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Today is the kick-off for what is becoming the largest solar park in Sweden. The plant is located near Säve airport and is part of a major investment in solar energy, made by the Swedish utility Göteborg Energi. The solar park in Säve, outside Gothenburg, will be the largest so far in Sweden covering 11-hectares, a little less than 16 football fields, with a capacity of 5.5 MW. It is expected to generate approximately 5,000 kWh of electricity a year, enough to satisfy the yearly electricity needs of 1,100 households. "With our investment we increase the production of renewable electricity and take another step towards a renewable energy system. We have always had great experience and relations with ABB and so it felt quite natural to include them in this journey,” says Alf Engqvist, Managing Director at Göteborg Energi. ABB is delivering a substation with switchgear, distribution transformers and relays, together with control equipment and inverters. Innovative solutions for solar power applications connected to the ABB AbilityTM platform, which enables smart monitoring, troubleshooting and control.   “It is great to be part of Sweden's largest solar energy investment, together with Göteborg Energi. The changeover to renewable energy sources in the electricity grid

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Flexible Residential Storage Solution Offers Holistic Home Energy Management ROCKLIN, Calif., September 12, 2018—SMA America has announced today that its highly-anticipated, UL listedSunny Boy Storage-US inverter, SMA’s solution for residential energy storage and management, is now shipping.   “The Sunny Boy Storage-US offers intelligent residential energy storage and is equipped with outstanding features and functions to reduce future electricity bills,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president for SMA’s Residential and Commercial business unit. “Combined with our other residential offerings, including the Power+ Solution, and equipped SMA Smart Connected, this solution will be a significant component for holistic home energy management with SMA.” Using an AC coupled architecture, the Sunny Boy Storage 3.8-US/5.0-US/6.0-US offers a simple, flexible platform for new and existing PV systems that is compatible with high-voltage battery manufacturers, such as BYD and other leading brands. Up to three high-voltage batteries can be connected to a single Sunny Boy Storage-US, which gives maximum flexibility by using different storage capacities, even from different battery brands, in parallel. The concept is future-proof, allowing installers to add more battery capacity at any time. The AC-coupled system simplifies installation, reduces labor, offers high flexibility for future system expansion and cuts balance-of-system costs versus a DC-coupled approach to store

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·         Schneider Electric opens its renewable energy and cleantech community to commercial and industrial companies globally ·         Businesses can join more than 100 current NEO Network members to access exclusive offers, market intelligence and assessment tools ·         New apps and analytics provide a data-driven, custom understanding of renewable energy opportunities LONDON, Sept. 12, 2018 – Schneider Electric today introduced Accelerator Access for its New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network™. The NEO Network is an online community that connects companies with resources and tools to identify, evaluate and advance renewable energy transactions and technologies. Commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses can now join the NEO Network at no cost. Members receive exclusive offers from developers, such as below-market pricing, and preferred terms and conditions. They can also access industry experts, peers and tools to make smart energy decisions and quickly meet sustainability goals. With over 100 members, the NEO Network is a fast-growing, global collective of corporations, developers and solution providerscommitted to buying and developing renewable energy and cleantech. The C&I companies in the network are responsible for more than 1.7 gigawatts of offsite power purchase agreements (PPAs). Companies at any stage of the often-complicated buying process can gain access to up-to-date market intelligence, explore project opportunities, interact with

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Wittenberg/Berlin, Germany, 12 September 2018 – Tesvolt, a manufacturer of storage systems for industry and commerce, has won the renowned German Entrepreneur Award. The distinction was handed over to the Wittenberg-based company yesterday at an award ceremony at the ZDF studio in Berlin. The panel of judges named Tesvolt one of the most successful start-ups in all of Germany in the past few years. The German Entrepreneur Award is presented each year in cooperation with partners from Stern magazine, Sparkassen savings cooperative, ZDF television and Porsche. Press photos are available here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-gewinnt-deutschen-gruenderpreis__prr28.html Flexible company organisation without a management level “Innovative start-ups shape tomorrow’s economy. We are very proud to be a part of it,” says Daniel Hannemann, Founder of Tesvolt. “Tesvolt has thrived from the start in great part thanks to the people who work here and our new, flexible company organisation. Executives don’t create a bottleneck in the process because our decisions are only made as a team, giving individuals a chance to optimally apply themselves and unlock their full potential. This enables a great degree of innovation.” Significant market potential Daniel Hannemann and Simon Schandert established the company in 2014. The two engineers started out by using their own savings to develop their

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Roquefort (47), September 11, 2018: REDEN Solar, a leading solar IPP from France, announced today that it successfully completed the refinancing of its Portuguese and Spanish assets, raising a total of € 100.5m in the process. This transaction takes the form of a 14-year non-recourse financing arranged by Natixis S.A. Sucursal en España. It restructures 13 historic loans contracted with 5 banks and involves around fifty photovoltaic power plants in operation in Portugal and Spain. Thierry Carcel, President of the REDEN Solar Group, said: "This refinancing operation was largely facilitated by the international reach of the Natixis Group, which enabled them to coordinate teams in 3 different countries and deal with the broad scope and complexity of the operation. This refinancing not only greatly simplifies the debt structure of our assets, but also improves our economic conditions, and allows us to generate a significant cash surplus. This, in turn, will enable us to continue to invest in the development and acquisition of new plants in the Iberian Peninsula, in Latin America, as well as in France, where we remain very active ". "We are very satisfied because completing an operation of this size and complexity proves that the market fully recognizes the excellent

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VARTA Storage has a growing network of partners, its most recent collaborations have been with EWE and innogy. VARTA Storage is focussing on the use and connectivity of energy storage systems in smart homes. • Cooperation with EWE for myEnergyCloud: More independence from the electricity market • Complete solution with innogy: Manage your own green electricity more flexibly • Energy storage in smart homes: Focus on connectivity • Energy monitor from Smappee shows savings potential Advantages on all sides: EWE electricity community and VARTA Storage The energy industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation, innovative concepts are in demand and collaborations are becoming increasingly important. The most recent example is the collaboration between VARTA Storage and the north German energy company EWE with EWE myEnergyCloud. Owners of private solar power systems in the electricity community can save their self-produced electricity like credits and retrieve it at any time. Their photovoltaic system and the electricity storage system from VARTA Storage therefore make them independent of the electricity market. With EWE myEnergyCloud, specialist trade companies receive a service that gives them competitive advantages. ‘The collaboration between EWE and VARTA Storage is a double win-win situation. For example, the VARTA energy storage system in conjunction with EWE’s cloud solution makes customers even

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Pasi Kautonen, Marketing Manager at Valoe Oyj, tells PES about the background and aspirations of this high-tech company. Their focus is on the developing high efficiency solar photovoltaic modules and automated module manufacturing technology. The company, originally named Cencorp, was founded in 1978. It soon acquired a reputation for innovative automatic robotic solutions for a wide range of industries. By the turn of the century, as a major global supplier of special components mainly for mobile phone industry, the company obtained advanced production and nano material experience in high efficiency laser technology and flexible back contact electrical circuits used for example in antennas inside mobile phones. By the end of the first decade of the millennium, Valoe moved its future business focus towards the upcoming and growing solar power industry. Through mergers and acquisitions backed by its own know-how of back contact technology Valoe started to implement its strategy to develop more sustainable, yet world leading, high efficiency solar modules and production technology. The company first started to develop and manufacture advanced back contact modules in Finland, which were based on polysilicon and monosilicon solar cells while also concentrating on enhancing automated production technology. In 2018 they launched their advanced and

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Using electricity and heat generated by the same installation is an effective way to increase efficiency in buildings — and also cut costs. In co-generation systems, the fuel, in this case gas, is used to generate electricity using a small gas turbine and the waste heat is used to heat the building and provide hot water. Wirral Metropolitan College, near Liverpool, is setting a good example in this field. The college has four campuses located around Birkenhead in the Wirral. By the end of the year, it will be using gas to cover most of its Twelve Quays campuses own day-to-day heat and electricity needs. Reducing dependence on electricity prices The sharp increases in electricity and gas prices, in the UK in recent years, make this transition a worthwhile investment for the college. ‘This is a demonstration project which is receiving funding from the local authorities as part of an extremely low energy agenda,’ says George Norrie, Technical Director at Scotia Energy, the project designers and integrators. Wirral Metropolitan College is the first public institution to benefit from a multi-million regeneration programme for the town of Birkenhead, just across the Mersey from Liverpool. Its new Wirral Waters campus is the first building completed

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Solar Power International, a massive three-day annual event, which is once again being held in Anaheim from September 24th to 27th. PES brings you a full preview. It’s exciting, it’s awesome, it’s the best yet and still not too late to get your ticket if you haven’t already done so. We look forward to meeting up with you. North America Smart Energy Week, powered by the leading solar organizations the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is the largest gathering of solar, smart energy, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cells professionals in North America looking to grow their renewable portfolio for businesses and communities. Anchored by the flagship event, Solar Power International (SPI), North America Smart Energy Week brings together an extensive alliance of renewable energy leaders for four days of networking, accredited educational events, and innovation that moves the industry forward. The industry’s success can be seen by the numbers - more than 10 GW of solar were installed in 2017, adding to a total of 56 GW across the country and powering 10.7 million homes. In the past five years, prices for installed solar have dropped by over half. Community solar is also booming,

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PES brings you a preview of the 12th Renewable Energy India 2018 Expo, which will be held between 18th-20th September 2018. The aim is empowering India’s renewables mission to a new high, with participants from all over the globe. Don’t miss out book your tickets now. A glimpse of the forthcoming REI 2018: • Asia’s most leading Renewable Energy Expo by UBM India from 18th-20th September, 2018; with 45 participating countries and 750+ exhibitors. • 3 - Day power packed conference – ‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’. Conference to highlight innovations, challenges and successful case studies and deliberations taking the sector forward. • India Clean Energy Days & International Matchmaking organised by Business Beyond Borders (BBB) together with European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and supported by European Commission • Bolstering Start-ups and SMEs with the launch of a Sunrisers pavilion • CEO Conclave • Finance Leadership Forum • Quality Round Table by PV magazine • Future Round Table by PV magazine • 4th edition of Renewable Energy India Awards on 17th September 2018: To recognize Innovation & Excellence in the Renewable Energy Industry The 12th edition of Renewable Energy India Expo (REI), hosted by UBM India, India’s leading exhibitions’ organiser, is all set to come back in a magnificent way

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