SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Simi Valley celebrated the energization of a city-wide solar program during a ribbon cutting event at the Simi Valley Police Department yesterday. The Police Department is one of five City locations with new rooftop solar, solar ground mount, and solar canopy parking structures that is now generating enough clean, renewable energy to power one third of all City facilities.

Through a long-term relationship with a Pasadena-based team from OpTerra Energy Services, Simi Valley held the community event to showcase the 2.2MW of solar that was recently completed. Regional leaders from the Ventura County Office of Education, and other local elected officials attended in support of the impactful energy project, which is expected to save the City $15.5 million in energy savings over the first 20 years of production.

Energizing Long-Term Success
As a result of Simi Valley's solar and site modernization plan across five community sites, the City of Simi Valley is set to accomplish the following:

  • $15.5MM in expected net savings over the 20-year program life, and $1.3 million per year thereafter
  • 2.2 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity at 5 sites, including City Hall, the Police Department, the Public Library, the Senior Center, and the Water Quality Control Plant
  • 1/3 of the City's energy will be supplied by clean, solar generation
  • 2,450 metric tons in CO2 emissions eliminated per year, the equivalent to removing 518 cars from the road
  • 15 internships created for Simi Valley high school students to give them real world experience in energy and STEM careers, aligned with the implementation of the solar project

Simi Valley Conserves
In addition to the successful solar implementation project, the partnership between the City of Simi Valley and OpTerra encompasses an energy conservation awareness program called Simi Valley Conserves. Over the solar program development in 2017, Simi Valley Conserves helped build workforce capacity in clean tech and energy by training and hiring 15 Simi Valley Unified School District senior high school students as Energy Ambassadors.

As Mayor Bob Huber shared during the event, "Along with our successful solar program this year, we are also very proud of our high school Energy Ambassadors who helped educate our residents about easy steps we can all take to be more sustainable with our resources – helping to save Simi Valley households financially as well. As a result of Simi Valley Conserves, these hardworking students engaged community members at 80 events and helped organize energy consultations for 280 homes." 

Showcasing Leadership in Ventura County
During Wednesday's site energization celebration, local elected officials and regional stakeholders commended the City leadership for continuing its track record of ongoing sustainability programs aligned with upgrades to civic spaces.

John Mahoney, President and CEO of OpTerra Energy Services, stated, "Through a successful, united partnership, the City of Simi Valley and OpTerra have achieved a fiscally and environmentally advantageous program that will have long-term positive economic and human impact in the community. OpTerra is proud to recognize Simi Valley's leadership as a steward of taxpayer dollars in Ventura County, integrating long-term energy savings projects into plans to improve public services, as well as prioritizing the build-out of a successful student internship program tied to the energy work."

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About OpTerra Energy Services:
OpTerra Energy Services is a national energy company that works with education, local government, commercial, industrial, and institutional organizations to implement efficiency and sustainable energy solutions that save money, enhance safety, improve assets, and protect the environment. As a subsidiary of ENGIE, the number one energy efficiency services provider in the world, OpTerra Energy Services provides a unique and extensive set of energy and sustainability management services to thousands of customers across the U.S. The company has provided more than $2 billion in energy savings for its customers over the past 40 years. For more information, please visit or contact Lani Wild, Communications Manager, at 415-735-9080.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar-technology manufacturer for more than 42 years, commended today’s 4-0, bipartisan vote of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that determined a surge of imports has seriously injured the domestic solar cell and panel manufacturing industry.

The determination means that the underlying Section 201 case will move into a remedy phase. SolarWorld and Suniva Inc. are co-petitioners in the case.

“On behalf of the entire solar cell and panel manufacturing industry, we welcome this important step toward securing relief from a surge of imports that has idled and shuttered dozens of factories, leaving thousands of workers without jobs,” said Juergen Stein, CEO and president of SolarWorld Americas. “In the remedy phase of the process, we will strive to help fashion a remedy that will put the U.S. industry as a whole back on a growth path. We will continue to invite the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and our industry partners to work on good solutions for the entire industry. It is time for the industry to come together to strengthen American solar manufacturing for the long term.”

Nearly 30 U.S. solar-panel producers ceased manufacturing operations from 2012 to 2016, the period of investigation in the case, according to ITC figures. During this period, global imports increased nearly five-fold. This surge was led by China, whose imports rose by more than 700 percent, according to International Trade Commission data.

The ITC will now conduct the remedy phase, including a hearing on Oct. 3 and a recommendation to the President on Nov. 13. President Trump then will have about two months to adopt that recommendation or another remedy.

About SolarWorld REAL VALUE: SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, produces and sells high-tech solar power solutions and, in doing so, contributes to a cleaner energy supply throughout the Americas. The company maintains 430 megawatts of annual capacity to produce solar cells and 550 MW of capacity to manufacture solar modules. The company’s brand stands for a proven track record of quality and reliability, and SolarWorld is the only producer whose industrial lineage has outlived its products’ 25- and 30-year performance guarantees. SolarWorld upholds high social standards and commits itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. With its program Solar2World, the company supports the expansion of solar power in developing countries in Latin America. Connect with SolarWorld on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and

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MUNICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The global PV demand is still dominated by China. EnergyTrend estimates its cumulative installed solar capacity to hit 125 GW by the end of 2017. China, the U.S., India and Japan represent 75% of the world’s entire solar installation capacity for the year 2017. The total global installed PV capacity will exceed 400 GW in 2018, nearly 1 TW total installed solar power is possible by 2021. India alone plans to reach 100 GW of PV by 2022.

Are the GCC ready to join the global solar market leaders?

In 2016, the MENAT countries together only reached a total PV capacity of 3.2 GW, but with an expected installed PV capacity of 32,5 GW by 2022 according to German research company Apricum. This means a tenfold increase, or an annual addition of 6 GW PV.

A number of impressive PV projects have to be implemented to keep up with the global leaders. Saudi Arabia is clearly the next big market. The country keeps its plans for additional 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2030. Jordan and Egypt are on their path and also getting financial aids from international Banks hoping to complete.

According to former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Prof. Eicke Weber, financing is the biggest challenge in the PV sector, “because there is lots of talk, but the result is a lot of projects are on standby, because of the lack of financial interest. The other problem is that everyone wants to use local production, but it has yet to get going, which slows down the projects”, says Prof. Weber, who will open the second Intersolar Middle East 2017 conference in Dubai.

With more than 80 representatives from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), First Abu Dhabi Bank, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and global players as ABB and Siemens, the Zayed Future Energy Laureate Prof. Weber discusses solutions to get a perceivable and influential part of the global solar share.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Foss & Company, a national institutional investment management firm, has launched the Foss Renewable Energy Partners fund combined with, a technology platform intended to simplify and standardize the investment analyses and underwriting process. The new solution provides streamlined access to renewable energy tax credits for institutional investors and equity capital for renewable energy/solar developers.

Foss Renewable Energy Partners, LLC, will optimize the tax equity investment process for renewable energy developers by arranging financing for commercial and industrial solar projects through Foss & Company will leverage the information provided by solar developers on and monetize the tax credits produced through the fund, allowing institutional corporate investors to reallocate funds otherwise intended to satisfy federal tax liability, earn new revenue through return on invested capital and gain quantifiable results for corporate sustainability goals.

“The goal of Foss Renewable Energy Partners, LLC, and is to create an opportunity for institutional investors and large corporations to gain access to more quality renewable energy projects. As the asset manager, Foss Renewable Energy Partners underwrites the projects and takes them through the closing process in an efficient manner,” said George Barry, President, Foss & Company. “Most organizations don’t have the deep industry expertise to target, vet and structure such investments. Our new fund and solves this problem by allowing more investor capital to flow to quality energy projects.”

“Currently, many renewable energy and solar developers are having a difficult time finding tax credit equity financing and many large corporations don’t understand the positive impact such investments can have on their tax liability, earnings and environmental sustainability,” said Stephen Tracy, a partner with Novogradac & Company LLP. “Through the creation of this renewable energy financing platform, Foss & Company is looking to provide an efficient source of equity capital for developers and ample investment opportunities for corporate investors.”

About Foss & Company

Foss & Company is a national institutional investment management firm founded in 1983. The company has deployed over $5 Billion in cash equity from institutional investors including national insurance companies and large corporations. Foss & Company provides its investors with a broad array of tax credit programs combined with the most efficient implementation available in the tax credit marketplace. To date the company has focused on traditional affordable housing credit and more narrowly focused historic and brownfield credit programs. The firm has now expanded its reach into the renewable energy market through Foss Renewable Energy Partners, LLC. For more information, visit

This release is available for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer or sale or any form of general solicitation or general advertising of interests in any fund or investment vehicle managed directly or indirectly by Foss and Company. Any such offer will only be made in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws pursuant to an offering memorandum and related offering documents which will be provided to qualified prospective investors upon request. Prospective investors should review a Fund’s offering memorandum carefully, which includes important disclosures and risk factors associated with an investment in a Fund. In addition, prospective investors are encouraged to consult with their financial, tax, accounting or other advisors to determine whether an investment in a Fund is suitable for them.

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NEW DELHI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, has announced that it has commissioned the final phase of its 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The 50 MW project is spread across 300+ acres of land.

Azure Power will provide power for 25 years at a tariff of INR 4.78 (~US$ 0.07) per kWh to NTPC, the largest power utility of the Government of India. NTPC received a AAA debt rating from CRISIL, a Standard & Poor’s Company. Azure Power secured the 50 MW PPA through an auction under the National Solar Mission Phase II, Batch-II Tranche I.

Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India and has a large peak energy supply deficit, according to the Central Electricity Authority. In addition, CRISIL projects that over 10 million unelectrified households will be connected by 2019. Azure Power is one the largest solar developers in Uttar Pradesh and built the first utility scale solar project in Uttar Pradesh in 2015.

Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “With the commissioning of this plant, we have once again demonstrated our strong project development, engineering, and execution capabilities. We are delighted to make a contribution towards the realization of our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s commitment towards clean and green energy, through solar power generation. Our sincere gratitude to NTPC and the state of Uttar Pradesh for all the cooperation and support extended.”

About Azure Power

Azure Power (NYSE::AZRE) is a leading solar power producer in India with a portfolio of over 1,000 MWs across 22 states/union territories. With over 150 MWs of high quality solar rooftop assets, the company has one of the largest rooftop portfolios in the country. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale to rooftop, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.

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    LAKE ELMO, MN, September 22, 2017 -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Nang Tri Tran, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Tran celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Nang Tran received his PhD in solid state materials and device physics from Osaka Prefecture University in Japan in 1979 and did his postdoctoral research at Harvard University and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Tran has spent 28 years in industry working on thin film solar cells, transparent conducting oxides, medical electronics, and data storage. His main technical achievements are the co-invention of a direct x-ray digital radiography detector, a major breakthrough for digital mammography in 1990, and the co-invention of transparent conducting ZnO film doped with group III elements in 1983. At present, most of the commercial thin film photovoltaic solar modules have at least one layer of this oxide in the device configuration.

During his tenure with the industry, Dr. Tran was instrumental in winning funding for several multimillion-dollar research projects and brought in multimillion-dollar licensing royalties to companies based on his inventions. He was also an invited speaker, a committee member of international conferences, and a lecturer at seminars and workshops. Dr. Tran currently serves as an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota, and has served as a visiting professor at universities in Vietnam and Japan. He has received more than 62 patents. Products based on his inventions have received many awards, including the prestigious Research and Development 100, Photonic Circle of Excellence. Dr. Tran was also the co-founder of Ecosolar International, a consulting company on solar energy, thin films, teleradiography, and water filtration systems.

Dr. Tran is a senior life member of the IEEE, and was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who in Finance and Business.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Tran has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at

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LISHUI, China, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tantech Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: TANH) (the "Company" or "Tantech"), a leading clean energy company in China, announced today that its 70% owned subsidiary, Suzhou E Motors Buses Co., Ltd., has signed sales contracts worth approximately $20 million (RMB128.8 million) for its electric vans and buses.

According to two separate contracts dated September 21, 2017 with Zhenjiang Baichuan New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. (the "Buyer"), the Buyer will purchase 450 all-electric vans (ZQK6810EV6) and 10 all-electric buses (ZQK6810EV8) from Tantech, with a projected unit sales price of RMB 280,000 (or US$43,077). The unit sales price excludes Chinese government subsidies for electric car sales that Tantech may be eligible to receive. The Buyer has made an earnest money deposit to lock in price and must pay approximately 30% of the total purchase amount by November 1, 2017 to move forward with the purchase, and the buyer will pay the balance at delivery. The Company is targeting to deliver the order the end of 2017.

As previously announced In July, Tantech's all-electric van (ZQK6810EV6) and all-electric bus (ZQK6810EV8) were both approved for sale by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ("MIIT"). The van, specially designed for airports and tourist attractions, can carry as many as 34 passengers. The bus, developed to satisfy demand for urban public transportation, can carry 46 passengers. Both vehicles are expected to deliver a driving range of 250 km, or 155 miles per charge.

"China today is already the world's largest market for new energy vehicles (NEVs), and Tantech is committed to contributing to further development of electric vehicles in the country." commented by Mr. Zhengyu Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tantech, "We have been devoting our corporate efforts to building a more environmentally friendly world. In addition to manufacturing a series of bamboo charcoal products, Tantech has entered the electric vehicle industry through the recent acquisition of Suzhou E Motor. This new sales contract, along with the recent MIIT approval of two of our EV models, laid a solid foundation for us to gain market share in the fast growing Chinese EV segment."

China is the world's largest market for automobiles, with over 28 million vehicles sold in 2016, a number that is expected to top 40 million per year by mid-2020. The rapid development of China's car market has brought serious environment problems, with about a quarter of PM2.5 or fine particles of dust smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that are hazardous to human health, in Chinese big cities coming from internal combustion engines.

To combat this growth in pollution, China has worked to develop its electric vehicle market through incentives as it works to cut its carbon emissions. Last year China sold about 500,000 alternative energy vehicles, accounting for almost half of the global sales of such vehicles.

Speaking at an auto forum earlier this month, Mr. Guobin Xin, China's Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology said that Chinese regulators are working to come up with a timeline for phasing out the sales and production of fossil fuel cars.

Mr. Wang is optimistic about the impact of such trends on China's green carmakers and noted that Tantech is in talks with other clients over electric vehicle sales and hopes to enter more purchase agreements in the near future. Over the long run, Tantech will continue to accelerate research and development efforts to enhance the Company's competitiveness in China's promising electric vehicle market.

About Tantech Holdings Ltd.

Established in 2001 and headquartered in Lishui City, Zhejiang Province, China, Tantech Holdings Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops and manufactures bamboo-based charcoal products, including a variety of branded consumer products and electric double-layer capacitor ("EDLC") carbon products for industrial energy applications. The Company aims to transform itself from a bamboo-based charcoal products producer to a vertically integrated company along the EDLC Carbon - power battery - specialty new energy vehicle value chain. For more information please visit:

About Suzhou E Motors Co., Ltd.

Established in April 2011 Suzhou E Motors Co., Ltd. ("Suzhou E Motors") is an innovative leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of electric vehicles ("EVs"). With outstanding quality and reliable battery production, our system enables to effectively integrate renewable and conventional energy sources across all our product lines. Suzhou E Motors offers a wide range of EVs, including urban sanitary vehicles, electric logistics vehicles and mini tourist buses with current annual capacity of approximately 5,000 EVs. For more information please visit:

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PLANO, Texas, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything is bigger in Texas. Everything, that is, except Toyota's environmental footprint. 

Toyota Motor North America's (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano, Texas has officially achieved LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Jonathan Kraatz, executive director, USGBC Texas Chapter, presented the prized Platinum plaque to Jim Lentz, TMNA president and chief executive officer, today at the new campus. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

"At Toyota, we have a longstanding commitment to sustainability and preserving our natural resources," said Lentz. "With the installation of greenspaces, thousands of solar panels, a massive rain water capture system, and natural light wells, we have designed our new headquarters to reflect the local habitat and enhance its biodiversity. Recognition as a LEED Platinum facility is a testament of our efforts to become a model for energy efficiency and sustainability, and speaks to our challenge to ourselves to create a net positive impact on the planet by 2050."

"USGBC is proud to award LEED Platinum to Toyota, for their thoughtfulness in their campus energy planning and space design as well as the overall net positive impact on the community and environment," said Kraatz. "Our mission at USGBC has challenged organizations to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Toyota's new Texas campus is a great example of what can be accomplished with the right leadership."

The state-of-the-art, 100-acre campus boasts a Platinum-sized list of sustainability aspects, from renewable energy to drought resistant landscaping:  

Renewable Energy

  • Largest onsite corporate solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas
  • 8.79-Megawatt solar power system, designed and installed by SunPower Corp.
  • Produces up to 33 percent of daily electric needs for headquarters campus
  • Reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 7,198 metric tons
  • Creates enough energy to power 1,200 average US homes for a year
  • Installation of high efficiency lighting and building envelopes to reduce energy usage on campus
  • Specialized rooftop design teeming with plant life to manage rainwater, reduce heat and further insulate the buildings
  • Flexible energy contract to preserve and resell excess power generation back to the grid
  • Grid energy offset by Texas wind farm renewable energy credits

Repurposed Rainwater

  • State-of-the-art rainwater capture system will provide up to three months of water supply for irrigation use
  • Cistern water storage with a capacity to hold 400,000 gallons of harvested rain water
  • Estimated to save more than 11 million gallons of potable (drinking) water annually
  • Excess drain water will be collected and repurposed for sanitary facility use


  • More than 99 percent of the construction waste was recycled
  • Construction waste was sorted offsite at North Texas' first Construction and Demolition waste processing facility

Sustainable Landscaping

  • Exterior landscaping features drought-tolerant, North Texas indigenous plants like savannah, oaklands and wildflower meadows
  • Campus landscape will provide a natural habitat for endangered pollinators and monarch butterflies
  • Approximately 1,300 trees planted onsite by Toyota
  • More than 80 mature trees saved or relocated onsite, including a 100-year-old oak tree
  • Landscaping will be managed without expensive mowing, fertilizers, chemicals or artificial irrigation
  • Historic wetlands on the northeast corner of the campus were preserved to protect its natural state

Professionals who led this project include a host of Dallas-based firms: KDC Real Estate Development & Investments to develop and build the campus, architect Corgan Associates to design the campus, and Austin Commercial to manage the construction.

In late 2015, Toyota Motor Corporation announced the 2050 Toyota Environmental Challenge, a set of ambitious environmental goals to reach beyond net zero, and create a net positive impact on the planet. To learn more, please visit

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society's most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit 

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BEIJING, Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanergy Holding Group, China's largest thin-film solar cell manufacturer, announced the signing of a strategic agreement with bike-sharing company MTbike. Under the partnership, Hanergy will integrate thin-film solar panels into the body of over ten million bicycles in the next three years to meet the electricity demand of their smart lock systems. The total value of the agreement will reach over 300 million RMB. Other than MTbike, Hanergy previously also signed similar partnership with Mobike and 99 Bicycle, two other major industry players.

Hanergy’s thin-film solar panels used in shared bicycles
Hanergy’s thin-film solar panels used in shared bicycles

"Mobile solar energy applied to the sharing economy has huge potential to transform the transportation industry and many others," said Hanergy chairman Li Hejun. "With Hanergy's global leading thin-film technology and world-class R&D capability, we are well-positioned to provide convenient and efficient mobile energy solutions to China's rapidly growing bike-sharing industry."

Other than the cooperation with MTbike, Hanergy also worked with other major players. Under the agreement with Mobike, in addition to supplying high-efficiency thin-film solar panels, Hanergy and Mobike will also set up a joint lab to develop mobile energy and "internet of energy" technologies. With 99 Bicycle, Hanergy will help the company to produce over 5 million bikes with using Hanergy panels over the next two years.

The thin-film solar panels developed by Hanergy are thin, light, flexible and resilient with higher conversion rates compared with crystalline silicon solar cells, which makes them an ideal power source for shared bikes and other mobile energy applications. Other than providing electricity for the smart locks, the panels will also be the power source for MTbike's other technologies, such as smart handlebars and motor locks installed in the bikes in the future. 

To meet the particular needs of shared bikes, such as high-frequency usage and long-time exposure to open air, Hanergy developed special thin-film panels which can operate normally under extreme situations including heavy vibrations from rough roads and crashes, as well as heavy rain.

The panels used for the shared bikes have passed "gunshot tests" conducted in Hanergy's laboratory in the U.S., in which the panels are shot by rifles three times to ensure their durability.

Hanergy's light weight, flexible, thin-film solar panels are well suited to generate power for a wide range of transportation applications. Hanergy Thin Film Power signed an agreement with Audi to jointly introduce integrated thin-film solar cells in the panoramic roofs of Audi models. The innovative solution will prolong endurance mileage by feeding solar energy into the internal vehicle electrical system - including air conditioning and other electrical appliances.

According to the 2016 Global New Energy Development Report issued by China's All Federation of Industrial and Commercial's New Energy Commerce Chamber, the total value of the global mobile energy market could reach 7.4 trillion RMB by 2020. Hanergy's leading thin-film solar products are exempt from anti-dumping duties, and are well positioned to support emerging mobile energy applications in China and the world. 

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NEW DELHI, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, has brought its latest 1500V string and central PV inverters as well as commercial string inverters at the Renewable Energy India Expo 2017 in Greater Noida, India. This show, also known as REI Expo, is the must-attend new energy event in India where demands for 1500V products has risen sharply, and Sungrow has shipped over 121MW of 1500V turnkey stations.

Sungrow REI Booth
Sungrow REI Booth

The SG125HV, the world's most powerful 1500Vdc string inverter rated at 125kW, is proved to work stably in full power operation without derating at 50 degrees Celsius, maximizing the return on investment for project owners. This 1500Vdc string inverter enables up to 5 MW power block design.

Also on show is a sample model of SG2500HV, a 1500V turnkey station, which features high efficiency, energy conservation, and the ability to adapt with severe environments like high temperature, high humidity and high altitude, while its maximum power can still reach 98.8% in most of conditions.

Besides, Sungrow exhibits commercial string inverter SG80KTL designed for large-scale commercial applications. It is best characterized by the maximum efficiency of 98.9% and full power operation without derating at 50 degree Celsius.

"At a time when the 1500V technologies will soon become the mainstream, Sungrow has provided mature solutions for customers in need. So far, we have shipped over 121MW of 1500V turnkey stations to India. We believe these products will significantly lift the power yields and profits for our customers in India", said Professor Renxian Cao, president of Sungrow.

About Sungrow

Sungrow is a global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables with over 49GW installed worldwide as of June 2017. Founded in 1997 by University Professor Renxian Cao, Sungrow is a global leader in research and development in solar inverters, with numerous patents and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter systems and ESS for utility-scale, commercial and residential applications. With a 20-year track record of growth and success, Sungrow's products are available in over 50 countries, maintaining a market share of around 25% in Germany and over 15% globally.

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SHANGHAI, Sept.  22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the PV industry, today announced that it supplied 28.2 MW dc of its solar PV modules to Swinerton Renewable Energy, for the construction of the Jacumba Solar Project.

Located in San Diego County, California, the Jacumba Solar Project consists of more than 80,000 JinkoSolar 1500 volt monocrystalline PERC modules. The project was energized in early August, seven months after it was acquired by BayWa r.e in late 2016. Swinerton Renewable Energy provided engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for the project.

"JinkoSolar has worked tirelessly to build and maintain its reputation as the most reliable module supplier in the utility market," said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. "Swinerton's decision to select Jinko for a project with an aggressive schedule is a testament to our ability to deliver on-time."

"Our continued partnership with JinkoSolar, a trusted solar provider in our industry, helped us deliver this project on-time and on-budget, providing maximum value to our client, BayWa r.e.," said George Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy. "This value is passed on to the larger U.S. economy, creating jobs and stimulating the local economies in which we work."

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial, and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 6.0 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4.5 GW for solar cells, and 7.5 GW for solar modules, as of June 30, 2017.

JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 8 production facilities in China (5), Malaysia, Portugal, and South Africa; 16 overseas subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates; and 18 global sales offices in China (2), United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico.

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About Swinerton Renewable Energy

Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) offers engineering, procurement, construction, and SOLV® services for solar photovoltaic plants throughout North America to a diverse range of clients. Over 125 years of building landmark projects, Swinerton has forged a reputation for unsurpassed safety, workmanship, on-time delivery, and customer satisfaction. Today, our team takes pride in building cost-effective solar systems that will generate reliable, clean power for many years to come. SRE has delivered over 2.5 GW of solar projects and our SOLV team manages over 4 GW of PV plants. Learn more about Swinerton Renewable Energy at

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In China:
Mr. Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21-5183-3056
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MUNICH, September 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Wirecard handles payment processing for online shop of Webasto 

The payment expert Wirecard supports payment processing for the new online shop of Webasto, a global systems partner for virtually all automotive manufacturers. Electric vehicle charging solutions have recently been made available to buy from the Webasto online shop. As part of the collaboration, the leading global payment service provider Wirecard is integrating four payment types - Visa/Mastercard, iDeal, SOFORT transfers and PayPal - into the web shop, thereby covering the major national and international payment methods.

The trend towards using renewable energy and alternative drivetrains in the automotive sector is growing: According to the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Vehicle and Transport Authority; KBA), the number of electric cars in Germany increased to 34,000 in 2017. With this growth, the demand for charging stations has also increased. Currently, there are only around 7,000 charging stations available across Germany.

Fabian Bez, Chairman of Thermo & Comfort Management Board at Webasto: "One thing which still puts many people off buying an electric car these days is the lack of charging stations. Our goal is to offer maximum convenience for the cars of the future too. By offering home charging stations, we are one step nearer to achieving this goal. In Wirecard we have found a partner whose expertise will ensure quick and secure payment processing for our customers."

Marion Laewe, Vice President Sales Consumer Goods at Wirecard: "By integrating various payment methods into the Webasto shop, we enable customers to pay conveniently online using their preferred payment method. We are proud to support Webasto in achieving their goals and make electromobility developments even more appealing and accessible."

Wirecard media contact:

Wirecard AG
Jana Tilz
Tel.: +49(0)89-4424-1363
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About Wirecard:  

Wirecard AG is a global technology group that supports companies in accepting electronic payments from all sales channels. As a leading independent supplier, the Wirecard Group offers outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payments. A global platform bundles international payment acceptances and methods with supplementary fraud prevention solutions. With regard to issuing own payment instruments in the form of cards or mobile payment solutions, the Wirecard Group provides companies with an end-to-end infrastructure, including the requisite licences for card and account products. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE0007472060, WDI). For further information about Wirecard, please visit or follow us on Twitter @wirecard.

Webasto media contact:

Webasto SE
Petra Diederichs
Tel.: +49(0) 89-8579-4670
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About Webasto:  

The Webasto Group is a global innovative systems partner for almost all automotive manufacturers and is one of the top 100 suppliers in the industry worldwide. The company´s core competencies encompass the development and production of sunroofs, panoramic roofs and convertible roofs as well as heating systems for all drivetrains. In addition, Webasto is building up an electromobility product portfolio with battery systems and charging solutions. The Webasto Group had sales of EUR 3.2bn in 2016 and employs more than 12,000 staff at over 50 locations (of which 30 are production sites). Webasto Group is headquartered in Stockdorf near Munich and was founded in 1901. For more information please visit: /

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LONDRES, le 20 septembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LONGI Solar, une filiale à 100 % de LONGi Group (SH601012), a annoncé que la société sera le principal sponsor du Sommet de l'Avenir de l'Énergie (« The Future of Energy Summit ») de Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) - un forum de premier plan en accès par invitation seulement à la croisée des marchés de l'énergie, de l'industrie, des finances et de la politique, qui s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Londres.

Theme dinner hosted by LONGi Solar: Understanding the Chinese solar boom, its global implications and impact on PV grid parity.
Theme dinner hosted by LONGi Solar: Understanding the Chinese solar boom, its global implications and impact on PV grid parity.

« Nous sommes fiers de discuter le début de l'ère photovoltaïque 3.0 (PV 3.0) lors du Sommet de Bloomberg à une époque où l'électricité solaire est devenue la solution d'énergie au prix le plus avantageux dans de nombreuses régions du monde », a déclaré Zhong Baoshen, le président du conseil de LONGi.  

LONGi Solar animera un dîner thématique au sommet, intitulé « Comprendre le boom solaire chinois, ses implications et son impact sur la parité du réseau photovoltaïque (Understanding the Chinese Solar Boom, its Implications and Impact on PV Grid Parity) ». La Chine est le plus grand marché solaire du monde depuis 2013 et espère installer plus de 40 GW cette année, égal à environ la moitié des nouveaux ajouts de capacité solaire au monde. En août 2017, le gouvernement chinois a annoncé qu'il va ajouter 86,5 GW de nouvelle électricité photovoltaïque à échelle utilitaire d'ici à 2020, dans un effort d'accélérer la croissance de l'énergie solaire dans le pays et pour faire baisser les coûts de l'énergie solaire pratiquement à parité avec le charbon.

« PV3.0 signifie que nous arrivons à la troisième phase de la révolution solaire », a déclaré Zhong Baoshen. « Alors qu'en 2017 la capacité mondiale installée d'électricité photovoltaïque avait atteint 300 GW et que les prix d'alimentation solaire sous contrat avaient plongé à moins de 0,03 USD/kWh, il faudrait un peu plus de 5 ans jusqu'à ce que la capacité d'électricité solaire atteigne le niveau de 1 térawatt (TW), ce qui est environ équivalent aux capacités de production d'électricité au charbon de la Chine. Pendant l'ère PV3.0, l'électricité photovoltaïque et les autres sources d'énergie verte deviendront les principales sources d'énergie de l'humanité. »

À propos de LONGi Solar

LONGi Solar est un fabricant leader mondial de cellules et modules solaires monocristallins de haute efficacité. La société, dont le siège est à Xi'an, en Chine, a des succursales au Japon, en Europe, en Amérique du Nord, en Inde et en Malaisie. LONGi Solar est une filiale à 100 % du LONGi Group (SH601012) - le plus grand fournisseur du monde de plaquettes solaires de silicium monocristallin avec 12 GW de capacité de plaquette d'ici la fin de l'année et des projets d'expansion à 20 GW d'ici à 2019. Avec un accent particulier sur la R&D, LONGI est actif dans toute la chaîne de valeur du silicium monocristallin, y compris les centrales photovoltaïques.

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