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Recurrent Energy Achieves Commercial Operation of 100-MW Mustang Solar Power Project

LCG, August 25, 2016--Canadian Solar Inc. Tuesday announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, has reached commercial operation of the Mustang solar photovoltaic (PV) power project, which is located on a 1,000-acre site in Kings County, California. The renewable energy generated by the 100-MW project will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to Sonoma Clean Power and MCE.

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SDG&E and AES to Commence Construction on 37.5 MW Battery Storage Projects

LCG, August 19, 2016--San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and the AES Corporation yesterday announced plans to proceed with two energy storage arrays totaling 37.5 MW at sites in San Diego County, California. The announcements follow the approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday of the proposal by SDG&E to build the two new energy storage projects.

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NRC Approves Rule to Amend AP1000 Nuclear Reactor Design

LCG, December 26, 2011--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Wednesday voted to approve a rule that certifies an amended version of Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor design for use in the United States. NRC certification, in the form of a final rule, means the design meets the NRC's applicable safety requirements.

The NRC will make the rule immediately effective once it is published in the Federal Register, which is expected to be published within seven business days of the vote. The application to amend the 1,100-MW, electric pressurized-water reactor with passive safety features was submitted by Westinghouse on May 27, 2007.

NRC Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko stated, "The Commission is able to reach this final step in approving the amended AP1000 reactor design due to the staff?s dedicated work ensuring the design meets NRC's safety requirements. The design provides enhanced safety margins through use of simplified, inherent, passive, or other innovative safety and security functions, and also has been assessed to ensure it could withstand damage from an aircraft impact without significant release of radioactive materials."

The NRC received the original AP1000 plant design from Westinghouse back in March 2002, and the NRC issued a rule certifying the design on January 27, 2006.

The NRC is now reviewing six Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) applications that reference the amended AP1000 design. Southern Company, one of the leading applicants, is developing two AP1000 reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. Southern Nuclear, a Southern Company subsidiary that operates Plant Vogtle's two existing nuclear units, is overseeing construction on the $14 billion project. Southern Nuclear is working under a Limited Work Authorization permit (since 2009) that allows for certain safety-related construction activities. Southern Nuclear will also operate the two new units. Southern expects commercial operations of the two new nuclear units to commence in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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