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Inosolar and SolarWorld start exclusive partnership SolarWorld Industries and Turkish solar EPC and distributing company Inosolar  announced to cooperate as exclusive partners for the growing Turkish market. Both companies further agreed on shipments of about more than 60 MW of solar modules to Turkey during first half of 2018. The companies signed respective contracts during a visit of Inosolar’s management to SolarWorld’s module manufactory in Freiberg, Germany. Basis for Inosolar picking SolarWorld as supplier for the Turkish market is the manufacturer’s decades long experience in producing solar cells and modules of extraordinary longevity, reliability and high power. Ismet Ersoy, managing director of Inosolar: „We’re delighted to cooperate with a manufacturing partner committed more than anybody else to quality and sustainability. This focus on quality is a key factor for our business in Turkey and above.“ Inosolar already accomplished several solar projects using SolarWorld products. SolarWorld Industries is the leading European manufacturer of so-called PERC high efficiency solar cells and modules. During 2017 it has converted its production facilities entirely to this technology. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Frank Asbeck, managing director of SolarWorld Industries GmbH: „Inosolar is a loyal and extraordinarily capable partner. We’re looking forward to cooperate exclusively with Inosolar to supply the growing Turkish market.

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Hamburg, January 15, 2018. Luxcara, one of the leading asset managers for renewable energy investments, has acquired the solar project El Salobral located in the southern Spanish municipality of Espejo. El Salobral will be realized in late summer 2018. Completion and connection to the grid are planned for the second part of 2018. The plant is located between Córdoba and Málaga and will have a projected capacity of approximately 45 MWp. El Salobral will sell the produced electricity directly to an off-taker on the basis of a power purchase agreement (PPA). The solar park is situated in the intensely sunny region of Andalusia. Because of its high specific yield, the location is exceptionally well suited to long-term solar power generation, which promises a reliable return for the investors. El Salobral was acquired for a portfolio for institutional investors. "We are very happy to realize a solar project in Spain under free market conditions. El Salobral allows us to invest in a solar market with one of the strongest growth potentials in Europe," says Dr. Alexandra von Bernstorff, managing partner of Luxcara. About Luxcara Luxcara is an independent asset manager that creates investment opportunities in renewable energy and infrastructure for institutional investors. The owner-managed company

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Geislingen/Binsdorf, Germany,  11 January 2018 – For Solar-Log™ globally, 2017 was the year of new product launches, much deserved industry recognition, and fleet size milestones. Solar-Log™ launched new products, was recognized by two of the industry’s top research titans, and far surpassed fleet size expectations. 110 countries, 273,098 monitored PV plants, 12 GWp total output. Solar-Log™ is now monitoring 273,098 solar PV plants across 110 countries with a combined output reaching 12 GWp. In 2017, international research firms GTM Research and Navigant Research confirmed Solar-Log's position as a market leader for inverter-independent monitoring systems for residential and commercial solar PV plants. These numbers are particularly remarkable considering that the competition in the pv monitoring sector is very strong. The 2018 forecast for the global expansion of solar is 108 GWp. China alone will account for half of this growth according to the IHS Markit institute. Solar-Log™ plans on continuing growth globally, including in the key markets in India, China, and the U.S. Residential Plants with the Gateway Solar-Log 50 Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) introduced the new Solar-Log 50 Gateway at the end of the year. This residential solution is DIN rail mountable and developed for the price-sensitive small PV plant market segment. The Gateway can

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Continuing its strategy of proximity, aiming to offer its customers the high quality service, Imeon Energy opens a Service Center in Melbourne, Australia. This follows the opening of the French Center covering Europe and the one in South Africa at the end of 2016. A year after its introduction to the Australian audience, Imeon Energy has made itself known in this important market, by swiftly assigning multiple resellers and initiating tremendous demand for its hybrid inverters. IMEON products have quickly took position as the indispensable element of any photovoltaic solar installation in the country. They stand out from the crowd as a concentrate of technology and innovation which perfectly meets the requirements and high expectations of the local public. The hybrid Imeon inverters are particularly appreciated for the smart management of self-consumption with storage, but the fact that the inverters come with embedded artificial intelligence plays an important role as well. Indeed, thanks to the implementation of an AI, Imeon predicts, anticipates and learns which, combined with multitude of downloadable applications, allows it to improve its overall performance and effortlessly integrate feature updates. "After France and South Africa, the opening of this Service Center in Melbourne is the answer to the need of

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Munich, 11 January 2017: BayWa r.e. has commissioned the Lacs Médocains solar farm near Bordeaux in France. The plant has a total capacity of around 41 MWp, enabling it to supply around 20.000 households with green power. BayWa r.e. is planning to secure long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with terms of up to 20 years for the project. “Thanks to our project management expertise and BayWa r.e.'s own system design, we were able to complete the project on schedule, despite the very limited timeline for construction imposed by the environmental prescription and the commissioning deadline,” says Benedikt Ortmann, Managing Director at BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH. “Next to providing a reliable source of green energy, we are pleased to announce that we will implement an educational and environmental programme on site. Following the completion of the project, a nature trail is being implemented on the premises. This trail will not only provide information on the plant and the flora and fauna in the area but also on solar energy and its benefits in general. In addition to visitors from the region, the path will also be intended for use by local school classes – this offer will be supported financially by BayWa

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Continuing its strategy of proximity, aiming to offer its customers the high quality service, Imeon Energy opens a Service Center in Melbourne, Australia. This follows the opening of the French Center covering Europe and the one in South Africa at the end of 2016. A year after its introduction to the Australian audience, Imeon Energy has made itself known in this important market, by swiftly assigning multiple resellers and initiating tremendous demand for its hybrid inverters. IMEON products have quickly took position as the indispensable element of any photovoltaic solar installation in the country. They stand out from the crowd as a concentrate of technology and innovation which perfectly meets the requirements and high expectations of the local public. The hybrid Imeon inverters are particularly appreciated for the smart management of self-consumption with storage, but the fact that the inverters come with embedded artificial intelligence plays an important role as well. Indeed, thanks to the implementation of an AI, Imeon predicts, anticipates and learns which, combined with multitude of downloadable applications, allows it to improve its overall performance and effortlessly integrate feature updates. "After France and South Africa, the opening of this Service Center in Melbourne is the answer to the need of

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Sharp partners with HKW Solar Energy Systems on innovative solar solution London, January 10, 2018 – Solar energy services company HKW-Solar-Energiesysteme has designed a unique solar solution, with Sharp’s NQ-R256A back-contact modules as the basis. The innovative Solar Tower stands up to eight meters tall, and applies 15 years of experience in the solar industry to offer an alternative energy solution for business and home owners short on space. Developed by HKW-Solar-Energiesysteme in Höxter (Germany), the solar tower is available up to eight meters high with 20 or 16 Sharp modules, or at six meters high with 12 modules. The tower fits in any garden and only needs a small amount of space to gather and save solar energy. The largest of the three different solar towers delivers up to five kilowatts of installed power; 26% more power compared with 270W standard modules. Arndt Peters, Sales Manager of HKW Solar Energy Systems UG, said: "There is currently no comparable solution on the market. We chose Sharp's NQR256A PV module for its compact size and high performance within a small footprint." "The solar tower should not be regarded as a competition for a roof installation, but rather as a system that can be used to

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TS4-F (Fire Safety) is the first to support SunSpec Alliance signaling specifications with all safety capabilities. Los Gatos, CA, January 8, 2018 – Tigo®, pioneer of the Smart Modular Flex MLPE platform, today Tigo®, pioneer of the Smart Modular Flex MLPE platform, today announced its new TS4-F (Fire Safety) to join the current TS4 Platform of integrated and retrofit/add-on junction box covers. As the most cost-effective rapid shutdown solution in the TS4 Platform, the TS4-F will accompany the family of products in the form of integrated PV modules by manufacturers worldwide. Consult your preferred PV module supplier or visit Tigo’s website for the new "integrated TS4-F" or "retrofit/add-on TS4-R-F," available in Q1 2018. As part of the TS4 Platform, the TS4-F utilizes the Ultra-High Definition Core (UHD-Core) and supports any PV module up to 475W with voltage up to 90V and current up to 12A. Furthermore, TS4-F uniquely supports the SunSpec Alliance signaling specification with powerline communication (PLC) and will work with any SunSpec-compliant rapid shutdown initiator. Tigo tested compatibility with multiple inverter suppliers – including SMA - and will continue to expand its compliant inverter portfolio. The highlights of TS4-F include: NEC 690.12 2017 Rapid Shutdown solution Compatible with all modules up to 475W Supports SunSpec

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 Solar PV power plants with a total capacity of 15MWp  BELECTRIC will take forward the projects as EPC contractor  Construction is planned to start beginning of this year;Commissioning anticipated Mid-2018 Vendres (France) – BELECTRIC has successfully sold two of its French solar projects to a Joint Venture of JP Énergie Environnement (51 %) and Caisse des Dépôts (49 %). BELECTRIC France has developed the solar plants with a combined size of around 15MWp. In March 2017 the projects were awarded a feed-in remuneration by the French government (bidding round „AO CRE4“). At the beginning of this year BELECTRIC will start as EPC (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) contractor the construction works on behalf of the new owners. Commissioning is anticipated in Mid-2018. “JPee is extremely proud of this agreement, we enjoyed a highly fruitful collaboration with a serious partner like BELECTRIC. The cooperation worked out really well. Our installed solar PV capacity is now around 72MWp. With these power plants, we will supply around 4,000 additional homes, totalling about 20,000 homes, or 65,000 people, for our entire solar portfolio”, notes Xavier Nass, Directeur Général at JPee. “We are very pleased with the signing of this agreement, which constitutes a first achievement for Caisse des Dépôts with

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With a capacity of 9.8MW, Celsia Solar Yumbo, built by Celsia, an energy company of the Argos group, becomes Colombia’s largest PV power plant and the first to be connected to the national grid ABB’s PVS800 central inverters are successfully feeding power to the National Interconnected System (SIN) of Colombia at the first megawatt-scale PV power plant in the country. The Celsia Solar Yumbo project, located in Valle de Cauca, Colombia, is the first PV power plant connected to the National Interconnected System. The project was constructed by Prodiel as an EPC and is operated by Celsia. Celsia Solar Yumbo takes its name from the thermo-Yumbo power plant that previously occupied the site, replacing the coal-fired power plant with clean, sustainable solar energy. The new solar power plant has a capacity of 9.8 MW, with a projected generation of 16.5 GWh of clean energy a year. ABB’s scope of supply comprised plug-and-play inverter and medium-voltage component stations for easy and rapid grid connection: five PVS800-MWS megawatt stations, containing a total of nine 1,000 kW PVS800-57 central inverters, five dry-type transformers, 36 kV ring main units (RMU) and auxiliary boards. The product scope was complemented with commissioning and training services on

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