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Latest U.S. PV Leaderboard report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables shows that Q CELLS’ market share in the residential sector rose to 26.4%, which nearly equals the share of the next three competitors combined [Irvine, United States, September 28, 2020] Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, announced today that it has retained top market share in the U.S. residential and commercial solar module markets, underscoring the Company’s consistent leadership in the industry. According to the Q3 2020 U.S. PV Leaderboard report by leading energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Q CELLS captured 26.4% market share in the U.S. residential market for Q2 2020, a 6.4% increase from Q1 2020’s 20% market share. Q CELLS maintained its No.1 position for eight consecutive quarters and its newly recorded market share nearly equaled the share of the next three competitors combined during Q2 2020. The Leaderboard report also ranks Q CELLS as the U.S. commercial market leader with a 13.3% market share. Q CELLS’ commitment to new energy solutions with a core focus on quality Q CELLS continues to meet customer needs with the company’s

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Chicago, IL - 3S Lift is proud to announce the installation of 500 Climb Auto Systems in wind farms all over the US, adding to the 40,000 CAS installations worldwide. “We are very excited to see a growing number of North American owner/operators choosing our Climb Auto System to increase their park efficiency and improve the health & safety of their technicians“ says 3S Lift Americas President Giovan Scialdone. “Installing our CAS enables our customers to improve turbine uptime and grow site technician morale at the same time. This improves employee retention which leads to significant operational cost savings.” With 500 Climb Auto System installations in the US, 3S Lift has hit a milestone in the expansion of this new technology in the North American market. ”We are seeing orders coming in from multiple types of customers, including self-performing IPPs, passive utility owners, and turbine OEMs,” says Giovan Scialdone. “We are currently installing at five sites across three states at a rate of 30 units every week.” The 3S Lift Climb Auto System is already a staple in many other regions around the globe, helping technicians ascend towers quickly and safely in 40,000 wind turbines worldwide.

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Forecasts from Cornwall Insight highlight the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) supply and demand gap will be narrower in the 2020-21 compliance period than in previous years, due to lower overall electricity demand expectations. In fact, there is a material risk of ROCs being oversupplied should certain conditions arise, which would reduce renewable generator’s expected revenue. Cornwall Insight forecasts show The ROC supply-demand gap will be closer in this compliance period (2020-21) than in the previous few years. The gap is predicted to be well below 10% as intended by BEIS’s “headroom mechanism” it uses to set the annual Renewables Obligation (RO) targets. Given tighter supply and demand fundamentals, ROC prices have traded much closer to the buy-out price compared to recent years. Tim Dixon, Wholesale Team Lead at Cornwall Insight, said: “Although there has been some resurgence in electricity demand, if it continues to be lower than previous years for a longer period or there are any additional measures to combat a second wave of COVID-19, the ROC market could be pushed into oversupply. Higher output from intermittent generation technologies coinciding with this low demand year could also lead to oversupply. “Our forecasts show that a plausible ‘high wind generation year’ within historic ranges would

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Solar power is the most cost-effective form of energy worldwide, thanks to the many significant research contributions continuously made up to today. A decisive factor here is resource-saving production technology, which plays an important role along with increasing efficiency. HighLine Technology GmbH is the most recent Fraunhofer ISE spin-off company. The Freiburg-based start-up aims to commercialize a new process which was developed at the institute, whereby a contactless dispensing process is used to apply front metal contacts onto solar cells. This process not only saves resources but also increases the electricity yield and the potential for cost reductions. Applications also include production processes outside the field of photovoltaics. The expertise behind the young company HighLine Technology is an accumulation of ten years’ research work on dispensing processes for silicon solar cell metallization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. During this period in which a multi-nozzle dispensing print head was developed, expansive knowledge was acquired on printing pastes and processes. The developed technology can easily be integrated into conventional production lines for silicon solar cells, replacing the screen printing process normally used for the front-side metal contacts. In addition, the material consumption of the costly silver is reduced

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Aerocompact sponsors snow- and wind-proof PV mounting system for high alpine refuge Satteins, Austria, 28 Sept. 2020. Aerocompact, the manufacturer of PV mounting solutions, has planned a solar power system for Totalp Hut in Vorarlberg, Austria, and sponsored mounting solutions and services worth several thousand euros. At the beginning of 2019, an avalanche destroyed the high alpine refuge along with its solar power plant. After the hut was rebuilt, the company Strom vom Dach, which specializes in extreme PV construction sites, has recently installed the 10 kWp PV system. Snow loads of up to 1,400 kilograms per square meter The hut of the Austrian alpine club is located at an altitude of 2,385 metres and must withstand snow loads of up to 1,400 kilograms per square metre. “This is no problem for the systems from Aerocompact”, says Michael Anker, managing director of Strom vom Dach. He adds, “We only use products from Aerocompact. The service is amazing. We are supported wherever possible and there is a solution for all situations and applications”. Alpine version with ice-proof cable routing The fitters from Strom von Dach installed the rail-based Aerocompact CompactPITCH mounting system on the metal roof of the Totalp Hut. The optimised shape of the X50

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Potential 1.8 gigawatts awarded Agreement for Lease by The Crown Estate, RWE pro rata share about 900 megawatts RWE’s total share in the UK offshore development projects totals up to 1.3 gigawatts including 400 megawatts from the remaining seabed option at Rampion Projects in the Irish Sea, the southern North Sea and the English Channel RWE Renewables and its project partners have signed with The Crown Estate Agreements for Lease for developing four projects in the United Kingdom to extend the existing offshore wind farms Gwynt y Môr, Galloper, Greater Gabbard and Rampion. The granted seabed leases comprise extension projects with a combined potential installed capacity of around 1.8 Gigawatts (GW), with RWE’s pro rata share amounting to almost 900 megawatts (MW). Furthermore, it was decided to seek to develop the remaining seabed option at the original Zone 6 of the existing Rampion project and combine this with the extension project at this windfarm. The Gwynt y Môr extension project called Awel y Môr is located off the coast of North Wales in the Irish Sea. Its capacity may be up to 576 MW (RWE share 60%). The Galloper extension called Five Estuaries has a potential capacity of up to 353 MW (RWE share 25%) and the Greater Gabbard extension, renamed North Falls, has an agreement for up to 504 MW (RWE

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ArcVera Renewables, an international provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar and hybrid energy storage projects, has announced its entry into India’s fast-growing renewables market. ArcVera’s new Indian offices are located in Bangalore, India. The company has assembled a team of international experts to deliver industry-leading technical expertise to project developers, lenders, and investors in India as well as other Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim countries. “Several factors have converged to make this a timely and strategically sound long-term business expansion decision for ArcVera. On one hand, India is a large and rapidly growing renewables market.  Now with energy tenders and hybrid project requirements, it is an even more complex and competitive market.  Local developers and investors are seeking best-in-class technical expertise to lower project risk, find advantages no other company has uncovered, and raise project value. On the other hand, the recent exit of a competitor from the Indian wind market has left a vacuum that ArcVera is ideally positioned to fill in,” commented Gregory S. Poulos, CEO of ArcVera Renewables. ArcVera’s services cover the full project lifecycle, including finance-grade resource assessments, project design, technology assessments, financing, M&A, due diligence, construction, operations, and repowering. Its team comprises experienced atmospheric

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Offshore works for what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm are set to ramp up in the coming weeks. Ørsted’s Hornsea Two will surpass its predecessor Hornsea One by generating 1.4GW of clean energy once complete in 2022. Monopile works are due to commence at the wind farm location 89km from landfall this month with DEME Group’s offshore installation vessel, Innovation. Besides the Innovation, Pacific Orca will also begin works on location next year to support construction. Both are heavy-lift jack up vessels which have legs that can securely fix the ship to the seabed, raise the vessel from the water whilst onboard cranes lift and manoeuvre the heavy foundation components. In total, 165 monopiles and transition pieces will be installed at sea in preparation for the site’s 8.4MW turbines. With a height from sea level to blade tip of 204m, the turbines will also feature new 82m long blades which are currently being fabricated at the Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy blade factory in Hull. Patrick Harnett, Hornsea Two Programme Director for Ørsted said: “Even during these challenging times, we’re still able to take these important next steps towards the construction of this game changing wind farm. We’re extremely pleased to once again work

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Jürgen Schiffer is appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Meyer Burger Technology AG as of October 1, 2020. In this role he succeeds Manfred Häner, who is retiring. Jürgen Schiffer (*27. 06. 1966) is an experienced financial expert focusing on reporting, accounting, treasury management and tax law. In recent years, the graduate banker has held senior finance and CFO positions at European companies on a mandate basis. In addition to his core competencies in Finance & Controlling, Jürgen Schiffer has gained significant experience as a management consultant and interim manager in dealing with complex turnaround situations. He is familiar with company analyses, the design of quality assurance processes and the development of reporting structures. The responsibilities of the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) include transforming the existing structures and aligning reporting with Meyer Burger's new business model as a technologically leading manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules. Jürgen Schiffer is already familiar with the solar industry from his previous work for solar companies such as Conergy AG and Q-Cells AG. When he takes up his position on 1 October 2020, he will also become a member of the Executive Board. Chairman of the Board of Directors Franz Richter says:

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An estimated four million1 UK homes are currently living in fuel poverty2. With the full financial fallout of COVID-19 not yet known, this figure is undoubtably set to rise as households face soaring energy use and severe job losses. It is this worrying outlook that has prompted People’s Energy, the UK’s first Community Interest Company (CIC) energy supplier, to launch its ‘end fuel poverty’ campaign starting with its first ever national TV advert, fronted by ex-rugby player Gareth Thomas. Eradicating fuel poverty is the powerful message at the forefront of the advert with Thomas urging audiences through the call to action; “let’s make it happen”. It sees Thomas deliver a rousing speech to camera while walking through a field of lamps, representing households joining the movement. The ad is part of People’s Energy’s ongoing commitment to ensure affordable energy is accessible to all. It follows the brand’s first council partnership last month which offers a discounted variable and fixed tariff to East Lothian residents. As the UK’s first energy supplier registered as a Community Interest Company, People’s Energy is committed to helping individuals, families and households on low incomes, especially those on pre-payment meters, access fairly priced energy. It has pledged to prioritise

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