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Utility orders 31 turbines with a total capacity of 95 MW Hamburg, 18 June 2018. The Nordex Group has won yet new orders from Spain. The company will supply a total of 31 turbines with a combined capacity of 95 megawatts. Nordex will begin with the installation of these wind farms starting in March 2019. Two of the wind farms will be built near Zaragoza, the third one near Cuenca. The investor for the wind farms is an international utility with whom Nordex has been in business for many years in a number of other markets. For all three projects, the energy company opted for the AW132/3300 and AW132/3000 series, which is among the best-selling turbines from the Nordex Group. They will be installed on towers ranging between 84 and 112.5 metres in height, depending on the location. The orders also comprises a service and maintenance contract for the parks for a duration of up to three years. Profile of the Nordex Group The Group has installed wind power capacity of more than 23 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of around EUR 3.1 billion in 2017. It currently has roughly 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the

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London/Madrid 13 June 2018 - Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS) has provided a new long-term debt facility to refinance a portfolio of Spanish solar assets - marking its first solar debt investment in the country. The portfolio consists of 12 fully operational solar projects located across Spain, with a combined capacity of 30.3MWp. The portfolio is owned by the country’s largest solar PV platform, the global IPP Sonnedix, and managed by Qualitas Energy (Q-Energy), who advised on the financing together with CaixaBank who acted as global coordinator. The facility, provided by MIDIS on behalf of its investors, consists of fixed rate, senior secured bonds on a 19-year amortising basis. Tom van Rijsewijk, a Division Director for MIDIS said: “The €140 million fundraising by Sonnedix attracted strong interest from both European and US investors – MIDIS being the largest participant among them. The transaction is our first solar investment in Spain, as we waited for the right opportunity for our investors. In recent years there has been some uncertainty in the market, but with reformed regulatory support bringing it on a stable footing going forward, we see opportunities for further investments in this jurisdiction.”  

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 SUNEQ NAMIBIA AND ITS SHAREHOLDER NAMIBIA INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE LIMITED (NIFCO) ACHIEVED FINANCIAL CLOSE FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) POWER PLANTS WITH AN INDUSTRIAL OFFTAKER IN NAMIBIA AND AFRICA, WITH AN INSTALLED CAPACITY OF 6.5 MWDC Windhoek, 18. June 2018. SunEQ Namibia has reached financial close with the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) for a 5 MWAC solar project for Ohorongo Cement, the largest cement factory in Namibia. It is a major milestone for the sister company of German solar consulting company Suntrace on its way towards becoming an independent power producer. SunEQ has structured the financing substantially from local Namibian sources, both in terms of equity and debt. Namibia Infrastructure Finance Limited (NIFCO), an unlisted infrastructure investment company targeting renewable energy projects in Namibia (jointly established and owned by Old Mutual Investment Group Namibia and IJG Capital), has a shareholding of 60%, together with a Namibian Empowerment Partner Hungileni Investment holding 30% and SunEQ holding 10%. The Co-Developer and EPC-Contractor is GILDEMEISTER Energy Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of DMG Mori. The captive power plant is located next to the Ohorongo Cement factory in the Otjozondjupa region. The plant will be equipped with approximately 20,000 crystalline silicon modules mounted on

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Independent Energy Asset Expert company marks a major milestone. OutSmart announced today that it has achieved a major milestone: A decade of growth as an independent Energy Asset Expert company. Operating as the front runner in the energy transition market  in Europe. OutSmart -originally launched in 2008—has grown into a European market leader in the sustainable energy market. OutSmart now is a lean and mean organization with 45 employees, who are each specialist in their professional discipline. OutSmart operates from three countries: The Neth- erlands, Germany and the UK and is a daughter company of Deutsche Windtechnik. “We have learned a lot in the last 10 years” as stated by managing director Dennis Schiricke. “We believe that short and midterm efficiency can be predicted well and can be influenced, despite the harsh conditions the renewable energy sector face.” Different stakeholders, like investors, owners, fund managers and industrial offtakers are all faced with the same trends that influence the energy market. The soon to be closing subsidy schemes in Europe are the main drivers for an increasing pressure on operation costs. OutSmart is well po- sitioned to help stakeholders to manage these trends. According to Femmy Wevers, Head of Management Services: “To manage the predictability of these

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A perfect fit: Jurchen Technology PEG substructure with First Solar Series 6 module to lower costs, building time Munich (Germany) – Jurchen Technology, BELECTRIC’s daughter company, will present a new package at this year’s InterSolar trade fair in Munich, which combines its innovative PEG substructure and DC cabling systems with the First Solar Series 6 module. The combination of these components help to reduce cost and installation time of solar power plants significantly. “At First Solar, we’re focused on working with our partners to go beyond mere compatibility between their racking structures and our Series 6 module,” said Scott Dailey, Leader – Ecosystem, First Solar. “The goal is to combine our modules with structures that are optimized for our technology and deliver maximum value to the asset owner. We are excited about the Jurchen Technology package and Series 6’ potential to minimize system costs and maximize construction velocity.” “Under the name PEG we offer an extremely light substructure that has been reduced to the minimum. Due to the lightweight construction no heavy machines are required. That lowers costs and speeds up the construction phase”, adds Michael Jurchen, CEO of Jurchen Technology GmbH. “With the PEG substructure we are able to significantly reduce CAPEX

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Event marks first ever Onshore Wind Week Scotland’s onshore wind sector generates 8,000 jobs and £1.5 billion in turnover MSPs from across the political spectrum came together today (14 June) with workers from the onshore wind industry outside the Scottish parliament to back Scotland’s sector. Apprentices from throughout the Scottish onshore wind supply chain, as well as technicians, fabricators, managers and solicitors whose jobs rely on new onshore wind developments called for backing from Scotland’s politicians to enable further development of projects. This event is part of the first ever Onshore Wind Week – a week-long celebration of the jobs and economic growth driven by the successful roll-out of onshore wind: Two significant industry reports detailing the social and economic benefits of onshore wind were published on Monday to mark the launch of Onshore Wind Week. Scottish Renewables released its ‘Onshore Wind: Investing in Scotland’s Energy Future’ document and BVG Associates released its ‘The Power of Onshore Wind’ report, supported by ScottishPower. Scottish Renewables also launched a new website, onshorewindscotland.com, to highlight the vast and varied benefits of Scotland’s onshore wind sector. Around 5,000 people attended the Whitelee Windfarm Family Fun Day on Sunday (10 June). On Wednesday (13 June), there was a reception at Westminster attended by

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Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, announced today it is launching its new 1,500 Vdc string solar PV inverter M125HV series alongside a broad portfolio of energy-saving lithium-ion battery energy storage solutions at Intersolar Europe.  The M125HV is designed to optimize the productivity of solar PV power plants as it featuresindustry-leading peak efficiency up to99%, 125kVA of maximum output power, active cooling, and an electromagnetic interference (EMI)-proof design. With extensive expertise in developing high-efficiency power electronics and integrating energy-saving solutions, Delta is uniquely positioned to facilitate solar PV power generation and energy storage projects.  Andreas Hoischen, head solar PV inverter sales for Delta in Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA), said, “High-power utility-scale string inverters are currently transitioning from 1,000 Vdc to 1,500 Vdc. These new systems allow for longer strings, resulting in fewer combiner boxes, less wiring, less trenching, and significant balance of system cost savings. Our new M125HV series inverters for 1,500 Vdc systems, for instance, can reduce  levelised cost of electricity by enabling higher-voltage arrays. That’s a huge advantage for solar developers, EPC contractors, and of course investors.” Storage systems for residential and commercial photovoltaic installations are another trend reflected in Delta’s product portfolio

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Now, the Q CELLS brand energy storage systems can be operated via the Solar-Log™ energy management system from Solare Datensysteme. Solar-Log™ provides energy storage customers with solar monitoring, feed-in management and smart energy solutions. Solar-Log™ compatible storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 is available in Europe in 3 sizes [Geislingen-Binsdorf, 14 June 2018]  – Solare Datensysteme GmbH and Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer of solar cells, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), collaborate on the Q CELLS brand energy storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1. Now, users can control and monitor their Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 energy storage unit using the energy management system Solar-Log™ from Solare Datensysteme GmbH. PV monitoring, intelligent feed-in management and smart energy solutions allow customers to optimise their power consumption through effective energy management.

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UK subsea services company, Rovco has announced the successful completion of an underwater survey of the Amazon Reef, off the northern coast of Brazil, for leading environmental organisation, Greenpeace. The Bristol-based firm carried out a full 3D seabed survey, deploying its SubAtlantic Mojave and Seaeye Cougar ROVs while using its latest 3D reconstruction technology. The project also required Rovco to mobilise a survey grade, fully redundant Ultra-Short Base Line (USBL) system for accurate subsea positioning. Findings revealed the existence of coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon, which extends further than previously thought. The calcareous ecosystem which supports fish and other reef creatures lies inside a recently licensed exploration block, approximately 28km from an exploration well in the Foz do Amazonas basin. The project was completed within six weeks by Rovco’s survey party chief, ROV supervisor and ROV pilot on-board the Greenpeace Esperanza ship. The mobilisation took place in Bordeaux, France, and work commenced offshore Brazil before concluding in French Guiana. The demobilisation will be conducted in La Rochelle over the coming weeks. Rovco is already in discussions with Greenpeace about using similar 3D survey techniques to protect other sensitive environments around the world. Brian Allen, chief executive and founder of Rovco, said: “We

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GE Successfully Delivered and Commissioned Its Brilliance Inverter Skid Solutions for the Hosoe Mega Solar Project, the Largest in the Kyushu Region in Japan The Contract Includes a 20-Year Long-Term Services Agreement to Guarantee the Availability of the Equipment GE Completed the Commissioning Two Months Ahead of Schedule   MIYAZAKI, JAPAN—13 June—GE (NYSE: GE) has successfully delivered and commissioned its Brilliance inverters for the 96.2-megawatt (MW) DC Hosoe solar plant. The project, developed by Pacifico Energy, is the biggest solar farm in the Kyushu region in Japan. As part of the government’s target to achieve renewable energy power generation at between 22-24 percent of the energy mix by 2030, the Hosoe photovoltaic solar plant is expected to generate clean energy for up to 30,000 households, delivering annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions savings of 68,200 tons. The 50 units of 1.26-MW Brilliance inverters delivered to the project met the customer’s requirements for both reliability and cost competitiveness. Along with the inverters, GE also supplied transformers, ring main units and recombiners, preassembled on skids and optimized for flawless integration. The Hosoe project has also been financially supported by GE Energy Financial Services, the global energy investor of General Electric. As part of the project, GE is also

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