Standard Sola | February 24, 2022
The Massachusetts town of Plymouth and the Acton Water District will soon enjoy the clean energy and savings of solar power with an innovative 4.69 megawatt (MW) solar and 4 MWh storage project. Standard Solar acquired the project from developer EDF Renewables North America. The project received an award from the state’s Solar Massachusetts Renewable Targets (SMART) program, which provides incentives for solar and storage projects.
Located in Acton, Massachusetts, on land owned by the Acton Water District, the Lawsbrook Solar + Storage project will allow the Town of Plymouth and Acton Water District to benefit from discounted power and lease revenues from the solar and storage system. The project will further the Commonwealth’s solar and energy storage goals by adding clean power to the bulk electrical system while supplementing the project with a battery to discharge clean power during on-peak evening hours, reducing the need for reliance on dirtier power sources during those times.
The system is expected to generate 5,866 megawatt-hours of clean energy each year, enough to power 800 average Massachusetts’ homes and offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of burning 4.5 million pounds of coal. The project is built over the W.R. Grace Superfund Site and was awarded by way of an RFP to EDF Renewables in 2018. This project makes complimentary use of one of the District’s active groundwater well fields, which serves as part of the Town’s drinking water supply. The property hosting the project is previously disturbed land from gravel extraction and is encompassed by the larger W.R. Grace Superfund Site. Due to the various environmental sensitivities on the site, permitting the project entailed receiving approvals at various levels of the federal, state and local governments.
Standard Solar is a leader in forwarding the clean energy movement throughout the nation. Adding this solar+storage project to our existing portfolio in Massachusetts underscores our rapid growth. It’s always significant when we connect with a great partner like EDF Renewables and acquire projects that are helping a town like Plymouth and the Acton Water District to capitalize on the multiple benefits of a solar and storage system. We look forward to adding many more projects like this to our portfolio in 2022 and beyond.”
Eric Partyka, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar
The Lawsbrook project is part of Standard Solar’s rapidly expanding portfolio in Massachusetts and the U.S. They currently own and maintain nearly 20 MW in Massachusetts and 280 MW of commercial and community solar projects throughout the United States.
“The Acton Water Solar + Storage project is the first of two projects that EDF Renewables has had the privilege to partner with the Acton Water District on,” said Peter Bay, Associate Director, Business Development for EDF Renewables. “We are thrilled to see the project come to fruition, despite numerous permitting and interconnection challenges, and begin conveying benefits to the District and Town of Plymouth. The Acton Water District team have been fantastic partners on the project and have provided ample support in ensuring it’s a successful endeavor. We’re appreciative to have a reputable partner in Standard Solar as the long-term owner of the site.”
“After a few years of hard work by all involved, we are extremely excited to have this renewable energy project coming online,” said Christ Allen District Manager, Acton Water District. “In the water supply industry, we keenly understand the impacts of global climate change, and the role that reliance on fossil fuels plays. We’re committed to do our part by lowering our carbon footprint, as water and wastewater treatment are very energy intensive processes. Partnering with EDF Renewables, such a knowledgeable, experienced company, has given us a great deal of peace of mind endeavoring into technology where we have no experience. It gives us a great deal of pride commissioning our first solar project and contributing to saving the climate.”
The SMART Program was created in 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and is a long-term sustainable solar incentive program designed to advance cost-effective solar development in the state. The new Lawsbrook solar and storage project will help the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reach its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard as well as their recently codified 2030 and 2050 goals for a statewide clean energy economy.
At the close of 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an order doubling the SMART program, extending the block incentive program to 3,200 MW of solar capacity. This move creates capacity for new projects and releases a bottleneck of stalled projects.
About Standard Solar
Standard Solar is powering the nation’s energy transformation – channeling its project development capabilities, financial strength and technical expertise to deliver the benefits of solar, as well as solar + storage, to businesses, institutions, farms, governments, communities and utilities. Building on 17 years of sustainable growth and in-house and tax equity investment capital, Standard Solar is a national leader in the development, funding and long-term ownership and operation of commercial and community solar assets. Recognized as an established financial partner with immediate, deep resources, the company owns and operates more than 280 megawatts of solar across the United States. Standard Solar is based in Rockville, Md.
About EDF Renewables North America
EDF Renewables North America is a market leading independent power producer and service provider with 35 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distribution-scale power: solar and storage; asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial expertise to maximize performance of generating projects, and onsite solutions, through the Company’s PowerFlex subsidiary, offering a full suite of onsite energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers: solar, storage, EV charging, energy management systems, and microgrids. EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 24 GW of developed projects and 13 GW under service contracts. EDF Renewables North America is a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group.
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Pedego Atlanta | May 20, 2022
Pedego Atlanta, is independently owned and operated by Kathy Woirol and offers a full range of e-bike sales, rentals, services, and accessories. Pedego Electric Bikes is an award-winning electric bike company with sixteen unique models and over 200 brick and mortar stores.
Kathy Woirol was ready for a change and wanted to invest in something that would help her and the Atlanta community live a healthy lifestyle. Woirol found the perfect opportunity within Pedego to become a business owner, an entrepreneur and establish space in Atlanta, all in one. Since opening her store in 2021, she began to integrate herself and her Pedego store into the community.
Pedego has found great success in their non-franchise retail model over the past 13 years, and continues to hit the throttle on opening physical stores. By offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to become independent store owners, Pedego separates its success from the rest and is set to open over one store a week across North America throughout 2022.
Woirol has served her community by working with the organization Bearings Bike Works, a nonprofit that operates by focusing on four unique development skills programs, which teaches children ages 6-18 how to build and repair bicycles. Kids meet weekly and develop hard skills, soft skills, and character strengths that can impact and make a difference. These children have an opportunity to earn bikes through the program as well.
Since learning about the mission of Bearings Bike Works, Woirol has sought to contribute to their efforts. Specifically, Woirol has helped Bearings Bike Works by donating a Pedego bike to be raffled off at their annual fundraiser. Woirol anticipates increasing her work with Bearings Bike Works and beyond - finding as many outlets as possible to fully integrate herself into the Atlanta community.
"When I moved to Atlanta, I was ready to put down roots, and for me, a big part of that was to find opportunities to engage in the community, While getting up to speed on the biking market in Atlanta, I came across Bearings Bike Works and it seemed like a perfect fit! I love that they focus on kids, provide a safe place to hang out after school and best of all, empower kids to learn, build and earn a bike of their own. We've partnered on several events now, and I look forward to a continued relationship with Bearings. I hope one day to hire a Bearings "graduate" to work at Pedego Atlanta!"
-Kathy Woirol, owner of Pedego Atlanta.
Pedego Electric Bikes, Headquartered in Orange County, California, has built a brand on a complete line of class-leading electric bikes, from cruisers to fat tire trail bikes, an industry leading 5-year warranty and a network of locally-owned dealers available for customization and regular on-site servicing.
Pedego Atlanta is close to many trails and is located on the Atlanta BeltLine, which is a 22-mile rails to trail system around the core of the city. The city also offers many paths and safe city biking lanes.
About Pedego Atlanta
Pedego Atlanta is located at 414 Bill Kennedy Way SE Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30316, and offers e-bikes for rental and purchase, as well as bike mechanic service and professional assembly to suit all Pedego e-biking needs.
About Pedego® Electric Bikes
Founded in 2008, Pedego® is the leading brand of electric bikes in North America. Pedego is famous for premium quality, five-star local service, and an industry leading five year warranty. A complete line of 19 electric bike models are available at over 200 locally-owned Pedego stores that offer sales, rentals, tours, accessories, and service.
NaaS | February 14, 2022
It is commonly said that new energy vehicles (EV) promotes green energy and travel, so then just how much are emissions reduced by EVs, as compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles? Recently, NaaS, one of China's leading new energy operations and technology providers, revealed the answer by enabling the transition from ICEs to EVs and facilitating the aforementioned emissions and carbon reduction, receiving recognition from the international testing agency SGS for the amount of emissions reduced in the process. According to SGS's "Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions on Alternative Traveling by NaaS Electric Vehicles" (the "SGS Assessment Report"), in 2021, NaaS, through the Company's cooperation with Kuaidian and other partners, provided charging services that reduced carbon emissions by 896,800 tons, based on emissions of 661,100 tons versus the 1,557,9000 tons that would have been emitted by traditional ICEs for the same distances travelled.
The SGS Assessment Report relied on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, and the China Certified Emission Reduction (CCER)'s related process and methodologies to make the assessment, and primarily focused on the greenhouse emissions related to EVs that used NaaS' partner Kuaidian's related charging services.
Recently, the global adoption of EVs has reached a breakthrough. In 2021, China's EV sales and penetration rate continues to grow rapidly month on month, and the market has reached a stage of explosive growth. According to statistics from the Public Security Bureau, at the end of 2021, the total number of EVs in China reached 7.84 million, representing 2.6% of all automobiles, and an increase of 59.25% year on year. According to the China Passenger Cars Association (CPCA)'s latest projections, total sales of new EVs is expected to exceed 6 million in 2022, representing a market penetration rate of approximately 22%. In addition, based on the Ouyang Team's analysis and estimates, China's new EV sales will reach between 17 million and 19 million by 2030. In terms of total number of EVs on the road, total EVs in China will reach approximately 100 million by 2030, nearly 200 million by 2035, and nearly 300 million by 2040.
Based on the expected increase in the number of EVs on the road in China, it can be anticipated that the trends driving the transition from ICEs to EVs will continue to strengthen, and bring with it an increasingly strong decarbonization effect. These trends also mean that the market for EV charging services in China have tremendous room for growth and potential for development. NaaS, as an enabler and strong supporter of EV adoption and the government's "Dual Carbon" goals, provides the charging infrastructure and services that enables green energy and travel. NaaS, through the Company's electric charging partners, reliable technology, and strong operational capabilities, will continue to contribute strongly to the decarbonization of transportation services.
As an EV charging operations and technology provider, NaaS services China's fast public charging network by providing software services, hardware and equipment, and integrated technical support, and is a preferred partner within the EV charging industry. NaaS aims to make EV charging more convenient, faster, and the experience better, and enable all members of the industry value chain to improve efficiency and effectiveness. The Company aims to raise the utilization rates of chargers as part of the structural adjustments in China's energy industry, and help realize "Carbon Neutrality" in the process.
SGS is an organization with over 140 years of history in testing, inspection and certification, and is headquartered in Switzerland. SGS is globally recognized for quality and trusted standards assessment. SGS has for six continuous years been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, and for the past three years in the FTSE ESG index. SGS has over 96,000 employees globally in 2,600 related branch organizations and laboratories. In China, SGS' services already cover the apparel and shoe industry, electronics, agriculture, food and beverage, chemicals and petroleum, mining, environmental, transportation and e-commerce industries' upstream and downstream supply chain.
Established in 2019, NaaS is one of China's leading new energy operations and technology providers. NaaS is China's leading comprehensive EV charging service platform and is servicing China's #1 fast charger network with over 175,000 fast chargers. NaaS also offers hardware, software, and technology services and solutions to charger operators and works with all members of the EV charging value chain. NaaS aims to make EV charging easier, better, and more efficient for all stakeholders, and to promote and ensure decarbonization and carbon neutrality throughout the automotive value chain.
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Electreon | May 17, 2022
Electreon (TASE: ELWS.TA), the leading provider of wireless and in-road electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, has signed an agreement of cooperation with the public transportation company Electra Afikim. As part of the agreement, Electreon will provide Electra Afikim with wireless charging infrastructure that will enable simultaneous charging of 30 buses, 24 hours a day. The deal is a result of a call for proposals issued by Israel’s National Public Transportation Authority in the Ministry of Transportation to public transport operators, to procure and establish infrastructure to electrify buses. The ministry was a partner in arranging the parking lot for electric charging with the Rosh HaAyin municipality, and invested about $2.9 million in the project.
As part of the agreement Electreon will provide maintenance, support and operation services for the next 12 years. The cost of the deal is $1.9 million; it will cover the fleet's activity, and includes 30 buses. In addition, Electra Afikim will bear the cost of the electricity. Electra Afikim is the fourth largest bus operator in Israel with roughly 1,400 buses. The municipality of Rosh Hain played a key role in the agreement as part of it policy to promote clean electric transportation in the rapidly growing city
This is the second commercial deal signed by Electreon in Israel. The previous, with Dan bus company in October 2021, and includes the sale of wireless charging services for 200 buses. The company estimates that the Electra Afikim agreement has potential for future expansion, including a significant chance of replication with other operators from Israel and abroad. The deal was done in accordance with the Ministry of Transportation's decision to change the face of public transportation in Israel, as part of its ban on the introduction of polluting buses from 2025.
The support of the Ministry of Transportation is important especially since the ministry is the entity that finances the public transportation activity in Israel, and the entity that approved the use of Electreon’s wireless charging. The approval given will allow Israeli public transportation operators to duplicate the project and quickly promote green transportation in Israel.
“As a leading public transportation company, we are turning towards green energy, Since the transition to electrification depends on the allocation of infrastructure, powerful grid connections and prolonged bureaucracy, we were happy to partner with Electreon, which offers a more cost-effective and accessible alternative to charging electric buses. Electra Afikim already operates 25 electric buses on unique BRT lines in the city of Ashdod as part of a sustainable city project and strives to expand the use of green energy buses. This strategy is in line with Electra Group's sustainable activities on various levels over the past years. We thank the National Public Transport Authority for promoting the agreement as part of its e policy to electrify public transportation."
-Oded Cohen, CEO of Electra Afikim.
Electreon's activity in Israel is in line with the company's business model, as part of its process to promote public transport operators and other commercial fleet operators in the US, Europe, Germany and France with Electreon's strategic partner, the infrastructure company, Vinci.
Over the past weeks Electreon has announced several international deals including: Development agreement for commercial wireless charging projects with Destia, Finland's leading infrastructure services company. As part of the agreement the parties will promote commercial public charging projects in Finland, with trucks and wireless distribution vehicles.
USA - The company announced collaboration with the leading wireless charging research center ASPIRE in Utah. As part of the project, which will be launched this summer, ASPIRE will set up a demonstration of a wireless electric road in their test track. The project will demonstrate the company's system for the U.S. Department of Transportation, additional U.S. authorities and potential customers and partners from across the United States. Jacobs, Electreon’s strategic partner, is engaged in promoting commercial transactions with its various customers to operate bus and truck transportation throughout the U.S. In addition, Jacobs partnered with Ford in the U.S. first electric road project, in which the City of Detroit announced its plans to invest heavily and become a leader in infrastructure for charging electric vehicles while driving.
Sweden - The company recently updated that the Swedish Ministry of Transportation has added a budget of €2 million ($2.17 million) to extend its project in Gotland - the world’s first wireless electric road for trucks and buses. Which will strengthen its position ahead of the tender for the construction of the first 42 km long electric road in Sweden.
“2022 is Electreon’s year of transition from planning, development and construction of supply chains towards large-scale production and sales, The wireless static charging project signed with Electra Afikim is a model that the company intends to replicate in many cities around the world, along with dynamic wireless charging. Electreon continues to significantly increase its production capacity in order to be ready for the rapid construction of projects in the pipeline and future projects.”
-Oren Ezer, CEO of Electreon.
Electreon is the leading provider of wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), providing end-to-end charging infrastructure and services to meet the needs and efficiency demands of shared, public and commercial fleet operators and consumers. The company’s proprietary inductive technology dynamically (while in motion) and statically (while stopped) charges EVs quickly and safely, eliminating range anxiety, lowering total costs of EV ownership, and reducing battery capacity needs—making it one of the most environmentally sustainable, scalable, and compelling charging solutions available today. Electreon works with cities and fleet operators on a charging as a service (CaaS) platform that enables cost-effective electrification of public, commercial, and autonomous fleets for smooth and continuous operation. For more information, visit electreon.com.
About Electra Afikim
\Electra Afikim is the transportation division of the Electra Group, and expresses the vision of the group Electra to establish its position as a leading player in the transportation industry in Israel. Afikim was established in 2008 as part of one of the Ministry of Transportation's reforms that allowed private companies to bid in tenders to operate public transportation clusters. In 2009, the company won the operation of Samaria.cluster, In 2013, it expanded its operations through the acquisition of Veolia Transportation. In 2020. Control of the company was acquired by the Electra Group and about a year later, Electra Afikim acquired Egged Transport Company. Today, the company, which is managed by Oded Cohen, operates about 1,400 buses on about 450 service lines, which operate in five transportation clusters. The company covers about 60 million kilometers and transports more than 60 million passengers a year.