The Primary Business Hub Where Decision-Makers Come to Develop and Finance the Next Wave of Utility Scale Solar Projects

Infocast’s 9th Annual Utility Scale Solar is the premier business hub where decision–makers gather to drive the utility scale solar sector forward. This high value networking event brings together the entire utility scale solar community to get the latest industry insights and meet other key players in the market.

The Summit Will Take an In-Depth Look at:

  • The drivers that will provide development opportunities in 2018, 2019 and beyond
  • What will shape the origination landscape in non-RPS markets
  • How the corporate market is evolving, and what corporates are seeking
  • Lessons learned about utility scale project development
  • Where Western integration is heading and what the impacts will be on utility scale solar projects
  • The outlook for financing projects and project M&A

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Jeffrey Butt

DUKE ENERGY RENEWABLES

Tom Buttgenbach, Ph.D.

8MINUTENERGY RENEWABLES, LLC

Ty Daul

SUNPOWER

Diana Drysdale

PSEG POWER VENTURES

Mark Fillinger

FIRST SOLAR

Perry H. Fontana, QEP

RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS AMERICAS INC.

Hans Isern

SPOWER

James Kelly

NRG ENERGY, INC.

Yumin Liu

RECURRENT ENERGY

Warren Luhning

PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC.

Dai Owen

EDF RENEWABLE ENERGY

Richard Rambaldo

SEMPRA U.S. GAS & POWER, LLC

Ballard Spahr

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Ballard Spahr LLP, an Am Law 100 law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 14 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge.

Huawei

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Huawei is a global leader of ICT solutions. Continuously innovating based on customer needs, we are committed to enhancing customer experiences and creating maximum value. With annual sales revenue of USD46.3 billion in 2014, Huawei ranked 285thon the Global Fortune 500.

As of December 31, 2014, Huawei has about 170,000 employees. Of the headcount, 45% or about 76,000 employees are specialized in R&D; 75% of the employees working overseas are local recruits.

Huawei has 14 Regional Headquarters, 16 R&D centers and 45 training centers globally. Products and solutions are deployed in over 170 countries and regions worldwide.

Huawei USA Inc. was founded in 2001 and has 10 branch offices, 7 R&D Centers and TAC center with 700 employees.
Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solutions shipped 10.5GW to China, Europe, Asia and Americas in 2015, all of which are string inverters, and reached global # 1 shipment according to ‘IHS and GTM Research.

Orrick

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Orrick is a global leader in the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of utility scale and distributed solar projects.

  • Over 20,000 megawatts of solar PPAs and storage contracts, arrangements, and EPC and module supply contracts
  • Innovative financing including levered and unlevered tax equity financings, using every structure in the market
  • Development, mezzanine, construction and term debt financings for market-leading solar projects
  • High profile solar project and company M&A and joint venture transactions

Wilson Sonsini

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is uniquely positioned to help companies and their financial partners realize the vast promise of the energy and clean technology field. The firm’s traditional leadership in the technology sector makes us exceptionally well suited to serve as a strategic advisor to visionary companies at all stages of development.

To take full advantage of this unparalleled platform, we have assembled a highly specialized team of energy and clean technology attorneys, giving us top-tier expertise in everything from patents to project finance, government affairs to tax structures. Also setting the firm apart are our longstanding relationships with venture capitalists, private equity firms, and major financial institutions across the U.S. and abroad, which allow us to serve as a conduit to—and advisor regarding—-a wide variety of funding sources. When it comes to structuring and closing groundbreaking transactions in the emerging energy economy, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has become the firm of choice for leading companies, investors, and lenders.

Bracewell

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Bracewell is a leading law and government relations firm serving the power, oil and gas, financial services, technology and public finance industries throughout the world.

Our industry focus enables us to maintain cutting-edge experience and in-depth knowledge of the commercial, legal and regulatory challenges faced by our clients so that we can provide the most effective legal solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

Chadbourne & Parke

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Chadbourne & Parke LLP is a franchise name in the independent power business. More than 80 lawyers work full-time in the project finance group, making it one of the largest such groups of any US law firm. The group has worked on projects in more than 80 countries, and is ranked number one in the US renewable energy market (in a shared ranking with Milbank) by the prestigious Chambers directory in London based on year-round interviewing of corporate law departments and peers at other firms. Chadbourne is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York and has other offices in Washington, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Almaty, Moscow, Warsaw, Kiev, Istanbul, Dubai and London.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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Sheppard Mullin is a leading law firm in the renewable energy sector. With over 600 attorneys in 16 offices across the globe, we provide renewable energy clients with a comprehensive range of legal services. We advise regarding financing, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, EPC contracts, project agreements, litigation, real estate, land use, and intellectual property protection. Sheppard Mullin attorneys counsel across the full range of renewable projects, from distributed generation across the US to some of the largest utility scale projects in the world.

Skadden

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Serving clients in every major international financial center, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates is one of the leading law firms in the world, with 23 offices and approximately 1,700 attorneys. Our diversified practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law, providing the specific legal advice clients need to compete most effectively in a global business environment. Our clients range from a variety of small, entrepreneurial companies to a substantial number of the 500 largest U.S. corporations and many of the leading global companies. We have represented numerous governments, many of the largest banks — including virtually all of the leading investment banks — and major insurance and financial services companies. The firm has more than 40 practice areas and advises clients in matters involving, among others, energy and infrastructure projects, energy regulation and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, securities law, banking, antitrust, tax and intellectual property.

Soltec America LLC

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Soltec helps customers find success with their large scale solar tracking projects. We’ve reached annual sales of more than a GW in the Americas with our cost effective solar tracker equipment that we manufacture and supply along with related services. Soltec enjoys top tier customers repeating business thanks to the equipment and our twelve years history in solar tracking and to our amazing team of 500+ people dedicated to customer experience and innovation.

Soltec specializes in the manufacture and supply of single axis solar trackers with global operations and a workforce of over 500 people blending experience with innovation. The company counts on manufacturing facilities and offices in Spain, Brazil, and China; and offices in Argentina, Chile, Denmark, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru and United States.

With a strong commitment to renewable energy and the environment, the company is highly dedicated to innovative research and product enhancement to offer the industry’s premier technology.

STOEL RIVES

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STOEL RIVES LLP is a U.S. law firm, with a full suite of transactional and litigation solutions for U.S. and international clients. Established in 1907, the firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Representative clients include financial institutions, public and private utilities, energy and renewable energy companies, developers, manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, universities, agribusinesses, software companies, food and beverage companies, charitable foundations, telecommunications and forestry companies, among others. We represent businesses at all stages of growth, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Swinerton Renewable Energy

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Swinerton Renewable Energy offers turnkey solar EPC, O&M and SCADA services throughout North America. We have delivered over 600MW solar via EPC services and our Technical Services group manages over 800MW of PV plants.

Swinerton’s unique engineering approach is informed by feedback from our frontline construction teams and by real-time analysis of plant performance on over 25 utility-scale installations. This robust data-set allows us to optimally balance first-cost and long-term energy yield objectives and thereby provide comprehensive asset optimization.

Over 125 years of building landmark projects, Swinerton has forged a reputation for unsurpassed safety, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction. Today, our team takes pride in building best-in-class, cost-effective solar systems that will generate reliable, clean power for many years to come.

Swinerton Renewable Energy is a division of Swinerton Builders, a 100% employee-owned company.

Troutman Sanders LLP

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Recognized by U.S. News as a national top tier practice in the 2014 edition of U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” Troutman Sanders provides top legal advice to utilities, independent power producers, developers, and financial, industrial and government clients in energy-related businesses in the US and internationally. We have extensive transactional, financing and regulatory experience in the electric power, natural gas and water industries as well as the renewable and alternative energy sector. Known for providing advice that maximizes client value, our energy practice works closely with our clients to guide energy transactions through compliance with energy regulation at the federal and state levels.Our comprehensive understanding of the energy industry and regulatory landscape makes us a “go-to firm” for clients seeking counsel regarding all types of energy transactions.

Whitehall

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Established in 2010, Whitehall & Company is a boutique investment bank focused on M&A and corporate advisory services as well as debt and equity placement for clients. Whitehall offers experienced, focused investment bankers and capital markets professionals with expertise in the origination, structuring, syndication and execution of transactions across industry sectors and markets of execution that assist clients in leveraging their capabilities and streamlining execution of transactions. Whitehall has led M&A advisory, debt and equity capital raising transactions for top tier corporate and private equity clients across the power generation and development, investor owned and cooperative utilities, oil and gas, real estate, industrial and aviation sectors. All securities offered through Whitehall Capital Markets, LLC, an affiliate of Whitehall & Company, member FINRA/SIPC.

Baywa R.E.

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BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, a subsidiary of BayWa AG, is based in California and provides turnkey project development, design and construction, operation and maintenance, and project finance. With over three decades of experience and 400 MW of operating solar assets and 1.4 GW in technical management worldwide, our cross-functional team combines local expertise with global experience to deliver innovative photovoltaic solutions precisely planned and constructed with best-in-class financing to maximize your return on investment.

With a strong financial parent, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects is able to structure and finance project on an individual basis ensuring a high-quality solar investment. Whether you are an investor seeking higher returns, or a business organization turning to solar electricity to lower costs and reap the benefits of tax credits, we understand how to manage, maintain and maximize project operations making us the partner of choice.

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects is actively seeking to develop and acquire offsite solar projects throughout North America.

Clean Energy Collective

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Clean Energy Co. is a new idea in power generation that is building, operating and maintaining community-shared clean energy facilities. CEC is pioneering the model of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. CEC’s proprietary software automatically calculates monthly credits for members and integrates with the utilities’ existing billing system.

Everest Infrastructure Partners, Inc.

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Everest Infrastructure Partners is an emerging investor focused on acquiring and managing premium real estate assets in the energy infrastructure industry.  Everest provides project developers and independent landowners with an institutional approach, customized transaction structures, and a highly attractive source of capital.  Our team of uniquely experienced professionals from the energy, communications, and finance industries have worked together for over 10 years to provide thousands of landowners with cash flow and value maximization strategies for their property interests. Everest Infrastructure Partners is headquartered in Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center and manages assets located throughout the United States.

Live Oak Bank

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Live Oak Bank’s Renewable Energy lending team focuses on utility-scale solar projects nationwide. Our experience collaborating with developers and their tax credit investors and professional teams enables us to work with a variety of deal structures in single and multi-site projects in any state or U.S. territory. We know the program, the process and the players which makes your experience much smoother and more efficient.

Securing the proper capital is the first step in successful project development, and working with a lender who knows the industry helps overcome challenges as transactions evolve. We focus on bringing innovation to the lending process to facilitate project success. Building on our team’s years of experience in the space, Live Oak Bank has made the solar lending experience better, faster and stronger.

Contact our team to discuss your project: Jordan Blanchard, 910.247.4884 or jordan.blanchard@liveoakbank.com.

Morrison & Foerster (Renewables)

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Morrison & Foerster has one of the nation’s leading practices devoted to the development and financing of solar power and other renewable energy projects. Our lawyers have played a key role in the inception and development of the equity, debt and capital markets for solar power projects, representing many of the industry’s leaders. We have expertise advising companies in both the photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal domains (including utility-scale solar thermal projects), in the United States and overseas.

Our lawyers have successfully closed solar transactions from over $1.6 billion in loan guarantees for three projects in a 375 MW concentrated solar thermal power complex in the Mojave Desert in California to advising on the eighth largest photovoltaic plant in the world.

Paragon Energy Advisors

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Founded in 2004, Paragon is a leading provider of financial advisory services and has unparalleled expertise in tax equity and sponsor equity structuring, solicitation and placement as well as M&A for renewable and conventional energy projects. Paragon’s professional team has advised project sponsors and tax equity investors in connection with over 50 renewable energy projects totaling over 5,000 MW of generating capacity and requiring approximately $10 billion of capital. These capital raises have included development stage projects and portfolios, projects under construction and projects in operation, and have involved tax partnerships, sale-leasebacks, pro rata sales and other financial structures. In the solar power segment, we have provided both sell-side and buy-side tax and sponsor equity advisory services on residential, distributed generation (C&I), and utility scale projects totaling over $2 billion in transaction value. Our solar power project geographic experience includes projects located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and Guam.

Paragon clients and partners include leading energy project developers, tax equity investors and lenders, strategic investors and private investment firms.

Jinko Solar

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JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 4.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3.7 GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of September 30, 2016.

JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. works closely with top financial institutions and key stakeholders in the solar industry. Publically vetted by trusted industry third party laboratories, JinkoSolar is one of the fastest growing and most reliable PV suppliers in the United States and Canada. The North American headquarters is located in San Francisco with 5 regional sales offices.al sales offices.

Arctech Solar

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Arctech Solar is one of the world’s premier solar mounting companies.  Our flagship products are fixed structures and single axis tracking systems. With over 8GW of solar racking and tracking systems installed worldwide our expertise speaks for itself. Arctech Solar will be offering two versions of the ground mount system. The first is the two high in portrait configuration and the second is the four high in landscape. The tracking systems are the flat panel single axis tracker with the tilted panel single axis tracker to soon follow. Both tracking systems will have the innovative redundancy design. With a yearly manufacturing capacity of over 6GW of fixed mounting systems and 3GW of tracking systems we can meet any project demand on time and within budget.

Hanwha Q CELLS Co.

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Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Our headquarters for Technology & Innovation is located in the Solar Valley in Thalheim, Germany. Hanwha Q CELLS is listed on NASDAQ under the trading symbol HQCL and is the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer as well as one of the largest photovoltaic module manufacturers. Based on its respected “Engineered in Germany” technology, innovation, and quality, Hanwha Q CELLS offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications, and solutions. Through its global business network, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnership to its customers in the utility, commercial, government, and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE® Global 500 firm and a Top-Eight business enterprise in South Korea.

RBI Solar

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RBI Solar, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures and installs solar mounting systems for large commercial and utility scale projects. As a specialist in ground mount, roof mount, and custom designed specialty solar structures, we focus on providing best-in-class racking systems and project management capabilities to serve owners and integrators. RBI Solar offers a broad range of solar racking systems to support every PV module manufacturer.

We provide complete solar mounting solutions to solve virtually any structural mounting challenge in the solar world. Our services include complete design, signed and sealed drawings for all 50 states, high tech manufacturing, nationwide installation and end to end technical support to help you solve the toughest challenges in the industry. Leveraging more than 80 years of experience in the commercial design-build specialty structures market, RBI Solar, works with its clients to identify the most economical, durable and robust solution. All of our solar mounting systems come with a 20 year limited warranty.

Talesun Solar Technologies Co., LTD.

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Suzhou Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jiangsu Zhongli Group (SZ: 002309), Talesun Solar Technologies was established in 2010 with a total investment of 5 billion RMB (the registered capital of 3 billion RMB). With an annual capacity of 3 GW cells and 5 GW modules, Talesun Solar Technologies has built the state-of-art, fully automated production line; all equipment comes from Italy, Germany and Japan. It enabled us to be the world’s leading large-scale scientific & PV manufacturing company. Talesun Solar Technologies is the only Chinese company who had received the VDE Quality-tested Certificate in PV industry, which guarantees Talesun Solar Technologies excellent product quality. Talesun Solar Technologies has also received “2015 china photovoltaic top runner award” for being an excellent inverter enterprise.

Talesun Solar Technologies takes the lead in extending PV industry chain: till end of 2016, Talesun Solar Technologies has cumulatively invested and developed more than 4GW PV power plants. Talesun Technologies will innovatively launch high- efficiency “Diversified eco-agricultural PV” project in 2016. Talesun Solar Technologies plays a leading role in the global photovoltaic industry chain extension and contributes to a better world environment.

Apex Clean Energy

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Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on building utility-scale generation facilities. Apex is constructing one of the nation’s largest, most diversified portfolios of renewable energy resources, capable of producing more than 12,000 MW of clean energy. This year, Apex is bringing five new U.S. wind energy facilities online, comprising 1,161 MW of capacity. Apex will provide asset management services on four of these facilities.

Signal Energy Constructors

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Signal Energy Constructors is a leading design/build general contractor providing engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) services for utility-scale renewable energy projects across North
America. Our preconstruction, engineering and project teams are focused on bringing innovative
solutions to each project and are among the most experienced in the renewable energy industry. With
more than 8,000 megawatts of utility-scale project experience, Signal Energy Constructors possesses a
wide range of expertise in the design and construction of wind, solar, infrastructure and other power
projects. Signal Energy Constructors is the renewable energy arm of two of the nation’s strongest
construction companies, Barnhart Crane & Rigging and EMJ Corporation. WE HARNESS CREATIVE
ENERGY.

Rath, Young and Pignatelli

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RATH, YOUNG AND PIGNATELLI was founded in 1987 to provide clients with a comprehensive, solution-oriented approach to law that was often lacking in more traditional law firms. We recognize the importance of merging traditional legal practice areas with legislative and public policy expertise. We have earned a reputation for achieving client success through skillfull and creative advocacy in private party negotiations, before courts, regulatory agencies and legislatures. Our professionals are leaders in key sectors of our economy where business and government interact, including business and finance, energy, tax, healthcare, environmental and insurance. Our clients range from the largest publicly-traded and privately-held businesses in the world to individuals and small businesses. Our experience spans from structuring complex energy projects to monetize federal tax credits, to advocating for enactment of federal tax legislation to improve retirement savings opportunities, to defending physicians against malpractice lawsuits. In 2005, to better serve our clients, we established a law office in Boston, and we also established a new service of the firm, The Rath Group, through which we provide targeted and strategic business and public affairs advice to clients with regional and national interests. Our attorneys are admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in New Hampshire, and are also licensed to practice in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

First Solar

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First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems using advanced module and system technology. Through determined innovation, we have achieved a significant milestone by delivering solar energy that is an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel sourced electricity. From module sales through turnkey power plant development, First Solar is a reliable, world-class partner for clean, renewable energy generation.

CPS Chint Power Systems America

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Chint Power Systems America is a global inverter solutions provider with service and operations centers in Texas and California. CPS is delivering feature-rich, flexible, high performance products, and low cost leadership is achieved by leveraging Chint Group’s vertical integration and supply chain scale economies. Chint is a $5B diversified set of industrial and energy systems companies; T&D substations, PV panels, project finance and EPC.

MVP Capital

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You know your business inside and out. We do too. With more than 25 years providing investment banking services for renewable energy, telecom, towers, internet infrastructure and media companies, MVP Capital can identify opportunities and maximize value for our clients – without the learning curve. We’ve completed more than $18 billion in transactions for companies of all sizes and stages, and we always operate with the highest integrity.

Cleantech Law Partners

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Cleantech Law Partners is a full-service law firm dedicated exclusively to the legal and policy needs of renewable energy project developers and cleantech companies. CLP helps renewable energy developers, investors, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs obtain permits, negotiate key legal documents, secure intellectual property rights, and manage financial transactions. CLP also advises clients on corporate and tax matters, and serves as outside in-house counsel.

Energy Acuity

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Energy Acuity is the leading provider of energy industry and market intelligence. We strive to offer the most up-to-date and timely information on the power generation and infrastructure technology sectors, ensuring that subscribers have everything they need to identify opportunities and make educated business decisions. Find out how you can streamline your research and business development efforts with one of our three online platforms.

ENF

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ENF is a fast-growing renewable energy information company. Our company has the world’s most popular website for information about companies in the photovoltaic industry. We have two value-added core activities: industry directory – providing a PV company database with more than 22,800 PV companies; product directory – providing a PV product database with more than 35,600 PV products, including solar panels, inverters, mounting systems, cells, EVA and backsheet. All these make ENF a true PV industry resource, with each service expanding in as many as 8 languages.

Navigant Research

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Navigant Research is a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of these industry sectors.

Utility Dive

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Utility Dive covers industry news and provides original analysis on the latest happenings in utility and energy. Their mission is to provide busy executives with a bird’s-eye-view of the utilities industry in 60 seconds. With a mobile-optimized daily email newsletter, website, and app, Utility Dive keeps you informed on the go. You’ll get coverage of topics such as smart grid, energy efficiency, regulation and policy, grid security, distributed generation, renewable energy, and more.

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