Sunflower Solar Station Is Completed Under a Bta for Entergy Mississippi by Canadian Solar

Recurrent Energy, LLC | May 30, 2022

Recurrent Energy, LLC ("Recurrent"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., has completed construction on a 100-megawatt renewable solar power plant near Ruleville in the Mississippi Delta, providing clean energy to Entergy Mississippi's 461,000 customers. The Sunflower Solar Station is Mississippi's largest solar facility, with enough electricity to power 16,000 homes.

The Sunflower Solar Station was designed and built by Recurrent Energy for Entergy Mississippi, who will own it for the rest of its life. The Sunflower project is one of the first utility-scale solar projects in the United States to be built under a Build Transfer Agreement (BTA). In 2018, Recurrent Energy and Entergy Mississippi executed a BTA that designated the regulated utility as the Sunflower project's owner after it reached commercial operation. The Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously authorized the BTA in April 2020.

"It's a historic day for Entergy Mississippi, our customers and our state. Powering communities is the heart of our business, and this power station does that in several ways—by providing clean, green power to customers, a hedge against rising natural gas prices, and giving industries with renewable energy goals an incentive to locate or expand operations in our state."

- Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO

The Sunflower project is the first of what will be the state's largest renewable energy expansion in history. Entergy Mississippi aims to replace some old natural gas facilities with 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy over the next five years under a program called EDGE, which stands for "Economic Development with Green Energy."

Mississippi suppliers and construction employees were hired for the Sunflower project. The foundations were built with 2,475 tons of steel from Attala Steel Industries in Kosciusko. The perimeter fence was also installed by A-1 Kendrick Fence Company of Jackson. Workers from the area and nearby counties contributed more than half of the labor hours spent on the project's construction. The EPC provider was Signal Energy LLC.

The emissions-free, renewable energy plant is located on 1,000 acres in Sunflower County and connects to Entergy's Ruleville transmission infrastructure. With 272,000 solar modules, the plant is a single axis tracking photovoltaic power generator.


With Brexit, the UK’s future relationship with the EU is unclear. The outcome of the 2017 general election has widened the scope of possibilities, but businesses are calling for clarity while they put investment decisions on hold.1 In the areas of energy and climate policy, the EU’s strategy has been clear, to have a European energy union, establishing greater linkages with countries outside its borders to ensure “secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy.” The UK has actively participated in these efforts, endorsing greater market liberalization of energy, more interconnection and a strengthening of the internal energy market.


With Brexit, the UK’s future relationship with the EU is unclear. The outcome of the 2017 general election has widened the scope of possibilities, but businesses are calling for clarity while they put investment decisions on hold.1 In the areas of energy and climate policy, the EU’s strategy has been clear, to have a European energy union, establishing greater linkages with countries outside its borders to ensure “secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy.” The UK has actively participated in these efforts, endorsing greater market liberalization of energy, more interconnection and a strengthening of the internal energy market.

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Fortlev and Brenmiller Energy Inaugurate the World’s First Renewable Energy-Powered Thermal Energy Storage System for Plastic Manufacturing

Fortlev | August 10, 2022

Brenmiller Energy, a global leader in thermal energy storage, announced today that it and Fortlev, the largest producer of water storage solutions in Brazil, have inaugurated a bGen Thermal Energy Storage (TES) unit at Fortlev’s production facility in Anápolis, Brazil. The bGen unit is the first TES system powered by renewable energy to be used to generate hot air for manufacturing plastic products in the world and also the first thermal energy storage system powered by renewable energy to be used for commercial operations in South America. The 1 MWh bGen unit enables Fortlev to use renewable biomass rather than natural gas to heat the air it uses to make plastic water tanks with rotational molding machines. Substituting biomass for natural gas allows Fortlev to lower the fuel costs associated with heating this air by more than 75%. Use of the bGen unit will also lower the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heating this air by approximately 800 metric tons per year. Fortlev and Brenmiller Energy are in discussions to install 60 bGen units at the facility, which will enable it to avoid 48,000 metric tons of GHG emissions per year – an amount equivalent to the GHG emissions released by approximately 10,500 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. “Fortlev is dedicated to delivering its customers high-quality, competitively priced water storage solutions while respecting the environment, By helping Fortlev lower our fuel expenses and decarbonize one of our thermal manufacturing processes, Brenmiller Energy’s bGen technology is helping us realize this goal and do well while doing good.” -Antonio Torres, Fortlev Solar CEO. Having demonstrated the financial and environmental success of bGen’s TES technology, over the next few years Fortlev might not just expand its use of bGen at its Anápolis production facility, but also at its seven other manufacturing facilities in Brazil. In addition, Fortlev Solar, as a partner of Brenmiller Energy in Brazil, is intending to open a manufacturing factory to produce bGen units for the Brazilian market. Storing Renewable Energy as Heat to Produce Steam, Hot Water, and Hot Air Many industrial companies have found it difficult to economically decarbonize plastic roto-molding, food preparation, chemical production, pulp and paper manufacturing, and other thermal processes that require the production or use of steam, hot water or hot air. For example, battery-based energy storage technologies do not efficiently store renewable energy for hours to days at a time, nor do they efficiently convert this energy on-demand into the heat needed to produce steam, hot water, or hot air. By combining thermal storage, heat exchange, and steam generation together in a single solution, Brenmiller Energy’s bGen technology can provide industrial companies with the energy efficiency, output stability, scalability, and other capabilities they need to cost-competitively decarbonize their thermal processes. Brenmiller Energy’s technology is also flexible, enabling companies to use both electricity (from solar panels, wind turbines, and the grid) and thermal sources of energy (biomass, flue gas, recovered heat) to charge the bGen units. The crushed rocks in the bGen units can efficiently store this energy as heat for minutes, hours, or even days. Then, when companies need it, they can use this heat to produce clean steam, hot water, or hot air on-demand to mold plastic, clean food, dry wood, or complete other industrial processes. “Forward-thinking industrial companies like Fortlev want to decarbonize their thermal processes. But until recently, there have been few, if any, reliable, cost-effective, long-lived solutions that allow them to do so, Our bGen technology enables these companies to start using renewable energy resources and waste heat to efficiently produce clean steam, hot water, and hot air on-demand, allowing them to decarbonize their thermal process – and in some cases, like Fortlev, reduce their fuel costs while doing so.” -Avi Brenmiller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brenmiller Energy The installation of the bGen unit at Fortlev manufacturing facility was supported by the Israel Innovation Authority and the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation (EMBRAPII). “It is inspiring to see this binational cooperation, where an innovative Israeli company implemented its groundbreaking technology in a factory of a large Brazilian company, This partnership has great potential in the Brazilian energy storage market and beyond.'' -Daniel Zonshine, Ambassador of Israel in Brazil A Way to Decarbonize a Wide Variety of Thermal Processes In addition to generating hot air to mold plastic, Brenmiller Energy’s bGen thermal energy storage technology can be used to decarbonize a wide variety of other industrial and power generation thermal processes that currently use fossil fuels to generate heat. Brenmiller is working with Philip Morris International (Romania), Enel (Italy), and other industrial and utility customers to use its TES technology to decarbonize a diverse range of such processes around the world. About Fortlev Fortlev is the biggest manufacturer of water tanks, pipes, and water connections in Brazil. Fortlev is the benchmark in water storage solutions all over Brazil. Since 1989, Fortlev has specialized in bringing quality to its customers. And, for that, innovation is required. Today Fortlev has one of the most modern pipes and fitting industrial parks in the country. In water tanks, Fortlev is always one step ahead, seeking bold solutions for consumers. About Fortlev Solar Fortlev Solar is a distributor of photovoltaic products from the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The company’s goal is to maintain a sustainable future, saving costs on the electricity bill and marketing quality products, delivered with agility and safety anywhere in Brazil. In the past two years Fortlev Solar has become the biggest distributor of Solar Solutions in Brazil. About Brenmiller Energy Brenmiller Energy delivers scalable thermal energy storage solutions and services that allow customers to cost-effectively decarbonize their operations. Its patented bGen thermal storage technology enables the use of renewable energy resources, as well as waste heat, to intelligently heat crushed rocks to very high temperatures. They can then store this heat for minutes, hours, or even days before using it for industrial and power generation processes. With bGen organizations have a way to use electricity, biomass, and waste heat to generate the steam, hot water and hot air they need to mold plastic, process food and beverages, produce paper, manufacture chemicals and pharmaceuticals, or drive steam turbines without burning fossil fuels. For more information visit the company’s website at and follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Schneider Electric Releases Solar Solutions That Provide Clean Power to Communities With Limited Access to Energy

Schneider Electric | July 05, 2022

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, which was named the world’s most sustainable corporation by Corporate Knights Global 100 Index in 2021, announced the launch of two new solar power solutions for communities that have little or no access to energy.The new solar products are designed to withstand extensive use for a wide range of power needs. They expand Schneider’s portfolio of products and solutions that aim to help reach the United Nations’s 2030 target of universal access to energy. According to the World Bank, 733 million people worldwide still have no access to electricity. Africa’s population remains the least electrified in the world: 568 million people across the continent lack electricity access. “Aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Schneider Electric is committed to having a positive impact on our many stakeholders, especially when it comes to addressing climate change and social inequality, Our energy efficient products and solutions are designed to help communities that live in locations where the grid is either unreliable or non-existent.” -Carol Koech, Schneider Electric’s Country President for East Africa. The product launch coincided with the Alliance for Rural Electricity’s (ARE) Energy Access Investment Forum 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 28-30 June, where representatives from the public and private sectors, including Schneider Electric, are meeting as part of ongoing active support to achieve a sustainable energy future for all. Schneider’s new products are now commercially available worldwide. Homaya Pro powers off-grid communities with reliable, affordable and green electricity The new Homaya Pro solar-hybrid inverter converts direct current electricity to alternating current to be used in stand-alone systems or connected to a grid. It can power the energy needs of a household or a small business, with solutions ranging from 3, 4 or 6 kilowatts. It provides reliable renewable energy access for homes, fuel stations, small offices, healthcare centers, schools and telecommunications infrastructure. The Homaya Pro inverter is powered by solar energy with an inbuilt Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) controller. It is compatible with grid charging and supports lead or lithium battery technologies. Up to 6 inverters can be connected in parallel for a combined output of up to 24 kilowatts. Optional accessories include external MPPT to extend a solar array by one or three kilowatts and increase backup capacity, and a WiFi dongle to allow local internet monitoring without a mobile app. Mobiya Original solar lanterns for lighting and mobile charging The latest Mobiya Original solar lantern provides users with safe, reliable and clean energy for lighting and USB charging needs. Based on the robust and waterproof Mobiya Original lantern, this upgraded version incorporates new design features and improvements that make it easier to handle and use. Made from recyclable materials, this latest version produces 280 lumens and includes settings to save power and prolong lighting performance over time. Launching these new offers demonstrates Schneider Electric’s commitment to ensuring that 100 million people will have access to green energy by 2030,” said Olivier Jacquet, Schneider Electric’s Vice President for Access to Energy Business Development in the Middle East and Africa. “Homaya Pro is not only easy to use and install but also affordable for people living in remote parts of Africa and Asia. Since launching its Access to Energy program in 2009, Schneider Electric has been developing and commercializing safe, affordable and reliable technology solutions to harness more renewable power, improve the lives and livelihoods of people often located in remote places, and support the growing energy needs of developing countries. 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.

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Accenture Uses Artificial Intelligence-Driven Database to Help Reduce Electricity Rates for Colonial Pipeline’s Interstate System

Accenture | July 16, 2022

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is using a proprietary database powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to help Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, reduce regulated and deregulated electric utility rates for its interstate pipeline system.The energy-management project leverages Accenture’s Utility Tracking System (UTS), a proprietary database of approximately 30 million anonymized utility bills that the company has been aggregating for more than 20 years. Built to identify power tariff options around the world, UTS uses AI-powered insights and automation as part of Accenture’s SynOps platform to continuously improve the efficiency and reliability of electricity rate-savings recommendations. Accenture is using insights generated by UTS to evaluate power bills for operations at approximately 80 Colonial Pipeline pump stations along its 5,500-mile pipeline system, which delivers approximately 100 million gallons of refined petroleum products daily to markets in the Southern and Eastern United States. Armed with information about tariff options, Accenture presents lower-cost options — e.g., reduced cost per kilowatt-hour — to Colonial Pipeline, and then works with utilities to help implement new rates. “This initiative, which is part of our ongoing effort to optimize utility rates, has shown encouraging results early on and should continue to help us in our comprehensive review of all utility accounts on our system, We look forward to our continued partnership with Accenture as we identify opportunities to transition to renewable energy to power our pump stations.” -Tony Leo, manager of energy management and power optimization for Colonial Pipeline Yusuf Tayob, group chief executive of Accenture Operations, added, “Our work for Colonial Pipeline is a great example of how Accenture’s long-term investments in technologies are helping clients deepen business resilience amid evolving market conditions. We look forward to making further progress on this project and to helping Colonial Pipeline evaluate how it can buy green energy, which increasingly is powering infrastructure as consumers and stakeholders demand cleaner air and less environmental impact.” About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 710,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at About Colonial Pipeline: Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. military. Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations. More information about Colonial is available at Copyright © 2022 Accenture. All rights reserved. Accenture and its logo are trademarks of Accenture. This content is provided for general information purposes and is not intended to be used in place of consultation with our professional advisors. This document refers to marks owned by third parties. All such third-party marks are the property of their respective owners. No sponsorship, endorsement or approval of this content by the owners of such marks is intended, expressed or implied

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