ATLANTA, Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As winter weather, including snow and freezing rain, continues to move across Georgia, Georgia Power is responding to service interruptions as quickly and safely as weather conditions allow. Restoration crews have been in the field throughout the day today and have restored power to more than 60,000 customers since noon. As of 10:30 p.m. Friday night, approximately 80,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.

Tools You Can Use Year-round

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

For additional video tips on preparing for winter weather, visit GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep. The site features information on a variety of winter weather topics including Watches vs. Warnings, Staying Connected, Electrical Safety and more.

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

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PEKÍN, 8 de diciembre de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- El Centro Nacional de Supervisión e Inspección de Calidad de Productos Solares Fotovoltaicos (CPVT) emitió en un informe de pruebas independiente que las células PERC monocristalinas bifaciales de LONGi Solar alcanzaron un récord mundial de bifacialidad del 82,15%.

LONGi Solar presentó su módulo monocristalino PERC bifacial (Hi-MO2) en la Shanghai SNEC 2017. El objetivo es suministrar módulos para satisfacer la demanda creciente del mercado de productos de mayor eficiencia y programas "Top-Runner" de China.

El módulo Hi-MO2 de LONGi cuenta con tecnología de alta potencia, rendimiento de alta energía y un reducido coste normalizado de electricidad (LCOE). Para LONGi Solar, Hi-MO2 es sinónimo de alta eficiencia, generación de energía bifacial, y marca el punto de inicio para la nueva era de las tecnologías de generación energética con módulos PERC monocristalinos bifaciales de alta eficiencia.

Hi-MO2 reúne las mejores prestaciones de la plataforma tecnológica Hi-MO1 de LONGi: baja degradación, tecnología PERC de alta potencia, además de combinarlas con la tecnología bifacial. En la producción en masa, la eficiencia de la cara frontal supera el 21,2%. La recepción de luz en la cara posterior proporciona un notable rendimiento energético adicional. Mientras que el rendimiento energético de la cara posterior incrementa la eficiencia general del módulo en un 10%, la potencia del módulo PERC bifacial puede alcanzar los 330 vatios en un módulo de 60 células (300 vatios de la cara frontal), y 396 vatios en los módulos de 72 células (360 vatios de la cara frontal).

Los módulos PERC bifaciales incluyen laminación de doble vidrio. Hi-MO2, combinada con la tecnología PERC monocristalina de baja degradación, ofrece una degradación por debajo del 2% durante el primer año, y una degradación anual media del 0,45% durante 30 años, lo cual supera de forma notable a los módulos convencionales. Por otro lado, la adopción del doble vidrio mejora la resistencia a la PID (degradación inducida por potencial) y puede alargar la vida útil del módulo más allá de los 30 años.

"Hi-MO2 lleva las ventajas de los módulos PERC monocristalinos a la cara posterior del módulo, sin incurrir en mayores costes. El módulo Hi-MO2, que combina una elevada potencia y un mayor rendimiento energético, reduce el LCOE y aporta más beneficios a los inversores en plantas de energía fotovoltaica", señaló Li Wenxue, presidente de LONGi Solar.

El lanzamiento exitoso de los módulos monocristalinos bifaciales es una prueba de la demanda del mercado fotovoltaico de productos de alta eficiencia, elevada fiabilidad y alto rendimiento, y reconoce por completo la innovación constante de LONGi Solar en tecnologías de células PERC monocristalinas.

La bifacialidad de las células PERC bifaciales que están en el mercado es de un 75%, y las células PERC bifaciales monocristalinas de LONGi Solar han aumentado su bifacialidad hasta alcanzar un 82,15% y se han situado con ello a la vanguardia del sector. Esto no solo ha ampliado los escenarios de aplicación de las células PERC bifaciales, sino que también ha mejorado la relación entre coste y rendimiento, además de lograr un mayor rendimiento energético.

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Moon became a key focus point for NASA in 2017, whether it was blocking out the Sun during one of the most-viewed events in U.S. history, or reinvigorating the agency's human space exploration plans.

The International Space Station is seen in silhouette from Northern Cascades National Park in Washington as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The International Space Station is seen in silhouette from Northern Cascades National Park in Washington as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

One of the numerous NASA-related activities and actions the Trump Administration did in 2017 was to reconstitute the National Space Council. During its first meeting on Oct. 5, Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to develop a plan to help extend human exploration across our solar system, and return astronauts to the Moon in preparation for human missions to Mars and other destinations.

The White House's support of NASA in 2017 extended across the breadth of the agency's activities, including:

"When you see highlights of NASA's achievements over the year listed in one place, it's pretty amazing what we've been able to achieve," said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot. "Seeing so many challenging efforts become completed accomplishments is a testament to the determination of our entire extended NASA team. While I'm proud of what we did in 2017, another full plate of missions awaits us in 2018 that will surely inspire with their discoveries and technological advances.

"And for the sixth year in a row, NASA has retained its standing as the number one large agency in the 'Best Places to Work in Government' rankings published by the Partnership for Public Service. I want to congratulate and commend our amazing workforce for their teamwork and dedication, which has enabled so many achievements in all our missions on behalf of the American people and the world."

Solar System and Beyond

2017's top story in terms of public interest for NASA was, by far, the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. It was one of the biggest internet events in recent history and the biggest online event NASA has ever measured. There were more than 50 million views of the live broadcast on NASA.gov and multiple social media platforms, and almost 31 million unique views on Facebook before and after the eclipse. These numbers mean the agency was able to share the scientific study of this celestial phenomenon with millions of people around the world, capturing a wealth of images before, during, and after the eclipse by spacecraft, aircraft, high-altitude balloons, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Here are some of this year's other highlights in the solar system and beyond:

  • A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close Sept. 15, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet. The mission transformed our understanding of ocean worlds, where life may potentially exist beyond Earth.
  • Humanity's farthest and longest-lived space mission – NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 – celebrated 40 years of unprecedented science findings and imagery on Sept. 5. NASA continues to communicate with the spacecraft daily as they explore the frontier where interstellar space begins.
  • A spacecraft that will touch the Sun was named for a living researcher: Eugene N. Parker, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. NASA's Parker Solar Probe is scheduled for launch in 2018 to explore the Sun's outer atmosphere.
  • NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected the first light ever tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth. NASA's Swift, Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer missions, along with dozens of ground-based observatories, later captured the fading glow of the blast's expanding debris.
  • The James Webb Space Telescope completed environmental testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the Johnson Space Center as it readies for assembly into a single spacecraft ahead of launch in 2019.
  • NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, with three planets located in the habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.
  • NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found an exoplanet that snows sunscreen, but only on the side of the planet that permanently faces away from its host star.
  • NASA's Kepler space telescope team released its most comprehensive and detailed catalog of exoplanet candidates, introducing 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star's habitable zone.
  • Astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory and other telescopes found evidence for a star that whips around a black hole about twice an hour, which could be the tightest orbital dance ever witnessed between a possible black hole and a companion star.
  • NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth's gravity on Sept. 22 to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next summer. The spacecraft is on a seven-year journey to rendezvous with, study, and return a sample of Bennu to Earth.
  • NASA selected two new planetary missions on Jan. 4 that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system. The Lucy mission will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter's mysterious Trojan asteroids, while the Psyche mission will study a unique metal asteroid that's never been visited before. 
  • Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones and plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant.
  • On Oct. 19, the NASA-funded Pan-STARRS1 telescope discovered the first confirmed object to travel through our solar system from another star. The historic discovery revealed the interstellar interloper to be a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a ratio of length to width unlike any asteroid or comet observed in our solar system.
  • An international team of astronomers led by NASA scientists successfully completed the first global exercise using a real asteroid – 2012 TC4 – to test global response capabilities. The exercise tested the International Asteroid Warning Network for hazardous asteroid observations, modeling, prediction and communication.

Mars

In 2017, NASA made progress in the preparations to send astronauts to Mars, as well as reaching the milestone of 20 years of continuous robotic scientific exploration of the Red Planet. And a record 2.4 million space fans signed up this year to send their names to Mars on NASA's InSight mission, a robotic lander designed to study the interior and subsurface of the planet in 2018.

  • On Nov. 16, NASA selected a science instrument for an upcoming sample return mission to the moons of Mars: a Japan-led mission known as MMX to the moons of Mars. The instrument will help scientists resolve questions about when and how the small moons formed around the Red Planet.
  • After receiving a record-breaking number of applications to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA selected on June 12 women and men as the agency's new astronaut candidates. They may fly on future deep space missions using the world's most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), and the Orion spacecraft. This year, NASA has been building and testing hardware for both the first and second missions for SLS and Orion.

Here are some of this year's highlights about progress toward human deep space missions to the Moon and Mars:

  • The first piece of completed SLS hardware for the first test mission, Exploration Mission-1, was delivered to Kennedy Space Center for processing.
  • Flight preparations are complete for the four liquid fuel engines that will help power SLS on its first mission, and engineers began testing engines for the second mission that will carry crew, Exploration Mission-2. NASA finished manufacturing all five parts of the rocket's core stage to which the engines will be integrated.
  • All five parts of the rocket's core stage are built and ready for additional outfitting and testing.
  • The 10 motor segments have been cast for the two solid rocket boosters, and they are on track to be ready for the first integrated test flight.
  • NASA has moved up a critical crew safety launch abort test for the Orion spacecraft in advance of the first launch with humans, and teams also have been testing the parachutes to bring the capsule to a safe landing as well as exit procedures for the crew after returning from a mission.
  • Meanwhile, teams powered on the Orion spacecraft for the first integrated test launch, and are busy building the Orion capsule for the first crewed mission. 
  • At the future launch site for SLS and Orion, upgrades to the walls of the flame trench are complete as well as the installation of all the work platforms in the Vehicle Assembly Building where the rocket will be stacked prior to launch.
  • The agency began studying the deep space gateway concept with U.S. industry and space station partners. Using the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA would launch a power and propulsion element, habitation module for crew, and logistics module for the gateway concept in the early crewed missions of SLS and Orion.
  • NASA continues to use its Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) public-private partnership model to seek commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities. This year, NASA is seeking proposals for development of a first-generation, in-space, multi-material fabrication laboratory, or FabLab, for space missions; selected five companies for studies for the gateway power and propulsion element; announced it will seek proposals for research contracts in In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Technology; and its partners are developing prototypes of habitat structures.
  • NASA engaged the public in many citizen challenges, including the Space Poop challenge, which awarded winners for proposed solutions to address how to collect and route human waste away from the body, if an astronaut were wearing a spacesuit in microgravity for up to six days.

International Space Station

In 2017, six NASA astronauts have lived aboard the International Space Station, supporting more than 120 new U.S. research investigations conducted in the unique microgravity laboratory to prepare for future deep space exploration and improve life on Earth. Investigations included research leading to new knowledge about combustion processes, tests of a drug to help fight cancer, and technology demonstrations like the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). In addition, the space station hosts many external experiments that observe Earth and our environment from space and study space physics, such as neutron stars, black holes, and the search for dark matter. More than 170 total U.S. investigations this year are advancing our understanding in biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, human research, technology development and education.

Here are some additional space station highlights from 2017:

  • The arrival of the Expedition 53 crew marked the first long-term increase in crew size on the U.S. segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximize time dedicated to research.
  • Peggy Whitson broke multiple records during an extended mission to the station, becoming the U.S. astronaut who has spent the most total time in space, tallying 665 days during three missions.
  • During nine spacewalks, NASA astronauts' work prepared for the arrival of future commercial crew spacecraft and upgraded the station's capabilities.
  • During five missions in 2017, NASA's commercial cargo partners Orbital ATK and SpaceX launched more than 32,900 pounds of critical supplies to the International Space Station, including crew supplies and equipment to support the hundreds of crucial science experiments and technology demonstrations aboard the space station. With its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean following three resupply missions, the SpaceX Dragon capsule also returned more than 13,000 pounds of research and equipment.
  • NASA advanced its goal to once again launch astronauts from Florida's Space Coast to the International Space station as Commercial Crew Program providers Boeing and SpaceX made progress on the Starliner and Crew Dragon spacecraft and systems, respectively. Boeing revealed its spacesuit design early in the year and conducted important parachute and qualification tests. SpaceX also unveiled its spacesuit, and worked with NASA and the Air Force to refine its procedures to retrieve astronauts from the water following a mission to the space station.
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completed a free-flight test of its Dream Chaser spacecraft, meeting the final milestone of a space act agreement for the Commercial Crew Program. The test also supported a milestone in preparation to carry cargo and science investigations to the space station under the agency's next generation commercial resupply services contracts.
  • The space station continues to be used to inspire future generations with a special focus for a Year of Education on Station with astronauts and former classroom teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, and their crewmates. 
  • NASA's space communications and navigation capabilities were upgraded with the August launch of the Space Network's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), the third and final in the Space Network's space system that provides near-constant communication links to Earth from the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope, and many other missions.
  • The station also helped advance technology needed to enable human exploration of deep space: the in-orbit characterization of Phase Change Heat Material Heat Exchangers was completed to provide better temperature regulation for Orion and future deep space vehicles.

Aeronautics

Safely moving increasing numbers of people and cargo more efficiently between airports aboard airplanes of all sizes, which burn less fuel, release fewer emissions, and fly both quieter and faster, remained the focus of NASA's aeronautical innovators as they achieved several technical milestones in 2017. Some of those milestones are laying the foundation for the return of the X-plane to NASA's research toolbox.

Here are some research highlights realized in 2017 that herald NASA's great aviation transformation:

  • NASA-developed systems to help air traffic managers and pilots more efficiently fly from departure gate to arrival gate were demonstrated: the first near Seattle early in the year and the second at Charlotte Douglas International Airport beginning in September.
  • Enabling commercial supersonic passenger jet travel over land is a key goal for NASA aeronautics. A preliminary design for just such an aircraft was completed in June after wind tunnel tests in Ohio and Virginia, and information that will help quiet sonic booms was gathered during flight tests in Florida in August.
  • The explosive demand for Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones, has prompted NASA to take the lead in assisting government and industry in finding the safest, most efficient ways to integrate these new aircraft into the airspace above us.
  • Testing flexible wings, reducing noise from landing gear, improving the odds of surviving a crash, improving research methods with optical fiber, and deploying new hardware to better test helicopters are among the many other projects that saw results in 2017.
  • NASA aeronautics in 2017 also showcased its most important resource – people – by introducing a new university leadership initiative, funding a trio of potentially transformative research teams, and celebrating honors and accomplishments.
  • One of the NASA centers that does a great deal of aeronautic research, Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

Earth

In 2017, NASA further used the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future. The 60th anniversary of space-based research of Earth, and the beginning of the United States' exploration of space, comes in January 2018, followed by NASA's 60th birthday on Oct. 1.

Here are some highlights from this year in NASA's Earth sciences research:  

Technology

This year, NASA's investments in space technology paid off with the launch of several technology payloads delivered to the International Space Station and beyond, the completion of two big-prize competitions, and the ground-based demonstration of technologies that may one day build and repair large structures in space.

Here are some of NASA's technology highlights for 2017:

  • The Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology (SEXTANT,) will test – for the first time in space – the use of pulsars to form a GPS-like system that can support spacecraft navigation throughout the solar system, enabling deep space exploration in the future. SEXTANT, included with the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), now is operating from the exterior of the space station.
  • On Nov. 12, two small spacecraft missions, which launched aboard the Orbital ATK CRS-8 Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station, will test the high-speed optical transmission of data and small spacecraft proximity operations, and demonstrate a reflect array antenna that increases downlink data rates for CubeSats.
  • Since NASA's Centennial Challenges began in 2005, there have been 18 challenges, resulting in more than $8 million in prize money awarded to more than 60 teams from across the country.
    • In August, Team Foster + Partners of Chattanooga, Tennessee won first place and a prize of $250,000 for successfully completing Phase 2, Level 3 of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.
    • The Space Technology Mission Directorate's Cube Quest Challenge awarded $20,000 each in prize money and secured space to launch the three winning teams' CubeSats on Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated flight of NASA's Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft.
    • Centennial Challenges' active competitions are: the Vascular Tissue Challenge to advance the field of tissue engineering; Cube Quest to advance the capabilities of small satellite technology; and Phase 3 of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge to advance the construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.
  • NASA and its commercial partners are well on their way to demonstrating technologies that can manufacture, assemble and repair large structures in space through the In-space Robotic Manufacturing and Assembly (IRMA) projects.

Public Engagement

  • By engaging in public events, including South by Southwest; Philadelphia Science Festival; Space Day; Artscape; EAA AirVenture; Albuquerque Balloon Festival; Consumer Electronics Show; Super Bowl LI, Bay Area Science Festival; OshKosh; Essence Festival; Boy Scout Jamboree; Intrepid; and the Chicago Air & Water Show, more than five million people had the chance to interact with representatives of America's space agency.
  • NASA's social media presence continued to grow in 2017 with more than 130 million total followers across all accounts and platforms. The agency has the most followers of any agency/department in the federal government on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Google+. The agency also hosted 13 NASA Socials this year, bringing together more than 650 followers who engage with NASA via social media for unique in-person experiences of exploration and discovery. 
  • NASA's digital communications team was honored with four Webby Awards in 2017. For the first time, NASA's social media presence was recognized by the Webby Awards, winning in corporate communications and being honored with the People's Voice Award. NASA's Cassini project was recognized with its second Webby for science websites. NASA.gov, the agency's primary website, received its ninth People's Voice Award in the Government & Civil Innovation category. The total solar eclipse drove unprecedented traffic to NASA.gov, with a record 25.8 million visits on Aug. 21. Overall this year, traffic rose 24 percent over 2016 to just more than 410,000 visits daily.

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AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SecureLink, the unrivaled leader in secure third-party remote access and support, announced today the addition of Chip Pate as chief financial officer, Alexis Jones as the vice president of people, Lauren McQuade as the vice president of marketing, Rob Palermo as the vice president of product management and Kyle Christensen as vice president of sales.    

"We are excited to add such a high caliber of talent to our already exceptional team," said Jeff Swearingen, CEO and co-founder of SecureLink. "As a company, we have a tremendous opportunity before us as cybersecurity and hacking threats continue to stay in the national spotlight. Because of this we are poised for growth, and it's essential we have a strong team and leadership in place to ensure we grow at the right pace and continue to deliver value to our customers."

Chip brings more than 15 years of financial experience to SecureLink, most recently as the chief financial officer of PDI Software. Alexis Jones, most recently the vice president of human resources at Campus Advantage, has more than 15 years of HR experience. Lauren McQuade brings nearly 20 years of marketing leadership experience, most recently as the senior director of demand generation, market development and marketing operations at Abila. Rob Palermo joins SecureLink from Vista Consulting Group, where he served as consulting director, driving operational improvement across the Vista Equity Partners portfolio. Kyle Christensen joins the team from SolarWinds, where he was the senior director of sales.  

"The folks at SecureLink have built an incredible portfolio of products that solves real-world problems for data sensitive industries when it comes to secure remote access and compliance," said Palermo. "I'm honored to join this team and looking forward to what we can accomplish in the future to help our customers and partners navigate the constantly evolving challenges of securing their data."  

About SecureLink
Founded in 2003 with headquarters in Austin, TX, and an office in San Jose, Costa Rica, SecureLink is the unrivaled leader in managing secure third-party access and remote support for both enterprise companies and technology providers. Enjoying an industry-leading retention rate, SecureLink serves over 400 customers and 30,000 organizations worldwide. World-class companies across multiple industries including healthcare, financial services, legal, gaming and retail rely on SecureLink's secure, purpose-built platform. To learn more visit www.securelink.com.

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NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy companies from 10 countries spanning four continents tonight received honors for leadership, innovation and exemplary performance at the 19th annual S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, often described as the "Oscars" of energy. The program bestowed 20 awards upon companies and individuals before an audience of nearly 400 energy and finance executives at a black-tie ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan. For a second year, the event was emceed by CNBC Television Energy Correspondent Jackie DeAngelis.

WINNERS
In its selection of France-based ENGIE for "Energy Company of the Year," the independent judges panel lauded its all-around distinction in the execution of a total energy strategy, where energy is "decarbonized, digitalized and decentralized," and reflected in its performance in the "Industry Leadership-Midstream" and "Rising Star-Individual" Awards categories. It was Gwenaëlle Huet, CEO of the ENGIE France Renewable unit responsible for hydro, wind, geothermal, solar and marine energy projects, who stood apart from peers in the judges' eyes, winning her the "Rising Star-Individual Award". Judges pointed to her "impressive" proven track record of strategic leadership and oversight of seven subsidiaries at a time when ENGIE was reorganizing into 24 business units. 

"We congratulate ENGIE for its rare triple win and leadership," said Martin Fraenkel, president of S&P Global Platts. "The company impressed judges for its astute ability to read and interpret changes in energy markets and utilize technology to provide customer-centric solutions."

"Rising Star-Company" went to Mexico-based, 2014-founded Zuma Energia, for what judges described as "swift and exemplary" success in securing financial backing, experienced management and developing wind and solar projects amidst Mexico's opening of its energy markets to private investment.

"Progressive, enlightened, and hard-charging," are among the judges' many descriptions of Andrew Vesey, CEO of AGL Energy Ltd., who was named this year's "CEO of the Year," one of the most hotly contested award categories including 7 finalists from 6 countries. Vesey was lauded for his transformational vision to pivot Australia's largest greenhouse gas emitter, founded in 1827, away from coal to a diverse portfolio of renewables and for its commitment to closing all of its coal-fired power stations by 2050. 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONORS
Both David Owens, power industry restructuring expert and retired Edison Electric Institute executive vice president, and Angeleno Group's Frank Zarb, who advised five U.S. presidents on energy, were honored with "Lifetime Achievement" accolades. For full details of their industry-recognized accomplishments and the judges' rationale for these and all winners, access "2017 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards: Performance Today, Perspective for Tomorrow," in the December S&P Global Platts Insight (link: https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/7f2bab68).

"Each of tonight's winners and the finalists are to be applauded for contributions to the energy industry and for helping to create a more sustainable energy future for all," said Fraenkel. 

A full list of winners may also be viewed at: (http://geaweb.platts.com/Winners/Winners2017), where you can also find details about the awards, independent judging panel, and more.

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is accepting applications for the Solar Energy Innovators Program, a program of the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Technologies Office. The Solar Energy Innovators Program offers research opportunities for up to two years focused on topics related to the integration of solar energy.

The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electrical utilities, energy service providers and electric public utility commissions as the deployment of solar energy and other distributed energy resources increase on the electrical grid.

To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents pursuing a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree or have received one of these degrees in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. For a complete list of qualifications, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3717.

Selected participants will receive an annual stipend based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications. Participants will be eligible to receive an allowance of up to $10,000 for education and/or scientific activities, a health insurance supplement and possible relocation travel of up to $5,000. The appointment is full-time and cannot be supplemented with additional salary from the host institution. Questions about the Solar Energy Innovators Program should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development to improve the flexibility and performance of solar technologies that contribute to a reliable and resilient U.S. electric grid. The office invests in innovative research efforts that securely integrate more solar energy into the grid, enhance the use and storage of solar energy, and lower solar electricity costs.

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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is a U.S. Department of Energy asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.

ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science. The single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

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PEKING, 8. prosince 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Národní centrum pro dohled a inspekci nad kvalitou solárních fotovoltaických produktů (CPVT) vydalo nezávislou testovací zprávu, která ukazuje, že bifaciální monokrystalické PERC články společnosti LONGi Solar překonaly světový rekord oboustrannosti dosahující 82,15 %.

Společnost LONGi Solar zveřejnila svůj bifaciální monokrystalický modul PERC (Hi-MO2) v Šanghaji během akce SNEC 2017. Cílem je dodávat moduly pro uspokojení rostoucí poptávky po výrobcích s vyšší účinností a plnit záměry čínského programu Top-Runner.

Model Hi-MO2 společnosti LONGi je vybavený vysoce výkonnými technologiemi, vysokou energetickou výkonností a nízkou úrovní průměrných nákladů na výrobu elektřiny. V případě LONGi Solar je Hi-MO2 synonymem vysoké účinnosti, bifaciální výroby elektrické energie představující východisko pro novou éru vysoce efektivní bifaciální monokrystalické PERC technologie výroby energie.

Hi-MO2 představuje nejlepší vlastnosti technologické platformy Hi-MO1 společnosti LONGi – technologie PERC s nízkou degradací a vysokým výkonem – a kombinuje ji s bifaciální technologií. Při sériové výrobě představuje výkonnost přední strany 21,2 %. Odražené záření na zadní straně modulu může přinést výrazně vyšší energetický výnos. Pokud výkon na zadní straně zvýší celkovou účinnost modulu o 10 %, výkon bifaciálního modulu PERC může dosáhnout výkonu 330 wattů pro 60článkový modul (300 wattů z přední strany) a 396 wattů pro 72článkový modul (360 wattů z přední strany).

Bifaciální moduly PERC jsou dodávány s dvojitým laminovaným sklem. V kombinaci s nízkou degradační technologií mono PERC nabízí Hi-MO2 prvotřídní degradaci nižší než 2 % a průměrnou roční degradaci pod 0,45 % po dobu 30 let, a to znamená výrazné zlepšení oproti konvenčním modulům. Dvojité sklo mimo jiné zlepšuje odolnost vůči potencionální indukované degradaci a může prodloužit životnost modulu o více než 30 let.

„Hi-MO2 rozšiřuje výhody monokrystalického PERC článku o zadní stranu modulu bez zvýšení nákladů. V kombinaci s vyšším výkonem a energetickým výnosem Hi-MO2 snižuje průměrné náklady na výrobu energie a přináší více výhod investorům do fotovoltaické elektrárny," uvedl Li Wenxue, prezident společnosti LONGi Solar.

Úspěšné uvedení bifaciálních monokrystalických modulů na trh je důkazem poptávky po vysoce účinných, spolehlivých a výnosných produktech a oceněním neustálé inovace, kterou společnost LONGi Solar přináší v oblasti monokrystalické technologie PERC.

Oboustrannost bifaciálních PERC článků na trhu dosahuje asi 75 % a monokrystalický bifaciální PERC článek společnosti LONGi Solar zvýšil oboustrannost na 82,15 %, což znamená vedoucí postavení v tomto odvětví a rozšíření možností aplikace bifaciálních PERC článků, ale také výhodnější poměr nákladů a výnosů kromě zvýšeného energetického výnosu.

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HOUSTON, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc., TOTAL S.A.'s US marketing affiliate, has renewed its sponsorship of The Mid-Ohio School and expanded it to include the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Through a new five-year agreement extending through 2022, TOTAL continues its designation as the Official Lubricant Partner of both properties.

"TOTAL's partnership with The Mid-Ohio School has been an excellent testing ground to demonstrate the protection TOTAL Quartz provides to engines, even when used in extreme conditions," said Christophe Doussoux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants for TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. "We are excited and energized to continue to grow the partnership by extending our sponsorship to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the next five years."

"We truly appreciate TOTAL's support of The Mid-Ohio School over the past five seasons, and we could not be more pleased to expand their presence to now include Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course," said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School.  "TOTAL's oil and lubricants are known worldwide for their excellence, and we are proud to partner with this global brand and help further grow its footprint in North America."

TOTAL will have a more visible presence at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with additional trackside signage, plus entertainment opportunities with race tickets, hospitality and high performance driving courses at The Mid-Ohio School. TOTAL supplies all the oil and brake fluid used in The Mid-Ohio School's fleet of Honda vehicles through TOTAL Quartz synthetic performance engine oils.

About MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

A comprehensive motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course sits on 330 acres and features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: 2.4-mile, 15-turn or 2.258-mile, 13-turn layout. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the natural terrain road course is commonly referred to as the "Most Competitive in the U.S." and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders.  It is also home to The Mid-Ohio School, featuring over 20 driving and riding courses, for teenagers to professional racers using Honda vehicles. Opened in 1962, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, just the facility's third private ownership group in its history.

For more information, visit midohio.com, 'like' its Facebook page @MidOhioSportsCarCourse or follow updates on Twitter @Mid_Ohio and Instagram @officialmidohio.

About THE MID-OHIO SCHOOL

Based at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio, The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school's 16 automobile courses include the renowned Honda Teen Defensive Driving program, as well as High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features two Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world's top racers. The school is a member of the AAA Approved Driving School Network and a past recipient of the prestigious Ohio State Highway Patrol's Partners for Safety Award. In 25 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School boasts 71,855 all-time graduates, including almost 21,300 teenage drivers and 18,012 motorcyclists.

For more information, visit midohioschool.com, 'like' its Facebook page @TheMidOhioSchool or follow updates on Twitter @MidOhioSchool.

About TOTAL

TOTAL is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major player in solar energy with SunPower and TOTAL Solar. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

About TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. is a part of the Americas Division for the Marketing & Services Branch of the TOTAL Group. TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. offers a wide range of lubricant products including TOTAL Quartz synthetic performance engine oils. Our products are sold through a comprehensive network of distributors, direct channels and an online presence. In addition to a growing distribution network and evolving production capabilities, we're committed to heightening our brand awareness through partnerships in motorsports.

For more information on TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. visit www.TotalSpecialties.com

Cautionary note 

This press release, from which no legal consequences may be drawn, is for information purposes only. The entities in which TOTAL S.A. directly or indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. TOTAL S.A. has no liability for their acts or omissions. In this document, the terms "TOTAL" and "TOTAL Group" are sometimes used for convenience where general references are made to TOTAL S.A. and/or its subsidiaries. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" may also be used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them.

This document may contain forward-looking information and statements that are based on a number of economic data and assumptions made in a given economic, competitive and regulatory environment. They may prove to be inaccurate in the future and are subject to a number of risk factors. Neither TOTAL S.A. nor any of its subsidiaries assumes any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information or statement, objectives or trends contained in this document whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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ATLANTA, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today the latest milestone at the Vogtle nuclear expansion – the placement of additional shield building panels for Unit 3 on Dec. 4. The shield building provides structural support to the containment cooling water supply and protects the containment vessel, which houses the reactor vessel and associated equipment. The shield building is made of steel and concrete in what is known as a steel composite design that is about 150 feet high and about three feet thick. With this week's placement, nearly 80 of the 336 total shield building panels have been placed for Units 3 and 4.

Construction has continued uninterrupted at the Vogtle site following Westinghouse's bankruptcy in March with all Vogtle co-owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) working together to maintain the project's momentum. Southern Nuclear, the nuclear operating subsidiary which operates the existing units in Georgia, is now the project manager at the site with global construction firm Bechtel managing daily construction efforts.   

Click here to view a video of a 28,000-pound shield building panel being lifted into place for Vogtle Unit 3. In addition to new videos posted regularly on the Georgia Power YouTube Channel, follow the progress from the site with new photos added each month in the Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Online Photo Gallery.

Vogtle Project Review Underway
On August 31, Georgia Power filed a recommendation with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to continue construction of the Vogtle nuclear expansion supported by all of the project's other co-owners. The recommendation was based on the results of a comprehensive schedule, cost-to-complete and cancellation assessment launched following the Westinghouse bankruptcy. The Georgia PSC is reviewing the recommendation to move forward and is expected to make a decision regarding the future of the Vogtle 3 and 4 project as part of the 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) proceeding.  Read the 17th VCM Report here and recent comments from Georgia Power Chairman, President & CEO Paul Bowers to the Georgia PSC here.

From the beginning of the Vogtle expansion, Georgia Power has worked to pursue all available benefits for customers and minimize the impact of the new units on electric bills. In addition to this week's announcement that the Vogtle co-owners have reached an agreement to receive 100 percent of parent guarantee funds available from Toshiba (approximately $3.2 billion) by Dec. 15, 2017, the company recently announced a conditional commitment of approximately $1.67 billion in additional loan guarantees for the project from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Today, after including anticipated customer benefits from federal production tax credits, interest savings from loan guarantees from the DOE and the fuel savings of nuclear energy, the projected peak rate impact to Georgia Power retail customers is approximately 10 percent, with 5 percent related to the project already in rates – well below original projections of approximately 12 percent.

Final approval and issuance of the additional loan guarantees by the DOE cannot be assured and are subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements, completion of due diligence by the DOE, receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals, and satisfaction of other conditions.

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

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information contained in this communication is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the new agreement with Toshiba, expected rate impacts and other future actions related to Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: failure to obtain DOE approval of the new agreement; the impact of any inability or other failure of Toshiba to perform its obligations under its guarantee and the new agreement; the impact of any failure to extend the in-service deadline for federal production tax credits; the impact of any failure to amend the DOE loan guarantee to allow for additional borrowings; state and federal rate regulations and the impact of pending and future rate cases and negotiations; the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries; available sources and costs of fuels; effects of inflation; the ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development construction and operation of facilities, which include the development and construction of generating facilities with designs that have not been finalized or previously constructed; the ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses, to satisfy any environmental performance standards and the requirements of tax credits and other incentives, and to integrate facilities into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; advances in technology; legal proceedings and regulatory approvals and actions related to Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, including Georgia Public Service Commission approvals and Nuclear Regulatory Commission actions; interest rate fluctuations and financial market conditions and the results of financing efforts; changes in The Southern Company's or Georgia Power's credit ratings, including impacts on interest rates, access to capital markets, and collateral requirements; the impacts of any sovereign financial issues, including impacts on interest rates, access to capital markets, impacts on foreign currency exchange rates, counterparty performance, and the economy in general, as well as potential impacts on the benefits of DOE loan guarantees; and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by standard setting bodies. Georgia Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.

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BEIJING, le 8 décembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Le Centre national de supervision et d'inspection de la qualité des produits photovoltaïques solaires (CPVT) a publié un rapport d'essai indépendant montrant que les cellules monocristallines PERC bifaciales de LONGi Solar présentaient une bifacialité de 82,15 %, un record mondial.

LONGi Solar a lancé son module monocristallin PERC bifacial (Hi-MO2) lors du Shanghai SNEC 2017. L'objectif est de proposer des modules permettant de répondre à la demande croissante sur le marché pour des produits à plus grande efficience et pour les programmes China Top-Runner.

Hi-MO2 de LONGi est doté d'une technologie haute puissance, offre un rendement haute énergie et est assorti de faibles coûts totaux moyens actualisés de l'énergie produite. Pour LONGi Solar, Hi-MO2 est synonyme de production d'énergie électrique bifaciale haute efficience, et constitue le point de lancement pour la nouvelle ère de la technologie de production d'électricité monocristalline PERC bifaciale à haute efficience.

Hi-MO2 renferme les meilleures caractéristiques de la plateforme technologique Hi-MO1 de LONGi – technologie PERC à faible dégradation et haute puissance – et les allie à la technologie bifaciale. En production de masse, l'efficience du côté frontal dépasse 21,2 %. Une captation de lumière à l'arrière permet d'ajouter un rendement énergétique supplémentaire important. Si le rendement énergétique à l'arrière accroît l'efficience globale du module de 10 %, la puissance du module PERC bifacial peut atteindre 330 watts pour un module de 60 cellules (300 watts à partir du côté frontal), et 396 watts pour un module de 72 cellules (360 watts à partir du côté frontal).

Les modules PERC bifaciaux sont dotés d'un laminage double vitrage. Combiné à la technologie PERC mono à faible dégradation, Hi-MO2 présente une dégradation en première année inférieure à 2 %, et une dégradation annuelle moyenne inférieure à 0,45 % sur 30 ans – des résultats supérieurs à ceux des modules conventionnels. Entre-temps, l'adoption du double vitrage améliore la résistance PID et permet d'étendre la durée de vie du module au-delà de 30 ans.

« Hi-MO2 renforce les atouts du PERC monocristallin à l'arrière du module, sans accroître les coûts. Allié à une plus haute puissance et un plus haut rendement énergétique, Hi-MO2 réduit les coûts totaux moyens actualisés de l'énergie produite et confère plus d'avantages aux investisseurs dans les centrales PV », explique Li Wenxue, président de LONGi Solar.

La réussite du lancement des modules monocristallins bifaciaux témoigne de l'attachement du marché PV à des produits à haute efficience, à haute fiabilité et à haut rendement, et une pleine reconnaissance de l'innovation permanente de LONGi Solar dans la technologie de cellule PERC monocristalline.

La bifacialité des cellules PERC bifaciales sur le marché est d'environ 75 %, et la cellule PERC bifaciale monocristalline de LONGi Solar a accru la bifacialité à 82,15 %, ce qui est une première pour le secteur et n'a pas seulement enrichi les scénarios d'application des cellules bifaciales PERC, mais également accru la performance des coûts outre un plus haut rendement énergétique.

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HOUSTON, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc., TOTAL S.A.'s US marketing affiliate, has renewed its sponsorship of The Mid-Ohio School and expanded it to include the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Through a new five-year agreement extending through 2022, TOTAL continues its designation as the Official Lubricant Partner of both properties.

"TOTAL's partnership with The Mid-Ohio School has been an excellent testing ground to demonstrate the protection TOTAL Quartz provides to engines, even when used in extreme conditions," said Christophe Doussoux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants for TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. "We are excited and energized to continue to grow the partnership by extending our sponsorship to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the next five years."

"We truly appreciate TOTAL's support of The Mid-Ohio School over the past five seasons, and we could not be more pleased to expand their presence to now include Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course," said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School.  "TOTAL's oil and lubricants are known worldwide for their excellence, and we are proud to partner with this global brand and help further grow its footprint in North America."

TOTAL will have a more visible presence at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with additional trackside signage, plus entertainment opportunities with race tickets, hospitality and high performance driving courses at The Mid-Ohio School. TOTAL supplies all the oil and brake fluid used in The Mid-Ohio School's fleet of Honda vehicles through TOTAL Quartz synthetic performance engine oils.

About MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

A comprehensive motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course sits on 330 acres and features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: 2.4-mile, 15-turn or 2.258-mile, 13-turn layout. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the natural terrain road course is commonly referred to as the "Most Competitive in the U.S." and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders.  It is also home to The Mid-Ohio School, featuring over 20 driving and riding courses, for teenagers to professional racers using Honda vehicles. Opened in 1962, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, just the facility's third private ownership group in its history.

For more information, visit midohio.com, 'like' its Facebook page @MidOhioSportsCarCourse or follow updates on Twitter @Mid_Ohio and Instagram @officialmidohio.

About THE MID-OHIO SCHOOL

Based at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio, The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school's 16 automobile courses include the renowned Honda Teen Defensive Driving program, as well as High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features two Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world's top racers. The school is a member of the AAA Approved Driving School Network and a past recipient of the prestigious Ohio State Highway Patrol's Partners for Safety Award. In 25 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School boasts 71,855 all-time graduates, including almost 21,300 teenage drivers and 18,012 motorcyclists.

For more information, visit midohioschool.com, 'like' its Facebook page @TheMidOhioSchool or follow updates on Twitter @MidOhioSchool.

About TOTAL

TOTAL is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major player in solar energy with SunPower and TOTAL Solar. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

About TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. is a part of the Americas Division for the Marketing & Services Branch of the TOTAL Group. TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. offers a wide range of lubricant products including TOTAL Quartz synthetic performance engine oils. Our products are sold through a comprehensive network of distributors, direct channels and an online presence. In addition to a growing distribution network and evolving production capabilities, we're committed to heightening our brand awareness through partnerships in motorsports.

For more information on TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. visit www.TotalSpecialties.com

Cautionary note 

This press release, from which no legal consequences may be drawn, is for information purposes only. The entities in which TOTAL S.A. directly or indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. TOTAL S.A. has no liability for their acts or omissions. In this document, the terms "TOTAL" and "TOTAL Group" are sometimes used for convenience where general references are made to TOTAL S.A. and/or its subsidiaries. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" may also be used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them.

This document may contain forward-looking information and statements that are based on a number of economic data and assumptions made in a given economic, competitive and regulatory environment. They may prove to be inaccurate in the future and are subject to a number of risk factors. Neither TOTAL S.A. nor any of its subsidiaries assumes any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information or statement, objectives or trends contained in this document whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Street Power Partners, LLC ("GSPP") has completed construction on a 283 kW solar system at the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson ("JCC") in Tarrytown, spanning three roofs on JCC's community center, aquatics center and fitness center. The energy provided by this solar system is expected to offset ~65% of JCC's power, saving the nonprofit ~$1.5M over its lifetime. Beyond the financial benefits, the CO2 eliminated by the system is the equivalent of taking 54 cars off the road every year. You can view the construction time lapse of their solar energy system, here.

For JCC leadership, the decision to go solar was an easy one to make: "we saw solar power as a way to accomplish a number of things at once," said Rabbi Andrew Ergas, Executive Director of JCC. "We could save money on our energy costs so that more of our membership and fundraising dollars could be spent on programming and enhancing the member experience at the JCC. It would allow us to reduce our carbon footprint by using a renewable energy source. Plus, we had a unique opportunity to lead our community by example; to walk the walk, not just talk about our responsibility to care for our planet and our environment. Tikkun Olam is a central Jewish value. It means 'Repair the World.'"

"Nonprofits provide so much to the community," stated Scott Kerner, CEO and Co-founder of Green Street. "Every little bit they can save is just that much more they're able to give back to what really matters – the members of the community. We truly look forward to helping JCC and as many other nonprofits as we can."

JCC's system is scheduled to be fully operational in spring of next year, and GSPP is delighted to work with this positive community establishment in Tarrytown.

About JCC

The new Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson is a rapidly growing, 75,000 square foot state of the art facility at the epicenter of Jewish life in Westchester's Rivertowns and beyond. Its 1,700 current members of all faiths and backgrounds enjoy programs ranging from early childhood to adult learning, from health and fitness to Jewish culture. Its purpose is to create an environment where people can connect with one another for lasting relationships to enhance their lives and benefit the community.  

About GSPP

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

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