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Making local support for PV installers even better (Wels, 20/07/2017) Fronius Solar Energy, the quality leader on the global solar energy market, opened a Hungarian branch office on 1st June 2017. The addition of an office near Budapest has seen the international network of the Austrian solar technology specialist grow once again. Customers in Hungary can now look forward to a faster and more reliable technical support service. “We have already been selling our solar technology to customers in Hungary since 2010. Today we operate a large sales and service partner network in Hungary, and are one of the market leaders in the photovoltaics sector,” says Verena Huber, area sales manager at Fronius. To provide Hungarian customers with even more targeted support, Fronius opened its new premises in Tatabánya, some 70 kilometres from Budapest, on 1st June. Fronius is a global innovation leader in the development of technologies to harness solar energy and this year celebrates 25 years of Fronius Solar Energy. “Fronius Hungary is the 20th branch office of our Business Unit,” adds a delighted Martin Hackl, head of the Business Unit Solar Energy at Fronius International GmbH. “This represents another significant step in our internationalisation strategy.”

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Queanbeyan, 19 July 2017 – Greatcell Solar Limited (ASX: GSL, formerly Dyesol Limited) is pleased to announce that it has signed a non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS), an international Chinese headquartered company and one of the world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) solar panel manufacturers. The relationship has formed over several months of discussion and with the close support of Nanyang Technology University (NTU), our academic research collaboration partner in Singapore. Greatcell will make available developmental Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) devices and associated information on a strictly confidential basis to enable Jinko to further evaluate the technology with the longterm aim of entering into a formal agreement with Greatcell to commercialise the technology and establish large scale manufacturing. Managing Director, Richard Caldwell remarked: “We are delighted to jointly explore commercialisation opportunities with Jinko for our revolutionary technology in China. Jinko is very progressive, recognises the potential of our emerging technology and is a world leader in the solar sector. Moreover, Jinko has a deep understanding of risk-managed technology development and the benefits of economies of scale in manufacture. The possibilities for collaboration are enormous.”

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Alencon’s latest DC-DC Optimizer, the SPOT X2, will debut at SPI 2017 in Las Vegas. The newest SPOT is more powerful yet lighter and easier to install. Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC will mark the debut of the latest generation of its DC-DC optimizer, the SPOT, at Solar Power International 2017, September 10 – 13, 2017 in Las Vegas. The newest version of Alencon’s industry leading DC-DC optimizer, the SPOT X2, will be on display in Alencon Systems’ booth #1115. The SPOT X2 includes a number of improved features from previous product generations. The SPOT X2 is lighter and easier to install than previous models, while at the same time offering more power and higher efficiency than ever before. Additionally, the SPOT X2 features significantly improved on-board firmware to insure greater energy yield. Headlining the software improvements in the SPOTX2 is an improved maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm that assures optimal PV power harvesting under fast changing weather conditions. The SPOT X2 takes its name from the improved printed circuit board (PCB) design of this newest version, which features two rugged main boards to drive the product’s four PV string inputs. The SPOTX2 carries by ETL certification by Intertek for

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Solar Micronics, Inc., an Illinois-based solar integrator firm has been selected to participate in the ‘Solar in Your Community Challenge’ program of the Department of Energy. As part of the Sunshot initiative, a $5 million budget has been set aside for this competition, aimed at expanding solar access to low- income communities. Over the next year and a half, the Solar Micronics team will develop innovative project ideas to bring solar to residents of low income housing projects. “We are obviously very excited about the news”, said, Dr. Vish, President, and CEO of the firm. “We hope to make solar affordable for all, as we do not believe solar must be the rich man’s playground only; apart from developing business models for making solar affordable for low income residents, we also hope to teach them skills in solar installation and safety so that they can carve for themselves a path out of poverty via employment is this growing field”, said Dr. Vish, an electrical engineer. Solar Micronics specializes in commercial, and industrial solar projects. In this project, to be located in Bessemer City, North Carolina, there are multitudes of local non-profit partners such as the city of Bessemer City, North Carolina Housing

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SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2017) : EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) today announced the acquisition of the 179 megawatt AC (MWac) Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects from First Solar, Inc.  (NASDAQ: FSLR) in late June. The projects, currently under construction, will sell their combined output and environmental attributes under three Power Purchase Agreements to subsidiaries of NV Energy, Inc. (Nevada Power Company d/b/a NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy); Commercial Operation Dates (COD) for the two projects are scheduled for late July 2017 and late September 2017, respectively. Located in Clark County, Nevada on land managed by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ), the projects are comprised of First Solar modules on horizontal single-axis trackers.  The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of approximately 46,000 Nevada homes.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 265,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 52,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year. “The acquisition of Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 marks EDF RE’s entry into Nevada, a state with world-class solar resources

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Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 12 July 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EEST The technology group Wärtsilä signed its first Asset Management Agreement for a photovoltaic (PV) power plant in April 2017. Wärtsilä will assume full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Essakane solar plant in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. The solar plant shares a control system with a thermal power plant. Operative co-ordination to maximise the production of the two plants is key in the new agreement. The seven year agreement includes the daily operation of the solar plant, preventive, scheduled and corrective maintenance, cleaning of the modules and coordination of operations with those of a thermal power plant using the same control system. The new Asset management agreement seamlessly complements the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement Wärtsilä signed in March 2017 for the solar power plant. Wärtsilä's task is to optimise the production of the PV plant and make sure that the thermal plant delivers effective, efficient and stable power with unsurpassed performance. In parallel, the thermal plant, which operates on eleven Wärtsilä 32 engines, retains a sufficient number of engines in stand-by mode to cover potential fluctuations in the PV solar energy production. Maximising the PV plant's production

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SolarEdge to offer the fastest AC EV charging rates by supplementing grid power with PV power SAN FRANCISCO, CA — July 11, 2017 — At Intersolar North America, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, is unveiling the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger. By supplementing grid power with PV power, SolarEdge’s Level 2 EV charger offers charging up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger with its innovative solar boost mode. SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter, once integrated with an EV charger, will not only provide the existing management and monitoring of solar production, but will also enable EV charging from a single inverter and dashboard. The combined solution will offer considerable cost savings on both hardware and labor by eliminating the need for an additional conduit, wiring, and breaker installation. The solution will also eliminate the need for an additional dedicated circuit breaker, which saves space and a potential main distribution panel upgrade. “SolarEdge is dedicated to developing innovative solutions for increasing the use of renewable energy and cost savings for our customers and end users,” stated Guy Sella, CEO and Chairman of SolarEdge. “Adding EV charging to

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M10 Solar Campus at the Intersolar North America 2017 in San Francisco M10 Industries and SI Module show new developments for the solar industry Joint presentation for the M10 Solar Campus at the Intersolar North America in San Francisco: The Freiburg-based company group, consisting of the mechanical engineering company M10 Industries AG and the solar module manufacturer SI Module GmbH, will be showing its product range for PV automation and building-integrated photovoltaics between July 11th and 13th 2017 (Booth 9011). Kubus MTS 5.500: Innovative production technology for the photovoltaic industry The M10 Industries present new features at the Intersolar: "After winning the Intersolar Award 2016 for our soldering machine in the photovoltaic sector last year, we can now present it with a ten percent increase in performance”, says Gregor Reddemann, co-founder and CEO of M10 Industries. The high-performance stringer "Kubus" is now soldering 5,500 cells per hour and thus achieves an annual capacity of 190 megawatts for module production. It is the world's only tabber-stringer that can connect all the cells for an entire module in a single soldering process and operates without interruption. “With Kubus, the cost is further reduced and the performance is increased. The high-performance stringer is ideally suited for the

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As market shifts from selling generated electricity to self-consumption, company plans to increase sales 2.5x YOY Kyoto/London, July 11, 2017 – In November 2016, the Paris Agreement went into effect as a new international framework to prevent climate change, determining that the international community – including emerging and developing nations – needs to take serious action. In the same year, 34 companies*1 joined the RE100 – a global initiative of enterprises committed to 100 % renewable power. As the private sector is actively implementing renewable energy, Kyocera Corporation is expanding its solar energy business in Thailand, with plans to increase sales in the country by 2.5 times during the year ending March 31, 2018 compared with the previous year. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is expanding globally as well, with 30 %*2 of total managed assets said to be considering ESG factors. Promotion of Solar Energy by the Thai Government While Thailand is blessed with abundant solar radiation, its growing economy has led to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the country depends heavily on energy imports, with approximately 60 % of its energy derived from imported fossil fuels*3. With the goal of almost tripling its cumulative installed capacity of solar energy, from

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Augsburg/Parma, 07/11/2017 – Stern Energy S.p.a has reached a decision: The Italian O&M operator of photovoltaic systems will further rely on the monitoring platform of Germany-based meteocontrol GmbH to run operations on its portfolio. 25 MWp of the overall 195 MWp installed power that Stern Energy monitors and operates in Italy are already integrated in VCOM (virtual control room) and therefore can be monitored and controlled by means of the central platform. Stern Energy receives direct, on-site support in the Italian language by meteocontrol Italia S.r.l. “We want to provide our customers with optimal systems performance and maximum returns, while working effectively and cost-efficiently,” explains Stefan Torri, CEO of Stern Energy. “That is why we decided to place all the solar parks onto one monitoring platform. The first 25 MWp have already been integrated in the VCOM central monitoring portal and another almost 30 MWp are currently in the project pipeline.” With the modular structure of its monitoring solution, meteocontrol offers the best conditions for the implementation thereof. The scalability of the system allows the hardware and software to be adjusted to meet complex park layouts, constantly growing technical requirements and currently applicable standards. “We can also integrate existing systems in the VCOM

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