ENERGY

Avalon Park Group Enters the US Market for Renewable Energy with Large Photovoltaic Farm

Avalon Park | January 15, 2021

Avalon Park Group has entered a buy contract for 6,253 sections of land in Volusia County. The property is found around 5 miles west of Avalon Park Daytona Beach on State Road 40, west of Interstate 95, separated by West Granada Boulevard/State Road 40 and is neighboring the Tiger Bay State Forest.

Avalon Park Group has shaped a global consortium with Switzerland and Singapore based accomplices to bring a 300+ megawatt photovoltaic energy homestead to Volusia County. "Using the bountiful regular asset of the Sunshine State permits us to make a photovoltaic homestead at a scale that won't just help the supportability of the Avalon Park Daytona Beach Community, yet in addition gives an environmentally friendly power source to the whole locale to use," says Beat Kahli, CEO, Avalon Park Group.

The organization's vision to make sound, supportable networks' goes back 35 years to one of its first tasks, the Comino Hotels in Malta, where sun oriented energy was utilized. Avalon Park Group has since been occupied with other maintainability adventures including lumber, agribusiness innovation and other sun powered ventures in Germany and Switzerland.

Extra supportability plans incorporate a biomass and agrivoltaic ranch, a high level wetland treatment park to help with treating the overabundance greywater that has been a long-lasting provincial issue. Extra plans incorporate an agrihood, forest area, provincial sporting luxuries, and moreover to guarantee the protection of existing wetlands and open space.

"Environmentally friendly power as photovoltaic is the place where the energy market is moving to," says Beat Kahli, CEO, Avalon Park Group. "We are not entering this market in the US with our Swiss and Asian Partners on account of a shortage of fossil energies like gas, coal or oil, it is only a thought for which the opportunity has arrived. Also, the world didn't move out of the stone age in light of the absence of stone, but since of the bounty of new and better assets."

This land improves the maintainability plans of Avalon Park Group inside Volusia County which right now incorporates plans for a minimal, walkable, blended use and interconnected town where everybody can Live, Learn, Work and Play.

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Projections now show developing countries have the potential to generate a significant proportion of their energy from solar and wind in the near future, providing an opportunity not only for cleaner energy, but also boosting prospects to bring electrification and all its benefits to some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the world.

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SoCalGas Among First Utilities in the Nation to Transition its Over-the-Road Fleet with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

SoCalGas | January 24, 2022

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced that it took delivery of 23 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV), marking the company's first purchase of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company plans to expand its fleet of HFCEVs to 50 next month, making SoCalGas among the first utilities in the nation to start transitioning to hydrogen. These HFCEVs are an important step for SoCalGas in decarbonizing its fleet and supports the company's Net Zero 2045 climate goal, which includes replacing 50% of its over-the-road fleet with clean fuel vehicles by 2025 and operating a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035. View footage of the Toyota Mirai HFCEVs here. "California companies must work together in the fight against climate change," said State Senator Susan Rubio. "The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in California and these types of efforts will help the state meet its climate goals." Each vehicle in our light duty over-the-road fleet is driven an average of 10,000 miles per year. The zero-emissions Toyota Mirai HFCEVs have a driving range of 400 miles and since they run on hydrogen the only by-product is water. Transitioning some of our fleet to HFCEVs will help us reduce emissions, moving SoCalGas closer to our net zero goal and helping California reach carbon neutrality faster." Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support at SoCalGas "Longo Toyota is honored to partner with SoCalGas on their strategy to reduce emissions from their vehicle fleet and we are excited to help them with the acquisition of 50 new Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles," said Doug Eroh, president and general manager at Longo Toyota. "The Toyota Mirai is fueled with hydrogen and makes its own electricity on board while only emitting clean water from its tailpipe. We look forward to working with SoCalGas in the years to come on the acquisition and service of their clean vehicle fleet." The light-duty vehicle industry has started to shift towards zero emissions vehicles, currently dominated by battery EVs (BEVs) and complemented by hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. SoCalGas' recently released economy-wide technical analysis reveals that in the light-duty vehicle sector, BEVs and HFCEVs could address different use cases. For vehicles with longer range requirements or higher utilization needs, such as taxis, ride-share fleet, or SoCalGas' own fleet, HFCEVs could be cost competitive in the 2020s. Earlier this year, in partnership with Hyzon Motors, SoCalGas announced plans to deploy its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric utility truck. As part of the partnership, Hyzon will deliver a Class 3 commercial service body utility truck to SoCalGas in 2022. The truck is expected to reach a maximum power of 200 kilowatts, with a range of 300 miles and will be built on the existing chassis OEM used by SoCalGas, minimizing the updates needed for operations, servicing, and training. With the addition of the 50 Toyota Mirai HFCEVs, a third of SoCalGas' over-the-road fleet currently operates on clean fuels. The company is on track to achieve its goal of 50% by 2025. SoCalGas is actively engaged in more than 10 pilot projects related to hydrogen, including a partnership with Netherlands-based HyET Hydrogen on technology that could transform hydrogen distribution and enable the rapid expansion of hydrogen fueling stations for HFCEVs like the Toyota Mirai. The technology would allow hydrogen to be easily and affordably transported via the natural gas pipeline system, then extracted and compressed at fueling stations that provide hydrogen for HFCEVs. The transition to hydrogen is a prime example and yet another way SoCalGas is demonstrating its commitment to being the cleanest, safest, and most innovative energy company in the country. About SoCalGas Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment. SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra, an energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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Dominion Energy Utah Introduces a New Program to Help Customers Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Dominion Energy | March 10, 2022

CarbonRight is now available to Dominion Energy customers in Utah and Idaho. CarbonRight is a novel and affordable solution for customers to reduce their carbon impact dramatically. Customers will offset carbon emissions associated with natural gas use in their homes or company by contributing to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including those in Utah. The program is entirely voluntary and is open to all home users and companies, public buildings, and schools. Customers can contribute by purchasing carbon offsets in $5 increments on their monthly payment. A typical residential user can offset their entire carbon footprint by purchasing one $5 block per month, or $60 per year, achieving "net zero" carbon emissions from natural gas usage. Dominion Energy does not benefit from the carbon offset program and does not mark up the cost of the offsets. "Our customers are looking for ways to have a positive impact on the environment, We share their passion, and we're excited to deliver with this exciting new program. Our customers can now have more peace of mind knowing that their energy dollars are being spent to protect the environment." -Steven Ridge, Vice President and General Manager of Dominion Energy Utah. The carbon offsets offered by the initiative come from programs in Utah and Missouri that minimize landfill carbon emissions, as well as a Minnesota forest management project that absorbs emissions from the environment. Offsets are independently certified to meet the highest standards through a rigorous and open procedure. The new program is one manner in which Dominion Energy Utah assists its customers in reducing their carbon footprint. ThermWise, the company's energy conservation program, helps homeowners and businesses conserve energy and lower monthly utility bills. In addition, customers can participate in the voluntary GreenTherm program to support renewable natural gas projects that minimize greenhouse gas emissions from farms, food waste, and landfills, among other sources. Additionally, the company is promoting the usage of carbon-free hydrogen and carbon-neutral renewable natural gas to cut emissions generated by customers' houses considerably. Discover how the company is advancing renewable natural gas and hydrogen for the benefit of customers, the environment, and the climate.

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In Brazil, Atlas Renewable Energy and Unipar Sign a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for Solar Energy

Atlas Renewable Energy | July 20, 2021

Atlas Renewable Energy, a global pioneer in renewable energy, and Unipar, a South American leader in chlorine, chlorides, and PVC, announced today the signing of a large-scale solar energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in Brazil. Atlas Renewable Energy's Lar do Sol – Casablanca II photovoltaic facility in Pirapora, Minas Gerais, will produce the clean solar energy supply. The Lar do Sol – Casablanca II Solar Plant, which would cover around 700 hectares, will have a capacity of 239MWp and 460,000 solar panels installed. The plant will use bi-facial module technology, which uses the reflection of the sun's rays from their front and back faces to increase the efficiency of photoelectric conversion and boost overall plant output. The project is projected to produce enough energy to power two of Unipar's facilities in Brazil. According to the average usage of a Brazilian family, Lar do Sol Casablanca II's annual energy generation will be enough to power around 261,662 dwellings. Furthermore, the plant will save roughly 40,500 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. This computation is based on the GHG (Greenhouse Gases) Protocol, a methodology created by the World Resources Institute that adheres to the IPCC's methods (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). This quantity of CO2 emissions avoided is equivalent to removing 16,200 automobiles from Sao Paulo's streets. Atlas Renewable Energy will develop, build, and operate the Lar do Sol – Casablanca II Solar Plant. Atlas Renewable Energy's track record and expertise in Latin America have positioned it as one of the fastest-growing renewable energy companies in the Americas and an essential player in the region's energy sector. Atlas' rapidly expanding footprint in the Brazilian market now includes six large-scale solar facilities totaling more than 1GW. The signing of this long-term agreement with Unipar, one of Brazil's leading chemical industries, demonstrates Atlas' capacity to collaborate with private companies to assist them reach their carbon emission reduction goals as they transition to a cleaner energy source. "Adoption of renewables is becoming a staple of good corporate responsibility, and we at Atlas offer a unique opportunity for large energy consumers to clean their energy matrix while also being sponsors of the social and environmental programmes we develop to uplift the communities in which we operate," replied Luis Pita, General Manager of Atlas Renewable Energy for Brazil. "This deal demonstrates our company's leadership in the renewable energy sector in Brazil, as we continue to implement tailor-made solutions with cutting-edge technologies, raising industry standards and giving our clients a competitive advantage. It's a pleasure to be collaborating with a national chemical leader like Unipar to help them achieve their sustainability goals." According to Mauricio Russomanno, CEO of Unipar, the agreement demonstrates the company's commitment to the future of the country and the business's survival. "This is another step toward more sustainable solutions, enhancing the company's efforts in the search for energy matrices from renewable sources, ensuring access to the critical input for our operations and producing higher competitivity through self-production. The total quantity of energy generated for Unipar will be sufficient to manufacture chlorine for the water treatment of over 60 million people ", states the president. As part of Atlas Renewable Energy's commitment to the communities in which it operates, the Lar do Sol - Casablanca II Solar Plant will employ around 1,200 people at its peak. The corporation will also implement a number of environmental and social activities, including the "we are all part of the same energy" female workforce programme. The programme focuses on promoting inclusive practises by training and developing the local female workforce. Atlas intends to have at least 15% female representation in the overall workforce during the plant's construction. This effort will provide local women with access to new career opportunities throughout the project's construction, generating a chance for economic stability while also enhancing their skill sets and potential by incorporating them into more technical jobs. About Atlas Renewable Energy Atlas Renewable Energy is a renewable energy generation firm that plans, builds, and runs long-term renewable energy projects across the Americas. The present portfolio of the company is 2.35GW of contracted projects in various phases of development, construction, or operation, with plans to expand by an additional 5GW in the next years. Atlas Renewable Energy, which was founded in early 2017, is led by an experienced team with the longest track record in the Latin American solar energy market. The organisation is known for its excellent standards in large-scale project conception, construction, and operation. Atlas Renewable Energy is a portfolio company of Actis, a significant private equity investor in the energy sector. Atlas Renewable Energy's expansion is focused on the world's largest emerging markets and economies, where it will leverage its proven development, commercialization, and structuring expertise to expedite the transition to clean energy. Every day, the organisation seeks to deliver a cleaner future by putting active engagement with the community and stakeholders at the centre of its project approach. About Unipar Unipar is a South American leader in chlorine, chlorides, and PVC, raw materials that constitute the foundation of all businesses, and is listed on the Brazilian Stock Exchange (B3 S.A. - Brazil, Bolsa, Balco). Unipar, which employs around 1,400 people in its offices and industrial operations in Cubato (SP), Santo André (SP), and Baha Blanca (Argentina), is committed to quality, safety, environmental stewardship, community inclusion, and the recognition of collaborators. Unipar has been connected and integrated with local communities throughout its 50-year history through its Community Advisory Council, which brings together neighbours, social entities, and company representatives. Furthermore, it is a pioneer in the adoption of the Open Factory Program, which keeps its plants open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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