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 Saudi Arabia’s largest solar farm, one of the world’s largest PV plants by capacity, will power 185,000 homes DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 19 April 2021 - DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, has acted as technical consultant to Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) during the development of the Sudair 1.5 GW solar PV project. DNV supported SPPC for over two years with a scope of work which included preparation of project protocol documents, setting the technical conditions of the project, such as project grid interconnection requirements, technical aspects of the PPA and the transmission connection agreement. Furthermore, DNV assisted SPPC in the negotiations leading to the execution of the PPA. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is blessed with significant natural resources and is aiming for 50% of its energy to come from renewables by 2030. This solar farm is considered to be a flagship project within Saudi Arabia and an important step towards realizing the country’s energy transition plans. Santiago Blanco, Vice President and Area Manager, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America of Energy Systems at DNV said: “We are delighted to have supported Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) in obtaining PPA signoff on the impressive 1.5 GW

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Sunderland, UK 16 April 2021 – Power Roll, a developer of unique, low-cost, and lightweight flexible solar film has announced an agreement with Thermax Group, a leading energy and environment solutions provider, to develop the market for solar film in India. The agreement will see the companies collaborate to assess the market potential for scale manufacturing and deployment of Power Roll’s unique solar film in India. The joint activity will include identifying applications for lightweight solar film and green energy solutions for the region. Over the agreement period the parties will share knowledge on the low-cost production processes, efficiency and identify compelling use cases for solar film in India. A successful conclusion to the agreement will see Thermax license Power Roll’s technology for commercial manufacture and sale of solar film in India. “We are especially excited about the potential for our solar film in India and delighted to be working with Thermax,” said Neil Spann, CEO, Power Roll. “Thermax has the right mix of renewable energy and manufacturing expertise, as well as the size and scale, to be a successful manufacturing partner in India. Our technology licensing model is perfectly aligned with the country’s ‘Make in India’ self-reliant strategy and world leading

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Solar photovoltaic (PV) accounted for 8.1% of Poland’s total power capacity in 2020 and this is estimated to reach 21% in 2030. GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, estimates that Poland will have renewable power capacity of around 33.7 GW by 2030, of which 14.5 GW capacity will be solar photovoltaic (PV). Poland’s current 2030 solar PV target is 7 GW, which means the country is set to surpass its target by over 100%. GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Poland Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2021 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape’, reveals that during 2000–2020, thermal power capacity dominated Poland’s energy mix with almost 70.4% share in total power capacity in 2020. However, during 2020–2030, the share of thermal power capacity is expected to decline and reach 47.8% by 2030. Similarly, the share of hydropower capacity is also expected to decline by 2030 compared to 2020. Aditya Sharma, Power Analyst at GlobalData comments: “Poland’s Government plans to compensate this decline with renewable power capacity growth. By 2030, the share of renewable power capacity is set to reach 48%, driven mostly by solar PV installations. The growth of solar PV in Poland is driven by recent and upcoming renewable energy auctions

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A team of researchers led by Dr. Armin Richter of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE achieved a record conversion efficiency of 26.0 percent for both-sides contacted silicon solar cells. In the recently published Nature Energy article "Design Rules for High-Efficiency Both-Sides-Contacted Silicon Solar Cell with Balanced Charge Carrier Transport and Recombination Losses" Download [nature.com], Richter explains the structure of the record-breaking cell and presents fundamental design-related aspects leading to even higher efficiencies. The design of the back-side cell surface as a full-area charge-carrier collecting passivating contact was key to the success. With a share of over 90 percent, solar cells made of crystalline silicon dominate the global photovoltaic market. Thanks to technological advances in recent years, their efficiency has already come very close to the theoretical efficiency limit of crystalline silicon (29.4 percent). Previously, record efficiencies of around 26 percent were limited to solar cells with both metal contacts at the rear, the so-called interdigitated back contact, or IBC, solar cells. Both-sides-contacted solar cells, however, have been established as the industry standard and have become the preferred choice in industrial production due to their lower complexity. With a new approach for both-sides contacted cells, the solar cell researchers at Fraunhofer

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Satteins, Austria, April 14, 2021. Austrian manufacturer of PV mounting systems AEROCOMPACT presents its new COMPACTGround RAM-X product range for solar parks with more than 500 kWp output. In addition to the high energy density, the company has paid particular attention to quick assembly and maximum use of space in the series, which will be available worldwide from April. Quick success: thanks to the modular structure with just three main components, the system can be assembled in a very short time. Thanks to its well thought-out installation options, RAM-X is very adaptable to different landscapes, as confirmed in initial installation projects. The RAM-X2.1 two-leg system for south and east/west systems is available in three standard configurations for 6x4, 5x4 or 4x4 modules with inclines between 10 and 25°. The RAM-X 1.1 single-leg system and the RAM-X 2.2 two-leg system, on the other hand, are suitable for lengths of up to 30 meters and module inclines between 0 and 30°. In addition, the modules of the RAM-X1.1 can be easily arranged either in portrait or landscape format. This increases the possible applications and lowers system costs. The perfect addition “We grew up with mounting systems for all roof types. Our new piling systems complement our

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Hamburg, 14th April 2021 – Sharp Energy Solutions Europe is delighted to announce the launch of a new webinar series, aimed at highlighting the latest market insights and Sharp’s innovations, technologies and services for specific segments, territories and customers in the EMEA region. The in-depth webinar series will launch on 14th April with Celia Alcaraz, Key Account Manager Solar Sales Spain, Portugal & Southern France. Celia will present market insights and Sharp’s approach in catering to the local market and customer segments. She will share the key features of Sharp’s PV panel portfolio, technology and services. The first webinars in the series include: En que debemos fijamos a la hora de seleccionar nuestro modulo fotovoltaico (What shall we look at when purchasing photovoltaic modules?) Celia Alcaraz, Key Account Manager Spain, Portugal and Southern France 14th April De Benelux-markten en de rol van Sharp Energy Solutions Europe (The Benelux Markets and Sharp Energy Solutions Europe’s Role) Baudik de Vries, Country Manager Benelux 7th May Technical Aspects in the PV Sector in EMEA Jens Meyer, Manager Product Engineering 8th June Wohin steuert der Deutsche PV Markt und welche Rolle spielt Sharp dabei? (Where is the German PV market headed and what role will Sharp play?) Barbara Rudek, Business Development Manager 6th July   Additional topics and country-specific webinars

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2020 is the year of transformation from a supplier of production equipment to a leading technology manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules Largest Swiss distributor of solar products adds Meyer Burger to its portfolio Market launch planned for 27 April, delivery starting in July Meyer Burger's solar modules can be ordered from Solarmarkt and other distribution partners beginning with the market launch For the distribution of its new high-performance solar modules in Switzerland, Meyer Burger will partner with Solarmarkt GmbH. The largest distributor of solar products in Switzerland is the first official distribution partner announced by the company. Meyer Burger plans to launch the new modules in the market on 27 April. From this date, installers in Switzerland will be able to order Meyer Burger's modules from Solarmarkt and offer them to their customers. Meyer Burger will announce further distribution partners for the European target markets and the USA at the market launch. Meyer Burger plans to start shipping the first significant volumes from the factory in Freiberg (Saxony, Germany) in July. “Solarmarkt is a strategically important and strong partner for Meyer Burger in the Swiss solar market,” said Moritz Borgmann, Managing Director of Meyer Burger (Industries) GmbH and responsible for

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Complaint Against APSystems and parent Zhejiang Yuneng Technology Co., Ltd. Covers Five Patents April 13, 2021, Campbell CA -  Tigo Energy, Inc., the solar industry worldwide leader in Flex MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics), has filed a new lawsuit against Altenergy Power Systems (“APsystems”), in addition to its current ongoing case. The complaint includes four new patent infringement claims, as well as an additional claim from a patent asserted in the previously-filed lawsuit. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The total number of Patents-in-Suit in both cases now stands at six. The complaint includes all APsystems legal entities in the US as well as in China. The new complaint alleges that APsystems’ Sunspec-compliant products infringe the following U.S. patents: 8,653,689, 9,584,021, 9,966,848, 10,333,405, and 8,933,321. The complaint centers around various systems and methods used in the PV module rapid shutdown unit. Tigo’s industry leading solar equipment provides optimized, monitored and safe solar to protect this critical infrastructure investment and deliver consistent ROI for the lifetime of renewable energy systems. Tigo is a leader in rapid shutdown technology and module level power electronics (MLPE) with over one hundred granted or pending patents and

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The Board of Directors of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced today the proposal of attorney-at-law Urs Schenker for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on 4 May 2021. Urs Schenker (born 1957) has extensive experience in the areas of restructuring, financing, capital markets, M&A, and corporate law. He has been involved in numerous international M&A transactions, public takeovers, financings, restructurings, and other corporate finance transactions. He holds various board mandates in private companies and also one in a listed company. Urs Schenker studied law at the University of Zurich. He graduated with a lic. iur. in 1981 and a Dr. iur. in 1985. He obtained his LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 1985. In 2009, he published his habilitation thesis on "Swiss Takeover Law"; he practices as an attorney at Walder Wyss AG and is an adjunct professor for commercial and business law at the University of St. Gallen. Chairman of the Board of Directors Franz Richter commented: "I am delighted to announce the nomination of Urs Schenker to the Board of Directors. With his proven Swiss and international legal expertise and his vast experience in transactions, he is an excellent addition to the Board's competencies." Urs Schenker succeeds

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Latest U.S. PV Leaderboard report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables marks Q CELLS’ continued leadership in the residential market for 10 consecutive quarters. [Irvine, United States, April 7, 2020] Q CELLS announced today that it has retained top market share in the U.S. residential and commercial solar module markets, highlighting the Company’s consistent leadership in the industry. According to the Q1 2021 U.S. PV Leaderboard report by leading energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Q CELLS obtained 24.8% market share in the U.S. residential market for FY 2020, marking 10 consecutive quarters of its No.1 position. The Leaderboard report also ranks Q CELLS as the U.S. commercial market leader with 19.1% market share, a 4.9% increase from FY 2019 and nearly double that of the next competitor. Q CELLS’ commitment to quality Q CELLS continues to provide its customers with the company’s wide range of high-quality solar modules and solutions. Recently, Q CELLS was the first solar module manufacturer in the industry to successfully complete and pass a stringent new module testing certification program from TÜV Rheinland. The Quality Controlled PV (QCPV) testing standard was developed to enforce stricter criteria on monitoring, testing, and recognizing solar module quality. It

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