in any of six pillars that include energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation and product use. Approximately 85 percent of the Project Gigaton emissions reductions reported by suppliers have focused their efforts on the energy and product use pillars, with projects devoted to areas such as renewable energy investments and the development of more efficient products.

“This annual milestone marks a pivot point for Walmart and 400 of its suppliers to share solutions and lessons learned. The next step is to deepen commitments that unlock the potential of this platform,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “We need collaborative initiatives like Project Gigaton and We Are Still In. With sufficient goals and results they can help define our country’s ability to build a sustainable future. And they also shape the world’s understanding of our commitment to solving climate change.”

“With Project Gigaton, Walmart is raising the bar for innovation and collaboration across its supply chain,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund. “In Project Gigaton’s second year, we hope to see even more Walmart suppliers setting targets based in science, ensuring that business, people and nature thrive.”

A highlight from the summit was a commitment made by Project Gigaton participant, Procter & Gamble (P&G), to cut 50 MMT of emissions from its operations and value chain by 2030. P&G will achieve this through inviting customers to join the Tide #QuickColdPledge, switching to quick and cold laundry cycles to use less water, 80 percent less energy and create 40 percent fewer emissions in every load, as well as committing to source 100 percent renewable electricity in its North American operations by 2020.

“Walmart’s Gigaton goal is ambitious and demonstrates the impact we can have when we collaborate on a common goal,” said Carolyn Tastad, Group President of North America, P&G. “At P&G, we share Walmart’s commitment to making measurable progress and a positive impact across our brands, supply chain, society and our employees.”

Another key announcement made at the summit is that Walmart plans to more than double its EV charging station sites with the addition of several hundred charging stalls across its operations in 34 states. This expansion will bring Walmart’s total number of charging units to well over 1,000 when complete, making Walmart one of the nation’s leading EV charging station hosts and creating a national grid of electric vehicle charging availability at hundreds of Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations.

Walmart’s EV charging station expansion will provide customers with added convenience as several of the new units will feature super-fast chargers that can charge a car in between 10 to 30 minutes. This initiative is part of Walmart’s continuing evolution to help busy families and create a more resourceful and enjoyable one stop retail experience that allows customers to charge their vehicles as they shop.

Expanding Renewable Energy Use

Walmart also discussed recent progress in renewable energy that will move it closer toward its 2025 goal of being supplied globally with 50 percent renewable energy.

As a result of several new solar and wind projects, Walmart plans to more than double the amount of renewable energy it uses in the U.S. and increase the percentage of global electricity needs supplied by renewable sources above the current 28 percent.

The new initiatives include expansion of on-site solar energy installments. Walmart, already the leading company in the U.S. for number of locations utilizing on-site solar energy, plans to add an additional 130 sites which will bring its total to approximately 500 locations across 22 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, surpassing its 2014 goal to double its onsite solar use by 2020.

Walmart recently reached an agreement to acquire renewable energy that will enable the building of two new large-scale wind farms developed by Geronimo Energy and Engie. The 1.26 billion kWh produced annually from this arrangement will be equivalent to the majority of the electricity needed to power Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers across seven Midwestern states.

These new wind energy deals come only weeks after the retailer announced that most of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from a new solar farm in Alabama will supply 150 million kWh each year to the retailer, covering 40 percent of the company’s electricity needs in the Alabama Power service area.

Additionally, earlier this month Walmart announced that it had successfully collaborated with Google and Georgia Power on an initiative that will result in the retailer obtaining 182 million kWh of additional renewable energy annually. Once the new Georgia Power arrangement is operational, approximately 34 percent of Walmart’s power demand for its retail locations served by Georgia Power will come from the renewable sources in the program.

Cumulatively, these new solar and wind projects will provide over 1.6 billion kWh of renewable energy annually to Walmart, equivalent to the average annual electricity use of over 139,000 homes and thus doubling Walmart’s renewable energy use in the U.S. and moving it closer towards its 2025 goal of being supplied with 50 percent renewable energy.

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Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at 

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Ingrid De Ryck, VP, Procurement and Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch:

“More and more, consumers are choosing to engage with companies that are doing good in the world. Industry leaders like Anheuser-Busch and Walmart have a responsibility to set an example and be good stewards of the environment. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s good for business. We applaud Walmart for its commitment to sustainability through Project Gigaton and look forward to working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Anh Marella, Marketing Director, Avery Dennison:

"Transforming our company, supply chain and industry requires collaboration and innovation. At Avery Dennison, we're proud to offer products and solutions made with fewer inputs, and with certified and renewable materials. Our CleanFlake™ technology featured at Project Gigaton, is a water-based adhesive, which cleanly separates during the PET Plastic recycling process enabling true bottle-to-bottle recycling."

Joe Walicki, President, Power Solutions, Johnson Controls:

“We applaud Walmart’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and we’re proud to be part of this important initiative,” said Walicki. “Johnson Controls is dedicated to using less energy and resources through both our closed-loop recycling system and our smart battery technologies, which power one in three vehicles around the world.”

Euan Murray, CEO, The Sustainability Consortium:

“The Sustainability Consortium is proud to continue to support Walmart during year two of Project Gigaton, a critical initiative that brings together top suppliers with the companies and organizations to create leaders in the movement to reduce our collective carbon footprint. We look forward to continuing our work as a measurement partner on Project Gigaton and the Walmart Sustainability Index in the coming year,” said Euan Murray, TSC Chief Executive.

Tom Hayes, President and CEO, Tyson Foods:

"As the largest U.S. food company, we’re putting sustainability at the center of everything we’re doing. We have the opportunity – and responsibility – to make a big difference, but we can’t do it alone,” said Tyson Foods President and CEO Tom Hayes. “We’re proud to team up with Walmart and are working with farmers, ranchers and others to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030 and support improved environmental practices on two million acres of cropland by 2020. Solving complex challenges isn’t easy – but working together, we’re making progress every day.”

Luiz Amaral, Global Executive Manager, World Resources Institute:

“An estimated 70 percent of tropical deforestation is driven by the production of palm oil, soy, beef, cocoa and other agricultural commodities. To effectively tackle greenhouse gas emissions, companies must address deforestation in their supply chains,” said Luiz Amaral, Global Manager of GFW Pro, World Resources Institute. “But supply chains can be complex and difficult to track, so the first step is measuring where sourcing poses risks. Technology – like WRI’s Global Forest Watch - can help any company involved with Project Gigaton gain insights into its supply chain to make better decisions and track progress toward its goals.”

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NEW YORK, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- IVY: The Social University ("IVY"), the community that unites intellectually-curious entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovative professionals through curated experiences and educational content, announced an ambitious 18-event program during the month of April to align with Earth Day. The variety of programs across IVY's seven base markets will stress the importance of protecting our planet and seeks to mobilize this new generation to take action to make a positive impact on our world.

These eco-focused IVY initiatives take place against the backdrop of a year-long assault on Federal environmental protections by the EPA Trump appointee Scott Pruitt.

As the chief architect of the Earth Day initiatives, IVY Social Impact Director Anabay Sullivan stated, "The environment is an issue area that our staff and supporters are passionate about and we are excited to focus our programming on these topics throughout the month of April. In each IVY city, we are volunteering with local environmental organizations on restoration projects and urban farming initiatives.  We are raising awareness and funds for the Wildlife Conservation Network's lion and elephant conservation efforts through a series of galas. And we are featuring leading experts and practitioners on corporate sustainability, climate change adaptation, and the future of solar energy at dinners and salon discussions."   

The impact experiences include a Beekeeping Workshop at Brooklyn Garage (4.29), and community volunteering sessions at Urban Farming Lab & Rooftop Farm Tour at Chicago's Uncommon Ground (4.22), D.C.'s Rock Creek Conservancy (4.14), L.A.'s Urban Farming with Community Healing Garden (4.29), San Francisco's Alemany Farm, Miami's MUVE Frost Science @ Virginia Key (4.21), and Boston's Emerald Necklace Conservancy @ Oldstead Park (4.21).

IVY's thought leadership program for April includes an IVY Idea Night featuring David Keith, a Harvard Professor speaking on Solar Geoengineering (Boston, 4.18), an IVY Thought Leader Dinner featuring Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue's Head of Sustainability (NYC, 4.23), an IVY Ideas Night featuring Varun Sivaram, Fellow for Science & Technology at Council of Foreign Relations about The Future of Solar Technology (SF, 4.4) and an IVY Salon Discussion featuring David Livingston, Director of Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center discussing Climate Solutions For a Brighter World (DC, 4.26).

IVY's Thought Leadership Director Michael Gewirtzman stated, "IVY's Thought Leadership programming continues to feature individuals who are innovating and revolutionizing the ways in which they do business across their respective industries. Our April programming, focusing on the environment and sustainability, allows the IVY community to hear from true leaders in this field who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with our engaged audience. We are thrilled to partner with them and provide a platform to deliver such an important message."

In addition, IVY's seven Spring Galas will all be in partnership with The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN). WCN's mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to coexist and thrive. The Elephant Crisis Fund and the Lion Recovery Fund are emblematic of this game-changing strategy of WCN, developed with its partner the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, with 100% of donations go toward the animals, not administrative costs.

"IVY's goal is to engage and inspire a new generation to make a daily positive impact in their communities," said Beri Meric, co-founder and CEO of IVY. "IVY produces over 100 annual events dedicated to social impact, which is a key vertical for IVY and our national community of supporters."

IVY has featured social impact leader speakers such as Scott Harrison (founder of Charity:Water), Tim Shriver (Chairman of the Special Olympics), Lauren Bush Lauren (co-founder of FEED), and Adam Garone (co-founder of The Movember Foundation), and hosted social impact forums on a variety of issues ranging from VeteransAffairs to a Philanthropy Forum on how to join a non-profit board.

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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) now is scheduled for launch at 6:51 p.m. EDT today, Wednesday, April 18, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch originally had been scheduled for April 16.

Live NASA TV launch coverage begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on NASA Television and the agency's website.

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With TESS, NASA is taking the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey the nearest and brightest stars for two years to search for transiting exoplanets.

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PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq:INTU), maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, ProConnect and Mint, has announced a new program, Purely Green, that will share its corporate wind power procurement in Texas with commercial and residential customers. Intuit has teamed up with retail energy provider, Just Energy (NYSE:JE) (TSX:JE) to launch the plan.

Purely Green, which will be unveiled this week just ahead of Earth Day, is designed to offer discounted renewable electricity to hundreds of thousands of electricity customers across Texas. The renewable energy and renewable energy credits will be sourced from EDP Renewables’ (EDPR) Lone Star II Wind Farm located near Abilene, TX.

Houston-based Renewable Power Direct (RPD), a national green energy marketer, worked with Intuit and Just Energy to structure the program and to source the physical wind power from EDPR.

“Purely Green addresses two issues that are deeply important to us – our mission for powering prosperity for customers and being good stewards of the environment,” said Cece Morken, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Partnerships at Intuit. “We want the community where we live and work to have the same opportunity we do.”

“This program enables Texas residents to leverage Intuit’s buying power to access discounted green power for their homes and businesses,” says Sean Kinghorn, Sustainability program lead for Intuit.

“Just Energy is happy to offer a product that allows Texas residents and small businesses a premium green energy solution at a price competitive with fossil-fuel based power. We are pleased to be part of this innovative and socially responsible program,” said Jim Brown, CFO, Just Energy.

“This program is a game changer for Texas electricity customers,” said Eric Alam, CEO of RPD. “Thanks to Intuit’s leadership, we expect other large companies that buy wind and solar energy to begin exploring how best to share and leverage their green energy choices for customers and employees. This could significantly boost future demand for renewable energy and greatly expand the climate benefits of corporate green power programs. We’re very excited to be a part of this initiative.”

Interested Texas residents can learn more and sign up for Purely Green at http://www.justenergy.com/intuit. Additionally, Intuit and Just Energy will be exhibiting at the EarthX Expo from April 20-22 in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas. Visit Booth 1172 to learn more about the program and sign up.

About Intuit

Intuit’s mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World. Its global products and platforms, including TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo, are designed to empower consumers, self-employed, and small businesses to improve their financial lives, finding them more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Intuit’s innovative ecosystem of financial management solutions serves partners and 46 million customers worldwide, unleashing the power of many for the prosperity of one. For the latest news and in-depth information about Intuit and its brands, visit Intuit.com and follow on Facebook.

About Just Energy

Established in 1997, Just Energy is a leading retail energy provider specializing in electricity and natural gas commodities, energy efficiency solutions, and renewable energy options. With offices located across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Japan, Just Energy serves approximately 1.5 million residential and commercial customers providing homes and businesses with a broad range of energy solutions that deliver comfort, convenience and control. Just Energy Group Inc. is the parent company of Amigo Energy, Green Star Energy, Hudson Energy, Tara Energy and TerraPass.

About Renewable Power Direct™ (RPD™)

RPD is a U.S. renewable energy marketer that serves corporate and industrial buyers and supplies direct green products to retail energy providers for their mass market customers. RPD is the only player offering variable-term (2-7 year), fractional physical capacity and RECs from utility-scale wind and solar facilities across the country. Blocks of green energy capacity may be purchased in increments of 1 MW or greater. Fortune 1000 energy buyers have already chosen these contracts for green data centers, production facilities and corporate headquarters across the US. RPD is based in Houston. For more information visit www.renewablepowerdirect.com.

About EDP Renewables

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years. For further information, visit www.edpr.com.

About EDP Renewables North America

EDP Renewables North America LLC (“EDPR NA”) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 45 wind farms, five solar parks, and 13 regional and development offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 6,200 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 5,600 MW of renewable energy projects. EDPR NA is owned by EDP Renováveis, S.A. (EDPR). For more information, visit www.edprnorthamerica.com.

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In its sixth year of awarding small grants with big impacts to American farms and agricultural nonprofits, The FruitGuys Community Fund announced its largest class of grantees to date: 13 recipients of environmental sustainability grants totaling $47,534.

After receiving a record 130 applications, the Fund's volunteer review committee chose 20 finalists whose projects and values best aligned with its guidelines for sustainable farming practices. Thirteen of those finalists were awarded grants of up to $5,000 for projects such as solar power systems, beehives, beneficial insect habitats, growing season extensions, and unique composting systems. The grantees are located in California (2), Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin (2). Some of the farms are traditional family farms; others train aspiring female farmers, help settle refugees, and grow produce on city rooftops.

"We are excited to be able to fund more farms each year," says Chris Mittelstaedt, The FruitGuys Community Fund Project Director. "We started this fund in 2012 because we believe that small, independent American farms are a core element of a healthy food system, a diverse economy, robust communities, and a strong democracy."

Casey McAuliffe, a farmer at Moon Dog Farms in Santa Fe, TX, posted this note on Instagram upon hearing their project was selected for a grant this year:
Moon Dog Farms

March 29 at 6:02am · Instagram ·

"Holy smokes, our grant proposal was accepted by The FruitGuys Community Fund!! We'll receive $$ to purchase 3 caterpillar tunnels, shade cloths & silage tarps! Thank you so much, FruitGuys!! #moondogfarms #feelinggood"

The class of 2018 grantees are:

Namu Farm/Choi and Daughters Produce, Winters, CA. Their $3,794 grant will allow them to preserve and improve heritage varieties of Asian vegetable crops by funding a new hoop house, nursery benches, screens of multiple sizes, shade cloth, and tools for the hand-processing of seeds.

The Ohio City Farm by The Refugee Response, Cleveland, OH. This six-acre agricultural nonprofit serves newly arrived refugees. Their $2,780 grant will allow them to purchase two new walking tractor attachments.

Moon Dog Farms, Sante Fe, TX. Their $5,000 grant will fund three caterpillar tunnel kits, shade cloths, and a silage tarp to extend the growing season, protect crops, and improve soil health. They will also host workshops on how this system can create protected microclimates for growing in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Radical Roots Farm, Canterbury, CT. Their $4,500 grant will allow them to develop a composting system using black soldier flies, which consume organic waste and can then be made into supplemental feed high in protein and fat for their livestock.

Root Mass Farm, Oley, PA. Their $3,986 grant will allow them to build a high tunnel and plant 21 fig trees.

Fly Girl Farm, Pescadero, CA. This four-acre farm gives aspiring female farmers the opportunity to experience running a small farm. Their $4,856 grant will fund a solar system to power their farm.

Hope Mountain Farm, Leavenworth, WA. Their $5,000 grant will allow them to transition to no-till farming methods, thereby improving soil health and minimizing water runoff.

Cattail Organics, Athens, WI. They'll use their $5,000 grant to create a beneficial insect habitat by implementing a unique approach to reducing soil disturbance.

The Roof Crop LLC, Chicago, IL. This urban farm grows produce atop 30,000 square feet of city rooftops. They'll use their $1,950 grant to add three beehives to their flagship farm and to amplify their sustainability and educational practices.

Doce Lume Farm, Frederick, MD. They'll use their $1,705 grant to build a low tunnel to extend their growing season, as well as establish a compost system to share with their Beginning Farmer Training Program network.

Canadian Valley Farms, Lexington, OK. Their $5,000 grant will be used to add disease-resistant apple varieties and blackberries to their farm, and to demonstrate that sustainable apple and blackberry production is a viable enterprise in their climate region.

47 Daisies, Vassalboro, ME. Their $2,500 grant will be used to plant an orchard of peach, pear, and plum trees, as well as native wildflowers to support pollinators, and to install bat and bluebird boxes for natural pest control.

Christensen's Farm, Browntown, WI. They'll use their $1,463 grant to increase their number of beehives to eight, one of which will be an observation hive for local 4-H, school, and community groups.

Get to know some of the farms by watching their videos here.

The FruitGuys Community Fund is a nonprofit, fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives whose goal is to support small farms' efforts to promote greater environmental and economic health, community engagement, and advocacy that supports sustainable agriculture. Founded in 2012, the Fund is unique in its "small farms, big impacts" approach. These grants help farms enhance pollinator habitats, conserve water, increase soil health, extend growing seasons, and increase productivity.

For more information, contact Sheila Cassani, Project Manager. She can be reached at 510-541-4806, or visit The FruitGuys Community Fund website.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The West Coast region’s GDP growth rate significantly exceeded that of the nation, expanding 32.1 percent in eight years, even as the region aggressively transitioned to clean, renewable energy and implemented the strictest environmental regulations in the nation, according to new data released today by the Los Angeles Business Council and UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation. The remarkable gain undercuts the Trump administration’s argument that rolling back climate change policies, such as emissions standards, is necessary for businesses to remain competitive and for the economy to thrive.

The data was released as West Coast leaders, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are poised to convene at the LABC’s 12th Annual Sustainability Summit at the Getty Center on April 20. The three states are focused on moving toward a clean energy economy that phases out fossil fuels and reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent.

With the findings underscoring the West Coast region’s economic successes in embracing sustainability, Gov. Jay Inslee called for faster implementation of climate change policies in all three jurisdictions.

“We have two thousand miles of stunning, yet fragile, coastline and a growing population,” said Gov. Inslee. “We cannot afford to take two steps back on the fight to protect the health of our residents, our economies, and our natural environment. We, on the West Coast are leading as the federal government refuses to take action.”

California, Oregon and Washington all experienced strong GDP growth (32.2 percent, 26.5 percent and 34.6 percent respectively) between 2008 and 2016. When combined, the GDP of these states rose 32.1 percent, more than five percentage points higher than the United States as a whole (26.6 percent).

The three states are also at the vanguard of clean energy efforts nationwide, producing nearly two-thirds of their electricity from clean energy sources in 2016. In contrast, the U.S. produced 34 percent of its electricity from clean energy during the same year.

“As business leaders, we have a unique perspective on how environmental regulations have not only improved our citizens’ quality of life, but substantially grown our regional economy,” said LABC President Mary Leslie. “More than half a million Californians are now employed by the clean energy industry, where wages are higher than average. And we’ve proven that for programs like the solar feed-in-tariff, well-paying blue-collar jobs are a reality. It’s time to put to bed this false notion that we have to choose between sustainability and economic development when, in fact, the two go hand-in-hand.”

With the successful market response to ambitious climate change laws, the states of Washington, Oregon and California are looking to further expand their clean energy markets by planning for a mass rollout of electric vehicles, setting new building energy efficiency standards and studying the benefits of a regionalized, coordinated energy market. State and municipal leaders believe that these coordinated efforts are needed to plan for future demand and growth, while solidifying the region’s leadership on environmental and economic sustainability.

"If the effects of wildfires and winter storms on local businesses and Oregon’s economy are any indication, we must act with a sense of urgency to combat climate change," Gov. Brown said. "Despite the decision by the White House to retreat, the West Coast is committed to moving forward and pursuing innovative strategies that meaningfully reduce carbon emissions and support a thriving economy of the future."

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who will be standing alongside Govs. Brown and Inslee as California’s representative at the LABC’s Sustainability Summit on Friday, reaffirmed the city’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a clean energy economy. Mayor Garcetti is co-founder of the bipartisan “Climate Mayors” group, which brings together mayors from across America with a pledge to uphold the Paris Agreement goals in their cities. Garcetti’s own Sustainable City pLAn, which sets L.A.’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, achieved over 90 percent of its goals last year.

“Los Angeles is an example to the world that environmental stewardship and prosperity go hand-in-hand,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our City stands on the front lines in the fight against climate change, leading American cities in solar power, green jobs, and water efficiency — with a thriving, more equitable economy to show for it.”

California, Oregon and Washington, along with British Columbia, form the Pacific Coast Collaborative, a West Coast region of more than 55 million people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion. The PCC, which together represents the world’s fifth largest economy, has made a strong commitment to shift away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future.

About the Los Angeles Business Council

The Los Angeles Business Council is one of the most effective and influential advocacy and educational organizations in California. For over 70 years, the LABC has had a major impact on public policy by harnessing the power of business and government to promote environmental and economic sustainability in the Los Angeles region. To learn more, please visit www.labusinesscouncil.org.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Falkonry, Inc., a leading provider of operational machine learning for Global 2000 industrial companies, today announced that EDP Inovação, the innovation organization at one of the largest electric power operations in Europe, has completed its evaluation of applying the Falkonry LRS machine learning and predictive analytics system for its solar assets. At the upcoming OSIsoft PI World on April 23-27, EDP Inovação and Falkonry will present the results of this trial, showing how the Falkonry LRS system was able to accurately identify unexpected patterns of the photovoltaic (PV) power output as natural light conditions (irradiation) changed.

EDP uses OSIsoft’s PI System as part of its data infrastructure to collect and manage time series data in its operations. EDP Inovação applied the Falkonry LRS machine learning system to automatically identify and classify underperformance of solar panels in its solar lab. This insight enabled EDP to improve operations by remotely identifying failures and underperformance in its photovoltaic arrays during the trial.

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“We chose to evaluate the Falkonry LRS system because we wanted to try a reliable machine learning system that did not require a team of data scientists and could easily integrate with our existing data infrastructure, to unlock value from the data we had at our fingertips,” said Tiago Duarte, Technology Expert at EDP Inovação.

“In less than three weeks, we were able to develop a test case to accurately identify unexpected patterns on the PV output based on the irradiation that it is actually receiving. This allows us to quickly identify failures and underperformances from our solar panels,” explained Filipa Reis, Technology Expert at EDP Inovação.

“Like most industrial companies we work with, EDP already had time series data, but were not fully leveraging it to improve their operations,” said Dr. Nikunj Mehta, Founder and CEO of Falkonry. “With ready to use machine learning they were able to quickly predict and derive value for solar farm applications.”

“As an OSIsoft partner, Falkonry is helping companies improve their operational performance by leveraging data, and all functionality, from the PI System,” said Jesus Hernandez, Vice President of Global Business Development at OSIsoft. “The EDP application is a perfect example of how seamless this process can be, and the results being presented at PI World will highlight the value that can be realized through operational machine learning.”

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About EDP Inovação

EDP Inovação coordinates innovation across the EDP Group. EDP, S.A. is a multinational, vertically integrated utility company. Throughout its 40-year history, EDP has built a presence across the world and operates in 14 countries and 4 continents. EDP is present in both the electric and gas value chains and has approximately 10 million electric customers and 1.5 million gas customers. For more information, please visit http://www.edp.com/.

About Falkonry

Falkonry is a leading provider of operational machine learning for Global 2000 industrial companies. Falkonry’s ready-to-use system empowers practitioners to accelerate the digital transformation of industrial operations by delivering new analytical insights from patterns hidden inside operational data. Falkonry enables real-time pattern recognition, condition monitoring and predictive analytics. Our customers, who span multiple industries and applications, are realizing improvements in throughput, quality and yield. For more information about Falkonry and its products, please visit http://falkonry.com/.

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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to attend a news conference at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland at 9:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 2, to discuss a recent experiment to demonstrate a new nuclear reactor power system designed for space.

News conference audio and presentation slides will stream live on NASA's website.

Kilopower could provide safe, efficient and plentiful energy for future robotic and human space exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. The experiment was conducted November 2017 through March 2018 at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).

News conference participants include:

  • James Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • Janet Kavandi, Glenn center director
  • Patrick Cahalane, principal deputy associate administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
  • Marc Gibson, Kilopower lead engineer at Glenn
  • Dave Poston, chief reactor designer at NNSA's Los Alamos National Laboratory

Following the news conference, media will have the opportunity to tour the following facilities at Glenn:

  • Stirling Research Lab, where early Kilopower-related tests were conducted
  • Electric Propulsion Lab, used to test high-power solar electric propulsion that will be used to develop the power and propulsion element of NASA's lunar outpost
  • Simulated Lunar Operations Lab, where NASA develops planetary rover tires and tools for in-situ resource utilization, a process for generating water, oxygen, and other products using space-based resources

Media interested in participating in the event, in person or by phone, must send their name, media affiliation and phone number to Jan Wittry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than noon Tuesday, May 1.

Media and the public also can ask questions during the briefing on social media using #AskNASA.

Supporting images and video will be available online at:

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/kilopower

The Kilopower project is part of NASA's Game Changing Development program and is led by Glenn, in partnership with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NNSS and Y-12 National Security Complex.

 

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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) now is scheduled for launch at 6:51 p.m. EDT today, Wednesday, April 18, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch originally had been scheduled for April 16.

Live NASA TV launch coverage begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on NASA Television and the agency's website.

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With TESS, NASA is taking the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey the nearest and brightest stars for two years to search for transiting exoplanets.

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ENGIE and investment partner Meridiam have been selected by Senegal’s Electricity Sector Regulation Commission (CRSE) as preferred bidder in a tender launched in October 2017 for two solar photovoltaic projects totaling 60 MW.

These two projects are part of the Scaling Solar initiative in Senegal, conducted jointly by the Senegalese authorities and the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”, member of the World Bank Group). They are located in Kahone, in the Kaolack region, and in Touba-Kaël, in the Diourbel region.

ENGIE and Meridiam will hold a 40% shareholding in the project company. FONSIS, the Senegalese sovereign fund, will also be a shareholder with a 20% equity stake. The construction and the operation of the plants will be managed and executed by ENGIE.

Yoven Moorooven (CEO of ENGIE Africa): “Our consortium delivered a highly competitive offer by leveraging our experience of developing and operating renewable energy projects in Africa – in particular in Senegal. This success demonstrates the merit of our integrated model for solar whereby ENGIE is acting as investor, operator and EPC contractor through ENGIE Solar (formerly known as Solairedirect).The CRSE and the IFC set out a clear, sound investment framework, which favored the presence of long-term investors like ENGIE. Our focus will now be on finalising the projects to deliver the most competitive solar photovoltaic plants, to serve the country’s ambition of developing universal electricity access in a sustainable manner. Congratulations to the teams on this achievement. “

Mathieu PELLER (COO of Meridiam Africa): “We continue to deploy our fund in Africa, choosing projects aimed at supporting sustainable economic development. Thanks to the reduced costs of solar equipment, this particular project will have a high developmental impact by expanding Senegal's capacity to generate clean energy at a very competitive price. Increasing power generation is critical for the Government's objective to raise Senegal to the level of an emerging market by 2035. The Project aligns with the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goal Seven, which calls for increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”

In Senegal, ENGIE is already involved in the Senergy project, a 30 MW solar photovoltaic plant in the town of Santhiou Mekhé and in Ten Merina, a 29.5 MW solar photovoltaic plant in the region of Thiès, near Dakar. Both projects are currently in operation. In 2017, ENGIE signed a partnership with ANER, Senegal’s National Renewable Energy Agency which focuses on accelerating the development of renewable energy in the country. The Group is also implementing solar energy solutions for rural households in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. ENGIE has been selected for the Dakar TER project in partnership with Thales for the design and production of infrastructure and systems, with a contract amounting to 225 million euros.

About ENGIE AFRICA

For over 50 years, ENGIE has been active in many African countries through its energy engineering business, its natural gas purchase agreements with Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria and more recently as an independent power producer in South Africa and Morocco with a total capacity of 3,000 MW either in operation or under construction. By 2025, ENGIE aims to become a reference partner in about ten African countries for power plants, energy services to businesses and decentralized solutions for off-grid customers – communities, companies and households. For more information, www.engie-africa.com

About ENGIE

We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential custom-ers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests. Our integrated - low-carbon, high-performing and sustainable - offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of living and working. Our ambition is conveyed by each of our 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Together with our customers and partners, they form a community of imaginative builders who invent and build today solu-tions for tomorrow. 2017 turnover: 65 billion Euros. Listed in Paris and Brussels (ENGI), the Group is represented in the main financial (CAC 40, BEL 20, Euro STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, Euro STOXX Utilities, STOXX Europe 600 Utili-ties) and extra-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

About Meridiam

Meridiam was founded in 2005 by Thierry Déau, with the belief that the alignment of interests between the public and private sector can provide critical solutions to the collective needs of communities. Meridiam is an independent investment firm specializing in the develop-ment, financing, and management of long-term and sustainable public infrastructure projects. With offices in, New York, Paris, Toronto, Luxembourg, Istanbul, Vienna, Addis Ababa and Dakar, Meridiam currently manages 6.2 billion Euros of assets, and more than 60 pro-jects under development, construction, or in operation to date. www.meridiam.com

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