Appalachian Power gets approval to sell 100 percent renewable energy to customers. Hold the champagne.

Virginia Mercury | January 10, 2019

This week the State Corporation Commission approved a request from Appalachian Power Company to offer its more than 500,000 Virginia customers the option of buying electricity entirely from renewable sources. The sources will be primarily wind and hydro, with some solar to be added as it gets built. Participants who opt in will pay a premium of less than 4 percent over ordinary “brown” power, resulting in bill increases of $4.25 per month for a customer who uses 1,000-kilowatt hours per month.

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In mid-July, SolarWorld Americas, which operates a PV manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Ore., verified it was cutting its workforce in half but also announced it expects a double-digit-million-dollar infusion of cash to enable the company to stabilize and optimize operations through 2017 and beyond.

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In mid-July, SolarWorld Americas, which operates a PV manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Ore., verified it was cutting its workforce in half but also announced it expects a double-digit-million-dollar infusion of cash to enable the company to stabilize and optimize operations through 2017 and beyond.

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Schneider Electric advances customer wind and solar farm operations with complete digital continuity

Schneider Electric | October 13, 2022

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced an important technology advancement that extends digital twins from the design and engineering stage into the operations and maintenance stage of renewable energy installations, at the Innovation Summit World Tour, Schneider Electric's annual customer and partner event. The new solution, called EcoStruxure for Renewables, is designed for companies developing renewables projects -- including hybrid projects that mix solar, wind, and storage. It is also ideal for industrial businesses that are seeking to decarbonize their operations by integrating hybrid power sources such as on-site solar plus traditional gensets. "With the energy crisis driving an accelerated energy transition, grids of the future are evolving to better accommodate more renewable energy. That means making sure solar and wind farm operations can keep feeding the grid with green electricity and ensuring that industries can feed their operations with sustainable energy sources. Our latest digital twin technology in EcoStruxure for Renewables gives companies the digital continuity to make it work," -Frederic Godemel, Executive Vice President of Power Systems and Services at Schneider Electric. Existing digital twins are used to manage design and simulation during the project engineering phase. EcoStruxure for Renewables now enable renewable energy asset managers leverage the same data and digital twins to operate their renewable installations. It facilitates everything from the supervision of a single renewable farm hyper vision decreasing (MTTR) and increasing mean time between failure (MTBF). For total operational awareness of renewable generation fleets, the digital twins of EcoStruxure for Renewables can further feed actionable, real-time data to AVEVA Unified Operations Center for Renewables. This end-to-end approach enables agile and responsive management of wind and solar operations by making the complete enterprise visible. It creates value by combining broad insights into geographically dispersed sites with the ability to drill-down on specific performance KPIs and see real-time operations. About Schneider Electric Schneider's purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On.Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

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Bird Publishes Independent Vehicle Life Cycle Analysis, Setting a New Standard for Emissions Reporting Quality

Bird Global, Inc. | October 06, 2022

Bird Global, Inc. (NYSE:BRDS), a leader in environmentally friendly electric transportation, announced a major micromobility milestone as the company is set to become the first operator to achieve an ISO-critically reviewed vehicle Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), prompting a new industry standard and enabling reliable comparisons across European modes and vehicles. Bird’s cradle-to-grave LCA report confirms that the Bird Three, the company’s latest and most sustainable vehicle, has a lifespan of up to five years after refurbishment and is among the most climate-friendly vehicles on the road in European cities – including other shared modes and public transport. Travelers in European cities who take a Bird Three account for on average approximately 21% less greenhouse gas emissions per kilometer than taking the metro, 77% less than driving a gas-powered car, and 87% less than taking a ride-hail car1. The LCA emissions model was reviewed and documented by Ramboll, an independent Denmark-based engineering and consulting company, specializing in sustainability and corporate responsibility. The LCA is being critically reviewed by EarthShift Global, a third-party ISO expert, to ensure that the methods, data and analysis are consistent with ISO standards for LCA.2 Bird’s LCA is also one of the industry’s first aligned with the New Urban Mobility Alliance’s (NUMO) forthcoming LCA guide for cities. Manufacturing and assembly of Bird’s electric scooters is included within the LCA along with additional manufacturing of components for replacements, transportation of vehicles to target European cities, charging and fleet management and scooters’ disposal at end-of-life. Conservatively, the LCA takes no credit for Bird’s renewable energy credits, carbon offsets, or robust program of end-of-life recycling. The hardware and software powering Bird Three have been expertly crafted to create the most eco-conscious shared escooter available with best-in-class durability. Features include Aerospace-grade aluminum and the Bird Three’s proprietary battery system which travels farther on fewer charges, with industry leading IP68-rated battery protection to keep it safe from dust and water. The vehicle also boasts independently tested and verified impact resistance; pneumatic tyres and smart acceleration technology to reduce wear and tear. “Bird’s LCA sets a new industry standard for emissions reporting quality, enabling reliable comparisons across European modes and vehicles, and helping Bird to identify and reduce emissions wherever possible, Not only does this work further demonstrate our commitment towards the planet, but is a call to action for all other operators to follow the same standard so that together, we can address misconceptions around vehicle lifecycles and educate our city stakeholders with the information they need to make informed decisions when selecting a responsible micromobilty partner.” -Shane Torchiana, CEO, Bird By following expert recommendations and best-practice methods for their LCA, Bird is demonstrating leadership in their commitment to rigorous, transparent greenhouse gas emissions reporting, which will enable city governments to make more informed decisions and – if widely adopted – enable emissions reductions across the micromobility sector,” Leah Lazer, Research Associate, New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO), World Resources Institute. About Bird Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions such as e-scooters and e-bikes to communities across the world. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is rapidly expanding. Today, it provides fleets of shared micro-electric vehicles to riders in more than 450 cities globally and makes its products available for purchase at www.bird.co and also via leading retailers and distribution partners. Bird partners closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there. Emission rates for Bird scooters: Ramboll Consulting. "Bird Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Using Bird’s Electric Scooters." October 2022. Emission rates for other modes: Pierpaolo Cazzola and Philippe Crist. "Good to Go: Assessing the Environmental Performance of New Mobility." Life Cycle Assessment model, specified to EU28 countries. International Transport Forum (ITF). Paris, September 2020. https://www.itf-oecd.org/sites/default/files/life-cycle-assessment-calculations-2020.xlsx Comparisons across modes are directionally indicative, but not exact, as the analysis combines data from two studies. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization based in Geneva. ISO standards define the highest quality business practices -- whether for quality assurance, sustainability, risk management, governance, or other topics. ISO standards are agreed by committees of international experts. Alignment with ISO standards is not reviewed by the ISO itself, but by expert reviewers who evaluate compliance with the applicable standard. In this case, Bird’s LCA was completed independently in compliance with ISO standards by Ramboll Consulting.

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SPAN Partners with Suntuity Renewables to Supply SPAN Panels to Residential Solar Dealers Nationwide

SPAN | September 30, 2022

SPAN, the leading innovator in smart home electrical panels, and Suntuity Renewables, a national residential solar, storage, electrification and renewable energy integrator, today announced a new partnership to include SPAN Panels with Suntuity solar panel systems to residential customers, through Suntuity’s national Dealer Network.As SPAN’s first Master Dealer, Suntuity's dealers and affiliates will immediately include SPAN Panel and SPAN Drive electric vehicle chargers with solar and solar plus battery systems offered to Suntuity’s customers. Adding a SPAN Smart Panel to a home solar system provides an unprecedented level of visibility and control over the home’s energy system. SPAN Panel provides homeowners with insights into their solar production in real-time, customizable circuit-level control and monitoring of every circuit in their home, and 40 percent longer battery backup power during an outage, on average. With the newly signed Inflation Reduction Act, rebates and incentives are available to lower the total cost of SPAN solutions for homeowners looking to electrify. Additionally, SPAN and Suntuity will expand Suntuity University to train and upskill electricians to install SPAN solutions and the latest solar and renewable technologies. Funds provided by the HOPE for HOMES provision within the Inflation Reduction Act funding will support Suntuity University’s aim to address a core impediment to electrification and close the gap in the availability of green economy workers. As SPAN ramps up production of SPAN Panels and adds new features and functionality, we are excited to partner with Suntuity, a SPAN Master Dealer, to make SPAN Panels available to more homeowners who want to generate their own clean energy, electrify their homes, or simply improve their quality of life,” said SPAN CEO Arch Rao. “We applaud Dan and the Suntuity team for their dedication to upskill technicians in our industry. As more customers transition to renewable energy systems and electrify their homes with more efficient electric appliances, the growth in available technician talent will be critical to our collective success towards a cleaner future. “As a growing global solar and renewable energy developer, financier, engineering, procurement and construction provider, Suntuity is excited to partner with SPAN to ensure we're offering our solar customers and dealer partners the best products on the market by including SPAN’s groundbreaking home electrification technology with our own high-quality solar and battery systems. We expect the U.S. residential solar market to accelerate, thanks to new consumer incentives provided by the Inflation Reduction Act that reduce the cost of going solar, and we aim to provide best-in-class home electrification products and services to millions of American homeowners,” -Suntuity Group President and CEO Dan Javan. About SPAN SPAN reinvented the 100-year-old electrical panel and is developing products that enable electrification and simplify the adoption of clean energy including solar, batteries, and electric vehicles. SPAN Panel gives customers circuit-level management, real-time monitoring, and actionable energy insights through the SPAN Home app’s intuitive interface. Designed with hardware innovation and purpose-built with intelligent software, SPAN Panel and SPAN Drive electric vehicle charger are an efficient and integrated solution for any home. Backed by leading investors in the clean energy space, SPAN aims to decarbonize by building products that remove barriers to electrification while providing a holistic approach to managing increasing demands on household energy. To learn more, visit www.span.io. About Suntuity Group The Suntuity Group is an American multinational company that consists of several national brands that encompass renewable energy, finance, water filtration and home services. Founded in 2008, the company has operations in several US states and countries and services thousands of customers across its service footprint. Discover how to become a channel partner with Suntuity Renewables and join forces with one of the fastest growing renewable energy leaders in the nation. For further information, please visit www.suntuitygroup.com About Suntuity Solar Suntuity Solar is a top solar and storage provider in the U.S. With thousands of customers and hundreds of dealers, the company delivers best in class solar PV and storage solutions in a fully financed package. For more information, please visit www.suntuityrenewables.com About Suntuity Electric Suntuity Electric is a licensed electrical contractor across several U.S. states and provides electrical installation and home electrification services to an ever-expanding residential and commercial customer base. For more information, please visit www.suntuityrenewables.com About Suntuity Home Suntuity Home is a licensed home builder and delivers state of the art home electrification and consumer technologies in several U.S. states. Its product offerings include home automation, roofing, water filtration and award-winning Net Zero home construction. For more information, please visit www.suntuityhome.com

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