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In a bid to create leading solar products, Jolywood's research and development team has developed a transparent mesh backsheet that features additional reflective mesh on the blank areas between the solar cells in the modules. This allows the mesh to increase the power of the module by 5-6W, and better protect the inner layer of the backsheet. Also, the product is lightweight, breathable and with high light transmittance. These features make the product a good fit as a component for bifacial modules. Compared with double glass, glass plus transparent backsheet has more cost advantages in product yield, crushing rate of transportation and installation, clamp cost, O&M, etc.

Lin Jianwei, Chairman of Jolywood, said, "We are proud of the great work that our world-leading team has done to develop this latest advancement in backsheet technology. Jolywood has 10 years of experience providing high-quality backsheets for the encapsulating of modules. We've been making efforts to develop innovative products for the PV industry, and will continue to roll out more products to promote fast application of bifacial modules."

In addition, DuPont China has teamed up with Jolywood to jointly develop PV products. Wang Wei, Global General Manager of DuPont China, said that Jolywood has been an important strategic partner, and both companies have worked closely together to develop valuable transparent backsheet products and will continue their efforts.

In addition to transparent mesh backsheets, Jolywood also provides the most efficient N-type mono bifacial solar cells. The conversion efficiency of their N-type TOPcon bifacial cells exceeds 22.5%. With their newly-launched backsheets, Jolywood will be able to offer the most well-rounded and carefully-designed solutions to customers like SPIC Xi'an Solar Power Co., Ltd., which has been cooperating with Jolywood on N-type IBC cells, who plans to further their collaboration in the development of cells and backsheets.

About Jolywood

Jolywood (SZ: 300393) is the world leader in the development, production and marketing of PV backsheet, high-efficiency mono-crystalline n-type bifacial solar cells and bifacial modules. Founded in 2008, Jolywood (Suzhou) Sunwatt Co. Ltd. (Jolywood Suzhou) is the largest manufacturer of PV backsheet worldwide, with an annual production capacity of over 100 million square meters. Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co. Ltd. (Jolywood Taizhou), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jolywood Suzhou, was founded in 2016, and tops the global solar industry with 2.4GW in manufacturing capacity of N-type bifacial solar cells since 2017.

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"Marshall's drink, the Hyena Fang, was really the most creative that we saw in the competition," say Ramage and Griffiths. "The way he used the peanut shells to salt-infuse the Zucca was such a rad idea and one that we had never seen before. His use of amontillado sherry to pick up on the nuttiness and grapefruit oleo to balance the whole thing out was so unlike anything else we saw in the competition and ended up really delicious!"

Winning Cocktail:
"Hyena Fang" by Marshall Davis (Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria, Raleigh, N.C.)
1.5 oz peanut-infused Sombra Mezcal*
0.75 oz salted Zucca Rabarbaro Amaro**
0.5 oz amontillado sherry
0.5 oz grapefruit scrap oleo-saccharum***
3 drops Peychaud's Bitters
Build drink in rocks glass. Add bitters and oleo-saccharum first, then lower a large ice cube into the glass. Add sherry, salted Zucca and peanut-infused Sombra Mezcal. Stir until diluted and chilled. Taste for balance. Garnish with a trimmed, expressed grapefruit peel.

*Peanut-Infused Sombra Mezcal
Shell 1 cup salted, shell-on peanuts. Reserve shells for salted Zucca. Combine shelled nuts and 0.75 liter Sombra Mezcal in a glass infusion jar and let sit for 48 hours. Strain through a nut milk bag.

**Salted Zucca Rabarbaro Amaro
Add 1 cup of peanut shells to an ISI charger and whip twice with 16 oz of Zucca for 30 seconds first, 5 minutes second. Strain through a nut milk bag.

***Grapefruit Scrap Oleo-Saccharum
Peel 12 grapefruits, the smaller the shards, the better, leaving as much pith behind as possible. Place the peels in a stainless steel bowl and cover with sugar, about 1.5 cups. Gently knead the sugar into the peels by hand or with a muddler. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 24 to 48 hours. If residual sugar remains, add a few drops of hot water until it is all dissolved. Strain off the solids and refrigerate.

"Peanuts are a big crop here in North Carolina, so I like to use them in cocktails as much as possible," says Davis. "In the Hyena Fang, we're using every part of the peanut to enhance the natural earthiness and nuttiness of Sombra Mezcal. The salt component also helps complement Sombra's pepper and citrus notes, while balancing out the bitterness in the amaro. The other sustainable ingredient is our grapefruit oleo-saccharum, which utilizes the peels from the juicing we do on a daily basis for our Paloma."

"We salute all of the bartenders who submitted so many great and creative recipes. They should all feel very proud," says John Sean Fagan, Distiller and Director General, Sombra Mezcal. "We congratulate Marshall Davis on his win. We look forward to welcoming him at Sombra Mezcal's palenque for a hands-on immersion into sustainable mezcal production, including helping with reforestation efforts and making adobe bricks from distillation by-products for much-needed local housing projects."

Creative and Sustainable Cocktails from Across the U.S. and Canada
The competition inspired sustainable cocktails from all over the U.S., as well as Canada. Each recipe required the use of two demonstrably sustainable cocktail ingredients. Some bartenders took inspiration from the work of Trash Tiki and many recipes incorporated tepaches, oleo-saccharums, vegetable tops and tails, fruit pits, nutshells, herb stems, citrus trim cordials, and even onion skin ash.

Ramage and Griffiths recreated and tasted more than 100 recipes, narrowed down the 12 finalists, and ultimately, picked the winner. The process was conducted virtually to minimize the competition's carbon footprint. The punk rock-styled duo began to focus on sustainable cocktails while at London's Dandelyan, which was named "World's Best Bar" by World's 50 Best Bars in October.

Among the top finalists, there was a trend of bartenders making great creative use of ingredients not normally used that were specific to the bars and localities in which they work. This included creating a syrup out of excess sushi rice, using pine that grows close to their bar and even harvesting sea salt.

Given that the competition was virtual and the submissions were made online, there were recipes from all across the U.S. and Canada, from New York to Denver, Washington, D.C. to Miami and even Vancouver, B.C. Since there was no requirement of having a local host in each market, the competition attracted recipe submissions from bartenders living in places that might not be on the usual circuit.

Setting the Highest Standards of Sustainability in Oaxaca
Sombra Mezcal sets the highest standards for eco-friendly production at its palenque to ensure consistent quality and innovation from the fields to the bottle. Its groundbreaking green initiatives include using certified sustainable wood, rainwater, solar power, and upcycling distillation by-products into adobe bricks donated for local housing in earthquake-affected areas of Oaxaca.

About Sombra Mezcal
Founded in 2006, Sombra Mezcal sets the highest standard in Mezcal production. Made from organically farmed, high altitude Espadín agave and distilled in Oaxaca, Mexico at the traditional strength of 90 proof, Sombra Mezcal was named the "Best Agave Spirit in the World" by F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal. It later earned Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

In 2017, Sombra opened a new, state-of-the-art distillery (palenque) created as a model of sustainable production. The resulting Mezcal is a testament that world-class agave spirits do exist outside of Tequila. Sombra Mezcal is part of Davos Brands' premium portfolio that includes Aviation Gin, Astral Tequila and TYKU Sake.

For more information, please visit www.SombraMezcal.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SombraMezcalUS/ and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @sombramezcal.

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket, carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, at 4:49 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 15. The launch, as well as briefings preceding and following the launch, will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. 

Loaded with 7,500 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, this 10th commercial resupply mission for Northrop Grumman will launch from Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket for its 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station is seen on the left Nov. 4, 2018, in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The CRS-10 Cygnus spacecraft is shown in the middle of the facility, and the Antares CRS-11 rocket scheduled to launch in spring 2019 is on the right.
Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket for its 10th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station is seen on the left Nov. 4, 2018, in the Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The CRS-10 Cygnus spacecraft is shown in the middle of the facility, and the Antares CRS-11 rocket scheduled to launch in spring 2019 is on the right.

About 70 minutes after launch, an automated command will initiate deployment of the spacecraft's solar arrays. Full deployment will take approximately 30 minutes.

The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS John Young, will arrive at the space station Sunday, Nov. 18. At about 4:35 a.m., Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA will grapple the spacecraft using the station's robotic arm. She will be backed up by Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), who will monitor Cygnus systems during its approach. After capture, ground controllers will command the robotic arm to rotate and install Cygnus on the bottom of the station's Unity module.

Complete coverage of launch activities is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

  • 2 p.m. – What's on Board science briefing
    • Tara Ruttley, associate chief scientist for Microgravity Research in NASA's Office of the Chief Scientist
    • Diane Risdon, In-Space Manufacturing Refabricator project lead at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Liz Warren, associate program scientist for the station's National Lab
    • Allison Porter, flight mission manager at Tethers Unlimited
    • Michelle Lucas, founder and president of Higher Orbits
    • Student researchers with Higher Orbits

Wednesday, Nov. 14:

  • 11 a.m. – Prelaunch news conference
    • Joel Montalbano, International Space Station Program deputy manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center
    • Tara Ruttley
    • Doug Voss, deputy chief of the Range and Mission Management Office at Wallops
    • Frank DeMauro, vice president for Human Space Systems and Logistics at Northrop Grumman
    • Kurt Eberly, Antares vice president at Northrop Grumman

Thursday, Nov. 15:

  • 4:15 a.m. – Launch coverage begins
  • 5:45 a.m. – Cygnus solar array deployment
  • 7 a.m. – Postlaunch news conference
    • Joel Montalbano
    • Frank DeMauro
    • Kurt Eberly

Sunday, Nov. 18

  • 3 a.m. – Grapple of Cygnus with the space station's robotic arm
  • 6:15 a.m. – Cygnus installation operations

Media registration for the launch and associated activities is closed. However, media may participate via phone in the What's on Board briefing and prelaunch and postlaunch news conferences. Media interested in participating must contact Stephanie Schierholz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for call details.

Media already registered to attend launch activities at Wallops can get more information on schedules, facility hours of operation, remote camera setup, and more at:


The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to remain at the space station until Feb. 12, 2019, when it will depart, taking with it several tons of trash, and deploy several CubeSats before its fiery reentry into Earth's atmosphere.

Learn more about the Northrop Grumman CRS-10 mission by going to the mission home page at:



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Today, during the inauguration of the Beauce Gâtinais Biogas (BGB) methanization unit in France, in presence of François de Rugy, French Minister of State, Minister of the Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE CEO, announced that €800 million would be mobilized in the next five years to develop green gases, a new French sector of excellence that will create value and jobs in France. This plan will support the objective of at least 10% green gas injected into the networks by 2030, as enshrined in the French Energy Transition Law for Green Growth.

ENGIE is positioning itself throughout the entire value chain of the biomethane industry: from project development, in close collaboration with farmers, to the sale to end consumers. By 2030, ENGIE and its partners aim to mobilize a total of €2 billion to produce 5 TWh per year of biomethane by that date.

The Group’s objective is to support the sector’s industrialization to reduce costs by about 30 to 40% by 2030 and thereby achieve cost parity with natural gas. ENGIE is concentrating on standardizing, massifying and digitizing projects, and will be partnering with suppliers to facilitate their expansion in the market. This industrialization will enable the emergence of nationally-focused SMEs and will help increase the proportion of French technologies in relevant biogas projects.

This facility will produce 23 GWh of biomethane each year, the equivalent of the hot water and heating consumption of 1,750 households. The materials processed by the biogas plant mainly comprise agricultural by-products of plant origin from the AgroPithiviers cooperative and from local agri-food industries together with horse manure. The plant will also produce 20,000 tons of organic fertilizers which will be provided to members of the AgroPithiviers cooperative.

The construction began in May 2017. The project represents a total investment of €10 million.

During the inauguration, Isabelle Kocher said, “Gas, which will gradually become green, will play a key role in the decarbonation of our country, along with other sources of clean energy generation. Produced on the territory, green gas is easily storable and non-intermittent. As such, it has unique properties that make it the natural partner of electrical renewable energy sources. It will be an important vector of our country’s energy transition."


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

In France, ENGIE has a diversified power generation portfolio with more than 10,000 MW of installed capacities, 70% of which is renewable energy. ENGIE is the leader in wind power with 1,900 MW of installed capacity, the leader in solar power with nearly 1,200 MWp and is the alternative leader in hydroelectric production with an installed capacity of 3,800 MW (figures at end of July 2018).

About AgroPithiviers

One of the main pillars supporting agricultural activity in the Pithiviers district, the AgroPithiviers agricultural cooperative was established in 1933 and has throughout its history been the effective commercial tool of its member producers, who currently number 380. Collecting almost 200,000 tons of cereals and supported by the know-how of producers and its 50 employees, its day-to-day mission is to reconcile high quality production with the quantities required to supply all market segments. The cooperative supplies the traditional French milling and European malting industries, and the ingredients of many well-known bakery and brewery products include flour or malt from the Beauce Gâtinais region sourced from AgroPithiviers. These products, of which the majority are governed by production charters or specifications, are produced through environment-friendly cultural programs fully committed to sustainable development.


Established in 1920, SICAP (Société d’Intérêt Collectif Agricole pour l’Électricité) is the electricity distribution concession holder supplying 26,000 customers in 95 communes around Pithiviers. In addition to exercising its public service mission, SICAP invests in energy production resources enabling it to benefit from the renewable energy development dynamic and establish its own energy production capacity in the long term, thereby making itself less dependent on market fluctuations. These production resources, acquired with other partners, consist of eight hydraulic plants, four wind farms and a combined cycle gas plant. Based on its experience, SICAP continues to develop projects involving renewable energy (wind, photovoltaic, hydraulic), giving preference to participative funding in accordance with the French Law on the Energy Transition and Green Growth. Its involvement in BGB is in exact alignment with its green energy development strategy.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy Renewable Services, an operations and maintenance organization for wind and solar asset owners across the U.S., has won recognition for its high standard of operational excellence in 2018.

Duke Energy Renewable Services' technicians received the 2018 Wind Technician Team of the Year Award at the 10th Annual Wind Operations forum in Dallas this year. This team is operating and maintaining DTE Energy's wind fleet in Michigan and was recognized for its accomplishments in safety performance, innovation, environmental stewardship and customer service.

"Customer relations is the cornerstone of Duke Energy Renewable Services' success, and we celebrate every achievement that strengthens our organization and the credibility of the service we provide to our customers," said Jeff Wehner, vice president of renewable operations. "As an owner-operator of renewables, we uphold the same standards of safety, reliability, cost efficiency and performance with the third-party sites we operate as we do with our own assets."

Separately, Duke Energy Renewables' Highlander I, Seville I and Seville II solar power projects in California were recognized by the Solar Finance Council as three of the top 100 performing solar assets in the country. The Solar Finance Council, which launched in May of this year, partnered with kWh Analytics to present their findings on solar project output in the U.S.

In addition, the Duke Energy Renewables Control Center (RCC) has been granted ISO 9001:2015 certification – an internationally recognized standard that assures services meet the needs of clients through an effective quality management system.

"The on-site services business has been certified to ISO 9001 since 2010," Wehner said. "Adding the RCC to this certification further demonstrates our commitment to provide high-quality, consistent services to our clients."

Duke Energy Renewables also has won the prestigious Blue Diamond Award for its Data Efficiency Project. The 2018 Blue Diamond Awards is an annual event recognizing technology as an economic driver for innovation in the Charlotte, N.C., region and has been in place for more than 25 years.  

Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy Renewables primarily acquires, develops, builds and operates wind and solar electric generation facilities across the U.S. The portfolio includes nonregulated renewable energy, as well as energy storage assets.

Duke Energy Renewables' utility-scale wind and solar assets total about 2,900 megawatts (MW) – across 14 states – from 21 wind and 64 solar projects. The power produced by these projects is primarily sold through long-term contracts to utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. Visit Duke Energy Renewables  for more information.

Duke Energy Renewables is part of the Commercial Renewables business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes 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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BALTIMORE, Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MMA Capital Management, LLC (NASDAQ: MMAC) ("MMA Capital" or "the Company") today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, including common shareholders' equity of $193.5 million, or $32.96 per share of diluted common shareholders' equity ("Book Value").  The Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 (the "Third Quarter 2018 Report") with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") earlier today and will hold an investor call on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Common shareholders' equity increased from $186.7 million at June 30, 2018 to $193.5 million at September 30, 2018.  This change was driven by $5.3 million in comprehensive income that was allocable to common shareholders and by $1.6 million of other increases in common shareholders' equity.  Book Value per share increased $0.94 per share in the third quarter of 2018 to $32.96 at September 30, 2018.  

We recognized comprehensive income that was allocable to common shareholders of $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, which consisted of $8.6 million of net income that was allocable to common shareholders and $3.3 million of other comprehensive loss that was allocable to common shareholders.  In comparison, we recognized $10.0 million of comprehensive income that was allocable to common shareholders during the third quarter of 2017, which consisted of $9.9 million of net income that was allocable to common shareholders and $0.1 million of other comprehensive income that was allocable to common shareholders. Net income that we recognized in the third quarter of 2018 was primarily driven by net interest income, net gains on bonds and equity in income from unconsolidated funds and ventures.  Other comprehensive loss that we reported in the third quarter of 2018 was primarily attributable to the reclassification of unrealized holding gains out of accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI") and into our Consolidated Statements of Operations due to the sale of certain bond investments.  The impact of this reclassification was partially offset by net unrealized holding gains that we recognized in AOCI during the third quarter in connection with our Bond Portfolio. 

Michael Falcone, MMA Capital's Chief Executive Officer stated, "The Company had another solid quarter with a 3% increase in Book Value per share and we were able to put approximately $18 million of cash to work through increased investment in the solar ventures during the quarter, thus taking advantage of the prior quarter transaction related to the buyout of one of our investment partners. In addition, in early October, Hunt exercised its option and subsequently completed its acquisition of the MGM LIHTC business.  As a result of that transaction, we expect to recognize an estimated $14 million increase in common shareholders' equity, or approximately $2.35 per share based upon diluted shares outstanding at September 30, 2018, in the fourth quarter and the full impact of the Hunt transaction will be realized in our financial statements.  With the final element of the Hunt transaction completed, we are focused on creating and maintaining the optimal investment mix in the current business environment, and in that regard, we continue to see greater opportunity to add to our Energy Capital portfolio.  In order to fund that additional investment in the renewable lending space, we may be opportunistic and monetize some of our leveraged bond investments in an effort to take advantage of this market opportunity.

"In addition, the Board approved an extension of the 2018 buyback program earlier this week by 31,250 shares, which increased the total amount of authorized shares to be repurchased to 218,750 shares, as well as increased the maximum price to be paid to $32.96 per share.  The Company has purchased 187,500 shares year-to-date at an average price of $27.25 per share. Historically, share buybacks have been accretive and, therefore, have helped drive growth in Book Value per share.  On a cumulative basis over the past six years, we have bought back over 3.2 million shares at an average price of approximately $13.51.  We may continue using buybacks to be opportunistic in periods of significant disconnect between our Book Value per share and trading price, similar to today's environment, but the long-term sustainability of the Company will continue to be driven by our future investments in real estate and infrastructure, particularly in renewable energy, as we focus on growing the business in the coming years." 

Conference Call Information

The conference call with investors will be webcast.  All interested parties are welcome to join the live webcast, which can be accessed through the Company's web site at www.mmacapitalmanagement.com (refer to the Shareholder Relations tab of our website for more information).  Participants may also join the conference call by dialing toll free 1-888-346-6987 or 1-412-902-4268 for international participants and 1-855-669-9657 for Canadian participants.

For purposes of the conference call, the Company will reference select tables from Item 2 of the Third Quarter 2018 Report (Management's Discussion & Analysis).  In addition, the Company may reference our Investor Presentation for the period ended September 30, 2018 which will be published on the Company's website prior to the start of the conference call on Monday, November 12, 2018.

An archived replay of the event will be available one hour after the event through November 19, 2018, toll free at 1-877-344-7529, or 1-412-317-0088 for international participants and 1-855-669-9658 for Canadian participants (Passcode: 10125740).

About MMAC

MMA Capital primarily invests in debt associated with renewable energy infrastructure and real estate. MMA Capital is externally managed and advised by Hunt Investment Management, LLC, an affiliate of Hunt Companies, Inc. For additional information about MMA Capital Management, LLC (NASDAQ: MMAC), please visit MMA Capital's website at www.mmacapitalmanagement.com.  For additional information about Hunt Investment Management, LLC, please see its Form ADV and brochure (Part 2A of Form ADV) available at https://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

Source: MMA Capital Management, LLC

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Forward-looking statements reflect our management's expectations at the date of this Release regarding future conditions, events or results. They are not guarantees of future performance. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from what is anticipated in the forward-looking statements. There are many factors that could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements contained in this Release. These factors include changes in market conditions that affect the willingness of potential investors or lenders to provide us with debt or equity, changes in market conditions that affect the value or marketability of assets we own, changes in market conditions or other factors that affect our access to cash that we may need to meet our commitments to other persons, changes in interest rates or other conditions that affect the value of mortgage loans we have made, changes in interest rates that affect our cost of funds, tax laws, environmental laws or other conditions that affect the value of the real estate underlying mortgage loans we own, and changes in tax laws or other things beyond our control that affect the tax benefits available to us and our investors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We have not undertaken to update any forward-looking statements in this Release.



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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has completed its inaugural issuance of $1 billion in green bonds that will finance eligible green energy projects – including zero-carbon solar and energy storage – in North and South Carolina. This represents one of the largest green bond transactions issued by a utility.  

"Today marks a milestone for our company and demonstrates our continued commitment to generating cleaner energy for our customers and communities," said Duke Energy executive vice president and chief financial officer Steve Young. "We are proud to provide this option for investors to advance our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030."

Duke Energy Carolinas has significantly improved its environmental impact over the past decade, retiring older coal-generating plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity and adding approximately 650 megawatts (MW) of built or purchased solar capacity. The company anticipates adding 1,800 MW of built and purchased solar capacity over the next five years.

The green bonds, with a weighted average coupon of 3.74 percent between the three-year and 10-year maturities, will ensure the company's renewable energy projects continue to be financed on attractive terms to serve Carolinas customers.

The company priced the green bonds on Nov. 5 and closed the transaction on Nov. 8.

"Similar to Duke Energy, investors are increasingly interested in clean and renewable energy and now we can partner together to transform our energy future in the Carolinas," commented Young.

Duke Energy

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes 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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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "European Solar Power Market, Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Following a significant drop in capacity addition in 2016, the European solar PV industry staged a recovery in 2017 by adding 8.6 GW solar capacity. The region is expected to add 16.5 GW by 2025 and grow at a CAGR of 8.4%.

The European solar market generated 9.64 billion in 2017. It is expected to perform well in 2018 and generate revenue of 11.7 billion, increasing by 23.3% over the previous year.

Continuing declines in solar PV costs, re-modelled support schemes and regulations, and energy storage alternatives are the key drivers for the market. Self-funding, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leasing will remain the main financing models in EU countries. New business models such as on-site direct wire mini PPAs will be used to overcome regulatory barriers.

The research methodology adopted is a combination of primary and secondary research. Secondary research involves desk-based research. Primary research involves interaction with market participants and getting their perspective and feedback on our analysis.

Key Issues Addressed

  • Is the European solar power market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
  • Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs?
  • Will these companies, products and applications continue to exist?
  • What are the key drivers and restraints affecting the solar power market?
  • Are the technologies offered today meeting customer needs or are additional development needed?
  • How are the growth trends for solar power different in developed and developing markets?

Key Topics Covered

1. Executive Summary

  • Key Findings
  • CEO's Perspective
  • Associated Multimedia and Related Research

2. Market Overview

  • Market Scope
  • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
  • Distribution Channels

3. Drivers and Restraints - Solar Power Market

  • Market Drivers
  • Drivers Explained
  • Market Restraints
  • Restraints Explained

4. Forecasts and Trends - Solar Power Market

  • Forecast Assumptions
  • Pricing Analysis
  • Business and Financial Models
  • Europe
  • Annual Installed Capacity Forecast by Project Type
  • Percent Annual Installed Capacity Forecast by Region
  • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
  • Key Solar Power Market Participants

5. Country Profiles

  • Country Profile - Austria
  • Annual Installed Capacity Forecast by Project Type
  • Country Profile - Switzerland
  • Country Profile - Belgium
  • Country Profile - Germany
  • Country Profile - Italy
  • Country Profile - The United Kingdom
  • Country Profile - France
  • Country Profile - Spain
  • Country Profile - Turkey
  • Country Profile - The Netherlands
  • Country Profile - Nordic Countries
  • Country Profile - Rest of Europe

6. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action

  • Growth Opportunity 1 - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Growth Opportunity 2 - Expand Offerings to Include Residential and C&I Storage
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

7. The Last Word

  • The Last Word - 3 Big Predictions

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ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- WeeGreen, the first of its kind digital platform that helps people, communities and organizations achieve their sustainability goals more quickly and easily, today was named 2018's  "Green Tech Company of the Year" by Wealth & Finance Magazine's Business Awards. 

According to Wealth & Finance, "…the business Awards have been set up to bring truly special firms, their work and their people to the wider audience they deserve. Wealth & Finance International recognizes the firms and companies that, through their innovative methods and outstanding results, are changing the way we view their industry and see them surge ahead of their competition."

Also, this week, WeeGreen unveiled:

  • A redesign of the WeeGreen homepage and marketplace at www.wee.green. Recognized for its unique, measured and verified, "green campaign" platform which engages and activates organizations, companies and communities on-line and on-the-ground to help meet their sustainability goals, the platform now boasts a clean, simple look and navigation for users from the Homepage to the Campaign "App" to the Marketplace. 

Updates and improved functionality are being adding regularly to the WeeGreen platform with today's updates signaling the kickoff of this effort.  

  • Today we are also unveiling that we have nearly 20,000 "green" and sustainable products available for purchase on the WeeGreen Marketplace. We have products consisting of name brands as varied as Newman's Own, Coleman's, The Honest Company, Eco Products and a host of others.  Consumers and "green campaigns" can choose these products from among a list of 9 different category offerings ranging from Solar, Water, Lighting, Outdoors & Sports, Home & Garden, Services, Personal Care & Health, Groceries and Transportation.  WeeGreen's marketplace now boasts products ranging from the Nest thermostat to Electric-Powered Backpack Bikes to the solar powered cooler and freezer – and everything in between.
  • Already multiple organizations are using the WeeGreen platform to run their own sustainability campaigns.  "Solarize Jamestown", "Go Green Richmond" and  "Solarize Narragansett" are but three Rhode Island-based campaigns that have demonstrated the success of the WeeGreen platform.   And new campaigns are being added regularly – to the point where WeeGreen has already almost doubled its goals for established campaigns in 2018.  If your company, organization or community has sustainability goals its trying to set or mainstain – visit us at wee.green -- we make it easy to be green.

"If your company, community or organization is striving to reach your sustainability goals, there's no better time to start – and WeeGreen can help you succeed," said Brian F. Keane, Chief Executive Officer of WeeGreen.  "Our mission is to create the most complete and easy to use digital sustainability campaign template and marketplace so people, communities and organizations can more quickly and easily achieve their goals and make a long-term impact.  Give us a try and learn for yourself that it really is easy to be green."

About WeeGreen:
For people, communities and organizations who want to more quickly and easily achieve their sustainability goals and generate revenue, WeeGreen provides a free, scalable digital platform for grassroots outreach that accelerates the adoption of green products and services. WeeGreen is the only easy-to-use, one stop shop that provides a measured and verified campaign approach that combines "grassroots" outreach with an integrated marketplace that shares revenue with the local cause.  Visit us at www.wee.green

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, eBay announces its 2018 Shopping Report, taking an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collabs that rose to the top and encouraged people from coast to coast to open up their wallets. In a year marked by superheroes, sought-after sneakers, stress relief and Supreme, some surprising statistics emerged – demonstrating what's on shoppers' minds and what trends are here to stay.

eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report takes an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collaborations that rose to the top this year, driving spikes in eBay searches and sales, and encouraging shoppers to open up their wallets.
eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report takes an in-depth look at the launches, anniversaries and collaborations that rose to the top this year, driving spikes in eBay searches and sales, and encouraging shoppers to open up their wallets.
New data from eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report shows the events that impacted purchase behavior this year, as people flocked to Fortnite, felt the effect of King James, were ‘Royally’ inspired and filled their closets with logo fashion.
New data from eBay’s 2018 Shopping Report shows the events that impacted purchase behavior this year, as people flocked to Fortnite, felt the effect of King James, were ‘Royally’ inspired and filled their closets with logo fashion.

"As the world's largest marketplace, eBay search and sales data provides an interesting look at what's happening in culture," said Bradford Shellhammer, eBay's Vice President of Buyer Experience. "By paying attention to new shopping behaviors over the course of the year – investments in trading cards, the resurgence of vinyl, an affinity for yellow decor and SMEG appliances and kids of all ages digging dinosaurs – we're able to predict the types of gifts that will bring joy this holiday season."

Whether it's driving millions in sales or causing drastic spikes in search, what's happening on eBay reflects what's happening in the world. Here are the 18 things that stood out in 2018: 

  1. The Looks: Cozy Coats, Bike Shorts
  2. The Logos: Champion, Supreme
  3. The Designer:Virgil Abloh
  4. The Sneakers: Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon  
  5. The Player: LeBron James 
  6. The Record Breakers: Tom Brady, Derek Jeter
  7. The Comeback: Vinyl
  8. The Tech: Connected Home, Electric Scooters  
  9. The Décor: Yellow Hues, SMEG appliances 
  10. The Game: Fortnite
  11. The Franchise: Spider-Man 
  12. The Collectible: Magic: The Gathering  
  13. The Royals: Tiaras and Trench Coats
  14. The Wedding: Meghan and Harry 
  15. The Anniversaries: Harry Potter, Mickey Mouse
  16. The Wellness Fix: Aromatherapy, Cannabidiol 
  17. The Vehicles: RVs, Trucks and Luxury Rides
  18. The Toys: Dinosaurs, L.O.L. Surprise! 

eBay's 2018 Shopping Report1

  1. LOOKS OF THE YEAR: Cozy Coats: Celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner sported faux fur this year, and popular designs emerged from brands like ASOS and TopShop. eBay sales of the "teddy bear" coat nearly quadrupled between September and October. From vests to backpacks, 50,000 faux fur items sold on eBay between July and September - a 105 percent increase in just 90 days.Bike Shorts: Nearly 110,000 cycling and biker shorts have been sold on eBay in 2018. After celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski were seen wearing the trend, eBay sales for the shorts spiked, with a 27 percent increase in less than 90 days.Top Prints: In the first week of October, 378 animal print items were sold per day. Looking to compare print trends? eBay Fashion saw stripes beat out polka dots by more than 18,000 items sold, and leopard print edge past snakeskin by 10,000 purchases (in the last 60 days).Luxury Watches: eBay shoppers picked up one luxury watch every three minutes this year. Rolex watches accounted for 20 percent of total luxury watch sales in 2018, with other top-selling brands for the year including Omega, Tag Heuer, Longines and Breitling.Denim Boots: In August, eBay saw a 107 percent increase in sales month-over-month for thigh-high denim boots after Jennifer Lopez wore a pair from Versace.
  2. LOGOS OF THE YEAR: Champion & Supreme: There was a 76 percent increase in eBay sales of Champion sweatshirts in the last 90 days, and collab-favorite Supreme racked up 30,000 searches per day. Gucci: With celebrities like Rihanna, Chrissy Teigen and Mandy Moore rocking Gucci logo looks - 126 Gucci bags were sold on eBay daily and nearly 500 Gucci logo belts were sold every month this year, resulting in one search every 20 seconds. Dior: Sales of the Dior Saddle Bag climbed nearly 20 percent from July to August on eBay after the French powerhouse Christian Dior had 100 global influencers and celebs re-launch the bag on Instagram on July 19 for the Fall/Winter 2018 season. Fendi: Fendi's 'double F's' have experienced a resurgence in popularity - 364,813 searches this year - thanks to the street style endorsements of Gigi and Bella Hadid along with the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Kourtney Kardashian and Olivia Culpo.
  3. DESIGNER OF THE YEAR:Virgil Abloh: In addition to being named Director of Menswear at Louis Vuitton this year, Abloh launched multiple Off-White sneaker styles, a collaboration with Moët & Chandon for Nectar Impérial Rosé and designed the Nike tutu outfit Serena Williams wore at this year's U.S. Open. eBay sold 38,500 Off-White sneakers in 2018. That's five pairs per hour at an average of $289 per pair. The most expensive Off-White pair sold on eBay this year was the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 "The Ten" for $3,409.
  4. SNEAKERS OF THE YEAR: In Search of Grails: 40,000 pairs of shoes are sold each day on eBay in the U.S. In fact, half a million Air Jordans were sold this year alone – that's one pair every minute. Taking the spot for most sought-after styles in 2018 were the Nike Air Max 1/97 Sean Wotherspoon and the Off-White x Converse Chuck Taylor as a trending collab among shoppers. Cash for Kicks: Collectible sneaker sales show no sign of slowing down – eBay shoppers are purchasing more than 370 pairs of sneakers over $250 every day. Taking the top spot for most expensive pair sold in 2018 is the Nike Air Jordan Kobe PE, which sold for $20,000 and was a player's exclusive from 2002 in Kobe's size.Brand Love: When it comes to sneakers, Nike and adidas continue to lead the pack, with top styles driving sales of collectible sneakers in the tens of thousands. In 2018, the top five brands of men's sneakers sold on eBay were Nike, adidas, Jordan, New Balance and Vans. 
  5. PLAYER OF THE YEAR:The LeBron Effect: Los Angeles Lakers fans eagerly welcomed NBA superstar LeBron James to the City of Angels this year. Fan Love: The week he signed to the team, eBay sales of James' jersey increased by 5,118 percent, and StubHub demand for Lakers tickets increased 427 percent over the prior season. The Los Angeles Lakers took the number two spot in NBA merchandise sales on eBay during the off-season, with Lakers fan gear sales nearly tripling between June and July after James' signing.Collectible Cards: LeBron James trading cards are coveted collectibles - in fact, a 2003-04 LeBron James UD Exquisite Rookie Patch card was sold for $250,000 this year. The next highest LeBron card sold in 2018 was a 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection LeBron James Rookie card for $64,100.Sneaker Savvy: James' momentum spills into the sneaker game, as well. Sales of the LeBron 15 signature shoe on eBay doubled that of Kyrie Irving's Kyrie 4 in 2018.
  6. RECORD BREAKERS OF THE YEAR: Some of the most expensive collectible cards sold on eBay this year represented those of OG athletes:Tom Brady: A 2000 Tom Brady Playoff Contenders card sold for $250,000 (becoming the highest price paid for a collectible tied to the legendary quarterback). The exact same Brady rookie card was bought by a previous owner in 2015 for just $15,000, representing a price increase of more than 1,500 percent in three years.Derek Jeter: In another example, a 1993 SP Foil Derek Jeter rookie card sold for $54,500 in May of this year, only to go for $99,100 just two weeks later.Case Break: Another popular trend in cards - 'Case Breaking' is when collectors open a box or pack of trading cards during a live broadcast, and sell the cards individually. eBay saw a 50 percent increase year-over-year in case breaks.  Modern Players: While OGs are taking the top spots in collectible card sales, which modern athletes are driving demand? LeBron James leads the NBA, Connor McDavid tops wish lists in the NHL, and Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are selling hot from an MLB perspective. In fact, a 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Platinum 1/1 True Rookie card was sold for $100,000 this year, and a 2015 UD The Cup Connor McDavid ROOKIE AUTO PATCH card was sold for $55,655 after going for $34,000 just last year.
  7. COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Listen Up: Music fans of all ages are embracing vinyl, and eBay sold more than three and a half million records last year. When it comes to genre, classics continue to reign supreme, with albums like Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Pink Floyd's "The Wall," Led Zeppelin's "IV" and The Beatles "Abbey Road" routinely appearing in eBay's top 10 best-selling records year-over-year.
  8. TECH OF THE YEAR:Connected Home: This year more than two million smart home products were sold on eBay, as shoppers continued to link their homes to their phones. Industry data cites that household penetration is 32 percent in 2018 and is expected to hit 53 percent by 2022. Updates to smart speakers and new launches like the Apple HomePod also drove growth of 200+ percent on eBay, selling more than 230,490 devices this year – that's 32 speakers per hour. The smart thermostat category is also growing at a rate of 24 percent, with Nest as a strong brand leader. Products from Philips Hue smart lighting line drove 4,454 purchases in just the last 90 days.Scooter Surge: With electric scooter rental services like Bird, Lime and Uber's Jump popping up in dozens of U.S. cities, the latest evolution in scooters is taking over. eBay has sold more than 25,000 electric scooters this year, and they're already topping holiday lists a top gift for urbanites and adventure lovers.
  9. DECOR OF THE YEAR: Here Comes the Sun: When examining interior design trends, 2018 was a bright spot. Shoppers couldn't get enough of hues like buttercup, mustard, daisy and canary yellow – from furniture to wall hangings, throw pillows and decor - more than 100,000 yellow home furnishings were sold on eBay this year, that's one item every four minutes.Toast for Days: eBay searches for millennial-favorite SMEG home appliances spiked between April and May of this year, directly following the announcement of SMEG and Dolce & Gabbana's third collection together.
  10. GAME OF THE YEAR: Fortnite Fever: As the breakout star of the gaming world - Fortnite is unmatched. eBay shoppers viewed 1,400 Fortnite items per hour this year, or one item per second. The real story, however, is the demand of gaming accessories driven by Fortnite players. Both headsets and gaming monitors saw sales spike 35 percent year-over-year, as players new to online and community gaming jumped into the game. Top brands like Alienware and HyperX jumped more than 80 percent year-over-year, with a surge in demand for ultra-wide, 4k and high-end gaming monitors.Retro Gaming: This year brought huge spikes in interest in the Nintendo NES Classic, Nintendo Switch and special edition PS4 bundles, driving up console sales on eBay by 5 percent year-to-date. Demand rose for the Nintendo NES Classic, with 77,000 units sold and 18,000 searches tied to the restock announcement in May 2018. Up next this holiday? Shoppers are already searching for Sony's PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the first PlayStation arriving December 3. eBay saw 150 searches per hour for the Classic on the day it was announced to consumers.
  11. FRANCHISES OF THE YEAR:Spidey Sense: There's no denying that Spider-Man emerged as a key comic hero for this year – continuing to drive excitement among fans leading up to the release of 'Into the Spider-Verse.' eBay shoppers purchased more than 67,580 Spider-Man related items from August to September, and 77 percent of those were comic books. That's 51,866 Spider-Man comics over 30 days - or one per minute.Exclusive Momentum: Another top event this year was the release of Spider-Man on PS4 – not just because the game has been a massive sales success, but because the platform-exclusive strategy is working. The release of the game immediately and significantly impacted PS4 console sales on eBay. Specifically, there was an 89 percent increase in PS4 sales in the weeks prior to and following the launch of the game, representing the highest three-week period of PS4 sales of 2018. And it wasn't just PS4 sales, with the Limited Edition Spider-Man PS4, we saw searches and prices surge, as gamers rushed to get their hands on it. Avengers: In 2018, Infinity War earned over $2 billion worldwide and became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time. Not just comic book lovers, but fans of the film are collecting these rare comics. Coming off the popularity of the Avengers movie, eBay exclusive comic dealer, Sparkle City Comics, sold a CGC 6.5 graded copy of Captain America Comics #1 for $175,200.Black Panther: Black Panther was one of the biggest cultural moments of 2018 - king at the box office before Avengers dethroned it in April 2018.The film drove more than 200,000 searches for the franchise since its launch this year. As the franchise gained buzz, purchases of Black Panther items increased dramatically. During the release month of February 2018, eBay's exclusive Black Panther variant cover with illustrator Sanford Greene sold out, and graded copies of Black Panther's first appearance in Fantastic Four #52 were listed for upwards of $13,000 on eBay. Rising From The Ashes: Characters that are traditionally less popular in the mainstream world of collectible comics - like Groot, Star-Lord, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy and Miles Morales - are also resonating with eBay shoppers, showing up with steadily increasing value.Some examples include Tales to Astonish #13, ranking as the most expensive Groot comic sold this year for $4,700, or Wolverine Trimpe Wein Liefeld Deadpool Variant Mutants 98 Hulk 181, representing the highest sale for a Deadpool comic at $4,975. These two comics in particular mark the first appearance of those characters in the comics world at large, highlighting the motivation behind obtaining them as part of a collection. Another favorite was the year's top Guardians of the Galaxy comic, a copy of Marvel Super-Heroes #18, which sold for $3,350.
  12. COLLECTIBLE OF THE YEAR:The Gathering Fandom: Familiar to kids of the 90's, Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game centered on wizardry. Now, 25 years after its creation, millennials are cashing in on their nostalgia. There were more than half a million Magic: The Gathering trading cards sold on eBay in 2018, including 4,877 Mystery Rare Card Lotto, Chance to Win Black Lotus cards. Activity is increasing in this space – with over one million Magic: The Gathering cards available on the site today, representing a five percent increase in listings year-over-year.That makes sense when you consider that the most expensive card sold on eBay this year, an Alpha Black Lotus from the original 1993 release, went for $87,672, with only 1,100 total cards in circulation. Interestingly, the same card sold on eBay for just $30,877 a month prior, and today, there's one currently listed for $100K. The next top sale was for a 1993 Alpha Ancestral Recall card for $28,922. Another top category in collectible cards is Pokémon. The Pokémon Japanese Super Secret Battle 3rd Place SSB Trophy Card, PSA 10 Gem Mint was the most expensive Pokémon card sold this year for $60,000.
  13. ROYAL OF THE YEAR: Ring Envy: Meghan wore an aquamarine cocktail ring to her wedding reception, a gift chosen by Prince Harry from the late Princess Diana's personal collection. eBay searches for aquamarine rings spiked following the wedding, and more than 114,000 were sold this year. Interest also peaked for rings with pink stones following Princess Eugenie's engagement in January with a pink padparadscha sapphire ring. eBay sold more than 8,000 Morganite rings in the 60 days surrounding the engagement, which is a less expensive alternative.Royals to Real-Life: Following the wedding (and royal baby announcement!) from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the birth of Prince Louie AND the wedding of Princess Eugenie, the world is watching the Royals. eBay saw over 1,200 searches for tiaras on May 19th, Meghan Markle's wedding day, an increase of 72 percent from the day prior. Other royal inspired headpieces saw a spike as well, as sales for fascinators and floral crowns rose 47 percent.Tour Style: Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle often wear accessible brands to public appearances, causing items they've worn to sell out in minutes. After the Duchess of Sussex wore trench coats from Martin Grant and Karen Walker on her commonwealth tour in October, trench coat sales on eBay rose 44 percent month-over-month. Similarly, sales of J.Crew black boots rose by 70 percent in the same timeframe, after Meghan rocked the brand's 'Sadie' ankle boot on tour.
  14. WEDDING OF THE YEAR: Markle Effect: One of the most-watched events this year unfolded on May 19, and viewers around the world immediately turned to eBay to get their hands on the coveted designers and styles that Meghan and her A-list guests were wearing. Wedding weekend, eBay saw sales for Meghan Markle related items jump 47 percent and searches spike 146 percent -- more than triple the number of searches for Prince Harry related items. When it comes to Meghan fever, Americans took the cake, as there were nearly five times more Meghan-related searches in the U.S. than in the U.K.Givenchy won the royal wedding: Meghan captivated Americans and Brits alike as she made her procession down the aisle in a custom Givenchy gown, spiking the fashion label to the top searched list on May 19. Vivienne Westwood, who designed Priyanka Chopra's celebrated lavender look, was the second most-searched. British label Alexander McQueen, who designed Kate Middleton's off-white coat dress -- a closet staple of hers, rang in as the third most-searched. Following McQueen was Stella McCartney -- the renowned designer of the bride and mother-of-the-bride's evening looks as well Oprah and Amal Clooney's day dresses.Pippa's dress designer was the most influential: Perhaps one of the most wearable styles of the day was Pippa Middleton's floral cocktail dress by The Fold. Searches for the British brand jumped a dramatic 700 percent from May 18 to May 19. As was the case with Will and Kate's wedding, all eyes were also on Princess Beatrice, as searches for the label Roksanda that created her teal dress rose by 500 percent.Pretty-in-pink dresses spiked: From pastels to florals, colorful frocks were the main style for this spring wedding. Among Meghan's celebrity guests, Oprah and Serena Williams' dresses were fan-favorites, as eBay searches for rose dresses spiked a whopping 95 percent. Amal Clooney's bright look helped inspire searches for yellow dresses, which rose by 33 percent and Abigail Spencer's playful frock was reflected in sales for polka dot dresses, that rose 20 percent on eBay.
  15. ANNIVERSARY OF THE YEAR:Magic and Merriment: This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise, and Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday. eBay shoppers picked up one Harry Potter item every minute in 2018, including 47,413 Harry Potter LEGO sets & minifigures, and 37,732 Harry Potter Funko Pops. Mickey merchandise spiked by 24 percent in March when Disney announced they would launch a world-wide celebration honoring Mickey's 90th year. In fact, there were two Mickey & Minnie items sold every minute on eBay in 2018 - that's more than 876,000 purchases. The most expensive Mickey item sold this year was a Geralmagicd Genta Fantasy Retro Mickey Mouse Aviator Watch for $10,000.
  16. WELLNESS FIX OF THE YEAR: Diffuse Away Stress: Forget candles, people opened their minds, noses and wallets to aromatherapy. There were 217,456 diffusers sold on eBay this year, with 41 searches per hour - that's a spike of 58 percent in the last six months alone. A favorite brand among enthusiasts, Young Living oils accounted for 67 percent of total essential oil sales in 2018, and top selling scents overall were Peppermint and Lavender.High On Believing: Shoppers relied on Cannabidiol (CBD) to help them cope with anxiety symptoms. 39,000 CBD oils and supplements were sold this year on eBay, with more than 284,000 searches. Sales peaked in April for the year, with a 50 percent increase month-over-month.Filter It Out: Another rising trend is blue-light-blocking glasses - which filter out the active blue light from smartphone screens. After an appearance on ABC's 'Shark Tank' in February, the Gunnar brand's blue-light-blocking glasses sparked more than 2,700 searches, and 14,000 pairs were sold on eBay this year.
  17. VEHICLES OF THE YEAR: Home on Wheels: Sales of RVs and classic Airstreams are growing, as millennials ditch the concept of 'forever homes' for tiny houses that are travel-friendly. There were 39,187 searches on eBay Motors for Airstreams this summer, with the most RV sales occurring in March - May of this year. The top selling brands included Winnebago and Airstream, each accounting for 20 percent and 25 percent of the year's total RV sales, respectively.Pickup Trucks: Trucks are the new family car, as they become safer and more comfortable. Ford F-Series brand dominated truck sales on eBay Motors in 2018, followed by Ram, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. And shoppers aren't just buying trucks, they're personalizing them. The most popular truck accessories include wheels/rims/tires, custom grilles, grille guards, tow hooks and bumper systems. There are almost 120,000 grilles and 16,000 tow hooks currently listed on eBay Motors, with 73 searches an hour for wheel rims.Luxury Cars: Luxury vehicles and accessories were also huge this year, from Forgiato wheels to Ferraris. One Ferrari sells every day on eBay, with nearly 700 Ferrari models currently for sale. Forty-four Lamborghinis have sold on eBay Motors this year, with an average price of $110,170.94. The most expensive car sold this year on eBay Motors was a 2005 Ford Ford GT Camilo Pardo Signature "SOLAR7" for $449,980.
  18. TOYS OF THE YEAR:Ferocious Friends: Dinosaur toys are having a moment, thanks to the latest 'Jurassic Park' installment, the resurgence of classic games like Mario Kart featuring the beloved Yoshi and brands reimagining dino toys. eBay searches for dinosaur toys increased 22 percent year-over-year, spurred by excitement around the trainable Jurassic World Alpha Training Blue, WowWee's new Untamed T-Rex Fingerlings, FurReal's Munchin' Rex and many more. Disgustingly Awesome: Pimples, poops, farts and slime - this year's toys got silly, gross and sometimes smelly - literally. eBay sales of the 'Don't Step In It' game tripled between September and October, while shoppers picked up 24 'Poopsie Surprise Unicorns' per day in the last 60 days. Surprise Envy: Excitement around L.O.L. Surprise! continues on eBay this year, with new launches like L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Dolls to L.O.L. Surprise! Pearl Surprise. From March through September 2018, more than 148,000 L.O.L. Surprise! toys were sold on eBay, that's one surprise every two minutes.

1Data is based on US sold items that included the key terms in the listing title across all categories from January 1, 2017 to November 7, 2018.

eBay By the Numbers

  • eBay has 177 million active buyers worldwide
  • eBay has 1.1 billion listings
  • 71% of items ship for free in U.S., UK and DE
  • 80% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing
  • 89% of items sold on eBay are Buy It Now – no bidding necessary
  • 64% of the eBay platform involves a mobile touchpoint
  • 429 million downloads of eBay Inc. apps across the globe

About  eBay
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2017, eBay enabled $88.4 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is increasing capital investment in its regulated operations over the next five years to provide more advanced, resilient and cleaner energy solutions for its customers. The company reaffirmed its 2019 operating earnings (earnings excluding special items) guidance range of $4.00 to $4.20 per share, and its projected annual operating earnings growth rate of 5 to 7 percent. AEP management will discuss the company's financial outlook and earnings growth strategy at the annual Edison Electric Institute Financial Conference that begins Nov. 11 in San Francisco.

AEP plans to invest $33 billion in capital from 2019 through 2023, with 75 percent of that investment focused on its transmission and distribution operations to enhance service for customers. The company has $2.7 billion in new renewable generation in its capital plan during this same period, including approximately $2.2 billion for competitive, contracted renewable projects. AEP intends to work with regulators to identify additional opportunities to add renewable generation in its regulated jurisdictions.

Operating earnings could differ from those prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for matters such as impairments, divestitures or changes in accounting principles. AEP is unable to forecast if any of these items will occur or any amounts that may be recorded for future periods. Therefore, AEP is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for earnings guidance.

"Our long-term strategy is built on investments that will benefit our customers and position us for ongoing success and steady earnings growth as our industry transforms. AEP's capital investments over the next five years will be focused on advanced infrastructure, innovative technologies and cleaner generation resources," said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"Our customers will benefit from a more reliable, resilient and smarter energy system as we rebuild and enhance aging infrastructure and add new, more efficient technologies to our transmission and distribution systems. We plan to invest approximately $16.6 billion in our transmission businesses and another $8.3 billion in our distribution businesses over the next five years.

"The transition of our generation mix to cleaner resources will continue. Earlier this year, we announced our plan to cut our carbon dioxide emissions 60 percent from 2000 levels by 2030. To help achieve this goal, we plan to add more than 8,300 megawatts of wind and solar generation and more than 2,600 megawatts of natural gas generation to our regulated generation fleet by 2030.

"We remain committed to dividend growth, consistent with earnings. We increased our regular quarterly cash dividend in October by 8.1 percent to 67 cents per share. AEP has paid consecutive quarterly dividends on its common stock since July 1910, more than 108 years," Akins said.

AEP has a strong balance sheet and a stable credit outlook. AEP expects to control operations and maintenance expenses, net of earnings offsets, through continuation of targeted cost discipline programs and a focus on digitalization of work.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP's more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,340 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP's family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

This report made by American Electric Power and its Registrant Subsidiaries contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although AEP and each of its Registrant Subsidiaries believe that their expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: economic growth or contraction within and changes in market demand and demographic patterns in AEP service territories; inflationary or deflationary interest rate trends; volatility in the financial markets, particularly developments affecting the availability or cost of capital to finance new capital projects and refinance existing debt; the availability and cost of funds to finance working capital and capital needs, particularly during periods when the time lag between incurring costs and recovery is long and the costs are material; electric load and customer growth; weather conditions, including storms and drought conditions, and AEP's ability to recover significant storm restoration costs; the cost of fuel and its transportation, the creditworthiness and performance of fuel suppliers and transporters and the cost of storing and disposing of used fuel, including coal ash and spent nuclear fuel; availability of necessary generating capacity, the performance of AEP's generating plants and the availability of fuel, including processed nuclear fuel, parts and service from reliable vendors; AEP's ability to recover fuel and other energy costs through regulated or competitive electric rates; AEP's ability to build renewable generation, transmission lines and facilities (including the ability to obtain any necessary regulatory approvals and permits) when needed at acceptable prices and terms and to recover those costs; new legislation, litigation and government regulation, including oversight of nuclear generation, energy commodity trading and new or heightened requirements for reduced emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, mercury, carbon, soot or particulate matter and other substances that could impact the continued operation, cost recovery, and/or profitability of AEP's generation plants and related assets; evolving public perception of the risks associated with fuels used before, during and after the generation of electricity, including nuclear fuel; timing and resolution of pending and future rate cases, negotiations and other regulatory decisions, including rate or other recovery of new investments in generation, distribution and transmission service, environmental compliance and excess accumulated deferred income taxes; resolution of litigation; AEP's ability to constrain operation and maintenance costs; prices and demand for power generated and sold at wholesale; changes in technology, particularly with respect to energy storage and new, developing, alternative or distributed sources of generation; AEP's ability to recover through rates any remaining unrecovered investment in generating units that may be retired before the end of their previously projected useful lives; volatility and changes in markets for capacity and electricity, coal, and other energy-related commodities, particularly changes in the price of natural gas; changes in utility regulation and the allocation of costs within regional transmission organizations, including ERCOT, PJM and SPP; changes in the creditworthiness of the counterparties with whom AEP has contractual arrangements, including participants in the energy trading market; actions of rating agencies, including changes in the ratings of AEP debt; the impact of volatility in the capital markets on the value of the investments held by AEP's pension, other postretirement benefit plans, captive insurance entity and nuclear decommissioning trust and the impact of such volatility on future funding requirements; accounting pronouncements periodically issued by accounting standard-setting bodies; the impact of federal tax reform on customer rates, income tax expense and cash flows; and other risks and unforeseen events, including wars, the effects of terrorism (including increased security costs), embargoes, cyber security threats and other catastrophic events.

SOURCE American Electric Power

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"Estamos muy contentos de forjar esta profunda colaboración con DuPont. La película de PVF DuPont™ Tedlar® siempre ha sido la primera opción para nuestros módulos y confío en que nuestra cooperación mejorará aún más la calidad, el rendimiento y la fiabilidad de nuestros productos", dijo Xin Luo, presidente de GCL-SI.

El aumento continuo de la demanda global de nuevas fuentes de energía confiere a las innovaciones científicas en el sector fotovoltaico una gran importancia. Según Eric Wang, director comercial global de DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, en las últimas cinco décadas DuPont ha estado a la vanguardia de la innovación solar. "Estamos muy entusiasmados por presentar nuestro logro innovador en la CIIE y establecer vínculos estratégicos con GCL-SI. Nuestro compromiso con la innovación nos ha ayudado a crear materiales fotovoltaicos que superan la prueba del tiempo e impulsan el crecimiento sostenible en el sector fotovoltaico".

Según el Sr. Wang, más de la mitad de los paneles solares instalados desde 1975 en todo el mundo contienen materiales de DuPont. La lámina trasera basada en película DuPontTM Tedlar® es la única que ha demostrado proteger los paneles solares durante más de 30 años en todas las condiciones climáticas; su objetivo es maximizar la durabilidad y fiabilidad y minimizar los defectos del sistema.

Los ingresos obtenidos a partir de productos fotovoltaicos fabricados han disminuido en los últimos años, ya que el mercado ha sido inundado con productos y módulos fotovoltaicos que no han sido probados o que no satisfacen las normas más exigentes del sector. Es un objetivo común de todo el sector fotovoltaico mejorar los retornos de inversión para igualar los que se han obtenido en los últimos 25 años mientras se reducen los costos globales. Para ello, la calidad de los materiales fotovoltaicos es una cuestión clave. Trabajando con socios como DuPont, GCL-SI aspira a proveer productos fotovoltaicos y soluciones holísticas de máxima calidad para los nuevos sistemas energéticos. GCL-SI dispone ahora de seis centros de fabricación de módulos fotovoltaicos en todo el mundo, con una producción total de 6 GW.

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Productos Especializados de DowDuPont, una división de DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), es un líder global en innovaciones con materiales, ingredientes y soluciones basados en tecnología que ayudan a transformar sectores y aspectos de la vida cotidiana. Nuestros empleados aplican una diversa combinación de ciencia y experiencia para ayudar a los clientes a promover sus mejores ideas y ofrecer las innovaciones esenciales en mercados clave: electrónica, transporte, construcción, salud y bienestar, alimentación y seguridad laboral. DowDuPont tiene previsto desglosar la división de Productos Especializados, que se llamará DuPont, en una empresa independiente que cotiza en bolsa. Puede obtener más información en www.dow-dupont.com.

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GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (SZ: 002506) (GCL-SI) forma parte del grupo GOLDEN CONCORD (GCL). GCL-SI ofrece un sistema integral y vanguardista de energía integrado y tiene la intención de convertirse en el líder mundial de energía solar.

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NEW DELHI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Azure Power, a leading solar power producer in India, will report financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2018 after the market closes on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. The Company will host a conference call to discuss results on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. US Eastern Time. Investors may access a live webcast of this conference call by visiting http://investors.azurepower.com/events-and-presentations.

Members of the public who would like to listen to the conference call should dial 1-888-317-6003 (in the U.S.) and 1-412-317-6061 (outside the U.S.) and enter passcode 6001764. The number should be dialed at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The replay will remain available until Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (in the U.S.) and 1-412-317-0088 (outside the U.S.) and entering the replay passcode 10125823.

Please direct any questions regarding obtaining access to the conference call to Azure Power Investor Relations, via e-mail, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Azure Power

Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is an independent solar power producer with a pan-Indian portfolio of over 3 gigawatts. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale to rooftop, since its inception in 2008.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the commercial and retail prices of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in tariffs at which long term PPAs are entered into; changes in policies and regulations including net metering and interconnection limits or caps; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives; the availability of solar panels and other raw materials; its limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; its ability to attract and retain its relationships with third parties, including its solar partners; its ability to meet the covenants in its debt facilities; meteorological conditions and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that the Company has filed with the SEC from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

For more information, visit: www.azurepower.com.

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