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meteocontrol GmbH will launch sales of its blue’Log XC power plant controller on March 1, 2019. Together with the blue’Log XM, this enhanced version of the proven blue’Log X-Series is a future-oriented solution to monitor and control photovoltaic systems. The standard solution with increased compatibility, data quality and IT security quickly and precisely rules active and reactive power. The latest technical connection rules, extending from the free-field system with medium- and high-voltage grid feed-in (VDE-AR-N 4110/4120) to the roof system with self-consumption (VDE-AR-N 4105, zero feed-in), can be met as a result. With the blue’Log X-Series, meteocontrol set its strategic goal for a future-proof monitoring solution in 2014. Drawing on a detailed market analysis and a comprehensive examination of customer feedback, the nationally and internationally successful provider of independent monitoring systems exhaustively refined the blue’Log X-Series. It introduced the blue’Log XM device in 2018 and will bring out the blue’Log XC for power plant control on March 1, 2019. Together, they create an exceptional industry-wide team for monitoring and grid integration of PV systems. “We subjected the new blue’Log XC power plant controller to a comprehensive field test in more than 150 systems and gained a vast amount of experience and

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The majority of photovoltaic (PV) systems in Germany are roof-mounted using a mounting system to fix the modules. On the other hand, solar PV modules that are fully integrated into the façade or roof offer many advantages to the building owner. Presently a global mass market is developing for photovoltaic building envelopes, allowing cities, in particular, to develop a more sustainable energy consumption. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have made recommendations as to how European manufacturers can participate more successfully in this market. Key facets are the industrial production of custom-made solar components for buildings as well as the incorporation of these components in the planning tools and processes of building specialists. On March 18-19, 2019, the BIPV Forum is meeting in Bad Staffelstein, directly prior to the PV Symposium held there annually. About 75 percent of all solar PV systems in Germany are roof-mounted, and 25 percent are installed in open areas. The share of building-integrated solar modules, or BIPV, is still rather small, which is quite astounding. Building-integrated modules not only supply electricity, but also function as noise barrier, insulation and provide protection against wind and weather. Additionally, photovoltaic systems integrated into transparent building

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Test VPP to combine companies’ peer-to-peer network technology and renewable energy products for improved energy distribution Kyoto/London, March 12th, 2019. Kyocera and New York-based LO Energy Inc. today announced a joint project to test the feasibility of a blockchain-managed virtual power plant (VPP) utilizing a peer-to-peer1 distributed consensus network. The test started February 28th, 2019 at Kyocera’s Yokohama Nakayama Office in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, where a small VPP was installed using the company’s solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and batteries. The energy will be controlled through LO3 Energy’s distributed ledger technology to log and manage energy flow. LO3’s blockchain technology is used for verifying and recording transactions, enabling consumer “sharing” of energy they produce with their own solar panels via a microgrid, which can reduce the burden on the larger energy grid. Background and Purpose In Japan, where renewables play a major role in the government’s energy portfolio plans, a dedicated research initiative is under way to create new “smart” energy networks. Kyocera has continually provided solar power generating systems and storage batteries for Japan’s government-led VPP test projects, developing new expertise in remotely controlled distributed power resources. By combining Kyocera’s expertise with LO3 Energy’s blockchain technologies, the companies will evaluate VPPs that promote

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At the PV CellTech conference in Penang, Malaysia from 12 – 13 March 2019, Meyer Burger CTO, Dr Gunter Erfurt, will speak to two leading technology topics – Heterojunction and Passivated Contacts. Heterojunction – Meyer Burger’s flagship technology At PV CellTech 2019, international PV industry leaders will discuss key issues driving the development of solar cell production in the coming years. Meyer Burger CTO, Dr Gunter Erfurt, has been invited to present to a high-level session focusing on Heterojunction (HJT) cell expansion and its potential as a breakthrough technology for multi-gigawatt mass production in 2019. With its focus on the development of industrialized high efficiency Heterojunction manufacturing solutions, Meyer Burger has already achieved HJT cells with recent record efficiencies of over 24.2% on its standardized HJT equipment. A technology roadmap for HJT cells with efficiencies towards 25% is already in place at Meyer Burger. During his presentation, Dr Erfurt will include an update on Meyer Burger’s successful SWCT™ cell connection technology for which over 1 GW has already been sold. Dr Erfurt was also asked to speak on passivated contact solar cells (also known as TOPCon or monoPoly®) and what is required for this technology to become a mainstream offering in the PV

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Huelva 2020 PV plant is located in Huelva province - Spain The installed capacity will generate the enough energy for 32.000 homes. March 2019. Last 28th February the first stone of the photovoltaic plant Huelva 2020 was placed. This ceremony is the starting point of the works of the Project sited in Gibraleon, province of Huelva, Spain. The plant, once finished, will have an installed power of 49 MWp and will generate yearly 95 million of kilowatts/hour, equivalent to the annual consumption of energy of a town with 125.000 population. The plant, property of Alter Enersun, will have more than 130.000 photovoltaic panels and will take up more than 80 hectares. The project was awarded to the company at the Third Auction of Renewable Energies celebrated in Spain at 2017. GES will be responsible for the execution of the full EPC. The multinational company specialized in construction of renewable plants will be in charge of the detailed l engineering, equipment supply, civil works, mechanical assembly, electric installation and the construction of the step-up substation. After a few years that the activity of GES in Spain has been focused, almost exclusively, on wind projects, the multinational comes back to the

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Amplex-Emirates LLC was awarded a pilot project by Dubai’s Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to install a battery energy storage system (BESS) at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai; the first energy storage system paired with a photovoltaic plant at a grid-scale level in the United Arab Emirates. NGK Insulators LTD supplied its NAS batteries and INGETEAM was responsible for the supply of a 1.2 MW power conversion system (PCS) with its medium voltage components (power transformer, MV switchgear, etc.), and the power plant controller (PPC). Dubai has accelerated investment in renewable energy to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels and for sustainable economic growth, and is building the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest solar park, in the south of the Emirate. Dubai is targeting introduction of 5,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) by 2030, which will raise the ratio of renewable energy to 25% of total generation capacity. Furthermore, Dubai is seeking a 75% power output from clean energy sources by 2050. In anticipation of the large-scale introduction of renewable energy in the future, DEWA installed a NAS battery system in the solar park to demonstrate its effectiveness in

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While for large solar projects usually an intense, upfront due diligence process is state of the art, smaller commercial solar systems show often a lack of risk prevention measures. Reasons are typical prices on the higher end for trustworthy sophisticated independent services, which are in most cases not viable for mid-size projects. Also, most independent engineering providers are more concentrating on the utility market, which makes it harder to find a qualified partner for commercial projects. Therefore, helioconsult established a highly standardized process, covering the exact needs of commercial systems, with the same high standards used for utility scale projects, but for affordable prices. Nevertheless, it uncovers all relevant potential technical and financial risks and provides measures to overcome them to secure the investment. This independent due diligence already includes a simulation of the specific project yield and comparison with existing predictions to proof technical parameters for financial models. Also, it comes with a risk assessment of components and stakeholders, together with analyses of permits and regulations. Reviews of main contracts and on-site inspections are optional, as well as project performance analyses. Customers can pick what is relevant for them. This guarantees, that they are not paying for services they don’t

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·         Located in Almásfüzitő, the eight power plants with a total capacity of 5.5 MWp were connected to the grid of E.ON Észak-dunántúli Áramhálózati Zrt ·         The projects expand Photon Energy’s proprietary portfolio to 37.1 MWp ·         Total annual revenues of all eight power plants are expected to amount to EUR 680,000 Amsterdam – 6 March 2019 – Photon Energy (WSE: PEN, the 'Group') announces that its subsidiary Photon Energy Solutions HU Kft has built and grid-connected eight PV power plants with a combined capacity of 5.5 MWp located in Almásfüzitő, Hungary, expanding the Group’s proprietary portfolio of PV power plants to 37.1 MWp. Covering an area of 6.96 hectares, the plants are connected to the grid of E.ON Észak-dunántúli Áramhálózati Zrt and are expected to generate around 6.8 GWh of electricity per year. “Having now connected 11.5 MWp in total to the grid in Hungary is a major achievement for Photon Energy as a developer, an EPC contractor, and an investor. We’re thrilled to see our business model bear fruit and we look forward to getting another step closer to the Group’s goal to build 50 MWp of PV power plants for long-term ownership in Hungary until 2020,” said Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy. Photon Energy

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Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH files patent infringement complaint with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany against JinkoSolar and REC Group BERLIN, Germany, March 5, 2019 – Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH announced that it has filed a patent infringement complaint with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf against JinkoSolar and REC Group on March 4, 2019. Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corp. and Hanwha Q CELLS USA Inc. (collectively with Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, “Hanwha Q CELLS”) also filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) against JinkoSolar, REC Group, and LONGi Solar. Additionally, Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corp. filed related patent infringement complaints with the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against the same companies. The Regional Court complaint alleges that JinkoSolar and REC Group are unlawfully importing and selling solar cells and modules that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS patented passivation technology. JinkoSolar and REC Group have unlawfully incorporated this patented passivation technology – which plays an important role in improving the efficiency and performance of solar cells – into their solar cells. Hanwha Q CELLS began manufacturing Q.ANTUM solar cells using this passivation technology in 2012 and has produced more than 2.5

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JUMEME Rural Power Supply Ltd. brings hybrid solar power to widespread off-grid Tanzanian communities through a cost-effective and reliable mini-grids setup. 4 March 2019, Tanzania – RP Global, an independent renewable energy developer and majority shareholder of JUMEME  Rural Power Supply Ltd., announced today that construction of the first phase of its ambitious solar-hybrid mini-grid project in Tanzania was in progress. In this first scaling phase, 11 new mini-grids are currently being constructed to bring 24/7 electricity supply to a population of more than 80,000 people. Built on a cluster of islands in Lake Victoria, these independent solar-hybrid mini-grids, equipped with battery storage technology, will electrify 20 villages. This project was enabled by the European Union, who provided co-financing through the ACP- EU Energy Facility. Commissioning is scheduled to take place in June of this year. In the upcoming second scaling phase of the project, JUMEME aims to build up to 11 more mini-grids to electrify 23 additional villages, bringing energy services to a population of over 160,000 people. This project extension is well underway, with consents and permits already secured and preparations for the implementation taking place. Leo Schiefermüller, Director of RP Global Africa, commented on the development conditions in the country:

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