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Research and industry worldwide are working to further reduce the costs of solar electricity and German research is playing a leading role. With its newest solar cell, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has now exceeded its own world record for multicrystalline solar cells. The record cell converts 22.3 percent of the incident sunlight into electricity. Multicrystalline silicon, the work horse of the photovoltaic industry, dominates the PV module production worldwide with a market share of 57 percent. In the last few years, the efficiencies of the more expensive monocrystalline solar cells have increased greatly, thus widening the gap between mono and multicrystalline material. At Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, the researchers have succeeded in decreasing this efficiency gap by surpassing their own world record efficiency for multicrystalline solar cells which they established just a few months ago. Pushing beyond the magical threshold of 22 percent, their newest solar cell converts 22.3 percent of the incident solar energy into electricity. The researchers affirm that the maximum potential of the material and the cell technology has not yet been realized.

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- 3 GW milestone surpassed after only 6 years of operation in the country - Hanwha Q CELLS already ranked second in yearly module shipments of 2016 and continuing growth - Q.PARTNERS network with over 700 companies and Q.MAX series are success drivers in commercial and residential market segments [Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2017] Hanwha Q CELLS Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of the world's largest producer of 100% inhouse solar cells and modules, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), today announced to have surpassed the milestone of accumulated solar module shipments of 3 GW in Japan in the second quarter of 2017. The company entered the Japanese solar market in August 2011. Only two years later, in 2013, Hanwha Q CELLS Japan was already the largest foreign solar product provider in Japan. In 2016, Hanwha Q CELLS shipped 700 MW of solar modules in Japan, ranking second among the solar suppliers in the country and accounting for 10% of market share in Japan. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the total amount of solar modules installed in Japan by the end of 2016 was 42.8 GW, of which 7% was supplied by Hanwha Q CELLS Japan. Hanwha's market share in Japan climbed to about 15% in the second quarter of 2017. Hanwha Q CELLS Japan aims

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Saudi Arabia is the next big market, followed by rising stars Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. Tunisia and Algeria are more nascent markets while Turkey is actively procuring. Dubai, September 19, 2017 In recent years, the MENA region has experienced a boom in solar projects and significant improvement in the investment climate for solar energy. Commercial banks are increasingly comfortable investing in this sector and recent years have seen the growth of innovative financing deals designed to further reduce the risk profile for commercial lenders. To what extent have the improvements in financing have been key in driving the uptake of solar energy in MENA and, equally importantly, is this favorable trend is set to continue? Yusuf Macun, Partner and Head of Project Finance Advisory Practice at Apricum, the cleantech advisory, believes the industry has benefited from a series of factors that have combined to create the optimal conditions for investing in solar energy and led to a significant reduction in PPA tariffs awarded in recent tenders. In 2015, the DEWA II project in the UAE and the R2 project achieved tariffs of around 6c/kWh. Just a year later, the Sweihan project in the UAE was awarded for a record-beating levelized electricity cost of

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DÜSSELDORF, Germany, September 21 – RECOM, the largest European PV module manufacturer, became one of the few international manufacturers of solar modules to receive the surveillance certificate Gözetim - import license from the Turkish Ministry of Economics. RECOM will supply a total of 200 megawatts (MW) of Polycrystalline solar modules for Turkish photovoltaic projects within the following months, aiming to become the leading module supplier on the rapidly growing Turkish market with abundant potential for renewable energy development. As per the estimates of the Ministry of Energy, the solar installed capacity is expected to be increased in Turkey in the coming years and reach 5 GW by 2023. “There is a great demand for high-quality modules on the Turkish market. Even though obtaining the Surveillance Certificate was very challenging, the outstanding performance of RECOM modules has been validated in many large-scale projects worldwide and we will accompany the transition to low-carbon economy in Turkey as a strong and reliable partner. We are confident to play a major role in re-shaping the dynamics of future solar development and provide to our customers all the benefits of modern technology.” says RECOM’s CEO, Hamlet Tunyan. The issuance of the Gözetim certificate proves ones more RECOM’s determination to

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Solar has become the world’s favorite new type of electricity generation, with more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity being installed than any other generation technology according to GlobalData, a recognized leader in providing business information and analytics. The company’s latest report update on the GlobalData Power Attractiveness Index (GPAI) confirms that worldwide, approximately 72 gigawatts (GW) of new solar PV capacity was installed in 2016. Wind energy was in second place with 53 GW, followed by coal with 52 GW, gas with 41 GW, and hydro with 31 GW. The index ranks the major power markets across the globe and helps stakeholders to identify the countries which present the most opportunities in the short-term, based on their performance on macroeconomic and power business indicators. IMAGE FOR PUBLICATION, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK: Global Power Market Attractiveness Index The index also provides a strong understanding of the indices which have been created by technology for all major power technologies, namely thermal, wind, solar PV, hydro, nuclear, and biopower, which are then combined to give the overall index for the country. The GPAI also states that China and India occupy the top two spots as the most lucrative power markets in the short term. These are followed by

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Binsdorf/Geislingen, Germany, September 20, 2017 - Asunim Turkey, a project developer, EPC and O&M company, has selected global market leader, Solar-Log™, to monitor two solar PV plants currently under-construction in Akhisar and Kula. Asunim Turkey and Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) have been cooperating now for several years and Solar-Log™ monitoring is already deployed for a number of Asunim’s PV projects. For this 42 MWp project deal with SDS, Asunim Turkey has secured Solar-Log™ dataloggers, weather sensors, online analysis, the management software Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ XL, and the Solar-Log™ WEB-4U service. The Solar-Log™ team will personally monitor these PV plants daily through the Solar-Log™ WEB-4U package. “We looked for a very reliable system that would allow us to access production data of all our PV plants. At Asunim, we want to give an ideal and efficient after sales service. Our O&M department makes sure that our customers get top performance ratios and the fastest possible reaction times for production deviations. Out of several systems we know, Solar-Log™ met all our requirements”, said Andreas Schuenhoff, the Group’s Director of Asunim. For SDS, manufacturer of the Energy Management System Solar-Log™, this means another successful step to monitor and manage even more PV plants in Turkey.

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Highly efficient, lightweight and stylish solar modules ‘will revolutionise the way people use solar energy’. Flisom AG, an innovative and specialized solar technology company, backed by Tata Industries, a group of Swiss investors and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), declared today that they were open for global orders at an exclusive roll out event for customers and partners in Zurich, Switzerland. Flisom showcased a range of applications including buildings-integrated PV modules for light weight roofs and facades. Flisom’s solar modules are extremely light (as light as 200g/m2), and highly efficient (up to 50x power-to-weight ratio compared to silicon PV panels) and ultra-thin (under 2mm). In addition, their uniform, jet-black design offers beautiful aesthetics, making the technology suitable for use anywhere that aesthetics are also important. Since 2013, Flisom has invested in developing proprietary manufacturing equipment and components, creating a unique ‘roll to roll’ manufacturing process which can replicate the laboratory success of CIGS solar technology on an industrial scale. It is already scaling up production in Switzerland to fulfil incoming orders and scouting for locations globally for further scale up. The company is already working with leading global automotive, aerospace, and transportation companies to create custom solar-integrated solutions, for

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Comprehensive all around service for solar panels from any manufacturer alliviates problems caused by a lack of available maintenance service throughout Europe. Kyoto/London, September 19th 2017. No matter who the manufacturer is, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH Solar Technical Service Center offers an all around service for the inspection and repair of solar panels. What’s more, the service is now DEKRA-certified. The number of companies specialising in the maintenance of solar panels has decreased considerably in the past few years as a result of the 2014 EEG amendment. The consequence is that operators and owners of photovoltaic (PV) systems are searching for a partner to provide services such as optimisation, error analysis and repairing of solar panels. The Kyocera Technical Service Center not only undertakes these tasks, but has now also expanded its service, providing PV appraisals. In order to ensure the safety and economical operation of a PV system for many years, a DEKRA-certified expert undertakes an inspection of the system. If the expert determines faults and damages in PV systems, the assessment is used to clarify possible warranty and guarantee claims. It can also be used for recourse claims and claims settlements, if the promised service planned during installation can

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More than 280 residential and small commercial roofs with an average power of 8 to 9 kWp will be equipped with innovative micro-inverter solutions from APsystems. LYON, France - 18 September 2017 - APsystems, the world leader in microinverter technology for the solar industry, today announced that it has been selected by SUBSOL, a design office and developer of roof integrated solar power plants, to be its partner in providing micro-inverter solutions for over 12,000 sqm of solar roofing, an unprecedented project in the metropolitan area of Vienne, Isère, France. A portfolio combining individual and collective multi-residential social housing projects and some small commercial public buildings will be able to provide approximately 2MWh/year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 680 households. “It is a project put into place by the mayor, financed by local authorities and citizens, and developed above all to bring added value to the territory. SUBSOL is committed to these socially responsible projects and wishes to develop awareness of energy efficiency among tenants.” Said Jean-Baptiste Rouquerol, CEO of SUBSOL. “We chose APsystems because of its extensive range of micro-inverter solutions, making it possible to easily address single-phase residential projects as well as small commercial buildings with a native

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Bleskensgraaf, the Netherlands, 14 September 2017 – Sunport Power commissioned their brand-new facility for the manufacturing of back-contact PV modules. The Chinese factory will produce an annual 3.3 million solar panels yielding a combined power supply of 1 GW per annum. Sunport Power CEO Dr Zhang: "Back-contact modules come with substantial benefits. The most important being production capacity per panel in comparison to traditional methods. Thanks to our Eurotron production line that was already in operation, my clients already experience these advantages first-hand. Back-contact solar panels avoid capacity losses associated with shade and resistance in traditional panels. This means our clients generate more energy per square metre.” Based on their experience with back-contact solar panel production, Sunport Power, situated in Nanjing, China, chose to ramp up its output of back-contact PV modules. With the current expansion, Sunport Power has substantially increased its market share and more steps will follow to expand the company’s leadership position. Compared to traditional modules, back-contact solar panels show a significant improvement in accelerated lifetime tests. Reliable modules, a stable production process and an increasing number of material vendors show that the market is now embracing back-contact modules.

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