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Zurich, Switzerland, January 30, 2018 – ABB successfully tests HVDC link enabling exchange of clean power from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia and the North American grid ABB recently achieved a major milestone with the successful testing of the Maritime Link, enabling Emera to exchange electricity between the Island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for the first time in history. The Maritime Link is a 500 megawatt (MW) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) connection that will enable clean, renewable energy, generated in Newfoundland and Labrador to be transmitted to the North American grid in Nova Scotia. The stabilizing features of ABB’s latest HVDC Light® solution will also allow Nova Scotia to integrate additional renewables and contribute to Canada’s emission-reduction efforts. The HVDC Light® Maritime Link is the first of its kind in the world with a full Voltage Source Converter (VSC) bipolar configuration, to enhance system availability. The converter stations will be equipped with the ABB Ability™ based advanced MACH™ control and protection system which acts like the brain of the HVDC link. It monitors, controls and protects the sophisticated technology in the stations and manages thousands of operations to ensure power reliability. Its advanced fault registration and remote control functions also help

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AUSTIN, Texas and BERLIN, Jan. 30, 2018, Younicos has signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018. The agreement calls for Younicos to replace existing lead-acid batteries with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will be managed by Y.Q, Younicos’s proprietary control software. Lithium-ion technology will provide a significantly higher usable energy capacity potential, as well as increase the operational lifetime of the system. It will also enable fully automated operation – with no manual battery balancing or state-of-charge management needed. “We’re pleased to be working with TerraForm to implement this significant upgrade of their energy storage system,” said Jayesh Goyal, Managing Director of Younicos. “The combination of wind plus storage adds stability, while also making new revenue streams for renewables possible through services such as peak shifting or arbitrage. It’s a win-win for both TerraForm and the environment.” About Younicos Younicos is the pioneer and market leader in game-changing energy and

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30 MW PV plant is part of the large scale Ashalim solar project which combines solar thermal and photovoltaic energy Kolitzheim (Germany), Beer Sheva (Israel) – Last week the Ashalim PV plant located in the Israeli Negev Desert was officially inaugurated. BELECTRIC has built this PV plant with 30 MW installed capacity as EPC (Engineering- Procurement-Construction) provider on behalf of EDF EN Israel Ltd. and the Israeli renewable energy project developer Clal Sun Ltd. The PV plant was connected to the grid in December 2017 ahead of schedule. “Israel is one of our key markets”, explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “We were delighted to have been selected as EPC partner for this important project.” The new PV plant is part of a utility-scale solar project combining solar thermal and photovoltaic energy. Upon full completion, the renewable power station will be providing 250 Megawatt of electricity – around two percent of Israel’s consumption. “We are proud to contribute to the large scale solar project Ashalim. It marks an important step to provide clean and grid-friendly electricity to Israel and help the country to reach their ambitious renewables energy targets”, adds Guy Shahar, Managing Director of BELECTRIC Israel Ltd.

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Providing equivalent annual power supply for approx. 7,730 households Kyoto/London – January 30th, 2018. Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation announced today that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed construction of a 21.1 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. 78,144 Kyocera solar modules were installed on approximately 1 km2 of land originally planned for the construction of an industrial waste disposal facility which was abandoned, then repurposed for the clean energy project. A ceremony was held on January 11 to commemorate completion of the plant, which will generate an estimated 23,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year — enough electricity to power approximately 7,730 typical households([1]). All electricity generated at the plant will be sold to the local utility (The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.). It is Kyocera TCL Solar’s second largest solar power plant following a 25 MW plant in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City which was built on an abandoned golf course. Kyocera TCL Solar has developed 58 solar power plants in Japan with a total 166.9 MW(2) of output since the company was established in August 2012. The plants feature Kyocera’s high-performance, high-reliability solar modules which provide exceptionally high annual energy yields in a wide range of

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Road shows and seminars impart storage knowledge Wittenberg, 30 January 2018 – Since 1 December 2017, the battery manufacturer TESVOLT has been selling its products to technicians and installers as part of a two-step sales process. The shorter sales channel makes it possible for tradespeople to purchase storage systems directly from TESVOLT and benefit from direct assistance and support during project planning. In order to facilitate access to end customers, TESVOLT is now providing support for its specialist partners in the form of regional campaigns in online and print media as well as so-called road shows, where installers receive training in sales as well as in the handling of products. Press photos are available here:  http://www.tesvolt.com/en/tesvolt-bekennt-sich-zum-handwerk__prr20.html TESVOLT: A partner for tradespeople With this new strategy, TESVOLT is applying the principle of “quality over quantity” to its sales strategy. “Thanks to their excellent economic efficiency, our powerful storage systems are ideal for use in the commercial and industrial sectors,” says Michael Geib, Vice President of Sales at TESVOLT. “In addition to supplying our local specialist partners with a sophisticated product, as a partner for tradespeople, we also want to provide them with concrete sales support.” This includes providing customised sales materials, forwarding inquiries from

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Subsea services company, Rovco has appointed Liam Warren as operations manager to support the delivery of complex ROV and survey projects across the globe. A chartered engineer with considerable knowledge and understanding of the offshore sector, Mr Warren brings more than 15 years’ experience having worked on a number of major oil and gas, marine renewables and nuclear projects. Prior to joining Rovco, Mr Warren was a construction package manager for Costain where he played an instrumental role in the development of the marine works required for the construction of an offshore heat sink system for the nuclear facility at Hinkley Point C. He worked for seven years as an operations manager for GE Tidal, responsible for the installation of semi-buoyant tidal turbines, subsea foundations and cables. This involved technical development of novel subsea equipment, contract management, and operational supervision as part of a series of full-scale tests offshore. Mr Warren’s career in the oil and gas industry began in 2002 when he joined Subsea 7 as a project engineer. He quickly progressed through the ranks and held a number of operational and engineering roles both on and offshore, managing full lifecycle projects including the design and manufacturing of associated equipment.  He also spent

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Octopus Investments (“Octopus”), part of the Octopus Group and the largest commercial solar investor in Europe, has completed the refinancing of 5 solar projects with 64MW of generation capacity near to Montalto di Castro in the Lazio region of Italy. The €23m financing package has been provided by MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese (MPSCS) and represents a new landmark deal for solar in Europe – securing project finance debt against solar projects without government subsidy. Italy remains a key market for Octopus, as a further 110MW of subsidy free solar projects are currently being built across 12 additional sites in the country. When completed, these additional projects will bring Octopus’ Italian solar portfolio to a total of 173MW. This refinancing is the latest in a series of PV refinancing announcements from Octopus in recent months, including a 17.4MW refinancing in France in May 2017 and the expansion of Europe’s largest ever portfolio refinancing (622MW) in November 2017. Matt Setchell, Head of Energy Investments at Octopus said: “I’m really excited that, together with MPSCS, Octopus has once again broken new ground in the European project finance market. This represents a major step on the path to bringing institutional grade renewable energy projects to

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Firm to undertake initial month-long feasibility study and act as owners’ engineer for Taiwan’s premier subsea cabling firm Singapore, 30 January 2018 – LOC Renewables, through its specialist naval architectural design and engineering team, Longitude Engineering, has been contracted to undertake a month-long feasibility study on behalf of premier Taiwanese subsea cable installer, Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering. The agreement will see the Longitude team assess a cable lay barge for Woen Jinn and advise on the specifications and conversion work required to fit the barge for offshore wind operations. With significant natural wind resources and excellent conditions for offshore construction, Taiwan is aiming to develop 3GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. In order to achieve this target, local firms are increasingly looking to work with experienced offshore wind energy firms and benefit from the transfer of skills and knowledge from more established European markets. Indeed, late last year LOC Renewables signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with four regional partners, outlining its intention to further offshore wind farm development and construction in Taiwan. This feasibility study will now see Longitude identify the cable lay barge specifications required for Taiwanese offshore wind farms, and advise on the upgrades required to meet these. In addition

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• EBIT pre PPA, restructuring and integration costs [1] in the quarter amounted to €133 million, with a margin [1] at 6.3% • Strong commercial activity, with 2.8 GW in order intake: Onshore business orders increased by 19% while Offshore practically doubles its order entry. Service order book grows 6%, up to €10,338 million • Integration of the two companies is advancing well, and decisions have been made about the product portfolio and the launch of new products Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy released its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (October-December) [2] today; financial performance was in line with the guidance for the year, and commercial activity was strong in all business units. Between October and December, the company received orders for 2.8 GW of turbines (+29%), driven by both the onshore business (+19%) and the offshore business, where orders practically doubled. The quarter saw strong progress with the post-merger integration. Decisions about the product portfolio have been made. The first post-merger models of wind turbines have been presented to the market: SG 4.2-145 for onshore and SG 8.0-167 DD for offshore. In fact, the company has already received its first order for the latter model from Vattenfall. Financial performance between October and

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Photon Energy NV announces that Canadian Solar will become a shareholder and provide development financing to complete the development of five of its Australian utility scale solar projects totalling 1.14 GWp. Amsterdam, 29 January 2018 – Photon Energy NV announced today that as a result of its development partner selection process managed by its financial advisor Pottinger, the company has signed an agreement for the joint development of five of its utility scale solar projects with a total capacity of 1.14 GWp in New South Wales, Australia with Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies. Photon Energy’s utility scale solar project pipeline, the largest pipeline in Australia, includes the to-date fully-owned 316 MWp project in Gunning as well as four projects co-developed with a local partner, namely the 178 MWp project in Mumbil, the 165 MWp project in Gunnedah, the 286 MWp project in Suntop and the 196 MWp project in Maryvale, all of which will be further co-developed with Canadian Solar. Canadian Solar will acquire a 51% shareholding in all five project companies. The equity capital contributed by Canadian Solar is subject to certain development milestones, joint management processes and other terms customary for project co-development and covers the

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