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Microsoft launches new sustainable datacenter region in Sweden next year

Microsoft | November 27, 2020

A year ago, Microsoft revealed its arrangements to extend its cloud reach in Sweden with manageability as their key target. Presently, more than one year later, the organization has affirmed that it's structure its first manageable datacentre district in Sweden in 2021 as a feature of the activities.

This speculation expands on Microsoft's current presence in the nation, which includes solid associations across various areas, for example, the energy, assembling, and retail enterprises. The activity includes building up three maintainable datacentres, which Microsoft says will zero in on conveying Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 and Power Platform across Sweden. It ought to outfit nearby organizations with cutting edge network, information protection, just as security.

“Sweden has long been a leader on the global stage in many areas, including sustainability, innovation and gender equality. It is one of the places in the world where IT and tech have the greatest potential to create new opportunities for the individual, the organization and society. In this time of change, we invest in the digital infrastructure and our Swedish ecosystem to accelerate digital transformation that will empower public and private companies to innovate, providing a strong digital foundation for the country’s future growth,” said Hélène Barnekow, General Manager, Microsoft Sweden.

Alongside the launch of the new datacenter region, the company also plans to partner with 13 local organizations to provide digital skills training to around 150,000 Swedish citizens. The effort is a part of Microsoft’s long term goal to help 25 million people globally to improve their technical competence.

It is important to note that Microsoft Azure is already available in more than 140 countries worldwide with over 65 data center regions, making it the world’s largest cloud infrastructure.

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Heliogen Awarded Exclusive Right to Lease Brenda Solar Energy Zone for Green Hydrogen Production

Heliogen | February 09, 2022

Heliogen, Inc., a leading provider of AI-enabled concentrated solar energy, announced that the United States Bureau of Land Management has awarded the Company the exclusive right to lease land in the Brenda Solar Energy Zone (SEZ). Heliogen intends to develop a green hydrogen facility on the Brenda site, capable of producing approximately 20,000 metric tonnes of hydrogen per year. The Brenda SEZ is situated on 3,343 acres of land in La Paz County, Arizona on the California border. The site has direct access to Interstate 10 for distribution of hydrogen to nearby natural gas pipelines for blending and transport, as well as to the Phoenix metropolitan area and the Port of Los Angeles for domestic and international shipping. The Brenda SEZ is an ideal location for commercial-scale green hydrogen production due to the ample local water supply and its close proximity to potential offtake partners and key distribution channels. We look forward to providing updates on our plans to develop the facility and will leverage our proprietary, AI-enabled concentrated solar power technology to produce cost-effective green hydrogen. We are grateful to the Bureau of Land Management for their support and clarity throughout the process and are looking forward to continuing our work together.” Bill Gross, Chief Executive Officer of Heliogen As previously announced, Heliogen and Bloom Energy successfully generated green hydrogen by integrating the companies’ technologies – Heliogen’s concentrated solar energy system and Bloom Energy’s Electrolyzer. The successful hydrogen production demonstration in Lancaster, California, completed in November 2021, showcased the many benefits of combining the companies’ complementary green power and hydrogen production technologies. Heliogen’s AI-enabled concentrated solar energy system is designed to create non-intermittent, carbon-free steam, electricity, and heat from sunlight. When combined with Bloom Energy’s proprietary solid oxide, high-temperature electrolyzer, hydrogen can be produced 45 percent more efficiently than with low-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and alkaline electrolyzers. Electricity accounts for nearly 80 percent of the cost of hydrogen produced from electrolysis, and by using less electricity, hydrogen production is more economical, accelerating its adoption. In addition, the ability to use heat, which is a much lower cost source of energy than electricity, further improves the economics of green hydrogen production. Project development is one of the many ways Heliogen can support customers looking to deploy its novel solar technology. Heliogen leverages its in-house expertise, led by Chief Commercial Officer Tom Doyle, to develop project sites on behalf of customers who take an owner/operator role. About Heliogen Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company focused on eliminating the need for fossil fuels in heavy industry and powering a sustainable future. The company’s AI-enabled, modular concentrated solar technology aims to cost-effectively deliver near 24/7 carbon-free energy in the form of heat, power, or green hydrogen fuel at scale – for the first time in history. Heliogen was created at Idealab, the leading technology incubator founded by Bill Gross in 1996.

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Major new initiatives to be launched at first ever Green Hydrogen Global Assembly

The Green Hydrogen Global Assembly | May 11, 2022

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Indiana Governor Acknowledges Doral LLC’s $1.5 Billion Mammoth Solar Project During the 2022 State of the State Address

Doral Renewables LLC | January 15, 2022

Indiana Governor, Honorable Eric Holcomb delivered his 2022 State of the State address on Monday. Nick Cohen, President and CEO of Doral LLC was present as the Project was showcased by the Governor. Indiana is leading its Midwestern neighbors in economic success and Mammoth Solar is part of it. The project is being developed in Starke and Pulaski counties in Northwest Indiana and covers 13,000 acres of farmland. During construction, it is expected to provide approximately 500 jobs to area residents. Upon completion, it will generate 1.3 gigawatts of clean renewable energy, enough to power over 200,000 Indiana households annually. The project represents an economic investment of approximately $1.5 billion. “After I visited Tel-Aviv last year, Doral Renewables announced that they were building the largest solar farm in the United States on 13,000 acres in Starke and Pulaski Counties. Eventually, it would generate enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes, all by cultivating the sun. Thank you, Nick (Doral LLC’s President and CEO), for your confidence and an incredible investment in the state of Indiana and our people,” said Governor Holcomb during his address. Governor Holcomb, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and the people in Starke and Pulaski counties support of this project has been very strong. Indiana is a leader in the energy sector. Its effort to form the strongest industry cluster is working. Farmers and rural communities are seeing a revitalization as jobs, reduced taxes and millions in new revenue are delivered to the residents of the counties as a result of solar.” Nick Cohen, President and CEO of Doral LLC About Doral Renewables LLC (Doral LLC) Doral LLC was founded in 2019 as a joint venture between Doral Group and Clean Air Generation. Doral LLC currently has over 6 gigawatts of projects under development and over 30,000 acres of land control, mainly in Midwest and Mid-Atlantic U.S. The management team of Doral LLC includes experienced multidisciplinary individuals who worked together for many years in the renewables industry in the US.

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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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