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PARIS LA DÉFENSE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thales, ein führender Anbieter von kritischen Informationssystemen, Cybersicherheit, Datenschutz und Lizenzierung, meldet heute die Verlängerung seiner jahrzehntelangen Partnerschaft mit EPLAN, einem Unternehmen für Computer Aided Design (eCAD), um die bedarfsgerechte Bereitstellung und Aktivierung von Lizenzen für alle Produkte zu gewährleisten. Als Teil der digitalen Transformationsstrategie kommt EPLAN mit dieser Maßnahme den Wünschen seines Kundenstamms näher, indem das Produkterlebnis individuell auf die Bedürfnisse der einzelnen Kunden zugeschnitten wird.

EPLAN wurde 1984 gegründet und entwickelt CAD-Software für die Elektrotechnik, die Anwendern mit effizienten Engineering-Lösungen bei der Verbesserung ihrer Elektrokonstruktion hilft. Mit über 51.000 Kunden in verschiedenen Branchen und 50 Ländern weltweit hatte EPLAN den Wunsch, sein Geschäftsmodell an die sich ändernden Kundenbedürfnisse anzupassen. Durch die Technologie von Thales kann das in Deutschland ansässige Unternehmen mit seinen Elektrotechniklösungen nun die Anforderungen seiner Kunden besser erfüllen, größere Auswahlmöglichkeiten bieten und zugleich mehr Geschäftsmöglichkeiten eröffnen.

Nach der Entscheidung, das unternehmenseigene System zu ersetzen, wählte EPLAN die Lösung Sentinel von Thales. Sentinel RMS mit seiner skalierbaren, cloudbasierten Lizenzierungsfunktion ermöglicht EPLAN die Kontrolle und Transparenz darüber, wie seine Softwareanwendungen eingesetzt und genutzt werden.

Mit Sentinel EMS, das als SaaS-basierte Plattform für Lizenz- und Berechtigungsmanagement eingesetzt wird, profitiert EPLAN von der Möglichkeit, seinen digitalen Katalog zu verwalten, in seine ERP/CRM Systeme zu integrieren und den wiederkehrenden manuellen Arbeitsaufwand zu reduzieren. Die EMS-Lösung ist so konfiguriert, dass ein Kunde das Produkt automatisch herunterladen und aktivieren kann, sodass der zuvor zeitaufwändige Prozess beschleunigt wird.

„Auch wenn wir immer die besten CAD-Softwarelösungen bereitgestellt haben, mussten wir unseren kaufmännischen Arbeitsablauf und die Kundenzufriedenheit verbessern“, so Dieter Pesch, Bereichsleiter Produktmanagement & Entwicklung bei EPLAN. „Unsere Kunden wünschen sich mehr Flexibilität von unseren Lösungen und zudem eine wesentlich überschaubarere Zahlungsstruktur – und das haben wir jetzt.“

„Unternehmen benötigen heute mehr denn je vielfältigere Möglichkeiten, um ihre Software zu lizenzieren und gleichzeitig ihre Lösungen in der Geschwindigkeit zu liefern, die Kunden inzwischen erwarten. Dieser Grad an geschäftlicher Agilität ist eine Kernkomponente der digitalen Transformation von heute“, sagt Shlomo Weiss, Vice President, Software Monetization Products, bei Thales. „Mit der Implementierung unserer Lösungen bietet EPLAN seinen Kunden schneller als bisher größere Auswahlmöglichkeiten, ohne seine marktführende Position zu beeinträchtigen.“

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Die Menschen, denen wir zutrauen, die Welt bewegen zu können - vertrauen auf Thales. Unsere Kunden kommen mit ehrgeizigen Zielen zu uns: Sie wollen das Leben noch besser und sicherer machen. Die in ihrer Vielfalt einzigartigen Kompetenzen, Talente und Kulturen ermöglichen unseren Architekten, außergewöhnliche Hightech-Lösungen zu entwerfen und bereitzustellen. Lösungen, die die Welt von morgen schon heute Wirklichkeit werden lassen. Ob in den Tiefen des Meeres oder des Alls und des Cyberspace, wir helfen unseren Kunden, intelligenter zu denken und schneller zu handeln - und dadurch die zunehmende Komplexität und jeden entscheidenden Moment auf dem Weg zu beherrschen. Mit 80.000 Mitarbeitern in 68 Ländern erzielte Thales 2018 einen Umsatz von 19 Milliarden Euro.

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PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CWEN, CWEN.A) (“Company”), today announced that, through an indirect subsidiary of the Company, it has entered into binding equity commitment agreements in the previously announced partnership with Clearway Group to enable the repowering of two of its existing wind assets, Wildorado and Elbow Creek. These agreements commit the Company to invest an estimated $111 million in net corporate capital1, subject to closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to contribute incremental asset CAFD on an average annual basis of approximately $12 million beginning in 20202, which reflects the improved operational profile of the projects and the impact from the new non-recourse capital structure employed at the partnership.

“Our commitment to invest in the repowering of these two important wind assets highlights a new area of organic growth for the Company," said Christopher Sotos, Clearway Energy, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to achieve this important milestone in collaboration with our partner Clearway Group and look forward to working together in the future to prudently and accretively repower other projects in the Company’s portfolio.”

“Repowering our wind energy assets will extend the life of these projects with modern technology that is more efficient and cost-effective than ever,” said Craig Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer at Clearway Group, “We’re proud to collaborate on this important investment and continue to play a leading role in our nation’s growing clean energy economy.”

Highlights of the transaction include:

  • 283 MW of Repowered Wind Projects: The 161 MW Wildorado Wind Project, located in Vega, TX, and the 122 MW Elbow Creek Wind Project, located in Howard County, TX
  • Improved Operational Profile: Benefits of the repowering include the extension of design life, the reduction in operational and maintenance expenditures, and new warranty coverage
  • Enhanced Contract Duration: Elbow Creek has entered into a new hedging arrangement with an investment-grade bank counterparty via which a majority of Elbow Creek’s output will now be contracted through 2029 rather than through 2022; the existing Wildorado PPA with a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (A-/A3) continues to run through 2027
  • Non-Recourse Partnership Financing Summary: The partnership entered into a tax equity arrangement which, in combination with the Company’s equity investment, will be used to repay construction financing and costs related to the Repowering and to reduce outstanding principal at the existing Viento project financing through the removal of Wildorado from the Viento collateral package
  • Corporate Funding Approach: The corporate capital commitment will be funded at Repowering COD of each project, will utilize existing corporate liquidity, and will have a limited impact on the Company’s corporate leverage ratio
  • Construction Management: As part of the partnership, Clearway Group will manage all aspects of the construction process
  • Technology: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy turbines

The Company expects to fully close the transaction by the end of 2019. Completion of the investment is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

About Clearway Energy, Inc.

Clearway Energy, Inc. is a leading publicly-traded energy infrastructure investor focused on modern, sustainable and long-term contracted assets across North America. Clearway Energy’s environmentally-sound asset portfolio includes over 7,000 megawatts of wind, solar and natural gas-fired power generation facilities, as well as district energy systems. Through this diversified and contracted portfolio, Clearway Energy endeavors to provide its investors with stable and growing dividend income. Clearway Energy’s Class C and Class A common stock are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols CWEN and CWEN.A, respectively. Clearway Energy, Inc. is sponsored by its controlling investor Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent infrastructure fund manager that invests in infrastructure and businesses in both OECD and select emerging market countries, through GIP’s portfolio company, Clearway Energy Group.

About Clearway Energy Group

Clearway Energy Group is accelerating the world’s transformation to a clean energy future. With more than 4.1 gigawatts of solar and wind energy assets in 25 states and a development pipeline across the country, we are offsetting the equivalent of nearly 9 million tons of carbon emissions for our customers. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Carlsbad, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Houston, TX; and New York, NY. For more information, visit www.clearwayenergygroup.com.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “plan,” “outlook,” “believe” and similar terms. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the potential operational and economic benefits of the Repowering transaction. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the possibility that the operational and financial benefits of the Repowering transaction will not be realized, as well as factors described from time to time in Clearway Energy, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. In addition, Clearway Energy, Inc. makes available free of charge at www.clearwayenergy.com copies of materials it files with, or furnishes to, the SEC.

Although Clearway Energy, Inc. believes that the expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct, and actual results may vary materially. Clearway Energy, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Distribution are estimates as of today’s date, June 17, 2019, and are based on assumptions believed to be reasonable as of this date. Clearway Energy, Inc. expressly disclaims any current intention to update such guidance.

Appendix Table A-1: Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Distribution Reconciliation

The following table summarizes the calculation of Estimated Cash Available for Distribution and provides a reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss):

($ in millions)      

Repowering
5 Year Ave. -
2020-2024

Net Income $4
Interest Expense, net (4)
Adjusted EBITDA -
Cash interest paid 4
Cash from Operating Activities 4
Net distributions to non-controlling interest (7)
Maintenance capital expenditures 3
Principal amortization of indebtedness 12
Estimated Cash Available for Distribution 12
 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. These measurements are not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that Clearway Energy's future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

EBITDA represents net income before interest (including loss on debt extinguishment), taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is presented because Clearway Energy considers it an important supplemental measure of its performance and believes debt and equity holders frequently use EBITDA to analyze operating performance and debt service capacity. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our operating results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

EBITDA does not reflect cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures, or contractual commitments;

EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs;

EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on debt or cash income tax payments;

Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and

Other companies in this industry may calculate EBITDA differently than Clearway Energy does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to use to invest in the growth of Clearway Energy's business. Clearway Energy compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally. See the statements of cash flow included in the financial statements that are a part of this news release.

Adjusted EBITDA is presented as a further supplemental measure of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for mark-to-market gains or losses, non-cash equity compensation expense, asset write offs and impairments; and factors which we do not consider indicative of future operating performance such as transition and integration related costs. The reader is encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons Clearway Energy considers it appropriate for supplemental analysis. As an analytical tool, Adjusted EBITDA is subject to all of the limitations applicable to EBITDA. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, the reader should be aware that in the future Clearway Energy may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this news release.

Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors and other users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance because it provides them with an additional tool to compare business performance across companies and across periods. This measure is widely used by investors to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired.

Additionally, Management believes that investors commonly adjust EBITDA information to eliminate the effect of restructuring and other expenses, which vary widely from company to company and impair comparability. As we define it, Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for the effects of impairment losses, gains or losses on sales, non-cash equity compensation expense, dispositions or retirements of assets, any mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives, adjustments to exclude gains or losses on the repurchase, modification or extinguishment of debt, and any extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring items plus adjustments to reflect the Adjusted EBITDA from our unconsolidated investments. We adjust for these items in our Adjusted EBITDA as our management believes that these items would distort their ability to efficiently view and assess our core operating trends.

In summary, our management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to readily view operating trends, as a measure for planning and forecasting overall expectations and for evaluating actual results against such expectations, and in communications with our Board of Directors, shareholders, creditors, analysts and investors concerning our financial performance.

Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD) is Adjusted EBITDA plus cash distributions/return of investment from unconsolidated affiliates, adjustments to reflect CAFD generated by unconsolidated investments that are unable to distribute project dividends due to the PG&E bankruptcy, cash receipts from notes receivable, cash distributions from noncontrolling interests, less cash distributions to noncontrolling interests, maintenance capital expenditures, pro-rata adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated affiliates, cash interest paid, income taxes paid, principal amortization of indebtedness, Walnut Creek investment payments, changes in prepaid and accrued capacity payments, and adjusted for development expenses. Management believes CAFD is a relevant supplemental measure of the Company's ability to earn and distribute cash returns to investors.

We believe CAFD is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of our ability to make quarterly distributions. In addition, CAFD is used by our management team for determining future acquisitions and managing our growth. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to CAFD is cash provided by operating activities.

However, CAFD has limitations as an analytical tool because it does not include changes in operating assets and liabilities and excludes the effect of certain other cash flow items, all of which could have a material effect on our financial condition and results from operations. CAFD is a non GAAP measure and should not be considered an alternative to cash provided by operating activities or any other performance or liquidity measure determined in accordance with GAAP, nor is it indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs. In addition, our calculations of CAFD are not necessarily comparable to CAFD as calculated by other companies. Investors should not rely on these measures as a substitute for any GAAP measure, including cash provided by operating activities.

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1 Net corporate capital is subject to closing adjustments; however, per terms of the partnership agreement, the Company’s asset level CAFD yield will be no lower than 11% at closing

2 CAFD average over the 5-year period from 2020-2024 and is based on the currently estimated net corporate capital commitment

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management GmbH (Kaiserwetter) today launched IRIS, an energy IntelliTech innovation, to significantly reduce the time and cost of wind energy M&A transactions. The company will be demoing the data intelligence service along with its ARISTOTELES platform at REFF-Wall Street 2019 in New York City this week.

IRIS uses proprietary algorithms and smart data analytics to quickly produce detailed due diligence reports that identify and assess asset risks and performance. By digitizing this process, IRIS can produce these reports in five days or less, lowering transaction cost and expediting asset valuation and deal closing.

"Traditional due diligence reports for wind energy deals can take five weeks or more, but IRIS can produce more detailed and accurate reports in a matter of days," said Martin Kornemann, chief data officer at Kaiserwetter. “This is a real game changer for wind energy M&A work.”

Last year was a banner year for renewable energy M&A transactions in the U.S. In 2018, 9,855 MW of wind energy were sold, according to FTI Consulting. With the impending production tax credit (PTC) cliff, experts believe that there will be a significant increase in onshore wind M&A activity through 2020.

Making the due diligence process for wind deals easier, more efficient and informative, IRIS’s reports include asset health status information, energy production insights, performance analytics, meteorological analysis, temperature analytics and data quality information.

One of the unique and most valuable portions of IRIS’s report is the potential analysis—an assessment of the possible increase in asset performance (potential gain). Regarded as a "magic number" for the entire investment cycle, the analysis shows the potential that exists from a technical perspective for improving investment return.

In addition to providing data intelligence for M&A transactions, IRIS can also create status reports for asset holders, financing banks and rating agencies of wind farms who are looking for comprehensive information regarding performance and technical conditions at any given point in time. When the reports are created on a regular basis, they can help these clients develop an independent and data-based perspective on the wind farm. These periodic status reports can give investors certainty regarding long-term performance, especially when it comes to asset-based capital market products (e.g. bonds). These reports can also help detect the causes for underperforming assets and identify weak spots.

IRIS is the first technology outgrowth of ARISTOTELES, a cloud-based IoT platform performing Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) launched in 2017. Developed in partnership with SAP, ARISTOTELES turns complex and unstructured technical and financial data into valuable and actionable real-time intelligence for investors and financial institutions to minimize investment and lending risks and maximize monetary returns and cash flows.

“IRIS is a natural extension of our ARISTOTELES platform, and like that platform, it will help catalyze investment into renewable energy,” said Hanno Schoklitsch, CEO of Kaiserwetter. “IRIS will save investors, sellers, financing banks, rating agencies and M&A consultants valuable time and money.”

For more information about IRIS, visit www.kaiserwetter.energy. For a demo, contact Claire Sharp, Kaiserwetter’s head of business development in North America, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management GmbH

Kaiserwetter is the market's first energy IntelliTech company, providing Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) to catalyze investments into renewable energy. The company’s digital intelligence product suite includes its award-winning, cloud-based IoT platform ARISTOTELES, which uses smart data analytics, predictive analytics, and machine learning to minimize investment risks, maximize returns and create financial transparency. Also, IRIS, the company’s web-based Analytics Machine, providing detailed due diligence analysis for wind energy M&A transactions and quick insights into the current state of existing wind assets. And ZULU, the world's first online service configurator, enabling customers to modularly configure services related to the technical and commercial management of renewable energy assets, creating transparency and minimizing operational expenditures.

Kaiserwetter offers its specialized digital services to all stakeholders as part of an investment process and throughout the entire investment cycle on a worldwide basis. Clients include investment funds, private equity investors, infrastructure funds, financing institutions, insurance companies, supranational organizations, rating agencies and energy companies. The company, which was founded in 2012, is headquartered in Hamburg with offices in Madrid and New York and is in the process of expanding into China and India.

Further information about Kaiserwetter, visit www.kaiserwetter.energy or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The multinational clean energy company, Hanergy Mobile Energy Holding Group, adds yet another feather to its cap. The company recently won the illustrious Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) Award 2019 for its exceptional contribution to the photovoltaic industry and being at the forefront of technological advancements.

At the award ceremony that was held on sidelines of SNEC 2019 PV Power Expo, Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association presented Hanergy with the ‘APVIA Honorable Award--Industrial Contribution’ and ‘APVIA Award--Technological Achievement’. On behalf of Hanergy, Mr. Gao Jun, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Domestic Sales of Hanergy received the awards.

Launched by the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association in 2013, APVIA Awards is one of the most influential photovoltaic industry awards in Asia-Pacific area. The APVIA Awards recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the photovoltaic industry through achievements in the areas of capability development or innovation.

Receiving the prestigious award in two distinguished categories, Mr. Gao Jun said, “We’re honored to have received the illustrious APVIA Award 2019 for our contribution to Photovoltaic Industry and technological achievements. At Hanergy, we take a lot of pride for having been at the forefront of the technological innovations and promote mobile energy as an integral part of the future energy at global level. With this recognition, we’re further driven to raise the bar in the industry through our constant work to make this world a better place to live in.”

Earlier, this year in March Hanergy's innovative thin-film solar products won 4 iF Design Awards, also known as the "Oscar Awards in designing". Similarly, the HanPower Plus in, the company's portable solar power charger, was recognized by the design industry's most stringent jury and won the Red Dot Award in the Product Design category.

Hanergy’s solar cells set the world record for conversion efficiency several times, with the newest one being 29.1%. It launched and upgraded handful of consumer products in 2018, including Humbrella, solar-powered umbrella; SolarTank, solar backpack; HanPower, solar power bank, retaining its leading position in mobile energy sector.

COVINGTON, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT) announced that they will be showcasing with Nokia the benefits of a Band 53 TDD-LTE solution for private network applications geared specifically to the critical communications needs of utilities around the world at the upcoming UTC Telecom & Technology Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

This Conference will host thousands of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals and potential technology partners who are all dedicated to modernizing our utilities’ infrastructure and, thus, provides the perfect venue to demonstrate the capabilities of Band 53’s dedicated LTE spectrum when deployed to handle the mission critical communications needs of electric, gas and water utilities.

Utilities have not had dedicated spectrum available capable of delivering the growing bandwidth demand of their applications. And they lack an efficient private broadband solution for remote sites such as wind farms as well as areas of the grid with a limited widely dispersed need for communications. With Nokia’s private LTE solutions with terrestrial capabilities based on Band 53, these needs can now be met.

Globalstar’s Band 53, which received 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) approval in December 2018, is well suited to meet the wireless connectivity demands of modern utilities. Globalstar’s terrestrial Band 53 holds physical, regulatory and ecosystem qualities that distinguish it from other 5G spectrum allocations.

“With favorable propagation characteristics including low interference, high capacity and nationwide availability, Band 53 is ideal to support next generation services as utilities undergo a technological transformation requiring extending communications to the edge of their grid,” says Jay Monroe, Executive Chairman, Globalstar.

Nokia is committed to developing solutions for private LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 5G technology, continuing its focus on IoT solutions for a host of different industries, including utilities. Band 53 and the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform offer pervasive connectivity for critical communications that ensure the needs of utilities’ advanced applications are met.

“Our digital automation platform brings reliable and secure high capacity, low latency and wide coverage mobile broadband for terminals, sensors and other devices to meet the needs for mission and business critical industrial connectivity and digital transformation,” says Stephan Litjens, General Manager, Nokia Digital Automation. “Communications is essential for extending automation to the edge of the grid for the required increased efficiency, reliability and safety as utilities transform their business models”.

About Globalstar

Globalstar is a leading provider of customizable Satellite IoT Solutions for customers around the world in industries such as oil and gas, transportation, emergency management, government, maritime and outdoor recreation. A pioneer of mobile satellite voice and data services, Globalstar allows businesses to streamline operations by connecting people to their devices, supplying personal safety and communication, and automating data to more easily monitor and manage mobile assets via the Globalstar Satellite Network. The Company's Commercial IoT product portfolio includes the industry-acclaimed SmartOne asset tracking products, Simplex satellite transmitters, and the SPOT® product line of personal safety, asset and communication devices, all supported on SPOT My Globalstar, a robust cloud-based back office solution. Completing the satellite product suite are Duplex satellite data modems, the innovative Sat-Fi2 satellite Wi-Fi hotspot, with all product solutions offering a variety of data service plans. Learn more at Globalstar.com

DULUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE (NYSE: ALE), announced today a power sales agreement with Smithfield Foods, Inc. for the remaining output of the Diamond Spring wind site ALLETE Clean Energy will build, own and operate in Oklahoma.

The Smithfield agreement follows an earlier announcement of power sale agreements with two large Fortune 500 companies, Walmart and Starbucks. Walmart has agreed to purchase 175 megawatts for 15 years, Smithfield will purchase 75 megawatts for 12 years, and Starbucks will purchase 50 megawatts for 15 years. The approximately 300-megawatt Diamond Spring site, which is ALLETE Clean Energy’s first project to sell wind power to corporate customers, is now fully contracted with the Smithfield agreement.

“ALLETE Clean Energy is proud to help these leading companies meet their greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy goals through the carbon-free energy that will be generated at Diamond Spring,” said ALLETE Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr. “In addition to adding renewable energy to meet sustainability goals, these companies also seek to lower their energy costs. Our team delivers both, with a reputation for timely, responsible and cost-effective project execution. Directly serving the corporate and industrial power market is opening new growth opportunities for ALLETE Clean Energy.”

Diamond Spring will be ALLETE Clean Energy’s largest wind site when operations begin in 2020. ALLETE Clean Energy will begin construction late this year or in early 2020. Diamond Spring will produce enough power for 114,000 homes, and increase the company’s total wind capacity to more than 1,000 megawatts at nine sites in seven states.

ALLETE Clean Energy purchased a 100 percent interest in the Diamond Spring wind site from the project’s developer, Apex Clean Energy. The purchase included negotiated power sales agreements with Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield.

Corporate and industrial customers represent a growing market for independent power producers as companies embrace sustainability goals.

Smithfield, a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest hog producer and pork processor, announced a goal in 2016 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025. To help reach that goal, the company created Smithfield Renewables, a platform that unifies and accelerates the company’s carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts.

“This partnership to source renewable energy is part of our multifaceted and comprehensive approach to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Kraig Westerbeek, senior director of Smithfield Renewables and hog production environmental affairs at Smithfield. “The carbon-free energy generated through the Diamond Spring project is projected to account for more than 15 percent of our total energy usage across the United States, allowing us to power a substantial portion of our operations using sustainable energy.”

Walmart has committed to cover 50 percent of its energy needs with renewable sources by 2025 as it works toward an ultimate goal of operating with 100 percent renewable energy.

“Walmart aspires to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy, and sourcing from wind energy projects — like the Diamond Spring wind facility — is a core component in the mix,” said Mark Vanderhelm, Vice President of Energy for Walmart Inc. “The energy we'll procure from this facility represents an important leap forward on our renewable energy journey and reinforces Walmart’s broader mission to spark collective action — alongside key partners — to drive environmental sustainability.”

“When Diamond Spring comes online in 2020, it will serve three new corporate customers and deliver meaningful earnings growth for ALLETE shareholders,” said ALLETE Chairman and CEO Alan R. Hodnik. “ALLETE Clean Energy continues to help achieve ALLETE’s shared purpose to answer the call to transform the nation’s energy landscape.”

ALLETE Clean Energy’s strategic purchase of wind turbines that qualify for the safe harbor provision of federal production tax credits enables Diamond Spring’s low energy costs. In addition to turbines to be installed at Diamond Spring, ALLETE Clean Energy retains more safe harbor turbines for additional wind site development.

ALLETE Clean Energy acquires, develops and operates clean and renewable energy projects. ALLETE Clean Energy currently owns and operates, in four states, approximately 555 megawatts of nameplate capacity wind energy generation that is contracted under PSAs of various durations. The company has another 489 megawatts of new wind projects under construction in three states under long term PSA’s. ALLETE Clean Energy also engages in the development of wind energy facilities to operate under long-term PSAs or for sale to others upon completion.

ALLETE Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth; BNI Energy in Bismarck, North Dakota; and has an 8 percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.com. ALE-CORP

The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The multinational clean energy company, Hanergy Mobile Energy Holding Group, adds yet another feather to its cap. The company recently won the illustrious Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) Award 2019 for its exceptional contribution to the photovoltaic industry and being at the forefront of technological advancements.

At the award ceremony that was held on sidelines of SNEC 2019 PV Power Expo, Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association presented Hanergy with the ‘APVIA Honorable Award--Industrial Contribution’ and ‘APVIA Award--Technological Achievement’. On behalf of Hanergy, Mr. Gao Jun, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Domestic Sales of Hanergy received the awards.

Launched by the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association in 2013, APVIA Awards is one of the most influential photovoltaic industry awards in Asia-Pacific area. The APVIA Awards recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the photovoltaic industry through achievements in the areas of capability development or innovation.

Receiving the prestigious award in two distinguished categories, Mr. Gao Jun said, “We’re honored to have received the illustrious APVIA Award 2019 for our contribution to Photovoltaic Industry and technological achievements. At Hanergy, we take a lot of pride for having been at the forefront of the technological innovations and promote mobile energy as an integral part of the future energy at global level. With this recognition, we’re further driven to raise the bar in the industry through our constant work to make this world a better place to live in.”

Earlier, this year in March Hanergy's innovative thin-film solar products won 4 iF Design Awards, also known as the "Oscar Awards in designing". Similarly, the HanPower Plus in, the company's portable solar power charger, was recognized by the design industry's most stringent jury and won the Red Dot Award in the Product Design category.

Hanergy’s solar cells set the world record for conversion efficiency several times, with the newest one being 29.1%. It launched and upgraded handful of consumer products in 2018, including Humbrella, solar-powered umbrella; SolarTank, solar backpack; HanPower, solar power bank, retaining its leading position in mobile energy sector.

The multinational clean energy company, Hanergy Mobile Energy Holding Group, on June 12th, held shareholders’ meeting to officially announce the “three-step” roadmap for returning to China’s A-share market.

The 5-year collaboration will support deployment of ocean technologies and advance research and monitoring to support offshore wind development

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (June 6, 2019):  Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (Atlantic Shores) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rutgers University to advance ocean research and monitoring that will support offshore wind development. The 5-year cooperative agreement term will initiate this summer and help to bolster on-going efforts at the Rutgers Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL).

Together Atlantic Shores and RUCOOL will focus on advancing innovative approaches to collecting and analyzing meteorological, oceanographic and marine bioacoustic data. The work will build upon efforts RUCOOL is already undertaking in partnership with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).

Data collected from both inside and outside the Atlantic Shores lease area will not only support Atlantic Shores’ strong commitment to ground its development decisions upon sound scientific research, but also contribute to the broader regional knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic marine environment.

“Rutgers University is a leader in marine science research, and Atlantic Shores is committed to increasing data collection that will support the sustainability of the emerging offshore wind industry in New Jersey,” said Chris Hart, President and Managing Director of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. “We look forward to advancing their research efforts by collaborating early on as our Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind portfolio gets off the ground.”

“Rutgers is committed to leveraging its research capabilities, working with industry and state partners, and providing the best possible science to lead the nation in responsible offshore wind development,” said S. David Kimball, PhD, Interim Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers. “The Jersey coast is a prime location for offshore wind development in our state’s pursuit of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050. We are happy to partner with Atlantic Shores to advance Rutgers research projects related to offshore wind and be at the forefront of a new industry that can have long-term economic benefits for New Jersey.”

“RUCOOL is excited to work with colleagues at Atlantic Shores to better understand the coastal ocean and atmospheric environment off the coast of New Jersey. These new studies will enhance and contribute to decades of ocean and atmospheric observations, modeling, and knowledge in the region as New Jersey works to become the world leader in offshore wind,” said Joseph F. Brodie, PhD, Director of Atmospheric Research at the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is a 50/50 joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US, LLC with an OREC application currently under consideration by the NJBPU.

The joint venture plans to build multiple projects over the next decade within their 183,000 acre lease area off the coast of New Jersey, to help the state meet its progressive goal of generating 3.5 GW of renewable energy by 2030. In total, Atlantic Shores’ lease area has the potential to generate 2.5 GW of clean wind energy, enough to power nearly one million homes.

A decision on which developer will be awarded a state contract to build the first offshore wind farm in New Jersey is expected this summer. Atlantic Shores plans to move forward with data collection and research in partnership with RUCOOL regardless of the outcome of the NJBPU decision.

About Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC:  Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC is a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America. The joint venture formed in December 2018 to co-develop a 183,353 acre lease area located approximately 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light. Atlantic Shores is strategically positioned to meet the growing demands of renewable energy targets in New York, New Jersey and beyond, with strong and steady wind resources close to large population centers with associated electricity demand. Atlantic Shores, once fully developed, has the potential to generate 2,500 MW of clean, renewable wind energy – enough to power nearly one million homes. The capital and expertise needed to develop such a large area is significant. Together, Shell and EDF Renewables have the investment capability and industry experience to bring this project to scale safely, efficiently and cost effectively. For more info:  www.atlanticshoreswind.com

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- Signs a cooperation agreement with TÜV Rheinland to expedite its product certifications


The multinational clean energy company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, is attending the world’s largest PV tradeshow SNEC this year in Shanghai from June 4-6. Hanergy along with its four overseas subsidiary companies, namely Alta Devices, Solibro, GES, and MiaSolé, exhibited their latest solar solutions. Also the company inked an agreement with Germany’s TÜV Rheinland, which will provide product certification services to Hanergy on a global basis.

Participating the 13th SNEC PV Power Expo & Conference at the New Int'l Expo Center in Shanghai, Hanergy is one of the largest exhibitors this year with an exhibition area of 500 square meters. At booth number W1-310, Hanergy featured four designated zones to showcase varied technology from its four overseas subsidiaries - Alta Devices, Solibro, GES, and MiaSolé, including Solibro’s SlideIn PV System (Waterproof), Solliking series Building integrated Photovoltaic modules using Solibro’s technology, GSE’s PowerFLEX Thin Film Solar Module, MiaSolé Flex-03W Module, and a drone using Alta Devices technology, besides traditional Hanergy solar power housing and mobile energy products, like solar powered rooftops, walls, bricks, backpacks, and power banks.

Take MiaSolé’s FLEX-03W solar module as an example. It’s the world’s most powerful production thin-film solar module, delivers up to 540W in only 5.6kg, an improvement of nearly 10% than previous generation. The flexible solar module can be installed in any location, anywhere the sun shines, on and off the grid – even in places where it previously was not possible to install solar.

Mike Ma, Vice President of Global Business Development, Sales and Marketing at MiaSolé said, “Our thin-film solar technology overcomes the limitations of rigid glass panels, and our continuous research into improving our technology has provided an increase in power output of almost 10%. Our flexible solar module weighs 85% less than standard glass panels, allowing our modules to go where glass solar panels can’t”.

The Flex0-3W modules can be configured in various sizes and modified to fit any application without penetration through exteriors by adhering directly to surfaces with peel-and-stick adhesive. Because they are flexible and only 1.5 mm thick, the modules are highly shatterproof and resistant to wind and seismic activity.

All the exhibits from Hanergy received unprecedented response from the delegates across the globe. The company claims that it received over 17,000 visits on the first day including representatives of companies from Brazil, Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Germany at its booth. Hanergy’s representatives and the senior management also met over 40 delegations from Brazil’s ABSolar and Australia’s Smart Energy Council led by their respective CEOs to explore the cooperation opportunities.

Mr. Lv Yuan, Vice President of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group said, “At Hanergy, we particularly lay a lot of emphasis on attending prestigious conferences and exhibitions alike SNEC 2019, as it gives us an opportunity to touch base our target clientele and understand their varied needs. We think it’s vital for a company of our stature, to be present at such platforms essentially to draw significant global clientele, and more so promote mobile energy as an integral part of the future energy at global level.”

On the sidelines of the conference, Hanergy also signed a cooperation agreement with TÜV Rheinland, as per which TÜV will provide training to the company to expedite its product certification. Wu Di, Vice President of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group and Chief Quality Officer, and Chris Zou, Vice President in Solar Services of TÜV Rheinland Greater China, signed the agreement on behalf of respective companies.

Founded more than 145 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects, and helps to shape processes and information security for companies.

Further, the company also received UL certification for Single-Glass Triple-Arch HanTile on June 5th, which is China’s first UL certification for single-glass BIPV modules. Mr. Xie Tao, CEO of Hanergy’s Global Application Product R&D Center, received the certification on behalf of Hanergy.

SNEC2019 PV Power Expo attracted exhibitors and visitors from over 90 countries & regions, and touched a scale of 200,000 square meters’ exhibition space and over 2000 exhibitors, coming from the entire value chain of solar, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cells industries. It hosted 4000 professionals and 5000 enterprises, including buyers, suppliers, integrators, to gather in Shanghai, and the number of visitors reached over 260,000.

Boulogne Billancourt, France, June 4, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) announced today it signed with the Enel Group's renewable business line Enel Green Power (EGP) a three-year agreement to provide predictive Operation and Maintenance (O&M) capabilities to the group's hydro plants in Spain with a total capacity of up to 3.2 GW through a combination of digital tools and consultative services. This scope of work builds on a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

"The Hydropower industry is shifting dramatically to a much more dynamic and data intensive approach to plant management," said Pascal Radue, CEO of GE's Hydro Solutions. "EGP is ahead of the industry in seeing the potential to improve O&M by harnessing data across a hydro plant in order to optimize OPEX, enhance plant efficiency and avoid failures."

The project will start by evaluating the data coming from existing control and monitoring equipment, then it will collect data from individual plants gathering them in a centralized data lake. From there, data is continuously captured and analyzed with APM (Asset Performance Management) software. Predictive analytics from GE APM are gathered and combined with extensive real-world experience from the operation of hydro plants. GE's Hydro specialists will be supporting EGP in data analysis to make informed recommendations on areas for performance improvement and enhancement.

This new contract highlights the growing development of GE Renewable Energy in the digital hydropower space. Today, more than 90 hydropower plants generating more than 30 GW are globally under management by GE's APM solutions.

For more information on Enel Green Power's predictive maintenance model for hydro plants, please visit: www.enelgreenpower.com/stories/a/2019/05/hydroelectric-plantspredictive-maintenance.

Digital Hydro Asset Performance Management
GE Renewable Energy APM includes software, services and business-process support that together deliver an enterprise-wide view of the impact of asset performance management activities to help plant operators and owners make decisions and evaluate trade-offs on how to run their plants. This includes equipment data capture, integration, and visualization, along with both predictive and diagnostic analytics. APM also manages the complex workflows and processes between reliability engineering, maintenance analysis, and environment health and safety (EHS).

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The multinational clean energy company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, today announced that it has recently inked a strategic cooperation agreement with U.S. Green Building Council on May 14th to jointly foster the application of thin-film solar power products and technologies in buildings globally and promote the idea of “Powering Buildings with Green Energy”.


Under the aegis of agreement, the two parties will work together to conduct research, impart education and training, execute marketing activities and promote the certification of standards, such as LEED, SITES and PEER around the globe.

Mr. Zhang Bin Introduces Hanergy Products to MR. Mahesh Ramanujam

Last year, Hanergy cooperated with the USGBC to jointly launch the “LEED Green Building Renewable Energy Advisory Committee” and carried out the “New Global Green Building Landmark” recruitment plan to help create more green ecological building samples and new landmarks. The strategic agreement marked a new stage of broader cooperation for the two organizations.

Established in 1993, USGBC is the world’s first and one of the most influential green building organizations, which has entered 175 countries & territories. Developed by USGBC, LEED, has become the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence in green building.

Mr. Zhang Bin, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, said, "LEED's mission is to let everyone experience green buildings, which is in-line with Hanergy's green ecological building development concept, therefore both parties have come together to cooperate and promote the development of green buildings worldwide.”

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According to research by United Nations Environment Program, building sector accounts for 18% of global emissions today but has the greatest potential to reduce emissions largely at little or no cost. Applying solar energy technologies proves to be one of the most popular and efficient practices.

With cutting-edge thin-film solar technologies, Hanergy has developed several innovative BIPV products including HanWall, HanTile and HanBrick, which bring considerable environmental, economic and social benefits to both commercial and residential constructions.

"Hanergy's BIPV products are significant innovative materials for the development of green buildings. Newest version of LEED emphasizes performance by using building technologies to help fulfill prerequisites and credit requirements. The application of renewable energy can improve the LEED certification scores of buildings to a certain extent." Said Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc.

He also revealed that Hanergy's Clean Energy Exhibition Center is applying for LEED Platinum certification. With this momentous certification, Hanergy will set a new benchmark in promoting the development of green buildings.

Through the cooperation with USGBC, Hanergy intends to maximize the use of clean energy, strives to make buildings themselves ambassadors for renewable energy and consequently, accelerates the progress of putting to practice the use of renewable energy in green buildings globally. The partnership will be further carried out in subsequent Green Build Symposiums held in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Atlanta in the next five months.

Women in Wind: Faces of wind energy in the UK

 

A few years ago, our partners at RenewableUK created a video series featuring Women in Wind working in the UK. RenewableUK later built upon this series with the Switch List – a list of more than 300 female experts who can serve as speakers and energy domain experts – in an effort to encourage greater female representation at industry events.

Check out the videos below:

Global Wind Day 2019 – Wind energy is more important than ever to power economic development and achieve global climate action goals

  • On 15 June, the wind industry will celebrate the annual Global Wind Day, showcasing the growth and benefits of wind power in communities worldwide
  • There is now more than 591GW of wind power capacity installed globally in 91 countries, with continued growth predicted as wind power is quickly becoming one of the cheapest energy sources available
  • Wind power is contributing to global development and climate goals by creating jobs, decreasing carbon emissions, stimulating local investment and decreasing energy poverty

14 June 2019, Brussels – WindEurope, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the global wind community will celebrate Global Wind Day tomorrow . This is a day to discover wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.

Since last year’s Global Wind Day, over 51GW of both onshore and offshore wind have been installed, bringing the global total capacity up to 591GW and making wind power a significant contributor to energy systems across the world. Today, 91 countries have installed wind energy, with over one third having installed more than 1GW. In addition to established markets in Europe, China and North America, emerging markets in Latin America and Asia will continue to drive growth in years to come.

Wind power will continue to grow and play a pivotal role in the global energy transition towards a prosperous low-carbon economy. Onshore and offshore wind have recorded historically low costs this year, making wind power more competitive than ever vis-à-vis conventional power generation. Onshore wind is already the cheapest form of new power generation in many parts of Europe, with offshore not far behind. By 2020, this will also be the case on a global scale.

Ben Backwell, CEO at GWEC said: “Global energy demand is growing, and we have seen a steady growth in wind power in mature and emerging markets to take on a more significant role in fulfilling this demand. It is now a clear choice for companies to invest more and more in wind energy, and we are tangibly seeing this shift happen with investment in renewable energy more than doubling investments in fossil fuels in the power sector last year. As we see more investment in wind power, we will also see a decrease in carbon emissions, the creation of local jobs, an increase in access to electricity worldwide, greater energy security as the need for fuel imports reduces, and local economic development. Wind power is therefore key to meet both the world’s development and climate goals as we work towards achieving SDG7 and beyond”.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Climate change is at the top of the political agenda in a way we’ve not seen before. Citizens are urging their governments to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Governments can deliver by unlocking investments in wind, the most cost effective climate mitigation technology. From 2011-2016 wind helped the EU avoid over 819 million tons of CO² and reduce Europe’s fossil-fuel import dependency and improve our air quality. But wind energy also provides jobs and investment. 300,000 people work in wind energy in Europe today and local communities are benefitting too from investment and local tax revenues. Wind is currently 14% of Europe’s electricity, It could be the cornerstone of Europe’s energy system providing half of all of Europe’s electricity by 2050 according to the European Commission”.

As part of the Global Wind Day celebrations, WindEurope and GWEC organised the ‘Future Wind’ photo competition that focused on four main themes: Local Impact, Boosting Economies, Visionary Wind and Beyond Wind. This competition is run annually to showcase all the various benefits that wind power can bring to communities across the world.

The winners of the competition will be announced tomorrow morning on the Global Wind Day Website here.

 

About Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day is held on 15 June every year and is a coordinated action between WindEurope, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and other national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities. In the run-up to 15 June, hundreds of public events will be held all over the world from family outings and wind farm visits to seminars with experts and leading industry figures.

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

 

About WindEurope

WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. We have over 400 members, active in over 50 countries. In addition to leading wind turbine manufacturers, our membership encompasses component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

WindEurope actively coordinates international policy, communications, research and analysis. We provide various services to support members’ requirements and needs in order to further their development, offering the best networking and learning opportunities in the sector. See: www.windeurope.org

 

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June 14, 2019

Are you seeking opportunities to collaborate with a diverse community of engineers to make an impact on climate change?

Are you ready to leverage your communications skills, connect with clients, and deepen your technical expertise in wind turbine technology to foster the safe and successful development of wind energy?

DNV GL’s Wind Turbine Engineer position may be a great fit for you!

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables Advisory group is seeking a Wind Turbine Engineer to join our Turbine Technology group to support Independent Engineering tasks related to wind turbine technical risk evaluations. The role will allow you to be part of a team at the forefront of new technical developments, including evaluating OEMs new wind turbines and climbing them. In addition to growing technical expertise, the role is an opportunity to flex your project and time management skills, adaptable oral and written communication when conveying technical details to address varying customer needs, and innovative ideas for improving internal tools and processes.

The candidate will be an active member of the IE-Turbine technology group that evaluates the risks associated with wind farm technology, providing (amongst other things) site suitability assessments, turbine technology reviews and construction monitoring reports of wind farms to project owners, lenders, equity investors, and banks.

This position is based out of our Montreal, QC, office or our Seattle, WA, office (other locations may also be considered).

Tasks May Include

  • Perform turbine site suitability analysis with DNV GL developed analytical tools. Evaluate site suitability assessment prepared by OEMs.
  • Contribute to wind turbine technology assessments, review assessments by others, report writing, and client communication as part of technical due diligence for project financing, mergers & acquisitions, owner purchases, and other business needs.
  • Remain current on new wind turbine technology, engaging with OEMs to understand latest technical details on new products and updates/revisions to existing products.
  • Perform field and factory inspections of wind turbines and components as part of construction monitoring, operational project assessments, manufacturing quality inspections, and potentially failure investigations.
  • Review projects’ O&M budgets and provide O&M cost projections using DNV GL’s internal tools, including evaluation of expected major component failure rates.
  • Prepare high quality written documentation and reports conveying work performed, results, and implications.
  • Prepare detailed reports, memos, technical notes, and email correspondence to communicate clearly and objectively to clients with accuracy and technical rigor.
  • Review root cause analysis (RCA) investigations performed by OEMs or others, in order to assess RCA’s completeness and provide evaluation of associated risks and mitigants. Work may also include at some point active participation in RCAs, including investigations into turbine and component failures covering inspection, documentation of field conditions, causality mapping, and engineering calculations (as appropriate).
  • Ability and interest to learn aero-elastic load simulations of turbines. Example work would include detailed evaluation of turbine loads to confirm site suitability, evaluating impacts of turbine modifications (hardware and software) on turbine loads, and assessing remaining useful life of aged turbines.
  • Complete company required documentation in a timely manner such as Job Safety Analysis, Risk Assessments, time sheets, expense reports, inspection check sheets, tracking reports and scheduling controls.

Position Qualifications

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant engineering or physics disciplines required. Masters in Wind Energy Engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil Engineering preferred
  • Minimum 1 year of experience within the wind energy industry in an engineering related role (internships and coursework will be considered). Consulting experience a plus
  • Basic knowledge of wind turbine systems including gearboxes, blades, pitch and yaw systems, generators, turbine controllers, towers, electrical cabling, and SCADA systems
  • Computer programming background (MATLAB, Python or other transferable languages) is a plus
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems, materials, controls, and physical environment impact on structures preferred
  • Proficient in MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and able to learn new software
  • Proficient in reading and understanding mechanical drawings and electrical schematics is desired
  • Demonstrated strong written communication skills through report origination, draft/final revisions, ability to review and comment on work of peers, and complete high quality report deliverables. (An original writing sample will be requested as part of the selection process)
  • Proven HSE mindset
  • Ability to be commercially responsible for management of projects and handle associated administrative details
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills, comfortable addressing groups
  • Bilingual (French and/or Spanish) writing and verbal skills a plus
  • Willingness and ability to travel in North America, up to 30% of the time
  • Valid driver’s license with clear MVR that complies with DNV GL insurance requirements.
  • Passport or documentation to allow international travel (entry to USA, Caribbean, or Mexico for example)
  • Ability to walk over rough or slippery terrain as experienced on heavy construction sites
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions as experienced across North America and in locations where wind energy projects are typically located
  • Ability to sit for extended periods as required for typical office work
  • Ability to climb a wind turbine tower ladder with up to 30-35 lbs of gear on person, typically to 100-120 m heights
  • Sufficient physical fitness to perform multiple turbine climbs per day
  • Ability to enter confined or enclosed spaces
  • We conduct a pre-employment background check

Interested applicants can submit their resume and cover Letter to DNV GL online job forum. Please include a Cover Letter and an English Version of your Resume

**Immigration-related benefits (for example, visa sponsorship) are not available for this position**

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  

Who runs the world – and how?

 

Do women lead differently than men, and if so, do those differences come down to gender or organizational representation? That’s the question posed by Joan Michelson in a recent Forbes article on gender and leadership style. In the article, Michelson speaks with Laura Liswood, Secretary-General of the Council of Women World Leaders and a former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.

Instead of inherent gender-based norms dictating leadership behavior, Liswood focuses on the organizational dynamic between “the elephant” (the dominant group of leaders and decision-makers, which happen to be men in the global economy) and “the mouse” (the non-dominant group, or women in the global economy). “The mouse” has to take on a more understanding and adaptive stance to “the elephant” and the systems it creates; therefore, when women assume leadership positions, they still need to work within and through the system designed by men.

Vietnam set for wind energy expansion with over 1 GW expected to be installed by 2021

  • A new GWEC Market Intelligence Report ‘South-East Asia Market Update: Insights on Vietnam’ reveals the country’s wind energy potential, with 327 MW of onshore and offshore wind capacity already installed
  • GWEC announces launch of new South-East Asia Task Force, created to promote wind energy in the region and open up new market opportunities
  • GWEC hosts Vietnam Wind Power 2019 conference in Hanoi to discuss opportunities for project financing among other key topics for the wind industry in the country and the wider region of South East Asia

Hanoi, 11 June 2019: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is hosting its annual Vietnam Wind Power Conference today for the second time running, gathering major international wind companies, energy authorities, financial institutions and regulators to discuss the potential for wind energy in Vietnam and the impact of renewables in the region.

On the occasion of this official industry event, GWEC launched its new South East Asia Task Force, a key tool to promote wind energy in these emerging markets. The group will act to engage governments and stakeholders in the region and will produce research and policy papers and much more in order to assist in the growth of the renewable energy sector in the region.

The first report published by this Task Force, Market Update on South East Asia – Insights on Vietnam, was also launched today at the event and provides insights on how Vietnam can be a wind power leader in the region with over 327MW of onshore and offshore wind capacity already installed. The report is exclusively available for GWEC members and as part of GWEC’s new Market Intelligence platform. The final report includes more than 30 tables and figures charting the market outlook for the South East Asia region up until 2030.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “South East Asia has all the fundamentals in place to become the next big wind power market. With a rising population, growing GDP, ever-increasing power demand and concerns over energy security, wind power is helping to meet the region’s growing energy demand in a way that is low carbon, cost efficient and bringing local economic benefits. GWEC Market Intelligence’s new report shows that Vietnam is the country with one of the highest potentials in the region for both onshore and offshore wind, with 1GW expected to be installed by 2021. The country’s 3,000km coastline has some of the best resources for both onshore and offshore wind, and it is the only country in the region that has developed offshore wind, with 99MW already installed. We are pleased to return to Hanoi for the second year in a row with the support of the government and industry to explore how Vietnam can emerge as a wind power leader and set an example for region”.

Liming Qiao, Asia Director of GWEC, said: “Changes in local policies is giving the industry renewed momentum and creating significant opportunities for the wind energy market to grow in Vietnam and the South East Asia region as a whole. With a favourable Feed-in-Tariff and ambitious renewable energy targets up to 2030, it is clear that the government is ready to make the shift to clean energy. However, coal continues to be the dominant source of energy for the South East Asia markets, and we must overcome roadblocks like project financing and bankable PPAs to continue expansion within the region. We are looking forward to working together with all the stakeholders in the region through our new South East Asia Task Force to develop the right regulatory frameworks and overcome these roadblocks to ensure that the true benefits of wind power can be realised in the region”.

Vietnam Wind Power 2019 is the official industry event taking place in partnership with GIZ, the Danish Embassy Hanoi and the Embassy of Ireland.

The first event on 11 June will be a full-day workshop focused on addressing the burning issues facing the financing of wind projects and is specifically targeted at international and local finance institutions, development banks and government officials. Running in parallel to this workshop will be a high-level Offshore Roundtable, bringing together government and industry to discuss the role for offshore wind in this emerging wind market.

The full-day conference on 12 June will feature a range of plenary and parallel sessions including regulatory, market, policy, technology updates, offshore as well as other pressing issues relating to the development of a sustainable wind and renewables industry.

More information about the event and the full programme can be found here.

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About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

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Women in Wind at Brazil Windpower 2019

 

On 28 May 2019, Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director at GWEC (below), spoke about the Women in Wind program at Brazil Windpower 2019.

Joined by Agnes Costa (Head of the Special Advisory on Regulatory Matters – Ministry of Mines and Energy Executive Secretariat), Ney Maron (Director, Maron Consultoria) and Francine Pisni (Regulatory and Technical Advisory, ABEEólica – Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica), the panel discussed how gender and social justice relate to sustainable development, and how wind power can lead on increasing gender diversity.

Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:

Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’

Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?

It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.

Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.

In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.

“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.

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There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.

The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”

Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.

Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."

Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”

Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."

The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.

Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!

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At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.

One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.

250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.

Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."

At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.

The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.

"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.


Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."

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AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world. 

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.

The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.

The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.

Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.

“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.

While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.

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WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.

So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of  wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.

Learn more about GE’s wind power software and Digital Wind Farms by contacting us today.

Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/

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ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).

The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.

Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.

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The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.