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Intersolar Europe, Munich, Germany (June 21) – REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, yesterday launched its brand-new N-Peak high-performance solar panel at Intersolar Europe in Munich. The new panel breaks fresh ground for REC and the industry: this is the first solar panel to combine n-type mono half-cut cells with a twin-panel design, and promises excellent power output of up to 330 watt peak allied to lasting performance. The production of n-type mono cells kicks off at the end of June in REC’s brand-new industry 4.0 manufacturing building at the company’s Singapore plant. The first N-Peak modules are scheduled to roll off the line in August. It’s not every day that a leading producer of solar panels unveils a totally new product, and the launch event – adding to the cheer at REC’s traditional late-afternoon Happy Hour – proved a big attraction yesterday at Intersolar Europe. Before a large audience of visitors and media representatives eager to find out what REC had in store, REC Group CEO Steve O’Neil introduced the new module at the company’s booth, saying, “The new REC N-Peak writes the next chapter in our company narrative. We are taking a big step

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At Intersolar Europe, ABB’s new PVS-175-TL string inverter, which delivers up to 185 kW active power has been recognized by industry experts as the leading PV product innovation at the 2018 Intersolar Awards. Delivering up to 65 percent savings on installation and logistic costs for ground mounted utility scale applications, the ABB PVS-175-TL delivers the largest capacity on the market for a 1500Vdc string inverter. The unique capabilities of ABB’s new PVS-175-TL lie in its ability to generate up to 185 kW active power and the judging panel was impressed by the high modularity of the product, which improves yields and reduces operational maintenance costs. Judges praised the string inverter as the next step in improving the overall efficiency in PV systems and recognized its high power density and operating temperature range between -20°C and up to 60°C. Together with all the key benefits of traditional string inverters, its innovative modular design means that up to 65 percent fewer inverters are required to complete the optimal power block, without the need for AC recombiners. This delivers up to 65 percent savings on installation and logistic costs, improving Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for utility-scale installations. The three-phase PVS-175-TL with advanced digital capabilities through ABB

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Huawei will continuously invest in R&D and technology innovation, to accelerate positive development of the solar industry Yesterday, at Intersolar Europe 2018 in Munich, Germany, Huawei launched its all new Huawei FusionHome Smart Energy Solution, with an industry leading efficiency of 98.6%. In addition to its impressive efficiency, the solution holds the record as the lightest and smallest solar product of its kind, with high safety and reliable performance. It also inherits Huawei FusionHome’s flexible design, with battery ready (LG Chem), providing maximum convenience for homeowners. Two days before this new product launched, Huawei received news that its competitor SolarEdge were suing for patent reasons, claiming their technology had been applied to this product. As one of the world’s leading innovative solutions providers, Huawei wishes to assure its customers and partners that it will defend its products against these allegations. Founded in 1987, today Huawei serves more than 170 countries worldwide. With three decades of experience in innovation, Huawei integrates PV technology with smart information technology, simple design and intelligent O&M. In 2017, Huawei was ranked 83rd on the Fortune Global 500 companies and 70th in Interbrand’s Top Global Brands. Since 2013, Huawei has provided an industry-leading smart PV solution, becoming a global

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20.06.2018 09:55:00 CEST, Reutlingen Manz AG is sharing information about the technological development of its turnkey thin-film solar module factory, CIGSfab, at the leading European solar industry trade fair, Intersolar Europe, from June 20-22, 2018. The high-tech equipment manufacturer is also providing an update on the two large-scale projects CIGSfab in Chongqing and CIGSlab in Peking, which Manz is currently carrying out in the People's Republic of China. As a global technological leader in production systems for CIGS thin-film solar modules, Manz is currently building two modular and configurable turnkey production lines in China. The CIGSfab in Chongqing, with an annual production capacity of 306 MW or roughly three million modules, will begin operations in the summer of 2019. Just a little over one year since launching the project and five months after first breaking ground in January, Manz is currently getting the equipment ready for the nearly 60,000 square meter production facility. The operator of the CIGSfab in Chongqing will be Chongqing Shenhua Thin Film Solar Technology Co. Ltd., its main shareholder is the world’ s largest energy company, the Shenhua Group. "Everything is progressing according to plan. 3,500 tons of high-tech equipment are making their way to the Yangtze – an

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• GPM Horizon enables future-proof fleet management by integrating digitalization technologies and combined renewables systems in one tool • Real-time monitoring scalable to support growing portfolios and new emerging renewable energy technologies • New platform builds on data management experience from over 10GW of solar PV plants and 7.5 GW of wind farms plants being managed by DNV GL Munich, Germany 21st June 2018 – DNV GL is launching GPM Horizon, the world’s first data monitoring platform with full integration of current and future renewable energy systems including solar PV, wind and energy storage assets. GPM Horizon enables future-proof fleet management by bringing digitalization technologies and integrated renewables systems together in one platform, which are the key drivers for the global energy transition. Global energy forecasters, including the International Energy Agency, foresee a rapid growth in renewable sources. In its 2018 Energy Transition Outlook DNV GL forecasts that by 2050, well over 80% of electricity will be generated by renewable sources with wind and solar PV each contributing over one third to the mix. As the global renewables market will grow exponentially, with renewable sources of energy to meet 40% in primary demand by 2040 according to the International Energy Agency, As a result, a rise in

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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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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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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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