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Charlotte Based SEWW Energy Inc. Announces $25 million Energy Project in Ghana

May 20, 2014

USA - CHARLOTTE, NC May 20, 2014 – Charlotte based renewable energy company SEWW Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to lead a $25 million per year upgrade and expansion project in the Greater Accra Region. The project will span seven years and includes efforts to improve the transmission and distribution of electricity in the West African Nation.

Within the seven-year time frame, SEWW Energy has been authorized to provide products and services in support of the project that will include network transmission, the rebuilding of substations, and the design of smart grids. ECG has identified infrastructure challenges that have consistently troubled Ghana including: rapid energy demand growth, inadequate network capacity, network outages, and poor energy supply reliability. SEWW Energy will spearhead solutions to reduce the cost of power supply and address security, reliability, and efficiency. Additionally, SEWW Energy will train local citizens in Ghana to operate and maintain the new infrastructures.

This announcement comes after SEWW Energy was selected to accompany U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a Trade Mission to West Africa, which has made stops in Ghana and Nigeria. The mission promoted U.S. exports and the expansion of U.S. companies’ presence in Africa.

“Our company is thrilled to be taking part in this project” said SEWW Energy President and CEO Kevon R. Makell. “We sincerely thank ECG for allowing SEWW Energy, to provide its expertise in energy. We also thank Secretary Pritzker for her vision and keen understanding of how American businesses can help meet the energy needs of those abroad. SEWW Energy is committed to providing dependable and reliable energy solutions to communities we serve.”

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Background:
SEWW Energy develops intelligent macro and micro-grids that offer local and transportable power generation and delivery from renewable energy and other distributed sources, with both self contained and bulk power grid interconnection capability.

 

Charlotte Based SEWW Energy Selected to Join U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Business Delegation For West Africa Trade Mission

May 12, 2014

USA - CHARLOTTE, NC May 12, 2014 – SEWW Energy Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected to accompany U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on a Trade Mission to West Africa. The Trade Mission is set for May 18-23, with stops in Ghana and Nigeria. SEWW Energy is one of 20 businesses joining the mission to promote U.S. exports and expanding the U.S. companies’ presence in Africa.

SEWW Energy was selected based on their expertise to help West Africa countries develop and manage energy resources and systems, as well as build out micro and macro grid power generation projects and network infrastructure.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce there are more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who lack access to electricity. The area is in need of an estimated $300 billion in investments to achieve universal electricity access by 2030.

“We are truly honored to have been selected by Secretary Pritzker to particiapte in this timely Trade Mission,” said SEWW Energy President and CEO Kevon R. Makell. “SEWW Energy’s diverse range of product offereings are designed to provide safe, efficient, secure and reliable sources of electricty to those we serve. I am confident that our proven record of success in the energy sector will solidify our role in helping the Department of Commerce to acheieve its goal of expansion in West Africa.”

“The fast-growing economies in Africa are a high priority for the Obama Administration and the Department of Commerce,” said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “There is tremendous potential for U.S. companies to export to countries like Ghana and Nigeria, which have energy needs that our firms have the goods, services, and expertise to address. Expanding trade and investment is a critical tool for economic growth and job creation in the U.S., and trade missions like this one are one way to help grow U.S. exports.”

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Background:
SEWW Energy develops intelligent macro and micro-grids that offer local and transportable power generation and delivery from renewable energy and other distributed sources, with both self contained and bulk power grid interconnection capability.

 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Business Delegation to Join Her West Africa Trade Mission

April 25, 2014, 1:16pm

WASHINGTON, DC April 25, 2014 – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that she will lead 20 American companies on an Energy Business Development trade mission to West Africa, which will visit Ghana and Nigeria from May 18-23, 2014. This mission will promote U.S. exports and expand U.S. companies’ presence in Africa by helping American firms launch or increase their business in the energy sector. The firms joining the mission have the expertise to help African countries develop and manage energy resources and systems, as well as build out power generation, transmission, and distribution.

“The fast-growing economies in Africa are a high priority for the Obama Administration and the Department of Commerce,” said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “There is tremendous potential for U.S. companies to sell their goods and services in countries like Ghana and Nigeria, which have energy needs that our firms have the goods, services, and expertise to address. Expanding trade and investment is a critical tool for economic growth and job creation in the U.S., and trade missions like this one are one way to help grow U.S. exports.”

Africa is home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, and helping U.S. business expand their presence in these African markets is a top priority for the Department of Commerce. In the coming months, the Department’s International Trade Administration will more than double its presence in Africa, opening their first-ever offices in Angola, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. At the same time, offices in Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, and Libya will also be expanded. With these critical investments, the Department of Commerce will be able to increase assistance to U.S. businesses navigating markets in Africa, and help them sell their goods and services in even more places around the world.

“As U.S. companies look to ship more goods to the continent, help increase electrical capacity, or help improve transportation networks, they will receive assistance and expertise from these new offices and expanded Foreign Commercial Service staff,” said Secretary Pritzker. “We will endeavor to find partners for American companies, work to navigate regulatory hurdles, and support the development that will help Africa thrive. The day-to-day work of the Commerce Department’s Commercial Service is incredibly important to building economic prosperity. Each day, this team helps American companies break into overseas markets, expand, and find new customers.”

The President approved the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Sub-Saharan Africa on June 14, 2012, which has become known as the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa. The Strategy recognizes that Africa holds the promise to be “the world’s next major economic success story,” and this is the first time that promoting U.S. trade and investment has been a cornerstone of a PPD on Sub-Saharan Africa.

With more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lacking access to electricity, the power development challenge is enormous. More than two-thirds of the population is without electricity, including more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas. According to the International Energy Agency, sub-Saharan Africa needs more than $300 billion in investments to achieve universal electricity access by 2030 – far beyond the capacity of any traditional development program.

Companies that will join Secretary Pritzker on the trade mission to West Africa include:

  1. ABB Inc. (Cary, NC)
  2. Acorn Energy, Inc. (Wilmington, DE)
  3. Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc. (Kansas City, MO)
  4. Canary, LLC (Denver, CO)
  5. Candies Shipbuilders (Des Allemands, LA)
  6. Cargill (Minneapolis, MN)
  7. ECC (Burlingame, CA)
  8. Ellicott Dredges, LLC (Baltimore, MD)
  9. Electric Knowledge Interchange (Chicago, IL)
  10. GE (Fairfield, CT)
  11. Hightowers Petroleum Co. (Middletown, OH)
  12. HPI (Houston, TX)
  13. Intermarine, LLC (Houston, TX)
  14. MacLean Power Systems (Fort Mill, SC)
  15. PW Power Systems (Glastonbury, CT)
  16. Scimitar Global Markets, LLC (Stamford, CT)
  17. SEWW Energy, Inc. (Charlotte, NC)
  18. Solar Reserve (Santa Monica, CA)
  19. Symbion Power LLC (Washington, DC)
  20. Unified Electrics, LLC (Longview, TX)

Carolinas MED-1 Disaster Response Facility Incorporating Green Energy


August 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC August 28, 2012 – Carolinas MED-1 – a mobile hospital owned by Carolinas HealthCare System – is again leading innovation in disaster response via a partnership with members of the Charlotte energy hub. Through integration of energy efficient solutions and renewable energy technology MED-1 will become less dependent on fossil fuels.

“One of the challenges in working in a disaster location is fuel to operate Carolinas MED-1’s two 100 kilowatt diesel powered generators,” said Dr. David Callaway, operational medical director. “Imagine if we could arrive at a devastated area and be fully operational without requiring any local fuel sources. By utilizing energy efficient technology, we can drastically reduce fuel consumption, not only during the critical first days on station, but during the entire deployment.”

In addition to providing care to delegates to the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (September 4th-6th) MED-1 will display, monitor and measure smart grid technology, integrating solar with traditional power generation in an effort to move one step closer to the development of a clean, sustainable mobile medical microgrid.

Earlier in the year, energy efficiency solutions provider, Lime Energy, worked with the MED-1 team to audit and uncover several opportunities for the mobile hospital to reduce energy consumption and incorporate renewable energy into operations. Once the delivery plan was approved, the team brought in a local energy partner, SEWW Energy, Inc. to support in this endeavor. The initial project has resulted in more efficient LED lighting and air conditioning, improved patient and staff comfort, and has lessened logistical support requirements.

“Charlotte continues to create an environment where smart partnerships can thrive and bring real value to our global community” said John O’Rourke, president and CEO of Lime Energy. “We were thrilled to bring our energy expertise to this unique project.”

Not only will DNC delegates be able to feel the immediate improvements to the innovative mobile hospital but they will also see how energy can be harnessed and recaptured through an interactive kiosk, which is also located at www.med1green.org.

Kevon Makell, president and CEO of SEWW Energy, Inc. remarked, "As a new small business entrant to the Charlotte Energy hub, SEWW Energy is delighted to provide its microgrid development products and services in support of Carolinas HealthCare System and Dr. Callaway's MED-1 Green vision. The power of local partnership and innovation can improve the lives of all those whom we collectively serve."

The first deployment of Carolinas MED-1 was in 2005 to Waveland, Miss. Arriving just days after Hurricane Katrina smashed and flooded much of the Gulf Coast, the MED-1 staff provided care for 7,500 patients during a nearly seven week deployment.

This remarkably flexible unit has been deployed on disaster missions four times. On numerous other occasions it has served to provide H1N1 flu vaccine in medically underserved areas of Charlotte; in-depth physical exams for high school athletes; as an urgent care center at a PGA golf tournament and other public events.

Carolinas MED-1 contains six critical care, seven acute care beds and two functional operating room beds. Carolinas MED-1 has provided a much-needed emergency center where staff have cared for patients suffering from strokes, heart attacks, infections and other serious to life-threatening conditions.

“In Charlotte we have innovative visionaries in health, energy and technology,” said Dr. Callaway. “It’s the right atmosphere for collaboration to drive new ways of looking at challenges and finding solutions. This team really worked well together to deliver immediate energy efficiencies as well as to validate our future vision for Med-1.”

Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of more than 650 care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes, behavioral health centers, and hospice and palliative care. CHS works to improve and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.

Lime Energy Co. Lime Energy is building a clean energy future. As one of the nation’s leading providers of clean energy solutions, Lime brings over 25 years of delivering economically viable efficiency and renewable energy solutions that benefit communities and protect the environment. Lime’s platform includes some of the energy industry’s most experienced professionals and an expansive geographic footprint with over 300 employees at 18 locations in North America. Lime Energy’s services include integrated energy engineering, consulting and the implementation of solutions that enable customers to reduce their facility’s energy consumption, lower their operating and maintenance costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Additional information is available at www.lime-energy.com or by emailing info@lime-energy.com.

SEWW Energy, Inc., or Sun/Earth/Wind/& Water Energy, delivers The Power to Prevail with clean, reliable and efficient Smart Energy microgrids. Our microgrids feature an innovative SEWW Energy Microgrid Assessment Tool powered by SRI (Strategic Resources Institute), energy storage capability, and multiple generation sources featuring renewable energy and smart grid technologies that together deliver sustainable, secure, reliable, efficient and affordable power supply. A microgrid is an energy management system that affords local and transportable power generation from renewable energy and other distributed sources, with or without bulk power grid interconnection capabilities. Each SEWW Energy microgrid is thoughtfully designed to complement, not compete with, a client’s business, economic and social development plans. For additional information, please go to www.sewwenergy.com.