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“Following the June 2018 FFR tender round, there are discussions and commentary referencing market saturation and the possibility of clearing prices dropping further. Whilst average prices in the Dynamic FFR market have fallen in 2018, the average prices for Dynamic FFR delivery up to September 2019 have remained consistent. “It is significant that Dynamic and Static FFR were not procured in any quantity for delivery over Summer 2019 (from April to September 2019), despite National Grid informing the market of its requirement for at least 250 MW for overnight and 60 MW during the day for this period prior to the tender. “National Grid is scheduled to provide feedback on the tender to FFR market participants on Friday, 22nd June. In the meantime, we can only surmise why National Grid decided to hold back with the procurement of the required FFR volumes for Summer 2019. “Our preliminary evaluation leads us to think that National Grid might award contracts for FFR capacity for Summer 2019 in two of the new FFR service categories. These were recently announced as part of their SNAPS initiative and are expected to deliver from December 2018 onwards. “The new range of services will include Dynamic Balancing, Dynamic Containment and Static

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Providing essential maintenance and repair services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) requires a very high standard of service to be delivered. Companies that hold such contracts must have considerable expertise and resources. Individual customers can take advantage of these standards and facilities to ensure their projects are delivered efficiently and professionally. Ross Barraclough, Regional Operations Director (North) for Sulzer, looks at how the partnerships formed by a maintenance service provider can benefit the wider customer base. As a manufacturer, it is essential to offer your customers an aftersales service that will provide maintenance and repair services, to ensure continued, reliable operation of your equipment. However, with more complex or high-volume products, supporting an aftersales service can require considerable investment in facilities and personnel. Take, for example, high voltage motors and generators. This equipment is of high value, either financially or as an essential part of a process, so the speed in which repairs can be delivered becomes crucial. By carefully selecting a maintenance and repair partner that can deliver the necessary service within the best possible timeframe, it is possible to support every customer to a point that they receive immediate attention. Creating the partnership It is this ability, coupled with an extensive, worldwide network

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From June 20th to 22nd, 2018, SCHMID presents itself at the Intersolar Europe in Munich at booth A2-160. At Intersolar Europe, the SCHMID Group proves that its production systems and energy storages do not only rank among the best in the photovoltaics and energy storage industry, but also convince with their environmentally friendly properties. As early as 2011, SCHMID founded the Energy Systems business unit in perfect synergy with the PV division and supplies the entire solar value chain up to turnkey production solutions. “What counts to us are especially two things: that our high-tech systems can apply the most innovative processes and that the manufacturing processes are also environmentally friendly in terms of their consumption values,” says Dr. Christian Buchner, Vice President of the business unit Photovoltaics at SCHMID, regarding the challenge between high-tech and sustainable engineering. SCHMID masters these requirements and presents itself at this year’s Intersolar Europe as a strong partner and premium supplier in the field of renewable energy. With the Alkaline Edge Isolation, SCHMID offers the world’s only alkaline process for edge isolation and rear side polishing of high-efficiency cells which does not require any hard-to-handle nitric acid. The elimination of HNO3 significantly reduces production costs and is also environmentally friendly

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Agrophotovoltaics (APV), a technology which combines the production of solar electricity and crops on the same land, has already been successfully demonstrated in pilot projects in several European countries. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in cooperation with the Innovation Group “APV-Resola” have proven the feasibility of Agrophotovoltaics with a 194 kWp APV pilot system realized on a farm near Lake Constance in Germany. The project results showed that APV increases the land-use efficiency by 60 percent. “The next step is to establish a proof of concept for the APV system technology in developing and threshold countries. Due to the higher levels of solar radiation in these countries, APV can make better use of its strengths. The potential is enormous,” says Stephan Schindele, project head of Agrophotovoltaics at Fraunhofer ISE, who is now focusing on transferring the technology to other climatic zones as well as other applications. Fraunhofer ISE, together with Fraunhofer Chile, tested three 13 kWp APV systems in the Chilean communities of El Monte, Curacavi and Lampa. The Chilean APV pilot project ended in spring 2018 and was financially supported by the Santiago de Chile Metropolitan Region Government. In the project, investigations were carried out to determine which

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The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has detailed how some of that money will be spent, alongside additional investment of more than £850,000. Responding, Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland is home to approximately 25% of Europe’s offshore wind resource and we are now starting to build out projects which will harness this potential. “This money, targeted at supporting innovation to reduce costs, improve health and safety and widen educational opportunities, will help the sector continue to develop, bringing jobs and investment to Scotland and reducing carbon emissions. “Scotland is already emerging as an international centre for offshore wind innovation and further investment will help this industry grow as new technologies, like floating offshore wind, are developed in our seas."

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Munich, June 19, 2018: At the start of this year’s Intersolar, BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler and energy solutions provider, was one of the first companies to achieve SolarPower Europe’s new Solar Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practices Mark. An industry first, the Mark is a seal of excellence that clients can rely on when assessing the quality and reliability of a provider’s services. “It has always been our objective to provide global O&M services at the highest level”, says Paolo Chiantore, Managing Director at BayWa r.e. Operation Services s.r.l and Chair of the SolarPower Europe Task Force that developed the Best Practices Mark. “The SolarPower Europe O&M Best Practices Mark is major step forward for the industry and will help create transparency and drive up standards across the O&M market. It assures our customers that they are working with a provider of the highest quality.” O&M contractors using the Mark declare conformity with SolarPower Europe’s O&M Best Practices guidelines and put together a checklist and a technical dossier to substantiate their compliance. “Thanks to this completely transparent system, customers can easily evaluate the quality of services provided by different O&M contractors”, explains Máté Heisz, Business Analyst

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Combined strengths in sales and services for C&I and Utility-scale markets Berlin, Germany: June 19th, 2018. The leading utility monitoring and control provider skytron energy and the leading commercial and industrial monitoring provider AlsoEnergy will partner in the worldwide sales and service of their PV power plant monitoring solutions. Combined, the companies monitor a total 14 gigawatts (GW) on PV plants. Through the partnership, skytron energy and AlsoEnergy can address the needs of each specific market segment with their own innovative and flexible monitoring and control solution, worldwide. Additionally, the partnership enables the use of their complementary strengths in sales, services, products and control solutions. AlsoEnergy is the leading North American provider of monitoring solutions for commercial and industrial PV systems. Skytron energy is a global market leader in the monitoring and control of utility-scale PV power plants. Monitoring solutions of the two companies are used in more than 21,500 PV power plants around the world. "In the competitive global solar markets, reliable monitoring of assets together with low O&M costs are becoming increasingly important. The cooperation between AlsoEnergy and skytron energy creates a powerful partnership that enables efficient and industry-leading monitoring and control technologies for all types of solar systems. In addition,

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., June 19, 2018 – Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, today announced the addition of a Group 31 size battery to its Solar line of maintenance-free, true deep-cycle absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries designed for solar and other renewable energy applications. The Trojan SAGM 12 105 is manufactured in the U.S. and is now available. The Trojan SAGM 12 105, along with the entire Solar AGM line of batteries, will be showcased at Intersolar Europe this week in Munich at the Trojan Battery booth B1.460. Offering a three-year warranty for stationary applications and tested to an eight-year design life under IEC 61427 standard for solar batteries, the SAGM 12 105 features a non-spillable design, enabling installers to customize the use and position of the batteries in customer applications.  The Trojan AGM Solar line was designed for maximum sustained performance and increased total energy output to meet demanding deep-cycling requirements in Trojan’s wide range of stationary applications, including solar home, area and street lighting, microgrid, inverter backup and commercial. “Trojan’s Solar AGM line is specifically engineered for deep-cycling applications, unlike most AGM batteries on the market today which are designed for dual-purpose or standby applications,

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Transaction is part of the expansion strategy into Nordic onshore plants Project benefits from state-guaranteed feed-in tariff for twelve years Hamburg, 19 June 2018 – The investment company Aquila Capital – a specialist in alternative investments – is acquiring the “Ykspihlaja” project, an onshore wind park close to the Finnish town of Kokkola. The wind farm has four Nordex N131 turbines with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) each. The location has average wind speeds of 7.3 m/sec at the hub height of the turbines, thus allowing for a capacity factor of 41 percent. This is the first wind energy investment by Aquila Capital in Finland. The project supplements the company’s extensive existing wind energy portfolio in Scandinavia. “The move in to the Finnish wind energy market is a logical step for us and an important element in our expansion strategy in the field of renewable energies – particularly in northern Europe. Thanks to its natural features and stable political framework, the region is key to the success of the Europe-wide energy transition,” says Roman Rosslenbroich, co-founder and CEO of Aquila Capital. The transaction follows just a few months after the acquisition of three Swedish wind energy projects with a total

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Roquefort, France, June 19, 2018: REDEN Solar, a leading solar IPP from France, announced today that it completed a refinancing operation for the majority of its French assets, successfully raising a total of €270 million. This operation, co-managed by Vanessa Bodson, Head of Financing at REDEN Solar, is structured as a 17-year non-recourse financing arranged by Société Générale and Crédit Agricole Group with the contribution of Bpifrance. With this operation, REDEN Solar restructures 92 historic loans contracted from 17 banks for 150 operating solar photovoltaic power plants. Vincent Wattignier, CFO of REDEN Solar, said: "The quality of our historical assets and the confidence of our banking partners have enabled us to complete this transaction which not only greatly simplifies the debt structure and improves financial conditions, but also allows us to generate significant additional cash flow. This cash surplus will be almost entirely dedicated to financing the acceleration of the Group's growth, in particular through the purchase of plants and projects in France, Portugal and Chile ". "We are very satisfied because this successful operation underpins the market recognition of the strength and positive prospects of the REDEN Solar Group", added Gabriel Gauthier and Renaud Haberkorn, respectively Investment Director at INFRAVIA CAPITAL PARTNERS

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