LG&E and KU file for approval of three solar energy contracts

Daily Energy Insider | January 27, 2020

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU) filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission on Jan. 23 for the approval of three solar energy agreements in Kentucky. The filing includes a renewable power agreement with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., which operates the largest Toyota manufacturing facility in the world in Georgetown. It also includes a contract with Dow, which operates a silicones manufacturing facility in Carrollton. Additionally, it includes a power purchase agreement with Rhudes Creek Solar, LLC, a wholly owned entity of ibV Energy Partners, for the energy generated by a new 100 MW solar facility to be built in Hardin County.

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West Hartford mayor Shari Cantor flipped the switch to power its newest rooftop solar PV project. This project will provide a sustainable, green, renewable source of power for 20% of Town Hall's annual electric use. This project is one of about a dozen solar projects (both large and small) installed on many of the town and school buildings. It represents one more step in West Hartford's overall commitment and vision for a clean energy future for our community, state, and world beyond.


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SUSTAINABILITY

Brightcore Energy Appoints Lauren Hildebrand as Vice President, Client Sustainability

Brightcore Energy | January 27, 2022

Brightcore Energy, a leading provider of end-to-end clean energy solutions to the commercial and institutional market, announced the appointment of Lauren Hildebrand to the newly created role of Vice President, Client Sustainability. Brightcore Energy is extremely excited to have Lauren Hildebrand join our team. She will bring critical knowledge to our strategic clients to enable them to meet building electrification and decarbonization goals.” Mike Richter, President of Brightcore Energy In her role as Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Lauren focused on sustainable and high performance residential and commercial building design, construction, renovation, and operation. Her expertise includes sustainable design, indoor air quality & energy performance testing, and project certification for both commercial and residential programs. With more than 16 years of experience, Lauren has also had true engagement in contractor training, building materials selection, energy code compliance, and incentive programs. “I am thrilled to join the Brightcore family at such a transformative time in our push towards building electrification and decarbonization,” Lauren said. “I look forward to helping our clients find the most practical, economic and efficient turnkey solutions in order to succeed in meeting their sustainability goals.” She has worked with green building certification programs since 2008, overseeing certification and consulting services for over 15,000 homes and multifamily units. Lauren is an accredited LEED AP BD+C, LEED for Homes Green Rater and WELL Performance Testing Agent, and has overseen project certification for residential programs, such as LEED, ENERGY STAR, NYSERDA, NJ Clean Energy, and Enterprise Green Communities. Awards presented to her clients include the 2013, 2018, 2019 and 2020 USGBC LEED Project of the Year Awards, 2018 Outstanding Multi-Family Developer, 2017 LEED Power Builder, and more. She also presents at events and conferences around the Northeast, such as the NYS Green Building Conference, NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Conferences, North American Passive House Conference, and more. About Brightcore Energy Brightcore Energy accelerates the deployment of proven energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies through its innovative Clean-Energy-as-a-Service model that requires no capital investment and provides for immediate operating cost savings, making it affordable and seamless for businesses and institutional buildings to quickly and easily transition their legacy energy platforms to significantly more efficient ones. Brightcore’s end-to-end clean energy solutions include LED lighting conversions, commercial and community solar, high-efficiency renewable heating and cooling (geothermal), electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery storage. Customers include Madison Square Garden, Citi Field, Montefiore Health System, Brookfield Properties, SL Green, LAZ Parking and numerous public and private educational institutions.

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Xinhua Silk Road: Seraphim completes 72MW PV module production for Citicore

Xinhua Silk Road | March 31, 2022

Seraphim Energy Group Co., Ltd. (Seraphim), a leading global solar product manufacturer, has recently completed PV module deliveries of 72 MW to Citicore Power Inc. (Citicore), a well-known community-focused renewable energy company in the Philippines. According to Seraphim, Citicore placed an order for up to 72 MW of its monofacial modules with a maximum power output of up to 540/545W in July 2021. The PV modules were scheduled to be delivered between October 2021 and January 2022 while the official commission date is estimated to be October 2022. "This is an important solar industry procurement deal which is a testimony to Seraphim's exponential growth in the Philippines, The Philippines is well positioned for solar energy in terms of geography as it enjoys abundant sunlight, and with reliable local partners, we have already shipped over 200MW solar modules in the past two years. I believe that this cooperation with Citicore will help us further increase our strength in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia as a whole" - Polaris Li, president of Seraphim. Seraphim has specialized in research, development, production, innovation and sales of PV products since its foundation in 2011. To date, more than 14GW Seraphim's products have been installed in over 40 countries worldwide. At present, Citicore is one of the leading players in the solar energy space of the Philippines with a combined installed generating capacity of 170 MW. Citicore produces clean and pure renewable energy straight from the solar generation plants across the Philippines through Citicore Renewable Energy Corporation (CREC).

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Innovative Quidnet Energy Storage Technology Specifically Designed to Prevent Texas-Type Grid Failures

Quidnet Energy | February 19, 2021

Company’s Modular Pumped Hydro Solution Highlighted This Week on 60 Minutes, Forbes and USA Today Houston, TX - Quidnet Energy today said that on its current development trajectory, its low cost, modular, long duration energy storage technology could be installed across the Texas system in as few as three-five years to prevent failures such as witnessed the third week of February when a polar vortex froze the grid. The company is already developing two projects in the Lone Star State as well as in Ohio and New York. Quidnet’s Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS) technology stores excess power when electricity demand is low and saves it to be released to the grid over long periods of time when generators can’t keep up with demand such as this week in Texas. Quidnet was launched in 2016 and is rapidly scaling to deploy this storage technology. It is being widely embraced for its potential as a game changer for maintaining electric reliability in the new world of variable output renewable energy. The company receives support from the US Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research Development Authority, Evok Innovations, Trafigura and Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures climate change focused fund. Quidnet pumps water underground and stores it in-between layers of shale. The natural elasticity of the rock performs like a spring and holds the water under pressure until it is needed, at which time it is released through a hydroelectric turbine to produce electricity to send back to the grid. The system is closed loop and the primary components of the process are water, clay, and natural salts. The entire process is powered by excess grid electricity. Because the majority of the process is subsurface, there is relatively minor land disturbance (well head, pump and generator building, holding pond), allowing farmers and landowners to generate significant new lease revenue with minor impact. Quidnet utilizes many of the same subsurface knowledge, workforce, and supply chains as the O&G industry, making it a perfect opportunity to re-channel thousands of displaced workers—and the supply chains they operate--toward accelerating a green energy future. Early resource investigations project sufficient North American shale resources to provide 2-4 times the long duration energy storage needed by the grid at less than half the projected cost of Li-ion batteries and other leading solutions. “The very talented, dedicated and rapidly-growing Quidnet team is hyper-focused on the imperative to ensure a reliable energy transition” said Joe Zhou, Quidnet CEO. “We are committed to being a major part of the solution.” To view the 60 Minutes, Forbes and USA Today clips and learn more about Quidnet, please visit www.quidnetenergy.com. About Quidnet Energy Based in Houston, Texas with offices in San Francisco and Saratoga Springs, Quidnet’s patented GPS technology utilizes excess renewable energy to store water beneath ground under pressure. When renewable energy is not producing this pressurized water drives hydroelectric turbines producing electricity to support the grid at a fraction of the cost of Li-ion and for much longer duration. Quidnet’s technology is an adaptation of centuries-old gravity-powered “pumped storage,” but without the massive land requirements and reliance on elevated terrain. Please visit www.quidnetenergy.com Contact: Steve Sullivan (518) 441-7272 sullivan@quidnetenergy.com

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Alternative Curbside Collection Startup newBin Partners with Kwik BagIt on Washable/Reusable Recycling Bag System

newBin | April 13, 2022

newBin, the first free on-demand recycling service to collect any and all types of plastics, is partnering with Saskatchewan-based Kwik BagIt Products International Inc. to jointly develop a market for the "Kwik BagIt Closed – Loop Rewards Recycling System" in the United States (provisional patent pending), furthering the companies' joint commitment to solve the global plastic waste crisis. "In our quest to revolutionize recycling by dramatically improving our practices regarding proper recycling and waste management, Kwik BagIt is a great partner, Working with Kwik BagIt, allows us to motivate households to replace single-use plastic recycling bags that cause problems for recycling equipment and unnecessarily fill up landfills." -Mitch Hecht, Founder and CEO of newBin. newBin and Kwik BagIt will work together to jointly market the washable/reusable recycling bag system made from recycled "rPET" through newBin's alternative and revolutionary curbside on-demand recycling collection system launching this summer with neighborhood collections, at homes, offices, restaurants, medical facilities, shoreline cleanups and outdoor college events. "As an innovator, I am always on the lookout and thinking about the next best and big opportunity, and when I met Mitch, I was so excited that I finally found the right, like-minded individual who has the same passion to improve our recycling practices and achieve Zero Plastic by 2025 as mandated in the US Plastic Pact., Right now, billions of pounds of the 6 different types of valuable plastics are not being recycled properly in the curbside programs and material recovery facilities, or "MRF's", struggle to recycle less than 10% of what we put into the containers resulting in unnecessary waste material that is littering our planet and filling up our already overflowing landfills. The Kwik BagIt System will significantly reduce the volume of single-use plastic bags that can take up to 100 years decompose and can enter the water supply, where they break down and are eaten by plankton, fish, and wildlife which can result in health issues for humans and a threat to the overall environment. Together, with newBin we can get our eco-friendly bags to the public, improve recycling practices, and reach our sustainability goals." -Harold Sokyrka, Founder and CEO of Kwik BagIt. The newBin app will let users schedule recycling pickup at their convenience and earn digital rewards that can be redeemed for goods and services with participating partners. newBin's vision is to offer simple, no-sort, free-of-charge, recycling of all plastics that incentivizes Americans to recycle more. A crowdfunding campaign for newBin, currently underway, offers an opportunity for investors, both large and small, to share in newBin's mission to stop waste plastic piling up in landfills, parks, and waterways. Participants in the crowdfunding enjoy direct ownership in the recycling startup. ABOUT NEWBIN newBin is on a mission to stop plastic waste that is piling up in our parks and our waterways. The newBin app will let users schedule recycling pickup at their convenience and earn Eco Rewards for discounts at local stores. newBin will offer simple, no-sorting recycling that incentivizes Americans to recycle more. ABOUT KWIK BAGIT KwikBagIt has been selling sustainable products in Canada since 2017 with a mission to improve the inferior products that are cumbersome and difficult to use. The "Yard Pal Bag Holder" is "making the task easier" when trying to keep a bag open while filling it. The company is introducing the "Kwik BagIt Closed -Loop Rewards Recycling System" this year which will reward households and non-profit groups for collecting the six types of valuable plastics, aluminum and metal cans that every household throws away daily. The "System" is retrieving over 80% of quality materials and shows the householder how to eliminate contamination and co-mingling of materials, compared to the current rates of less than 10% that material recovery facilties are struggling to achieve.

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West Hartford mayor Shari Cantor flipped the switch to power its newest rooftop solar PV project. This project will provide a sustainable, green, renewable source of power for 20% of Town Hall's annual electric use. This project is one of about a dozen solar projects (both large and small) installed on many of the town and school buildings. It represents one more step in West Hartford's overall commitment and vision for a clean energy future for our community, state, and world beyond.

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