Product News & Announcements

Tuesday 12/06/2016
Constellation and Amphitheater Public Schools Complete Solar Project

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and Amphitheater Public Schools announced the completion of a 9.3 MW solar generation project in Tucson, Ariz. The solar power systems, located across 25 school sites and support facilities, are expected to generate more than 60 percent of the District’s electricity needs in the first year of operation.

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BYD Debuts SkyRail System at C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY -- BYD debuted SkyRail, its urban layered transportation solution during the biannual C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City in front of an audience of more than 500 guests, including global city mayors, NGO representatives, business leaders and media. BYD’s urban layered transportation solution aims to tackle air pollution and traffic congestion, which will bring revolutionary changes to urban transportation in growing cities around the world.

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WiTricity Enables Interoperable Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging

WATERTOWN, Mass. -- WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced its Tunable Matching Network technology to drive global interoperability and adoption of wireless charging for electric and autonomous vehicles. TMN technology allows the wireless charging system to automatically optimize energy transfer between the ground and vehicle in a wide range of real world operating conditions including parking misalignment, differing vehicle ground clearance and varying battery voltage conditions. This flexibility enables wirelessly charged vehicles to interoperate more easily with standards-based charging sources made by different automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and infrastructure suppliers. With TMN based systems, drivers can park their wirelessly charged electric vehicles and be assured of rapid, efficient and safe charging, without having to handle charging cables or park their vehicle with precision.

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ALLU Marks Growth in Product Development, International Presence

TETERBORO, N.J. -- Two major themes marked the year 2016 for ALLU worldwide: the launch of the largest screener crusher ever manufactured, and strong growth in the Chinese market.

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Tuesday 11/29/2016
Solar Array to Power Iron Mountain Records Management Facility

BOSTON, Mass. -- Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, announced the activation of a solar energy array at its Freehold, N.J., facility that will generate 2.6 million kWh of electricity per year. The array, which sits adjacent to Iron Mountain’s largest records management facility on the east coast, will allow the company to offset 60 percent of the site’s energy consumption today, with that percentage expected to increase as other energy efficiency projects come online for the 857,194 square foot campus.

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San Jose Conservation Corps to Receive Vocational Training

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd., a global manufacturer of photovoltaic technology, is collaborating with Spice Solar and the San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School to help train vocational students in solar system installation. Boviet Solar USA has donated three different types of solar panels to the SJCC, and Spice Solar, innovators in rooftop module mounting systems, is providing SJCC students with hands-on training in rooftop solar installation.

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Ultra-Fast Charging Planned Along Major Highways in Europe

COLOGNE, Germany -- BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick buildup of a sizable number of stations to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This is an important step toward facilitating mass-market battery electric vehicle adoption.

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New Tools Launched to Support Electric Vehicle Adoption

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company released a new report and interactive map to support and ease the installation of critical electric vehicle fast chargers in Northern and Central California to help increase EV adoption and extend EV benefits across communities.

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Tuesday 11/22/2016
Amerlux Completes Retrofit Lighting Project for Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Amerlux recently supplied its Avista LED light engines as part of a major retrofit project in the downtown Los Angeles area. Since the late 1920s, GE lamps were used to provide light for the streets of downtown LA during its modern revitalization. The Bureau of Street Lighting reported that more than half of its streetlights have already been retrofitted to LED, including 600 fixtures with Amerlux Avista light engines. This retrofit project saves the taxpayers of Los Angeles almost 80 percent in energy costs and provides better color rendering for enhanced visibility, safety and security throughout the community.

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West Contra Costa School District Goes Solar with SunPower

RICHMOND, Calif. -- West Contra Costa Unified School District and SunPower Corp. will begin construction of SunPower Helix solar systems at 34 school sites in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The solar installations will include carports, shade structures and rooftop systems and will be constructed over the next year, with the first phase being operational in January.

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Fare Collection System Enhanced for Maryland Transit

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, announced the award of a $4.8 million contract modification from the Maryland Transit Administration to conduct a major upgrade to its Automatic Fare Collection system and setting the foundation for new features and functionality. The upgraded system will provide the MTA with the opportunity to accept new payment methods, such as mobile payments, as well as add new features, including a new customer web portal and an integration path with third-party transport services in the future.

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Exelon Chooses GE Predix to Accelerate Digital Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- At Minds + Machines, GE announced an enterprise-wide software agreement with Exelon, a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers and one of the cleanest generation fleets in the nation.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
Sonoma County Solar-Plus-Energy Storage Project Announced

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Green Charge and REC Solar announced plans to build the largest commercial solar-plus-energy storage project in Sonoma County.

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Partnership to Bring Food Waste Recycling System to California

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Whether they’re craving cilantro-speckled guacamole or tangy ceviche that still tastes of the ocean, Northgate Markets is a destination for shoppers who want a foodie experience with every trip to the market. The bountiful options offer shoppers a bigger selection of fresh, healthy food, but create a dilemma for supermarkets like Northgate itself: What to do with the food scraps?

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NY Auto Dealership Saves with Standard Solar

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Yonkers, N.Y.,-based auto dealer Smith Cairns Ford Lincoln Mazda Subaru is turning to solar to save on its energy bills. Working with leading solar energy company, Standard Solar, the dealer installed a 1,272 panel, 394 kW solar photovoltaic system. In addition to the 253 kW array on its rooftop, the system also features two solar carports totaling 141 kW. The system was completed in October.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
Concrete-based Thermal Storage Increases Industrial Efficiency

BILLINGSTAD, Norway -- Industrial operations require significant energy, with large amounts of this energy disappearing as as waste heat after use. EnergyNest’s thermal energy storage now ensures that this widely untapped energy reserve can be converted effectively.

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Connecticut Town Achieves Record Setting Energy Independence

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, has completed the installation of a 3.4 MW solar system for the town of Stafford, Conn.

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Green Charge to Deliver 13 MWh of Distributed Energy Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Green Charge announced a contract award from Con Edison to deliver 13 MWh for Con Edison’s Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program. Green Charge will install and operate intelligent energy storage, at no cost to site host customers, within areas of Brooklyn and Queens. The distributed energy storage portfolio will operate as a virtual power plant to mitigate peak load on the local distribution system. Con Edison’s Neighborhood Program will help Con Edison defer more than $1 billion in new infrastructure spending.

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LADWP Approves Battery Backup System from SolarMax

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The largest municipally owned utility in the United States, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has found the FLEX Energy Storage System designed by SolarMax Technology to be in compliance with Electric Service Requirements. With the move, the fully integrated battery backup system becomes available for installation by more than 1.4 million customers in the LADWP service area.

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Cradlepoint Helps San Antonio with Traffic Management System

BOISE, Idaho -- Cradlepoint, a global provider of cloud-based network solutions for connecting people, places, and things over wired and wireless broadband, announced it is helping the city of San Antonio scale its traffic management system to meet high population growth expectations.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Alta Energy to Deliver Renewable Energy to California Schools

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Alta Energy, a company that helps enterprise clients optimize the benefits of renewable energy across multi-facility portfolios, announced it has acquired the assets of Sovereign Modular, a provider of solar energy solutions tailored to California public schools. As part of the acquisition, Alta Energy will take over a contract to supply California’s Poway Unified School District with solar electricity generated by 715 kW of solar photovoltaic systems that Alta will install on modular classrooms on 16 PUSD campuses.

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Collaboration to Achieve Navy’s First ‘Net Zero’ Energy Military Base

ALBANY, Ga. -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, for an energy conservation and distributed generation project that will enable the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., to reduce energy use, increase energy security and meet energy demands from renewable sources.

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New Solar Energy Project Will Power South Metro Co-Op Members

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- Dakota Electric Association, along with its power supplier Great River Energy, announced a joint solar project that will provide dedicated solar power directly to Dakota Electric’s membership. The 1 MW solar array will be built along Highway 61 in Marshan Township by SoCore, a leader in solar energy development and construction.

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700 kW Rooftop Solar Project Completed at Sacramento Arena

BOULDER, Colo. -- AES Distributed Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, announced the completion of a 700 kW rooftop solar system in Sacramento, Calif., located at the Golden 1 Center, the world’s first LEED Platinum Indoor arena and the home of the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings. AES DE co-developed the project with SPI Solar, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SPI Energy Co., Ltd.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
Streetline Smart Parking App Recognized for Improving Congestion

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Streetline, which creates smart parking data and mobile apps to guide motorists to open parking spaces and empower cities to optimize parking utilization, has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its Global Product Line Strategy Leadership Award for Smart Parking Technology.

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Clean Energy Opens LNG Station in Washington State

FIFE, Wash. -- Clean Energy Fuels Corp., announced the opening of a new state of the art, public natural gas station along Interstate 5 in Fife, a suburb of Tacoma. The station adds to Clean Energy’s "America’s Natural Gas Highway", allowing fleets to operate from state to state utilizing natural gas vehicle fuel.

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Toyota First to Adopt New Energy Efficient Lighting Platform

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Orion Energy Systems, Inc., announced that Toyota Motor North America will be the first Global Fortune 500 customer to install Orion’s industry-leading third generation ISON Class LED High Bay fixture in their 8.1 million sq. ft. Georgetown, Ky., manufacturing plant since the Orion 214 lumens per watt fixture was launched in September. Toyota selected the ISON Class LED Gen III High Bay for this sizable lighting retrofit project because the fixture, which delivers an unprecedented 214 lumens per watt, will help them significantly reduce the amount of energy required to light certain areas of the flagship facility. The Georgetown facility is Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant in the world, equal to 169 football fields under one roof.

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Tuesday 10/18/2016
Airbnb Partners with SolarCity to Bring Solar to Home Sharing

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company and SolarCity Corp., a nationwide solar power provider, are announcing a new partnership that will connect Airbnb hosts and guests with an affordable and sustainable way to power their homes with solar energy, and are releasing estimates of the environmental benefits of home sharing for travelers.

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Orion Energy Systems Expands with New LED Fixtures

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Orion Energy Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance, energy-efficient retrofit lighting platforms, has added two LED linear strip products to its popular HARRIS Class product line. The new LED Linear Strip | SFHC and LED Strip Retrofit | SFHR are ideal for manufacturing, distribution, warehouse and retail settings. The series is designed for new construction, renovations, a one-for-one replacement or a quick retrofit from traditional fluorescent linear fixtures. The energy savings to Orion customers who upgrade from fluorescent linear strip fixtures to the Harris Linear Strip or Retrofit Fixture can be as much as 75 percent.

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County Converts Cargo Vans to Reduce Emissions

BOSTON, Mass. -- XL Hybrids, Inc., a provider of connected fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced the successful installation of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in Prince George's County, Md., cargo vans. The upfitted hybrid vans are part of the County's comprehensive Sustainable Energy Program, which aims to reduce government fleet vehicle petroleum consumption by 20 percent, as well as carbon emissions.

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Carbotech PSA Gas Upgrading Tech to Increase Biogas Value

MADISON, Wisc. -- High Plains Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, recently announced plans to upgrade their anaerobic digestion-derived biogas to renewable natural gas using a Carbotech Pressure Swing Adsorption system from BIOFerm Energy Systems/Viessmann Group. Located in Guymon, Okla., HPB currently fuels boilers with the biogas created from the anaerobic digestion of food processing pork waste, but has identified gas upgrading and natural gas grid injection as a better alternative biogas end-use to enable the highest possible return.

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Tuesday 10/11/2016
Green Commuter Gets Grant for Electric Car Sharing in Tennessee

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Green Commuter, the innovative clean energy company launching and managing a fleet of zero-emission vehicles, announced it received a $750,000 grant from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority to launch an electric car sharing service in the Tennessee city.

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Ford Invests in Detroit Neighborhood Community Center

DETROIT, Mich. -- Ford Motor Company Fund is boosting its investment in the future of Detroit with expansion of an innovative community center that will bring $5 million in services to thousands of students and residents on the city’s east side.

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Lockheed Martin, CoGen to Build Energy-from-Waste Plant

LONDON -- Lockheed Martin has signed a teaming agreement with CoGen Limited to develop energy-from-waste projects in the United Kingdom, starting with a new plant in Cardiff, Wales.

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Whirlpool, How2Recycle Promote Packaging Recycling

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Whirlpool Corporation announced a partnership with standardized labeling system How2Recycle, which gives consumers simplified instructions on how to best recycle product packaging materials.

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Tuesday 10/04/2016
Lime Energy Awarded Grant for Energy Efficiency Projects

NEWARK, N.J. -- Lime Energy Co., has been awarded a funding agreement by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to design and deliver "Achieving Energy Efficiency in Small Businesses in Low-Income Areas," an energy efficiency program for low-income communities. As part of this collaboration, the DOE will invest $1.35 million to help Lime Energy engage 10,000 small businesses and complete 2,500 small business efficiency retrofit projects in low-income areas in Atlanta, Orlando and Houston.

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Work Started on 2MW Solar Array at Ohio Northern University

ADA, Ohio -- Construction is beginning on a 2 MW solar array that will supply about 10 percent of Ohio Northern University's annual electricity needs. Under a 25-year power purchase agreement, ONU will purchase electricity directly from the array without needing to invest capital in construction and maintenance.

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BYU Goes Green with Legend Solar Sponsorship

PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young University Athletics is going green with a solar power sponsorship from Legend Solar, the fastest-growing solar power company in Utah. The agreement makes Legend Solar the official solar provider of BYU Athletics and includes plans to work with athletics to install an 800 kW solar power system, saving the athletic department millions of dollars in energy costs throughout the life of the project.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
Suniva Powers Georgia Power Charging Stations

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Suniva, Inc., an American manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells and modules, with headquarters in metro-Atlanta and manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Michigan, announced its Buy American-compliant solar panels were used by Georgia Power at the PGA TOUR Championship to power mobile charging stations.

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WGL Energy Completes 3.2MW Solar Project in Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- WGL Energy Systems, a WGL company, announced the completion of a 3.2 MW solar facility in Devens, a 4,400-acre community in north-central Massachusetts. The fully installed photovoltaic solar system is designed to provide power to the residential, commercial and industrial customers of the Devens Utilities Department. MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, is redeveloping Devens, a former U.S. Army base, into a mixed-use community.

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Pennsylvania Wastewater Plant Upgraded with GE Tech

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Seeking to increase the wastewater treatment capacity at the Brush Creek sewage plant without expanding its footprint, Cranberry Township, Pa., turned to GE’s high-performance LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor technology for an upgrade. Once complete, the expanded Brush Creek Water Pollution Control Facility will treat more than 7 million gallons per day of wastewater, and the effluent will meet current and future nutrient and discharge limitations.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
JetBlue Makes Huge Renewable Jet Fuel Purchase Agreement

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- JetBlue announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company. The airline is partnering with SG Preston to purchase renewable jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with food production. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA based renewable jet fuel.

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Ameresco Partners with Bureau of Prisons on Energy/Water Project

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract with Ameresco to implement energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex Butner in North Carolina. The contract, valued at $53.1 million, is designed to reduce energy intensity throughout the 776-acre prison complex, which includes a large federal medical center and multiple correctional facilities.

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Cubic and Partners Work to Speed Passenger Management

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, along with a diverse team of industry and academic partners, announced a working collaboration to develop a prototype that integrates future ticketing technologies to support a doubled rate of passenger throughput at fare gates in train stations. According to travel projections, the number of journeys for passenger rail is likely to double over the next 30 years.

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Mobility Challenge Issued to Boost Response to Natural Disasters

DEARBORN, Mich. -- When disaster strikes, three nonprofits in the United States will be able to beef up their response capability to help people faster and more effectively through a new program called the Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge.

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Ford Encourages Female Students to Explore STEAM Fields

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Company is collaborating with four Girl Scouts Councils, Tropical Florida, Southeastern Michigan, Northeast Texas and Northern New Jersey, on a program that offers avenues for elementary school students to explore STEAM-related fields in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
ZEROCELL Smart Energy Storage Appliance Makes Solar Make Sense

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- HOUZE Advanced Building Science, a smart zero energy innovation company, announced during the Solar Power International 2016 trade show that it will introduce its ZEROCELL in the USA, Europe and UAE before the end of the year. The company is establishing a network of distributor partners ranging from retailers to solar companies to utilities.

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FedEx Freight Invests in CNG Fueling At Oklahoma City Service Center

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx Freight, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and a provider of LTL freight services, has purchased more than 100 compressed natural gas tractors and has installed a CNG fueling station to serve the new CNG fleet at its Oklahoma City Service Center. FedEx Freight contracted with Clean Energy Fuels Corp to design, build and maintain the fueling station.

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Ford Partnering with Global Cities on New Transportation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Ford Motor Company is teaming up with major global cities, starting with San Francisco, to solve congestion issues and help people move more easily.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Distributed Energy Storage Solution to Enable New Energy Services

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. -- NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, recently introduced the DSS, a new distributed energy storage platform and a significant step into the commercial and industrial energy storage segment, enabling its partners to offer distributed energy management services. As one of the most trusted global suppliers of energy storage technology, NEC ES is offering the DSS platform with proven lithium-ion battery storage technology, power conversion, and advanced controls software in a range of flexible outdoor-rated configurations that are smaller, simpler, smarter and safer than competitive products.

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