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Würzburg (Germany), March 30, 2017 – The German chemicals group Wacker Chemie AG has become the world's largest manufacturer of polysilicon, the feedstock for semiconductors and solar cells. With a production volume of more than 70,000 metric tons (MT) in 2016, Wacker superseded Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd. in China, which produced 69,345 MT. Jiangsu Zhongneng was the number one from 2013 through 2015. "Wacker has benefitted from the smooth ramp-up of its new polysilicon plant in Tennessee (USA) while GCL-Poly's bet on low-cost fluidized bed reactor technology for producing polysilicon granules has not paid off," comments Johannes Bernreuter, head of the polysilicon market research firm Bernreuter Research and author of the Polysilicon Market Outlook 2020. Wacker's new plant has an annual capacity of 20,000 MT, thus bringing the company's total polysilicon production capacity to 80,000 MT. It is almost completely based on the established Siemens process; only a small semi-commercial facility in Burghausen (Germany) with an annual capacity of 650 MT has been using fluidized bed reactor (FBR) technology since 2009. In contrast, GCL-Poly has tried to expand its existing Siemens reactor capacity of approx. 76,000 MT by a large 25,000 MT FBR plant, but the project

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Vendres, France – In the French regulator’s recently published bidding round „AO CRE4“, BELECTRIC has positioned itself perfectly based on its many years of experience in the French PV power market. Winning a volume of 20 MW, the company belongs to the top ten tender winners. A total of three projects were entirely developed by BELECTRIC and, due to the feed-in remuneration award, these can now be realised. Beside its core business, the realization of EPC projects, BELECTRIC France is interested in the acquisition of new projects rights. „We are proud that, with our international strength, we are able to assert our position in a very competitive business environment. The BELECTRIC team in France has successfully demonstrated its project development expertise“, says Bernhard Beck from BELECTRIC. Together with component suppliers Jurchen Technology and PADCON the projects were significantly optimized in terms of investment costs, a factor which substantially contributed to their competitiveness. BELECTRIC is currently expanding its activities in the French EPC market with competitive offers. It is the company’s declared strategic goal to increase the volume of realization projects. To this end, BELECTRIC is showing an extreme flexibility as an EPC/BOS or works provider in its adjustments to the French market.

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·         Group revenue up 4 % to EUR 144.4 million ·         Order intake increases by 55 % to EUR 141.8 million ·         Group achieves EBITDA of EUR 2.8 million ·         Core businesses of Photovoltaics & Semiconductor and Thin Film & Customized Equipment generate positive EBITDA of EUR 6.0 million ·         Silicon segment weighs on the consolidated result in an amount of EUR -3.2 million Blaubeuren, March 30, 2017 – In the financial year 2016, centrotherm photovoltaics AG raised its revenue in its core segment of Photovoltaics & Semiconductor by 31 % to EUR 103.6 million (2015: EUR 79.3 million). The high level of new orders, particularly from Asia, is reflected by the significant increase in revenue. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in this segment was again positive at EUR 4.7 million. Order intake almost doubled to EUR 121.7 million (2015: EUR 68.8 million). Revenue in the Thin Film & Customized Equipment segment also rose to EUR 16.1 million in 2016, up from EUR 15.5 million in the previous year. Segment EBITDA that came in at EUR 1.3 million developed well compared with EUR 0.1 million in 2015. Order intake in this segment stood at EUR 20.1 million at year-end 2016. As forecast, revenue of EUR 24.7 million in the Silicon segment dropped considerably below the year-earlier figure (EUR 43.7 million). Revenue resulted mainly from

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Three companies step up to implement government low carbon energy policy, despite steep funding cuts  Iver, Buckinghamshire, UK: BELECTRIC UK has completed a 3.42 MWp (megawatt peak) solar power installation on the rooftops of the Rolls-Royce defence aerospace manufacturing facility in Bristol, UK. The new solar power plant — Rolls-Royce’s first in the UK — will generate over 3 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of clean energy annually for the next 25 years. This would be enough to power 900 average UK homes from the rooftops of a single factory. The plant will displace an estimated 1.4 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Rolls-Royce will realise immediate savings on its energy bills by using all the zero-carbon electricity generated within its Bristol site, which is being provided to Rolls-Royce through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) priced below their current cost of energy. As well as a price advantage today, this PPA will safeguard against future energy price rises resulting from increasingly expensive fossil-fuel and nuclear generation. In the time between conception and construction of the Bristol solar plant, successive cuts in government incentives for low-carbon energy had major impacts upon the economics of the project. However, despite feed-in tariffs having

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Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner is proud to become technical manager of Wind Lift I. Harren & Partner’s Offshore Department headed by Robert Fowler (offshore@hp-shipping.de) will be responsible for managing the jack-up vessel starting in April. Wind Lift I, built in 2010 at Western Shipyard in Klaipėda, Lithuania, is owned by Ocean Breeze Energy GmbH & Co. KG. It has been in operation in wind installation and maintenance since 2010. The offshore wind construction vessel (main dimensions: length 93.86 m, width 36.00 m) uses its dynamic position- ing system. This allows for fast and efficient location moves without the need for tugs. The four legs have a high- performance fast hydraulic jacking system, and the diagonal pre-loading allows for easy, fast and secure installa- tion. The basic design (NG-5300), jacking system and 500 t heavy duty/high outreach offshore crane were supplied by GustoMSC. The fully-equipped cabin block can accommodate up to 50 people. “This state-of-the-art vessel represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions,” says Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of Harren & Partner. “Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel.” Felderhoff also underlines the high efficiency of

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Russia’s Hevel Solar has successfully finished the conversion of the existing production line for a-Si thin-film solar modules More than 21.75 % cell efficiency after upgrading to heterojunction (HJT) technology The SILEX II supplied transports four carriers in parallel, thus offering a capacity in excess of 5,000 wafers per hour Kahl am Main, 29. March 2017 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) has successfully completed the FAT of the wet-chemical process system SILEX II, which was delivered to the customer’s facility towards the end of last year. In July 2016, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES had received orders to supply production systems for heterojunction solar cells from Russia’s largest photovoltaic manufacturer, Hevel LLC, Novocheboksarsk, Russia (Hevel). Hevel is converting its existing production line for a-Si thin-film solar modules to the production of new heterojunction, high-performance solar cells and modules. The agreement concluded the supply of the SILEX II production system for the wet-chemical processing of heterojunction solar cells as well as an extensive range of chemical supply units and facility infrastructure for the production of heterojunction solar cells. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, commented: “We are very happy that Hevel directly achieved 21.75% cell efficiency after upgrading its a-Si thin-film production line

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Augsburg, 3/29/2017 – meteocontrol GmbH, a leading provider of independent photovoltaic monitoring systems, has officially entered into Japan market and launched a new company “meteocontrol Japan” starting business operation in April. Meteocontrol Japan is a joint venture with Suntech Power Japan Corporation, a subsidiary of one of the major Chinese module manufacturers, Suntech Power.  Meteocontrol Japan will offer the entire meteocontrol product portfolio – monitoring hardware and monitoring in the online portal and locally at SCADA Center – plus yield reports and technical consulting. On the basis of a number of successfully completed projects in Japan, the two companies are intensifying their close cooperation with the newly formed joint venture. Its objective is to rigorously tap the Japanese PV market through product launches, nationwide sales and technical support. “The joint venture with Suntech Japan is another important step in meteocontrol’s globalization strategy and will help us further improve our competitive position in Asia,” explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. “Suntech has an extensive network in the region and has profound industry expertise, which makes it the ideal partner for meteocontrol. In addition, our collaboration is already well established.” With its modularly structured monitoring systems consisting of data loggers and monitoring platforms,

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SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, supported Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank as lenders’ technical advisor on one of the world’s largest utility-scale grid-connected solar power complexes. Located in Aswan, Egypt, the 64.1 MWp Infinity 50 Solar Park, which is part of Benban’s solar development complex, will comprise of almost 200,000 solar panels.  It is expected to produce over 110,000 MWh per year - enough electricity to power almost 69,000 homes. Representing a landmark in the development of renewable energy infrastructure in the MENA region, the solar array will also prevent over 1,293,000 t of CO2 emissions in the course of its 25-year lifetime. The Infinity 50 Solar project was recently approved by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, confirming financial close under the first round of the Egyptian Feed-in Tariff (FiT) programme. As part of their scope of work, SgurrEnergy’s engineers and consultants undertook pre-construction technical due diligence including site assessment, technology review, technical design review, independent energy yield analysis, contract review, and environmental and social review. The renewable energy and grid integration consultancy has now been retained by the lenders for the construction monitoring phase of the project. Anton Milner, managing director of ib vogt GmbH, said: “We are

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The new B-Box HV model complements the B-Box series of easy-to-install modular and scalable battery cabinets March 28th 2017 – BYD Co. Ltd., the world’s largest supplier of rechargeable batteries, launched its newly expanded line-up of B-Box Battery Energy Storage Systems in Europe. With the newly introduced B-Box HV, the easy-to-install modular battery cabinets are now also available in a HV (high-voltage) model for both commercial and residential use. This new model complements the LV (low-voltage) series for residential use. “The B-Box series offers a wide range of renewable power capabilities to meet light to heavy electrical load usage, off-grid or on-grid, single-phase or three-phase applications.” said Julia Chen, Global Sales Director, BYD Batteries. “The modular design of the solution enables private and corporate users to switch to a fully sustainable utility-independent energy solution with a small storage investment while having full scalability to adapt the storage volume to future developments such as integrating electrical vehicles.” The new B-Box HV is the first direct high-voltage energy storage solution for commercial and residential use through serial connection of battery cells rather than a low-volt battery with an integrated DC/DC converter as former offers on the market. The advantage of the high-volt storage system: the energy

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Supports Trojan Strategic Worldwide Expansion into New Market Segments SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., March 28, 2017 - As part of its global innovation strategy, Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world's leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has named Ivan Menjak as director of global product solutions. In this role, Menjak will be responsible for managing Trojan's comprehensive product portfolio as well as identifying new opportunities for expanding its energy storage solution offerings. "Ivan has an impressive mix of technical, marketing and strategic skills with deep knowledge of multiple battery technologies. He will be responsible for leading the overall global product roadmap and vision, and developing the strategic direction to help the company transform into an energy storage solutions and service provider," said Bryan Godber, senior vice president of global market development for Trojan. "His focus will be on helping us expand the Trojan brand beyond our current product portfolio as we aim to become the innovation leader in our space." Menjak brings more than 20 years of strategic, technical and marketing expertise in battery technology and products to this position. With a strong background in advanced battery technologies and systems, he has held senior management positions at both lead acid and lithium battery firms. Menjak served as senior director of business development and strategic marketing at Energy Power Systems, a developer

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