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Xcel Energy today released preliminary results from its wind-to-battery storage project in Minnesota, and the bottom line is -- the technology works.Integrating variable wind and solar power production with the needs of the power grid is an ongoing issue for the utility industry. In October 2008, Xcel Energy began testing a one-megawatt battery-storage technology to demonstrate its ability to store wind energy and move it to the electricity grid when needed. It is first use of the technology in the United States for direct wind energy storage."We have proved that this technology can perform the functions of storage that we were looking for to help us manage the variability of wind energy on our operating system," said Frank Novachek, Xcel Energy director of corporate planning. "The success of this technology is important to both Xcel Energy -- the nation's leader in wind power distribution -- and our customers, and we are greatly encouraged by these results."The preliminary test results indicate that the battery has the ability to:-- Effectively shift wind energy from off-peak to on-peak availability-- Reduce the need to compensate for the variability and limited predictability of wind generation resources-- Support the transmission grid system by providing voltage support,

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Company to Begin Share Repurchase in Third QuarterSempra Energy today reported second-quarter 2010 earnings of $222 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, up from earnings of $198 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in 2009.Second-quarter 2009 earnings included a charge of $64 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for an asset write-off at Sempra Pipelines & Storage.Sempra Energy's earnings for the first six months of 2010 were $328 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, compared with $514 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, in 2009. First-quarter 2010 earnings included a charge of $96 million after tax, or $0.38 per diluted share, for a proposed energy-crisis litigation settlement."Our core businesses performed well in the quarter," said Donald E. Felsinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. "Last month, we completed our transaction with J.P. Morgan to sell a major portion of our commodities joint venture -- the first step in our exit from that business. Our proceeds from the sale and other distributions will be approximately $1 billion. Additionally, last month, San Diego Gas & Electric reached a significant milestone with receipt of the final major regulatory approval for its Sunrise Powerlink transmission line. This project will increase electric grid

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New Website Iswww.solarenergy-us.comSolar Energy Initiatives, Inc. with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced the launch of their new corporate website and social media presence at www.solarenergy-us.com."The launch of the new www.solarenergy-us.com web site is the final step in the Company's multi-phase brand recognition strategy," said Mr. David Fann, CEO. "Solar Energy Initiatives and its operating lines represent a complete solution for the entire solar supply chain. Our new domain name helps us to convey this message to our clients, investors, and any potential solar dealers. We believe segmenting our operations will allow us to streamline sales, acquire new dealers, and improve overall earnings."Solar Energy Initiatives connects manufacturers, builders, and energy consumers. The Company is dedicated to advancing the solar economy through awareness, training, supply chain services and direct capital projects. SNRY executes and manages large-scale solar projects driving demand, creating jobs and generating energy for a variety of commercial and government interests. Management believes these segments are more clearly defined via the new website.About Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc.Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. (SNRY) is a diversified provider of solar solutions with three principal operating groups focused on large-scale projects, solar education and distribution of solar products.

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GCube Insurance Services, Inc., the leading global insurer of renewable energy technologies announced today that John McLane has joined the company as Senior Vice President.Mr. McLane will be responsible for growing GCube's renewable energy business held by utilities and independent power producers. With over 30 years in the industry, John has worked on all facets of insurance programs, captives, finite risk, self-insurance plans, owner-controlled insurance programs, traditional property and casualty brokerage and contractual risk transfer supporting clients in power generation."We are very excited to have John join the team and expand our business development and strategy efforts with utilities as he brings extensive experience working with the power generation industry. We look forward to demonstrating our value and expertise to this particular sector of the market and know that John has the reputation and respect in the industry to lead this initiative." said Pat Stumbras, Executive Vice President of GCube.

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SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the exhibitors at the Husum Wind Energy 2010 Trade Fair in Husum, Germany. The services offered by SGS Global Competence Center Renewable Energy will be presented throughout the exhibition at stand no. 3A09 in sector A of hall 3. ---The Husum Wind Energy Trade Fair is widely regarded as the world's longest-running wind energy industry trade show. It will be held in the new Husum congress and event center on September 21 to 25, 2010.Founded in 1989, the Wind Energy Trade Show, held every two years in Husum, is recognized as one of the world's leading events in the wind energy sector. Organized by Husum Messe and supported by several national and international organizations, the show features products, services and innovations from leading companies and organizations engaged in wind energy component manufacturing, development, construction and support around the globe. More than 950 exhibitors from over 35 nations as well as around 25,000 visitors from 70 countries are expected to take part in Husum Wind Energy 2010, continuing the success of past exhibitions.The scope of SGS Wind Energy Services showcased by SGS includes Commissioning and In-Service Inspection, Wind

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TUCSON, The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved Tucson Electric Power's (TEP's) plan to provide customers with an affordable way to meet their electric needs with locally generated solar power.By the end of this year, participants in TEP's Bright Tucson Community Solar Program will be able to purchase shares of solar energy for as little as $3 per month. The power will be produced by local photovoltaic (PV) systems, including an array that will be built at the University of Arizona's Science and Technology Park later this year."The Bright Tucson Community Solar Program will make it easy for customers to shrink their carbon footprint while helping us reduce our community's reliance on fossil-fueled power," said Paul Bonavia, Chairman, President and CEO of TEP and its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation.Program participants will be able to purchase 150 kilowatt-hour (kWh) "blocks" of solar energy at a rate that adds $3 per month to their bills. Six blocks would cover the annual electric use of a typical household at a premium of just $18 per month. Customers can buy as many blocks as they like until the available solar energy is fully subscribed, and they can cancel at any time."It's a great

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Move positions Company closer to customers and changing wind turbine technologyBroadwind Energy, Inc.today announced that it has opened an office in Hamburg, Germany, and named Michael Stegelmann as managing director of Broadwind Energy Europe GmbH."Many turbine manufacturers have engineering offices in the Hamburg area, and this new office will enable us to keep pace with rapidly evolving wind turbine technology," said Lars Moller, president of technology and international at Broadwind. "We are pleased that Michael Stegelmann has joined Broadwind. He brings deep wind industry expertise and will help us stay close to existing and new customers both in Europe and Asia. We welcome Michael to the Broadwind team and appreciate the warm welcome from Hamburg's city officials."Stegelmann joins Broadwind from REpower Systems AG, a leading turbine producer based in Germany, where he most recently served as senior vice president, global supply chain.Stegelmann noted, "After many years on the buyer/supplier side of wind energy development, I am excited to join Broadwind to help grow its unique platform of wind energy solutions."About Broadwind Energy, Inc.Broadwind Energy, Inc., based in Naperville, Illinois, provides technologically advanced high-value products and services to the U.S. wind energy industry. Broadwind's product and service portfolio provides customers, including

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Project Expected to Save Brea $13 Million and Reduce City Energy Use by 40 PercentChevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corporation, and the City of Brea announced today the start of construction of an energy efficiency and solar project expected to save the city more than $13 million in net energy savings over the life of the project.Brea will become the largest municipal producer of solar energy in Orange County once the 1.8MW of solar panels are installed at the Community Center, Civic and Cultural Center and Reservoir City Pump Yard. Chevron Energy Solutions designed the solar systems and will build, install, operate, maintain, measure and guarantee the systems' performance for the city. The company also designed and will implement a citywide street lighting upgrade and interior and exterior lighting retrofits and improvements to heating, ventilating, air conditioning and energy management controls."The City of Brea is proud to work with Chevron Energy Solutions to save taxpayer dollars by reducing our energy use," said Brea Mayor Ron Garcia. "This project also helps Brea attain early compliance with goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) by reducing our energy use."The solar and energy efficiency improvements generate savings to pay

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SolarReserve's 100 megawatt power contract with NV Energy will utilize innovative energy storage technology developed and manufactured in the United StatesSolarReserve, a California-based developer of utility-scale solar power projects, begins next steps on its Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in conjunction with NV Energy's receipt of approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) today. This approval follows on last December's announcement that SolarReserve's wholly owned subsidiary, Tonopah Solar Energy LLC, and NV Energy had signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the sale of electricity from the proposed 100 megawatt solar energy project located near the town of Tonopah, in Nye County, Nevada."We are extremely pleased that NV Energy received approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to move forward on this important energy project," said Kevin Smith, SolarReserve's CEO. "Solar energy, and particularly solar energy with thermal storage, can help meet Nevada's renewable energy objectives while at the same time stimulate the economy by creating solid jobs in the state."According to documents presented to the PUCN, NV Energy cited SolarReserve's storage technology as a key reason for recommending to move forward on the Crescent Dunes project. Utilizing an advanced molten salt system technology, the Crescent Dunes

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New Website Iswww.solar-eos.comSolar Energy Initiatives, Inc., with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced the launch of Solar EOS's website and social media presence at www.solar-eos.com. Solar EOS supports the growth of the solar industry through training and education."Solar professionals are savvy users of technology and they need to have a resource online that can provide them relevant training opportunities, current information, and a place to share their thoughts on the industry," stated Ms. Ellen Leroy-Reed, President of Solar EOS Inc. "The Solar EOS website is meant to serve this purpose. Along with training dates and upcoming workshop descriptions, we also have the EOS blog where we discuss trends, newest technologies, case studies, and success stories happening in our growing industry. For those that follow social media, we are making our mark on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Ideas grow from our readers and our educational offerings develop from these online conversations. We recently added a robust webinar series based on the feedback from our students which will then provide needed CEUs for our professional clients. Solar EOS believes that our students deserve their education when, where, and how they need it. The EOS website makes that

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