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ReneSola Announces Results of Annual General Meeting

JIASHAN, China, August 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –ReneSola Ltd. (“ReneSola” or the “Company”) (www.renesola.com) (NYSE: SOL), a leading brand in and technology provider of solar photovoltaic products, today announced that all shareholder resolu…

Build Eco Xpo Asia 2014 to Spur Southeast Asia’s Green Agenda

SINGAPORE, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier business event for the exchange of global expertise and technologies for sustainable building, returns for the seventh year with a twist.

In line with the theme, “Building Today, Sustaining Tomorrow”, BEX Asia 2014 and the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) are encouraging all participants to adhere to a “no-coat, no-tie” dress code. This ensures that visitors are comfortable while in-hall temperatures are raised to more environmentally friendly levels.

“Visitors are an important part of our show, and it is necessary to engage them in our efforts. By doing away with the usual business wear, we hope that this creates a more conducive environment for everyone,” says Ms Louise Chua, Business Development Director and Project Director of Reed Exhibitions.

With buildings emitting one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions[1], a better understanding of green practices is necessary to create a more sustainable living environment. BEX Asia 2014 will see the coming together of key industry partners for an exchange of business ideas and venture opportunities to achieve a shared vision of using more green technologies in building design and architecture. Over 350 companies across the globe are expected to showcase new and innovative products to visitors and delegation from the region, including Taiwan and Indonesia.

Greater Buzz with Strong Line-up of Exhibitors

Visitors can expect a diverse showcase of the latest products and green solutions across the big and small industry players.

One of them is the display of the proprietary Panasonic Energy Management System (EMS) which allows for convenient energy visualisation. The provision of energy consumption data via wireless communications and network technology encourages small behavioural changes towards potential energy and cost savings. In the residential space, the system was part of the Punggol Eco Town test-bed project in 2013.

Junichiro Kitagawa, Managing Director, Panasonic Asia Pacific, said, “As the strain on energy resources increases with growing demand and consumption, effective energy management technologies and solutions have to be looked into closely. With the EMS, consumers are aware of, and have the ability to monitor as well as make changes to their energy consumption habits.”

Singapore-based company, Enovatek Energy Solutions, who is sponsoring all LED lightings at BEX Asia 2014, will also introduce the Nano Thermal Barrier Paint. Already in use in hot and warm neighbouring countries like Thailand, the heat-reflective paint increases solar reflectance and thermal emittance when applied onto a surface, reducing cooling load by up to 40%.

Strengthening the international presence is the return of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and Taiwan pavilions. Following the success of BEX Asia last year, the JETRO pavilion will return bigger, featuring various Japanese Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their respective technologies to maximise business potentials.

“The extensive showcase will provide an enabling platform for everybody to network and exchange ideas. Notably, we have seen an increased interest from companies in the timber and wood industry, and those providing lighting solutions,” says Louise.

“With the expected record number of participants from the region, BEX Asia 2014 is well poised to accelerate the adoption of green technologies for a more sustainable and energy-efficient living.”

Also housed in a much larger pavilion this year is the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC), a strategic partner in fostering collaboration between Singaporean companies and key industry players. From buildings, architecture, design and green products, visitors can find these key partners via the Singapore Green Product Labels affixed at the booths.

Gathering of Asia’s leading Build Green think-tanks

BEX Asia 2014 will also play host to ‘Green View’ speakers, who will be sharing their expert insights on the industry.

One of the speakers, Dr Naree Phinyawatana, Director of Atelier Ten (Bangkok), will be speaking on daylighting. “BEX Asia 2014 will not only give like-minded individuals an opportunity to network but also provide a platform for the discussion and exchange of ideas. I am honored to be speaking to my peers and hopefully contribute to the greater good for the industry.”

Other speakers at ‘Green View’ include Dr Alex Lee, CEO (Asia) of Tian Building Engineering, Germany, Mr Emmanuel Clair, Group CEO of Light Cibles International Group, Mr Steven Kang, Business Development Director of Measurement and Verification Pte Ltd, and Mr Philip Kennedy, President and Chief Technology Officer of Kiltech.

Furthering the Green Agenda

Taking place alongside BEX Asia 2014 is the International Green Building Conference (IGBC). The anchor event of the Singapore Green Building Week, IGBC 2014 is organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). It will play host to international green building experts, policy-makers and academics, and built environment practitioners, to promote a congregation of ideas, collaboration and learning, to achieve a greener and more sustainable environment.

BEX Asia 2014 is also co-located with Lighting Asia and Design Interiors. The inaugural Lighting Asia provides an international showcase of energy efficient lighting solutions for the Southeast Asian marketplace. Design Interiors encompasses enthralling eco-centric interior exhibits for design professionals. Visitors can expect participation from the Czech Republic as well as the Japan Interior Planners Association, Tokyo (JIPAT).

BEX Asia will take place from 1 to 3 September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. For more information, please visit http://www.bex-asia.com/

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About Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia

BEX Asia is Southeast Asia’s premier business platform for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop sourcing destination for cutting-edge products, innovative technologies and sustainable designs in building materials, energy efficiency systems, fittings and fixtures, and much more. It is an event that enhances your competitive edge in the world of Build Green. BEX Asia brings together skilled professionals, key industry practitioners, major specifiers and buyers from the region to build networks and create business opportunities, in support of the global trend to build greener communities for a greener future. http://www.bex-asia.com/

About International Green Building Conference (IGBC)

The International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2014, organized by the Building & Construction Industry (BCA), themed “Build Green, Lead, Engage, Sustain”, will play host to more than 1,000 international delegates from over 30 markets. The event will lead in the next phase of the green building movement focusing on higher standards of energy efficiency; indoor environment quality through sustainable building products and technologies; and users’ comfort and productivity. http://www.sgbw.com.sg

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 40 countries. In 2013, Reed brought together over six million active event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. http://www.reedexpo.com

For more information, please contact:

Rasheed Abu Bakar
The Hoffman Agency
Email: BEXAsia@hoffman.com
DID: +65-6361-0250

[1] The Business Case for Green Building, A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants, World Green Building Council

CHS Announces Senior Leadership Team Changes

ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP)  the nation’s leading cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company  today announced that Mark Palmquist, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Ag Business, will leave the organization effective Aug. 31, 2014, to assume the top leadership role with an Australian grain company. Current CHS strategic leadership team member Shirley Cunningham will assume a new role as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Ag Business and Enterprise Strategy.

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Palmquist will become managing director and chief executive officer of GrainCorp, Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 1, 2014.

“We congratulate Mark on this new opportunity and thank him for his significant contributions to CHS and its predecessor organizations,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Carl Casale. “During his 35-year career with our organization, he was instrumental in launching and building the CHS global platform and identifying numerous growth opportunities in our grains and foods businesses that add value for the owners of this cooperative.”

Cunningham, who joined CHS in 2013 as executive vice president, Enterprise Strategy, will continue to lead the company’s Enterprise Strategy functions as well as the newly aligned Ag Business platform which includes International, North America and Agronomy. “Shirley brings significant global strategic and enterprise experience to her expanded role,” said Casale. “Aligning our Ag Business and Enterprise Strategy platforms under Shirley’s leadership will position us well for continued growth on behalf of our owners.”

Newly named leaders for CHS Ag Business platform include:

  • Stefano Rettore, senior vice president, International, responsible for CHS South America, CHS Asia-Pacific and CHS Europe.
  • Gary Anderson, senior vice president, North America Grain Marketing and Processing and Food Ingredients, responsible for North America Grain Marketing, Terminals and Transportation, Business Development, Processing and Food Ingredients, and Ethanol manufacturing.
  • Rick Dusek, vice president, Agronomy, leading Crop Nutrients Supply and Trading, North America Crop Nutrients and Agronomy, which will include additional product and technology offerings.

Cunningham retains responsibility for CHS Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Strategy and Marketing and Communications functions. She assumes her new role on Sept. 1, 2014.

CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligations to publicly revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. For a discussion of additional factors that may materially affect management’s estimates and predictions, please view the CHS Inc. annual report filed on Form 10-K for the year ended Aug. 31, 2013, which can be found on the Securities and Exchange Commission web site (www.sec.gov) or on the CHS web site www.chsinc.com.

China outstrips Germany to become world’s biggest solar market

Hanergy Holding Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce issue Global Renewable Energy Report 2014

BEIJING, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (“CNECC”), today issued the Global Renewable Energy Report 2014. The report found that China became the world’s biggest market for solar power in 2013, with the country’s newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232% on-year to 12 gigawatts (GW).

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Key findings include:

  • The global solar market is shifting from Europe to Asia. China’s newly installed solar capacity grew 232% year-on-year in 2013 to 12GW, whereas Germany’s newly installed capacity fell 56.5% to 3.3GW and Italy’s dropped 55% year-on-year to 1.6GW.  
  • Financing activity reflects this shift. China accounted for the largest proportion of global solar industry financing at $23.56bn, equivalent to the entire amount raised in Europe.
  • The growth of the solar industry continues to accelerate. Globally, newly installed solar capacity reached 38.7GW, bringing the global total of installed capacity to 140.6GW in 2013, compared with 101.9GW in 2012.  
  • The shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy continues. Total global power generation grew 4.3% from the previous year, to 22513.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), while renewable energy power generation grew at 13% per annum, accounting for 5.2% of the world’s total output.
  • Global production of thin-film solar cell was about 4GW in 2013, up 20% from 2012. Many thin-film solar companies expanded capacity in 2013 and sought out diversified markets, achieving economies of scale through global mergers and acquisitions and upgrading production line technology.

“Our research shows that China has already become the world’s biggest solar market. Now the country is moving to a more green and sustainable model of development which will drive future global growth in renewable energy,” Chairman and CEO of Hanergy & President of the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, Li Hejun said.

“Governments are turning to greater use of renewable energy to tackle pollution and deliver energy security, underpinning growth momentum in the global renewable energy industry,” he added.

The Global Renewable Energy Report drew on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, GlobalData and Hanergy and CNECC’s own research teams. Data from the International Energy Bureau, China Electricity Council, US Energy Information Administration, the Global Wind Energy Council, the Global Hydropower Association and the International Geothermal Association were also used.

The full report can be downloaded free of charge from Hanergy’s website:
http://www.hanergy.com/en/upload/contents/2014/07/53bfa4772d9f6.pdf

About Hanergy Holding Group Ltd.

Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. (“Hanergy”) is a global clean-energy power generation company and the world’s largest thin-film solar company and solutions provider. Hanergy engages in the integration of the entire photovoltaic industry chain, covering R&D, high-end equipment manufacturing, PV module production and the construction of photovoltaic power plants. Hanergy possesses industry-leading CIGS thin-film PV technology and has the world’s largest production capacity of thin-film modules. To date, the company has entered into solar-power plant construction agreements with a combined capacity of approximately 10GW. Its business also covers hydropower and wind power. Headquartered in Beijing and with operations across China, the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe etc., Hanergy employs over 10,000 people.

Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports On Diamond Green Diesel Incident

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) today reports that at approximately 9:35 pm on August 3, 2014, there was a fire at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA, the Company’s joint venture with Valero Energy Corporation. Emergency response (ERT) members provided an immediate response and the source of the fire has been isolated, contained and extinguished. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no reported injuries and no known impact to the community. The facility has been shut down, and DGD’s investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Further details will be released as they are determined. 

About Darling

Darling Ingredients Inc. is the world’s largest publicly-traded developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries.  With operations on five continents, the Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides.  The Company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients.  In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at http://ir.darlingii.com.

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Melissa A. Gaither, Director Investor Relations

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