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The BELECTRIC PEG system design achieves a significant milestone for cost-effective solar PV power generation Kolitzheim, Germany - The 4.77MWp Chillamurra Solar Plant at Goondiwindi Queensland; developed and built by YD Projects Pty Ltd and expected to be commissioned in June this year is built with BELECTRIC’s innovative and cost-effective PEG PV power plant system. “We are satisfied from the experience with the PEG system at Goondiwindi. It offers great savings related to material supply, transportation and installation”, said Glenn Clark, YD Projects sales manager. “The PEG system’s simplicity and the cost-effective material supply and installations were clearly demonstrated during the Chillamurra Solar Plant. We believe the system has a great potential in Australia”. This fixed-tilt substructure which is ~80cm above ground offers significant CAPEX costs reduction compared to other substructure systems available in the market. Those saving are substructure material supply and logistics and installation costs. Two additional PEG systems will be built in Australia by the end of 2017, the 10.8MWp system at Barcaldine Queensland developed by YD Projects Pty Ltd and the 3.3MWp system at Dareton NSW developed by a German investor. Additional value of the PEG system is related to its uniquely efficient area consumption of 0.7 hectare per MWp.

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Nantes, France, June 19, 2017. QOS Energy, a leading renewable O&M analytics software provider, has completed the delivery of an innovative Energy Management System to SunHydrO, a combined renewable energy and storage R&D project led by French aggregator Sun’R Smart Energy. The SunHydrO project aims to foster the grid integration of variable renewable energy sources with the added flexibility offered by pumped hydro storage units. The increased penetration of renewable energy in the electricity network impacts grid balancing capabilities, and requires the introduction of additional flexibility to the energy system. Renewable energy, variable by nature, must also mitigate its exposition to electricity market prices and their associated risks. The efficient management of this variability can only be achieved by the use of flexible production assets, the control of electricity demand, and the development of networks and storage. The SunHydrO project can integrate distributed renewable energy into the grid by coupling it to a pumped hydro storage in a Virtual Power Plant, increasing both the flexibility and the value of the energy system on the electricity markets. Led by the French aggregator Sun’R Smart Energy, SunHydrO is a collaborative project involving more than 12 parties. The Energy Management System designed by QOS Energy

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Sharp Energy Solutions Europe at Intersolar 2017 Sharp Energy Solutions Europe presented an impressive array of products at Intersolar 2017, reaffirming its heavy investment in product development over the past 12 months. Intersolar plays host to over 900 providers of products and solutions for photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies and solar plants, grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy, and receives well over 50,000 visitors, making it the perfect showcase for Sharp Energy Solutions Europe products and services. Our stand this year covered everything from a highly efficient and award-winning 48-cell back-contact module to the flexible and easy to use "Smart Chap" energy management platform. The stand was busy for all three days of the show, with a great reaction from visitors, one commenting: ‘Sharp Energy Solutions Europe is the only supplier with a long history and a strong mother company behind. This makes them very reliable.’ For those who were unable to make it to Germany to visit the Sharp stand at Intersolar 2017 this year, we have brought together the highlights so you can experience the show as it happened. Sharp NQ-R256A (256 Wp) 48-cell back-contact module The Sharp stand showcased the full line-up of our PV module portfolio, ranging from high-end

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Driving the development of high performance heterojunction solar cells from R&D up to industrial mass production. PES asks Meyer Burger to bring us up to date on the continuous improvement which is enabling high efficiencies and reduced costs. At the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, a climate agreement was signed by 194 countries. Subsequently, these ratifying countries have set ambitious clean energy goals for the years to come. In order to keep up with the resulting growing demand for photovoltaic products, PV manufacturers along the entire value chain are expanding their production capacities tremendously. When acquiring PV manufacturing equipment, the focus lies on reducing production costs and increasing energy yield. With this in mind, Meyer Burger has developed the industry-proven Heterojunction Technology (HJT) and in doing so is setting the industry standard in the field of solar cell coating. Meyer Burger is continuously improving the HJT production process, today achieving an impressive > 23% in cell efficiency with minimal production costs by reducing the number of manufacturing steps compared to standard cell processes.

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From 31 May to 2 June 2017, IMEON ENERGY presented its new intelligent hybrid inverters at the Intersolar exhibition in Munich. Essence of technology and innovation, IMEON's inverter with its Artificial Intelligent is able to understand its environment in order to adapt its energy management strategy while respecting the objectives of the users: autonomy, lowering the energy bill, security of power supply….Visitors mainly appreciated the reliability and the adaptability of IMEON thanks to many downloadable applications designed both for individuals and professionals, allowing IMEON to continuously evolve and integrate new functionalities. Embedded Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Insid IMEON smart grid inverters for self-consumption are the heart of your solar installation. With a real conscience, IMEON adapts to its environment. Thanks to its Texas Instrument ARM Cortex processor, it is designed to progress and adapt to future technological and regulatory developments (connected objects, smart home, electric mobility

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Blaubeuren, June 12, 2017 – centrotherm photovoltaics AG is operating under the new name of centrotherm international AG from today. With the entry in the commercial register, the resolution of the Annual General Meeting on May 23, 2017 is legally effective. „centrotherm continues to progress and with the company also our business areas. In addition to the photovoltaic and semiconductor industry, we also intend to serve other industry sectors with our production solutions“, emphasized Jan von Schuckmann, CEO of centrotherm. „Customers from other sectors should also benefit from our core competencies in thermal processes and system building. This should already be reflected in our company name“, Jan von Schuckmann continued. Please also note our new address in Württemberger Str. 31 as well as our new English web address centrotherm.world About centrotherm international AG centrotherm has been developing and realizing innovative thermal solutions for over 50 years. As a leading and globally operating technology group, we offer production solutions for the photovoltaic, semiconductor and microelectronics industries. The continuous further development of our successful solutions in thermal processing and coating, such as for manufacturing crystalline solar cells and power semiconductors, form the basis for our successful partnerships with industry, research and development. Our customers worldwide appreciate our production systems'

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Guetenbach, 12 June 2017. RENA Technologies GmbH (Germany) and AIKO Solar Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (China) cooperate in the field of p-type crystalline silicon solar cell technology. RENA supports AIKO’s transfer to passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology on mono- and multicrystalline silicon and the two companies have agreed to cooperate in the field of plated front side electrodes to replace costly printed silver pastes. AIKO Solar Energy is currently migrating its production to PERC technology and takes advantage of the flexibility of RENA’s production equipment. Both the alkaline texturing equipment “RENA BatchTex” and edge isolation equipment “RENA InOxSide+“ allows tuning of the processes to achieve the desired surface morphology for the manufacturer’s PERC products. AIKO is fabricating both mono- and multicrystalline silicon solar cells with passivated surfaces and recently also launched its bifacial cell product line using monocrystalline silicon. “The RENA products allow us to easily adjust the processes to meet the technical requirement of the corresponding cell structure: we need different surface conditions for our different products. The texturing and edge isolation tools from RENA enable an easy change and adaption in the production“, explains Chairman Chen Gang from AIKO Solar Energy.

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Ø   This global presence has been boosted with the opening of new subsidiaries in Honduras and Bulgaria. Ø  As an ISP, the company has strengthened its global leadership position in the provision of power plant Operation & Maintenance Services. Ingeteam has opened a new subsidiary in Uruguay and another in Bulgaria, thereby increasing its global presence to a total of 22 countries. Both subsidiaries are geared to the renewables sector, specifically solar and photovoltaic energy. In Honduras, local personnel are already working at a number of sites while, in Bulgaria, company personnel are performing maintenance work at the country's largest photovoltaic plant. The company first entered the market in Honduras with projects for the renewables sector, primarily for the PV sector, to become the leading provider of Operation and Maintenance services in Latin America, where it has maintenance contracts for 2.5 GW. Ingeteam is present in this country through the provision of maintenance services at PV plants, totaling 82 MW and accounting for 20 % of the country's total installed power. Honduras is firmly committed to renewable energies, with an incentive policy approved in 2013 through the Law for the Promotion of Electricity Generation from Renewable Resources. This has boosted the growth of the installed renewable

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A milestone for the Indian PV market New Delhi, 9 June 2017 – The Indian solar module manufacturer Vikram Solar has reached the 1 gigawatt production capacity milestone. In doing so, the company is contributing to the Indian government’s target of reaching 100 GW of installed solar energy capacity by 2022. Attainment of this target will make the Indian solar market one of the largest in the world. Gyanesh Chaudhary, CEO at Vikram Solar, is planning to further increase the production capacity to 2 GW by 2020. Press photos are available at: https://www.vikramsolar.com/photos/nggallery/press-photos “With our highly efficient modules, we have made a significant contribution to the success of the ‘Made in India’ brand over the past 10 years,” says Gyanesh Chaudhary. “Vikram Solar is currently one of the most influential solar companies in India. Our strategy is geared towards highly-efficient production, high quality and international marketing. This drives the Indian solar industry forward, and also creates momentum on an international level.” In addition, Vikram Solar is one of the pioneers of the Indian solar industry in the field of production quality and is continuously developing technology under its ambitious research and development strategy. In 2015 and 2016, investments in this field amounted to over 100

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German solar development platform offers cost competitive and climate friendly energy supply to industrial customers in Africa Hamburg, 07. June 2017. SunEQ, a solar asset development platform based in Germany, announced the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 5 MW solar project with Ohorongo Cement, one of the largest energy consumers in Namibia. It is the first major milestone for the sister company of independent German consultancy Suntrace, on its way towards becoming an independent power producer. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 5 MW PV plant took place next to the cement factory on World Environment Day, June 5, and was attended by the Namibian Environmental Commissioner Theofilus Nghitila. With operation expected to commence by the end of 2017, the photovoltaic plant will be the first utility scale project in Namibia to generate solar power for industrial usage. The power purchase agreement has a 15-year term. “The project will significantly reduce Ohorongo Cement´s electricity expenses and running costs, and also help Namibia to increase the renewable energy portion of the country’s energy mix enormously”, says Matthias Schwara, managing director of SunEQ. 70% renewable energy by 2030 The Namibian government has committed itself to increasing the share of renewable energy in

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