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▪ O&M business in Europa grows steadily ▪ Engineering projects in the triple digit Megawatt range contractually secured ▪ Market entry in Australia ▪ „Buy&Build“ strategy will be continued Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, 30.05.2017. ENcome now services photovoltaic power plants with a nominal capacity of approximately one Gigawatt. The leading European independent service provider has also secured Engineering projects in the triple digit Megawatt range. Especially in Australia, ENcome faces strong growth in both business segments Engineering & Advisory and Operations & Maintenance.  “Reaching the Gigawatt threshold gives evidence of our recent business performance and facilitates further increases in our already high service quality“, says Andreas Leimbach. “Our international growth confirms our business model as independent service provider to the benefit of our customers”, emphasizes Robin Hirschl. In Europe, also due to additional new builds in the „Utiltiy Scale“ segment, ENcome’s O&M business shows a positive development. Especially in the UK, the company benefits from the current tenders for Operation & Maintenance services since many plants have now reached final acceptance. “More and more power plant owners realize that professional O&M services are not only a means to reduce costs, but the major driver of yields”, explains Burkhard Söhngen. In their Engineering & Advisory segment, ENcome has

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New TS HV 70 storage system will be unveiled at Intersolar The battery storage system with an operating voltage of up to 1,000 volts has been optimised for use with the latest generation of 3-phase SMA battery inverters Wittenberg, Germany, 29 May 2017 – Storage system manufacturer TESVOLT is set to unveil its new TS HV 70 high-voltage lithium storage system at Intersolar 2017. The new system features a battery voltage of between 575 and 1,000 volts and has been optimised for use with 3-phase SMA battery inverters. A service life of up to 30 years and the use of especially efficient power electronics and cell technology make the storage system particularly cost effective. Press photos are available here: http://www.tesvolt.com/tesvolt-and-sma-solar-technology-ag-are-teaming-up.html “The TS HV 70 is our solution for particularly demanding applications in the commercial sector that require at least 30 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of storage capacity,” Simon Schandert, Director of Engineering at TESVOLT explains. “This model is specifically geared toward economic viability and boasts outstanding performance, maximum safety and unparalleled efficiency. With the system, storage costs of less than 10 euro cents per kWh can be achieved. This opens up a new, cost-effective option for our customers, because the investment costs for the system and

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Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC today announced that it has successfully gained Canadian and European certification for its newest SPOT – String Power Optimizer and Transmitter – family of products. The ETL Mark from Intertek certifies that samples of the product have been tested by an independent laboratory and meet the requirements of the applicable product safety standard. The new SPOT family of products meets the requirements of IEC 62109-1, the European Union’s safety standard for the safety of power converters for use in photovoltaic power systems. Additionally, the SPOT family of products has been certified to meet the requirements of CSA C22.2#107.1, Canada’s safety standard for power conversion equipment. The SPOT is one of the largest ETL listed DC-DC optimizer for PV applications available on the market today and is now available for installation in every major PV market in the world. The latest version of the SPOT features a more rugged, low profile design along with a number of unique power electronics features to allow both new and existing PV plants to generate more energy while also streamlining their operations and maintenance (O&M) activities. Alencon’s SPOT can improve the yield of PV plants from anywhere 5 – 10% on

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-          More than 5GW of commercially mass-produced Q.ANTUM solar cells demonstrate Hanwha Q CELLS´industry leadership in PERC technology -          At booth A1 270, Hanwha Q CELLS will showcase its Q.ANTUM based PV portfolio -          Innovative Q.PEAK steel frame module shortlisted for Intersolar Award 2017 Thalheim, Germany, May 24, 2017 – Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (“Hanwha Q CELLS” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HQCL), the world´s largest producer of in-house solar cells in 2016, has reached a total of 5 GW of its proprietary Q.ANTUM solar cells from commercial mass production. In addition, Hanwha Q CELLS expects to reach the milestone figure of one billion mass produced Q.ANTUM solar cells by the end of the first half of 2017. These figures demonstrate Q.ANTUM as being the most commercially mature PERC-based technology and show Hanwha Q CELLS´ industry leadership in PERC technology. Q.ANTUM is the cell technology at the core of Hanwha Q CELLS´ PV product and solution portfolio, which the company will exhibit at Intersolar Europe in Munich from May 31 until June 2, 2017. Visitors will be able to experience multicrystalline and monocrystalline Q.ANTUM modules, including the first displaying of Q.PEAK RS L-G4.2, a monocrystalline Q.ANTUM module with an innovative steel frame and a

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Rueil-Malmaison (France), May 23, 2017 – Neoen, the premier French independent power producer and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, have signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGenTM multi-year framework agreement on three continents.  The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1500V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers, and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services. Neoen and Schneider Electric welcome this collaboration as a major joint initiative in providing more affordable and reliable clean energy. Neoen decided to enter a framework agreement to secure electrical design, launch grid impact studies at an early stage in the development process, and leverage volumes.  “We selected Schneider Electric after a global competitive process based on the best LCOE[1].  Having worked with Schneider Electric on the Cestas 300 MW project we were pleased with Schneider Electrics’ level of involvement, responsive service team, and track record of their high performing operating plant solutions,” explained Xavier Barbaro, CEO of Neoen. “With a global footprint and long-term commitment in Solar, Schneider Electric delivers projects and long-term service contracts for solar power plants worldwide in an efficient way, which will continue to benefit international solar businesses such as Neoen. We decided to set-up a

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Asset manager Greensolver launches new version of its benchmarking tool, allowing performance comparison of solar parks. Greensolver, the independent technical expert for wind and solar assets, has announced that its unique performance benchmarking tool, Greensolver Index, is now available for European solar assets. With European solar projects raising more and more interest from investors, there is growing demand for these assets to be independently managed by a specialist who will ensure that solar park deliver their peak performance and, by extension, portfolio returns. In addition, IS0 55001, the global asset management standard, requires investors to seek continuous improvements in asset performance. In this respect, the capacity of Greensolver Index to benchmark portfolio performance in real time against industry standards, and other projects Europe wide, gives investors confidence that their assets are under ongoing and active management. “Greensolver Index is a unique portfolio benchmarking tool. Indeed, thanks to Greensolver Index, investors now have the ability to evaluate the performance of individual assets not only against other like assets in their portfolio, but also projects Europe-wide. It gives investors a much clearer idea of how their operations and maintenance record stacks up against their peers” comments Guy Auger, Greensolver CEO. The tool offers a wide range of

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Hamburg, 23 May 2017. LUXCARA, one of Europe’s leading asset managers for renewable energy investments, has once again acquired a sizeable portfolio of wind turbines in southern Norway. The wind farms are located in the Bjerkreim region and will provide a total capacity of 262.8 MW. LUXCARA is thus expanding its portfolio of European solar and wind farms to a total capacity of almost 800 MW. “Thanks to our excellent network, we have been successful in acquiring another large wind portfolio in Norway for our institutional investors within a short period of time,” says Dr Alexandra von Bernstorff, Managing Partner of LUXCARA. A total of 73 wind turbines will be constructed and are expected to be completed and connected to the grid in 2019. “We are currently in negotiations with several well-known partners regarding a long-term power purchase agreement. In combination with reliable wind farms at sites with continuously high levels of wind throughout the year, we are laying the foundations for sustainable cash flows and an attractive project for our investors,” explains von Bernstorff. About LUXCARA LUXCARA is an independent asset manager, specialising in renewable energy investments for institutional investors. The owner-managed company was founded in 2009 by the sole shareholders Dr Alexandra

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London, 23 May 2017 – At Intersolar 2017, LG Electronics (LG), the electronics and solar specialist, will unveiled a new high-performance solar module, the NeON R. The new module spearheads LG’s new product portfolio, producing an output of up to 365 watts to maximise light absorption and increase efficiency. LG Electronics also announced re-classification of its entire product range - from entry-level to top-of-the-range products. In this time of market volatility and political uncertainty, LG has also underpinned its commitment to quality and reliability, offering a 25-year guarantee to new products. The LG NeON R: Power, Quality and Design The LG NeON R builds on the success of the award-winning LG NeON 2. The innovative front panel of the new module is completely without electrodes, maximising light absorption and causing an output of 365 watts peak (wp). Thanks to increased efficiency, the LG NeON R is suitable for use in confined spaces, including small confined roofs. Furthermore, the innovative design means the new modules perform better on sunny days due to improved temperature coefficiency, as well as on cloudy days due to low energy reduction in weak sunlight. LG also offer design enthusiasts a completely black version and an output of up

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Augsburg, May 23, 2017. Raising Power GmbH showcases its service package for the technical operation management of PV systems with a focus on the DGUV ordinance 3 at this year's Intersolar Europe in Munich. At booth 376 in hall B3, visitors to the trade fair will learn comprehensive solutions that Raising Power has been designing for system operation and operator responsibilities. Another highlight at the booth will be the 360° virtual reality control center, which demonstrates how Raising Power carries out technical operation management of PV systems worldwide from the company's location in Augsburg. Photovoltaic systems, like other electrical installations, are subject to legal regulations regarding system safety. In order to ensure adherence to these requirements over the entire service life, technical operation management is increasingly focusing on legally compliant system operation according to DGUV ordinance 3. The accident prevention regulation "Electrical installations and equipment” defines the type and intervals of the required recurring tests. "Improper operation and negligence when it comes to DGUV tests may result in legal consequences," explains Michèle Rascher, Managing Director of Raising Power. "It is therefore sensible for system owners and operators to partner with a professional service provider such as Raising Power over the operation

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Hamburger consultancy firm to carry out feasibility studies, site analysis and measuring campaigns in Africa and Asia Hamburg, 22.05.2017. The Hamburg based consultancy firm Suntrace has received six contract awards from World Bank Group during the last six Months for the realisation of international feasibility studies, site assessments and resource measurement campaigns. The awards solar and wind projects in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Libya and Vietnam. The projects will run for a period of between one to two and a half years. Suntrace specialises in large-scale solar projects, and its services ensure secure investment, successful project development and optimised yields as a result of optimised plant design. In Bangladesh, Suntrace is carrying out a feasibility study for a solar and wind project with an overall capacity of 100 megawatts on behalf of Power Cell (part of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Natural Resources). Suntrace will also support the project until award. Commissioned by the International Finance Corporation In Ethiopia, the International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank Group that specialises in funding private enterprises, has commissioned Suntrace to provide technical advice for the Scaling Solar Ethiopia project. This includes site analyses for several photovoltaic power plants with an aggregate capacity of

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