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135 NU-RD300 panels with a total power plant size of 40.5 kW were installed on three different buildings. The goal of the project was to deliver a premium solar photovoltaics (PV) system to a client in the Arctic Circle that required the modules to withstand extreme temperature conditions. The panels of the NU-RD series were chosen because of their ability to withstand those conditions as well as their sleek, black design. As the panels on the roofs are seen by the hotel guests, they should be visually appealing as well. The cost of the whole project will amortise within nine years. Using sustainable energy-sourcing in Santa Claus’s hometown SantaPark is located in the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, known as the official hometown of Santa Claus in Northern Finland. The city offers a wide variety of Christmas-related attractions, including SantaPark and the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. Both depend on snowy white winters to be enjoyed to the fullest; therefore, they care deeply for the fragile nature of the Arctic region. The installation of the solar panels drastically decreases the carbon footprint of the attractions, thereby also reducing the energy costs. The project started in April 2018, when Ilkka Länkinen (CEO SantaPark)

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− Data from leading PV consulting organization Globenergia reveals Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK-G4.1 monocrystalline module is Poland’s best-seller − Ranking follows 12 months of outstanding market growth for Hanwha Q CELLS, with more than 55 MW of modules sold − Szymon Kurjanski, Area Sales Manager of Poland at Hanwha Q CELLS, said: “The Polish solar market has scaled rapidly in 2018, and we are proud to have risen to a position as market leader in what promises to be an even more dynamic market in 2019.” [Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or “The Company”), the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), can today confirm that its Q.PEAK-G4.1 monocrystalline solar modules are the best-selling solar panels in Poland, according to leading Polish PV consulting organization, Globenergia. his data reflects what has been a strong 12 months for Hanwha Q CELLS in the dynamic Polish solar market. Having sold only 7 MW of solar modules in 2017, Hanwha Q CELLS is on course to surpass 55 MW of module sales in 2018 – a figure that represents almost 50% of the

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Smart Inverter Capabilities and Leading Safety Features Offer Ideal Solution ROCKLIN, Calif. — December 18, 2018 — SMA is pleased to announce that its Sunny Tripower CORE1 commercial solution will now be offered with SMA Smart Connected, a proactive O&M solution powered by ennexOS that cuts truck rolls in half and saves service costs throughout the lifetime of a commercial system. SMA has also begun shipping new models of the CORE1 with expanded power classes and enhanced safety features. “With its smart inverter capabilities, industry-leading safety features and newly available 33.3kW, 50kW and 62.5kW power ratings, the Sunny Tripower CORE1 is a versatile, comprehensive solution for commercial solar installers,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial Business Unit. “This solution is fully equipped for safe, reliable, cost-effective power production.” SMA Smart Connected provides continuous inverter monitoring, system notifications and automatic shipping of replacement parts or inverters when needed — even before a system owner notices an interruption or drop in energy production. This ultimately increases productivity time for installers to generate more business and work on new installations. When installers choose SMA’s CORE1, they can do so knowing that SMA leads the industry in providing solutions that meet the latest

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− Hanwha Q CELLS passed the 10 GW production mark for its proprietary Q.ANTUM solar cell technology − The Company will end 2018 having produced more than 2.5 billion individual Q.ANTUM cells since commencing commercialization in 2012 − Hanwha Q CELLS CTO Dr. Daniel Jeong remarked: “Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.ANTUM technology has been a real game-changer – not just in underpinning the Company’s renowned Q.PEAK and Q.PLUS module series, but also in terms of raising standards in module performance and efficiency throughout the solar industry. We are proud to have surpassed 10 GW of production and enter 2019 looking to accelerate Q.ANTUM’s growth towards the 20 GW milestone.” [Berlin, Germany, December 17, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS (collectively referring to Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HQCL as well as Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corporation) (or the “Company”), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it has surpassed the 10 GW threshold for production of the Company’s proprietary Q.ANTUM cell technology. This production landmark was achieved earlier this year, and Hanwha Q CELLS is on course to end 2018 having produced more than 2.5 billion Q.ANTUM solar cells since first mass-commercializing the technology in

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Beauty and brains combined in world premier of dutch design façade Today the innovative, energy-producing design façade of Dutch team Studio Solarix has been launched at the Kuijpers building in the Eindhoven region. The sustainable design demonstrates a seamless blend of solar energy, interactivity and design. This accomplishment is the result of an intense cooperation between Studio Solarix, Kuijpers, Kameleon Solar and Sorba. This project was made possible thanks to support from SPARK Campus and the city of Helmond. Helmond marks the first application of the start-up’s integrated concept on this scale. The next project, the façade of a new, healthy work environment Pharos in Hoofddorp, will follow next year. Studio Solarix is a collaboration of artist and designer Reinier Bosch and architect Marloes van Heteren, whose ambition is to upscale the principle of ‘solar design’ worldwide. Both founders received a Dutch Design Award for the Solarix design to make buildings more sustainable, connective and appealing. Aukje Kuijpers, CEO of Kuijpers and 2018 Dutch Businesswoman of the Year, immediately saw the potential of Solarix and adopted their concept as launching customer. Kuijpers is a national service partner, engineer and designer of technical solutions for buildings. Their portfolio consists of museums such as the

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) signed a major strategic contract for its Heterojunction (HJT) and SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT™). A leading non-Chinese solar company has ordered core equipment for a 600 MW Heterojunction and SWCT™ integrated production line. With this order, the customer has chosen today’s most advanced industrialized PV manufacturing platform in order to achieve solar modules with leading-edge Watt performance.Initial delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2019 with the start of cell and module production planned in the second half of 2019. The total manufacturing capacity is scheduled to be in full production by the first quarter of 2020. In total, the contract is worth around CHF 74 million. For Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger, this agreement is game-changing: “This strategically important order from a well-established and highly respected cell module manufacturer is a real breakthrough. It not only confirms our technology leadership but also substantially strengthens the market acceptance and credibility for our Heterojunction and SmartWire technologies.” Cutting edge technologies for solar cell production Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology combines the benefits of crystalline silicon solar cells with those of thin film technologies. It enables solar cells to achieve markedly higher efficiencies. Due to the

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“Godfather of Solar” won award for contributions to solar energy industry at NYC Black-Tie Event   New York City, NY (December 13 2018) – Ron Corio was named a Lifetime Achiever at the 2018 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards held in New York City last week. Hosted by S&P Global Platts, independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, the annual awards program honors organizations and individuals in the energy industry who are dedicated to achieving excellence. “Receiving this award is one of the greatest professional honors that I have had the pleasure of experiencing,” said Ron Corio, Founder and chief innovation officer at Array Technologies, “To be recognized among such a group of distinguished individuals within the energy industry is humbling, and to have been awarded is absolutely remarkable. The renewable energy sector has been my life’s work and my passion.” Ron built his first solar tracker in 1989. Inspired by nature and informed from experience, Ron has continued to innovate through simple, durable system design. Ron’s career has included a series of groundbreaking inventions that pioneered the development of large-scale solar power plants. He transformed the economics of solar and helped it rise as a true competitor to fossil fuels. “We

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Joint testing by two leading U.S. PV power electronics manufacturers proves technology interoperability Hatboro, PA and Lawrence, MA – Yaskawa Solectria Solar, the leading U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer and Alencon Systems, the leading U.S. manufacturer of galvanically isolated DC-DC converters and optimizers have partnered to provide a solution for repowering 600V PV plants. The partners proudly announce the compatibility of their unique products, Alencon’s String Power Optimizer and Transmitter – the SPOT and Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s XGI 1000 transformerless string inverter. Interoperability was confirmed during extensive compatibility testing of the two units at Alencon’s world-class power electronics laboratory located at their Hatboro, PA headquarters. Testing included operating the XGI 1000 inverter in a constant voltage mode, where the SPOT performs string level maximum power point tracking while providing the XGI 1000 a fixed voltage that allows it to run at its maximum efficiency. The integration of the Alencon SPOT and Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s XGI 1000 offers end users a tested and complete solution for repowering 600V PV plants with new high efficiency inverters and optimizers. The updated PV array will be able to remain negatively or positively grounded as originally designed. Both the SPOT and XGI series inverter are designed, tested and

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Munich/Pforzheim, December 12, 2018 – Across the world, large energy storage installations are increasingly being coupled with systems for using renewable energies – be they virtual power plants, photovoltaic (PV) power plants, or wind farms. The potential offered by these large-scale storage systems is particularly clear when they are used in conjunction with PV, because solar power is becoming ever more affordable thanks to the continuously falling prices of PV systems. And these savings create more scope for investing in supplementary storage solutions. The combination of PV and storage systems provides important services for supply security and grid stability for the energy world of the future. It also creates tangible financial incentives, since large energy storage systems in particular afford operators the opportunity to earn additional income, for instance from arbitrages, frequency services and – in countries like the UK – capacity market earnings. Trailblazing investors, project designers and technology suppliers from all over the world will convene at ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most-visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, in Munich from May 15–17, 2019. Solar and wind energy are becoming increasingly affordable and are already displacing fossil fuels. Many current studies confirm the rapid pace of development, including the levelized cost

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Minimizing the water consumption of Solar Thermal Power (CSP) plants is an important issue, as this kind of solar power generation is often found in arid areas where the solar irradiation is high. Since these regions are also dusty, the associated yield reduction due to local dust deposition and the costs of cleaning are relevant factors. Particularly in regions lacking water, innovative water saving solutions for cooling and mirror cleaning are needed to significantly reduce the water consumption of solar thermal power plants. Any conflict of water use should be avoided to allow high acceptance of the technology. In the MinWaterCSP project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE worked together with its partners on several approaches to reduce the water consumption in CSP plants. ColSimCSP, CSP Simulation Software The simulation tool for the dynamic simulation of thermal processes, including CSP, has been employed in many research projects as the main tool for system simulation and optimization. Within the MinWaterCSP project, ColSimCSP has been further developed by Fraunhofer ISE, now allowing water and wastewater flows in CSP plants to be comprehensively modeled. Not only the water demand itself but also the water quality (Total Dissolved Solids – TDS), and the energy

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