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(Wels, 03/10/2017) As the quality leader on the global solar energy market, Fronius Solar Energy is also enjoying success in Ukraine. The company has a local presence with its own branch near Kiev, from which customers benefit from a comprehensive range of consultancy and other services. Fronius inverters are now even easier to install, with a special software setup that adapts the devices to the applicable grid requirements in Ukraine, such as voltage regulation and support. All important documents are also available in the national language. Special training sessions, seminars and workshops for Fronius Sales and Service Partners complete the offering.   “To be successful abroad, it is not only important to offer innovative products that are of the highest quality, but also to provide our customers and Fronius Service Partners with comprehensive and effective support,” says Benjamin Fischer, Area Sales Manager at Fronius Solar Energy. On 1st July, a technical consultant was therefore appointed at the Fronius International Business Unit Solar Energy in Ukraine. “Our local technical consultant speaks fluent Ukrainian and English and can provide effective support for customers with questions regarding technical design or installation problems,” explains Fischer. Fronius works with a steadily growing team of certified Sales

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Event to address the crucial role of big data in helping to model solar system lifetime GENEVA, Switzerland, October 3, 2017 – DuPont will host an exclusive conference at the Paris Marrriott Opéra Ambassador hotel in Paris, France on 18 October 2017, in collaboration with French photovoltaic consultants, thepvboutique.  The conference will gather decision-makers at power producers, Engineering, Procurement & Construction firms (EPC) and investors in solar energy to address advanced risk mitigation strategies for solar asset performance. This unique event will examine the crucial role of materials in realizing system owners’ financial returns.  Distinguished speakers from both the public and private sectors, including Eiffage Clemessy, Proparco, Dataiku, TÜV Rheinland and kiloWattsol, will discuss how reliability, efficiency, and bankability can ensure the financial stability of PV assets.  Additionally, topics will cover the future central role that big data and artificial intelligence can play to help deliver breakthrough value to secure technical reliability and forecast power production.Solar is rapidly becoming the lowest-cost power source in many regions and has evolved in just one decade from being niche to becoming a central building block in energy transition.  With intensified pressure on costs across the whole value chain, economies of scale, and innovation to keep

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Pamplona, 2nd October 2017. Once again, Ingeteam will be present at All Energy, the leading event in the Australian solar sector. At its stand No. 2334, the company will showcase its very latest technology for PV plants and energy storage systems, plus its operation and maintenance services. Ingeteam's best-selling product in Australia is the INGECON® SUN CON40, a 40 foot power station with a nameplate capacity of 5.4 MW. All the necessary equipment (three central PV inverters, a LV/MV oil transformer, low voltage switchboard and medium voltage cells) is housed in this container, for ease of transportability and field installation. Australia is a key solar market for Ingeteam, which boasts a very significant market share thanks to the more than 320 MW supplied to the country. As in previous years, the fair is to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 11th and 12th October. IS 100TL String Inverter This is the company's very latest three-phase inverter, and it is to be showcased in Australia. The IS 100 TL offers one of the highest power densities on today's string inverter market, delivering up to 1.47 kW/kg. With its cutting-edge technology, this inverter features low voltage ride-through and reactive power capability,

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New Efficiency Records and Innovations at World’s Leading Solar Research Conference EU PVSEC 2017 in Amsterdam The 33rd EU PVSEC 2017 with 1,107 presentations again world’s largest PV scientific conference Several new world record energy conversion efficiencies announced Strong industry participation in EU PVSEC exhibition EU PVSEC 2018 will take place in September in Brussels Amsterdam, 29 September 2017 – “The Solar Revolution is just starting,” said Arno Smets, General Chairman of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), at the closing session of the world’s largest scientific event, which took place in Amsterdam from 25 – 29 September 2017. “While solar power is already the lowest-cost power generation source in many regions of the world, beating coal and other conventional energy sources and quickly growing, its share is still very small, in the low single-digit percentage range – with many challenges ahead of us.” Nigel Taylor, Technical Chairman of EU PVSEC and Project Leader Renewables at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, said, “The major new world record efficiencies and technical advances in solar power and energy storage presented at EU PVSEC clearly show the crucial role of research and development in the energy transition. The European

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20,000 attendees and over 700 exhibitors convene at North America’s largest solar and storage event Alexandria, VA., September 25, 2017 – For a consecutive year, Solar Power International opened their doors to a record-breaking crowd. The four-day event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV welcomed 20,000 attendees from September 10 to 13 and showcased an expanded show floor and an even more robust educational program, bolstered by the co-location of Energy Storage International (ESI), Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, and The Technical Symposium. “This year’s event was a true testament to the growth and strength of this industry,” said Stephen Miner, President and CEO of Solar Energy Trade Shows, organizers of SPI and ESI. “A record-crowd of 20,000 attendees saw an even bigger and better show that included ESI, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America, and the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace – a complete integration of these renewable technologies all in one place. We’re excited to continue the expansion and integration of these components in Anaheim for SPI and ESI 2018!” Under the umbrella of North America Smart Energy Week, SPI expanded its scope to reflect the growth of energy innovation through the addition

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ZSW Leads Research Effort into Building-integrated CIGS Solar Modules Most photovoltaic modules in Germany are mounted on rooftops; very few are integrated into buildings' envelopes. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) aims to change that with a research project it has been tasked to head up. Joining forces with fellow researchers and industry partners, the ZSW's scientists are setting out to optimize CIGS thin-film PV for facades. Well suited for integration into buildings, this technology has been a commercial success in rooftop and ground-mounted panels. Now a project is underway to bring to market building-mounted modules. Both manufacturing and system design issues are on the agenda of this project sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Boom-time may be coming soon for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). An EU directive requires all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by the end of 2020. They will have to be built so that almost no extrinsic energy is required for heating, hot water, ventilation and cooling. Germany has also set its sights on a climate-friendly, carbon-neutral building sector by 2050. These goals will be hard to achieve without facades significantly contributing to the solar yield, which is why

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Binsdorf/Geislingen, Germany, September 27, 2017 - Today, solar PV monitoring is more than just visualizing PV plant data. The demand is for systems that provide professional monitoring, immediate error detection and flawless energy management. But, which systems can fulfill these three criteria? The international market research and consulting team, Navigant Research, set out to answer this question. Navigant Research specializes in environmental technologies. They recently analyzed and assessed the global solar PV market and the 15 leading providers of Residential Solar Monitoring and Home Energy Management Systems. They ranked companies based on the criteria of technical functionality, product portfolio, geographical coverage, and the service life of the products. Solar-Log™ was ranked #2 among the 15 leading companies analyzed. The Solar-Log™ product line includes the Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ online portal and the corresponding Solar-Log™ hardware products. In addition to professional PV plant monitoring and managing grid feed-in, the intelligent control and optimization of self-consumption is a core competence of the Solar-Log™. This allows various electrical appliances such as heat pumps, battery storage systems, heating rods and combined heat and power generators (CHP) to be flexibly managed, switched on or off and visualized, together or individually. Solar-Log™ is compatible with over 1,700 inverter models

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September 27, 2017 - Dentons Europe LLP has advised Quercus, one of the world’s largest renewable energy investors, on a deal worth more than €500 million with Iran’s Ministry of Energy for the development, construction and operation of a 600 MW solar energy photovoltaic (PV) plant in Iran. This is Quercus’ first investment outside of Europe and represents the largest single investment in the renewable energy sector in Iran since the lifting of international sanctions. Construction of the plant is set to commence in 2018 and will take three years to complete, with 100 MW becoming operational every six months. Once complete, it will have a total capacity of 600 MW, making it one of the largest in the world. Quercus is a renewable energy investment company, which has built a 40-plant portfolio in the UK, Italy and overseas. Following significant demand from existing and potential investors, Quercus is now venturing into the Iranian market, as the country gears up to install 5GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020. Quercus will create a new, specialist team for the delivery of this project. Dentons Europe LLP advised Quercus on all aspects of the deal and represented the client in negotiations with the Ministry.

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Claire Perry MP, the UK Minister for Climate Change & Industry, will today officially open Anesco’s Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility, located near Flitwick in Bedfordshire. Clayhill is the first solar farm in the UK to operate without a government subsidy. The 10MW solar farm will generate enough electricity for around 2,500 homes and save 4,452 tonnes of carbon. Steve Shine OBE, Anesco’s Executive Chairman said: “For the solar industry, Clayhill is a landmark development and paves the way for a sustainable future, where subsidies are no longer needed or relied upon. Importantly, it proves that the Government’s decision to withdraw subsidies doesn’t have to signal the end of solar as a commercially viable technology.” He continued: “Given our extensive experience with solar and storage projects, we took a fresh look at how we could finance and develop Clayhill without needing a renewables subsidy. We sought the views of our supply chain and with them looked at every aspect of the project – its design, the technical specifications, the use of the very latest technology and the costs of the various components. By deciding to co-locate the 6MW battery storage unit and by working closely with our supply chain partners,

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At 1.3 percent measurement precision, the accredited calibration laboratory of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE achieved a record value. Measurement repeatability is 0.4 percent. Germany’s national accreditation body DAkkS has confirmed this value according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The excellent measurement precision of CalLab PV Modules was also proven in a recent comparison of PV module calibrations between the four best-known calibration laboratories worldwide. For PV power plant investors, the precise calibration of PV modules translates into more exact yield predictions and thus lower financial risks. PV manufactures require high measurement precision to ensure the highest-level quality assurance in production and the power measurements of their products. For the international comparison, two standard and two high-efficiency silicon PV modules were measured by each of the four participating international reference laboratories. In addition to the CalLab PV Modules of Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany that initiated and coordinated the comparison, three other laboratories were involved: the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy), the Research Center for Photovoltaics of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST; Tsukuba, Japan) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Golden, CO, USA).

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