Electrify America to deploy 30 solar-powered EV charging stations in California

PetrolPlaza | March 02, 2020

Electrify America is investing $2 million in solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in rural California that are not tied to the electrical grid. The investment will expand access to sustainable EV charging to drivers in rural areas, including the Central, Coachella, and Imperial Valleys. Electrify America is sourcing the chargers from Envision Solar, a San Diego-based sustainable technology company. The EV ARC 2020 is a transportable, solar-powered electric vehicle-charging infrastructure product. Each standalone station is equipped with a 4.28-kilowatt (kW) sun-tracking solar array, 32kWh of on-board battery storage, and two Electrify America Level 2 EV chargers capable of charging speeds up to 6kW. This combination allows for two customers to charge their light-duty electric vehicles at the same time using 100 percent renewable electricity regardless of weather or time of day.

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This energy transition will be mineral intensive and it will require metals such as nickel, lithium, and cobalt. However, one metal stands out as being particularly important, and that is copper.Today’s infographic comes to us from the Copper Development Association and outlines the special role of copper in renewable power generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles.


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Enviva Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Grow Career Opportunities for African Americans in Renewable Energy

Enviva | December 17, 2021

Enviva Partners, LP, a global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, announced that it has entered into multi-year recruiting and career development pipeline agreements with four significant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S. Southeast, to identify, recruit, and hire new employees for its rapidly growing business. Enviva, which operates ten modern biomass production plants and six port terminals from North Carolina to Florida, is seeking to hire talent at all levels of the organization from North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro), North Carolina Central University (Durham), Alabama A&M University (Huntsville), and Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi). Enviva will participate in career fairs and student enrichment opportunities at these universities and finance scholarship opportunities with each institution to facilitate careers in renewable energy and sustainable forestry for African Americans. As a global renewable energy company and leader in forest stewardship, we have a responsibility to be intentional about diversifying our workforce at all levels of our company to help shape the future of a net-zero world.That work begins with recruiting some of the brightest and most ambitious minds which emerge from these prestigious HBCUs located in the geographic region of our operations. These institutions have world-class agriculture and forestry programs and help educate amazing future engineers to help us design, build, operate and continuously improve our plants, terminals, and business around the world. There are no better spaces from which to grow our business from a talent perspective.” John Keppler, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Enviva These new partnerships will reinforce Enviva’s existing recruitment efforts, focusing outreach on an array of graduates from each of the universities, including electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers, in addition to forestry, agriculture, and agribusiness majors. Enviva expects to place the recruits across its facility fleet, including at its corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and Raleigh, North Carolina, in addition to its manufacturing plants and terminals. About Enviva Enviva is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source that is produced by aggregating a natural resource, wood fiber, and processing it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tons per year in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its deep-water marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party deep-water marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida.

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CSA Group - NEW Training for the Construction and Infrastructure Sector

CSA Group | October 27, 2020

CSA Group has a suite of training products to help you understand and apply the standards you use every day. In either self-guided online or instructor-led virtual format, you and your colleagues can still benefit from the expertise of our instructors and the quality training developed by technical committee members. Energy Efficiency Training Online training for the National Research Council of Canada’s National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2017 is now available in English and French on the CSA Store. Furthering knowledge and adoption of the NECB 2017 contributes to the improved energy efficiency of new buildings and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Amshore Renewable Energy Announces New Executive Appointments

Amshore | March 03, 2022

Amshore, a leading renewable energy developer, announced promotion of Cas Purdy to Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the appointment of Leo Anzaldua as Controller. Both Cas and Leo are seasoned business executives responsible for maximizing our company’s operating performance and helping achieve corporate objectives. By promoting Cas, bringing Leo on board, and our investments in development, we are building out our management team with the talent we need to take our renewable energy development business to the next level. Our focus on delivering exceptional services to our clients will be enhanced by our ability to provide more corporate-level support to our development team—freeing them to focus on revenue-generating clean energy projects.” Deana Strunk, Owner at Amshore As Chief Administrative Officer, Cas has a broad range of responsibilities including strategic planning, finance, legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, communications and more. He was previously Executive Vice President at Amshore. Cas has more than 20 years of experience in business leadership. Prior to Amshore, he was Vice President and Head of Marketing at cybersecurity company Trustwave. He also held leadership roles at IBM, Websense (now Forcepoint) and Guidance Software (now part of OpenText). Cas received his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, and he studied French at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne). As Controller, Leo leads and directs the accounting and finance functions at Amshore. He has more than 30 years of financial experience. For more than a decade, Leo was Controller/Vice President of Finance at ClimbTech. Before ClimbTech, he was Director of Accounting at Personal Administrators. Leo studied business administration at The Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2020 saw consumption of renewable energy in the United States grow for the fifth year in a row, reaching 12 percent of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019.1 Over the last 20 years, Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres. Recently, Amshore promoted former senior project developer Aaron Young to Vice President, Development. About Amshore Amshore Renewable Energy develops sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres, and the company offers advanced energy management control and novel energy storage systems. Established in 2002, Amshore is based in the Dallas, Texas, area.

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CATL's German plant receives approval for battery cell production

CATL | April 06, 2022

At the ceremony held in CATT at the Erfurter Kreuz industrial area, Anja Siegesmund, Thuringia's Minister of Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation, and Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringia's Minister of Economy, handed over the permit to Matthias Zentgraf, CATL's President for Europe, allowing an initial capacity of 8 GWh per year for the plant. The construction of the plant, which is also Germany's first battery factory, is in the final stage and the installation of machines is in full swing so that the first cells can roll off the assembly lines by the end of 2022. "CATT provides a fundamental impetus for the urgently needed energy transition, and we are glad to be the first company to receive approval to manufacture batteries 'Made in Germany',At the same time, the project could be the initial spark for the emergence of a 'Battery Valley Thuringia,' as the first batch of CATL's supplier companies have settled around the area." - Zentgraf, adding that the cooperation with the authorities during the approval process worked in an exemplary manner. E-mobility in Germany is currently gaining immense momentum, and the state needs companies that are committed to taking sustainability and conservation into account right from the production stage, said Siegesmund. CATT consists of two buildings: G1, an existing building purchased from another company and where cells are assembled to modules, and G2, a newly-built plant by CATT and where cells will be produced. The approval on Monday was issued to permit cell production of G2. With clean rooms, technical cleanliness and constant humidity, the plant is almost as complex as a chip factory. Meanwhile, the plant generates part of its power from the solar power panels on the rooftop of the building in an effort to produce sustainably. CATL broke ground on its German plant in 2019, and it is scheduled to start cell production by the end of 2022, when a total of 1,500 jobs will be created in Germany. With a total investment of 1.8 billion euro, CATL plans to achieve a production capacity of 14GWh and create 2,000 jobs in Germany in the future. Located at the heart of Germany, the plant is poised to provide high-quality products and services for major carmakers in Germany, thus promoting the electric mobility and energy transformation in Europe.

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This energy transition will be mineral intensive and it will require metals such as nickel, lithium, and cobalt. However, one metal stands out as being particularly important, and that is copper.Today’s infographic comes to us from the Copper Development Association and outlines the special role of copper in renewable power generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

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