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RESOL has developed an economical solution for using excess current produced by PV systems – the DeltaTherm® PV immersion heater controller. This new controller can be fitted to all stores equipped with an electric immersion heater and is very easy to install, thus saving time and money. The controller reliably detects excess current and calculates the energy available. It then redirects the energy to a variable electric heater of up to 3 kW for heating the store. In this way, the excess power of a PV system can be converted into thermal energy and stored as renewable energy. The intelligent control helps by using more regenerative power for yourself and decreasing heating costs. All the while household power has absolute priority and grid compliance is maintained. Further information can be found at www.resol.com – or stop by at the RESOL trade fair booth at the ISH 2017 in Frankfurt, hall 9.1, booth A96!

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Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s leading solar energy company, has completed the purchase of a 1.32MWp portfolio of residential solar installations. The portfolio is comprised of 469 installations across the UK from Ecos Solar Nine in a deal valued at £2.3million. As part of the deal, Lightsource will receive the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) payments from the installations and will manage the maintenance of the systems for the length of the FIT term. The latest portfolio, which has an average installation size of 2.8kWp, was introduced to Lightsource by real estate specialists Strutt & Parker. Lightsource is looking to substantially invest into its residential rooftop portfolio over the next five years. The company is currently exploring opportunities to purchase both domestic and commercial systems in 2017. Lightsource has also recently launched a new buyback scheme that allows businesses and homeowners to realise a cash lump sum for their existing rooftop solar installations. With the largest solar O&M fleet in Europe, at just under 2GW, the company has invested heavily in its best-in-class monitoring infrastructure, which allows its in-house team to monitor hundreds of thousands of PV systems. Clients can be assured that they will receive the best possible performance from their system in terms of electricity

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The potential of photovoltaics (PV) has not yet been exhausted. Both industry and research continue to work intensively on increasing the efficiency and reducing the costs of solar cells, the basic component of every PV power plant. Now researchers at Fraunhofer ISE have produced a multicrystalline silicon solar cell with 21.9 percent efficiency, successfully bringing the world record back to Freiburg.   Higher efficiencies and optimized processing steps are decisive for decreasing the cost of solar electricity even further. Both of these are an integral part of the photovoltaic research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. With its newest efficiency value, the Freiburg researchers have once again broken a world record: A multicrystalline silicon solar cell converts 21.9 percent of the incident sunlight into electricity. As in the years from 2004 to 2015, Fraunhofer ISE again holds the world’s record for multicrystalline silicon. The record solar cell consists of n-type high performance multicrystalline silicon, or HP mc-Si. Compared to p-type silicon, this material shows a higher tolerance to impurities, especially iron. The industrial production today uses multicrystalline p-type silicon material with average solar cell efficiencies of about 19 percent. The new material and technology approaches applied by Fraunhofer ISE

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For the second year in a row, Jinko Solar is ranked among the top module manufacturers based on recommendation levels by British installers. Therefore, Jinko Solar receives the “Top Brand PV | Modules” seal in the United Kingdom from the German market research specialist EuPD Research. Bonn. Participants of the “Global PV Installer Monitor 2016/2017 UK” positively rated Jinko Solar as above average in regard to brand awareness and brand management. Furthermore, Jinko Solar is ranked among the top module manufacturers based on the recommendation of by British PV installers. The survey participants claim they are highly likely to recommend Jinko Solar to their customers. Therefore, for the second year in a row, EuPD Research honours the module manufacturer with the coveted award  “TOP BRAND PV | Modules”.   "We are very proud to receive this independent seal from a well-reputed independent institute like EuPD Research for the second consecutive year and would like to thank all the participating clients very much for their trust and positive feedback." Frank Niendorf, General Manager Europe at Jinko Solar, commented.  "The positive and continuously improving brand perception of Jinko as one of the leading brands is another step to further strengthening Jinko as the

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The PV plant has an installed capacity of 28 MW and it is already grid connected 8th February 2017. Global Energy Services (GES) completed the construction of the first utility-scale PV plant in Jamaica. The 28 MW plant is a big step ahead for the renewable industry in the Caribbean country. Jamaica´s commitment to renewable energy should avoid the current high fuel dependency of the country. After some wind installation projects in Jamaica, this is the first PV Project executed by GES in country. According to Luis Ares, GES´Chief Operation Officer, “The execution of a project in a country where the renewable energy activity is just starting is always a challenge; but thanks to our experience we have the required flexibility and can deliver same high standards all over the world. This first PV plant in Jamaica is an important milestone for GES, because of the scope of the project and the great potential of the renewable energy in the country." With the plant's connection to the grid, GES adds 150 MW to the solar construction activity and starts 2017 with great expectations in this field. GES is working to continue increasing the income from the solar activity in the near future. This

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Augsburg, February 16, 2017 – The Chilean government continues to pursue its planned energy transition with the installation of 300 PV systems on top of public buildings. In collaboration with Ingetrace SPA, meteocontrol has won the call for tenders for monitoring the first 103 rooftop systems as part of the "Programa de Techos Solares Públicos (PTSP)". The Augsburg-based PV service provider already supplied the cooperation partner in Santiago de Chile with 119 data loggers as well as sensors in December 2016. Therefore, meteocontrol has been able to bolster its presence in one of South America's most important PV markets. The goal is to equip all 300 PV systems under the Public Solar Rooftop Program in Chile with a monitoring system and to monitor them centrally via an online platform by 2018. Together with its cooperation partner Ingetrace, meteocontrol has been awarded the contract for monitoring 103 PV systems on top of public buildings in North and Central Chile, which have a total capacity of approximately 3.3 MWp. "From the beginning on, we have worked extremely well together", explains Ingetrace Managing Director, Fernando de la Rosa. "We're thrilled to have such an experienced and well-established company as meteocontrol on our side. Everyone involved

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FREMONT, Calif. — February 14, 2017. SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SEDG), a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 Highlights * Revenues for the quarter of $111.5 million * GAAP gross margin for the quarter of 35.0% * GAAP operating income for the quarter of $15.1 million * GAAP net income for the quarter of $9.8 million * Non-GAAP net income for the quarter of $14.7 million * GAAP net diluted earnings per share for the quarter of $0.22 * Non-GAAP net diluted earnings per share for the quarter of $0.32 * 413 Megawatts (AC) of inverters shipped for the quarter “We focused this quarter on the ramp up of manufacturing new products, including the HD Wave inverter which is now available worldwide. We continued our cost reduction measures yielding solid operating income and record gross margin despite lower revenues than in previous quarters,” said Guy Sella, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SolarEdge. “We remain confident in our ability to grow revenues and profitability in 2017.” Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 Summary The Company reported revenues of $111.5 million, 13% down from the prior quarter and of 11% year over year. GAAP

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Zorlu Solar to become major distributor of First Solar modules in 26 countries MAINZ, Germany/ISTANBUL, Turkey, 14 February, 2017 – First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it has entered into a collaborative sales agreement with Zorlu Holding, A.S., a Turkish business and industrial conglomerate, to distribute its high-performance thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules in 26 selected markets. The sales agreement is the latest of its kind to be signed by First Solar as part of the expansion of its global commercial footprint. In 2015, First Solar also entered into a strategic alliance with Caterpillar to market and sell Cat-branded solar panels, manufactured by First Solar, through its worldwide Cat dealer network   Under the five-year agreement, Zorlu will become a major distributor of First Solar’s modules in Turkey, Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to selling PV modules in these markets, Zorlu Solar will undertake its own project development activity and will power its successful projects with First Solar technology. “First Solar’s leading-edge technology has made it an important contributor to the growth of Turkey’s solar energy industry. As a major distributor of these high-performance

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InnoLas Solutions GmbH, the leading German laser equipment company for micro material processing and laser engineering, is pleased to announce the appointment of Antonio Schmidt in the role of Vice President of Business Development. Antonio has an impressive background in sales, business development and strategic marketing. He brings in more than 20 years’ professional experience in the high tech equipment industry, establishing worldwide sales and services for new industries and emerging markets. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome such an experienced professional,” said Richard Grundmüller, founder of InnoLas Solutions. “Antonio´s profound knowledge of the industry in both sales and marketing is a valuable asset that will help us to expand our business into world leading tech accounts from the automotive, electronics and semiconductor industries in the next future. He will transform our new applications into processes and products that optimally benefit our customer’s needs.” Antonio comes to InnoLas from his previous role as Vice President Sales & Marketing at a leading German equipment manufacturer where he was responsible for all worldwide sales activities, including batteries, displays and electronics. Prior to that, he held different positions in the optical disc equipment industry. He commented: “I look forward to expanding InnoLas Solutions’ business globally and leveraging

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A 220 kV underground cable will link 102 turbines to the grid to power 500,000 homes “We are proud to be involved in a world-leading project of this significance for the UK renewable energy sector,” said Llyr Roberts, Prysmian UK CEO  Milan, 30 January 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has secured a £ 27 million contract with East Anglia One Limited to supply and install the land cable connection for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.  Comprising of 102 turbines, the £ 2.5 billion wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 500,000 homes. The contract involves the supply and installation of a 220 kV double circuit from the Bawdsey shore landing to a new substation in Bramford – covering a route of some 37 km. Prysmian is responsible for the system design, supply, installation and testing of the cables and their accessories.  The underground high voltage cables will be manufactured by Prysmian and installed by its UK-based installation division, relying on the expertise of its technical design team. The company has an excellent track record of installation works of this type in the UK, including the land connection for the Gwynt y Môr wind

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