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Munich, 5 April 2017: BayWa r.e. has successfully connected seven solar farms to the grid in the UK. These plants achieve a total output of 76MWp and are situated in locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. BayWa r.e. has set up all of these turnkey plants within the last five months. The commissioning in March 2017 ensured accreditation of these projects for ROC 1.2 promotional programmes in England and Wales as well as for ROC 1.4 in Northern Ireland. BayWa r.e.'s own system design is VDE-certified and fulfils maximum requirements as to installation and maintenance efficiency and ensures a permanently high production performance of the plants. BayWa r.e. has financed all of the projects and will likely sell the solar farms in the course of the year. With approximately 46MWp, "Bann Road" is the biggest solar farm realised so far in Northern Ireland. For this project, a power purchase agreement (PPA) spanning 15 years has already been concluded with SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest energy utility and largest provider of renewable energy. Centrica is the purchaser of the renewable energy certificates. Matthias Taft, Board Member of BayWa AG, responsible for the energy business, is happy about this success story: "After realising

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With the Solar-Log™, Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) offers the most sophisticated energy management system. Solar-Log™ represents professional PV monitoring, efficient control of PV energy feed into the grid and innovative solutions for Smart Energy.This allows various electrical appliances such as heat pumps, battery storage systems, heating rods and combined heat and power (CHP) plants to be flexibly managed, switched on or off and visualized, together or individually. Solar-Log™ is compatible with over 1,700 inverter models from 100 different manufacturers and with more than 100 component manufacturers. At the Intersolar 2017, Solare Datensysteme GmbH is presenting numerous new products and features. Come see Solare Datensysteme GmbH at the Intersolar 2017 from 31 May to 02 June in Hall B2, Booth B2.240. Fit for the future – with Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ Solar-Log™ is now even more intelligent: The new Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ portal is a combination of proven technology and innovative ideas. It makes customized PV monitoring within the function classes and plant sizes possible for installers, portal operators and end-customers. The Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ portal is available in three different service levels and price classes to respond even more specifically to the differing needs of individual customer groups. Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ M, the free basic

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On 3 April 2017 Jan De Nul Group successfully installed the 50th and final wind turbine of the Nobelwind offshore wind farm from the Heavy Lift Vessel Vole au vent. The 165MW offshore wind farm, owned by Parkwind, is situated some 45 kilometres off the coast of Ostend and will provide green energy to 186,000 households. Jan De Nul Group is proud to add this new milestone and entire challenging EPCI project to its offshore portfolio. The Heavy Lift Jack-up Vessel Vole au vent will now be mobilised to work on the offshore wind park Tahkoluoto in Finland.

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The first use of a new offshore innovation by Ampelmann and Siem Offshore Contractors delivered major operational efficiencies on Germany’s first commercial offshore windfarm.  Ampelmann’s E1000 motion compensated access system, with a gangway which transforms into a crane boom, performed over 12,000 people transfers and 7,000 cargo transfers safely between an offshore support vessel and the wind turbines over a ten month period. The increase in operational man-hours on the maintenance programme for the windfarm has resulted in a contract extension for Ampelmann by Siem Offshore Contractors. Steven Vis, Operations Engineer at Ampelmann said: ‘This new contract underlines the successful partnership between all parties in delivering innovation. By providing new solutions to cargo-handling, Ampelmann has demonstrated the versatility of our E-type system.’ The Ampelmann E1000 motion compensated offshore access system, with a 30 metre gangway, was installed on the Siem Marlin offshore support vessel to get people and cargo to the turbines to carry out maintenance. With its ability to compensate for vessel movements caused by wind, waves or currents, the E1000 enables the safe passage of people from the vessel to the wind turbine, in even the harshest of conditions, dramatically increasing operational man-hours. By inserting four manual pins, the telescopic gangway

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The 105MWp financed by Bayern LB have all been successfully connected to grid WIRSOL Energy Ltd (WIRSOL), the company responsible for the UK and Australian markets within WIRCON Group today announces that it has successfully connected 19 solar parks. The 19 solar sites located in England and Northern Ireland total 105.5 MWp and range from 20.5MWp to 2.5 MWp, all are connected under the Renewable Obligation schemes ranging from 1.4NI-ROC to 1.2ROC. The parks had non-recourse debt financing provided by Bayern LB totalling circa £88m. Mark Hogan, Managing Director of WIRSOL, commented: “I am truly grateful to the entire team at WIRSOL Energy and the unwavering support from our parent WIRCON GmbH without whom this achievement would not have been possible. Through the collaboration of our trusted sub-contractors, Land & Power, Solfen, 33 KV, Mind4Energy, Secure-Site, we have created a team that is both nimble in the deployment of sites whilst maintaining quality levels which I believe are second to none. We have used OST as our technical advisors across all sites, both through the placing of the £88m debt and the ongoing construction monitoring. Cameron McKenna CMS LLP have acted as our legal representatives on all deals and Elgar Middleton were

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Rhenus Offshore Logistics has replaced two containers on a cable access platform at the Nordergründe wind park. The job involved fully coordinating and completing the work and included solving the technical problem and making available the suitable cargo fastening equipment. The special challenge in this job involved replacing the two 10-foot containers at a height of 24 metres. What made the task more arduous was the shallow draught and the tidal range, which only provided a restricted time frame for the operation at the Nordergründe wind park, which is located about 15 kilometres off the coast in the North Sea. Rhenus Offshore Logistics developed a tailor-made concept for this and specific suggestions for completing the task, including all-round support. The containers with the materials were loaded at the Jade Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven and transported to the wind park by Rhenus. An offshore support vessel (OSV) with special crane gear was used to replace the containers, as the cable access platform does not have its own crane. The exchange process for the two containers at the site went without a hitch and took about four hours in all. “This was the first project of its kind. The platforms all had their own crane

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• Clean energy for 24,000 households • Seven direct-drive wind turbines of the type SWT-3.2-113 • Service and maintenance included over a period of 21 years Siemens Wind Power has received an order for a new onshore wind project in the southwest of France. The new wind power plant, owned by Futuren, an international independent renewable energy producer, will be installed on a site close to the towns of Courant and Nachamps (Charente-Maritime) in the region of Nouvelle- Aquitaine. It will consist of seven units of the Siemens direct-drive onshore wind turbine SWT-3.2-113. The contract includes service and maintenance over a period of 21 years. Once in operation, the wind farm with its total capacity of 21 megawatts (MW) will supply clean energy for almost 24,000 households. Commissioning is planned for 2018. "We are proud to continue our collaboration with the Futuren Group as this international company is an important player in the French renewable market," states Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore at Siemens Wind Power. "At the same time the new project strengthens our direct-drive technology in France." "A successful first implementation in the Somme department (North of France) with direct-drive wind turbines, has convinced us to make the same

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Consolidated 2016 revenues increase 17% Positive EBIT result for the first time in several years Excellent gross margin driven by supply chain efforts, despite market price declines Further strong revenue and earnings growth expected for 2017 Sulzemoos, Germany, March 31st, 2017 / Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, will issue its 2016 Annual Report today, attested by the independent auditor and adopted by the company’s Supervisory Board. Revenues and Shipments In the financial year 2016, Phoenix Solar AG generated consolidated revenues of €139.2 million (2015: €119.4 million) an increase of 16.6%. Total solar PV systems installations rose to 153.7 MWp (2015: 98.7 MWp) Global Regions The USA continued to be the Company’s strongest sales region in the 2016 financial year. Here we achieved sales revenues of €108.7 million, an increase of €10.7 million, or 11.0% (2015: €98.0 million). Sales growth would have been significantly higher had it not been for an eight month construction delay on one of our large- scale projects. The business in the USA generated a gross profit margin of 12.7% (2015: 7.5%), driven by a concerted effort to upgrade our supply chain team and

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SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, has been appointed by Meridiam, lead developer and investor, to advise on the Senergy and Ten Merina solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects located in Senegal, Africa. As the first large-scale projects of their kind to be developed in Senegal, each 30MWp site will consist of a ground-mounted PV plant and will have the capacity to supply electricity for the equivalent of 200,000 people. The West African country is endowed with a large solar energy resource and its government plans to develop 200MW of solar power as part of ‘Scaling Solar’, World Bank Group’s initiative which aims to assist African countries in procuring renewable energy quickly and affordably power through private investment. SgurrEnergy will act as investors’ and lenders’ technical advisors, providing site inspections, review of equipment, plant design and key project participants, independent energy yield prediction, review of permits and authorisations. The contract also includes review of the construction, maintenance and operation contracts, assistance during project testing and handover, thermographic inspection of PV modules as part of the technical due diligence, construction and operation monitoring phases of the projects. Mathieu Peller, director of West Africa at Meridiam, said: “We appointed SgurrEnergy to manage these projects as we were impressed

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