The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Europe, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Nanocomposites in Million Pounds. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.

The Global and the US markets are further analyzed by the following End-Use Segments:

  • Construction
  • Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Consumer Goods
  • Healthcare
  • Others

The report profiles 55 companies including many key and niche players such as:

  • 3M (USA)
  • Arkema Group (France)
  • BASF SE (Germany)
  • Cabot Corporation (USA)
  • DowDuPont, Inc. (USA)
  • DSM (USA)
  • Elementis Specialties Inc. (USA)
  • eSpin Technologies, Inc. (USA)
  • Evonik Industries AG (Germany)
  • Foster Corporation (USA)
  • Hybrid Plastics, Inc. (USA)
  • Inframat Corporation (USA)
  • InMat, Inc. (USA)
  • Nanocor, Inc. (USA)
  • Nanocyl S.A. (Belgium)
  • Nanophase Technologies Corporation (USA)
  • Nyacol Nano Technologies, Inc. (USA)
  • Powdermet, Inc. (USA)
  • RTP Company (USA)
  • Showa Denko K.K. (Japan)
  • TNO (The Netherlands)
  • Unitika Ltd. (Japan)
  • Zyvex Technologies (USA)

Key Topics Covered:

1. MARKET OVERVIEW
Developments in Novel Materials Research & Innovation Provides the Platform for Growth of Nanocomposites
Nanocomposites: Market Oveview
Key Market Trends & Drivers
Strong Demand for Reinforced Plastics Fuels Interest in Nanofiller-Reinforced Polymer Nanocomposites
Strong Focus on Efficient & Environment Friendly Packaging Fuels Opportunities for Nanocomposites
Nanocomposite Materials for Food Packaging Applications
Beverage Packaging: The Largest End-User of Nanocomposites in the Food Packaging Industry
Nanoclays
A Peek into Applications in Beverage Bottling
Focus on Automotive Lightweighting Spurs Demand for Nanocomposite Plastic Component & Parts
Stringent Fire Safety Regulations & Growing Interest in Fire Proofing Chemicals Spur Opportunities for Nanocomposites as Flame Retardants
Tracing Opportunities for Nanocomposites in the Rapidly Evolving Field of Energy Storage
Bionanocomposites to Witness Spectacular Gains in Biomedical Applications
Demand for Innovative New Electronic Materials to Power Next Generation Electronics Spurs Strong Opportunities for Nanocomposites in the Electronics & Communications Industry
Graphene Represents Bright Spot in Nanocomposites Market
Challenges to Growth in the Market: A Review
Cost
Scalability
Reliability, Durability and Repeatability
Market Outlook

2. INNOVATIONS & ADVANCEMENTS
Technology Innovations
Key to Future Growth
Polymer Nanocomposites: High Growth Potential
Cellulose Nanocomposites
An Emerging Technology
Research Institutions to Exploit New Applications and Techniques
Advancements in Expansion of Polymer Nanocomposite Applications
Anticorrosion Applications of Polymer Nanocomposites
Polymer Nanocomposites with Self-healing Characteristic
Nanocomposites for Additive Manufacturing
Commercialization: Future Growth Engine for Nanocomposites
Focus on Select Research Innovations and Advancements in the field of Nanocomposites
Nanoscience Holds Tremendous Potential to Offer Novel Nanocomposites
GaP Nanocomposites Exhibit Excellent Electrical and Optical Properties
R&D Efforts and Work on Nanocomposite Materials
Researchers Explore Mixed Oxides to Create Unique Nanocomposites
Starch Provides New Opportunities to Develop New Nanocomposites
OCSiAl's Large-Scale Synthesizing Process for Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
UNSW Researchers Develop New Nanocomposites- Based Sensor Technology
New Framework to Exploit Compelling Properties of Cellulose Nanocrystals
Novel Approach to Enable Quality-Control for Nanocomposites
Researchers Discover New Properties of Nanocomposite Oxide Ceramics
Antibacterial Nanocomposite to Prevent Transmission of Infectious Diseases
Thermally-Conducting Polymer Nanocomposites Offer New Opportunities for Device Makers
Polymer Nanocomposites Represent Promising Candidates for Construction
Scientists Develop New Nanocomposites for Industrial Applications
Researchers Explore Nanocomposites to Support Bone Tissue Regeneration
Researchers Develop Nanocomposites with High Tensile Strength and Hardness
Zyvex Technologies Develops Arovex HT, a Second-Generation Nanocomposites Range
Foster Launches Nano-reinforced Compounds, LoPro Plus, for Catheters
New CNT-Cu Nanocomposite to Offer Superior Current Density
WMG to Establish IINM to Support Production of Nanocomposites
Foster Develops Nanoparticle-Reinforced Range of Polymer Products for the Medical Sector

3. PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Nanotechnology
A Conceptual Definition
What is Nanotechnology?
Background
Leaving Conventional Size Behind
Composites
Nanocomposites
History
Definition & Overview
Operation & Functionality
Challenges
Exfoliation and Orientation
Compatibility and Reaggregation
Production of Nanocomposites
Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Composites
Thermoplastic Based Nanocomposites
Nylon 6 Nanocomposites
Clay Based Nanocomposites
Thermoset-based Nanocomposites
Challenges Confronting Nanocomposite Materials Production
Forms of Nanocomposites
Polymer Nanocomposites
Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Nanocomposites
Intercalated Nanocomposites
Exfoliated Nanocomposites
Nano-Bio Composites
Phenolic Nanocomposites
Polyolefin Nanocomposites
Polyvinyl Chloride Nanocomposites
Polyurethane Nanocomposites
Unsaturated Polyester Nanocomposites
Nylon Nanocomposites
Nanoparticle Nanocomposites
Nanofillers
Carbon Nanotubes
Mechanical Properties
Conductive Properties
Chemical-Biochemical Properties
Potential (and Real) Application
Polymers
Energy
Nanoelectronics
Medical Applications
Other Applications
Nanoclays
Nanotalcs
Graphite Platelets
Carbon Nanofibers
Synthetic Clays
Natural Fibers (Hemp or Flax)
Nanocomposite Materials
Application Areas
Nanocomposites in Electronics Manufacture
Use of Nanocomposites in the Food Packaging Industry
Nanoclays for Reducing Solvent Transmission
Nanoclays for Haze Reduction & Transparency Improvement of Films
Polyamide-based Nanocomposites with Reduced Water Absorption Capability for Environmental Protection
Nanoclay Particles for Achieving Reduction in Flammability
Nanocomposites in Body Armors
Nanocomposites in MRIs
Nanocomposites for Making Wind Turbines Efficient
Nanocomposites for Clean Water
Nanocomposite Hydrogels (NC Gels)
Important Properties of Nanocomposite Hydrogels
Nanocomposite Hydrogels
The Different Types
NC Gels made from Carbon Based Nanomaterials
NC Gels from Polymeric-Nanoparticles
NC Gels Made from Inorganic-Nanoparticles
NC Gels made from Metal & Metal Oxide Nanoparticles
NC Gels
Applications
Environmental Concerns/Health Hazards

4. END-USE SEGMENTS - AN OVERVIEW
Packaging
Building & Construction
Electronics & Electrical
Automotive
Others

5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
The Dow Chemical Company Merges with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
Nanophase Technologies Inks Pacts with Eminess Technologies
BioSolar Signs Joint Development Agreement with Top Battery
NYACOL Nano Technologies Introduces NexSil DP7500 Ultra High Purity Colloidal Silica Series

6. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS

7. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE

Total Companies Profiled: 55 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries 57)

  • The United States (37)
  • Japan (6)
  • Europe (12)
    • France (2)
    • Germany (5)
    • The United Kingdom (1)
    • Rest of Europe (4)
  • Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (2)

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PETALUMA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ygrene, a national leader in energy efficiency and resiliency financing, announced today that the City and County of San Francisco, along with more than 20 other communities in California, have adopted the company's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program within the last three months. Ygrene can now assist nearly 28 million California residents in financing a broad range of energy efficient, renewable generation, resiliency and water conservation upgrades.

Under this expansion, many more Californians across the state will have access to a long-term, low-rate financing option for residential and commercial building improvements – ranging from solar panels to seismic retrofits. Along with the City and County of San Francisco, the most notable of the approvals and activations comes from the cities of Folsom, Pleasanton, and Victorville, as well as Amador and Contra Costa counties.

"The success of Ygrene in California allows us to offer residents greater access to affordable financing for critical home improvements, while helping communities become more efficient and resilient," said Mike Lemyre, Senior Vice President at Ygrene. "These approvals, across every part of the state, make clear that PACE policy is working for both local governments and consumers, particularly in California, where seismic retrofits and energy and water conservation are paramount."

"With PACE, Contra Costa County has another innovative tool for creating a cleaner, more sustainable community," said John Gioia, Vice-Chair of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors. "This unique program will create jobs and make money saving improvements to homes and businesses – at no cost to our taxpayers or the County. PACE is a good deal for local businesses, our environment, and the 1.1 million people who live in Contra Costa County."

Property owners in the newly approved California districts will now be able to tap into the following Ygrene programs:

  • Residential PACE program: This program provides homeowners with funding for a variety of home improvement projects and upgrades that help to reduce energy and water use, cut pollution and save on utility bills. Payments are made via property taxes and repaid over terms of up to 25-plus years.
  • Commercial PACE (C-PACE) program: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a creative way for commercial property owners to finance energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and resiliency improvements. C-PACE financing is repaid through an incremental increase in property taxes. Payments are fixed and are fully amortized over a 5- to 30-year term, making improvements affordable for owners of multifamily, retail, office, industrial, hotels, schools, churches and other commercial buildings. C-PACE projects often deliver net energy and water utility savings with positive cash flow, which increase property values, while contributing to overall sustainability goals set by local and state policies. In addition, property owners may experience additional tax advantages and are able to pass along the cost of the improvements to commercial tenants in most net leases.
  • Seismic retrofitting program: Offered to both residential and commercial building owners alike, this new program provides funding for improvements projects such as home foundation, frame and column strengthening, masonry reinforcement, and emergency shut-off systems, among others. These retrofits significantly improve a building's resilience to natural disasters – like droughts, mudslides and earthquakes – to keep families, properties and tenants secure, and meet local ordinances that require mandatory seismic retrofits for certain structures throughout the state.

With over $1 billion in private capital provided to date in more than 500 local communities and approximately 45,700 projects for some 69,600 property owners completed, Ygrene's PACE programming is helping communities across the nation meet their energy efficiency and resiliency goals. The full list of jurisdictions where Ygrene's PACE system has been approved can be found here.

About Ygrene

Ygrene is a national leader in residential and commercial clean energy financing. Founded in 2010, Ygrene's award-winning, privately funded Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program is revolutionizing the home improvement industry, making it easier for property owners to invest in their futures and a healthier environment. Ygrene is delivering greater choice for home and business owners by providing accessible and affordable financing for energy efficiency, renewables, water conservation, storm protection and seismic upgrades. Recognized as one of the fastest growing asset classes in the country, PACE has proven to be a successful tool for supporting public policy initiatives, all without the use of public tax dollars or credits. To date, Ygrene has provided over $1 billion of private capital to more than 400 local communities, creating thousands of jobs and investing millions into local economies across the U.S. Learn more at ygrene.com.

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Danfoss und SMA Tochtergesellschaft coneva GmbH erweitern Supermarktangebot um grüne Energielösungen

21.02.2018

Supermärkte werden zukünftig zu einer tragenden Säule der Energiewende. Durch ein intelligentes Energiemanagement können sie nicht nur erheblich Energiekosten sparen, sondern zusätzlich auch Flexibilität bereitstellen, um mehr Erneuerbare Energien ins Stromnetz zu integrieren. Die SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) und Danfoss A/S demonstrieren dies nun in einem Pilotprojekt in einem aktiv&irma Supermarkt in Oldenburg (Kreyenbrück).

Wind- und  Solarenergie sind nicht jederzeit gleichmäßig verfügbar. Um die schwankende Netzeinspeisung eines mehr und mehr auf Erneuerbaren Energien basierenden Systems auszugleichen, werden Netzdienstleistungen, wie beispielsweise die Bereitstellung von Speicherkapazitäten, benötigt. Diese können Supermärkte liefern, indem sie eigenen Solarstrom produzieren und damit zu Prosumern werden, ein intelligentes Energiemanagement implementieren und das große ungenutzte Kapazitätspotenzial ihrer Kälteanlage nutzen. Jedes Kältesystem verfügt über einen Verdichter, der mit einem kleinen Kraftwerk vergleichbar ist. Um die Lebensmittelsicherheit zu gewährleisten, ist die Leistung des Verdichters für den wärmsten und den kältesten Tag auszulegen. Dies führt zu möglichen ungenutzten Kapazitäten, die als thermischer Speicher genutzt werden können.

„Die ungenutzte Kapazität des Verdichters kann sowohl innerhalb des Supermarkts als auch im Stromsystem genutzt werden. Danfoss verfügt über ein breites Technologieangebot, um dieses Potenzial zu nutzen und Supermärkte in das Energiesystem zu integrieren. Dadurch können Supermärkte nicht nur grüne Energie liefern, sondern auch ihre CO2-Bilanz verbessern und ihre Betriebskosten senken – eine Win-Win-Situation für Geschäft und Klima“, sagt Jürgen Fischer, Präsident von Danfoss Cooling.

„Die Integration ins Energiesystem wird durch die Kombination der SMA Energiemanagement-Plattform ennexOS mit den smarten Supermarkt-Lösungen von Danfoss möglich. Dadurch kann der Supermarkt seinen Energieverbrauch auf Basis von Parametern wie dem aktuellen Strompreis, der Außentemperatur und den temporären Netzanforderungen optimieren“, erklärt Jochen Schneider, Geschäftsführer der SMA Tochtergesellschaft coneva GmbH, die sich auf Energiedienstleistungen und Lösungen zu Energiemonitoring, -effizienz und –management fokussiert.

„SMA und Danfoss liefern die Lösungen, um den Lebensmitteleinzelhandel und vielleicht sogar die gesamte Energieversorgung einen weiteren Schritt in die Zukunft zu führen. Unser gemeinsames Projekt ist mit Sicherheit eines der ersten Beispiele dafür, wie das Potenzial von Supermärkten im Rahmen der schnell voranschreitenden Energiewende genutzt werden kann. Überschüssige Energie machen wir für unsere Kunden an zwei hoch modernen Ladestationen verfügbar, an denen sie ihre Elektroautos während des Einkaufs aufladen können“, sagt Marco Frerichs, Geschäftsführer und Eigentümer von aktiv&irma.

Um den schon heute energieeffizienten aktiv&irma Supermarkt in Oldenburg, im Stadtteil Kreyenbrück, zu einem Supermarkt der Zukunft zu machen, sind verschiedene Maßnahmen geplant. Dazu gehört eine Photovoltaikanlage mit Systemtechnik von SMA, die erneuerbare Energie zu Kosten liefern wird, die unter denen für konventionellen Netzstrom liegen. Die Energiespeicherung wird durch ein Speichersystem mit SMA Speichertechnologie unterstützt. Dadurch werden Lastspitzen abgefangen, und der Eigenverbrauch kann auf bis zu 100 Prozent gesteigert werden. Das Speichersystem kann darüber hinaus zur Unterstützung des Kältesystems bei Stromausfällen genutzt werden. Der SMA Datamanager vernetzt das Managementsystem für die Gebäude- und Kältetechnik von Danfoss mit allen Energieverbrauchern sowie der Speicher- und Ladeinfrastruktur und bindet den Supermarkt ins Energiesystem ein.

Über SMA
Die SMA Gruppe ist mit einem Umsatz von rund einer Milliarde Euro im Jahr 2016 Weltmarktführer bei Photovoltaik-Wechselrichtern, einer zentralen Komponente jeder Solarstromanlage. SMA bietet ein breites Produkt- und Lösungsportfolio an, das einen hohen Energieertrag für solare Hausdachanlagen, gewerbliche Solarstromanlagen und große Solarkraftwerke ermöglicht. Zur effizienten Steigerung des PV-Eigenverbrauchs kann die SMA Systemtechnik einfach mit unterschiedlichen Batterietechnologien kombiniert werden. Intelligente Energiemanagement-Lösungen, umfangreiche Servicedienstleistungen sowie die operative Betriebsführung von Solarkraftwerken runden das Angebot von SMA ab. Hauptsitz des Unternehmens ist Niestetal bei Kassel. SMA ist in 20 Ländern vertreten und beschäftigt weltweit mehr als 3.000 Mitarbeiter, davon allein 500 in der Entwicklung. Die mehrfach ausgezeichnete Technologie von SMA ist durch über 1.000 Patente und eingetragene Gebrauchsmuster geschützt. Die Muttergesellschaft SMA Solar Technology AG ist seit 2008 im Prime Standard der Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (S92) notiert und aktuell als einziges Unternehmen der Solarbranche im TecDAX gelistet.

Über Danfoss
Danfoss entwickelt Technologien, die es der Welt von morgen ermöglichen, mehr mit weniger zu erreichen. Wir decken den wachsenden Bedarf an Infrastruktur, Nahrungsmittelversorgung, Energieeffizienz und klimafreundlichen Lösungen. Unsere Produkte und Services werden in Bereichen wie Kälte- und Klimatechnik, Heizung, Motorenregelung und mobile Maschinen und Geräte eingesetzt. Darüber hinaus sind wir in den Bereichen erneuerbare Energien und Fernwärme-Infrastruktur von Städten und Gemeinden tätig. Unsere innovativen Technologien reichen bis in das Jahr 1933 zurück. Heute ist Danfoss Weltmarktführer mit 26.000 Mitarbeitern und Kunden in mehr als 100 Ländern. Das Unternehmen befindet sich nach wie vor im Besitz der Gründerfamilie. Weitere Informationen unter www.danfoss.com.

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First Solar to Build 200MWac Solar Plant in Twiggs County, Ga.

Constructed for Georgia Power REDI Program, 2,000-Acre Site Will Be Largest Solar Facility in Southeast U.S.

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2018-- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) is set to proceed with development and construction of a 200-megawatt (MW)ac photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Twiggs County, Ga.First Solar was awarded the installation as part of a 525MWac Request for Proposals for Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).

“This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for First Solar to demonstrate our capability to develop solar assets in the Southeast and help Georgia Power meet the renewable energy needs of its customers,” said Kathryn Arbeit, Vice President of Project Development – Americas for First Solar. “Georgia Power’s significant commitment to renewable energy, paired with Twiggs County’s strong leadership and supportive business environment, combine to serve as a great example of how solar can be seamlessly included in the region’s energy mix.”

The solar project is currently in an advanced development stage, and is being developed under a Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power for the electricity and renewable attributes generated by the facility. Construction is expected to begin in November 2018. Upon completion and commissioning, anticipated in late 2019, this will be the largest stand-alone PV solar plant in the southeastern United States.

“We are committed to working with the Georgia Public Service Commission to create programs, like REDI, that help grow renewable energy in Georgia and add value for all of our customers,” said Wilson Mallard, Director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power. “Recently completed large-scale solar projects across Georgia are serving customers today, and the Twiggs County project will be the latest addition, allowing Georgia Power customers to benefit from cost-effective, competitive solar as part of our diverse generation mix.”

The project will be built on 2,000 acres of land near Warner Robins, Ga. Using over half a million of First Solar’s advanced technology thin film solar modules, the power plant is expected to generate more than 450 GWh of electricity annually. It will also be the largest infrastructure project in Twiggs County, which will see the economic benefit of 300-400 jobs during construction and ongoing tax revenues from the project.

“The Board of Commissioners extend a hearty Twiggs County welcome to First Solar,” said Ken Fowler, Chairman of the Twiggs County Commission. “We look forward to collaborating with our new partners on the biggest solar project in the state that will bring much needed jobs and economic benefits to the Geographic Center of Georgia.”

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

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This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the development and construction of a 200 MW solar power plant. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “believe,” “forecast,” “foresee,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “goal,” “target,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “predict,” “continue” and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events and therefore speak only as of the date of this release. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the matters discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as supplemented by our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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GREENWICH, Conn., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Altus Power America, Inc. ("Altus") and Reservoir Road Holdings, LLC ("Reservoir") recently combined efforts to develop two 648 kW DC ground-mounted solar systems located in the Town of Highgate, Vermont. The two arrays are built over old gravel pits on Frontage Road, converting previously unusable land into a renewable energy generator.

Altus, a leading investor and owner of solar generation projects based out of Greenwich, Connecticut, funded the construction and development of the arrays and will serve as the long-term owner and operator. At present, Altus has more than 90 MWs of solar PV across 60+ projects, including a similar 2.1 MW Vermont project located on a landfill in South Burlington.

The clean energy generated by these arrays will be consumed through Net Metering Credit Agreements between Altus and four local offtakers. These agreements allow the Town of Highgate and the Franklin Supervisory schools to receive energy credits on their utility bill from the remotely-located installations. They also contribute to Swanton Village Electric's status as one of the cleanest utilities in the country, with a significant portion of its energy production coming from hydro-electric generation as well as solar.

"The Highgate, Missisquoi Valley Union, and Swanton Schools, as well as the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union will benefit greatly from partnering with Altus in this project. The schools and Supervisory Union office will realize over $750,000 in electricity savings over the 20-year duration of the contract," said Winton Goodrich, Superintendent of Schools for the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union.

Reservoir served as the developer for the project, which is estimated to produce approximately 1.75 million energy credits in its first year of operation. Additionally, Reservoir donated a 60-acre parcel of land located next to the projects to the Town of Highgate to be used for future development to benefit the town.

A press conference will be held at the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union office, 100 Robin Hood Drive, Swanton VT on February 23, 2018 at 9am, with a ribbon cutting and tour of the nearby solar facilities to follow.

About Altus Power America, Inc.

Altus invests in, owns and operates clean energy projects that provide renewable energy and solar savings to commercial and public-sector clients. Altus is funded by Goldman Sachs, Global Atlantic Financial Group and FS Investments (sub-advised by GSO Capital Partners, a Blackstone Group company). Visit www.altuspower.com to learn more.

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GLEN ALLEN, Va., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities stand to benefit by partnering with energy sector "disrupters" rather than resisting them, writes LeClairRyan attorney Roy M. Palk in a column for elp.com, the website of Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International.

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Roy Palk

The Feb. 13 column focuses on the need for member-owned cooperatives and municipal-owned electric systems, in particular, to embrace the shift toward decentralized energy production, otherwise known as distributed generation. Palk is Senior Energy Industry Advisor for the national law firm and former CEO of the East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

"Co-ops and munis are better positioned than their larger, investor-owned counterparts to adapt to change, given that they have neither stockholders to appease nor quite as many regulatory restraints to consider," writes the attorney, who is based in LeClairRyan's Glen Allen, Va., office. "It is a bit easier, in other words, for them to acknowledge the reality of today's energy business—namely, that it is heading toward a greatly expanded, albeit decentralized grid, relative to the past."

Distributed generation hinges on the production and storage of electricity by smaller devices connected to the grid—batteries, solar panels and wind turbines, among them. In the column, Palk concedes that wariness of these changes is a natural impulse for traditional utilities. "In this age of Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and the like, it's easy to understand why so many of us in the utility business are ambivalent—to say the least—about the trend toward distributed generation," he writes. "After all, why should any established and profitable business welcome the arrival of yet another 'disrupter'?"

But other sectors of the U.S. economy have responded proactively to disruptive change. Palk cites Walmart going head-to-head with Amazon.com, as well as massive investment in driverless car technology by the likes of Toyota, BMW and Ford. "As I see it, the onus is on co-ops and munis to become faster and nimbler as an adaptive response to this trend," he writes.

Specifically, Palk encourages them to get even more aggressive about building strategic relationships with distributed generation startups. This will help cooperatives and municipal-owned utilities keep their existing customers and attract new ones, he argues. "Today, more and more big consumers of energy—in manufacturing, commercial real estate and other sectors—are clamoring for green power," Palk writes.

In particular, both power supply and distribution utilities should be proactive about reviewing legacy contracts in which they have agreed to work exclusively with each other, Palk writes. "The goal here should be to create carve-outs that allow them to buy a portion of their power from a wide array of distributed generation entities."

With each passing day, Palk cautions in the column, large industrial and commercial customers have more options with respect to renewable power. The likes of Target, Walmart, Costco, Apple and Prologis, for example, continue to top the megawatt rankings in solar energy. "These companies are savvy," Palk writes. "Just as Publix would rather partner with Instacart than get into the grocery-delivery business, operators like Walmart and Target prefer to partner with utilities rather than become energy companies themselves." However, if co-ops and munis fail to embrace such partnerships, some of their largest customers will simply explore behind-the-meter options. "Central power suppliers should therefore consider forming their own green-power co-ops," Palk writes, "or expanding their existing ones in partnership with distributed generation entities."

Subject to heavy due diligence with respect to both engineering and business model viability, partnerships stand to bolster utilities' bottom lines and the performance and stability of the grid, Palk writes. "We're all aware of the risk that customers could leapfrog utilities and engage in behind-the-meter energy production," the attorney concludes. "If we aren't in the vanguard when it comes to shaping the future of the power grid, then nimbler entities will be more than happy to go there in our stead."

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Chemically-strengthened glass was the largest product type segment of the market in 2017 

Chemically-strengthened glass is widely used in the smartphones & tablets, electronics, and automotive applications. It offers advantages such as high scratch resistance, better optical clarity, high dimensional stability, and improved impact absorbing characteristics, which provides strength and damage resistance to end-use applications such as smartphones & tablets, electronics devices, and displays.

Smartphones & tablets is estimated to be the largest application segment of the Scratch-Resistant Glass Market in 2017. 

The demand for scratch-resistant glass from the smartphones & tablets application continues to drive the global Scratch-Resistant Glass Market. Scratch-resistant glass is used in a wide range of devices as it provides optimum performance with respect to safety and security.

Asia Pacific is estimated to be the largest market for scratch-resistant glass in 2017 

Asia Pacific is estimated to be the largest market for scratch-resistant glass in 2017 owing to the high demand from the smartphones & tablets and electronics applications. The increase in smartphone users in emerging countries such as India, Thailand, and China is expected to increase the demand for scratch-resistant glass in the coming years. The growing adoption of scratch-resistant glass in automotive and electronics applications will further drive the growth of the Scratch-Resistant Glass Market in the region.

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The global facades market is expected to reach USD 337.8 billion by 2025

The facades market is anticipated to grow swiftly over the forecast period owing to the development of advanced materials with capabilities that offer safety as well as a visually appealing texture. The industry is governed by the following six key trends:

Facades combine the attribute of both appearance and superior performance in a mode unlike any other building system, which is anticipated to drive product demand significantly over the next few years.

The key factor expected to drive the facades industry is the need to lower heating & air-conditioning cost and achieve energy-efficiency. This trends in reducing the cost are projected to result in the development of sustainable products over the forecast period.

The popularity of green buildings, demand high-transparency glass that allows in light, while maintaining heat-resistance. The forecast period is expected to witness the application for high-performance, energy-saving and solar control facades contributing towards higher economic benefits and eco-sustainability. This has resulted in demand for triple-glazed facades, which have a lower u-value in comparison to double glazed structures.

Further key findings from the report suggest:
• The facades market was valued at USD 179.7 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 7.3% over the next eight years owing to a rise in construction related activities in the U.S., China, Japan and India
• The ventilated facades market is expected to witness a healthy growth at a CAGR exceeding 6.5% over the forecast period owing to benefits they provide in terms of energy saving and rich aesthetics.
• Several government initiatives toward infrastructure development and the rise in PPP model enhance the construction of commercial properties across the globe, which has subsequently attributed to the growth of the facades market.
• The commercial end-use segment was the dominant segment in 2016, and the facades' demand across this sector is expected to increase over the forecast period, owing to several benefits offered by the facade system, such as acoustic insulation, thermal insulation, and natural ventilation.
Asia Pacific dominated the market with more than 30% revenue share in 2016, wowing to growing construction of new commercial and industrial buildings in China, India, and South-East Asia over the next few years.
• Key players such as Ametek Inc., Franklin Electric Co., Asmo Co. Ltd., and ABB Ltd. dominated the market in 2016 with their emphasis on expanding market presence through mergers and acquisitions.

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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Electric Cooperatives has announced an alliance with Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, a South Central Texas electrical cooperative. The agreement brings more than 9,800 miles of line and more than 80,000 meters in thirteen counties into areas currently served by TEC alliance partnerships.

"This alliance is important on many levels," said Johnny Andrews, chief operating officer of TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services. "Not only is Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative an important force in the South Central Texas power infrastructure, they are a leader in using technology to benefit their members. We look forward to working together to serve GVEC members."

GVEC began serving South Central Texans in 1938, and recognizes that the definition of "utility" is expanding. In response, the company has broadened its services to stay ahead of continuous industry changes. Initially, modern rural residents faced the same kind of challenges getting internet service that their predecessors experienced getting electricity. Because of this, the coop created GVEC.net in 1998, becoming the first provider in the more rural parts of its service area. GVEC.net remains on top of rapid technological changes, with offerings such as ultra-high speed fiber connections. Other innovative approaches GVEC uses to serve its members include HVAC sales and promoting the use of renewables through selling and installing solar panels. The company also spearheads the SunHub Community Solar Program.

"Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative is constantly looking for new and better ways to serve our members," said Darren Schauer, GVEC chief executive officer. "An alliance with TEC, and utilizing the power of cooperative principles certainly fits that bill."

The agreement with GVEC marks TEC's 23rd alliance partnership to date. "Every new alliance strengthens the negotiating power of cooperatives who are already partners," Andrews explained. "That's why expanding alliance partnerships has become a priority for TEC leadership."

TEC built the alliance partnership initiative around the idea of strengthening Texas cooperatives in an increasingly competitive market. In addition to other valuable services that TEC provides its member cooperatives, the alliance supply model is fundamental because it immediately reduces operational and redundant costs, producing an immediate benefit for each cooperative's bottom line. Leveraging the aggregation and scale that alliance partnerships create, TEC makes high-quality products from leading manufacturers available at competitive prices. TEC is proud to be able to pass on those savings to its member cooperatives.

About Texas Electric Cooperatives: Serving our members since 1941, Texas Electric Cooperatives represents the interests of 75 electric cooperatives with more than three million members throughout the state. TEC serves its members by providing products and services that help sustain cooperative businesses in the 21st century and offers a full line of utility supplies and services through its Manufacturing & Distribution Services facility headquartered in Georgetown. For more information, visit: http://www.texas-ec.org/about.

About Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative: Since 1939, GVEC has served residents of the Guadalupe River valley and beyond. Today, its service area covers 3,500 square miles, contains more than 9,800 miles of line and more than 80,000 meters. Serving all or part of 13 counties, GVEC is one of the largest and most progressive cooperatives in Texas. The company offers services that go beyond electric utilities to serve members and communities with services such as internet and HVAC. For more information, visit: www.gvec.org.

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ATLANTA, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries have officially announced Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives that will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

The first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhoods – located in Atlanta and suburban Birmingham, Alabama – will benefit customers through improved reliability, increased use of distributed energy resources and lower costs. These communities have the potential to further enable the smart grid and help the Southern Company system better meet customers' evolving energy needs.

Both projects simulate what the future may hold for the energy industry, and provide Southern Company and its subsidiaries information on how homes of the future will function. That information will lead to new programs, products and services for customers.

"In the rapidly changing energy landscape, we are focused on meeting customers' current and future energy needs through cutting-edge research and technology," said Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "These collaborative research projects with Alabama Power, Georgia Power and our partners will deepen our understanding of how distributed energy resources interact with the electric grid and how emerging technologies improve customers' lives."

The Smart Neighborhood concept is the result of the Southern Company research and development team's deep collaboration with Alabama Power and Georgia Power, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The companies collaborated with U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute on the initiatives, and have partnered with leading homebuilders for the construction and sale of the communities' homes.

The first Smart Neighborhood project was announced by Alabama Power and all 62 homes have been sold. Signature Homes is the community developer and is overseeing the construction and sale of the homes at the Reynolds Landing community at Ross Bridge in Hoover, Ala. Home construction is expected to be complete in the spring.

"The first homeowners have moved into our Smart Neighborhood and we are excited to provide those customers with advanced energy solutions that will influence services across our territory in the future," said John Hudson, Alabama Power's senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development. "Each home is a crystal ball for home-building and residential consumption. Along with our construction, technology and research partners, Alabama Power is among the leaders of energy innovation."

The Alabama project features the Southeast's first community-scale microgrid. It is comprised of solar panels, battery energy storage and a natural gas generator that supplements power from the existing electric grid.

Each home in the Smart Neighborhood is built with emerging energy-efficient building features, and equipped with leading-edge technology, including a high-efficiency heat pump, an intelligence home comfort system with an Infinity Touch thermostat, voice-activated security, smart locks, cameras, interconnected appliances, triple-pane windows, LED lighting and more. Read more about the Alabama Power Smart Neighborhood here.

Meanwhile, Georgia Power has partnered with PulteGroup to help develop the first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta. The new homes will be located in Atlanta's Upper West Side, one of the city's most vibrant and popular areas. Altus at The Quarter will feature luxury townhomes with cutting-edge smart home technology.

"Building the future of energy in Georgia centers on our continued commitment to offer new, flexible products and services that meet the changing needs of our customers," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "This partnership with PulteGroup provides a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate how energy companies can collaborate with homebuilders and retail partners to better serve customers today while developing new opportunities for tomorrow."

Each technology-enhanced home in the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood will be served by Georgia Power with power supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage. Homes also will be equipped with the latest energy technologies such as optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems and LED lighting. They will feature home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

Construction is underway with the grand opening scheduled for later this year.

Information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers. Read more about the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood here.

Southern Company remains at the forefront of innovation to provide customers with clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. The latest announcements represent another important milestone in the company's work to build the future of energy and extend Southern Company's historic focus on the research and development of emerging energy solutions.

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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

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The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World.

Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

The report profiles 158 companies including many key and niche players such as:
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- Chicology
- Decora Blind Systems Ltd.
- Draper, Inc.
- Elite Window Fashions
- Hunter Douglas N.V.

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BLINDS AND SHADES MCP-6154 A GLOBAL STRATEGIC BUSINESS REPORT CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations
Disclaimers
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics
Product Definitions and Scope of Study

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Blinds and Shades: Providing Optimum Comfort, Health, and Well-being by Reducing Glare, Maintenance Cost, and Energy Usage
Superior Attributes of Blinds and Shades over Curtains: The Fundamental Factor behind the Steady Evolution of the Market
Blinds: Essentially the New Screens for Windows
Blinds: The Most Sought-After Window Coverings
Other Aspects of Blinds that are Superior to Curtains
Sturdiness
Arrangement
Privacy
Ease of Use
Protection
Global Outlook
Growth Drivers Summarized
Developed Countries are the Traditional Revenue Generators, while Developing Countries Spearhead Market Growth
Table 1: Global Blinds and Shades Market - Geographic Regions Ranked by Value % CAGR for 2016-2024: Asia-Pacific, Rest of World, Latin America, USA, Europe, Canada, and Japan (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Growing Construction Activity in Asia-Pacific to Drive Strong Market Gains
Table 2: Projected Growth in the Asian Construction Market by Region and Sector (2014-2020) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
China & India: Underpenetrated Nature of the Markets Offer Huge Market Growth Potential

2. COMPETITION
Incorporation of Advanced Technologies: Essential for Success in the Marketplace
Identifying Requirements
Economic Significance
Adoption of IT Solutions
Select Products Symbolizing Latest Design Trends
Luminette® Privacy Sheers
Alustra® Woven Textures®
DUETTE® Honeycomb Shades
PLEATED Shades
Somfy Z-Wave enabled Motorized Blinds
Leading Manufacturers of Automated Blinds and Shades: Snapshot Profiles
BTX
Hunter Douglas
Lutron
Mecho
Somfy

3. MARKET TRENDS, ISSUES & DRIVERS
Growing Demand for Trendy, Innovative, Fashion-Forward, and Energy Saving Window Treatments Drive Healthy Market Growth
Newer Features, Fabric, Styles, and Designs in Blinds and Shades
What's 'In' and What's 'Out' in Blinds
Luxurious Fabrics
Honeycomb Blinds
Organic/Eco-Friendly Materials and Nature Inspired Looks
Focus on Retro
Repurposed Window Treatments
Simplicity
Neutral Colors and Steel Rods
Architectural Features
Metallic
Sheer Curtains
Space Enhancing Designs
Floor to Ceiling Curtains
Cellular Shades
White Plantation Shutters
Two-In-One Blinds
Broader Drapes
Roman Blinds
Layering
Bold Colors and Patterns
Other Shade Trends Summarized
Growing Prominence of Smart Homes Drive Strong Demand for Automated Blinds and Shades
Lutron's Serena Shades Considered Best for Smart Homes
Surging Demand for Home Automation Solutions Boosts Demand for Automated Window Treatments
Recovery in Construction Activity Worldwide Boosts Market Prospects for Blinds and Shades
Table 3: Global Construction Output by Country (2016): Breakdown of Construction Output (US$ Billion) and Percentage Change by 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 4: Percentage Contribution to Growth in Global Construction Output by Major Countries over the Period 2010-2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 5: Growth in the Global Construction Market by Sector: 2018-2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 6: Global Construction Market by Region (2017 & 2020P): Percentage Breakdown of Construction Spending for Asia, Western Europe, North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Middle East (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Rising Popularity of Energy Efficient Insulating Products Spur Demand for Cellular Blinds
Trend towards Green/LEED Buildings Drives Demand for Sustainable Blinds and Shades
Natural Products Make Way into Window Blinds
Eco-Friendly Bamboo Gains Traction
Enhanced Workplace Sustainability by Incorporating Flexibility in Building Structures
Myriad Benefits Offered by Multi-Layered Windows and Motorized Window Blinds Drive Market Demand
Advantages and Disadvantages
Addressing Cord-Related Child Safety Issues: Need of the Hour
The 'Best of Kids' Program: A Step in the Right Direction
Favorable Demographic & Economic Trends Strengthen Market Prospects
Exponential Increase in Urbanization
Table 7: World Urban Population in Thousands: 1950-2050P (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 8: Percentage of Urban Population in Select Countries (2016 & 2050) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Population Growth
Table 9: World Population by Geographic Region (2000-2050) (in Millions) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Burgeoning Middle Class Population
Table 10: Global Middle Class Population (in Millions) and as a Percentage of Total Population: 2005, 2015, 2025 & 2035 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 11: Global Middle Class Spending by Geographic Region (2017E, 2025P & 2030P): Breakdown of Spending (in US$ Trillion) for North America, Middle East & Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Europe (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4. INNOVATIONS AND ADVANCEMENTS
Smart Blinds and Shades
Axis Gear: Transformation of Existing Window Shades to Smart Shades
Voice Regulated Windows Coverings
QMotion™: Battery Motorization Technology for Window Shades
Elite Smart Shades™ Window Coverings: Enabling Pre-Programmed Functioning
Insynctive™ Technology: For Programming Between-the-Glass Shades and Blinds
Select Smart Glass-Based Window Shade Solutions
Sonte Film
Smart Tint
InvisiShade
IoT-based Gadgets for Controlling Window Blinds
SolarGaps': Generating Renewable Energy for Powering Devices at Home
Windows with In-built Blinds
Top Down-Bottom Up Shades
Cordless Treatments for Child Safety
Advanced Window Operating Systems by Hunter Douglas
PowerView Automated Window Shades: Offering Efficiency, Privacy and UV Protection
Novel Window Shades by Screen Innovations
Horizontal Blinds
Window Films
Sliding Panels
Roller Shades: Offering a Cross between Blinds and Shades
Day-Night Roller-Shades
Healing Window Treatments
Skyline® Window Panels
Between-the-Glass Shades and Blinds
Cleaner Look
No Cords for Enhanced Safety
Kids Protection
Convenient to Install and Change
Perfect Option for Patio Doors

5. PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Blinds: A Prelude
Select Types of Blinds
Awning Blinds
Bamboo Blinds
Cordless Blinds
Drop Blinds
Miniblinds
Vertical Blinds
Venetian Blinds
Commonly Used Materials in Blinds
Aluminum
Fabric
Faux Wood
Genuine Wood
Vinyl
Shades
Select Types of Shades
Cellular Shades
Pleated Shades
Roller Shades
Roman Shades
Wood Shades
Fixtures and Fittings

6. PRODUCT LAUNCHES
Crestron Launches Crestron Shades
Screen Innovations Launches Motorized Shades
Savant Introduces the Savant Shades
Hunter Douglas Introduces Smart Shades with PowerView Motorization Technology
LuXout Introduces Vision Window Shades
Draper Introduces FlexShade Recharge
ODL Introduces Blink™ Blinds + Glass
Insolroll Launches Lutron-Driven Oasis Patio Shades
QMotion UK Introduces QiS ZigBee Blind Control
PowerView™ Motorisation Technology Launched by Hunter Douglas
Inspired Shades Collection Unveiled by Budget Blinds

7. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
Insolroll Expands its Colorado Campus with New Manufacturing Facility
Springs Acquires Mariak Industries
Inpro® Acquires the Assets of WebbShade
Hunter Douglas Acquires Levolor and Kirsch

8. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS
3 Day Blinds LLC (USA)
Chicology (USA)
Decora Blind Systems Ltd. (UK)
Draper, Inc. (USA)
Elite Window Fashions™ (Canada)
Hunter Douglas N.V. (Netherlands)
Comfortex Corporation (USA)
Luxaflex® Hunter Douglas Ltd. (UK)
Shade-O-Matic LP (Canada)
Innovative Openings, Inc. (USA)
Louvolite Fabrics Ltd. (UK)
Maxxmar Window Fashions (Canada)
Nien Made Enterprise Co. Ltd. (Taiwan)
Norman International, Inc. (USA)
Roll-A-Shade Inc. (USA)
Rollease Acmeda Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
RollEase Acmeda Inc. (USA)
Springs Window Fashions, LLC (USA)
Mechoshade Systems, Inc. (USA)
TimberBlindMetroShade (USA)
Vasa Window Coverings (USA)

9. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE
Table 12: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 13: World Historic Review for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 14: World 14-Year Perspective for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES
A.Market Analysis
Exotic Materials and Technically Advanced Options in Multitude of Formats and Designs Drive Market Demand
Major Interior Designing and Window Covering Trends in Recent Years
Table 15: The US Window Coverings Market by Type (2017E): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for Shutters; Cellular Shades, Blinds, Roman Shades, and Other Products; and Ready-Made Blinds and Shades (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Ease of Operation and Functionality Benefits Spur Demand for Roman Shades and Cordless Window Shades
Recovery in New Housing Starts and Renovation Activity Benefit Market Prospects
Table 16: Residential Construction in the US (2007-2017E): Number of Housing Starts by Type - Single-Family Units and Multi-Family Units (in '000) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 17: Projected Growth (%) of the US Construction Market over the Period 2016-2024 by Sector (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 18: US Non-Residential Construction Market by Segment (2017): Percentage Share Breakdown of Investments for Commercial & Office, Industrial & Others, and Institutional (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 19: US Private Non-Residential Construction Market by Sector (2017): Percentage Share Breakdown of Construction Spend for Commercial, Communication, Education, Healthcare, Lodging, Manufacturing, Office, Power, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Increasing Spending on Green Building Technologies Bodes Well for Vinyl Blinds
Table 20: Green Construction Spending ($ Million) in the US: 2008-2018E (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 21: LEED Construction Spending ($ Million) in the US: 2008-2018E (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
List of Green Building Codes/Projects in the US in Select States
Major Innovations that Revolutionized Window Technology over the Years: A Perspective Builder
1950s: Float Glass
1950s: Insulating Glass
1960s: Vinyl Windows
1960s: Clad Windows
1980s: Round Top Windows
1980s: Low-E Coated Glass and Gas-Filled IGUs
1990s: Tilt-In Replacements
1990s: Impact Glass
1990s: Ultrex Frames
2000s: Dynamic Glass
Competitive Scenario
Table 22: Leading Blinds and Shades Companies in the US (2017): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales for Hunter Douglas, Springs Window Fashions, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 23: Leading DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Blinds and Shades Companies in the US (2017): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales for Ching Feng, Nien Made, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 24: Leading Customized Blinds and Shades Companies in the US (2017): Percentage Share Breakdown of Value Sales for Nien Made, Ching Feng, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Product Launches
Strategic Corporate Developments
Select Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 25: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 26: US Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

2. CANADA
A.Market Analysis
Recovering Residential and Non-Residential Construction Drive Market Demand
Table 27: Housing Starts in Canada (2008-2017E): Breakdown of Number of Housing Starts in Thousands (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 28: Canadian Non-Residential Construction Sector's Capital Expenditure in US$ Billion: 2010-2016 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Product Launch
Select Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 29: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 30: Canadian Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

3. JAPAN
A.Market Analysis
Need for Home Remodeling for Elderly Population Sustain Market Growth
B.Market Analytics
Table 31: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 32: Japanese Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4. EUROPE
A.Market Analysis
Europe Continues to Post Positive Growth despite Market Maturity
Recovery in Construction Activity to Drive Steady Growth in Demand
Table 33: Construction Industry in Europe (2014-2018): Percentage Change in Construction Output for Major Countries (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
B.Market Analytics
Table 34: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 35: European Historic Review for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 36: European 14-Year Perspective for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4a. FRANCE
Market Analysis
Table 37: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 38: French Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4b. GERMANY
Market Analysis
Table 39: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 40: German Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4c. ITALY
Market Analysis
Table 41: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 42: Italian Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4d. THE UNITED KINGDOM
A.Market Analysis
UK Market for Window Coverings Exhibit Promising Future
Steady Recovery in Construction Activity Promote Market Demand
Table 43: New Homes Registrations (in Thousands) in the UK by Country: 2010-2016 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Despite Brexit Uncertainty, Long Term Outlook Remain Optimistic
Noteworthy Trends & Drivers
Window Treatment Manufacturers Introduce Inbuilt Devices Safer for Young Children
Increase in Demand for Neutral Paint Shades
Blinds Represent a Significant Share of the Window Coverings Market
Vertical Blinds Enhance Illusion of Space
Sales of Automated Blinds and Shades Gain Momentum
Product Launch
Select Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 44: UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 45: UK Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4e. SPAIN
Market Analysis
Table 46: Spanish Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 47: Spanish Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4f. RUSSIA
A.Market Analysis
Despite the Current Economic Slowdown, Positive Outlook for Russia in the Long Term
B.Market Analytics
Table 48: Russian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 49: Russian Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4g. REST OF EUROPE
A.Market Analysis
Hunter Douglas N.V. - A Global Leading Netherlands-Based Company
B.Market Analytics
Table 50: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 51: Rest of Europe Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5. ASIA-PACIFIC
A.Market Analysis
Unpenetrated and Underpenetrated Asian Countries Offer Huge Untapped Market Growth Potential
Table 52: Global Blinds and Shades Market - Geographic Regions Ranked by Value CAGR for 2016-2024: Asia-Pacific, Rest of World, Latin America, USA, Europe, Canada, and Japan (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Growing Construction Activity in Asia-Pacific to Drive Strong Market Gains
Table 53: Projected Growth in the Asian Construction Market by Region and Sector (2014-2020) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
China & India: Potential Laden Markets
Rising Standards of Living Fuel Market Expansion
B.Market Analytics
Table 54: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - China, India and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 55: Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - China, India and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 56: Asia-Pacific 14-Year Perspective for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for China, India and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5a. CHINA
A.Market Analysis
Despite Slowdown from the Recent Construction Boom, Chinese Market Continues its Growth Trajectory
Rapid Urbanization in China Promote Demand for Blinds and Shades
Table 57: Urbanization in China (2007-2017): Percentage Share of Total Population Living in Cities (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Steady Growth in GDP Enables Manufacturers to Offer Blinds and Shades at Cheaper Rates
B.Market Analytics
Table 58: Chinese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 59: Chinese Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5b. INDIA
A.Market Analysis
Untapped Urban and Rural Markets in India Offer Strong Market Growth Potential
Growing Popularity of Western Style Décor Drive Market Adoption
Rising Income Levels and Urbanization Favor Aspirational Consumption of Branded Products
Table 60: Percentage Share Breakdown of Indian Households by Income Group (2017 & 2025) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 61: Urbanization in India (2007-2017): Urban Population as a Percentage of Total Population (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
B.Market Analytics
Table 62: Indian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 63: Indian Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5c. REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC
A.Market Analysis
Australia: Innovation in Window Covering Technology
Product Launch
Select Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 64: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 65: Rest of Asia-Pacific Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6. LATIN AMERICA
Market Analysis
Table 66: Latin American Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 67: Latin American Historic Review for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 68: Latin American 14-Year Perspective for Blinds and Shades by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6a. BRAZIL
Market Analysis
Table 69: Brazilian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 70: Brazilian Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6b. MEXICO
Market Analysis
Table 71: Mexican Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 72: Mexican Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6c. REST OF LATIN AMERICA
Market Analysis
Table 73: Rest of Latin America Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 74: Rest of Latin America Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

7. REST OF WORLD
A.Market Analysis
Large Number of Construction Projects Propel Market Demand in the Middle East
B.Market Analytics
Table 75: Rest of World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 76: Rest of World Historic Review for Blinds and Shades Market Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 158 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries - 166) The United States (38) Canada (4) Europe (112) - France (4) - Germany (12) - The United Kingdom (44) - Italy (5) - Spain (3) - Rest of Europe (44) Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (12)
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TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) is set to proceed with development and construction of a 200-megawatt (MW)ac photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Twiggs County, Ga. First Solar was awarded the installation as part of a 525MWac Request for Proposals for Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI).

“This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for First Solar to demonstrate our capability to develop solar assets in the Southeast and help Georgia Power meet the renewable energy needs of its customers,” said Kathryn Arbeit, Vice President of Project Development – Americas for First Solar. “Georgia Power’s significant commitment to renewable energy, paired with Twiggs County’s strong leadership and supportive business environment, combine to serve as a great example of how solar can be seamlessly included in the region’s energy mix.”

The solar project is currently in an advanced development stage, and is being developed under a Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power for the electricity and renewable attributes generated by the facility. Construction is expected to begin in November 2018. Upon completion and commissioning, anticipated in late 2019, this will be the largest stand-alone PV solar plant in the southeastern United States.

“We are committed to working with the Georgia Public Service Commission to create programs, like REDI, that help grow renewable energy in Georgia and add value for all of our customers,” said Wilson Mallard, Director of Renewable Development for Georgia Power. “Recently completed large-scale solar projects across Georgia are serving customers today, and the Twiggs County project will be the latest addition, allowing Georgia Power customers to benefit from cost-effective, competitive solar as part of our diverse generation mix.”

The project will be built on 2,000 acres of land near Warner Robins, Ga. Using over half a million of First Solar’s advanced technology thin film solar modules, the power plant is expected to generate more than 450 GWh of electricity annually. It will also be the largest infrastructure project in Twiggs County, which will see the economic benefit of 300-400 jobs during construction and ongoing tax revenues from the project.

“The Board of Commissioners extend a hearty Twiggs County welcome to First Solar,” said Ken Fowler, Chairman of the Twiggs County Commission. “We look forward to collaborating with our new partners on the biggest solar project in the state that will bring much needed jobs and economic benefits to the Geographic Center of Georgia.”

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

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ATLANTA, Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries have officially announced Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives that will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

The first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhoods – located in Atlanta and suburban Birmingham, Alabama – will benefit customers through improved reliability, increased use of distributed energy resources and lower costs. These communities have the potential to further enable the smart grid and help the Southern Company system better meet customers' evolving energy needs.

Both projects simulate what the future may hold for the energy industry, and provide Southern Company and its subsidiaries information on how homes of the future will function. That information will lead to new programs, products and services for customers.

"In the rapidly changing energy landscape, we are focused on meeting customers' current and future energy needs through cutting-edge research and technology," said Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "These collaborative research projects with Alabama Power, Georgia Power and our partners will deepen our understanding of how distributed energy resources interact with the electric grid and how emerging technologies improve customers' lives."

The Smart Neighborhood concept is the result of the Southern Company research and development team's deep collaboration with Alabama Power and Georgia Power, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The companies collaborated with U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute on the initiatives, and have partnered with leading homebuilders for the construction and sale of the communities' homes.

The first Smart Neighborhood project was announced by Alabama Power and all 62 homes have been sold. Signature Homes is the community developer and is overseeing the construction and sale of the homes at the Reynolds Landing community at Ross Bridge in Hoover, Ala. Home construction is expected to be complete in the spring.

"The first homeowners have moved into our Smart Neighborhood and we are excited to provide those customers with advanced energy solutions that will influence services across our territory in the future," said John Hudson, Alabama Power's senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development. "Each home is a crystal ball for home-building and residential consumption. Along with our construction, technology and research partners, Alabama Power is among the leaders of energy innovation."

The Alabama project features the Southeast's first community-scale microgrid. It is comprised of solar panels, battery energy storage and a natural gas generator that supplements power from the existing electric grid.

Each home in the Smart Neighborhood is built with emerging energy-efficient building features, and equipped with leading-edge technology, including a high-efficiency heat pump, an intelligence home comfort system with an Infinity Touch thermostat, voice-activated security, smart locks, cameras, interconnected appliances, triple-pane windows, LED lighting and more. Read more about the Alabama Power Smart Neighborhood here.

Meanwhile, Georgia Power has partnered with PulteGroup to help develop the first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta. The new homes will be located in Atlanta's Upper West Side, one of the city's most vibrant and popular areas. Altus at The Quarter will feature luxury townhomes with cutting-edge smart home technology.

"Building the future of energy in Georgia centers on our continued commitment to offer new, flexible products and services that meet the changing needs of our customers," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "This partnership with PulteGroup provides a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate how energy companies can collaborate with homebuilders and retail partners to better serve customers today while developing new opportunities for tomorrow."

Each technology-enhanced home in the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood will be served by Georgia Power with power supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage. Homes also will be equipped with the latest energy technologies such as optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems and LED lighting. They will feature home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

Construction is underway with the grand opening scheduled for later this year.

Information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers. Read more about the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood here.

Southern Company remains at the forefront of innovation to provide customers with clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. The latest announcements represent another important milestone in the company's work to build the future of energy and extend Southern Company's historic focus on the research and development of emerging energy solutions.

About Southern Company

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

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