4 Emerging Ways to Pair Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy

Austin Energy has developed a network charging program, called the Plug-in EVerywhere Network, that allows customers to source 100% of their charging electricity from wind --- for $4.17 a month, customers have unlimited access to more than 800 charging stations within the city's network. Approximately 35% of EV owners within Austin Energy's service area participate in this program. In addition, Austin offered a pilot that encouraged off-peak charging at home at night and on weekends, in addition to the network charging.

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Astonfield Renewables

Astonfield is the largest multi-modality renewable energy company in South Asia, delivering affordable clean energy solutions tailored to the unique needs of communities in emerging markets across the world. Committed to addressing the challenges of sustainable development, Astonfield partners closely with local governments to shape renewable energy markets and drive economic growth.Led by a world-class management team with extensive experience in financing and developing power projects in emerging markets, Astonfield brings a unique combination of vast global expertise and deep local knowledge to ensure seamless execution. By partnering with top tier global technical providers, Astonfield is able to deliver the world’s most advanced clean energy technologies to its customers in the emerging markets.

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What does Covid-19 mean for Renewable Energy?

Article | July 29, 2022

Covid-19. It’s everywhere, and it’s probably the reason that your food cupboards are unusually more stocked than usual, or the fact that you’re likely reading this blog from the confines of your own home, as opposed to at your office or during your daily commute. But, despite the impact to business, economies, daily life and public health, there’s one bittersweet development which we can all take away from the outbreak – and that’s the considerable reduction of global CO2 emissions, and a resurgence of hope that it is fully possible for us to slow the onset of climate change and preserve our planet for future generations.

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Solar+Storage

ClearVue Solar Glass Greenhouse Officially Opened

Article | June 8, 2022

A high-tech greenhouse comprised mainly of solar glass generating electricity to help run it was officially opened yesterday in Western Australia. ClearVue Technologies Limited’s solar glass involves a nanoparticle interlayer and spectral-selective coating on the rear external surface that enables 70% of natural light to pass through while redirecting infrared and UV light converted to infrared to the edge where it is harvested by solar cells. ClearVue says each 1m2 of its window product is currently rated to generate 30 watts-peak of electric power, but also mentions a new-generation product with the proven ability to generate 40 watts peak per m2 to be available sometime this year.

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Solar Panel Direction, Orientation and Tilt Factors

Article | July 27, 2022

For anyone who has owned solar panels in the past, or even many considering solar power installation in the near future, it’s generally understood that direction is important in this field. Specifically, the ability of solar panels to point south, where they will receive the maximum possible sunlight and therefore create the maximum amount of energy, is vital for many solar panel installations – but it’s important to realize that the simple direction of the panels is not the only important variable here. At Intermountain Wind & Solar, we’re happy to offer both commercial and residential solar panel installation services, including the utilization of the Tesla Powerwall battery backup. We assist our clients with every part of solar panel installation, including important directional and related themes that will play a role in how much sunlight your panels are able to soak up. Today we’ll focus on some of the important variables here, including why south-facing panels are the optimal approach plus several other basic factors to keep in mind when it comes to maximizing panel positioning and direction.

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Why Picking an Established and Credible Solar Installer Matters

Article | December 23, 2021

With the popularity of solar increasing across the country, the number of solar installers has been multiplying. Unfortunately, many fly-by-night companies with minimal installation experience or larger national firms with little market history are trying to capitalize on the industry’s growth. In addition, the sheer volume of installation partners that consumers have to choose from can result in a great deal of buyer confusion. More choices, more issues As the number of solar installers has gone up, so have complaints and issues related to providers and their service. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry reached terms with Empire Solar Group LLC’s trustees, a national solar installer that went bankrupt earlier this year, leaving 45 homeowners in Minnesota with projects in various levels of incompletion. Unfortunately, they’re not alone, as many other consumers have also fallen into precarious situations after companies using high-pressure sales tactics have been unable to deliver on the work. Michael Allen, CEO of All Energy Solar, says, “He’s angered that companies go out of business and face no fines.” Allen and other established industry leaders have done their best to help out customers caught in the middle of an installer’s bankruptcy issues, but there is only so much they can do. What protections do consumers have? In some cases, states have put into place protections for consumers; for example, in Minnesota, consumers stranded with uncompleted projects can get access to the state’s Contractor Recovery Fund, which receives money from licensing fees to help offset these costs. But that is of little comfort for those trying to determine what partner to choose for their project. The best bet When picking a solar installation partner, your best bet is to avoid those with high-pressure sales tactics, “too-good-to-be-true” pricing, or ones with little to no installation experience. Don’t simply trust the sales rep, do a little of your own research to see what other customers are saying. Looking for a record of successfully completed projects and businesses with state and national certifications can be another way to confirm credibility.

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Astonfield Renewables

Astonfield is the largest multi-modality renewable energy company in South Asia, delivering affordable clean energy solutions tailored to the unique needs of communities in emerging markets across the world. Committed to addressing the challenges of sustainable development, Astonfield partners closely with local governments to shape renewable energy markets and drive economic growth.Led by a world-class management team with extensive experience in financing and developing power projects in emerging markets, Astonfield brings a unique combination of vast global expertise and deep local knowledge to ensure seamless execution. By partnering with top tier global technical providers, Astonfield is able to deliver the world’s most advanced clean energy technologies to its customers in the emerging markets.

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Stem Integrates with ChargePoint for Joint eMobility Offering

Stem | February 02, 2023

Stem, a global leader in AI-driven sustainable energy solutions and services, recently announced its combined eMobility offering with ChargePoint Holdings, Inc., a major EV charging network. The two companies are collaborating to enable EV charging station owners, developers, and operators to achieve economic, environmental, and resilience benefits. The joint offering will aid asset holders with state and federal procedures for securing National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program funding incentive and the high energy demand EV charging sites to increase operational savings and backup power. In addition, the integration will reduce costs, increase resilience, minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, facilitate data sharing, and improve user experience. CEO of Stem John Carrington said, “Stem is excited to partner with ChargePoint to help customers quickly design, develop, and operate cost-effective EV charging infrastructure projects that deliver real value. Electrification of transportation is creating a new load category that is expected to equal one-third of all U.S. electrical load. For Stem, eMobility is expected to represent approximately 50% of our behind-the-meter activity in three years, representing a multi-billion opportunity with our Fortune 500 customers.” (Source – Business Wire) Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, stated, “An integrated ChargePoint and Stem solution broadens the number of sites that can support high-speed charging economically at scale.” (Source – Business Wire) About Stem As the first public pure-play smart energy storage company, Stem delivers and runs battery storage solutions that maximize renewable energy generation and construct a cleaner, more resilient grid. Project developers, utilities, Fortune 500 corporations, and independent power producers are its clientele. Stem's Athena software is used by the largest network of distributed energy storage systems in the world to lower energy prices and make renewable energy less unpredictable.

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Future Mercedes-Benz EV Platforms to Employ Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide Devices

Wolfspeed, Inc | January 05, 2023

Wolfspeed, Inc. announced that it would supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz® Electric Vehicle (EV) platforms, thus making the powertrain more efficient. In addition, several Mercedes-Benz vehicle lines would incorporate Wolfspeed's semiconductors in their following generations of powertrain systems. As the leader in luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz fully understands the need for superior performance in its cars. As a result, Mercedes-Benz plans to manufacture some of the most efficient electric vehicles on the road using Wolfspeed's expertise and silicon carbide devices to improve its vehicles' range and power. Wolfspeed's facilities in Durham (North Carolina) and Marcy (New York) will produce the silicon carbide power devices for Mercedes-Benz. The new 200mm Mohawk Valley Fab at Marcy is the world's largest silicon carbide fabrication plant and significantly increases Wolfspeed's manufacturing capacity. Earlier this year, Wolfspeed also revealed that it had started constructing a new silicon carbide materials facility in North Carolina, expanding its capacity by more than ten times. About Wolfspeed, Inc. Wolfspeed is a semiconductor manufacturing company focused on silicon carbide and GaN technologies. As the leader in the transformation from silicon to silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN, it is shaping the future of semiconductor markets, including the transition to electric vehicles, the move to faster 5G networks, the development of renewable energy and energy storage, and the improvement of industrial applications. Being the world leader in silicon carbide technology and production for more than 30 years, it has used its expertise to make the world a better place, allowing customers to use its innovative technology to create products that help make the future more efficient and environment-friendly.

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EVgo Opens New Fast Charging Station in East Bay to Support Local EV Adoption

EVgo Inc. | November 25, 2022

EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO), one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs), announced the opening of a new EVgo public fast charging station at Marina Square Shopping Center in San Leandro, California. Located at 1201 Marina Boulevard, the charging station serves up to four vehicles simultaneously through 100kW and 350kW chargers. The new EVgo charging station was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, November 21 at 2 p.m. PT and featured a lineup of local speakers from the private and public sectors coming together to celebrate the expansion of fast charging access in the area. With more than 850 public fast charging locations, the EVgo network provides DC fast charging for all fast-charge capable EV models on the market. This new Marina Square Shopping Center station is one of two EVgo charging locations that received the Northern California Charging Access for Reliable On-Demand Transportation Services (CARTs) grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) Clean Transportation Program. CARTS grants are designed to provide funding for projects that support EV charging infrastructure for on-demand transportation services including those such as ride-hailing, taxis, and more. “EVgo is committed to Electric For All, and the availability of public fast charging is key to making that a reality for all EV drivers, but especially rideshare drivers,EVgo appreciates the support of the California Energy Commission to electrify this critical segment of the market, and this program will help EVgo drivers—including those on the Uber platform—to power up and get back on the road.” -Jonathan Levy, Chief Commercial Officer at EVgo. Situated near Oakland International Airport and I-880, the new charging station will enhance access to public EV fast charging infrastructure for the local community in a high-mobility demand zone, reducing local pollution. I-880 is a major connecting route and one of the most congested highways in the Bay area.1 The station is capable of charging vehicles up to 80% in 15-45 minutes, enabling high utilization drivers to quickly charge in between rides, while shopping at one of the retailers in the center or on the go.* Drivers with Uber Pro Gold, Platinum and Diamond status can save up to 45% on session costs over EVgo’s standard Pay As You Go rates.** The ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened the Marina Square Shopping Center EVgo station featured a lineup of local speakers, including Patty Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Pauline Cutter, Mayor of San Leandro; Adam Gromis, Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact at Uber; and Sara Rafalson, Vice President, Market Development and Public Policy at EVgo. About EVgo EVgo (Nasdaq: EVGO) is a leader in charging solutions, building and operating the infrastructure and tools needed to expedite the mass adoption of electric vehicles for individual drivers, rideshare and commercial fleets, and businesses. Since its founding in 2010, EVgo has led the way to a cleaner transportation future and its network has been powered by 100% renewable energy since 2019 through renewable energy certificates. As one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network features over 850 fast charging locations – currently serving over 60 metropolitan areas across more than 30 states – and continues to add more DC fast charging locations through EVgo eXtend™, its white label service offering. EVgo is accelerating transportation electrification through partnerships with automakers, fleet and rideshare operators, retail hosts such as grocery stores, shopping centers, and gas stations, policy leaders, and other organizations. With a rapidly growing network, robust software products and unique service offerings for drivers and partners including EVgo Optima™, EVgo Inside™, EVgo Rewards™, and Autocharge+, EVgo enables world-class charging experience where drivers live, work, travel and play.

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Stem Integrates with ChargePoint for Joint eMobility Offering

Stem | February 02, 2023

Stem, a global leader in AI-driven sustainable energy solutions and services, recently announced its combined eMobility offering with ChargePoint Holdings, Inc., a major EV charging network. The two companies are collaborating to enable EV charging station owners, developers, and operators to achieve economic, environmental, and resilience benefits. The joint offering will aid asset holders with state and federal procedures for securing National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program funding incentive and the high energy demand EV charging sites to increase operational savings and backup power. In addition, the integration will reduce costs, increase resilience, minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, facilitate data sharing, and improve user experience. CEO of Stem John Carrington said, “Stem is excited to partner with ChargePoint to help customers quickly design, develop, and operate cost-effective EV charging infrastructure projects that deliver real value. Electrification of transportation is creating a new load category that is expected to equal one-third of all U.S. electrical load. For Stem, eMobility is expected to represent approximately 50% of our behind-the-meter activity in three years, representing a multi-billion opportunity with our Fortune 500 customers.” (Source – Business Wire) Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, stated, “An integrated ChargePoint and Stem solution broadens the number of sites that can support high-speed charging economically at scale.” (Source – Business Wire) About Stem As the first public pure-play smart energy storage company, Stem delivers and runs battery storage solutions that maximize renewable energy generation and construct a cleaner, more resilient grid. Project developers, utilities, Fortune 500 corporations, and independent power producers are its clientele. Stem's Athena software is used by the largest network of distributed energy storage systems in the world to lower energy prices and make renewable energy less unpredictable.

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Future Mercedes-Benz EV Platforms to Employ Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide Devices

Wolfspeed, Inc | January 05, 2023

Wolfspeed, Inc. announced that it would supply silicon carbide devices to power future Mercedes-Benz® Electric Vehicle (EV) platforms, thus making the powertrain more efficient. In addition, several Mercedes-Benz vehicle lines would incorporate Wolfspeed's semiconductors in their following generations of powertrain systems. As the leader in luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz fully understands the need for superior performance in its cars. As a result, Mercedes-Benz plans to manufacture some of the most efficient electric vehicles on the road using Wolfspeed's expertise and silicon carbide devices to improve its vehicles' range and power. Wolfspeed's facilities in Durham (North Carolina) and Marcy (New York) will produce the silicon carbide power devices for Mercedes-Benz. The new 200mm Mohawk Valley Fab at Marcy is the world's largest silicon carbide fabrication plant and significantly increases Wolfspeed's manufacturing capacity. Earlier this year, Wolfspeed also revealed that it had started constructing a new silicon carbide materials facility in North Carolina, expanding its capacity by more than ten times. About Wolfspeed, Inc. Wolfspeed is a semiconductor manufacturing company focused on silicon carbide and GaN technologies. As the leader in the transformation from silicon to silicon carbide (SiC) and GaN, it is shaping the future of semiconductor markets, including the transition to electric vehicles, the move to faster 5G networks, the development of renewable energy and energy storage, and the improvement of industrial applications. Being the world leader in silicon carbide technology and production for more than 30 years, it has used its expertise to make the world a better place, allowing customers to use its innovative technology to create products that help make the future more efficient and environment-friendly.

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EVgo Opens New Fast Charging Station in East Bay to Support Local EV Adoption

EVgo Inc. | November 25, 2022

EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO), one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs), announced the opening of a new EVgo public fast charging station at Marina Square Shopping Center in San Leandro, California. Located at 1201 Marina Boulevard, the charging station serves up to four vehicles simultaneously through 100kW and 350kW chargers. The new EVgo charging station was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, November 21 at 2 p.m. PT and featured a lineup of local speakers from the private and public sectors coming together to celebrate the expansion of fast charging access in the area. With more than 850 public fast charging locations, the EVgo network provides DC fast charging for all fast-charge capable EV models on the market. This new Marina Square Shopping Center station is one of two EVgo charging locations that received the Northern California Charging Access for Reliable On-Demand Transportation Services (CARTs) grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) Clean Transportation Program. CARTS grants are designed to provide funding for projects that support EV charging infrastructure for on-demand transportation services including those such as ride-hailing, taxis, and more. “EVgo is committed to Electric For All, and the availability of public fast charging is key to making that a reality for all EV drivers, but especially rideshare drivers,EVgo appreciates the support of the California Energy Commission to electrify this critical segment of the market, and this program will help EVgo drivers—including those on the Uber platform—to power up and get back on the road.” -Jonathan Levy, Chief Commercial Officer at EVgo. Situated near Oakland International Airport and I-880, the new charging station will enhance access to public EV fast charging infrastructure for the local community in a high-mobility demand zone, reducing local pollution. I-880 is a major connecting route and one of the most congested highways in the Bay area.1 The station is capable of charging vehicles up to 80% in 15-45 minutes, enabling high utilization drivers to quickly charge in between rides, while shopping at one of the retailers in the center or on the go.* Drivers with Uber Pro Gold, Platinum and Diamond status can save up to 45% on session costs over EVgo’s standard Pay As You Go rates.** The ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened the Marina Square Shopping Center EVgo station featured a lineup of local speakers, including Patty Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Pauline Cutter, Mayor of San Leandro; Adam Gromis, Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact at Uber; and Sara Rafalson, Vice President, Market Development and Public Policy at EVgo. About EVgo EVgo (Nasdaq: EVGO) is a leader in charging solutions, building and operating the infrastructure and tools needed to expedite the mass adoption of electric vehicles for individual drivers, rideshare and commercial fleets, and businesses. Since its founding in 2010, EVgo has led the way to a cleaner transportation future and its network has been powered by 100% renewable energy since 2019 through renewable energy certificates. As one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network features over 850 fast charging locations – currently serving over 60 metropolitan areas across more than 30 states – and continues to add more DC fast charging locations through EVgo eXtend™, its white label service offering. EVgo is accelerating transportation electrification through partnerships with automakers, fleet and rideshare operators, retail hosts such as grocery stores, shopping centers, and gas stations, policy leaders, and other organizations. With a rapidly growing network, robust software products and unique service offerings for drivers and partners including EVgo Optima™, EVgo Inside™, EVgo Rewards™, and Autocharge+, EVgo enables world-class charging experience where drivers live, work, travel and play.

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