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As of July 10, 2017 it is official: Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett will assume a dual leadership position as the new institute directors of the Fraunhofer Insitute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Both have been at Fraunhofer ISE, the largest institute for solar energy research in Europe, for many years. The two scientists are internationally renowned throughout the world in their field and collectively hold expertise in the areas of photovoltaics, building energy technology and energy system analysis. Both Henning and Bett were division directors and formerly deputy institute directors of the institute. Now that the appointment procedure has been finalized, they can officially succeed Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber as the next institute directors of Fraunhofer ISE. Effective as of July 10, 2017, Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning and Dr. Andreas Bett officially assume the directorship of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Through their academic careers and past leader positions at Fraunhofer ISE, both have already played a large role in building up and establishing the scientific standing of the institute to date. Prof. Hans-Martin Henning’s focus is in the area of building energy technology as well as the system integration of renewable energies.

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Lawrence, MA – July 11, 2017 – Yaskawa - Solectria Solar, the leading U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that their PVI 50 TL and PVI 60 TL inverters are now fully compliant with California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Rule 21 - UL1741 SA. Achieving compliance two months prior to the deadline demonstrates Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s dedication to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and innovation. “We are committed to providing grid-support enabled utility-interactive inverters to meet our Nation’s needs to ensure a stable grid,” said Miles Russell, Director of Product Management. “Yaskawa – Solectria Solar is continuously working to lead the market with the highest quality and reliability, while keeping up with the latest requirements.” Rule 21 describes newly defined needs by utilities for grid stabilization as PV generation in California continues to grow.  The Rule describes interconnection, operating and metering requirements for inverters to allow the grid to accept increased capacity as California adds more GWs to its grid. Rule 21 will allow inverters to actively interact with the grid and contribute to system-wide stability and reliability. UL1741 SA prescribes testing methods to qualify smart inverters for compliance with  Rule 21. About Yaskawa - Solectria Solar Yaskawa – Solectria Solar,

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- Q.ANTUM solar cell No. 1,000,000,000 was produced and celebrated in the company´s fab in Jincheon, Korea on Monday, July 10, 2017. - One billion Q.ANTUM cells equal around 5 GW of production volume since 2012. - Hanwha Q CELLS´ CEO Seong-woo Nam emphasized this milestone as an "outstanding demonstration of Hanwha Q CELLS´ industry leadership. " Jincheon, Korea, July 10, 2017 - Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: HQCL), today announced they celebrated the commercial mass production of Q.ANTUM solar cell No. 1,000,000,000. The record cell was produced in the company´s manufacturing facility in Jincheon, Korea, on Monday, July 10, 2017. Q.ANTUM is Hanwha Q CELLS´ proprietary cell technology. It is based on the passivation of the solar cell´s rear side (PERC) and a number of additional technological features for higher yields and lower LCOE under real life conditions. Q.ANTUM has been developed in the company´s Center for Technology, Innovation and Quality in Germany, where it since has been improved continuously. The technology has been in commercial mass production since 2012. As of today, Hanwha Q CELLS has commercially mass produced a total volume of around 5 gigawatts of Q.ANTUM solar cells. Seong-woo Nam, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS, commented: "Having achieved one billion of commercially mass produced Q.ANTUM solar cells is an

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced the successful conclusion of an important contract for its industry leading DW 288 Series 3 diamond wire cutting platform. REC Group is a leading integrated European brand for solar panels which will shift its entire multi-silicon wafer slicing to diamond wire cutting technology. REC Group has selected Meyer Burger’s latest generation diamond wire cutting equipment for its vertically integrated manufacturing in Singapore, following a competitive in-depth technical evaluation. The contract value of around CHF 12 million includes the delivery, installation and commissioning as well as service support and on-site training for the DW 288 Series 3 diamond wire cutting platform. Delivery of the equipment will start in the third quarter 2017. Steve O’Neil, CEO of REC Group comments: “As an industry leader for high-power multi-crystalline solar panels for many years, our success is also based on cutting-edge and cost effective manufacturing technology. Choosing Meyer Burger and their outstanding diamond wire cutting technology enables us to continue to provide high-quality solar panels with a strong reliability at a competitive price.” Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd: “This important order confirms our excellent long-term relationship with REC and once more demonstrates that Meyer

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The prize was presented at the India Solar Week 2017 (Organizer: Solar Quarter India) in New Delhi (India) to Silvia Blumenschein-Schütz (VP Sales). "We are deeply grateful for this award. The energy transition in India is fully underway. We are determined to support this fantastic development in the future as well with all the means we have at our disposal," says Silvia Blumenschein-Schütz. Over 2,000 PV plants in India are now monitored by the Solar-Log™ monitoring system. The Solar-Log™ team in Mumbai (India) was recently expanded again and works with numerous EPCs and project companies. Here the focus is on the commercial rooftop segment. Functions that are relevant for the Indian market are being continuously added to the system. The increased compatibility with components such as special energy meters for the India PV market make the system extremely versatile.

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NCLAVE Japan KK has concluded an agreement to deliver a solar mounting solution for a 25MW solar project in Yamegata, Japan.  NCLAVE’s scope of service includes the design, fabrication and installation of a fixed tilt mounting structure which has been approved by the Tohoku METI. NCLAVE is responsible for the mechanical completion of the project which will commence in August 2017 and is expected to finish by May 2018. “The design of the mounting system required 3 different designs within a heavy snow area location, with varying slopes and soil characteristics.  NCLAVE’s flexible design and in-house installation capabilities was a critical factor for the project stakeholders”, said Country Manager Alvaro Estelles. About NCLAVE With over 10 years' experience, NCLAVE, the merger of Grupo Clavijo and MFV Solar, is one of the world's leading companies in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of structures and trackers for the PV solar market. With offices and production facilities on all continents, NCLAVE is truly a global leader in solar mounting solutions. NCLAVE has installed over 2 GW in 40 countries; and it is scheduled to install 700 MW in the coming months.

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Augsburg, July 06, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has become a partner of Arkolia Energies in Montpellier, France. The aim of the partnership is to equip all of the solar parks operated by the solar-energy company with a uniform monitoring system and to facilitate electricity feed-in. meteocontrol will integrate the existing PV systems into the manufacture-independent monitoring platform VCOM. For its new systems, Arkolia Energies plans to use the complete monitoring solution offered by meteocontrol, including hardware components. meteocontrol also developed the necessary interface with Enedis, a French grid operator, for this purpose. Arkolia Energies has a solar portfolio of about 150 MWp of installed power. More than 400 MWp is currently in the development phase as well. To ensure that the solar systems can be efficiently and securely monitored, the company decided to work with meteocontrol. The flexibility of the monitoring system is what sold Arkolia Energies on meteocontrol: The existing systems equipped with a broad range of different monitoring systems can be imported into the VCOM monitoring portal without any hardware changes. Arkolia Energies can now monitor and manage all systems in VCOM. “We entered a partnership with meteocontrol for one main reason: Its monitoring solution is a system with open

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Over 50 Companies/Organizations signed in less than a week Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a sector of strategic importance for the EU economy, providing energy independence Over 50 companies/organizations have signed a letter initiated by ETIP PV, EUREC and SOLARUNITED which is addressed to policymakers of all EU member states. The petition calls on political leaders to “help preserve a sustainable and globally competitive European PV manufacturing  industry”. The letter highlights that solar photovoltaics (PV) is a sector of strategic importance for the EU economy, providing energy independence, industrial jobs and economic growth. Europe since two decades is leading in technological development, state-of-the-art manufacturing (industry 4.0), sustainability of production and quality and efficiency of solar products. There is hardly any other sector in the EU which received as much public dedication and thrilled more young people, engineers and scientists. Due to recent developments, the PV industry is deeply concerned about loosing core parts of the value chain which affects all other parts and puts R&D activities and maintenance of EU's technological leading role at risk. The aim is to prevent loosing production sites in Europe and to keep PV's innovation ecosystem  intact. Together with the support of a unique R&D ecosystem this is the

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As the first FiT-free projects come online in Europe, reliable site data will break reliance on subsidies and be the difference between profitability and underperformance   As feed-in tariff (FiT) support is phased out in the key European solar markets, developers, operators and investors must prioritizeinvestment in robust methods of long-term data collection and analysis. With the first subsidy-free projects now entering operation, project stakeholders can no longer rely on tariff support to provide revenue stability and must focus on the reliability of their site data to mitigate the impact of irradiance fluctuations on financial performance. This is the assessment of Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, and is supported by its 2016 Europe Solar Performance Maps, released today. These maps illustrate substantial long-term irradiance variation, spanning core markets including Italy, France, Spain and the U.K. "The irradiance variations we have measured in 2016 are very much in line with what the industry has come to expect over the past 10 years of operation," said Gwendalyn Bender, Head of Solar Service, Vaisala. "What they do show, however, is that developing and operating low and zero-subsidy plants is going to require careful planning of how assets are managed. In response, European

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Reservoir used to generate solar power Creglingen, 04.07.2017 – WINAICO’s partner, East Green Energy Ltd. from UK, installed 192 WINAICO solar modules WST-260P6 on a floating solar system. The 50 kWp solar plant, which will generate over 43.500 kWh annually, is installed on a reservoir in Norfolk and is the first floating solar system in the East of England. This part of the country has a wealth of lakes and reservoirs on farms. A floating PV solar system not only generates an income from these untapped resources, but the green power generated on site can also be used to run irrigation pumps. “Solar PV is frequently in the news and headlines, but what is not well-known is that solar PV systems are ideal to float on lakes and reservoirs. We only use components of excellent quality, which makes it a reliable investment. The WINAICO modules can withstand winds of up to 118 mph so we are well suited to large exposed sites. As well as this, the system works with changes in water levels of up to 20 ft”, says Linda Grave, Managing Director of East Green Energy. According to East Green Energy, the floating solar system provides all the advantages of a

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