FirstEnergy Utility Crews Mobilize to Assist Hurricane Sally Power Restoration Efforts in Alabama

FirstEnergy Corp | September 19, 2020

FirstEnergy Corp. utilities have sent 190 line workers and support personnel to Mobile, Alabama, to assist Alabama Power with restoration efforts following Hurricane Sally. Crews began leaving for Alabama Thursday, with all expected to begin work Saturday morning. Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday on the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm, with sustained winds of 100 mph. Heavy rain also has produced flooding in many areas, with many roads and bridges closed or impassable. This support effort continues FirstEnergy's long-standing tradition of assisting other electric companies during large-scale power outages. FirstEnergy crews recently returned home after providing power restoration assistance to utilities in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Laura in late August.

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Solar is Bankable: so what does the Future of Energy hold

Solarplaza | February 15, 2022

The 'Future of Energy' conference - hosted in Amsterdam on 11 & 12 April 2022 - will unite over 500 decision-makers from the global renewable energy value chain to discuss and shape the future of energy generation and consumption in emerging economies. Solarplaza and FMO will host the event, building upon their successful collaboration in the three preceding 'Making Solar Bankable' conferences. In 2016, event organizer Solarplaza and the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO joined forces to organize the inaugural edition of 'Making Solar Bankable', focusing on emerging markets. True to the title, these events explored ways to instrumentalize capital, scale up solar development, and accelerate the energy transition in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. By the third edition in 2020, one thing had become crystal clear: solar is bankable across the globe. There is an abundance of capital available to drive renewable energy development. The key challenge, however, is to connect reliable partners and viable projects to the capital at hand. Solar energy will play a crucial role in the energy strategies of the future but will have to be enhanced by adjacent technologies and societal developments in order to guarantee widespread and equitable energy access. The restart of the event as the 'Future of Energy' conference means that the scope of the event will stretch beyond solar development, and will venture into the domains of energy storage, distributed energy, hybrid wind applications, and green hydrogen. It also means the focus will move beyond the energy generation phase, and will touch upon challenges related to energy transmission and distribution, which - especially in emerging markets - provide their own sets of infrastructure-related challenges. A small grasp of the confirmed program includes sessions like 'International Market Outlook' with Elizabeth Press (IRENA); 'The Promise of Green Hydrogen' with Thierry Lepercq (Soladvent); and 'The Innovation Process' with Jonathan Furr (INSEAD). The 'Future of Energy' will unite a mix of 500+ representatives from top developers, financial institutions and investors, service providers, and asset owners for two days packed with world-class keynotes, in-depth panel discussions, and bountiful networking opportunities. Anyone active in renewable energy project development and management in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe will be sure to walk away with key market insights and strategic understanding of the future of energy; the relevant business connections to empower their business; and the crucial inspiration to get to work!

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Clean Energy Holdings, ING Americas, and Equix Kick-off 250 MW Green Hydrogen Alliance Project in Texas

ING Americas | May 21, 2022

ING Americas (ING) has been engaged by Clean Energy Holdings, LLC (CEH) as its financial advisor in respect of the financing of projects by the Renewable Energy and Technology Alliance (The Alliance) being assembled by CEH. ING brings multiple areas of expertise to CEH's Platform and projects including advisory services and leading the capital raising requirements for the project. Equix Inc., a well-established and highly respected infrastructure firm, is also joining The Alliance bringing industry leading execution experience including Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) in both renewable energy and hydrogen facilities. Bair Energy, LLC (BE) joins The Alliance as the Program Management Construction Management (PMCM) and serves as The Alliance Representative for the CEH Platform. The Alliance is working with an experienced commodities group to market and lead offtake negotiations for its projects. Clean Energy Holdings, ING Americas, and Equix Kick-off 250 MW Green Hydrogen Alliance Project in Texas ING will take the lead in securing project financing for CEH's 250 MW Clear Fork, TX renewable energy supplied green hydrogen and liquefaction project. As one of the largest and leading green hydrogen developments in North America, the project has a baseline schedule slated to enter commercial operations in the third quarter of 2024. The project is expected to produce a levelized average of 30,000 kg a day of liquefied green hydrogen. The CEH Platform is designed to attract leading edge and emerging technologies to integrate into our projects for validation and certification. "Our Alliance is leading energy transformation, and we are committed to continue to lead the North American market in the production and implementation of green hydrogen for industrial, chemical, and mobility applications. We are also driving technological advancements developed through our projects. We have assembled a group of industry leaders as well as local and state governments to navigate through the potential challenges as we deliver our projects from concept to delivery and provide turnkey projects with a complete basis for design. Our Alliance delivers on contract and safety, with guaranties. This project is a strategic priority for The Alliance to showcase its turnkey design, long term operations and production guaranties." -CEO of Clean Energy Holdings, Nicholas Bair "These early, large-scale, projects will help define the green hydrogen industry in North America. Our Alliance partners and advisors have been carefully selected as both best-in-class for their respective roles and dedication to make these projects a success." -CEH President, Cornelius Fitzgerald ABOUT CLEAN ENERGY HOLDINGS Clean Energy Holdings (CEH) is a renewable energy and technology platform focused on developing, owning, and operating leading edge, innovative and reliable renewable energy and low carbon facilities. CEH is a technology centric platform and, with our Alliance Partners, provides turnkey solutions for innovative projects like Clear Fork Green Hydrogen, the second Green Hydrogen project brought forward by CEH. Further, the CEH projects have been carefully selected to lead various State and Regional initiatives aimed to bring cost effective Green Hydrogen fuel to transportation corridors as well as industrial clients. ABOUT BAIR ENERGY BE is a Program Management and Construction Management (PMCM) firm with a focus on renewable energy projects in both domestic and select international markets. In its PMCM role, Bair Energy manages and coordinates platform concepts with viable projects to take advantage of benefits, like efficiencies of scale, not available to the projects individually. In addition, Bair Energy oversees construction of individual projects. In all roles, Bair Energy has embraced a philosophy for Health, Safety, and Environmental Excellence. ABOUT ING Americas ING Americas offers a full array of wholesale financial products, such as commercial lending, financial markets, corporate finance and advisory products and services in the U.S. to its corporate and institutional clients. We know being sustainable is not just about reducing our own impact, it's also in the choices we make—as a lender, in our financing, and through the services, we offer our customers. That's why sustainability is inherent to our purpose of empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Americas is the brand name of ING's corporate and institutional client business in the Americas region, operating in the U.S. through ING Financial Holdings Corporation and its subsidiaries ("IFH"). IFH is a subsidiary of ING Bank N.V., and a part of ING Group N.V. ("ING"). ABOUT EQUIX INC. Equix, Inc. is a private contracting firm that develops people and companies in the technical, professional, and construction services industries across North America. Focusing on utility and infrastructure projects offering full-service surveying, design, construction, and maintenance services to the renewable energy, broadband, electric, heavy civil, pipeline, water, and wastewater markets. Equix employs over 1,250 team members across 27 corporate offices in 13 states. They are licensed to do business in over 30 states across all service offerings.

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ENERGY

Grow Solar Jefferson Waukesha Smashes Goals, Boosts Wisconsin Renewable Energy

All Energy Solar | January 20, 2022

Organizers are proud to announce that the Grow Solar Jefferson Waukesha group buy rebate program is a huge success. Residents and businesses saw the benefits of switching to solar energy, coming together not only to reach the maximum possible rebate but also surpassing the goal by almost 100 kilowatts (kW). The Grow Solar program launched on June 15, 2021, to provide residents and businesses in the Wisconsin counties of Jefferson and Waukesha with the chance to invest in high-quality solar installations at a lower cost through volume purchasing. As more properties signed up, the rebate for all participants increased with a group goal of reaching 350kW. Grow Solar was coordinated by the Waukesha County Green Team, Heart of the City/Fort Atkinson, and Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Installations were performed by the Madison, Wisconsin, office of solar energy solution provider, All Energy Solar. Though we stopped taking applications on October 31, the first panels in the program were already installed, and we still had quite a few projects in negotiation. We were fairly sure we were going to at least reach the 350 kilowatt goal once it was all said and done. In the end, we had more participants than expected at 57 and the solar energy production will add up to 448.73 kilowatts. That's almost half a megawatt of fossil-fuel-based energy replaced with solar power!" Michael Allen, CEO and Co-Founder for All Energy Solar The size of Grow Solar rebate checks will vary, depending on system size. For an average solar array of 7kW, participants will receive a $1,400 rebate. Businesses and residents that switched to solar were also able to take advantage of the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit set at 26 percent for projects installed during 2021 and 2022. "We love doing solar group buy programs, they're such great opportunities for communities to take huge steps together towards reaching renewable energy goals," said Ryan Buege, Director of Sales & Marketing for All Energy Solar. "We're already working on another group buy in the Kenosha area to bring even more solar to Wisconsin." An event to recognize the success of Grow Solar Jefferson Waukesha is tentatively planned for late spring or early summer. More details of the celebration will be announced after the last of the panels have been installed. About All Energy Solar All Energy Solar provides a full-service solar energy integration experience for residential, commercial, agricultural, and government customers looking to make the transition to solar energy. With industry-leading certifications and full electrical and building licenses, All Energy Solar installs quality solar power systems at competitive prices and monitors and maintains the systems after installation.

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Scout Clean Energy Appoints Mark McGrail as Chief Commercial Officer

Scout Clean Energy | February 03, 2022

Scout Clean Energy, LLC ('Scout'), a Colorado based renewable energy developer, owner, and operator, is pleased to announce that renewables industry veteran Mark McGrail has joined as Chief Commercial Officer, further strengthening Scout's executive leadership team. Our business continues to experience strong growth stemming from a successfully diversified asset portfolio across multiple renewables technologies and storage. This is an important time to bolster our senior bench as we seek to optimize our 1.2 GW operating portfolio and bring our substantial pipeline of utility scale wind, solar and storage projects through development and construction over the next few years. We are excited to welcome Mark as CCO and a member of the executive team along with John Clapp (CFO), Andrew Young (COO) and me." Michael Rucker, Scout Founder and CEO Mark brings over 23 years of energy industry experience to the Scout platform, including 14 years specializing in renewables. Mark is an energy industry veteran with deep expertise in the development, operation, and management of large-scale renewable energy assets and is excited to help Scout navigate this next growth phase. He was formerly the Vice President / Chief Commercial Officer for the Global Power Generation division of Enel Green Power North America where he was responsible for overseeing commercial offtake contracts with corporate, utility, banking and insurance customers. "I am impressed with the growth and expansion Scout has achieved in recent years," said McGrail. "The level of executive talent across Scout's development and asset management teams demonstrates an unmatched depth of experience in the renewable space. I am proud to bring my skills and experience to bear on behalf of Scout and look forward to helping the team execute on a number of different large scale and high-quality renewable projects for its corporate partners and investors." About Scout Clean Energy Scout Clean Energy is a renewable energy developer, owner-operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with over 1,200 MW of operating assets. Scout is actively developing a portfolio of over 12,000 MW of onshore wind, solar PV, and battery storage projects across 17 US states. Scout has expertise in all aspects of renewables project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction, 24/7 operations, and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. About Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure and operational asset management in the US, UK, and Australia. Quinbrook is led and managed by a senior team of power industry professionals who have collectively invested c.USD 8.2 billion equity in energy infrastructure assets since the early 1990s, representing a total enterprise value of c.USD 28.7 billion or 19.5 GW of power supply capacity. Quinbrook has completed a diverse range of direct investments in both utility and distributed scale onshore wind and solar power, battery storage, reserve peaking capacity, biomass, fugitive methane recovery, hydro and flexible energy management solutions in the US, UK, and Australia.

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