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In a recent survey conducted by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC), 64.28% of the 2,754 energy sector respondents have chosen wind power as the principle solution to meet Africa's growing energy demand. This topic will be further explored at IQPC's Wind Power Development and Implementation conference, taking place in Cairo, Egypt from 12-15 December 2010.http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/eventsSubmenuForSearch.do?showId=1540&enableHistory=EventsTab&myLink=myEventsSubmenu&fromSearch=T(Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field. Remove the space if one exists.)Economic growth in the region has been mirrored by an increased requirement for electricity - and the result? The continent has seen a rapid increase in renewable energy projects to supply energy needs.Africa not only faces electricity shortages but also consistent and lengthy power cuts. Earlier this year the Egyptian Electricity Ministry had to ration out national power by inducing power outages as a direct result of higher electricity consumption. For a country without oil reserves, renewable energy becomes an even bigger necessity.The Moroccan government has ambitious plans to have installed 2000MW of wind energy by 2020. Morocco's King Mohammed VI inaugurated a 250 million euro (300 million dollar) wind farm near Tangiers, which is

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Crosswind Renewable Energy, a Clean Energy Solutions company and global provider of category leading Renewable Energy Technology, announced today that it has signed a Preferred Reseller and Installation agreement with Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida. Under the terms of the agreement, Sunworks will offer the complete line of Crosswind products in the state of Florida through its five regional sales offices.Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. is a developer, manufacturer, distributor and installer of solar energy systems and wind powered electric generating systems. Sunworks has over 6,000 installations and boasts customers including NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard, State of Florida, major Florida universities and many other significant commercial clients."This alliance with Sunworks is one of the major steps in the building out of our reliable and cost effective network," said Michael Lynch, CEO of Crosswind Renewable Energy. "Sunworks is the strongest and largest company in their market," added Lynch.About Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. with roots going back to 1973 is one within a family of companies committed to developing, manufacturing, distributing and installing solar energy systems for water heating, solar electric and wind powered electric generating systems.Sunworks Solar Systems, Inc. is a master dealer and distributor

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Preparing for deployment of monitoring equipment while saving New Jersey $1 millionGarden State Offshore Energy (GSOE) today announced it was moving forward with plans to install state-of-the-art mobile wind resource assessment equipment - SeaZephIR - a patented, floating platform with an integrated ZephIR LIDAR system powered by solar and wind energy. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities recently approved the move, a key step in evaluating the GSOE site.GSOE has already invested significant resources in developing this advanced technology, and, in response to the board's action, is moving forward with the next steps needed to deploy the equipment this year and begin testing meteorological conditions at its proposed offshore wind farm site 20 miles off the New Jersey coast. SeaZephIR will be installed to assess wind resources and monitor water conditions and will be supplemented with additional resources to survey avian and marine life. The information gathered will be used to evaluate any potential environmental impacts and used as a guide to aid in the design and engineering of GSOE's project."Receiving this approval from the BPU and preparing to deploy this advanced technology is an important milestone for our project and New Jersey's efforts to make progress toward actual

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The Wisconsin Wind Works, a one-day symposium on October 13, will feature panel speakers from the first tier wind production and aftermarket operations and maintenance sectors. Panel hosts and moderators include representatives from AWEA, Office of Energy Independence, Milwaukee 7, and Great Lakes Wind Network.Symposium attendees will:Learn about Wisconsin's 1st tier market from Wausaukee Composites and Milwaukee Machine Works. Develop connections with the newest netrant to the Wisconsin wind energy supply chain, Ingeteam (INDAR). Indar Electric Division VP Adolfo Rebollo will be the featured lunch speaker.Gain insight into aftermarket wind opportunities from L&S Electric, Energy Maintenance Service (EMS), a subsidiary of Broadwind Energy, and ZF Gearbox repair and rebuild services.Attendees can expect additional insight into:• Current industry issue and trends including 2010 to 2013 forecasts Market entry strategies for 2nd and 3rd tier manufacturers• Differences between purchasing direct versus. integrators• Expected aftermarket opportunities for regional manufacturersIn addition, the Symposium offers extended networking opportunities, great food and cocktails, and more all inside the Frontier Airlines Center, the most architecturally stunning convention facility in the Midwest. Register at www.tinyurl.com/wiscwind WPE 

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The strong winds off the Atlantic Ocean could become a cost-effective way to power much of the East Coast-especially North and South Carolina, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia, a new study says. The report by the conservation advocacy group Oceana argues that offshore wind could generate 30% more electricity on the East Coast than could be generated by the region's untapped oil and gas. It predicts that wind from the ocean could be cost competitive with nuclear power and natural gas to produce electricity.The study appears just as new developments are starting to push U.S. efforts to catch up with Europe and China on tapping the energy in offshore wind. Great Britain recently opened the world's largest wind farm, and China built its first pilot offshore wind farm in 2008, using turbines from one of the nation's largest wind turbine producers, Sinovel.The Department of Energy earlier this month issued a draft plan for creating a U.S. offshore wind energy program."Offshore wind energy can help the nation reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, diversify its energy supply, provide cost-competitive electricity to key coastal regions, and stimulate economic revitalization of key sectors of the economy," the study says.One of the nation's first

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NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, announced today that its subsidiary Heartland Wind Funding, LLC has issued Class B membership interests to JPM Capital Corporation in exchange for approximately $71 million up front and a commitment to fund expected capital contributions of approximately $195 million in the future. Heartland Wind consists of 309 megawatts of wind energy projects in North Dakota and Iowa."This transaction represents a unique structure for NextEra Energy Resources where the tax equity investor makes an initial up front payment and additional investments over time tied to the production of the wind projects," said Armando Pimentel, chief financial officer of NextEra Energy, Inc. "We're very pleased that we have a new and innovative tool to raise tax equity for existing projects that have been previously financed with project debt."NextEra Energy ResourcesNextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc., NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet,

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Timeline No Longer Requires Expedited ProcessPortland General Electric Company has withdrawn a petition requesting a one-time waiver of Oregon Public Utility Commission competitive bidding guidelines for new energy resources. The petition was filed September 2, 2010, and reflected PGE's need to execute a time-sensitive agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) for PGE's acquisition of the development rights assets for the Rock Creek Wind Farm in Gilliam County, Oregon."Based on our preliminary evaluation, this project has excellent wind energy potential, but new regulatory developments affecting the entire wind energy industry make it unlikely that we will be able to complete a transaction on the timeline both PGE and RES Americas had expected, so our request for a waiver is no longer necessary," said Jim Lobdell, PGE vice president for power operations and resource strategy.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently issued new guidance for development of renewable energy facilities that could require wind developers to complete additional surveys and develop plans to avoid or minimize wind farm impact on certain avian species, potentially extending the time required to evaluate and develop new renewable projects in areas likely to include select species. The Rock Creek project area occupies

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The Annual Conference and Exhibition "RenewableUK 2010" - the UK's premier renewable energy event - will be held from November 2nd through to the 4th, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow. SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will be demonstrating a wide scope of Renewable Energy Services at stand no. 270A. ---From November 2nd through to the 4th, SGS will be attending the Annual Conference and Exhibition "RenewableUK 2010" at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre in Glasgow. At stand no. 270A SGS experts will be promoting SGS's extensive Renewable Energy Services for all phases of the wind farm project life cycle, including Technical Due Diligence, Risk Management, Project Finance, PAS55 Asset Management System Certification as well as Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Management.The Annual Conference and Exhibition "RenewableUK 2010" is widely regarded as the UK's premier renewable energy event. Organized by RenewableUK, the UK's leading renewable energy trade association, the event attracts key leaders from the UK's wind energy industry. The exhibition encompasses onshore and offshore wind, small wind farm systems as well as wave and tidal energy.The scope of SGS Renewable Energy Services showcased by SGS UK includes, but is not

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On September 1, 2010, SGS announced Michael Ruiberriz as the new Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy Services in Scandinavia. Michael will focus on creating competitive strategic plans for the growth of Renewable Energy Services revenue within SGS Industrial Services and identifying and securing new contracts and projects. In addition, he will be responsible for flawless project execution and leadership as well as cultivating and forging client relationships. Michael will also be in charge of leveraging and capitalizing SGS's cutting-edge global technical certification capabilities to address unmet market needs.Having graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration with a diploma in the Program for Leadership Development, Michael made a start in the wind energy industry within the Siemens Professional Development Program in 2006. After a thorough introduction to wind power services, Michael began executing various onshore and offshore projects as installation manager worldwide. In 2009, Michael joined FORCE Technology for business development within corporate cross sales, as sales manager in the renewable energy sector.Michael has now joined SGS Scandinavia as the new Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy Services. In his new role, he will be in charge of the development of Renewable Energy Services in the region.About SGS

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From December 7th through to the 9th, SGS will be attending the International Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference 2010 in Dsseldorf, Germany. During the three day event, SGS experts will present a wide array of Wind Turbine Blade Testing services, including live demonstration of static and fatigue tests.From December 7th until the 9th, SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, will attend the International Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference 2010 in Dsseldorf, Germany. Held at the Maritime Hotel, the conference provides a unique opportunity for wind blade manufacturers, end users, researchers and materials and technology suppliers to gather together and discuss the latest issues from production technology, materials, monitoring and testing for wind turbine blade manufacture.With the global expansion of alternative energy markets, wind farms are extending offshore and onshore, leading to increased demand for turbines and blades. The size of the turbines required is also growing, which provides new challenges for blade manufacturers. The Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference 2010 aims to discuss this and more of the industry's latest challenges, from design, materials and composites processing, to qualification and testing of the wind turbine blades. Organized by Applied Market Information Ltd (AMI), a specialist market

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