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Sao Paulo, July 17: Opportunities and challenges of South American energy generation and storage market will be themes of South America's largest exhibtion for the solar energy sector Global reports on energy storage markets point out that the United States (specifically California) and Germany stand out in the storage of electrical energy generated by means of photovoltaic, due to large generation and consumption. Despite Chile's investments (it is the most advanced country in this sector, in Latin America, with 50 MW already installed) and some developments in Puerto Rico, Latin America is still the smallest market in energy storage on a global scale. The increase in the number of solar projects in the region, as in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, can become a propeller of the energy storage sector. The Brazilian market for energy storage systems is estimated at 95 GW, sufficient volume to meet the country's load for one hour (data from the Brazilian Association of Storage and Power Quality - Abaque). According to Abaque, in August 2015, the installed total was 185.3 GW, reaching 187.3 GW in March of this year. South America presents one of the five largest solar potential areas in the world and the growing share of solar energy,

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Milan, Italy, July 28th – RECOM, the largest European manufacturer of PV panels, announces the commencement of operations in Lannion production site, aiming at serving clients in France and abroad. The first solar modules launched in the market by RECOM-Sillia are the High Efficiency 290-295 Wp, full black. Only one month after the acquisition, RECOM-Sillia has a pipeline of new projects totalling 20 MW, out of which 2/3 for customers outside France. Further investments in the production lines are planned till the end of the year to increase the capacity and accommodate needs also for clients beyond French borders. “It is a great satisfaction for all the employees of RECOM-SILLIA to restart the activity in Lannion’s site. After a break of several months, we can again fulfil all the demands of our clients, who remained loyal to us, but we can also produce and deliver RECOM- SILLIA’s products for diverse projects around the world.” says Nicolas Proux, RECOM- SILLIA Production Manager

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The next level of solar module quality assurance: High speed inspection, global quality standards and 100% defect traceability To secure a high level of finished module quality, solar manufacturers and customers can now turn to the next generation of module inspection. Using electroluminescence or optical solutions, the latest inspection technology secures the targeted quality standard in a minimum time. The systems store detailed results of customer claim issues and of root causes of defects to prevent them in ongoing production. For manufacturers, a variety of new features enables optimum throughput with minimum resources. Electroluminescence has long been the most successful inspection solution in module manufacturing. For the latest cell and module technologies, optical inspection or a combination with electroluminescence are equally successful. For any case holds true: Automated quality assurance reveals more defects and is much more reliable than manual inspection by the naked eye, which is impractical for high throughputs – especially when the highest quality standards are needed. Automated defect detection and classification offers outstanding reliability and achieves cycle times of less than 20 seconds per module for optimum throughput.

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Microgrid pioneer ARDA Power selects Alencon’s SPOT for inclusion in their unique solution which includes DC-coupled solar plus storage. Hatboro, PA, United States and Oakville, ON, Canada – ARDA Power and Alencon Systems today announced a strategic partnership whereby ARDA will incorporate Alencon’s DC-DC Optimizer – the SPOT – into its unique, DC-coupled microgrid system which includes Solar + Storage. ARDA has pioneered the market for microgrids, offering a unique DC-connected microgrid solution which brings the benefits of a microgrid - including resiliency and increased use of renewables - to commercial and industrial buildings without the requirement for complex custom engineering or costly interconnect applications. In the ARDA system, the Alencon SPOT will serve to enable the DC-coupling of solar to the ARDA microgrid, will perform maximum power point tracking (MPPT) on the PV strings, and will curtail output based on commands from ARDA’s microgrid controls. The Alencon SPOT, which creates galvanic isolation between the PV and battery DC bus, will allow ARDA’s systems to be even easier to install and safer to operate. The Alencon SPOT is the only large scale, PV DC-DC optimizer on the market today that offers galvanic isolation between the PV array and a DC bus. “The ability the Alencon SPOT

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Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited (“Cubico”), a global leader in renewable energy investment, has announced that it has acquired two operational Concentrated Solar Power plants in Granada, Spain, totalling 99.8MW from two international funds, Antin Infrastructure Partners and Deutsche Asset Management’s infrastructure investment business, and the Spanish construction company Cobra Sistemas y Redes (the “Sellers”). The plants use parabolic trough thermosolar technology with 7.5 hours of thermal salt storage, which, combined with an oversized solar field, allows the plants to generate through the night, contributing to the security of Spain’s electricity system. David Swindin, Head of EMEA at Cubico said: “This is an important acquisition for Cubico and adds to our growing portfolio of renewable energy assets, improving the balance of our portfolio and increasing the proportion of energy we produce from solar sources. We remain keen to invest further in Europe and continue to look for other opportunities.” From the start of operations in 2008 and 2009 respectively, the two plants together have delivered more than two terawatt hours to the grid, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 600,000 Spanish households. This clean energy has avoided the emission of approximately 1,350,000 tonnes of CO2, equal to emissions from 280,000

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First project in Australia, joint venture with WBHO Notice to proceed scheduled for August 2017 Phoenix Solar's APAC region poised for continued growth in 2017 and beyond Sulzemoos, Germany, July 27th, 2017 / Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, the Singapore based subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has been awarded an order to design a 39.5 MWp photovoltaic power plant near Perth, West Australia, as partner in a joint venture established for the purpose of this project. Phoenix Solar will also be in charge of the offshore procurement of all vital components. The construction of the three phases of the plant, built on one site, will be managed and carried out by the other joint venture partner WBHO, a AUD 2 billion infrastructure contractor (www.wbho.com.au). The Notice to Proceed (NTP) is expected to be issued in August, 2017. The project will incorporate leading edge solar technology resulting in a high-performance plant including 1,500 Volt-technology, single axis tracking, and mono-crystalline PERC modules. It was developed and will be owned by WestGen, a clean energy development company already operating a significant portfolio of advanced power

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Munich, Melbourne, 25 July 2017:  BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy developer, wholesaler and energy solutions provider, has sold the 20MWp Hughenden solar plant to Australian infrastructure investment specialists, Lighthouse Infrastructure. The plant, located in Hughenden, Queensland, is one of BayWa r.e.’s first solar projects in Australia. With construction now underway, the installation is being funded through a 13-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with one of the leading Australian energy retailers. Matthias Taft, Board member of BayWa AG responsible for the energy business, commented on the sale: “The sale of our first Australian solar project, so soon after entering the market, is testament to our growing success in the region and the strength of Australia’s rapidly expanding solar sector and desire to reduce high electricity prices through renewables. “We are very pleased to be working with Lighthouse Infrastructure. The company has a clear mission to increase solar generation in Australia, which we very much share. We will continue to operate and manage the Hughenden plant following its completion and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Lighthouse Infrastructure to deliver cleaner energy for Australia.” This will be the second utility scale solar PV investment made by Lighthouse Infrastructure, who were advised in

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Meyer Burger has received additional orders for its MAiA® 2.1 system with the industry-leading MB PERC cell technology and for its SiNA® cell coating system. The combined contract volume from an existing Asian customer amounts to about CHF 22 million. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced that it has concluded further contracts with an existing Asian customer for its SiNA® system for front side cell coating and it industrialized MAiA® 2.1 system with the mass production scalable MB PERC technology. With Meyer Burger’s high-performance MAiA® for rear side passivation coating and SiNA® for front side anti-reflection coating, the customer plans to upgrade and further expand its production volume of high efficiency PERC cells. As the market leader in the field of PERC, Meyer Burger is growing its market share by supporting its customers with innovative technology solutions for front and rear side cell coating. The combined contract volume of the orders amounts to about CHF 22 million with revenue recognition expected in 2018.

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ABB continues to expand its extensive solar inverter portfolio through the launch of the high-power central inverter, PVS800-57B – a new member of the highly successful PVS800 central inverter series Helsinki, Finland, July 20th, 2017 – Following the success of the PVS800 central inverter series, ABB has released an extension to the family – a new high-power central inverter, PVS800-57B, developed on the basis of ABB’s decades of experience in power converter and inverter technology. The new PVS800-57B central inverters, with ratings up to 2 MW, reduce overall system cost of the solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with one of the most compact and easy-to-maintain designs on the market. The modular direct current (DC) input design combined with a true mirror design provides superior flexibility for system integrators.With a 50 percent higher power density than in the preceding PVS800 models, the new PVS800-57B is one of the most compact inverters on the market both by footprint and volume per kW. This reduces installation and container space and lowers transportation costs. The larger inverter power rating also brings considerable savings on the medium voltage side by allowing larger transformers to be used. The new ABB central inverters offer a wide operational temperature range, up

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First order for the new MAiA® EVO received from solar industry leader LONGi Solar Technology. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd today announced the successful launch of its new MAiA® EVO system as well as the receipt of an order for the first MAiA® EVO from LONGi Solar Technology (Taizhou) Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. The innovative MAiA® EVO combines the advantages of the MAiA® platform for rear side coating of PERC solar cells with the SiNA® platform for front side cell coating and translates directly into substantial cost savings for photovoltaic manufacturers. The pioneering integration of both front side anti-reflection coating and rear side passivation coating into a single system not only reduces the complexity of solar cell production, it also reduces operating costs and the overall manufacturing footprint resulting in a further sustainable decrease in PV manufacturing costs. The MAiA® EVO is poised to become the technology of choice for PV cell manufacturers who are building up new PERC cell production capacities. Collaboration with LONGi As a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells and modules with extensive production experience on Meyer Burger’s industrialized MAiA® platform, LONGi Solar Technology has placed the first order for

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