SINGAPORE, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark today switched on one of Singapore's largest solar energy installations at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, which produces Huggies diapers and Huggies baby wipes. The 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt hours of clean energy, enough to power up a thousand 3-bedroom HDB flats for a year.

Kimberly-Clark switched on one of Singapore’s largest solar energy installations at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, which produces Huggies diapers and Huggies baby wipes. The 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt hours of clean energy.
Kimberly-Clark switched on one of Singapore’s largest solar energy installations at its manufacturing facility in Tuas, which produces Huggies diapers and Huggies baby wipes. The 7,730 photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof will generate 3.5 Gigawatt hours of clean energy.

With this investment, renewable energy will now replace 15% of conventional energy use at the plant, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by approximately 1,600 metric tons per year. This is equivalent to removing nearly 350 passenger cars from roads annually.

Kimberly-Clark's Tuas plant has a long track record of reducing its environmental footprint. In 2016, it launched an in-house wastewater treatment plant that recycles 75% of the water used in its wet wipes production.

Since 2017, it has partnered with Ngee Ann polytechnic researchers to find utility for material waste generated during its production process, as part of its broader efforts to re-use or recycle 100% of its waste.

At a ceremony held to inaugurate its solar roof, Achal Agarwal, President, Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific, said, "Our manufacturing operations in Singapore have long been recognized as a leader in environmental protection. Switching on this solar roof marks a new milestone in our sustainability journey and accelerates our progress towards our goal of achieving a 20% reduction in GHG emissions globally, by 2022."

Through continued investments in climate and energy programs at its operations around the world, Kimberly-Clark has embarked on a long-term effort to minimize climate change impact from its operations and at the same time transform its financial performance.

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, was the guest of honour at the inauguration. He said, "I am glad to see enterprises such as Kimberly-Clark Corporation step up efforts to adopt renewable energy. Sustainable development is not just central to the mitigation of climate change and protection of the environment. When thoughtfully incorporated, it can benefit business operations and reduce costs in the long run."

The solar roof panels were installed in partnership with Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap, which has played an instrumental role in the development of many grid-connected PV systems, pioneering the solar energy movement in Singapore.

"We are pleased to work with Kimberly-Clark in their efforts to go green. As the leading integrated clean energy solutions provider in Singapore, we encourage all companies to look for ways to be environmentally friendly in their business. There are various measures companies can take to reduce their carbon footprint including tapping renewable energy for their operations and going paperless in their day-to-day work," said Frank Phuan, CEO and Executive Director, Sunseap Group.

About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Fueled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people's most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what's important to them. Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Viva and WypAll, hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in 80 countries. We use sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, build stronger communities, and ensure our business thrives for decades to come. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company's 147-year history of innovation, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ROTH Capital Partners (ROTH), , a full-service investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors, today announced that it will host its 6th Annual China Solar Tour in Shanghai on June 3-6, 2019. The event is held in conjunction with SNEC – 13th Annual International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Smart Energy Exhibition & Conference, one of the largest annual solar & smart energy conferences/expos in the world.

This invitation-only event, which will be hosted by ROTH’s Cleantech Senior Research Analysts Philip Shen and Craig Irwin, will provide an opportunity for industry executives and institutional investors to meet and exchange views on the latest industry trends & issues.

“We are at the beginning of a new era of solar: Subsidy-free economic demand. We expect this to be a key theme in the current upcycle as we believe the industry has quietly reached the Holy Grail inflection point of unsubsidized demand. This will result in future solar cycles becoming increasingly more driven by the global economic cycle, rather than individual country subsidy policies. We are already starting to see subsidy-free green shoots of demand throughout the world, especially in Europe, and eventually throughout the world. Moreover, we expect the industry structure to consolidate at an accelerating pace as many companies will likely not be able to maintain the R&D investment and capex required to remain profitable and competitive. Our tour is designed to explore these trends and more to uncover investment opportunities,” said Jesse Pichel, Managing Director – Cleantech Investment Banking at ROTH.

“Additionally, this year we are touring some of the largest EV and battery module suppliers to the Chinese Electric vehicle supply chain. China is the largest producer and end market for electrical vehicles.”

According to Mr. Shen, “We expect industry visibility to improve commensurate with less and less dependence on country subsidy policies and more and more demand supported by non-subsidy enabled economics. This improved visibility, in our view, will lead to multiple expansion for the overall sector over time. We believe investors do not fully appreciate this yet, but we expect this to be a theme for years to come. That said, marginal China is still critical to the current solar cycle. With the SNEC Power Generation and Smart Energy Expo as the largest solar and storage conferences in the world, we expect our booth tour at SNEC to provide investors with insight into how China’s growth could drive near-term supply/demand dynamics as well as how this new era of subsidy-free economic demand will sustain the industry for years to come.”

“We plan to meet with companies representing each step of the power generation and smart energy value chain, including: (1) Upstream polysilicon producers; (2) Midstream wafer, cell, and module manufacturers; (3) BOS/Inverter suppliers; (4) Equipment manufacturers; (5) Downstream players; (6) Energy Storage, Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technology Companies, and (7) Industry experts.”

Craig Irwin will be giving two speeches during the SNEC Conference and EXPO. The closing keynote on June 4th titled “Energy Storage: Emerging Paradigms in Transportation and Utility” during the sub event named 2019 Int’l Energy Storage and Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Engineering Technology Conference. On June 5th, during the 8th Global Green Energy and PV Financial Summit, Mr. Irwin will be on a panel titled “Green finance: What are the various options available and how are they supporting industry growth?”. For details on the SNEC agenda and panels, see -

This trip will include booth tours during the SNEC Power Generation and Smart Energy Expo, which will feature nearly 2,000 companies and exhibitors from over 90 countries, a tour of the Human Horizons manufacturing facility, and the WM Motor facility in Shanghai, as well as, a tour of Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment facility in Jiangsu.

Clients interested in attending should contact their ROTH sales representative or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more or register for SNEC, please visit the event web site at -

Our collective cleantech banking team has been involved in ~170 cleantech transactions over the past decade with a total transaction value of over $16B. (Source – ROTH Capital – 05/17/2019)

ROTH is a founding member of Sustain SoCal (formerly Sustain OC), a trade association with its roots in cleantech economic growth that accelerates sustainability in Southern California through innovation, collaboration and education. ROTH is also a member of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Event sponsors include Business Wire and The Blueshirt Group Asia.

List of participating companies as of this release (As of 05/23/2019 – subject to change):

Company Name

Arctech Solar PRIVATE
Asia Clean Capital PRIVATE
Canadian Solar Inc. CSIQ
Daqo New Energy Corp. DQ
GameChange Solar LP* PRIVATE
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. PRIVATE
Human Horizons PRIVATE
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. JKS
Jolywood* SZ: 300393
Longi Green Energy Technology SSE: 601012
Meyer Burger* MBTN
Nio Inc. NIO
Singapore Solar Exchange PRIVATE
TBEA* SH: 600089
Tianjin Zhonghuan* SZ: 002129
Tongwei Co., Ltd SH: 600438
Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment SZSE: 300450
Xinyi Glass HK: 00968

*Invited as of 05/23/2019

About Roth Capital Partners, LLC:

ROTH Capital Partners, LLC (ROTH), is a relationship-driven investment bank focused on serving emerging growth companies and their investors. As a full-service investment bank, ROTH provides capital raising, M&A advisory, analytical research, trading, market-making services and corporate access.

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., ROTH is privately-held and owned by its employees, and maintains regional offices throughout the U.S. For more information on ROTH, please visit

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The active development of the industry allowed Ukraine to go up from 34th to 23rd position in the solar energy global ranking.

Vitaliy Daviy, CEO at IB Centre Europe

"Between the events CISOLAR 2019 and CISOLAR 2020 we are waiting for the installation of 1 GW of solar energy facilities in Ukraine. A new legislative basis for auctions will be implemented, which will open guaranteed prospects for investors for the next long period of time (5-10 years), and the rules of the game will again be clear and even more investments will flow to Ukraine," - Vitaliy Daviy made a positive forecast.

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency of Ukraine noted that Ukraine has a high feed-in tariff which needs to be settled in a market-driven way that is through "green" auctions. Indeed, such a system will provide a fair market price for "green" electricity, transparent competition in the market, stable development of "clean" energy and guarantees to investors and financial institutions regarding project implementation.

 "The price should be fixed based on the auction system. At the same time, the investor should be protected," said the Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency Sergey Savchuk.

Let us recall that the relevant law on green auctions was adopted on April 25, 2019. According to this law, the participation in auctions will be mandatory with effect from 2020 for solar power projects with a capacity exceeding 1 MW and wind power stations with a capacity exceeding 5 MW. Under the terms of the auction, the one who offers the lowest price will be able to sell "clean" electricity to the state.

Yevhen Metsger, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSB Ukrgasbank, showed positive results in the alternative energy financing sector. According to him, Ukrgasbank has funded 146 green energy projects, including 106 solar projects with total capacity of 688 MW, worth 527 million euros. As for home solar power plants, 190 SPP were funded for a total amount of 65 million UAH.

Industry experts have discussed not only promising opportunities for the development of solar energy in Ukraine, but have also revealed the risks Ukraine is facing on the path towards the effective development. In "Ukrenergo" they are concerned about the problem of balancing the energy system, since more technical requirements have been issued than this system can accept.

To the question "What will happen to the solar power industry next year?" Vsevolod Kovalchuk, director of SE NPC Ukrenergo, replied that it would already be impossible to hold auctions, attract investors and build new balancing fast capacities that would allow to smooth out fluctuations in the production of poorly predicted power generation. He commented on the matter:

"Starting from next year, Ukrenergo, as a system operator, will be forced to either restrict the power generation of nuclear power plants, or limit (where technically possible) the power generation of renewable energy facilities. Because we must ensure the security of the energy supply."

China is the global market leader in solar energy. This was announced at the CISOLAR 2019 Conference by Pranav Mehta, Chairman of the Global Solar Council. He shared his experience and gave some advice to Ukraine to accelerate the development of solar energy:

"Ukraine has the potential and as a result, the question arises: how to learn from the experience of other countries, in particular India, China, the United States and how it can help. First of all, you need to have a huge desire in order to satisfy the need to attain 3 gigawatts, because Ukraine has a high potential for this. At the same time, I am happy that there are more and more home solar power stations in Ukraine, which is good, but their number should grow. It is important."

Following the CISOLAR 2019 Conference, a draft of a new strategy aimed at achieving 100% renewable energy, including solar, in the overall energy balance of Ukraine was announced.

"A strategy is needed that will unite business, society and the state. 100% RES is our big goal. The cost of electricity after 2030 will be reduced," Sergiy Shakalov, the CEO  at KNESS, determined the industry development direction.

Philipp Leckebusch, the CEO at DTEK Renewables, noted that Ukraine is now at the stage of development of solar energy which Europe passed 7-10 years ago. At the same time, Ukraine offers one of the most attractive investment structures in Europe for the development of the industry. Indeed, favorable conditions were created here: availability of resources and land plots, feed-in tariff, government support and a targeted energy strategy - the objective to reach 25% of clean energy production by 2035.

CISOLAR 2019 gathered over 450 participants representing big business and small and medium  sized businesses. The solar energy market is the market of the right economic platform that creates equal opportunities for participants of any scale.

"I am pleased that CISOLAR is a platform for all of them. Definitely, we are writing a new page for the development of the solar industry in Ukraine, because there are a lot of difficult and not simple issues in terms of legislative initiatives, further policies, technological constraints, and so on. It is expected that CISOLAR 2020 will be an even bigger event and we will discuss fundamentally different topics: what are the technological constraints for the implementation of new projects," said Vitaly Daviy, the CEO at IB Center.

CISOLAR 2019, the 8th International Conference and Trade Show of Solar Energy in Central and Eastern Europe, the main industry event, took place on April 16-18. The event was attended by over 450 delegates, 56 speakers from 30 countries, more than 100 companies that introduced the latest equipment, innovative technologies and unique solutions, as well as over 4,000 visitors of the exhibition. At the business conference, supporters of the solar industry discussed all the most pressing issues regarding legislation, financing, prospects, risks of the industry development, its features and vision of solar energy in the future for effective and confident progress.

The organizer and producer of CISOLAR 2019 is Innovative Business Centre (IB Centre).

The coming up industry event from IB Center - SEF 2019 KYIV, the 11th International Sustainable Energy Forum and Trade Show of Central and Eastern European will be held in Kiev, on October 16-18, 2019.

To learn more about the main event in the field of sustainable energy and to register for SEF 2019 KYIV, visit, call: +38-044-383-03-56 or contact us at e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Como parte de una conferencia y exposición de tres días celebrada en el Centro de Exposiciones Messe München de Múnich, Alemania, del 15 al 17 de mayo de 2019, Hanergy presentó sus soluciones solares más prometedoras.

Entre los productos de Hanergy presentados se encuentran: HanPower Plus, un banco de energía solar portátil; HanPack, la mochila solar; y Humbrella, la sombrilla de energía solar, en la categoría de productos de consumo; y soluciones para el hogar con energía solar, como las soluciones para tejado HanTile de vidrio simple y doble, la solución de paredes de generación de energía, HanWall y soluciones de pavimentación de carreteras como HanBrick en la categoría de productos de construcción; soluciones de transporte como el sistema de montaje en suelo deslizante, el techo solar de película delgada para vehículos, además de módulos flexibles y líneas de producción de Solibro y MiaSolé.

La parte más interesante es que Hanergy también ha acelerado su expansión global con su participación en la Exposición Intersolar Europe 2019. La compañía ha firmado contratos de cooperación estratégica con empresas de renombre como Deuter y Bahama para diseñar y desarrollar de forma conjunta mochilas solares y sombrillas de energía solar respectivamente para el mercado global.

En lo que respecta al contrato de cooperación estratégica con Deuter, Hanergy será responsable del desarrollo y el diseño de componentes flexibles de película delgada y Deuter asumirá la responsabilidad del diseño, la producción y la venta de las mochilas a nivel mundial. El tándem adoptará una estrategia de marca compartida para promocionar sus próximas mochilas solares.

En colaboración con Hanergy, Robert Schieferle, Vicepresidente de Deuter afirmó, "Estamos encantados de crear sinergias con una compañía de la talla de Hanergy y utilizar sus componentes flexibles de película delgada por excelencia en nuestras futuras mochilas solares. Estamos seguros de que nuestra nueva mochila solar, alimentada por módulos de escaso peso de Hanergy, con la doble marca seguramente va a ser todo un éxito".

Deuter es una marca alemana de mochilas y bolsas deportivas, para montañismo, senderismo, deportes de nieve y otros usos. Fundada en 1898, Deuter ha sido pionera en el mercado de equipos para exteriores de máxima calidad durante más de 120 años.

Por otro lado, bajo los auspicios de un acuerdo de cooperación estratégica con Bahama, la marca líder de sombrillas de Alemania, ambas compañías cooperarán para diseñar y desarrollar de forma conjunta sombrillas de energía solar.

Fundada en 1950, hoy en día Bahama diseña y fabrica una gran variedad de sombrillas de gran tamaño y velas parasoles de alta calidad.

Además, con la presentación de sus módulos flexibles y el producto HanTile de BIPV en el mercado de Suecia, el gigante de la energía limpia también ha firmado un acuerdo de distribución de 1000 millones de USD con Sun Lion Solar Ltd, una de las compañías de mayor prestigio que lleva ofreciendo soluciones de techado en la región escandinava durante más de 50 años.

El mercado solar de Suecia ha crecido enormemente en los últimos años. Su capacidad fotovoltaica operativa aumentó de 231 MW a finales de 2017 a 411 MW a finales del año pasado, según las nuevas estadísticas oficiales publicadas por la Agencia Sueca de Energía (Energimyndigheten). Las cifras muestran que 2018 fue el mejor año del país en lo que se refiere al desarrollo de energía solar, con 180 MW añadidos a la red. Eso contrasta con 91 MW en 2017 y solo 13 MW en 2016, mientras que en 2015 y 2014 el país añadió alrededor de 37,6 MW y 36,2 MW, respectivamente.

Lv Yuan, Vicepresidente de Ventas Internacionales de Hanergy, afirmó, "Intersolar Europe ha existido durante años y hemos tenido la suerte de estar asociados con la plataforma. Nuestra participación en la Exposición Intersolar de este año ha dado resultados excepcionalmente buenos para la empresa. Hemos firmado un contrato de 1.000 millones de dólares para distribuir nuestra solución de techado en Suecia, y también hemos cerrado contratos de cooperación estratégica con empresas reconocidas en sus respectivos campos, como Deuter y Bahama, para depurar el aspecto de nuestras mochilas y sombrillas solares, así como también las ventas en Europa y en los mercados mundiales".

Hanergy afirma tener la intención de cerrar en la Exposición Intersolar acuerdos con casi 85 clientes potenciales con pedidos que totalizan 380 MW. La compañía afirma que durante la exposición recibió más de 5.000 visitantes y miles de expertos de 160 países.

Wang Zhongshuang, CEO de Hanergy en Alemania, afirmó, "Hanergy ha mantenido una trayectoria de crecimiento continuo y se está expandiendo en el mercado global constantemente. Nuestra colaboración con Deuter y Bahama es un testimonio de nuestra seriedad para aplicar nuestra innovadora tecnología energética de película delgada a productos de diversos sectores. Nuestro compromiso es dotar al mundo de energía móvil y estamos abiertos a trabajar con las principales compañías para crear productos más eficientes en el consumo de energía que cambien la forma de vida de los consumidores".

Según las perspectivas del mercado global para la energía solar publicadas recientemente por SolarPower Europe, se espera que el mercado solar de Europa crezca de manera exponencial. Alemania seguirá siendo el mayor mercado fotovoltaico de Europa en los próximos años, con una capacidad solar instalada de 26,7 GW para 2023, lo que elevará su capacidad total a 72,6 GW. España será el segundo mercado más grande con nuevas adiciones que alcanzarán los 19,4 GW y su total acumulado alcanzará los 25,3 GW para el final del período 2019-2023.

En los próximos cinco años, los Países Bajos, Francia e Italia probablemente agregarán 15,8 GW, 13,3 GW y 9,6 GW, respectivamente. Les seguirán Ucrania y Turquía, con 5,9 GW y 5,5 GW respectivamente de crecimiento proyectado.

Intersolar Europe, fundada hace 27 años, se ha convertido en una de las plataformas industriales más importantes para fabricantes, proveedores, distribuidores, proveedores de servicios y socios en la industria solar global. La exposición se centra en las áreas de la energía fotovoltaica, las tecnologías térmicas solares, las plantas de energía solar, así como la infraestructura de red eléctrica y las soluciones para la integración de la energía renovable.

Acerca de Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd: 

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd (0566.HK) es una empresa que cotiza en Hong Kong y es una filial de Hanergy Mobile Energy Group Company Ltd. Como una de las principales compañías solares de película delgada del mundo, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd mantiene el compromiso de "Construir energía móvil". Desde 2009, Hanergy ha estado trabajando incansablemente para integrar tecnologías solares en todo el mundo y ha realizado una fuerte inversión en investigación e innovación en el campo de la energía solar de película delgada. Las tecnologías solares de película delgada se han aplicado a una serie de productos comerciales y no comerciales, entre los que se incluye HanTile, HanWall, Humbrella, HanPack y HanPower.

Visite el sitio web oficial Hanergy para descubrir más o siga a Hanergy en Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube para obtener las últimas novedades y actualizaciones.

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ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standard Solar, a leading solar energy company, applauds its home state of Maryland on the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA). The bill will help further advance the solar industry in the state and return Maryland to its rightful place as a leading solar state in the country.

The CEJA raises Maryland’s requirement for renewable energy, requires state planning to reach 100% renewable energy by 2040, and increases funding for clean energy workforce development. According to the Sierra Club, the 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will include a jump from 2.5% in-state solar to 14.5% by 2030. The solar carve-out level in 2028 alone is equal to all of the coal-powered electricity generated in the state in 2017.

Legislators in the state, led by bill sponsor Senator Brian Feldman, worked overtime to get this bill passed and have shown a strong commitment to expanding the solar industry. The legislature also successfully voted to pass an expansion of the community solar pilot program.

“It can’t be said enough how proud we are of the Maryland legislature and we appreciate Governor Hogan’s support in allowing the bill to become law,” said John Finnerty, director of business development for Standard Solar. “The long-term effects of this law will green the state’s energy system, create well-paying jobs and help consumers save money on their electrical bills. This fiscal-results driven legislation will set Maryland on the right clean energy path for decades to come.”

The bill is expected to spur the creation of 20,000 new solar jobs, including 5,700 development, manufacturing, and construction jobs and drive billions in direct investment in Maryland’s economy. Additionally, rate payers stand to benefit over the next ten years of in-state investment and generation.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Maryland currently has slightly more than one gigawatt of solar installed, enough to power 120,880 homes. The state’s solar industry employs 4,515 people at more than 240 companies. It ranks as the 14th best solar state in the country, with 61,990 installations currently in place. The bill will increase the access to clean renewable energy for Marylanders statewide and set a new path to welcome the nation’s best organizations and firms seeking clean energy to relocate, expand and grow in-state.

About Standard Solar

Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed and maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies in the US. Owned by Énergir, a leading energy provider with more than $5.8 billion US in assets, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, and REDMOND, Wash., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. announced a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands. Microsoft will purchase 90 MW from the massive 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco. Eneco will provide Microsoft's datacenters with green power for 15 years starting in 2022.

This is Microsoft's second purchase of wind energy in the Netherlands in a year, which brings its total wind energy purchases to 270 MW in the Netherlands — one of the largest corporate renewable energy portfolios in the country.

"Tech companies are facing the challenge to reduce their carbon footprints, mostly due to the vast energy consumption of their datacenters," said Hans Peters, chief customer officer, Eneco. "A global frontrunner like Microsoft does not see this as a challenge, but as an opportunity to boost the energy transition. We are proud we can help them switch to a sustainable, smart and clean energy supply in the Netherlands. As a result, Microsoft is creating local opportunity, growth and impact while enabling Eneco to continue to invest in large-scale renewable energy projects like Borssele III/IV."

"Our purchasing of renewable energy helps improve the sustainability of our operations and local grids," said Brian Janous, general manager, Energy and Sustainability, Microsoft. "This agreement is our 14th renewable energy power purchase agreement and brings our total clean energy portfolio to more than 1.5 GW. The electricity generated will help support the continued long-term growth of Microsoft cloud services delivered from the Netherlands, which is one of 54 Azure regions announced and part of one of the largest and most innovative cloud infrastructures in the world."

Digital transformation and smart energy solutions

The power purchase agreement is a next step in the ongoing partnership between Eneco and Microsoft. In 2018, Eneco selected Microsoft as its preferred partner for cloud services, signing a three-year deal with Microsoft Azure, which enables Eneco to achieve the company's goals and ambitions in the area of digital transformation.

About Eneco and Borssele III/IV

Eneco is a Dutch-based company active in the area of sustainable energy and innovation. Together with our customers, partners and employees, we are working on the realization of our mission: everyone's sustainable energy. We invest in wind farms, biomass power plants, heating and solar parks in order to increase the supply of renewable energy. Eneco is one of the shareholders of Borssele III/IV, an offshore wind project that is currently being developed in the Dutch part of the North Sea. Eneco has also secured a 15-year power purchase agreement for half of the power generated by Borssele III/IV. Previously, Eneco came to agreements with Dutch-based companies Stedin, DSM and Royal Schiphol Group to purchase power from Borssele III/IV.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Dans le cadre d'une conférence et d'un salon qui se sont tenus pendant trois jours, du 15 au 17 mai 2019, au Centre des expositions Messe München à Munich, en Allemagne, Hanergy a présenté ses solutions d'énergie solaire les plus prometteuses.

Hanergy a ainsi exposé HanPower Plus, un chargeur solaire portable, HanPack, le sac à dos solaire et Humbrella, le parasol alimenté par l'énergie solaire, dans la catégorie des produits grand public. Elle a par ailleurs présenté des solutions pour le secteur résidentiel utilisant l'énergie solaire, comme les toitures en verre simple ou double, HanTile, les solutions murales produisant de l'énergie, HanWall, et les solutions de revêtement routier comme HanBrick dans la catégorie des produits destinés à la construction, ainsi que les solutions pour le transport comme les systèmes coulissants placés sur le sol, les toits de véhicules solaires en couches minces, sans oublier les modules flexibles et les chaînes de production de Solibro et MiaSolé.

Attire particulièrement l'attention le fait que Hanergy a aussi accéléré son expansion mondiale en participant au salon Intersolar Europe 2019. Elle a signé des contrats de collaboration stratégique avec des entreprises renommées telles que Deuter et Bahama avec lesquelles elle va concevoir et développer, respectivement, des sacs à dos solaires et des parasols alimentés par l'énergie solaire, destinés au marché mondial.

En vertu du contrat de collaboration stratégique conclu avec Deuter, Hanergy sera chargée du développement et de la conception des composants flexibles à couches minces, tandis que Deuter assumera la conception, la production et la vente des sacs à l'échelle mondiale. Le duo adoptera une stratégie de marque conjointe dans le but de promouvoir leurs prochains sacs à dos solaires.

S'exprimant sur la collaboration avec Hanergy, Robert Schieferle, vice-président de Deuter, a déclaré « Nous sommes heureux de bâtir des synergies avec une entreprise de l'envergure de Hanergy et d'utiliser ses composants flexibles en couches minces par excellence dans nos prochains sacs à dos solaires. Nous sommes persuadés que notre nouveau sac à dos solaire alimenté par les modules légers de Hanergy, exhibant nos deux marques, va faire tourner les têtes ».

Deuter est une marque allemande de sacs de sport et de sacs pour la randonnée, le trekking, les sports de neige et d'autres usages. Fondée en 1898, Deuter est à l'avant-garde du marché des équipements de plein air haut de gamme depuis plus de 120 ans.

Par ailleurs, sous l'égide de l'accord de partenariat stratégique signé avec Bahama, la grande marque allemande de parasols, les deux entreprises œuvreront ensemble à la conception conjointe et au développement de parasols solaires.

Fondée en 1950, Bahama conçoit et fabrique de nos jours une grande variété de parasols et de voiles pare-soleil grand format de qualité supérieure.

Qui plus est, en lançant ses modules flexibles et son produit photovoltaïque intégré au bâtiment (BIPV) - HanTile - sur le marché suédois, le géant de l'énergie propre a également signé un accord de distribution d'un montant d'un milliard de dollars avec Sun Lion Solar Ltd, l'une des entreprises de renom spécialisées en solutions de toiture en Scandinavie depuis plus de 50 ans.

Le marché suédois de l'énergie solaire a connu une croissance spectaculaire ces dernières années. Sa capacité photovoltaïque d'exploitation est passée de 231 MW à la fin de l'année 2017 à 411 MW à la fin de l'année dernière, selon de nouvelles statistiques officielles publiées par l'Agence suédoise de l'énergie (Energimyndigheten). Les chiffres montrent que 2018 a été la meilleure année de l'histoire du pays quant au développement de l'énergie solaire, 180 MW ayant été ajoutés au réseau. Cela marque une grande différence avec les 91 MW ajoutés en 2017 et les faibles 13 MW ajoutés en 2016, alors que ces augmentations s'étaient respectivement chiffrées à 37,6 MW et 36,2 MW en 2015 et 2014.

Lv Yuan, vice-président des ventes à l'étranger de Hanergy, a déclaré : « Intersolar Europe existe depuis des années et nous avons eu la chance d'être associés à cette plate-forme. Notre participation à la présente édition du salon Intersolar a donné des résultats exceptionnellement bons à l'entreprise. Nous avons signé un contrat d'un milliard de dollars en vue de distribuer notre solution de toiture en Suède et nous avons également conclu des contrats de collaboration stratégique avec des entreprises renommées dans leurs secteurs d'activité respectifs comme Deuter et Bahama pour rehausser l'aspect et la sensation de nos sacs à dos et parasols solaires, et stimuler les ventes en Europe et sur les marchés mondiaux ».

Hanergy précise avoir l'intention de conclure des accords avec près de 85 clients potentiels, dont les commandes s'élèvent au total à 380 MW, sur le salon Intersolar. L'entreprise affirme avoir reçu plus de 5 000 visiteurs et des milliers d'experts venus de 160 pays pendant le salon.

Wang Zhongshuang, PDG de Hanergy Allemagne, a déclaré : « Hanergy a connu une croissance continue et ne cesse d'approfondir son ancrage sur le marché mondial. Notre collaboration avec Deuter et Bahama témoigne de notre sérieuse volonté d'appliquer notre technologie innovante d'alimentation en couches minces aux produits dans tous les secteurs d'activité. Nous nous engageons à donner au monde les moyens d'utiliser l'énergie mobile, et nous sommes bien disposés à travailler avec les meilleures entreprises pour créer des produits à plus grande efficacité énergétique qui changeront le mode de vie des consommateurs ».

Selon un rapport sur les perspectives du marché mondial de l'énergie solaire, publié récemment par SolarPower Europe, le marché européen de l'énergie solaire devrait connaître une croissance exponentielle. L'Allemagne restera le plus grand marché en la matière en Europe dans les années à venir et devrait installer une nouvelle capacité solaire de l'ordre de 26,7 GW d'ici 2023, ce qui portera sa capacité totale à 72,6 GW. L'Espagne sera le deuxième marché en importance, où sera ajoutée une capacité de 19,4 GW, ce qui portera sa capacité totale cumulée à 25,3 GW à la fin de la période 2019-2023.

Au cours des cinq ans à venir, il est probable que les Pays-Bas, la France et l'Italie ajoutent respectivement 15,8 GW, 13,3 GW et 9,6 GW à leurs capacités actuelles. Derrière ces pays, on  trouvera l'Ukraine et la Turquie, qui prévoient d'ajouter respectivement 5,9 GW et 5,5 GW.

Créé il y a 27 ans, Intersolar Europe est devenu l'une des plateformes industrielles les plus importantes pour les fabricants, fournisseurs, distributeurs, prestataires de services et partenaires de l'industrie solaire mondiale. Le salon s'articule autour des produits photovoltaïques, des technologies thermiques solaires, des centrales solaires, ainsi que des infrastructures de réseau et des solutions pour l'intégration des énergies renouvelables.

À propos de Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd :

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd (0566.HK) est une société cotée à la bourse de Hong Kong, par ailleurs filiale de Hanergy Mobile Energy Group Company Ltd. Étant l'une des plus grandes entreprises d'énergie solaire en couches minces au monde, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd s'est engagée dans la « construction de l'énergie mobile ». Depuis 2009, Hanergy travaille sans relâche à l'intégration des technologies solaires dans le monde entier et fait de grands investissements en recherche et innovation dans le domaine de l'énergie solaire en couches minces. Les technologies solaires en couches minces ont été appliquées à toute une gamme de produits commerciaux et non commerciaux, parmi lesquels on trouve HanTile, HanWall, Humbrella, HanPack et HanPower.

Vous pouvez visiter le site web officiel de Hanergy pour en savoir plus ou suivre Hanergy sur Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube pour être informés des dernières nouvelles et des mises à jour.

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JUNO BEACH, Fla., May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced the start of construction on its 10 newest solar power plants that are expected to begin powering customers by early 2020:  

  • FPL Babcock Preserve Solar Energy Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Blue Heron Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Cattle Ranch Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
  • FPL Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
  • FPL Northern Preserve Solar Energy Center, Baker County
  • FPL Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
  • FPL Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Sweetbay Solar Energy Center, Martin County
  • FPL Twin Lakes Solar Energy Center, Putnam County

"FPL is well on its way to making Florida a world leader in solar energy," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "This year alone we're building enough solar to increase our solar capacity by 60% and we are just getting started as we count down to the installation of 30 million panels by 2030. With 18 solar plants in operation and 10 more on the way, we're adding even more emissions-free power to one of the cleanest systems in the nation while consistently keeping our customers' bills among the lowest in the nation."  

Today, the company operates approximately 1,250 megawatts of solar capacity across 18 existing solar plants and other smaller installations. Each of the new solar plants will have a capacity of 74.5 megawatts. When the new solar power plants begin serving customers early next year, FPL's total solar capacity will reach nearly 2,000 megawatts – enough to power approximately 400,000 homes.

The new solar plants are another example of FPL's strategy of advancing affordable clean energy that has resulted in customer bills that are 30% below the national average. Purchasing solar panels in bulk and capturing other economies of scale helps FPL build its solar plants cost effectively. These new solar plants are expected to save customers millions of dollars in avoided fuel and other costs over the long term.

Of the new FPL solar power plants, six will support FPL SolarTogetherSM, the company's new community solar program that will be the largest in the country if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.

FPL's ongoing investments in solar play a significant role in the positive impact Florida's solar expansion is having on job creation in the state. Florida ranked second in the nation in 2018 in solar employment, behind California, according to The Solar Foundation. Each of the ten new solar plants FPL is building this year is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction.

Florida's largest generator of solar energy
FPL currently operates 18 solar power plants, two that feature innovative energy storage, and hundreds of smaller solar installations*. Florida's largest generator of solar power, FPL has approximately 1,250 megawatts of universal solar capacity, including:

  • FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, Charlotte County
  • FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
  • FPL Citrus Solar Energy and Battery Storage Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
  • FPL DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
  • FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
  • FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam counties
  • FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
  • FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
  • FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center, Manatee County
  • FPL Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center (hybrid solar/natural gas), Martin County
  • FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade County
  • FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia County
  • FPL Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
  • FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia County
  • FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County
  • FPL Solar Circuit at Daytona International Speedway, Volusia County*
  • Solar research installation at Florida International University, Miami-Dade County*

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2018 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fifth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2019 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves more than 460,000 customers in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:,,,

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TORONTO, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CELLCUBE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS INC. ("CellCube" or the "Company") (CSE: CUBE) (OTCQB: CECBF) (Frankfurt 01X) (WKN: A2JMGP) is very pleased announce they have won the very sought after EES award, category Electrical Energy Storage at the Munich Intersolar/EES event. The award was given for the development of its CellCube FB500-2000, the largest single module flow-battery based energy storage system. The award was judged by an independent industry associated panel.

The new Cell Cube FB500- 2000 offers up to 1,000 volts DC for charging and discharging and is capable of over 20,000 deep discharge cycles which translates to a life span of over 25- 30 years. The system is designed for use in large grid-scale utility applications, collocation with solar parks and wind farms. The panel also was very impressed with the business plan of leasing the Vanadium electrolyte as an independent service which lowers the capital expenditure and price per Kilowatt hour significantly.

About CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc.

CellCube is a Canadian public company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (symbol CUBE), the OTCBB (symbol CECBF), and the Frankfurt Exchange (Symbol 01X, WKN A2JMGP) focused on the fast-growing energy storage industry which is driven by the large increase in demand for renewable energy. CellCube supplies vertically integrated energy storage systems to the power industry. Enerox GmbH is the developer and manufacturer of CellCube energy storage systems. CellCube's other related subsidiary is EnerCube Switchgear Systems Inc., a leading-edge provider of custom and off-the-shelf electrical equipment and power control systems

The Company has also invested in an online renewable energy financing platform, Braggawatt Energy Inc.

CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems on the basis of vanadium redox flow technology and has over 136 project installations and a 11 year operational track record. Its highly integrated energy storage system solutions feature 99% residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles (cycling daily for 28 years) and larger scale containerized modules. Basic building blocks consist of a CellCube unit family with 4, 6 and 8 hours variation in energy capacity.  

On behalf of CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., 
Stefan Schauss, CEO

This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts which address events, results, outcomes or developments that the Company expects to occur; they are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "aims", "potential", "goal", "objective", "prospective", and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "can", "could" or "should" occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Certain material assumptions regarding such forward-looking statements are discussed in this news release and the Company's annual and quarterly management's discussion and analysis filed at Except as required by the securities disclosure laws and regulations applicable to the Company, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. 

Neither the CSE nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EarthxEnergy hosted a high profile banquet and conference at this year’s EarthX that gathered international politicians and lead industry voices to discuss the latest in global energy technology and policy. From the next generation of power markets and carbon capture in the oil patch to nuclear and hydrogen energy, compelling conversations at EarthxEnergy events ran the gamut of key energy topics.

Rick Perry, the United States Secretary of Energy, delivered a keynote address on the future of U.S. energy at the Theodore Roosevelt Banquet, which also included a panel discussion on future energy policy with Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); and Susan Eisenhower, CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc.

“We kicked off EarthxEnergy with Secretary Perry discussing how we can transcend divisions to close the global energy gap, working to make our energy even cleaner and harnessing both nuclear power and renewable sources,” said Tony Keane, chief executive officer of EarthX. “The panel that followed featured a compelling discussion among Senators Graham and Whitehouse, as well as Susan Eisenhower, in which they all agreed that climate change is real, and that it falls to government working together with the private sector to establish and drive the economic benefits.”

Following the Roosevelt Banquet, the EarthxEnergy conference convened at Fair Park. Mark Victor Hansen, founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, delivered a breakfast keynote address on “10 Trends to the Future” followed by remarks from Crystal Dwyer Hansen, President of Metamorphosis Energy, with questions from Judge Ken Starr. The EarthxEnergy conference then began with opening remarks from Senator Graham. This was followed by a conversation about international energy security with Kenneth A. Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy Capital Management; and William J. Parker, III, CEO, National Defense University Foundation.

A keynote on the role of oil and gas in the Texas new energy economy was offered by Mark Houser, chief executive officer of University Lands, followed by a panel on low emissions natural gas involving Dr. David T. Allen, Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, UT Austin; Ned Harvey, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute Zero Methane Emissions; Dan Powers, Executive Director, CO Labs; and Edward Saltzberg, Managing Director, Security and Sustainability Forum. Another panel on hydrogen as the next LNG featured Chip Comins, Chairman-CEO, American Renewable Energy Institute; David Edwards, Government Affairs, AirLiquide; Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now; and David Raney, General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Toyota Motors North America.

The EarthxEnergy luncheon featured Pete Sessions, former U.S. representative and Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Dr. William J. Parker, III, in a conversation about how AI and big data can solve environmental problems with Judge Ken Starr, and Amir Ansari, founder and CEO of Vaticx and member of the Board of Directors for XPRIZE.

Bill Magness, CEO, ERCOT delivered a keynote on electricity delivery and grid sustainability, while the fuels of the future and the new carbon economy were addressed on a panel by William Brandt, Director of Strategic Integration, LightWorks, Arizona State University; Neville Fernandes, GM and President, Neste US, Inc.; and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D, Senior Advisor, below50, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Another panel discussed carbon capture technologies and innovations with Marcius Extavour, Ph.D, Senior Director, Energy and Resources, XPRIZE; Tim Kruger, CTO of Origen Power, University of Oxford Geoengineering Program; and Victor Liu, President, Hunt Energy Enterprises. Clean capital acceleration strategies for energy innovation, entrepreneurship, and large-scale deployment incorporated the perspectives of Jeremy Harrell, Managing Director, Clearpath; Michael Mehling, Deputy Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, MIT; and Rod Richardson, President, The Grace Richardson Fund.

Energy choice and grid liberation were examined on a panel featuring Robert Dillon, Energy Choice Coalition; James Dozier, President of the Board, Consumers for Responsible Energy Solutions; Lucy Mason, Executive Director, Arizona Solar Energy Industries; and Eric Powell, AlixPartners. Following this panel, Marc Campbell, Manager, Sustainability Projects and Programs, Salt River Project; George Favaloro, Executive Director, Anthesis; Bruce Thompson, Director, LendLease Energy Development; and Emily Williams, Senior Director of Energy Markets, Edison Energy discussed greening the corporate energy supply. The final panel addressed next generation nuclear with Susan Eisenhower and Bob Perciasepe, CEO, C2ES; and Rodney Baltzer, COO, Deep Isolation.

The conference’s final conversation addressed US-Mexico energy successes and opportunities with Jack Kahan, Grupo Kahan. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wrapped the event with his closing remarks.

Earthx2019 drew more than 175,000 attendees during three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums, and conferences. After Earthx2019, EarthX announced that during the event an agreement with the Independent State of Samoa was signed to transition the island nation to clean and resilient energy generation. Additionally, three early stage start-ups focused on cleantech were awarded a collective $300,000 at the EarthX E-Capital Summit, tripling the initial award offering of $100,000.


EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival. Founded in 2011 as Earth Day Dallas by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 175,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental leaders, exhibitors and 400 speakers. Earthx2020 will be held April 24 – 26, 2020 in Dallas. Visit EarthX is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @earthxorg.

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"We are excited about the opportunities that Bank of America Tower creates for our clients and our employees," said Hong Ogle, Houston market president, Bank of America. "Having our teams together in this new contemporary workplace allows for stronger collaboration to deliver the full breadth of our capabilities and better serve our clients."

In a deal that kicked off vertical construction in 2017, Bank of America signed a lease to occupy a total of 210,000 square feet, spanning six-and-a-half floors of the sustainable office tower. The company will have 205,000 square feet of office space, as well as a 5,000-square-foot financial services center on the ground level at the corner of Capitol Street and Travis Street.

"We are delighted to have a prestigious global institution like Bank of America as the anchor tenant at this game-changing development that redefines the office experience in Downtown Houston," said Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska USA Commercial Development in Houston. "For the last two years, Capitol Tower has been an icon rising in Houston's skyline. We are confident that Bank of America Tower will offer tenants an unparalleled experience that blends community, culture and commerce in a way that reflects the future of the workplace and the vibrant cultural fabric of the great City of Houston."

Robert Ward, president and CEO for Skanska USA Commercial Development, added that the renaming of the development is a first for Skanska, one of the world's leading construction and development companies.

"Today marks another exciting milestone for Skanska's growing commercial development business. Over the past 10 years, we have developed, designed and delivered sustainable, innovative and high-quality projects like Bank of America Tower around the country," said Ward. "We are proud to remain on the cutting edge of sustainable office development and will continue to focus on developing projects that make a positive impact on our customers and our communities. Bank of America Tower is a shining example of how Skanska focuses on placemaking and thoughtful, sustainable design to create a dynamic and iconic destination."

Located at 800 Capitol St., Bank of America Tower is situated on a prime block in the Central Business District, near landmark cultural neighbors that include the Theater District, the historic Market Square and Buffalo Bayou Park. Designed by architectural firm Gensler, the tower offers 754,000 square feet of office space and over 35,000 square feet of engaging public space at Understory, an inviting, open-air community hub that includes a full-service restaurant and a 9,000-square-foot culinary market with seven diverse chef-driven concepts and a cocktail bar.

Designed by the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a central feature of Understory is the open-air blending of the street and tunnel levels, facilitated by the "Great Steps," a 30-foot-wide monumental staircase and gathering place that creates the first true street level gateway to the tunnel network. When Understory opens next month, it will be the first space in the tunnel network to be active seven days a week, from morning to night, with a wide variety of culinary, retail and cultural offerings. In addition to engaging local art, the community will enjoy access to high-speed Wi-Fi, mobile device charging stations, games and thoughtful furniture arrangements, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center for the exclusive use of building tenants.

Tenants at Bank of America Tower will also have access to The Assembly, a 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art conference and private events center that features three dynamic meeting venues. The Assembly is connected on the 12th level to the 24,000-square-foot SkyPark, the first and largest green roof in Downtown Houston to be open to all building tenants.

Current tenants at Bank of America Tower include:

  • Skanska (12,481 square feet, floor 12)
  • Bank of America (210,000 square feet, floors 14-20)
  • Winston and Strawn (62,515 square feet, floors 23-24)
  • Waste Management (284,000 square feet, floors 25-33)
  • Quantum Energy Partners (32,000 square feet, floors 35-36)

When Bank of America Tower opens next month, it will be the most sustainable office tower in Texas, using 25 percent less energy than typical baseline facilities. One of only four core-and-shell projects nationwide to be pre-certified under LEED v4 Platinum, Bank of America Tower's sustainable features include:

  • a 50,000-gallon rainwater collection system for reuse in landscape irrigation and restrooms;
  • secured bicycle storage room with access to lockers and showers;
  • One block proximity to three MetroRail stations;
  • 90 percent access to daylight and views for tenants;
  • a high-performance façade that significantly reduces solar heat gain;
  • an energy recovery wheel to precondition fresh air intake; and
  • district cooling to provide chilled water throughout the facility, which lowers cooling costs and offers unlimited service capacity to tenants.

Skanska's other developments in Houston include the two-building West Memorial Place project, which is the first LEED Platinum campus in the Energy Corridor. West Memorial Place offers direct access to the Terry Hershey Park hike and bike trails. Skanska also developed 3009 Post Oak, a 302,000-square-foot office building in the premier Uptown Houston location at Post Oak Blvd. and Hidalgo.

Skanska has built and restored local landmarks in Houston for decades, ranging from historic renovations, like San Jacinto Memorial Building on the Houston Community College campus, to the new construction of world-class sports facilities including NRG Stadium, and invaluable healthcare resources like the expansion of LBJ General Hospital's emergency department. Skanska continues to leverage its local knowledge and global expertise to shape the region's commercial, healthcare, sports and entertainment facilities.

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Skanska is one of the world's leading construction and development companies. In the U.S., Skanska's core operations include building construction, civil infrastructure and developing self-financed commercial properties, which together generated $8 billion in revenue in 2018. As a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $2.3 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Skanska has offices in 28 metro areas with 9,000 employees nationwide. Skanska is an industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution, and offers competitive solutions for both traditional and complex assignments to help build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $20 billion in 2018.

Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,400 retail financial centers, including approximately 1,800 lending centers, 2,200 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor, and 1,500 business centers; approximately 16,400 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with more than 37 million active users, including over 27 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


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SANTIAGO, Chile, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported earnings today for the three months ended March 31, 2019 of US$80.5 million (US$0.31 per share), a decrease from US$113.8 million (US$0.43 per share) reported for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Gross profit reached US$145.5 million (29.9% of revenues) for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to US$192.7 million (37.1% of revenues) recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Revenues totaled US$504.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, representing a slight decrease of 2.8% compared to US$518.7 reported for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

SQM's Chief Executive Officer, Ricardo Ramos, stated: "We reported earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2019 of US$80.5 million. In line with our expectations, iodine and potassium chloride prices increased significantly compared to the same period last year, and sales volumes grew in the iodine, specialty plant nutrition and lithium business lines. In fact, we reported the highest quarterly iodine revenue since 2013. Other important factors that impacted our results in the first quarter 2019 were lower margins in the lithium business line. These margins were impacted by lower average prices and higher costs related to the new lease payment structure with Corfo, which became effective on April 10, 2018, and were therefore not a part of the first quarter 2018 costs. Additionally, we sold lower sales volumes in industrial chemicals during the first quarter 2019 when compared to 2018; we expect similar sales volumes of solar salts this year as we sold last year, approximately 45,000 -50,000 metric tons During the remainder of 2019, our expectations related to sales volumes across all of our business lines have not changed."

He continued by saying, "As expected, during the first quarter, the lithium market saw price pressure as new supply entered the market. Consequently, our average prices fell approximately 8% in comparison to the fourth quarter last year, and we reported average prices of approximately US$14,600/metric tons in this business line. Our sales volumes were higher than sales volumes reported in the first quarter 2019, and we continue to expect to sell between 45,000-50,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate equivalent this year."

Mr. Ramos continued, "Lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide demand is expected to continue to grow at double-digit rates in the future; accordingly, significantly more supply of both products will be needed. We believe the lithium demand could grow approximately 17% in 2019 when compared to 2018, reaching at least 315,000 metric tons. The evolving EV battery technology in the lithium market will require us to be flexible, and we believe this operational flexibility is essential, and is the key component of our strategy. We are currently working on our lithium carbonate expansion to produce 120,000 metric tons per year. We believe this expansion will be completed during the second half of 2021, with a capex of approximately US$280 million. We are also expanding our lithium hydroxide capacity in Chile to 29,500 metric tons in 2021; the expected capex for this project is US$100 million. Finally, Wesfarmers formally informed that it is expecting to acquire Kidman Resources, our partner in the Mt. Holland lithium project; we believe their experience and capabilities related to chemical processing, and their significant local infrastructure in Australia will be an important asset in the development of the project."

He closed by saying, "I would like to highlight that during the first part of 2019, board elections were held. We look forward to working with the new Board members, and believe that they will bring good insights and expertise to the Company at the Board level."

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About SQM

SQM´s business strategy is to be a global company, with people committed to excellence, dedicated to the extraction of minerals and selectively integrated in the production and sale of products for the industries essential for human development (e.g. food, health, technology). This strategy was built on the following five principles:

  • ensure availability of key resources required to support current goals and medium and long-term growth of the business;
  • consolidate a culture of lean operations (M1 excellence) through the entire organization, including operations, sales and support areas;
  • significantly increase nitrate sales in all its applications and ensure consistency with iodine commercial strategy;
  • maximize the margins of each business line through appropriate pricing strategy;
  • successfully develop and implement all lithium expansion projects of the Company, acquire more lithium and potassium assets to generate a competitive portfolio.

These principles are based on the following key concepts:

  • strengthen the organizational structure to support the development of the Company's strategic plan, focusing on the development of critical capabilities and the application of the corporate values of Excellence, Integrity and Safety;
  • develop a robust risk control and mitigation process to actively manage business risk;
  • improve our stakeholder management to establish links with the community and communicate to Chile and worldwide our contribution to industries essential for human development.

For further information, contact:

Gerardo Illanes 56-2-24252022 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kelly O'Brien 56-2-24252074 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Irina Axenova 56-2-24252280 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For media inquiries, contact:

Pablo Pisani / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Tamara Rebolledo / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Northern Region)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: "anticipate," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "strategy," "should," "will" and similar references to future periods.  Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make concerning the Company's business outlook, future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, or other financial items, anticipated cost synergies and product or service line growth.

Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are estimates that reflect the best judgment of SQM management based on currently available information.  Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that are outside of our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements.  Readers are referred to the documents filed by SQM with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent annual report on Form 20-F, which identifies important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to SQM on the date hereof and SQM assumes no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.


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By strengthening its solar capacity with photovoltaic (PV) installations of 20'000 sqm on 19 stores, Coop ( aims to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption by 20 percent during 2019. This latest project will also help Coop to meet its other sustainability targets, including halving its CO2 emissions and increasing the proportion of renewable energy it uses to 80 percent, with the overall aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2023.

The installations, located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, near the French border, and the other in Etagnières, in the district of Gros-de-Vaud, include solar panels being installed onto the roof of the two Coop stores and into the façade in Etagnières. The solar inverters from ABB are part of the solution helping the company reach an energy self-sufficiency rate of 90 percent in Etagnières -- 20 percentage points higher than the average commercial application.

Adopting solar power has become increasingly important for Coop. To meet its ambitious target for renewable energy, the company decided to use solar energy to power 35 of its facilities including 19 retail stores across the region.

David Guthörl, head of energy in the sustainability unit at Coop, said: “Over the last decade, we have already reduced the average amount of energy we use for cooling in our stores and have made our product ranges and transport systems more sustainable. We were looking to work with our energy partners and use photovoltaics to power more of our stores. This latest investment has taken us one step closer towards our 2023 goal by adopting efficient renewable technologies.”

Working alongside leading photovoltaic (PV) planner, energiebüro ag, and installer, Helion on the two sites in Etagnières and La Chaux-de-Fonds, ABB installed seven ABB PVS-100 three-phase outdoor string inverters to service an installed base of 770 kWp, featuring more than 2,500 panels.

“Our intelligent solar inverters are ideal for this type of high intensity application,” explains Giampiero Frisio, head of ABB’s Smart Power business line. “Our focus is on writing the future of energy with safe, smart and sustainable solutions and we are delighted that Coop is now reaping the reward of our pioneering technologies.”

The PVS-100 range provides an ABB Ability™ cloud connected inverter solution for cost efficient decentralized photovoltaic systems and is suitable for both large-scale commercial and industrial ground mounted and rooftop applications. Launched in 2018, the inverter technology offers a unique six-in-one, sun-to-socket solution, meeting increasing market demand for cost-effective platforms offering high-power string inverters.

Noah Heynen from Helion said: “We have been working with ABB for several years and its products are proven to deliver reliable and performance ready inverters which help our customers gain the maximum plant efficiencies. The built-in monitoring capabilities of the PVS-100 were also a key draw for us on this project as they enable Coop to control and manage energy consumption rates, remotely and according to need.”

At Coop Switzerland, ABB PVS-100 technology is converting the direct current and the voltage from the solar panels into alternating current which can be fed back into the grid and help companies, like Coop, manage self- consumption to take control of energy and costs, thereby reducing OPEX costs.

Since installation, Coop has already reduced its electricity costs and carbon footprint and plans are in place to add an additional 20,000 m2 of solar capacity during 2019.

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