SolarEdge files for $125 million IPOThe Israeli-headquartered power optimizer specialist filed an S-1 form with the SEC yesterday. Company’s recent growth underpinned by strong U.S. consumer base. February 19, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share SolarEdge, the Israeli-headquartered solar firm that specializes in power optimizers, inverters and data monitoring systems, yesterday submitted an S-1 initial public offering (IPO) form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Council (SEC) with the intention of raising up to $125 million. The decision by SolarEdge to seek an IPO is viewed within the industry as indicative of the growing strength of the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market, of which SolarEdge has rapidly become a key player. Although smaller in revenue size than U.S. competitor Enphase, SolarEdge has shipped some 4.5 million power inverters and 201,000 inverters since its inception in 2006. When Enphase went public in 2012, the company had just 1.55 million microinverter shipments under its belt. Revenue-wise, Enphase posted annual earnings of $149.5 million when the company floated. SolarEdge achieved similar revenue in calendar year 2014, posting $139.8 million. In just a short space of time, SolarEdge has accrued shipments of 601 MW, with the U.S. market accounting for 72% of its latest revenues. In the past six months alone, 32.3% of its U.S. revenues have derived from a single customer, identified as Customer B in the S-1 filing. GTM Researchs director of solar research, MJ Shiao, suggests that only SolarCity has the necessary clout to account for such a large proportion of SolarEdges balance books. And for a company looking to increase its market share of the growing U.S. residential landscape, that is not a bad customer to have on board, Shiao notes. “This customer represents significant exposure but also a launching pad in the U.S. residential space,” the analyst told pv magazine. However, Shiao notes, SolarEdges continued success post-IPO will lead it into direct competition with not only Enphase who just enjoyed a record-breaking quarter and fiscal year but also traditional heavyweights SMA and ABB, as well as newcomers to the increasingly crowded MLPE space, such as LG. Growth of MLPE and three-phase invertersAlready strong in Europe, the benefits of a three-phase string inverter architecture at commercial level are expected to be embraced more fully in the U.S. in the near future a development that will smooth SolarEdges transition into the U.S. commercial space, believes Shiao. “SolarEdge is leveraging the three-phase string inverter architecture, and is able to offset the power optimizer premium through internal savings via its fixed-voltage inverter as well as with electrical BOS savings via string stretching.” Referring to GTMs Global PV Inverter Landscape report, Shiao adds that there is a huge global opportunity for the MLPE market, which the analyst expects will grow from 4% global annual inverter shipments last year to more than 11% by 2018. “In 2015, we expect total combined MLPE shipments to well exceed 2 GW,” Shiao said. “Furthermore, we expect the U.S. residential market to continue growing at 50% to 55% year-over-year ahead of the ITC cliff in 2017 a strong foundation and growth opportunity for MLPE vendors.” Salt in Europes woundsA recent report by IHS forecast that the U.S. and Japan are set to account for almost half of global solar PV inverter revenue in 2015 and 2016. The report was followed shortly by U.S. microinverter supplier Enphase posting record-breaking revenues for Q4 2014 and the entirety of last year. As price pressure intensifies and global competition sharpens its claws, the European inverter landscape could begin to look increasingly barren over the next 18-24 months. “A successful IPO would give SolarEdge a significant war chest to tackle traditional inverter manufacturers weakened by European market woes and global pricing pressure,” suggested Shiao IHS solar analyst Cormac Gilligan agrees. “In Europe, the additional money raised would allow SolarEdge to consolidate its position in the large residential and small commercial PV markets such as the U.K., Germany, Italy and the Netherlands,” Gilligan told pv magazine. “It would also enable them to further expand their sales team and after-sales service by having a local presence in each market something which is crucial to success in Europe.” Gilligan believes that a sophisticated SolarEdge presence would pour significant pressure on to other inverter suppliers operating in Europe, particularly those unable to provide the same level of service. A more global reachIPO money would also allow SolarEdge to invest more heavily in R&D and bring new products to market quicker, which may allow the company to compete more effectively with Enphase in the key U.S. market. “In particular, the additional money raised in an IPO would allow SolarEdge to make a bigger push into another key residential and small commercial market, such as Japan, where they have yet to gain JET certification for their single-phase and three-phase inverters,” added Gilligan. 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In the world where nothing is certain, everywhere amid this hue and cry of Coronavirus pandemic, one stream of the people have started whispering that we have to live with corona exactly how we live with other diseases Influenza, cough and cold while the other stream of people is hopeful as a vaccine of coronavirus is on the verge of completion. Several facts are opening up each day about this pandemic. The world is full of noise about the pandemic but the fact is that even after so many months, even the authenticity of the information provided by medical agencies about this pandemic is doubtful. There is a question mark on the information provided by reliable sources about COVID 19. Almost every week, there is a new revelation about the disease. In such a morbid and uncertain environment, it is really difficult for common people to lose trust and faith in all mundane aspects. Who to trust then? How all religious places have been closed, it seems a little uncertain even to trust the supreme and sovereign power completely. This environment of pessimism may lead mankind to the world of morbid pessimism, anxieties, and various apprehensions. Several seen and unseen fears have clouded the entire world and nobody is untouched of it. Amidst this chaos, sustaining faith and sanity has become a challenge today, especially for those who already have unstable minds. The real problems, which human beings would be facing even after the end of the COVID crisis, are utter disbelief, doubts, incomprehensiveness, and intolerance all around which would probably tarnish the entire belief system, one of the imperative signs of human civilization. World today is facing medical issues but the day is not far when everyone has to fight with psychological issues also. Staying at home and constantly thinking about the wellbeing of loved ones, dealing with various issues of health and sanitation, getting negative news from the world around and that nerve shaking fear of not getting caught by this known but unseen devil i.e. COVID 19, are not going to confine to these days, it will linger and hover over our minds. The present state certainly is going to create so many psychological issues. Issues arising due to lockdown, social distancing, panic buying, and economic crisis are not restricted to today, consequences may be far-fetched. For months or years after this COVID -19 scenario also, people will not be able to come out of the hangover. A close-knit society like India may convert into a society where people would follow the norms of social distancing and won’t trust others so easily.Now the question arises those who are sufferers, Will be able to regain their lost faith and trust in the past norms of Indian culture and society? Will they be able to come out of mental trauma when they were struggling for their or their loved one’s survival? Will they be able to come out of their mental isolation and depression and regain their energies to invest in the growth and development of society and eventually the country? Expecting to get concrete answers of these questions will be almost like answering the question, “Will humans be able to come out of the clutches of Corona Virus?” or “Will we be able to defeat the Corona Virus in the year 2020?” The solution can be found in the statements written in religious scriptures where human life is considered to be transitory and our journey to life has to end but again the question comes if these are to be trusted?
We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The following urgent call to action has been issued by Yves Hamelin, Equestrian Canada Interim Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General:I would like to share some background on the recently published survey gathering equine farm and equestrian facility business profiles to help mitigate any possible concerns around the survey’s purpose and intention.The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented and Equestrian Canada (EC) is operating in crisis mode across all departments. We have heard the concerns of equine farms and equestrian facility owners regarding the financial implications of COVID-19 and the need to find solutions to support their businesses.As you know, EC has already initiated efforts to ensure that government bodies, financial institutions and industry associations have a proper understanding of the current situation. We need to keep the equine industry on the agendas of these organizations so that we are included in their programs and solutions moving forward.This is where you come in. We need meaningful data so that EC, the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) and EC national affiliate associations and corporations can present a significant, current and fact-based picture of our industry needs.We need to come together to:Act quickly, as we need to advocate on a timely basis in this current crisis;Ensure that the survey gathers accurate data from across the industry;Ensure that the survey data allows EC to clearly demonstrate your potential financial shortfalls; and,Have enough participation from across the industry to allow EC to demonstrate the magnitude of the potential financial impacts of COVID-19.We need your help: please support our advocacy by responding to the survey if you are Canadian equine farm or equestrian facility owner.Amendments to the survey have been made since its original publish date on March 26, 2020, in response to community concerns and feedback. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. There is no cost to submit your information and participation is 100% voluntary.Individual farm financial data will be kept strictly confidential. It will not be shared with governments, PTSOs or EC national affiliate associations and corporations. Non-identifiable, aggregate data may be shared with PTSOs and registered affiliates to assist in the development of tools and resources to advocate for the needs of our industry in these challenging times and to help identify relevant programs to support our community.EC is aiming to receive a minimum of at least 1,000 survey responses by April 5, 2020. On April 6, EC staff will asses the number of respondents to ensure that we have received an acceptable level of industry insight to advocate appropriately and accurately. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger our case will be.Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey. Tags: COVID-19, Equestrian Canada survey, equine farm and equestrian facility, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews
Home prices are on the rise, and homeowners are opting to stay in their homes longer (Credit: iStock)The pace of rising home prices quickened in September and existing home sales ticked up 1.9 percent.Average home prices in cities across the nation rose 3.2 percent compared with the same period in the previous year, the Wall Street Journal reported. The year-over-year rise in August had been 3.1 percent.The gains mark a two-month departure from a long period of slowing growth in home prices.The gains were more moderate — just 2.1 percent — in the large urban areas tracked by the composite S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.A separate report released last week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency echoed those findings, while the National Association of Realtors said existing home sales increased by 1.9 percent in October.Homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes longer, in part because of a dearth of affordable options and tax abatements for older homeowners, according to a Redfin study, the Washington Post reported. Owners in homes where walkable amenities are available are also less likely to move, and houses with higher walkability scores sell faster, the study found.The number of homes for sale in Washington, D.C., has fallen 38.1 percent since 2010, while the median sale price surged 36.7 percent to $410,000 from $299,900. Washington-area homeowners are also sticking around more — remaining in their homes for a median of 13 years, compared with just nine in 2010.[WSJ, WaPo] — Georgia Kromrei This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Washington is attacked by nuclear missiles in a menacing new North Korean propaganda video called “Last chance.”Published Saturday on North Korea’s propaganda website DPRK Today, the four-minute video features footage of a nuclear missile launched from a submarine laying waste to Washington while music straight out of a 1980s action movie plays in the background.The video shows footage of the Korean war, and ends with a digitally manipulated sequence showing a missile flying through the clouds and hitting the road in front of the Lincoln Memorial with the message “If US imperialists budge an inch toward us, we will immediately hit them with nuclear (weapons).” Pyongyang has in recent weeks made almost daily threats of attacks against the South and the U.S.North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Friday watched a military drill simulating a strike on the official residence of his South Korean counterpart.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The fans have spoken, and the legacy lives on for another year. Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott was named the 2019 NMPA Most Popular Driver on Thursday night during the year-end Champion’s Week banquet.The annual award is determined 100% by fan voting, and Elliott, 24, topped the ballot for the second consecutive year.RELATED: All-time Most Popular Driver winners“Just an honor, really, and just a big thank you to everybody who voted,” Elliott said after the awards celebration. “Obviously it took a lot of votes to make it happen and everybody that took time to do that, I do really appreciate it. Like I said out there, too, it’s more than a trophy or a sticker or an award, really and truly. So I just really enjoyed this past season and just seeing all the people that were at the race track that wanted to see us do good. And you can genuinely feel that, and that goes a long way. So I appreciate it, and hopefully try to make everybody proud next year, too.”There’s a history there, of course. Elliott’s father, Bill, won the award a record 16 times, including 10 consecutive years from 1991-2000.Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the award 15 times, all consecutively from 2002-17 before his retirement, paving the way for Chase Elliott, who drives the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, as the heir apparent.“First off, it was really cool that Dale retired a year early,” Elliott said. “I think all Elliott fans appreciated that, so I think that’s really cool. To have now, I guess 18 awards going back to Dawsonville (Georgia) is pretty cool, and obviously I think a lot of that is due to him and his career and what he and his family built. It certainly isn’t all just me and what I’ve done. I haven’t done anything a drop in the bucket compared to what they did, and that’s the real reason where the core Elliott fan is, I feel like, is recognizing that.”All told, the Earnhardt and Elliott families have held the award for 34 total years, nearly all of it consecutively. Only Darrell Waltrip’s back-to-back honors in 1989-90 broke up a run that began in 1984 when Bill Elliott won the award for the first time.Chase Elliott won three races for the second straight year in 2019 and had 11 top-five finishes and 15 top 10s. His win at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval in the Round of 16 finale led to one of the most memorable burnouts and celebrations of the year.MORE: Allgaier wins Xfinity Most Popular honor | Chastain takes home Gander Trucks Most Popular Driver
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEsther Anderson was having a rough night caring for her crying newborn daughter, Tessa.Then when her second child Ellia came downstairs with tears in her eyes as well, the mom started to feel a bit overwhelmed.WATCH: Irish Dancer Finds A Partner in This Adorable Toddler Passing ByEsther pulled out her phone so she could record the chaos as an eye roll to her husband, but after she started filming, Ellia walked up to the baby sister and was instantly calmed by the sight of her slumbering sibling.The toddler began tenderly hugging her sister’s face adopting a zen-like appearance.“I just love her so much!” she twice exclaimed to her mother.(WATCH the video below)Don’t Cry About Negativity: Click To Share This Sweet One With Your Friends Optometrist Stunned: New Discovery Fixes Your Vision Naturally (Watch) HealthScore x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >79,024AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Bright lights, cameras and a crowd of women in pink woke the echoes quite early Tuesday morning as they cheered for breast cancer awareness on national television. In honor of the first day of October, which is breast cancer awareness month, crews from ABC’s “Good Morning America” came to South Bend to do a remote live shooting in front of the Hesburgh Library featuring the Kelly Cares Foundation and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Medical Unit staff. In the segment, Tampa Bay, New York City, Chicago and South Bend were highlighted. Notre Dame cheerleaders and the leprechaun participated in the filming, with crowds forming at 6 a.m. Brian and Paqui Kelly launched the South Bend-based Kelly Cares Foundation in 1997 following Pacqui’s 2003 breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent recovery, according to the Foundation’s website. Among their primary goals were promoting breast cancer awareness, funding education research and support initiatives encouraging community engagement, the website said. Paqui Kelly said she was “very grateful” for the show’s presence and publicity. “I hope that this coverage will make someone stop and think, and then make an appointment with their doctor,” she said. “Every story is unique but I hear too often ‘If I’d only known.’” Another group featured Monday was Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s Mobile Medical Unit, which comes to Notre Dame’s campus once a month. The Mobile Medical Unit is a 40-foot clinic on wheels that has a mammogram unit, encouraging women to get checked regularly. Monica Hoban, an administrative assistant in the Main Building, said the Mobile Medical Unit may have saved her life. In 2010, Hoban made a 30-minute round trip from her office to the Mobile Unit, and she said the mammogram results showed three different breast tumors. Now cancer-free for three years, Hoban said the timing of her test was crucial. “If I would have waited another year, I don’t know if I’d be here today,” Hoban said. She said she hopes the national television coverage will motivate women out there, like her, who had put off getting mammograms to get one. “Maybe [one] will see us,” she said, “We are sisters; like it or not, we are a part of this club. … You reach a new normal, [and] you become happy where you are.”
Alpha: An Introduction to Christianity, a new Campus Ministry program that kicked off Monday night, offers a seven-week dinner and discussion series to address the fundamentals of Christian faith.Though the series primarily aims to inform non-Christian students, Alpha encourages participants of all religious backgrounds to attend. Non-Christian attendees will learn about the Christian faith, while Christians will benefit from a refresher on the core of their beliefs, according to Alpha’s club advisor Brett Perkins, campus minister and assistant director of sacramental preparation.Alpha student leader and junior Will Harris said the program’s design makes it inclusive of students from all religious backgrounds.“One of my favorite things about this program is that it can reach out to people unfamiliar with Christianity, and it is also useful for Christians to revisit the basics of belief, especially those who were raised Catholic and took a lot of these things for granted,” Harris said.A team of sophomores, juniors and seniors lead Alpha, and each week these students will offer insights and facilitate conversation. Each of the seven Alpha meetings will consist of a dinner, a talk by one of the student leaders on some of the major questions and topics of Christianity and small group discussions, Harris said.“As a leader of Alpha, I hope to see people grow and learn from this program, but I also want to learn from the participants about what they discover and what in our faith sticks out to them,” Harris said.Alpha meetings take place every Monday of the fall semester from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in 330 Coleman-Morse Center, in addition to one Saturday retreat Nov. 1. Topics for each week include “Who is Jesus?”, “How can I have faith?” and “Why and how do I pray/read the Bible?”, according to the club’s website and handouts.“It’s different from Campus Ministry in that it’s not just a retreat; it’s not focused on conversion. It’s just our way of spreading the gospel, letting people know of God’s word and allowing them to make their own decisions based off that,” junior Taylor Billings said.Alpha also seeks to help Christians who feel uncommitted to or unmotivated by the Church.“Many people now are what my priest back home calls ‘CEOs,’ [people who attend church] Christmas and Easter only,” Alpha student leader and senior Sean Driscoll said. Driscoll said he hopes returning to the basics of faith will increase the participants’ desire to attend church more regularly.Around 20 people, ranging from freshmen to seniors and including an alumnus of the Notre Dame class of 1968 attended the first meeting Monday. Twenty-two students have registered, but Harris said he hopes involvement with the group will increase throughout the semester.“We are trying to find that interaction that kids need to stick with the faith,” Harris said. Tags: Alpha, Brett Perkins, Campus Ministry, Christianity