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    United States Renewable Energy 15 Jun 22 - INDUSTRY SNAPSHOTS


    June 15, 2022 - Acquisdata Industry Snapshot

     

      LATEST COMPANY NEWS

      Renewables Now - ReneSola wins REC contracts for 40 MW of US solar -13/6/2022

      ReneSola Ltd said it has won 20-year Index Renewable Energy Credit (REC) contracts for two solar projects in the US totalling 40 MW.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renewablesnow.com/news/renesola-wins-rec-contracts-for-40-mw-of-us-solar-787977/

      Renewables Now - REC Silicon, Ferroglobe team up to boost US solar supply chain - 13/6/2022

      REC Silicon ASA and silicon metal producer Ferroglobe PLC will work to create a fully traceable US-based solar supply chain.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renewablesnow.com/news/rec-silicon-ferroglobe-team-up-to-boost-us-solar-supply-chain-787988/

      Renewables Now - Boviet Solar wins 255-MW module order in US - 13/6/2022

      Boviet Solar said it has signed a contract to supply 255 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules for a utility-scale solar project in the US.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renewablesnow.com/news/boviet-solar-wins-255-mw-module-order-in-us-788027/

      Other Stories

      reNEWS - US utility raises $350m for Indiana wind duo - 13/6/2022

      Energy Storage News - Development bank funds co-located 80MWh BESS on US-Mexico border - 13/6/2022

      PV Tech - Vistra brings online 108MW solar project in Texas - 13/6/2022

      PV Magazine - US government drops solar land lease rates by 3.4% to 21% - 10/6/2022

      Utility Dive - First quarter saw solar US deployments slump 52%, but tariff investigation may not be sole cause - 10/6/2022

      Media Releases

      Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) - Enphase Energy Expands Battery Storage in Puerto Rico - 13/6/2022

      ReneSola, Ltd (NYSE: SOL) - ReneSola Power Announces Award of 20-year Renewable Energy Credit Contracts for Two Solar Projects in New York and Illinois - 13/6/2022

      SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) - SunPower Releases 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report - 9/6/2022

      Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) - Ballard Launches ESG Strategy and Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report - 9/6/2022

      Latest Research

      Renewable, non-renewable energy consumption and income in top ten renewable energy-consuming countries: Advanced Fourier based panel data approaches - By Zeeshan Fareed, Ugur Korkut Pata

      Industry Overview

      United States Renewable Energy Industry

      Overviews of Leading Companies

      Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc (OTCMKTS: ASTI)

      Alto Ingredients Inc . (NASDAQ: ALTO) formerly Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX)

      Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)

      Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP (NYSE: BEP)

      Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH)

      First Solar Holding, LLC (NASDAQ: FSLR)

      Green Plains (Renewable Energy) Inc (NASDAQ: GPRE)

      Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc. (OTCMKTS: MMMW)

      Ocean Power Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT)

      Ormat Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ORA)

      ReneSola, Ltd (NYSE: SOL)

      Sunworks Inc (NASDAQ: SUNW)

      SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR)

      Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN)

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      News and Commentary

      Renewables Now - ReneSola wins REC contracts for 40 MW of US solar -13/6/2022

      ReneSola Ltd said it has won 20-year Index Renewable Energy Credit (REC) contracts for two solar projects in the US totalling 40 MW.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renewablesnow.com/news/renesola-wins-rec-contracts-for-40-mw-of-us-solar-787977/

      Renewables Now - REC Silicon, Ferroglobe team up to boost US solar supply chain - 13/6/2022

      REC Silicon ASA and silicon metal producer Ferroglobe PLC will work to create a fully traceable US-based solar supply chain.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renewablesnow.com/news/rec-silicon-ferroglobe-team-up-to-boost-us-solar-supply-chain-787988/

      Renewables Now - Boviet Solar wins 255-MW module order in US - 13/6/2022

      Boviet Solar said it has signed a contract to supply 255 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules for a utility-scale solar project in the US.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renewablesnow.com/news/boviet-solar-wins-255-mw-module-order-in-us-788027/

      reNEWS - US utility raises $350m for Indiana wind duo - 13/6/2022

      US utility NiSource has raised $350m through a green bond issuance to finance the acquisition of wind farms in Indiana.

      For the complete story see:

      https://renews.biz/78391/us-utility-raises-350m-for-indiana-wind-duo/

      Energy Storage News - Development bank funds co-located 80MWh BESS on US-Mexico border - 13/6/2022

      US development bank NADBank is providing a US$65.7 million loan for a co-located solar project with an 80MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Texas.

      For the complete story see:

      https://www.energy-storage.news/development-bank-funds-co-located-80mwh-...

      PV Tech - Vistra brings online 108MW solar project in Texas - 13/6/2022

      US utility Vistra has brought online a 108MW PV plant in Texas as electricity demand in the state reaches new highs.

      For the complete story see:

      https://www.pv-tech.org/vistra-brings-online-108mw-solar-project-in-texas/

      PV Magazine - US government drops solar land lease rates by 3.4% to 21% - 10/6/2022

      The Biden Administration has lowered the land lease rates that facilities must pay as part of a drive to deploy 25 GW of renewable energy on public lands.

      For the complete story see:

      https://www.pv-magazine.com/2022/06/10/us-government-drops-solar-land-lease-rates-by-3-4-to-2-1/

      Utility Dive - First quarter saw solar US deployments slump 52%, but tariff investigation may not be sole cause - 10/6/2022

      Total U.S. solar installations fell 52% from the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022, to 3.9 GW installed.

      For the complete story see:

      https://www.utilitydive.com/news/first-quarter-saw-solar-us-deployments-slump-52-but-tariff-investigation/625256/

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      Media Releases

      Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) - Enphase Energy Expands Battery Storage in Puerto Rico - 13/6/2022

      FREMONT, Calif., June 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, announced today that installers of Enphase® products in Puerto Rico have seen growing deployments of Enphase Energy Systems powered by IQ® Microinverters and IQ™ Batteries, with the grid experiencing frequent outages and climate experts forecasting above-average hurricane activity this year.

      Residential battery capacity in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories is growing steadily year-over-year with forecasts estimating deployments will nearly double by the end of 2026, according to the most recent U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie.

      "Homeowners in Puerto Rico are increasingly motivated to switch to solar and battery storage in order to manage the all too frequent grid outages and the increasingly high electricity prices," said Brad Spernak, chief technology officer at Pro Solar, an Enphase Platinum level installer. "With state-of-the-art microinverter technology, the Enphase Energy System makes complex energy choices simple so that homeowners can better manage their energy bills and increase energy security, especially in the face of hurricane season."

      Homeowners in Puerto Rico can now also choose to install Enphase's revolutionary IQ8™ Microinverters. IQ8 Microinverter-based systems can provide Sunlight Backup™ functionality during an outage, even without a battery. For homeowners who want battery backup, there are no sizing restrictions on pairing Enphase IQ Batteries with IQ8 Microinverters. In addition, with the Sunlight Jump Start™ feature, IQ8 Microinverters can restart a home energy system using sunlight only after prolonged grid outages that may result in a fully depleted battery. This eliminates the need for a manual restart of the system and gives homeowners even greater resilience.

      "The industry-leading home solar and battery system from Enphase means that Puerto Rico homeowners can put blackouts in the past," said Enrique González, CEO of Power Solar, an Enphase Platinum level installer. "IQ8 Microinverters and IQ Batteries enable homeowners to have peace of mind with a clean energy source to keep their lights on when the grid goes dark."

      "At Solar Roots, we take pride in offering our customers the most advanced technology available, so they get the home energy system they want and need," said Carlos Martínez Muñoz, president at Solar Roots, an Enphase Platinum level installer. "IQ Batteries optimize an Enphase solar system so that homeowners are prepared whenever the grid goes down."

      "Enphase offers a fully integrated solar energy solution for homeowners that makes life easier and continues to function when extreme weather hits," said Orlando Díaz, chief executive officer at Planet Solar, an Enphase Gold level installer. "Enphase's solar and battery systems combine solar generation, storage, smart load control, and monitoring software for production and consumption, creating complete systems that maximize energy independence."

      Enphase delivers a safer solar-plus-battery solution that does not expose installers or homeowners to high-voltage direct current (DC). Enphase IQ Batteries feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life and safer operation through excellent thermal stability. The batteries are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. The Enphase IQ Batteries accommodate over-the-air software upgrades and come with a 10-year limited warranty, while Enphase IQ8 solar microinverters come with a 25-year limited warranty.

      "With the abundant sunshine in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is well-suited to harness solar energy," said Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. "It's critical that homeowners in this region also have reliable backup power due to more frequent hurricanes. Enphase, in conjunction with its growing installer networker in Puerto Rico and the greater Caribbean region, continues to deliver the most trusted innovative products and customer service that gives the best possible experience to homeowners."

      https://newsroom.enphase.com/news-releases/news-release-details/enphase-energy-expands-battery-storage-puerto-rico

      ReneSola, Ltd (NYSE: SOL) - ReneSola Power Announces Award of 20-year Renewable Energy Credit Contracts for Two Solar Projects in New York and Illinois - 13/6/2022

      STAMFORD, Conn., June 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- ReneSola Ltd ("ReneSola Power" or the "Company") (www.renesolapower.com) (NYSE: SOL), a leading fully integrated solar project developer, today announced that it was awarded 20-year Index Renewable Energy Credit (REC) contracts for two solar projects.

      20 MW solar and 2 MW battery storage project in Massena, New York: On June 2, 2022, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ("NYSERDA") selected ReneSola Power's 22 MW "Roosevelt Solar" project in Massena, New York to be one of 22 projects as part of the State's largest land-based renewable energy projects in history. ReneSola Power was awarded a 20-year index REC contract as part of the state's renewable program in an effort to reach New York's goals to exceed 70% renewables by 2030 and zero emissions by 2040 as required by Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

      20 MW solar project in Wilmington, Illinois: On May 12, 2022, the Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") awarded a 20-year index REC contract to ReneSola Power's 20 MW utility-scale solar project in Wilmington, Illinois as part of the state commitment to double investment in renewable energy towards its goal of 40% renewable energy by 2030 and 50% by 2040.

      The new REC program in Illinois and the existing program in New York are laying the groundwork for what the future of renewable energy could look like across the United States. They are great examples of how states can meet their aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard targets, and at the same time create jobs and economic benefits to local communities.

      Mr. Yumin Liu, Chief Executive Officer of ReneSola Power, commented, "We are very excited and honored that our two utility-scale solar projects in New York and Illinois were awarded REC contracts. The solar industry continues to benefit from the accelerating green energy transition to fight climate change. Our projects are in line with our environmental, social and governance practices, that is, not only will it contribute to state-level renewable energy targets but it will also make an impact to the local communities by creating jobs."

      https://ir.renesolapower.com/news-releases/news-release-details/renesola-power-announces-award-20-year-renewable-energy-credit

      SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) - SunPower Releases 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report - 9/6/2022

      SAN JOSE, Calif., June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) released its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. The report provides an update on its ESG programs and defined its ESG goals and commitments that set a new standard for the solar industry.

      "A focus on ESG is built into our mission and fundamental to the impact we have on our customers, communities, and the planet," said Peter Faricy, SunPower CEO. "As leaders in the clean energy transition, we are committed to ensure that the benefits of solar are accessible to all and are going further to raise the bar for sustainable business operations."

      Accomplishments highlighted in the 2021 report include:

      Enabled clean energy deployments across the country. By deploying 528MW in 2021, SunPower enabled 14 million metric tons of carbon avoidance for our customers.

      Established 25X25 commitments. Set measurable, category-leading goals to increase workforce diversity, expand access for customers in disadvantaged communities and ensure industry equity among women and people of color.

      Introduced SunPower Financial™. Introduced its financial services institution which helps expand solar access to underserved populations with no down payment, low monthly payments, higher credit limits and expanded eligibility options.

      Supported its communities. Contributed 27,000 cumulative employee volunteer hours in 2021, aiming to reach a target of 40,000 by 2025.

      Increased board and leadership diversity. At the close of 2021, 27% of board directors were women and 36% reported as race, gender, or ethnically diverse.

      SunPower deploys electric vehicle fleet to help decarbonize supply chain, reduce fuel costs

      In its 2021 ESG Report, SunPower also revealed its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions for U.S. downstream freight — from warehouse shipment to home delivery — by 2030. This initiative is expected to prevent more than 50 million pounds of carbon pollution, building on SunPower's heritage of sustainability.

      In collaboration with fleet solutions provider Revolv, SunPower is introducing Volvo's VNR Electric Class 8 trucks at its distribution facility in Rialto, Calif., dispatched by global transport and logistics company Kuehne & Nagel. SunPower plans to convert 90% of its fleet to electric, utilizing more than 1,000 EV and hybrid vehicles, by 2030. SunPower's shift toward electric vehicles will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated two percent in the first year alone and it anticipates saving more than $50,000 in fuel costs over the next 12 months. The company is on track to complete its first end-to-end decarbonized delivery via EV in June 2022.

      The company also recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Shipper program to help track and reduce emissions from goods movement. By becoming a SmartWay® Transport Partner, SunPower will collaborate with other shippers and carriers on best practices for low carbon transportation solutions and further its environmental leadership and corporate responsibility.

      "It's not enough to deliver a sustainable product to our customers. A true commitment to ESG means considering the impact of every part of our business," said Faricy. "By reducing the carbon footprint of our supply chain, we can make the environmental benefits of solar even greater."

      https://newsroom.sunpower.com/2022-06-09-SunPower-Releases-2021-Environmental,-Social,-and-Governance-ESG-Report

      Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) - Ballard Launches ESG Strategy and Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report - 9/6/2022

      Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced the publication of its third annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. Built around Ballard's purpose of Here for LifeTM, the report highlights the company's 2021 performance in key environmental, social and governance areas and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to transparency and environmental leadership in the fuel cell industry. In 2021, Ballard continued its work toward achieving the Company's "Mission Carbon Zero 2030" initiative with a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. New to the report this year is the unveiling of Ballard's ESG strategy, a three workstream approach to advancing a foundational ESG practice and addressing the material topics most important to Ballard's stakeholders including energy transition, greenhouse gas reduction, employee engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

      Highlights of this years report include:

      In 2021, Ballard fuel cell technology prevented ~52 million gallons of consumed diesel

      95% annual employee retention rate

      Increased female representation including at the board, senior leadership and management

      ~7% reduction in overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity (tonnes CO2-e/employee) and ~19% reduction since 2019

      95% of platinum used in Ballard's products is reclaimed

      Offset 798 tonnes CO2e through investment in the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project

      Disclosed environmental performance through CDP (previously Climate Disclosure Project)

      Completed a Life Cycle Analysis for our latest generation of heavy duty power modules

      "Sustainability is how we do business: It's how we ensure we are Here for LifeTM. Environmental, social and governance practice is embedded in how we serve our customers, how we engage our people, how we manage our operations, how we generate long term value to shareholders, and how we contribute to our communities," said Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO. "We are committed to delivering on the key elements of our ESG strategy to solidify the foundation, embed differentiators, reinforce table stakes and provide transparency in our reporting. Ballard has a strong commitment to the environment, as our mission is to deliver fuel cell power for a sustainable planet, and to our people, while striving to be a great place to work."

      The combination of Ballard's zero-emission fuel cell products, sustainability-based business model, strong governance practices, and committed workforce enables the Company to create long-term value for shareholders while contributing to the decarbonization of the global economy.

      https://www.ballard.com/about-ballard/newsroom/news-releases/2022/06/09/ballard-launches-esg-strategy-and-releases-2021-environmental-social-and-governance-report

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      Latest Research

      Renewable, non-renewable energy consumption and income in top ten renewable energy-consuming countries: Advanced Fourier based panel data approaches

      Zeeshan Fareed, Ugur Korkut Pata

      Abstract

      This study investigates the impact of renewable and non-renewable energy consumption on economic growth in the top ten renewable energy-consuming countries over the period 1970-2019 using newly developed Fourier panel cointegration and causality tests. The negligence of structural breaks can significantly alter causal relationships, leading to misinterpretation of renewable energy policies. This study eliminates the problem using Fourier-based techniques. The long-run estimates show that non-renewable energy supports economic growth in eight out of the ten countries, while renewable energy has a positive effect on economic growth in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and France. The Fourier causality test indicates that the energy-led growth hypothesis is valid for both types of energy in the United States, India, the United Kingdom, and Spain. While the non-renewable energy-led growth hypothesis is valid for Italy, the conservation hypothesis is valid for both energy variables for Germany and for renewable energy for China. The overall results show that renewable energy can also be an important driver of economic growth, although not as strong as non-renewable energy. Therefore, countries need to closely monitor economic development while pursuing policies to reduce fossil fuels and deploy renewables in a way that enables higher economic growth.

      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0960148122008163

      The Industry

      According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest inventory of electricity generators, developers and power plant owners plan for 39.7 gigawatts (GW) of new electricity generating capacity to start commercial operation in 2021. Solar will account for the largest share of new capacity at 39%, followed by wind at 31%. About 3% of the new capacity will come from the new nuclear reactor at the Vogtle power plant in Georgia.

      Solar photovoltaics. Developers and plant owners expect the addition of utility-scale solar capacity to set a new record by adding 15.4 GW of capacity to the grid in 2021. This new capacity will surpass last year's nearly 12 GW increase, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and scheduled additions for the last two months of 2020 (5.7 GW). More than half of the new utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is planned for four states: Texas (28%), Nevada (9%), California (9%), and North Carolina (7%). EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts an additional 4.1 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2021.

      Wind. Another 12.2 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2021. Last year, 21 GW of wind came online, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and planned additions in November and December (14.9 GW). Texas and Oklahoma account for more than half of the 2021 wind capacity additions. The largest wind project coming online in 2021 will be the 999-megawatt (MW) Traverse wind farm in Oklahoma. The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, is also scheduled to start commercial operation in early 2021.

      Natural gas. For 2021, planned natural gas capacity additions are reported at 6.6 GW. Combined-cycle generators account for 3.9 GW, and combustion-turbine generators account for 2.6 GW. More than 70% of these planned additions are in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

      Battery storage. EIA expects the capacity of utility-scale battery storage to more than quadruple; 4.3 GW of battery power capacity additions are slated to come online by the end of 2021. The rapid growth of renewables, such as wind and solar, is a major driver in the expansion of battery capacity because battery storage systems are increasingly paired with renewables. The world's largest solar-powered battery (409 MW) is under construction at Manatee Solar Energy Center in Florida; the battery is scheduled to be operational by late 2021.

      Source:U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

      https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=46416

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      Leading Companies

      Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS : ASTI)

      After two decades of research and development, Ascent Solar was formed in 2005, to commercialize leading-edge CIGS photovoltaic technology on flexible, plastic substrate. Ascent's unique monolithic integration process enables the highest level of efficiency, durability & weight savings representing the potential to transform the way solar power can be used in everyday life. Ascent Solar's Research and Development and its 30 MW nameplate production facility is in Thornton, Colorado.

      By pioneering a technology that is recognized as the future of the solar industry, Ascent has cemented itself as the leader in the manufacturing of innovative, high performance, flexible thin-film solar panels for both existing and emerging defense, consumer electronic, space, and aerospace applications.

      Ascent's results-oriented team is focused on continued technical innovation while effectively developing current market opportunities and enabling customers to create transformational applications using solar power.

      https://www.ascentsolar.com/ir-company-overview.html

      13 May 2022

      Ascent Solar Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

      THORNTON, CO, May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire - Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. ("Ascent Solar" or the "Company") (OTCMKTS: ASTI), a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, lightweight, flexible thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions, reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

      First Quarter 2022 Financial Summary:

      Net revenue for the first quarter 2022 was $566k, an increase of $401k, or 243%, from the corresponding quarter in 2021. Net revenue included non-recurring engineering fees of $512k.

      Costs and expenses increased 102% to $2.8M in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $1.4M in the corresponding quarter last year, when the company was continuing to re-emerge from its dormant period. The Company continues to add headcount and expand operations, and saw a first quarter 2022 loss from operations of $2.2M, or an 83% increase from the same period in the prior year.

      Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 was $4.3M, and included a substantial non-cash interest expense of approximately $2.1M, booked as a result of the conversion of $9.2M of zero-coupon convertible notes.

      Cash and cash equivalents as of the quarter ended March 31, 2022 was $3M, with net working capital of $1.5M. Notably, the Company continues to reduce its total liabilities, seeing an improvement of $7.5M, down from $16.3M in the first quarter of 2021, to $8.8M at the close of this reporting period.

      Management Comments:

      "I am pleased with the results, both financially and operationally," said Mr. Victor Lee, President and CEO of Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. "After being dormant for the most part of 2020, the Ascent team has been working tirelessly to restart and ramp up our operations, as well as to get caught up with the required SEC filings in 2021. Despite setbacks caused by various challenges including the lack of financial resources and the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, we have demonstrated great resiliency in getting back to regular production mode and have been current in our SEC filing status since May 2021," continued Mr. Lee.

      Mr. Lee concluded, "We will build on the strength of our 2021 and first quarter of 2022, and continue to deliver improved results going forward. We are optimistic and certainly look forward to stronger years ahead, as we begin to execute our focused strategy in the high-value PV market. We will update our shareholders as we make continued progress."

      For full release see:

      https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/05/13/2442814/0/en/Ascen... .

      Alto Ingredients Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTO) formerly Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX)

      Alto Ingredients, Inc., formerly known as Pacific Ethanol, Inc., is a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients. Alto Ingredients is a leading manufacturer and supplier of essential ingredients such as industrial and beverage alcohols, premium feed and food products, and renewable fuel.

      Alto Ingredients manufactures and supplies:

      Specialty alcohols

      USP and FCC certified industrial and beverage grade alcohols used in health and industrial applications, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and other consumer products.

      Premium feed and food products

      Alto Yeast, a refined distiller's yeast used in pet and human food applications. Alto Yeast is produced in an AIB inspected facility and is Kosher and Chametz-free certified.

      Corn gluten, a high protein meal used in pet food, poultry and aquaculture, and as a high protein additive to cattle feed rations.

      Corn Condensed Distillers Solubles, a high energy and protein syrup used in cattle feed rations.

      Corn oil and corn germ, used in feed markets, biodiesel production, and for refinement into oils used in human food.

      Distillers grains, a protein and energy feed used as animal feed and shipped to domestic and foreign markets.

      Low carbon renewable fuels

      Renewable Fuel produced from corn is a low carbon fuel and a major contributor to a sustainable energy economy. Fuel ethanol burns cleanly and increases the octane of gasoline, which in turn allows internal combustion engines to operate more efficiently.

      Our Pekin Illinois Campus encompasses three mills, a wet mill and two dry mills, plus a specialty yeast production plant. Our Western US Facilities comprises four dry mills and distilleries in California, Oregon and Idaho. All of our facilities have superior logistical attributes allowing for efficient delivery to domestic and international markets.

      https://www.pacificethanol.com/our-company

      9 May 2022

      Alto Ingredients, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

      Increased Net Sales 41% to $308 Million vs. Q1 2021

      Integrated Acquisition of Specialty Alcohol Distributor, Eagle Alcohol

      Launched Quality and ESG Initiatives

      SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alto Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTO), a leading producer and distributor of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

      "Our first quarter results validated our strategy to invest in specialty alcohols and essential ingredients," said Mike Kandris CEO of Alto Ingredients. "Product diversification, with increased sales from higher margin products combined with operational improvements, partially offset the impact of the challenging commodities market. To further our strategy, we acquired a small-package distributor serving premium spirits markets in January and qualified for additional certifications valuable to pharmaceutical customers in February. These initiatives broadened our opportunities and enhanced our position in the marketplace. We are evaluating new capital expenditure programs to create additional long-term stakeholder value. We remain focused on executing on our strategic goals, investing for future growth and diversifying our product portfolio."

      Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022 Compared to 2021

      Net sales were $308.1 million, compared to $218.7 million.

      Cost of goods sold was $303.3 million, compared to $204.9 million.

      Gross profit was $4.8 million, compared to $13.8 million.

      Selling, general and administrative expenses were $7.6 million, compared to $7.0 million.

      Operating loss was $2.9 million, compared to operating income of $5.6 million.

      Net loss available to common stockholders was $2.9 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to net income of $4.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.

      Adjusted EBITDA was $4.4 million, compared to $13.4 million.

      Cash and cash equivalents were $36.2 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $50.6 million at December 31, 2021.

      Use of Non-GAAP Measures

      Management believes that certain financial measures not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") are useful measures of operations. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as unaudited net income (loss) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc. before interest expense, interest income, provision (benefit) for income taxes, asset impairments, loss on extinguishment of debt, acquisition-related expense, fair value adjustments, and depreciation and amortization expense. A table is provided at the end of this release that provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, net income (loss) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc. Management provides this non-GAAP measure so that investors will have the same financial information that management uses, which may assist investors in properly assessing the company's performance on a period-over-period basis. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc. or any other measure of performance under GAAP, or to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as an indicator of cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP.

      For full release see:

      https://ir.altoingredients.com/news-events/press-releases/detail/589/alto-ingredients-inc-reports-first-quarter-2022-results

      Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)

      Zero emission fuel cell vehicles will positively change the lives of the next generation. By relentlessly developing and improving our technology, we will make a real difference. This makes us extremely proud to work at Ballard.

      Our Vision:

      We deliver fuel cell power for a sustainable planet.

      Our Mission:

      We use our fuel cell expertise to deliver valuable and innovative solutions to our customers globally, create rewarding opportunities for our team, provide extraordinary value to our shareholders and power the hydrogen society.

      Our Values:

      Listen and Deliver - We listen to our customers, understand their business and deliver valuable and innovative solutions for lasting partnerships.

      Quality Always -We deliver quality in everything we do

      Inspire Excellence - We live with integrity, passion, urgency, agility and humility.

      Row Together - We achieve success through respect, trust and collaboration

      Own It - We step up, take ownership for our results and trust others to do the same

      Our Strategy:

      Our business strategy is a two-pronged approach to build shareholder value through the sale and service of power products and the delivery of technology solutions.

      In Power Product sales, our focus is on meeting the power needs of our customers by delivering high value, high reliability, high quality and clean energy power products that reduce customer costs and risks.

      Through Technology Solutions, our focus is on enabling our customers to solve their technical and business challenges and accelerate their fuel cell programs by delivering customized, high value, bundled technology solutions.

      https://www.ballard.com/about-ballard/our-vision

      9 May 2022

      Ballard Reports Q1 2022 Results

      VANCOUVER, CANADA - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

      "The converging macro drivers of energy security and climate crisis have irreversibly shifted global views on the need to accelerate our energy transition," said Mr. Randy MacEwen, President and CEO. "This is the context as Ballard continues to build a valuable business that will help to decarbonize medium- and heavy-duty motive applications, including certain bus, truck, rail and marine market segments. We continue to focus on our customer relationships and achieve platform wins where Ballard's leading fuel cell technology offers a future zero-emission value proposition based on range, payload, rapid refueling, and attractive total cost of ownership."

      Mr. MacEwen remarked, "In the first quarter, we achieved revenue of $21.0 million, a 19% increase from Q1 2021, while also securing new orders totaling $27.8 million, driven primarily by European customers. Our gross margin compression is consistent with our 2022 plan, reflecting expected changes in our revenue mix, selling prices, and cost structure. On revenue mix, we have a heavier weighting of module product sales, including new modules in early volume production. On selling prices, we have been pricing certain low-volume customer pilot projects to secure platform wins with strategic accounts. On costs, fixed overhead costs are elevated as we invested in advanced manufacturing and production capacity expansion. Like others, we have also seen some inflationary cost pressures in our supply chain and freight. While we expect compressed gross margin in the near term, we are confident in margin expansion in the mid- to long-term driven by higher production volumes as customers transition from pilot projects to commercial deployment and as we continue to progress on our product cost reduction program."

      "We ended the quarter with strong cash reserves of $1.1 billion, which enables us to execute our growth strategy. Our escalated investment is consistent with our outlook as we increase our spending on talent, technology, products, capabilities, and customer experience. We are confident investing ahead of the curve will position the company for significant market share as the adoption of hydrogen accelerates over the coming years," Mr. MacEwen added.

      Q1 2022 Financial Highlights

      (all comparisons are to Q1 2021 unless otherwise noted)

      Total revenue was $21.0 million in the quarter, up 19% year-over-year. This increase was driven by growth in Power Product sales, more than offsetting the decline in Technology Solutions revenue.

      Power Products generated revenue of $13.3 million in the quarter, an increase of 41%, driven by higher shipments of fuel cell products.

      Stationary Power Generation revenues of $4.1 million increased 447%, supported by an increase in sales of stationary power generation fuel cell modules, stacks, products and service revenues.

      Heavy-Duty revenues of $6.9 million increased by a nominal amount.

      Material Handling revenues of $2.2 million increased 28%, primarily as a result of higher shipments to Plug Power.

      Technology Solutions generated revenue of $7.8 million in the quarter, a decrease of 5% due primarily to variance in timing of underlying program requirements.

      Gross margin was (1)% in the quarter, a decrease of 16-points, driven by a combination of higher fixed overhead costs, a shift in revenue mix, and increased labor, supply, and freight expenses.

      Operating Expenses and Cash Operating Costs were $30.3 million and $26.1 million in the quarter, respectively, an increase of 69% and 82%, respectively. Increases were driven primarily by higher expenditure on research, technology and product development activities, including the development of next-generation fuel cell stacks and engines for target markets, as well as increased continuation engineering investments in existing fuel cell products. Costs were also higher as a result of increased general and administrative expenses and sales and marketing expenses.

      Adjusted EBITDA was ($27.5) million, compared to ($14.0) million in Q1 2021, primarily a result of the decrease in gross margin and increase in Cash Operating Costs.

      Ballard received approximately $27.8 million of new orders in Q1, and delivered orders valued at $21.0 million, resulting in an Order Backlog of approximately $99.8 million at end-Q1.

      The 12-month Order Book was $65.8 million at end-Q1, a decrease of $1.6 million from the end of Q4 2021.

      Post-Quarter Commercial Update

      On April 6, 2022, Ballard announced it received Europe's industry first Type Approval by DNV, one of the world's leading classification and certification bodies, for its marine fuel cell module FCwaveTM. The Type Approval marks an important step in commercializing Ballard's fuel cell technology for marine applications and is key to including fuel cells as part of zero-emission solutions for the marine industry.

      2022 Outlook

      Ballard's 2022 outlook remains in line with previously stated 2022 guidance of Total Operating Expense4 between $140 - $160 million and Capital Expenditure5 between $40 - $60 million.

      For full release see:

      https://www.ballard.com/about-ballard/newsroom/news-releases/2022/05/09/ballard-reports-q1-2022-results

      Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP (NYSE: BEP)

      Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP are one of the world's largest investors in renewable power, with 18,100 megawatts of generating capacity. Our assets, located in North and South America, Europe, India and China, comprised a diverse technology base of hydro, wind, utility-scale solar, distributed generation, storage and other renewable technologies.

      We utilize our fully integrated global operating platform and in-house expertise to maintain facilities, organically add value and efficiently integrate new assets, realizing cost synergies in the process. Our business is underpinned by stable cash flows, with the majority of our power contracted under long-term, inflation-linked contracts.

      Renewable power for a cleaner, brighter tomorrow

      The TerraForm companies strengthen Brookfield's position as a global leader in renewable power, adding significant wind and solar assets as well as operating platforms in India and China.

      Renewable Power sectors

      Our hydro power assets are characterized by a perpetual asset life, high cash margins, and storage capacity.

      Isagen — In 2016, we acquired Colombia's third-largest power generation portfolio, based primarily on hydro and accounting for roughly 20% of the country's generation, with 3,000 megawatts of capacity. This investment was possible because of our ability to be patient over a lengthy sale process, along with our underwriting capabilities and hydro expertise.

      Invest with Brookfield

      Our pure-play global renewables portfolio is available to investors through our publicly listed vehicle, Brookfield Renewable Partners. Investors can also participate in the growth of our assets through our private funds.

      https://www.brookfield.com/our-businesses/renewable-power

      6 May 2022

      Brookfield Renewable Announces Strong First Quarter Results

      BROOKFIELD, News, May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (TSX: BEP.UN; NYSE: BEP) ("Brookfield Renewable Partners", "BEP") today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

      "Our business performed well in the quarter as we delivered solid financial results and executed on several key strategic initiatives, including entering a new decarbonization asset class with an investment in carbon capture solutions," said Connor Teskey, CEO of Brookfield Renewable. "With decarbonization and energy security firmly established as a priority of global leaders, we are well positioned to deploy capital at accretive returns, leveraging our global reach, operating capabilities and development pipeline to accelerate the build-out of clean energy at scale and drive decarbonization across a growing opportunity set."

      Financial Results

      Millions (except per unit or otherwise noted) For the three months ended March 31 Unaudited 2022 2021 Select Financial Information Net loss attributable to Unitholders $ (78) (133) Per LP unit (1) (0.16) (0.24) Funds From Operations (FFO) (2) 243 242 Per Unit (2)(3) 0.38 0.38 Normalized Funds From Operations (FFO) (2)(4) 292 245 Per Unit (2)(3)(4) 0.45 0.38 Operational Information Total generation (GWh) - Long-term average generation 15,097 14,099 - Actual generation 15,196 13,828 Brookfield Renewable Partner's share (GWh) - Long-term average generation 7,414 7,602 - Actual generation

      Brookfield Renewable reported FFO of $243 million or $0.38 per Unit for the three months ended March 31, 2022, an 18% increase on a normalized basis over the same period prior year. After deducting non-cash depreciation and other non-cash charges, our Net loss attributable to Unitholders for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $78 million or $0.16 per LP unit.

      Highlights

      We generated funds from operations (FFO) of $243 million or $0.38 per unit, an 18% increase on a normalized basis over the same period in 2021.

      We advanced key commercial priorities, securing contracts to deliver over 1,400 gigawatt hours of clean energy annually including 500 gigawatt hours to corporate offtakers.

      We continued to accelerate our development activities, executing on our 15,000-megawatt under-construction and advanced-stage pipeline and expanding our development pipeline to 69,000 megawatts, as well as plans to submit joint-bids with a European partner to build two 750-megawatt offshore wind projects in the upcoming Dutch subsidy-free tender process.

      We closed or agreed to invest over $1.6 billion (~$340 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of capital across multiple transaction and regions, including our first investment in carbon capture solutions.

      We are progressing on ~$560 million (~$90 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of asset recycling activities, selling non-core and mature assets at strong returns. We also continued to accelerate our financing activities, maintain our robust financial capacity with close to $4 billion of available liquidity, no material near-term maturities and limited floating rate exposure.

      Update On Growth Initiatives

      To date in 2022, we have invested or agreed to invest over $1.6 billion (~$340 million net to Brookfield Renewable) of capital across various investments, all of which should meet or exceed our target returns of 12-15%.

      During the quarter, we closed the previously announced acquisition of both a U.S. and a German utility-scale solar development business that together have a 22,000-megawatt development pipeline in high-value markets. Since announcing these investments, we have seen strong inbound PPA demand from several high-quality buyers of clean energy, driving upside to our initial business plans.

      We entered a new decarbonization asset class with our investment in a leading North American modular carbon capture solutions provider. Given the trillions of dollars required to decarbonize hard to abate industrial sectors over the coming decades, we see significant potential to grow our carbon capture footprint over time, and we

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