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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) has added Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA to the MCEC 2015 Advisory Council. Advanced Biofuels USA , a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, advocates for the adoption of advanced biofuels as an energy security, economic development, military flexibility and climate change/pollution control solution.
  • Clean Focus has announced the completion of a new 3.75 MW solar project in the City of Adelanto, CA. The ground-mounted system, interconnected in late January, received its certificate of occupancy earlier this week. Construction financing was provided by Seminole Financial Services; Sol Construction led building efforts; and MPE Consulting served as lead engineer. The Adelanto project, sited on 20 acres will generate 7,156,000 kW hours of clean electricity a year.
  • A week ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima reactor disaster, five leading organizations fighting for America’s clean-energy future – Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Public Citizen, and the Sierra Club – are unveiling an interactive online video, “Our Epic Future: Create It With Clean Energy.” The entertaining, fact-filled video allows visitors to explore three scenarios in the “Epic Energy Labs” with very different future outcomes: one dominated by fossil fuels, another in which nuclear power is the focus, and a third relying on renewable energy.
  • Terra Motors Corporation, Japanese innovator of electric two- and three-wheelers, is establishing a joint venture to deal with the manufacturing and sales of electric vehicle in Dhaka with Runner group of companies, the most famous motorbike manufactures in Bangladesh, on February 18, 2015. The name of our joint venture is “Runner Terra EV ltd.”

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Berlin (gtai) Wind turbines fed over 10,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity into Germany’s grid in the first month of the year, setting a new record, the BDEW German Association of Energy and Water Industries and ZSW Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research reported this morning. That is approximately one fifth of the annual production from wind in 2014.
  • U.S. prices for Chinese-produced Tier-1 modules were higher than those of any other market tracked in GTM Research’s latest report, Global PV Pricing Outlook 2015. Driven up on a year-over-year basis by the ongoing trade case against Chinese- and Taiwanese-produced modules, U.S. prices averaged around 72 cents per watt in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to just 56 cents per watt for the same modules in Chile, the least expensive module market tracked in the new report.
  • Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of School Bus Holdings, Inc., which, through its subsidiaries, conducts its business under the “Blue Bird” name, from The Traxis Group B.V., which is majority owned by funds affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. As part of the transaction, Hennessy changed its name to Blue Bird Corporation. Effective Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Blue Bird will be publicly traded on NASDAQ under common stock ticker symbol BLBD.
  • Alstom was awarded by the Chinese company Sinohydro a contract worth about €58 million to provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for Karuma Hydropower Project, Uganda’s largest electricity plant. Alstom will provide six 100MW Francis turbine-generator sets and related equipment for this project. Alstom Hydro China (AHC) is responsible for the equipment design, manufacturing, supervision to the installation, commissioning, testing as well as site services.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/RBI Solar has supplied the racking for the 11.18MW-dc Kinsley Solar Farm in Deptford, New Jersey. The solar farm is part of Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s Solar 4 All program and covers 32 acres of the closed Kinsley Landfill. Conti Enterprise was the EPC for this landfill project. RBI’s in-house team of engineers worked with Conti to custom design a non-penetrating landfill racking solution that not only meets the wind and snow loading but also matched the financial requirements of the project.
  • Vivint Solar has broken ground on the construction of a 163,000 square foot corporate headquarters in Lehi, Utah. The company currently employs nearly 1,000 Utah residents – approaching 3,000 nationwide.
  • Over seventy percent of active individual investors (71%) describe themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and nearly two in three (65%) believe sustainable investing will become more prevalent over the next five years, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The new Sustainable Signals report examines the attitudes and perceptions of individual investors towards sustainable investing and considers the broader implications for investors, corporations and governments.
  • India’s clean coal capacity is expected to increase by approximately 103 Gigawatts (GW) between 2016 and 2025, as the country seeks to meet its electricity demand, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s report states that while India’s clean coal installations are in the nascent stages, many recent ultra-mega power projects have adopted supercritical (SC) technology, while future SC and ultra-supercritical installations will drive capacity additions over the forecast period.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Vivint Solar has announced that its Solmetric team will be fully integrated into the Vivint Solar operating structure and be known as Vivint Solar Labs. The new research and development team will focus on proprietary photovoltaic installation instruments and software.
  • Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) reported today that SunPower solar power systems at 16 schools are expected to significantly reduce the district’s annual electricity costs over the next 25 years or more. SunPower is bringing the math and science behind the solar technology into the classroom in the form of curriculum that helps prepare students for careers in the clean energy economy. SunPower installed 3.6 megawatts of systems at the 16 schools, using SunPower solar panels installed on building rooftops as well as solar carports in school parking lots.
  • The development of a policy that will help address barriers hindering participation of women in energy access in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region is underway. The policy is being developed together with a strategy that will guide its implementation across the countries. The process was launched during a workshop that was held on Tuesday, February 24 at the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process. New yeast strains developed by Gen 2 Energy, Iowa State University and the USDA, improve the alcohol yield of conventional fermentation from a variety of feedstocks – including agave, a monster energy crop being deployed as part of the Byogy value chain.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth in the nation for installed solar investment, creating jobs and boosting the economy across the state. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, applauded the study’s findings.
  • The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has filed comments (PDF) with the California Energy Commission (CEC) regarding its Draft 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report Scoping Order. GEA highlighted some of the lesser known economic values geothermal power provides to the State of California, which should be considered as the CEC continues its efforts to study how a 50% RPS can be achieved.
  • First Solar and SunPower Corp. are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo.
  • In a few years, solar energy plants will deliver the most inexpensive power available in many parts of the world. By 2025, the cost of producing power in the U.S. will have declined to between 4.5 and 11 cents (USD) per kilowatt hour, and by 2050 to as low as 2.1 to 7.8 cents, according to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems commissioned by Agora Energiewende.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, is a featured speaker at the March 13th Business Breakfast hosted by EcoEngineers. The event is taking place Friday March 13, 2015 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am CDT in Des Moines, IA. Durham will speak about the renewable biochemical tax credit, the angel investor tax credit, and the importance of diversification and infrastructure investments in Iowa’s bio-science and renewable energy clusters.
  • Ocean Energy Europe’s Board of Directors has elected Rob Stevenson as its new President. Stevenson is Vice-President of Alstom’s Ocean Energy Business. His appointment follows the election of six new Directors on Ocean Energy Europe’s Board.
  • Several California schools have contracted with Green Charge Networks under a Power Efficiency Agreement for the installation of over 1,500 kWhs of intelligent energy storage capacity to be used to reduce the ongoing costs of demand charges on their electricity bill. These schools and colleges can expect to save up to 50 percent off their demand charges. As an added benefit, Green Charge has coupled electric vehicle charging stations with each of these systems to mitigate increased demand charges while promoting the use of electric vehicles with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Registration is still open for the India-Sri Lanka Renewable Energy Growth Forum taking place on March 11, 2015 at the Galadari Hotel, Columbo. The Forum aims to accelerate growth of the renewable energy sector in Sri Lanka by offering suitable development opportunities to Indian businesses in this industry. Leading industry experts, product manufacturers, system integrators will throw light on the prospects for both countries to work together in this area, for end-use applications and execute projects to achieve new standards and benchmarks of business synergy.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Registration is open for the 10th annual Ethanol 2015: Emerging Issues Forum taking place April 16-17, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska at the Magnolia Hotel. Confirmed speakers include Jessica Hoffmann, RPMG; Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, Distillers Grain Technology Council; Ernie Shea, 25x’25 and more.
  • Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway have announced plans to install commercial-scale distributed solar power at the “World Center of Racing”. The plan comprises the installation of more than 5,000 solar panels on multiple canopy-like structures that will offer areas of shade for race fans while generating zero-emissions energy. The solar panels will be located outside the frontstretch, in the Sprint FANZONE and in one of the Speedway’s parking lots.
  • Pattern Energy Group Inc. has announced that its parent company, Pattern Development has signed a joint venture agreement with CEMEX Energia, a subsidiary of CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. The CEMEX Energia/Pattern Development JV will jointly develop renewable energy projects throughout Mexico.
  • RGS Energy has announced that it commenced a public offering of up to $3.5 million units consisting of its Class A common stock and Series A, B, C, D and E common stock warrants. WestPark Capital, Inc. served as exclusive placement agent in the offering on a “best efforts” basis.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has announced the keynote speaker for the State of the Geothermal Industry Briefing. Senator Dean Heller, Republican from Nevada, will address attendees at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The one-day program will feature the roll out of GEA’s 2015 Global and US Geothermal Industry Update that details the status of geothermal projects and developments around the world.
  • The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), has added the Pika T701 turbine to its Unified List of wind turbines. The turbine joins several others on ITAC’s small wind turbine list; these turbines meet ITAC’s listing requirements, a unique set of eligibility criteria that address both the business practices of manufacturers and the performance and reliability of turbines with a rotor swept area of less than 200m2.
  • Citi has announced a commitment to lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion within the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and create environmental solutions that benefit people and communities. With this $100 billion initiative, Citi will build on its leadership in renewable energy and energy efficiency financing to engage with clients to identify opportunities to finance greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and resource efficiency in other sectors, such as sustainable transportation.
  • Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has announced the acquisition of two photovoltaic (PV) solar projects totaling 99 megawatts in Georgia – the 80 MW Decatur Parkway Solar Project and the 19 MW Decatur County Solar Project – from Tradewind Energy, Inc. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the 80 MW facility will be sold under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power. Construction of the 80 MW facility is currently scheduled to begin this month.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Kaiser Permanente has announced it will purchase enough renewable energy to provide half of the electricity it uses in California and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 30 percent. As part of the commitment, Kaiser Permanente has agreed to support the construction and operation of three new renewable energy projects that will come online in 2016 and generate 590 million kilowatt hours of power a year.
  • PSEG Solar Source joined with El Paso Electric (EPE) and juwi solar, Inc. to formally dedicate the PSEG El Paso Solar Center. The 13-megawatt (dc) facility is El Paso’s largest. The plant is located on 100-acre site adjacent to the existing El Paso Electric Newman Generating Station in Northeast El Paso. EPE will purchase the electricity produced by the solar facility through a 30-year power purchase agreement.
  • The new phase of the advertising campaign “Ethanol, the Completão fuel”, created for the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) by Borghi / Lowe advertising agency has boosted sales of hydrous ethanol in 4th Quarter 2014. According to data from the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) and evaluated by UNICA, monthly use of ethanol was 32% in the first nine months of 2014; 34.3% in October; 36.2% in November; and 36.5% in December.
  • Ecotech Institute has named Donald Smith as the new program director of Both Electrical Engineering Technology and Power Utility Technician programs. In this position, Smith is responsible for assuring all his students gain the most hands-on and applicable knowledge possible while preparing to enter the renewable energy job force.

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  • Clean Energy Powers Local Job Growth in India, an analysis released during the RE-Invest conference that took place in New Delhi, India shows that achieving Prime Minister Modi’s recently announced 100 gigawatt (GW) solar energy goal by 2022 could create as many as one million jobs, while greatly improving energy access for Indian citizens and fighting climate change. Achieving India’s proposed target of 60 GW of wind energy by 2022 would also generate at least 180,000 additional jobs. The analysis finds that the project planning, construction, and installation and operations required to meet this solar goal could generate as many as 1,000,000 jobs in less than a decade.
  • The World Energy Council has welcomed Abengoa as the newest member of its Global Partner program. Abengoa will contribute its experience as a leading player in both renewable energy and efficient conventional generation, as well as power transmission and distribution. The company will join the Council’s partner organizations who support the Council’s work programs in addressing essential issues such as the energy trilemma, scenarios and resources.
  • Clariant’s sunliquid technology, which converts agricultural residue such as wheat straw into economic and sustainable cellulosic ethanol, has been nominated for the GreenTec Awards 2015 in the category of car mobility. The GreenTec Award is an European environmental and business award that honors innovative projects that lead the way to a sustainable future. On May 29, 2015 the award ceremony will take place in Berlin where the winners will be announced.
  • EDF Renewable Services has announced that Kansas City Power & Light Company has extended an operations and maintenance agreement for the Spearville Wind Project (100.5 MW) and Spearville II Wind Project (48 MW) located in Kansas totaling 148.5 megawatts (MW) of General Electric turbines.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Mainstream Renewable Power has announced the launch of a pan-African renewable energy generation platform, Lekela Power, that it has formed along with Actis, a global pan-emerging market private equity firm. Lekela Power will provide between 700 and 900 megawatts of wind and solar power across Africa by 2018.
  • Vaisala is providing measurement systems and services to Finnish wind power company, Puhuri Oy, which operates three wind projects and is developing several more in Finland. The agreement includes two Vaisala Triton Sonic Wind Profilers that will be installed in northern Finland, as well as an annual SkyServe maintenance and data management contract. Furthermore, Vaisala will deliver the planning and wind resource evaluation services as part of the measurement campaign to help Puhuri better assess the performance potential of its proposed wind farms.
  • SunEdison, Inc. has announced the completion of a 677 kilowatt ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will provide energy for the AT&T materials distribution facility in Lancaster, Texas. The system is constructed using 2,000 high-efficiency SunEdison solar panels. SunEdison is also working with TerraForm Power on this project.
  • Vivint Solar has announced that it has extended job offers to all 20 graduates of the United States Department of Energy’s ‘Reach for the Sun’ pilot program at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. ‘Reach for the Sun’ is an intensive solar workforce training designed to help place qualified transitioning military service members into the solar industry. ‘Reach for the Sun’ pilot program was offered to 20 transitioning Marines and included 4 weeks of intensive photovoltaic coursework. Each graduate gains the skills to size and install solar panels, safely connect electricity to the grid, interpret and comply with local building code requirements. Additional pilot courses will be offered at United States Army Fort Carson in Colorado and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia this year.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has released, “A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs,” to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system financing. The free online guide describes three popular residential solar financing choices – leases, loans, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) – and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how they compare to a direct cash purchase. It clarifies key solar financing terms and provides a list of questions homeowners should ask before deciding if and how to proceed with installing a solar system.
  • Pattern Energy Group has announced the addition of the 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project to its list of identified Right of First Offer (ROFO) projects from Pattern Development. The Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project, which is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Québec City in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, has entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Québec. Pattern Development expects to begin construction of the project in the third quarter of 2016 and anticipates reaching commercial operation in December 2017.
  • Mainstream Renewable Power has announced the successful completion of financial close for three wind farms in South Africa with a combined capacity of 360 megawatts. The wind farms, which are all located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, represent an investment of approximately US $760 million and are expected to commence construction this month.
  • Coronal Group LLC has announced that it has acquired the majority of the assets of HelioSage Energy and formed Coronal Development Services, LLC, immediately establishing a robust end-to-end solar development solution available to commercial and utility clients in North America. Together with Panasonic Eco Solutions, Coronal owns and operates a portfolio of solar facilities in North America totaling nearly 100 MW. The HelioSage acquisition will add in excess of 300 MW of near Notice To Proceed projects and more than 1.5 GWs of projects in development.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Commissioned by the EU, Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research is performing pre-normative research into standards for biobased products. Using laboratory research and its knowledge and experience with biobased products, Food & Biobased Research and project coordinator NEN are looking into the demand for specific labelling for and consumer information on biobased products. The project includes a total of 14 European research institutes and companies. Food & Biobased Research is performing specific research into quality requirements for biobased products based on laboratory tests into specific functional characteristics such as strength, flexibility, permeability, recyclability and organic degradability.
  • Scatec Solar ASA has entered into financing agreements totaling $157 million for construction of a 104 MW(dc) Red Hills solar power plant in Utah. When complete, the Red Hills solar project will be Scatec Solar’s largest developed and constructed project in North America. Total investment for the plant is estimated at $188 million with Google providing tax equity, Prudential Capital Group providing debt financing, and Scatec Solar providing sponsor equity. The power plant will be wholly-owned by a partnership jointly owned by Google and Scatec Solar.
  • TXU Energy is helping more of its customers go 100 percent green for their home electricity service. The company’s new TXU Energy GreenUpS option allows existing residential customers to maintain their current TXU Energy plans and benefits while adding renewable energy offsets for 100 percent of the electricity delivered to their homes. That means that for every kilowatt delivered to their homes, an equal number of kilowatts generated by Texas wind will be put onto the Texas electricity grid.
  • Duke Energy has signed 20-year agreements with three solar developers to purchase up to 20 megawatts of solar power for its Indiana customers. The company has filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to approve the agreements. Pending regulatory approval, the developers will build and operate four solar panel projects, each producing up to 5 megawatts of electric power. The projects include: Pastime Farm LLC in Clay County and McDonald Solar LLC in Vigo County, developed by Solexus Development and Strata Solar; Geres Energy LLC in Howard County, developed by Inovateus Solar; and Sullivan Solar LLC in Sullivan County, developed by juwi solar.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/UBM India, host of the annual Renewable Energy India (REI) exposition, announced its maiden Solar Energy Investment and Technology Forum, to showcase the potential and provide opportunities of solar energy business in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The one-day event will take place on March 4, 2015 at The Taj Banjara Hotel.
  • National Algae Association’s (NAA) Algae Production next Networking Workshop will focus on Nutraceutical – Omega 3 EPA / DHA, the highest value product made ​​from algae. NAA will highlight best practices in inoculation, commercial cultivation, harvesting and extraction methods in an attempt to create standards for commercially grown Haematococcus pluvialis for astaxanthin. NAA is calling for papers for the Workshop taking place in Richmond, California April 23-24, 2015 Click here for more information.
  • In a new report, the Department of Energy (DOE) has highlighted the success of the Loan Programs Office’s solar projects, saying that since it financed its first five utility-scale projects in 2011, 17 additional projects have come on line without the use of loan guarantees. The report coincides with the dedication ceremony of Desert Sunlight, a 550-megawatt (MW) solar project in Riverside County, California.
  • The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the election of Maria Richards as President-Elect. She will become the 26th President of the global geothermal energy organization in January 2017 after the term of current President Paul Brophy ends.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Duke Energy has announced the acquisition of a majority interest in REC Solar, a provider of comprehensive commercial solar and energy solutions nationwide. In addition, over several years, Duke Energy will invest up to $225 million in commercial solar projects developed by REC Solar and supported by long-term power purchase agreements. REC Solar will deliver a simple sales and financing process for commercial-scale customers, similar to that provided by residential solar companies. REC Solar serves key sectors including retail, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, government and nonprofits.
  • ICM, Inc. has announced that Kansas Ethanol LLC, of Lyons, Kansas, has signed an agreement for purchase, license to operate, and full-scale installation of ICM’s patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology. FST is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber from a standard ethanol process, allowing increased ethanol and oil recovery yields, unlocking throughput and efficiency for each gallon of ethanol produced, and creating options for diversified co-products with high-protein feeds and fiber.
  • Robert (Bob) Briscoe, chairman of Lallemand Inc., has announced the nominations of Antoine Chagnon as president and chief executive officer and of William (Bill) Nankervis as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Lallemand Inc. effective February 1st 2015. Antoine succeeds his father Jean Chagnon who has led the company as its CEO for the past 34 years. Jean will remain a board member and available to support the leadership team as one of its senior vice presidents and special advisors.
  • Blue Sphere Corporation, a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has announced the closing of a joint venture to develop, construct and operate a 5.2 MW biogas generation facility in Charlotte, NC with affiliates of York Capital Management. Under the terms of the joint venture, Blue Sphere owns 25% of the Project and received an initial payment of $1,250,000 in cash at the Closing with a second payment of $1,175,000 to be paid in two equal installments of $587,500 later in 2015 upon the Project’s achievement of each of mechanical completion and commercial operation.