Federal Government Begins Step-Back of Solar Energy Incentive

BCTV | February 12, 2019

2018 brought rising SREC prices for solar owners in Pennsylvania with the recent closure of the state’s SREC borders. This, coupled with decreasing installation costs make solar energy an attractive renewable alternative. However, 2019 is the last chance to take advantage of the full Solar Incentive Tax Credit (ITC). Since 2006, the ITC offers homes and businesses a 30% tax credit for installing their system. This dollar-for-dollar credit reduces the income taxes a person or company would pay to the federal government, cutting the cost of a solar system by nearly a third.

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Appvance | October 10, 2022

Appvance and Peraton have entered into a collaborative partnership to accelerate the software testing process for federal government agencies. The partnership will focus on supporting digital transformation initiatives within government agencies, updating their digital operations and capabilities for better efficiency and responsiveness, and ultimately delivering improved quality and user experiences that better meet their organizational missions. "We're excited to include Appvance IQ, an AI-driven autonomous continuous testing platform, as a new technology within the cloud and application services that we can offer to our federal customers, The addition of AIQ as a solution in our offerings will help our customers approach quality and user experience more strategically. The combined solutioning will elevate the effectiveness of software development activities, as well as improve release velocity." -Gary Wang, Vice President, Cloud & Application Services at Peraton. Peraton is doing exciting work helping its customers transform their application delivery capabilities and achieve mission success. We're delighted to be partnering with them to serve the federal government, said Appvance CEO Andre Liao. It's gratifying that such a large, impactful IT innovator would select AIQ as a key AI/ML technology to help ensure their customers' quality engineering success. Federal customers that engage with Peraton to support their Digital Transformation efforts—particularly those looking to eliminate process inefficiencies and bottlenecks in their software development lifecycle—will be able to choose to license AIQ as part of their customized solution. The Peraton/Appvance collaboration will assist customers with implementing the platform as well as supporting the transition to faster release cycles and more focused quality efforts. About Appvance: Appvance is the technology leader in AI-driven test generation and autonomous testing, revolutionizing software quality. The company's premier product, Appvance IQ™ (AIQ), helps enterprises improve the quality, performance and security of their applications, all while transforming the ability of their development organizations to meet the demands of the increasing speed and frequency of software releases. AIQ provides organizations the intelligence they need to test what matters most, providing businesses confidence that they are delivering great experiences to their users. About Peraton: Peraton drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world's leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted and highly differentiated national security solutions and technologies that keep people safe and secure. Peraton serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, citizen security, health, and state and local markets. Every day, employees do the can't be done, solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers.

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CCC helps GDMS Canada win $24 million contract with Portugal

CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC) | October 18, 2022

Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has won a $24 million contract to help the Portuguese Air Force modernize its fleet of P-3C aircraft to support Maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities. This was secured through a government-to-government (G2G) contract between CCC and the Portuguese Air Force. G2G contracts are part of CCC's International Prime Contractor service that brings qualified Canadian companies to foreign government buyers. General Dynamics will provide equipment and technology to upgrade the communications and mission electronics. The upgrades to Portugal's P3-C fleet are modeled on modernizations that General Dynamics provides to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Mission Management System offered to Portugal now comprises over 50 installations worldwide on both Maritime Patrol Aircraft and Maritime Patrol Helicopters. Portugal is a member of NATO. The upgrades will allow the Portuguese Air Force, as a NATO member, to maintain the capabilities required to contribute to new and existing NATO activities. In addition to maritime patrol and reconnaissance activities, Portugal's air force also provides air policing, air transport, search and rescue, and medical evacuations. "CCC is proud to simplify and expedite the acquisitions of Canadian expertise and technology by Portugal – a NATO ally and important trading partner," - Mathieu Lacroix, CCC's Account Director, Aerospace Sector. We are very pleased to partner with the Portuguese Air Force, leveraging Canada's investment and long-term commitment to the P3 fleet, said Matt Young, Sr. Director of International Air and Naval Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada. As standards and threats evolve, we are proud to support our customers around the world to meet the changing environment. ABOUT CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION (CCC): We are Canada's government to government contracting agency. We help build successful commercial relationships between Canadian businesses and governments around the world by creating and supporting the successful completion of commercial contracts of public and national importance. We are also the official channel for Canadian companies looking to do business with the U.S. military. ABOUT GENERAL DYNAMICS MISSION SYSTEMS–CANADA: General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada delivers advanced system solutions to Canadian and international customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, it is one of the largest defence and security companies in Canada and is a world-class prime contractor and systems integrator for land, sea, air and cyber solutions.

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Esker and Quadient to Develop Electronic Invoicing Platform, to Partner with French Government

Esker | November 22, 2022

Esker, a global cloud platform and leader in AI-driven process automation solutions for finance and customer service functions, and Quadient, a leader in helping businesses create meaningful customer connections through digital and physical channels, today announced that their years-long collaboration will take on a new dimension by partnering with the French government’s upcoming Partner Dematerialization Platform (PDP). Quadient and Esker have been working together for more than seven years through their joint subsidiary NCS, a strategic partnership that allows Quadient to leverage Esker's technology expertise for automating and digitizing customer and supplier invoices. 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