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Global photovoltaic materials supplier DSM and prominent North American solar panel manufacturer Silfab Solar recently joined forces to bring high power modules using back-contact technology to the US market. On July 17, DSM and Silfab held an event in Bellingham, WA to mark the expansion of the facility there and celebrate the companies’ mutual commitment to the clean energy economy. PES talked to Nathan Arbitman, Strategy & Innovation Director of DSM Advanced Solar, to hear more about this new technology and the partnership. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar, please can you introduce DSM and Silfab and describe the collaboration? Nathan Arbitman: DSM is one of the world's leading materials suppliers to the solar industry. We create advanced materials for solar panels that make them more efficient and help reduce the cost of PV electricity. Silfab Solar is the leading solar panel manufacturer in North America. They're well known for their high-quality products and high level of service. Silfab has a very strong brand in the North American market, especially in the US.  DSM and Silfab formed a partnership focused on bringing back-contact technology to the market. Back-contact technology utilizes a type of solar cell in which the contacts are located on the

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The largest ground mounted solar plant in France’s Brittany region was connected to the grid in early July, powered by 14,600 Q.PEAK-G4.2 solar modules – supplied by Q CELLS. [Berlin, Germany, July 17, 2019] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH ("Q CELLS" or “The Company”), the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, has supplied its award-winning and certified low-carbon Q.PEAK-G4.2 305 W solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in western France. Situated in the commune of Baud in France’s Brittany region, the 4.5 MW solar plant was officially inaugurated and connected to the central grid on July 8. Comprising 14,592 solar modules from Q CELLS, the solar farm is the largest single ground-mounted PV installation in Brittany, and was developed by local French renewable energy company Quadran. Q CELLS was identified as an ideal module supply partner for the project, having secured a carbon footprint (CFP) certification of 300 kg-eq/CO²/kWc for its Q.PEAK module range earlier this year. Such CFP certifications on solar modules are a requirement mandated by the French government in order to ensure that renewable energy growth is as environmentally friendly as possible. In order to be permitted to participate in France’s

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Updates strategically designed to bring faster service and expanded benefits to customers SMA America has unveiled multiple updates to its service center that were designed to facilitate even more efficient technical support. Key expansions include a new, larger central and string inverter laboratory. The service center also features a rooftop PV system that functions as a real-world lab while offsetting energy costs. The new features will improve the ability to simulate issues, troubleshoot calls and provide service training for customers. As a result of the updates, customers will directly benefit from quicker resolution. A benefit of the expanded lab is the ability for multiple representatives to work on problems simultaneously. The rapid-response troubleshooting keeps customer inquiries advancing quickly, allowing PV professionals in the field to get back to work. “These changes were conceived to serve our customer base with elevated technical support and to deliver best-in-class service,” said Charles Morrill, vice president of customer service with SMA America. “Our representatives are committed to streamlining customer inquiries in every phase of the plant life cycle.” The improvements to the service center provide expert support and mitigate customer risk for large-scale systems used by utilities, in storage power plants and PV hybrid systems. With the expanded

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Market leading Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) software company Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) today unveiled ANM Strata 2.0, the next generation of its award winning flagship product, following successful on-grid deployments and pilot projects in the US, UK and Germany. ANM Strata 2.0 is the most widely deployed and versatile DERMS on the market, with enhanced tools for data analytics, visualisation and application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow it to connect to many other software systems at utilities and the operators of DER. With rapidly increasing demand for renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy storage, ANM Strata 2.0 promises to accelerate the transformation of distribution network operators into distribution system operators (DSOs). SGS has pioneered an approach to DERMS that is unique in the market, with over ten years of full commercial deployments on multiple continents. The pioneering approach to ANM permits a layered approach to DERMS that means ANM Strata 2.0 can continue to manage the system and maximise grid access for DER without being susceptible to the data issues that so often encumber other more traditional approaches and result in reduced grid access for DER. Significantly, ANM Strata 2.0 allows existing SGS customers to improve the financial returns from their

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Alencon will feature the latest version of its SPOT solar DC-DC optimizer as well as its new BOSS Storage-focused DC-DC optimizer along with other new products and technology at SPI 2019 Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC will demonstrate its expanded line-up of unique DC-DC optimizers and other power electronics technology for the solar and storage industries at SPI 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah September 24 – 26 in booth #2629. The Alencon products on display at SPI will include the SPOT Version 6, the newest version of Alencon’s industry leading solar string DC-DC optimizer, the BOSS, Alencon’s bi-directional DC-DC optimizer for storage systems, and the GARD, Alencon’s solution for string level arc and ground fault detection and rapid disconnect. Additionally, Alencon will be showcasing its vastly improved Internet of Things (IoT) technology suite collectively known as the ACE – the Alencon Communications Environment. “The past year has been one of tremendous growth from both a commercial and technical perspective for Alencon’s unique products for solar and storage applications” says Hanan Fishman, Alencon Systems President. “SPI will be a great opportunity for alternative energy industry professionals to see Alencon’s new offerings first hand and understand how these products can

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Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd. gets SEBI approval to float IPO Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd, a global pure-play, end-to-end Solar EPC solutions provider, has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to float an initial public offering. The capital markets regulator issued its final observations on SWSL’s IPO proposal on July 4, 2019, according to information on the SEBI website. SWSL had filed its draft red herring prospectus for the IPO with SEBI on April 15, 2019 this year. Sebi's observations are necessary for any company to launch public issues like initial public offer, follow-on public offer (FPO) and right issue. The total IPO size is about Rs 4,500 crore. The IPO will be an offer for sale by company’s chairman Khurshed Yazdi Daruvala and Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited (Together, the Promoter Selling Shareholders) ICICI Securities Limited, Axis Capital Limited, Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited, Deutsche Equities India Private Limited, IIFL Holdings Limited, SBI Capital Markets Limited are the global coordinator and book running lead managers and IndusInd Bank Limited YES Securities (India) Limited are the book running lead manager to the issue. The shares of Sterling and Wilson are proposed to be listed on BSE and NSE.

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DNV GL acts as technical advisor for south-east Asia’s largest floating PV public tender at Singapore’s Tengeh Reservoir The first-of-its-kind 50 MW project could reduce Singapore’s carbon footprint by the equivalent removing 6,000 cars off local roads First large-scale public tender for floating PV technology in south-east Asia Singapore, 4th July 2019 – DNV GL has been contracted by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, as technical advisor for the 50 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project at the Tengeh Reservoir in Singapore. Once completed, the floating solar project will be one of the largest single floating solar systems in the world. The project is south-east Asia’s largest public tender for floating PV to date and will feature a pioneering business model consisting of both conventional and renewable energy components. DNV GL will support PUB throughout the tender preparation, bidding, design, construction and operational phases of the project. The Tengeh Reservoir floating solar PV project is due to be operational by 2021. It will power the reservoir’s water treatment facilities, eliminating 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year – the equivalent of about 6000 cars. Despite having limited renewable energy options, Singapore has made firm commitments to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Solar

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The engineering group presents its results for 2018, which show an increase in EBITDA of 22.5%, a profit before taxes of 29.2 million euros—27.7% higher than in 2017—and an investment in R&D that remains above 20 million euros. Madrid (Spain), July 3, 2018 -. The engineering group SENER has published its Annual Report, which details the key facts regarding its projects, social action activities, and financial results obtained during the 2018 financial year. Under the catch line ‘Contigo vamos a más’ (With you we aim higher), the document is available on the SENER corporate website in Spanish and English. An exercise in structural and management changes One of the most noteworthy milestones of the previous year was the acquisition of 100% of the TRYO Aerospace & Electronics group (which includes the companies TRYO Aerospace Flight Segment and RYMSA RF) which specializes in the design and manufacture of radio frequency communications equipment for the aerospace sector, with great technological, commercial, and operational synergies with SENER. With this operation, SENER has strengthened its position as a leading international supplier of aerospace components and systems. In parallel, the organizational structure of the SENER group changed, as it separated its aerospace activities from the subsidiary SENER Ingeniería y

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Q CELLS expands its portfolio for business customers in Germany, now offering direct marketing of solar power from PV plants of 100 kWp and up. This new offer complements Q CELLS' existing portfolio of high performance solar modules based on its proprietary Q.ANTUM technology and its self-developed Q.FLAT-G5 installation system for flat roofs. Now, companies looking to use solar power to increase their sustainability and gain a competitive edge can turn to Q CELLS as their one-stop shop for a complete solar power solution. Small and medium-sized businesses in Germany have long since recognized the potential of solar power. In 2018, solar systems in the 100 to 750 kWp range claimed a 47%* market share - the biggest segment in the German solar market. With over 560 MWp, most of the sales went to PV systems between 600 and 750 kWp. Companies are powerful drivers behind the growth of solar energy in Germany and thus behind the energy turnaround in the country. Considering the extremely low electricity production costs of solar power, however, this market segment still holds a great deal of untapped potential. The goal is therefore to make solar power more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses and eliminate current obstacles. One such obstacle clearly is the regulation stating that surplus power generated by PV systems between

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Augsburg / Athens, July 3, 2019 – meteocontrol GmbH, the leading provider of independent monitoring and control systems, has formed an exclusive sales partnership with Synergia Technical & Consulting S.A. The Greek PV service provider for technical operation management and consulting services will now handle sales of meteocontrol solar power forecasts in Greece and Cyprus. This will provide a crucial regional partner for meteocontrol, which operates one of the world’s largest measuring networks that gathers real-time monitoring data of more than 45,000 PV systems and uses advanced forecast models based on machine-learning methods. “Reliable solar power forecasts are a precondition for operators of PV systems who want to be competitive by making optimal energy offers,” said Nikos Konstantinias, the President and Managing Director of Synergia Technical & Consulting S.A. “The scope of their profits and losses ultimately depends on these forecasts. By combining the real-time data of all solar systems in the market, meteocontrol’s solar power forecasts and feed-in extrapolations are among the world’s most reliable. We can now produce them for every system location in Greece and Cyprus. We’re looking forward to the partnership and are really happy that meteocontrol has placed its confidence in us.” With law 4414/2016, the Greek

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