LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tigo Energy, Inc., pioneer of the smart modular Flex MLPE, today announced the new Underwriter Laboratories (UL) certification of its TS4 Platform Rapid Shutdown Systems (RSS) with CPS, a North American renowned smart energy solution provider. The CPS inverters listed below were successfully certified with Tigo’s RSS solutions: TS4-F (Fire Safety), TS4-O (Optimization), and TS4-L (Long Strings). Tigo is currently compatible and available with CPS and more tier one certified inverter manufacturing partners throughout the U.S. Contact Tigo about more RSS information for integrated or retrofitted PV installations.

This UL certification is part of Tigo’s multivendor initiative providing customers with the advantages of reliable, safe, and cost-effective solutions. The use of Tigo smart modules and high-efficiency inverters allows design flexibility for installers to comply with National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 690.12 RSS regulations. Tigo has also been internationally recognized as the only module-level power electronic vendor with UL-certified RSS with multiple PV module manufacturers. To learn more about Tigo’s RSS solutions, join Tigo’s online NABCEP-accredited trainings.

The following CPS inverters are newly UL listed as Rapid Shutdown Systems with Tigo’s TS4 units:

TS4-F (Fire Safety)

The most cost-effective RSS solution with SunSpec-defined power-line communication.

  • CPS SCA50KTL with firmware 9.0 or later
  • CPS SCA60KTL with firmware 9.0 or later

TS4-O (Optimization) and TS4-L (Long Strings)

The only certified multi-vendor RSS solutions on the market are module-level monitored and include additional features like optimization or long string designs.

  • CPS SCA50KTL with firmware 9.0 or later
  • CPS SCA60KTL with firmware 9.0 or later

Tigo is currently taking orders - for price and delivery of RSS UL-certified TS4 products, contact +1.408.402.0802 ext. 1, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or consult your preferred solar distributor. For more information about CPS inverters, visit https://www.chintpowersystems.com.

About CPS America

CPS, Chint Power Systems, is a subsidiary of the Chint Group. CPS America was founded in Texas in 2009 and its operating headquarters is in Pomona, California. CPS is the USA market leader for 3-phase string inverters with well over 2GW shipped in America. Texas continues to be the service and support center for North America, while fulfillment operations are in Pomona. CPS has a team of service, sales, operations and applications engineers distributed across North America. CPS America is a subsidiary of Chint Power Systems, a global inverter business with 10GW installed worldwide. www.chintpowersystems.com

About Tigo Energy, Inc.

Tigo is a Silicon Valley company founded in 2007 by a team of experienced technologists. Combining a unique systems-level approach with expertise in semiconductors, power electronics, and solar energy, the Tigo team developed the first-generation Smart Module Optimizer technology for the solar industry. Tigo's vision is to leverage integrated and retrofitted Flex MLPE and communications technology to drive the cost of solar electricity down. By partnering with tier 1 module and inverter manufacturers in the industry, Tigo is able to focus on its key innovation with the smartest TS4 modular platform and leverage the broader ecosystem. Tigo has operations in the USA, Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Australia, and the Middle East. Visit www.tigoenergy.com.

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HOLYOKE, Mass., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PeoplesBank has issued its 2019 annual Corporate Green Report in recognition of Earth Day 2019. Through its green values and actions to support environmental sustainability, PeoplesBank believes that it can help make the region a healthier place to live, work, and raise a family. The bank puts these values to work throughout the year through its charitable donations, volunteerism, support of green energy projects and construction of LEED® certified offices.

"As a mutual bank, we are focused on our values of Innovation, Community Support, Environmental Sustainability, and Employee Engagement," noted Tom Senecal, President and CEO of PeoplesBank. "Environmental sustainability is really the meeting place of all those other values. It is a way we can be innovative, support the community and engage our associates in a way that is meaningful."

"A business' responsibility is to try and influence their communities towards being more sustainable," explained Philippe Michaud, a Loan Service Associate at PeoplesBank and Co-chair of its Environmental Committee. "The environment is a core belief that is built into the fabric of our organization. That goes a long way toward what we do in the community."

Community banks, like PeoplesBank, are not generally known for building green offices, but PeoplesBank has a LEED Gold-certified office in Northampton, a LEED Gold-certified office in West Springfield, and a LEED Silver-certified office in Springfield. The LEED-certified office in Springfield, the first of its kind in the city, won a GreenSeal from the city of Springfield.

The bank's newest branch in Holyoke, Massachusetts will also seek LEED certification once construction has finished. Pursuing that objective means that the new branch will be constructed and operated as a green building. Some of the highlights include:

  • Reuse of a portion of the existing Yankee Pedlar building (the Historic Hildreth House).
  • Reduction rainwater runoff on the site and use of landscaping that requires no irrigation.
  • Use of low flow water fixtures and high efficiency HVAC.
  • Use of building materials that have low or zero volatile organic compounds and are sourced locally where possible.
  • The exterior wall is highly efficient and allows for the flow of air vapor in two directions, meaning the wall will "breathe" throughout the year, leading to a cleaner indoor environment.

Three PeoplesBank offices (Northampton, West Springfield and Holyoke 330 Whitney Avenue) have electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The bank is also launching a "Choose to Reuse" campaign designed to eliminate the use of disposable paper products internally.

During the past year, PeoplesBank was recognized by Independent Banker magazine for its environmental sustainability efforts and, for the fifth year in a row, the bank was voted "Best Local Green Business" by the Daily Hampshire Gazette readers. The PeoplesBank is also a past recipient of the Sustainable Business of the Year award and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts' Sustainability Award.

Over the course of the last year, PeoplesBank provided more than $58,000 in support for green initiatives in western Massachusetts including:

  • A mobile farmers' market that travels to underserved/food desert areas of Springfield and surrounding communities.
  • The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) Food for All campaign.
  • The Center for EcoTechnology's "Eco Fellows" and support of over a hundred community education events.
  • The Source to Sea Cleanup of the Connecticut River which also includes hands-on participation by a team of volunteers from the bank.
  • The Mount Holyoke Wetlands Restoration Project, conducted by Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars.
  • Scientific environmental education at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment.
  • ValleyBike Share, the region's new bike-sharing program.

PeoplesBank is also a longtime leader in sustainable energy financing, and the bank's commercial lenders are recognized for their expertise in creating financing packages for green energy power generation. To date, the bank has financed more than $183 million in wind, solar, and hydroelectric power generation projects, an increase of $17 million in just one year.

In celebration of Earth Day, PeoplesBank will give away tomato plants and garden seeds to the public on Monday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at three locations: http://bit.ly/Earth19

About: PeoplesBank is a leader in innovation, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, and employee engagement. Our three LEED® certified offices are environmentally friendly, and we have financed $183 million in wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy projects.

As the largest community bank in the market, we have a unique ability to help the communities we serve through volunteer efforts and millions of dollars in donations to charitable and civic causes. Our associates devote an average of 10,000 hours to volunteer work each year, and 48 of the bank's officers serve on the boards of directors and committees of 115 nonprofit organizations in the area.

PeoplesBank is a mutual bank and therefore responsible to our depositors, employees, and the community. This organizational structure allows us to focus on the long-term viability of the bank and the best interests of our customers. We currently have 20 banking centers located in Massachusetts, as well as four banking centers in Connecticut operating as First Suffield Bank, a division of PeoplesBank.

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DUBLIN, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Testing, Inspection, and Certification Market by Service (Testing, Inspection, Certification), Sourcing Type (In-House and Outsourced), Application (Consumer Goods and Retail, Construction and Infrastructure), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2024" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The TIC market is estimated to grow from USD 209.4 billion in 2019 to USD 266.2 billion by 2024-growing at a CAGR of 4.91%.

The growth of the TIC market is driven by the increase in disposable income and rapid urbanization in developing economies; high growth in product recalls across the world; high adoption of outsourcing service models by worldwide manufacturers; increased requirement for harmonized standards; surge in illicit trading, counterfeiting, and piracy practices across the world; and enforcement of rigorous government regulations and standards across various sectors. However, the complex nature of supply chains and long lead time for overseas qualification tests pose major challenges for players in the TIC market.

Escalating need to get products certified will boost the demand for certification services in the coming years

The market for certification services is estimated to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Certification demonstrates a company's credibility in the market. Certification services in the TIC market validate the result of a test or inspection against a range of pre-specified standards set by governments, international standardization institutions, or clients. Generally, certification or safety marks are applied to the product. This service is crucial for manufacturers to demonstrate the compliance of their products with specific standards and improve the marketability of their products.

Requirement of highly advanced capabilities and expertise to evaluate the performance and reduce the delivery time contributing to the growth of the automotive with the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The market for the automotive application is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Automotive testing requires highly advanced capabilities and expertise to evaluate the performance and reduce the delivery time of a vehicle. Governments are increasingly focusing on implementing legislation to prevent road accidents and minimize the environmental impact of non-compliant vehicles. Manufacturers and suppliers have to ensure higher safety standards, sustainable quality, and operational excellence in meeting government safety standards.

The market in APAC is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The market in APAC is estimated to grow at the highest higher CAGR during the forecast period. Countries in APAC such as China and Japan are the most developed countries, with significant export capacity. However, its imports are mainly targeted at the agriculture, petroleum, and mining industries, among others. Major industries in APAC include consumer electronics, processed foods, and agriculture. These industries have a significant demand for TIC services to stay in compliance with international standards.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights
4.1 Lucrative Opportunities in TIC Market
4.2 TIC Market, By Sourcing Type
4.3 TIC Market, By Service Type
4.4 TIC Market in APAC, By Application and Service Type
4.5 TIC Market, By Country

5 Market Overview
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Market Dynamics
5.2.1 Drivers Increase in Disposable Income and Rapid Urbanization in Developing Economies High Growth in Product Recalls Across the World High Adoption of Outsourcing Service Model By Worldwide Manufacturers Increased Requirement for Harmonized Standards Surge in Illicit Trading, Counterfeiting, and Piracy Practices Across the World Enforcement of Rigorous Government Regulations and Standards Across Various Sectors
5.2.2 Restraint Diverse Standards and Regulations Across Geographies
5.2.3 Opportunities Growth Opportunities for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses in the TIC Ecosystem Consolidation of Fragmented Markets
5.2.4 Challenges Complex Nature of Global Supply Chains Long Lead Time for Overseas Qualification Assessments

6 Industry Trends
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Value Chain Analysis
6.3 Core Industry Segments for Overall TIC Market TIC Standards and Regulatory Bodies Companies Offering TIC Services End-User Industries
6.4 Key Industry Trends
6.5 Pest Analysis
6.5.1 Political Factors
6.5.2 Economic Factors
6.5.3 Social Factors
6.5.4 Technological Factors

7 TIC Market, By Service Type
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Testing
7.3 Inspection
7.4 Certification
7.5 Others

8 TIC Market, By Sourcing Type
8.1 Introduction
8.2 In-House Services
8.3 Outsourced Services

9 TIC Market, By Application
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Consumer Goods and Retail
9.2.1 Personal Care and Beauty Products
9.2.2 Hard Goods
9.2.3 Softlines and Accessories
9.2.4 Toys and Juvenile Products
9.2.5 Electrical and Electronics
9.2.6 Others
9.3 Agriculture and Food
9.3.1 Seeds and Crops
9.3.2 Fertilizers
9.3.3 Commodities
9.3.4 Food
9.3.5 Forestry
9.3.6 Others
9.4 Chemicals
9.4.1 Asset Integrity Management Services
9.4.2 Project Lifecycle Services
9.4.3 Finished Product Services
9.4.4 Chemical Feedstocks Services
9.4.5 Others
9.5 Construction and Infrastructure
9.5.1 Project Management
9.5.2 Material Services
9.5.3 Construction Machinery and Equipment Services
9.5.4 Facilities Management and Inspection Services
9.5.5 Others
9.6 Energy & Power
9.6.1 Energy Sources Nuclear Wind Solar Alternative Fuels Fuel Oils and Gases Coal
9.6.2 Power Generation
9.6.3 Power Distribution
9.6.4 Asset Integrity Management Services
9.6.5 Project Lifecycle Services
9.6.6 Others
9.7 Industrial and Manufacturing
9.7.1 Supplier-Related Services
9.7.2 Production- and Product-Related Services
9.7.3 Project-Related Services
9.7.4 Others
9.8 Medical and Life Sciences
9.8.1 Medical Devices
9.8.2 Health, Beauty, and Wellness
9.8.3 Clinical Services
9.8.4 Laboratory Services
9.8.5 Biopharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Services
9.8.6 Others
9.9 Mining
9.9.1 Inspection and Sampling Services
9.9.2 Analytical Services
9.9.3 Exploration Services
9.9.4 Metallurgy and Process Design Services
9.9.5 Production and Plant Services
9.9.6 Site Operations and Closure Services
9.9.7 Project Risk Assessment and Mitigation Services
9.10 Oil & Gas and Petroleum
9.10.1 Upstream
9.10.2 Downstream
9.10.3 Biofuels and Feedstock
9.10.4 Petrochemicals
9.10.5 Asset Integrity Management Services
9.10.6 Project Lifecycle Services
9.10.7 Others
9.11 Public Sector
9.11.1 Product Conformity Assessment Services
9.11.2 Monitoring Services
9.11.3 Valuation Services
9.11.4 Others
9.12 Automotive
9.12.1 Electrical Systems and Components
9.12.2 Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems
9.12.3 Telematics
9.12.4 Fuels, Fluids, and Lubricants
9.12.5 Interior and Exterior Materials and Components
9.12.6 Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS)
9.12.7 Homologation Testing
9.12.8 Others
9.13 Aerospace
9.13.1 Aerospace Manufacturing Services
9.13.2 Aviation Management Services
9.13.3 Others
9.14 Marine
9.14.1 Marine Fuel Systems and Component Services
9.14.2 Ship Classification Services
9.14.3 Marine Materials and Equipment Services
9.14.4 Others
9.15 Rail
9.15.1 Rail Construction and Production Monitoring
9.15.2 Infrastructure Management
9.15.3 Others
9.16 Supply Chain and Logistics
9.16.1 Packaging & Handling
9.16.2 Risk Management
9.16.3 Others
9.17 It and Telecom
9.17.1 Telecom and It Infrastructure Equipment
9.17.2 Modules and Devices
9.18 Sports & Entertainment
9.18.1 Sports Venues and Facilities
9.18.2 Sporting Goods and Protective Equipment

10 Geographic Analysis

11 Competitive Landscape
11.1 Overview
11.2 Key Players in TIC Market
11.3 Competitive Situations and Trends
11.3.1 Acquisitions
11.3.2 Expansions
11.3.3 Service Launches
11.3.4 Others

12 Company Profiles

  • ALS Limited
  • Applus+
  • Avomeen Analytical Services
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Dekra Se
  • DNV Gl
  • Element Materials Technology
  • Envigo
  • Eurofins Scientific
  • Force Technology
  • Gateway Analytical
  • HV Technologies Inc.
  • Intertek
  • Keystone Compliance
  • Kiwa Inspecta
  • Lloyd's Register Group Limited
  • Medistri Sa
  • Mistras
  • Rina S.P.A.
  • Safety Assessment Federation (SAFED)
  • SGS Group
  • Technick Inpekcia
  • TUV Nord Group
  • TUV Rheinland
  • Trk Loydu
  • Ul LLC
  • VDE Testing Institute
  • Washington Laboratories Ltd.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Forbes magazine has named Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) to its 2019 list of America's Best Employers. Out of 500 companies ranked, Duke Energy moved up one spot to No. 105 and is the highest-ranking Charlotte-based employer. 

"Our people are our power," said Melissa Anderson, Duke Energy's executive vice president, administration and chief human resources officer. "Every day, we strive to create a working environment where each employee is valued for their unique background and significant contributions."

The ranking is determined by an independent, anonymous survey of more than 30,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. Respondents are asked to respond on several work-related topics, including working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image.

Company performance highlights include:

  • Fostering diversity and inclusion – A 20-year-old network of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that work to address the needs of employees, communities and customers. The ERGs represent African Americans, Hispanics, women, people with disabilities, new employees, veterans and the LGBT community. Duke Energy's commitment to diversity and inclusion has received frequent recognition, including the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the U.S. Department of Defense gives to companies for their outstanding support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
  • Valuing work-family balance – Duke Energy offers mothers and fathers fully paid parental leave – totaling six weeks – to allow for bonding, bolster work-family balance and help attract and retain highly skilled workers. Duke Energy's other family-focused employee benefits include a $5,000 reimbursement for costs associated with adopting a child, generous vacation time, paid sick leave, and paid time off to care for a sick or injured child, parent or other family member.
  • Supporting our communities – Through the Duke Energy In Action program, the company sponsors volunteer projects for employees throughout the year and provides them with 10 paid hours to volunteer for a cause of their choice. Employees can also earn company donations through volunteerism and receive dollar-for-dollar matching donations to the cause of their choice from the Duke Energy Foundation.
  • Focusing on safety – In 2018, Duke Energy maintained an industry-leading safety performance, with an employee Total Incident Case Rate (TICR) of 0.43.
  • Investing in professional development – Through both formal training and knowledge transfer, the company invests in positioning employees for success. The Duke Energy Leadership Academy offers a variety of learning and development opportunities, including independent studies and facilitated programs to address the needs of each leadership level.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit's regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2019 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2019 "America's Best Employers" list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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