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MUNICH, October 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

A year after the company's successful first crowdinvesting campaign, the Munich-based mobility provider Sono Motors today announced the start of a second round of financing. The purpose of the campaign is to generate the capital needed for the completion of the series development and manufacturing of the Sion, the first series-produced electric vehicle with solar integration, which is scheduled to go into production in the fourth quarter of 2019.

In the one-week subscription period ahead of today's official campaign launch, which was reserved exclusively for existing investors and backers, there were subscriptions amounting to no less than 5 million euros via crowdinvesting and other channels.

The concept of the current financing round affords retail and institutional investors access to the campaign via various channels and forms of participation. Using a variety of crowdinvesting platforms, investors can participate in the success of the company via either equity or debt capital. Another investment option is via a special fund from the asset managers CAV Partners, who specialize in renewable energies, and the environmental financial services provider Grüne Sachwerte.

"It is our goal to establish a sustainable company. We believe that, together with our community, we can bring about change. This was confirmed already back in 2016 with our first crowdfunding campaign. We therefore want to continue to give the retail investors and early backers, whose financial involvement and trust played a major part in keeping us going over the past two years, the opportunity to benefit from our company's growth by means of crowdinvesting," says Laurin Hahn, CEO and co-founder of Sono Motors.

Another major focus is getting institutional investors on board. Therefore, Sono Motors is engaging in talks with them in the course of the current financing round.

"We have reached some important milestones last year and we succeeded in doubling our enterprise value in next to no time. The funds generated in the current financing round will go toward the finalization of series development and the conclusion of the Sion's validation phase, and will also be used for the crucial next industrialization steps," adds Martin Sabbione, CFO of Sono Motors.

Sono Motors currently has more than 8,000 fee-based vehicle reservations, which would equate to an order volume of around 140 million euros. The company has therefore comfortably exceeded its original target of 5,000 reservations.

In addition to the internal teams of experts being expanded in recent months, the management team was expanded in order to advance the company's development. Thomas Hausch (Nissan, Daimler) assumed the position of COO, while Isa Krupka (Van Eck, STOXX, Dow Jones) was appointed to the management as CCO.

About Sono Motors  

What started out as the garage project of two friends and the vision of a sustainable mobility concept, which was not dependent on fossil fuels, became the innovative and owner-managed automotive company Sono Motors in 2016.

The company now boasts an experienced team of engineers, designers, technicians, and industry experts who are developing and building a forward-looking electric car which is suitable for daily use, with integrated solar cells and innovative mobility services.

The carbon emissions generated during the vehicle's production and manufacturing are entirely offset. The first prototypes were produced in 2017 with the support of renowned investors and crowdfunding, and have since been driven and experienced by more than 13,000 potential customers at test drive road shows. The overwhelming response to the vehicle and mobility concept confirmed the company founders' vision and is turning it into a reality - the electric car Sion will go into series production in 2019.

The company's full story can be found here: http://www.sonomotors.com/story.html/

Website: https://www.sonomotors.com/
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MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CIARA, a Hypertec Brand, a leading global provider of high performance, reliable high-frequency servers, announced today that it has partnered with NetXpress and Solarflare to offer customers a complete turnkey solution, custom-built to meet the demanding requirements of high-frequency trading firms.

CIARA's ORION HF servers, combined with Solarflare's high-performance network cards and NetXpress' layer 1 exchange connectivity architecture, take the guesswork out of selecting the right ultra-low latency trading solution with a low total cost of ownership.

"Milliseconds matter in the world of HFT. We are excited to partner with NetXpress and Solarflare to demonstrate the dependability and performance of our accelerated server platforms and we are confident trading firms will benefit from the lowest possible latency solution at an affordable price without compromising reliability," said Patrick Scateni, Vice President of Enterprise and Performance Group at CIARA.

For a limited time, customers can try the co-located turnkey solution at no charge in either of NetXpress' FR2 Frankfurt, Germany; or CME Aurora/Chicago, USA data centers.

To learn more about the free trial, please contact your CIARA Sales representative.

 About CIARA

CIARA, a Hypertec brand, is a global technology provider that specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, integration, deployment, support and recycling of cutting-edge IT products. CIARA's products include desktops, high-performance workstations, data center servers and storage, high-frequency servers and GPU computing systems. To complement its product offering, CIARA also offers a comprehensive suite of hardware lifecycle management services including OEM services, rack integration services, data center deployment services, hardware support services and IT asset disposition services. For more information, visit https://ciaratech.com.

About NetXpress

NetXpress is a strategic network and infrastructure solutions provider within the trading community. NetXpress was founded to provide cutting-edge, client-focused solutions to the low latency electronic trading community. By utilizing layer 1 technology, NetXpress has significantly reduced latencies while minimizing the burden of excessive switch hops. Today, NetXpress is in ten global locations, including 350 E. Cermak, Aurora, NY4 Secaucus, NY2 Secaucus, Carteret, Basildon, LD4, Frankfurt FR2, TMX Markham and CC1 Tokyo. For more information, visit https://www.netxpressllc.com.

About Solarflare

Solarflare is pioneering server connectivity for neural class networks. From silicon to firmware to software, Solarflare delivers a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies for distributed, ultra-scale, software-defined datacenters. For more information, visit https://www.solarflare.com.

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The purpose of this company is to accelerate the development of solar photovoltaic self-consumption in France for businesses and authorities.

Reservoir Sun was created, with the approval of the European competition regulation authorities and labour relations organisations, to develop solar photovoltaic self-consumption in France. A structure entirely dedicated to this activity and held in equal shares by ENGIE and GreenYellow, Reservoir Sun will specialise in the segment for solar power plants up to 1 MWc, for businesses and authorities. Objective: 100 MWc per year, or nearly 300 accounts comprising 300 kWc, on average, per project.

This new actor will use the surfaces provided by roofs and car parks to produce local, green energy. 100 million euros will thus be invested annually in the market for medium-capacity facilities. This is the first time for an actor to commit this many resources to companies and authorities in favour of solar self-consumption.

“The Casino Group was the first distributor to invest in developing solar photovoltaic energy. This association with ENGIE is a real booster and shows just how visionary our intrapreneurial project launched ten years ago, called GreenYellow, really was,” says Jean-Charles Naouri, President of the Casino Group.

For Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE,“the creation of Reservoir Sun is an excellent illustration of our commitment to provide support to all businesses and communities in the energy transition. This project also confirms the new dynamics of development of short energy supply chains, in which the ENGIE group has firmly positioned itself.”

The association of two leading stakeholders in the solar photovoltaic sector
ENGIE (engie.com), the leading producer of solar electricity in France with 1,200 MW of installed capacity, also provides daily support to 45,000 companies, authorities and joint property associations in their energy transition through its Businesses & Authorities entity. In addition to the supply of energy, which for nearly 15 years has included green electricity offers, ENGIE B&A offers its customers a range of offers and services that are environmentally friendly and guarantee a better control of their budget, notably turnkey photovoltaic facilities.

GreenYellow, the leader in self-consumption for the mass retail sector in France, has developed recognised expertise in the photovoltaic market with over 190 MW of facilities developed, constructed and in operation, and more than 1000,000 m² of photovoltaic panels installed. The company is also an expert in the domain of energy efficiency: with more than 1,500 energy performance contracts (EPCs) worldwide, it has forged a solid understanding of the issues of energy optimisation, a determining prerequisite for creating solar self-consumption solutions.

GreenYellow is the leading solar actor in the French self-consumption segment, as demonstrated by the latest results of the calls to tender of France’s Energy Regulation Commission (CRE).

Reservoir Sun’s headquarters are located in Marseille. To give the company a strong local presence and allow it to be as close as possible to its customers, 7 further branches will be opened in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Valence, Montpellier, Avignon, Lyon and Paris. Some 30 employees from GreenYellow, from ENGIE Businesses & Authorities and recruited from external sources will work on the development of this ambitious new actor.

Reservoir Sun will draw on a mixed, innovative team, expert in developing projects for the production of decentralised solar energy and in managing the issues of its future customers, in particular in the public tertiary sector, industry, health, trade and distribution.

About ENGIE
We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential 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).

Investors relations contact: T: +33(0)1 44 22 66 29 - E: ir[.]engie.com.

About GreenYellow
A Casino Group subsidiary, GreenYellow (greenyellow.fr) is an energy transition accelerator for its customers, specialising in energy services, energy efficiency solutions and photovoltaic production. Thanks to its solutions, GreenYellow has reduced the energy bill of its customers by 180 million euros in 10 years.

GreenYellow Press Contact: Julie Dorel, Marketing and Communications Department
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Press contact: Groupe Casino Direction de la Communication
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EATONTOWN, N.J. and SHREVEPORT, La., Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- IPKeys Power Partners (IPKeys) announced today the completion of the merger and acquisition of ElectSolve Technologies & Services, Inc. (ElectSolve), the public power sector leader in Meter Data Management (MDM) with over 5 million Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) points served.

The acquisition accelerates IPKeys strategy of becoming the leading provider of highly secure Integrated Automated Demand Management (IADM) platforms for utilities and consumers. The merger enhances both organizations ability to deliver on the needs of utilities and grid operators by providing a unique technology and programmatic integration of Demand Response (DR), Meter Data and Event Management, Cyber Security and Network Engineering.

The merger will build a strategic value for utilities by expanding the role of AMI and the data it provides for billing electricity consumption. It leverages historical consumption data into predictive, economically efficient and highly secure automated electricity demand and peak load management capabilities for utilities.

As coal plants shut down and nuclear installations are being reduced, utilities are facing significant challenges to meet a changing fuel supply mix. IPKeys' EISS® system and IADM combined with ElectSolve's MDM platform provides utilities with the ability to trust reliable and secure demand resources for load management. This potentially saves billions of dollars in replacement capacity plant investments; particularly those required to support reserves for peak demands.

IPKeys automated demand response and ElectSolve's utility Meter and Operational Data Management (MDM/ODM) platforms provides real time dispatch, measurement and verification of consumer side resource performance. The merged platform also includes the automated reconciliation and customer payment for participation providing utilities a tool to utilize demand side resources just as they do supply side generation. Utilities will be empowered with significant leverage to reduce peak demand charges for both their ratepayers and mitigate risk for utilities.

The benefits available to utilities and energy suppliers include but is not limited to:

  • Capital cost avoidance associated with providing power reserves for peak load situations
  • Avoidance of contract penalties associated with exceeding energy supply contracts
  • A demand control platform to absorb the growth of solar and wind power intermittency
  • A platform to enhance grid reliability and resiliency
  • Enhancing a green and carbon emissions reduction opportunity with economic rewards
  • Partnering with the residents and businesses of the community to work together to realize a cleaner, secure and more efficient electricity delivery and consumption program

"We are excited about coming together with the ElectSolve team and the value utilities will be able to realize with a cost-efficient delivery of cyber secure meter, electricity demand and network management," said Robert Nawy, CEO IPKeys. "The opportunity to provide our open standards-based servers, client premises hardware and large market wholesale Demand Response programmatic experience to the Public Power Sector will empower municipal and cooperative utilities to adopt best practices in technologies and program consulting for years to come," Nawy added.

"With utilities facing an increasing level of risk associated with the cyber threat, the decision to combine our companies was the right choice for our current and future clients and partners," said Mark Ponder, CEO ElectSolve. "Our combined companies will deliver the most secure utility data management, analytics and demand response platform available to the public power utility market today. Delivering software and hardware solutions that meet or exceed military grade security standards is not only practical for the utility industry but essential to this market to insure the reliable and secure delivery of services to customers." 

The merger of IPKeys Power Partners and ElectSolve provides for continuity for all employees of both organizations. The software development teams of both entities will have the opportunity to leap in advances by combining meter data and operational management with the ability to control electricity load consumption on an automated basis with customer premises hardware developed and manufactured by IPKeys, these include the OPEN ADR certified EISS® servers, EISS®Box and EISS®Cube.

Mark Ponder, founder and CEO of ElectSolve with over 30 years of experience will become the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for IPKeys Power Partners and the critical human resources of the ElectSolve team will also join on providing for a smooth transition.

About IPKeys
IPKeys founded in 2005 is a strategic partner in the Energy, DOD, Federal, and Commercial sectors, delivering expertise in the development, integration, and deployment of cyber secure Internet Protocol ("IP") technology and communications systems.

IPKeys provides Demand Response and curtailment services provider services through its subsidiary IPKeys Power Partners and is co-headquartered in Eatontown, NJ and Stafford VA, and has offices in San Diego, CA and Annapolis Junction, MD.

About ElectSolve
ElectSolve was founded in 1999 and is based in Shreveport, LA and Austin, TX. ElectSolve's flagship product, is a proven, vendor-neutral, next generation data management and integration platform for managing and integrating utility data. ElectSolve interoperates with a full suite of utility operational platforms including AMI, CIS, SCADA, OMS, GIS providing a full 360-degree view of all operational data with centralized management, analysis and reporting.

About the Public Power Sector
Over 1300 Public Power utilities in the US serve approximately 50 million customers in 49 states and 5 US territories. Generating over $60 billion in annual revenues, Public Power serves 1 in 7 customers in the US today and is vital to the continuing growth of the communities they serve. Public Power is locally controlled, highly reliable and provides low competitive rates to their communities.

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GSSG Solar, LLC announced the promotion of Charlie McDaniel to Managing Director and Adrian Archambault to Director last week at the company’s annual corporate off-site meeting.

Charlie McDaniel has been with GSSG Solar since its formation in 2013 and has successfully managed all aspects of the company’s business development activity, worldwide. Most notably, Charlie initiated the company’s entrance into the Japanese market in 2014 and spent two years with his family in Tokyo building the company’s Japanese operations. He has originated 250MW of projects that the company has acquired in Japan. Yoshiyasu Sumi (Head of GSSG Japan, KK) reports to Charlie and together—along with the support of the local Japanese personnel—they are responsible for managing the company’s origination partners and a 700MW pipeline of projects in various stages of acquisitions. Charlie has been in the solar industry since 2007, playing key roles in M&A and sales for SunEdison, primarily focused on utility and C&I projects in the United States.

Adrian Archambault also joined GSSG Solar in 2013 and took over management of the company’s Pricing Desk in 2015. Under his leadership the Pricing Desk has overseen the structuring and valuation of over 4GW of priced opportunities in the Japanese market alone. In addition, he leads the team’s financing program with domestic Japanese banks, which has yielded ¥26.6 billion (~$239 million) in project recourse financing to date. Outside of Japan he is active in the evaluation and financing of the company’s U.S. projects.

Both Mr. McDaniel and Mr. Archambault are based in the company’s Denver office.

“GSSG prides itself in nimble and accurate project underwriting. The promotion of Charlie and Adrian is a testament to their commitment to our core values, and a reinforcement of our fundamental approach to solar investment,” said Tomakin Archambault, GSSG Solar’s CEO. “Our most successful acquisitions have relied on Charlie’s understanding, communication and advocacy of each developer’s needs, in tandem with the structural, economic, and technical risks overlaid by Adrian and the Pricing Desk.”

“We have been fortunate to have both Adrian and Charlie providing their leadership for the GSSG Solar organization since our inception in 2013, and this promotion is a reflection of both their commitment to the success of the company, and their outstanding performance over the last several years,” added Jason Stevens, Managing Director.

About GSSG Solar, LLC: GSSG Solar is a full-service solar investment firm that manages funds designed to generate capital appreciation through select investments in high quality solar projects worldwide. Our committed investors include family offices, institutions, and individuals. www.gssgsolar.com

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Media accreditation now is open for the launch from Virginia of Northrop Grumman's 10th commercial resupply services mission to deliver NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station aboard its Cygnus spacecraft.

Northrop Grumman is targeting liftoff, on its Antares launch vehicle, no earlier than 4:49 a.m. EST Nov. 15 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island.

To cover the prelaunch and launch activities at Wallops, international media without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials by Thursday, Oct. 25. The application deadline for media who are U.S. citizens is Thursday, Nov. 8.

U.S. media also are invited to Wallops to speak with NASA and Northrop Grumman officials about the upcoming mission, and view and photograph the Cygnus spacecraft, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The deadline for accreditation for this opportunity is noon Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Officials available for interviews at this event include:

  • Kathleen Boggs, Systems and Technology Demonstration manager, International Space Station Division, NASA Headquarters
  • Rick Mastracchio, former NASA astronaut and senior director of Operations, Commercial Resupply Services Program at Northrop Grumman
  • Kurt Eberly, Antares vice president at Northrop Grumman

All accreditation requests must be sent to Keith Koehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Each resupply mission to the station delivers scientific investigations in the areas of biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, physical sciences, and technology development and demonstrations.

Highlights of space station research that will be facilitated by research aboard this Cygnus are:

  • An investigation into the complex process of cement solidification to explore how gravity levels like those on the Moon and Mars may potentially affect concrete hardening.
  • Research to develop a mathematical model for how an astronaut's perception of motion, body position and distance to objects changes in space.
  • A test of the first integrated 3D printer and recycler to turn waste plastic materials into high-quality 3D-printer filament to create tools and materials, a key capability for future long-duration space missions beyond low-Earth orbit.

Included in the cargo are investigations that will enable U.S. National Laboratory research, which is managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. They include a physical sciences investigation to evaluate a method for producing fiber optic cable in space and astrophysics research to examine the formation of chondrules, some of the oldest material in the solar system.

Cargo resupply from U.S. companies ensures a national capability to deliver critical science research to the space station, significantly increasing NASA's ability to conduct new investigations at the only laboratory in space. 

Get more information about Northrop Grumman's Cygnus resupply missions at:

https://www.nasa.gov/northropgrumman

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years ago, Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ andTSX: PEGI) ("Pattern Energy" or the "Company") completed its initial public offering ("IPO") on the NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange. Since the IPO, Pattern Energy has grown to 24 wind and solar power facilities around the world, with total operational capacity of 3,866 megawatts ("MW"), and is now the largest wind power operator in Canada.

Highlights

  • Grew owned capacity 175% to 2.9 gigawatts ("GW")
  • Expanded operational capacity 272% to 3.9 GW
  • Increased cash available for distribution ("CAFD") 242%
  • Raised $10.9 billion in capital, including project debt and tax equity
  • Established a dividend and grew it by 35%, returning a total of $7.55 per share in dividends since the IPO

"Five years ago we completed the first U.S. listing of a wind power company and since then we have grown significantly, increasing our operational capacity to nearly 4 GW, from a standing start since inception in 2009," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "The renewable energy landscape has evolved significantly since that time and it looks stronger than ever – the cost of wind power is now more affordable, installed capacity is going up, and America's leading corporations are increasingly powering their businesses with clean energy. We have built a 29% ownership stake in Pattern Development 2.0, which provides us with secure access to a 10 GW development pipeline and puts us in an excellent position to continue growing our operational capacity by 500-1,000 MW of owned assets each year."

Pattern Energy has a strong commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The Company's portfolio has the capacity to power more than one million homes annually, while avoiding approximately 12 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and conserving seven billion gallons of water compared to traditional energy sources. A new Sustainability web page, in the Invest section of the Company's website, provides further detail on its ESG practices.

The Company remains committed to the communities where it develops and operates its renewable energy projects. Pattern Energy's wind and solar power facilities are projected to contribute more than $1 billion in total benefits to their respective communities over the next 20 years, including landowner payments, taxes, and community benefits programs.

About Pattern Energy
Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and Toronto Stock Exchange. Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 24 wind and solar power facilities with a total owned interest of 2,861 MW in the United States, Canada and Japan that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy's wind and solar power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business. For more information, visit www.patternenergy.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the ability of the ownership in development to contribute to the growth going forward, the ability to  grow operational capacity by 500-1000 MW of owned assets each year, and the contribution the Company's facilities will make to their respective communities. These forward-looking statements represent Pattern Energy's expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Pattern Energy's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, Pattern Energy does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Pattern Energy to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Pattern Energy's annual report on Form 10-K and any quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The risk factors and other factors noted therein could cause actual events or Pattern Energy's actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- An Overview of the Innovations in Nano-materials Helping to Improve the Efficiency of Energy Sources

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Most of the distributed and renewable energy generation technologies are affected by the type of materials used in manufacturing them.The current technologies have a significant drawbacks and room for improvement specifically in terms of performance parameters like efficiency.

Similarly protection of the renewable assets to gain more prolonged operational life time is another important area that can be benefit from the adoption of new materials.Nanomaterials are currently being used by researchers around the world in enhancing the energy sector.

For instance nanomaterials based protective glasses and coatings for solar panels are considered to improve the performance of the panels and similarly new materials are also being considered for applications like performance of solar panels.Applications go beyond just generation into energy storage as well.

Nanotechnology is considered for developing new electrode materials for batteries and fuel cells. The study focuses on the advantages of adopting nanomaterials in the energy generation and storage sectors, innovations focusing on the use of nanomaterials in energy generation and storage solutions.

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RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D), and Dominion Energy Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: DM), will host their third-quarter earnings conference call at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.  Management will discuss third-quarter financial results and other matters of interest to the financial community. 

Domestic callers should dial (877) 410-5657.   International callers should dial (334) 323-9872.  The passcode for the conference call is "Dominion."  Participants should dial in 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  Members of the media also are invited to listen.

A live webcast of the conference call, including accompanying slides and other financial information, will be available on the investor information pages at investors.dominionenergy.com/ and dominionenergymidstream.com/investors.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning about 2 p.m. ET Nov. 1 and lasting until 11 p.m. ET Nov. 8.  Domestic callers may access the recording by dialing (877) 919-4059.  International callers should dial (334) 323-0140.  The PIN for the replay is 89035328.  Additionally, a replay of the webcast will be available on the investor information pages by the end of the day Nov. 1.

About Dominion Energy

Nearly 6 million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with over $78 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services. As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy plans to contribute more than $30 million in 2018 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

About Dominion Energy Midstream

Dominion Energy Midstream is a Delaware limited partnership formed by Dominion Energy, Inc., to grow a portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets.  It is headquartered in Richmond, Va. For more information about Dominion Energy Midstream, visit its website at www.dominionenergymidstream.com.

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D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments Acquires Willow Springs Project from First Solar

100MWAC project adds to DESRI’s portfolio of PV assets

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) today announced the acquisition by a DESRI affiliate of the 100 Megawatt (MW)ACWillow Springs Solar Project in Kern County, California. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The project, which was developed by First Solar, is currently under construction, with completion estimated at the end of 2018. The project will supply power to Southern California Edison Company through a long-term Renewable Power Purchase and Sale Agreement.

“DESRI is thrilled to close on the acquisition of Willow Springs from First Solar,” said Bryan Martin, CEO of DESRI.  “This project is a testament to the strong partnership that our firms have built over many years.  We are looking forward to using First Solar’s leading Series 6 module technology to deliver clean energy to the Kern County community for years to come.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to build on our strong relationship with DESRI as they grow their solar portfolio,” said Georges Antoun, First Solar’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We are also pleased to play a part in helping enable Southern California Edison deliver clean, renewable energy to their customers.”

Antoun also noted the importance of the positive business environment provided by Kern County as a factor in realizing the benefits of solar as a fundamental power generation source of the future.

When in operation, the power plant is expected to annually provide enough clean, affordable sustainable electricity to power about 41,000 typical California homes and displace more than 77,000 metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions each year – the equivalent of taking almost 15,000 cars off the road.

Willow Springs is the fourth renewable energy project DESRI has acquired from First Solar. In 2017 a DESRI affiliate acquired the 40MWac Cuyama Solar Project in Santa Barbara County; in 2016 DESRI affiliates acquired the 31MWac Portal Ridge Solar Project in Los Angeles County and the 11MWac Rancho Seco Solar Project in Sacramento County.

About D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI's portfolio of renewable energy projects currently includes 31 wind and solar projects that represent more than 1,600 MW of aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than $53 billion in investment and committed capital as of September 1, 2018, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Please visit www.deshaw.com for more information about the D. E. Shaw group.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

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OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX/NYSE: AQN) ("APUC" or the "Company") today announced that in connection with its previously announced underwritten public offering (the "Offering") of 6.875% fixed-to-floating subordinated notes due October 17, 2078 (the "Notes"), the over-allotment option (the "Over-Allotment Option") granted to the Underwriters (as defined below) to purchase up to an additional US$37.5 million aggregate principal amount of Notes (the "Option Notes") has been exercised in full. As a result of the Underwriters' exercise of the Over-Allotment Option in full, the aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering were US$287.5 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses. The Offering, including the sale of the Option Notes, closed on October 17, 2018. APUC intends to use all of the net proceeds from the Offering to repay outstanding indebtedness. APUC's application to list the Notes on the New York Stock Exchange has been approved.

The joint book-running managers for the Offering were BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Securities and RBC Capital Markets and the co-managers for the Offering were BMO Capital Markets and CIBC Capital Markets (collectively, the "Underwriters"). 

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

APUC is a diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with approximately US$9 billion of total assets. Through its two business groups, APUC provides rate regulated natural gas, water, and electricity generation, transmission, and distribution utility services to over 760,000 customers in the United States, and is committed to being a global leader in the generation of clean energy through its ownership of, or interest in, long term contracted wind, solar and hydroelectric generating facilities representing approximately 1.7 GW of installed capacity.  APUC delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its rate regulated generation, distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions. APUC's common shares, Series A preferred shares and Series D preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.PR.A, and AQN.PR.D, respectively.  APUC's common shares are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AQN.

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DUBLIN, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The "Sensors and Advanced Material Technologies Driving Opportunities in Energy Industry" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Increasing population creates the need for sustainable and continuous energy supply. Traditional transmission and distribution grids have been witnessing significant transformation. The transformation is primarily fueled by the integration of technological advancements, such as data analytics, smart sensors and automation, for a smarter grid with improved grid security and grid reliability.

Apart from the digitization of the grid, scientific advancements in material science contribute to the growing need for off-shore deployment of renewable power. Increased research focus is witnessed in developing reliable and cost-effective foundation structures for off-shore wind power installations. Self-healing materials have the potential to improve the safety of off-shore wind turbines.

Key Topics Covered:

1.0 Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Process and Methodology

2.0 Impact of Sensors and Advanced Material Technologies in the Energy Industry
2.1 Energy Sector is Undergoing a Drastic Transition Phase, in Adopting Digital Solutions and Advanced Materials

3.0 Sensors and Advanced Material Technologies Driving Opportunities in the Energy Industry - Definitions
3.1 Technology Definitions

4.0 Sensors and Advanced Material Technologies Driving Opportunities in the Energy Industry

4.1 Sensor & Data Management
4.1.1 Smart Sensors to See Healthy Growth, Backed by the Emergence of Advanced Data Management Technologies
4.1.2 Autonomous Vehicles and Drones to Drive Demand of Smart Sensor Solutions
4.1.3. Funding Trends Point Toward Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, and Integration with LiDAR Technologies
4.1.4. Innovator Ecosystem
4.1.5. Key Questions for Strategy Planning

4.2 Self-healing Materials for Towers and Turbines
4.2.1 Materials Facilitating Development of Products with Long Lifespan and Tunable Properties
4.2.2 Building & Construction Sector Is Expected to Have a Short Term Impact Followed by Oil & Gas, Alternative Energy, and Marine
4.2.3 China Leads in IP Filing and Private Funding is Prominent across Regions
4.2.4 Innovator Ecosystem
4.2.5 Key Questions for Strategy Planning

4.3 Foundation Structures for Offshore Wind
4.3.1 Europe Leads the Offshore Wind Market and Hence the Foundations Market
4.3.2 461 Patents Have Been Filed for Offshore Wind Foundations
4.3.3 Need for New Materials and Foundations Will Affect the Chemical and Construction Sectors
4.3.4 Key Industry Participants
4.3.5 Key Questions for Strategy Planning

4.4 Distribution Automation Systems
4.4.1 Distribution Automation is Crucial in Preparing the Distribution Grid for the Integration of Grid Edge Resources
4.4.2 Government Regulation and Funding Are Crucial for DA Adoption
4.4.3 Securing the Data and Ensuring Timely Data Transfer are Necessary
4.4.4 Companies to Watch
4.4.5 Key Questions for Strategy Planning

4.5 Bifacial Solar Photovoltaics
4.5.1 Increase in Solar Photovoltaics Energy Efficiency Will Drive Bifacial Market Growth
4.5.2 Private Funding is Currently the Major Driver for Innovative Companies in Bifacial Solar Sector
4.5.3 Key Innovators

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On Wednesday 17 October, ENGIE and GreenYellow, a subsidiary of Casino, formalised the creation of Reservoir Sun in the presence of Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE, and Jean-Charles Naouri, President of the Casino Group. The purpose of this company is to accelerate the development of solar photovoltaic self-consumption in France for businesses and authorities.

Reservoir Sun was created, with the approval of the European competition regulation authorities and labour relations organisations, to develop solar photovoltaic self-consumption in France. A structure entirely dedicated to this activity and held in equal shares by ENGIE and GreenYellow, Reservoir Sun will specialise in the segment for solar power plants up to 1 MWc, for businesses and authorities. Objective: 100 MWc per year, or nearly 300 accounts comprising 300 kWc, on average, per project.

This new actor will use the surfaces provided by roofs and car parks to produce local, green energy. 100 million euros will thus be invested annually in the market for medium-capacity facilities. This is the first time for an actor to commit this many resources to companies and authorities in favour of solar self-consumption.

“The Casino Group was the first distributor to invest in developing solar photovoltaic energy. This association with ENGIE is a real booster and shows just how visionary our intrapreneurial project launched ten years ago, called GreenYellow, really was,” says Jean-Charles Naouri, President of the Casino Group.

For Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE, “the creation of Reservoir Sun is an excellent illustration of our commitment to provide support to all businesses and communities in the energy transition. This project also confirms the new dynamics of development of short energy supply chains, in which the ENGIE group has firmly positioned itself.”

The association of two leading stakeholders in the solar photovoltaic sector

ENGIE, the leading producer of solar electricity in France with 1,200 MW of installed capacity, also provides daily support to 45,000 companies, authorities and joint property associations in their energy transition through its Businesses & Authorities entity. In addition to the supply of energy, which for nearly 15 years has included green electricity offers, ENGIE B&A offers its customers a range of offers and services that are environmentally friendly and guarantee a better control of their budget, notably turnkey photovoltaic facilities.

GreenYellow, the leader in self-consumption for the mass retail sector in France, has developed recognised expertise in the photovoltaic market with over 190 MW of facilities developed, constructed and in operation, and more than 1000,000 m² of photovoltaic panels installed. The company is also an expert in the domain of energy efficiency: with more than 1,500 energy performance contracts (EPCs) worldwide, it has forged a solid understanding of the issues of energy optimisation, a determining prerequisite for creating solar self-consumption solutions.

GreenYellow is the leading solar actor in the French self-consumption segment, as demonstrated by the latest results of the calls to tender of France’s Energy Regulation Commission (CRE).

Reservoir Sun’s headquarters are located in Marseille. To give the company a strong local presence and allow it to be as close as possible to its customers, 7 further branches will be opened in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Valence, Montpellier, Avignon, Lyon and Paris. Some 30 employees from GreenYellow, from ENGIE Businesses & Authorities and recruited from external sources will work on the development of this ambitious new actor.

Reservoir Sun will draw on a mixed, innovative team, expert in developing projects for the production of decentralised solar energy and in managing the issues of its future customers, in particular in the public tertiary sector, industry, health, trade and distribution.

About ENGIE

We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential 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). To learn more: www.engie.com

About GreenYellow

A Casino Group subsidiary, GreenYellow is an energy transition accelerator for its customers, specialising in energy services, energy efficiency solutions and photovoltaic production. Thanks to its solutions, GreenYellow has reduced the energy bill of its customers by 180 million euros in 10 years.

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