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Santiago, November 30, 2017. Verano Capital, an American project developer headquartered in Chile, announced today that it won 18% of the solar capacity in auction at the Argentinian energy tender with its 100 MW VeCaSo-1 solar project. Located near Mendoza, Verano’s PV project was selected on a winning bid at $42.50/MWh. This is yet another achievement for the company, who completed the development of a project that was awarded a large chunk of the Chilean energy auction just 2 weeks ago. The VeCaSo-1 100 MW project is set to be completed in 2019 and will run on a 20-year “take-or-pay” power purchase agreement. Within this PPA framework, the generator takes on the production risk, with its plant expected to deliver power on a must-run basis. CAMMESA, Argentina’s national utility company, on the other hand, must integrate all of the plant’s output, or remit compensatory energy payments if it fails to do so. “We are very pleased that our bid was able to meet the demanding qualification criteria of this second round of tender. We are taking pride in delivering a very sound project, in terms of economics and prices of course, but also mindful of the Argentinian people and economy with the

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- Photovoltaic system with east-west orientation and performance ratio of more than 86% - Q.FLAT-G4, the self-developed Q CELLS flat roof system, lowers energy costs for commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses - Q.PLUS solar modules with Q.ANTUM technology boast greater yield and lower electricity production costs [Thalheim, Germany, November 30, 2017] - A 100 kW Q.FLAT-G4 photovoltaic flat roof system has been installed on the roof of the fire protection company Nagel GmbH in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany. The flat roof solution Q.FLAT-G4 combines Q CELLS solar modules with a customised substructure. The system consists of 356 Q.PLUS-G4 solar modules with 280 Wp and Q.ANTUM technology. With a performance ratio of 86%, the system is designed to produce more than 80,000 kWh of clean energy per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 500 kg. Roeder Solar GmbH, headquartered in Halle, planned and installed the system with east-west orientation.  Over the past 13 years, the company has installed more than 1,200 solar energy systems in central Germany. Roeder Solar GmbH is a Q.PARTNER, a company within the Hanwha Q CELLS installer network. Q.FLAT-G.4 - Maximise yield, minimise power generation costs The Hanwha Q CELLS system solution Q.FLAT-G4 forms the basis for the system in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Q.FLAT-G4 is much more than just a substructure. The experts at Hanwha Q CELLS optimised it specifically for the

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28 November 2017, Amsterdam– Envision Energy, a leading global smart energy solution provider, today announces the global release of its latest international product portfolio including its largest wind turbine to date at WindEurope in Amsterdam. Envision’s new EN148-4.5 MW turbine is the latest evolution of Envision’s 4MW platform, equipped with a 148-meter rotor and a flexible nominal capacity to maximize energy capture in medium to high wind speed environments. This turbine enables Envision to support the demand for lower levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) by bringing a large rotor diameter to sites with up to 9m/s average wind speed. This turbine model’s flexible architecture allows Envision to optimize site parameters to deliver the maximum energy output possible for each site – globally. Also new to the global market along with the EN148-4.5 MW turbine are Envision’s EN140-3.0 MW and EN131-2.5 MW turbines, ideal for low wind speeds. The new EN131-2.5 sets a new benchmark on full load hours to support renewables on the path to becoming a base load power plant solution. Envision founder and CEO Lei Zhang said: “Envision is continually innovating to create the renewable energy ecosystem. Natural energy such as wind and solar are clean, free, and abundant. Our EN148-4.5

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The independent maintenance provider Deutsche Windtechnik has been honoured by two of its largest clients for the quality of its services. At its supplier day event on 22 November 2017 in Essen, Germany, the energy supplier innogy presented Deutsche Windtechnik with the 'innogy supplier award' in the Quality Global category for its international cooperation with innogy. In a ceremony at its Glasgow headquarters on 9 November, leading British wind farm developer ScottishPower honoured Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd. from among some 3,500 suppliers in the Delivery of Services category as the company's best supplier during the last year. In his laudation, Michael Veeser, Head of innogy Corporate Procurement Renewables, said, "The value created by our suppliers is of the utmost importance for innogy. We have a very close working relationship with Deutsche Windtechnik that is characterised by daily communication at various levels. The constant exchange enables both companies to pursue our ongoing internationalisation and to tap into portfolio synergies, new markets and technologies as far as possible. We are greatly looking forward to continuing our cooperation in the future." Matthias Brandt, Board Director of Deutsche Windtechnik, said during his acceptance speech: "Substance and a common spirit form the foundation of our jointly

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50 N117/3600 turbines ordered by Vattenfall Hamburg, 29 November 2017. Vattenfall, owner of the Dutch utility Nuon, yesterday signed a contract for the delivery of 50 N117/3600 turbines with the Nordex Group in Amsterdam. The project “Wieringermeer” is one of the biggest onshore projects for Vattenfall in Europe. The wind farm has an above-average capacity factor of 42 per cent due the excellent average wind speed of 8.6 m/s combined with the highly-efficient Nordex N117/3600. Due to the low noise emissions, the turbines can run without curtailments at full rated power, having a positive effect on the expected energy yield. The relatively low sound power level of the N117/3600 is achieved thanks to the turbines design and the addition of serrations to the rotor blades. “Sustainability is an important part of our DNA. This is why we are striving for sustainable solutions in different areas,” explains Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer for Nordex SE. This includes the interests of the immediate neighbourhood as well as the CO2 emissions that can be avoided. Located 60 kilometres north of Amsterdam, the site is subject to noise emission restrictions, which the turbines are able to meet. At the same time, the wind farm will prevent

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ABB Ability™ based digital technologies enable the wind sector to maximize renewable penetration, efficiency and reliability ABB is showcasing some of its leading-edge technologies at the WindEurope event being held in Amsterdam from November 28-30, 2017. Exhibits includes digital solutions from the ABB Ability™ portfolio, offering a unified, full-spectrum approach from individual devices to fully integrated solutions and services. Technologies extend well beyond wind turbines, including maintenance, control systems, analytics and grid connections that can be deployed by developers and operators to maximize penetration and use of wind energy, ensure stability and reliability, improve system performance and optimize decision-making. “Our ABB Ability™ based digital technologies for wind power applications leverage the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to maximize efficiency and reliability of power supplies” said Alfredo Parres, from ABB’s Power Grids division, who is responsible for renewable energies. “Our exhibits at this event also provide insights to wind power developers and operators on how new digital and analytics-based technologies can provide them with vital real-time inputs to make informed operational decisions making them more competitive and improving business performance.” ABB will present its industry-leading expertise in wind turbine design and integration and offers a range of technologies that come together to reduce the

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) is holding its Technology Day 2017 at the technology and production site in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany, today. The primary focus of the event is on Meyer Burger’s PV cell technologies with participants enjoying a tour through production including the company’s Heterojunction production line and MB PERC technology assembly. One of the main themes at the Technology Day 2017 is Meyer Burger’s focus on innovation and the leading role its technologies have played in shaping the PV industry. A highlight of the visit will be the premier of the champion 334.9 Watt module as precisely measured and confirmed by TÜV Rheinland - Solar Energy Assessment Center Cologne (SEACC) and based on Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology and SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT). The HJT solar cells in the 60-cell glass/white backsheet module were processed on an industrial manufacturing line operating at Meyer Burger (Germany) in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. The results underscore the transfer of recent successful R&D progress. The HJT cells used for the 335 Watt module had an average busbar-less efficiency of 23.5% using commercially available 6-inch (M2) n-type wafers. The best cell achieved a busbar-less efficiency of 24.02% based on a Fraunhofer ISE certified measurement calibration. The production

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The Al-Zaatari refugee camp is located in Jordan, just 10 kilometers away from the Syrian border. It has gradually evolved into a permanent settlement and in 2015 the camp population was estimated at 83,000 refugees. Opened by the Jordanian government and UNHCR -the UN refugee agency- on July 28, 2012 to host Syrians fleeing the war, the camp has become one of Jordan’s biggest cities, with residents having developed their own economy by starting more than 3,000 businesses. The 12.9 MWp photovoltaic plant, the world’s largest solar farm of its kind, is already supplying energy to the Al-Zaatari refugee camp, mainly powering lighting systems, refrigerators, heaters and power outlets. The PV plant has been constructed by Belectric. Ingeteam has supplied five of its 2.33 MW power stations in order to inject the energy coming from the PV array into the camp’s internal grid. Every power station comprises two central inverters housed in a 20-foot-long container, in addition to a power transformer, low voltage switchgear, medium voltage switchgear and auxiliary services panel. This is all supplied on a turnkey basis in order to ensure immediate, simple installation and field commissioning. Scope of supply For this project, Ingeteam has supplied: Five power stations fitted with all the

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The Conext SmartGen is now available with an expanded range of power ratings, providing customers more flexibility to meet power plant capacity limits while optimizing output.  Livermore, California, November 29, 2017 – Schneider Electric Solar has extended its Conext SmartGen inverter power ratings for greater flexibility and optimization of both small and large utility power plants.  For large scale power plants, the CS2200 is now available and is optimized for 4.4 MW stations using two inverters.  To expand the power ratings for smaller power plants in North America, the introduction of the CS1666 provides an optimum power block for 5 MW power plants. In many cases, changing the inverter nameplate power ratings after submitting the interconnect applications can result in delays in processing.  The flexibility offered by the range of power ratings also makes it easier to match up with any power plant capacity limits that are tied to the nameplate power rating of the inverters. The system’s ease of use will also take advantage of Schneider Electric’s Power EcoSystem, including the Conext Viewer user interface, the industry changing Conext PowerCloud, and the Conext Advisor 2 monitoring and control platform. Below is a list of available ratings: Conext SmartGen Models: CS2200: 2200 kW/2200 kVA

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Partnership to enable advanced technologies in forecasting methods and models 29 November 2017, Amsterdam– Envision Energy, a leading global smart energy solution provider, announced today a new strategic partnership to advance research in renewable energy forecasting. This multi-year collaboration, the first of its kind, brings together Envision Energy, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the Met Office (the UK’s national weather service), and Aarhus University (BTECH CET) to collaborate on new methods, models and technologies in order to advance research in renewable energy forecasting. “The purpose of this alliance is to work together to advance scientific knowledge in renewable energy forecasting, to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy solutions globally. Envision is committed to creating a sustainable future through developing advanced technologies in an open and collaborative way. We are dedicated to making clean, affordable and sustainable energy a reality,” Envision founder and CEO Lei Zhang said. Improving forecasting models can increase the accuracy of energy resource assessments and improve the ability of the grid to plan for renewable energy inputs, helping to lower the levelized cost of wind and solar energy. The partnership has the scientific expertise, supercomputing resources, wind and solar generation data, and partner ecosystems to develop and validate innovative new power forecasting methods and models. Erik Andersson, Deputy Director of Forecasts of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, said “By combining the technology, scientific knowledge and data generating

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