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Augsburg/Chicago, April 19, 2018 – meteocontrol North America, a subsidiary of meteocontrol GmbH in Germany, and viasys Intelligent Video GmbH are set to revolutionize solar monitoring in the United States PV market by entering into a long-term partnership. The aim of the collaboration is to offer PV-system operators a turn-key monitoring solution at a great value and provide North American customers with professional technical support. Consolidating the systems will result in cost savings for customers because video surveillance can be integrated into meteocontrol’s monitoring portal without the need for any additional infrastructure in solar farms, since the systems can share the same network components, cabling and control cabinet. “The challenges involved in securing and monitoring solar parks are impressively similar,” said Anson Moran, CEO of meteocontrol North America. “The solution is optimized alarm management. We will conduct high-level data assessments using video, data analysis and artificial intelligence,” As the founder of viasys Solar Secure, Anson has the necessary background for the position as well as extensive experience in perimeter security for PV plants. “The collaboration will solidify our reputation as a reliable partner because our product portfolios complement each other perfectly,” said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol GmbH. “Through our new collaboration with

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£5.2m ‘Freedom’ hybrid heating innovation project demonstrates financial benefits for consumers both on and off the gas grid Increased annual spend of £178m on the gas system will deliver savings of more than £1.3bn per year comparing to full electrification Approach decarbonises the existing energy grid infrastructure without any increase in peak electricity load, avoiding DNO reinforcement and using the storage and flexibility of the gas grid. Hybrids provide ideal technology to balance renewable gas and power potential to offer full domestic heat decarbonisation Consumers protected from major in-home disruption from deep insulation retrofits and transfer over to low temperature heating systems. Newbury, UK, 18 April 2018 – Interim results from the Freedom Project, a £5.2m innovation project designed to trial hybrid heating systems, has shown that smart switching between gas and electricity is key to delivering flexible demand response services (DSR) in a domestic setting. During 2017, PassivSystems installed 75 hybrid heating systems in private and social housing properties in Bridgend, South Wales, to prove the economic benefits of providing a flexible choice between fuels for heating. The Freedom Project is funded through the Network Innovation Allowance by Western Power Distribution, the electricity distribution network operator and Wales & West

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- 35,073 Q CELLS modules produce sustainable energy for approx. 3,600 households in the Brandenburg region (Germany) - Solar power plant connected to grid after only 4 months construction time on 29th March [Bremen / Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 18th April 2018] Energiekontor AG and Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer of solar cells, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), have put a solar power plant with a capacity of 10 MW into operation in Brandenburg. The ground-mounted system is comprised of 35,073 Q CELLS solar modules and will produce enough sustainable electricity to power around 3,000 homes. The system will produce approximately 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity per year, saving almost 5,500 tons of CO2. Bremen-based Energiekontor AG completed the project in 4 months. Internationally leading photovoltaic supplier Hanwha Q CELLS, whose Technology & Quality headquarters is located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, supplied Q.PLUS BFR-G4.1 285 Wp high-quality solar modules for the project. Piotr Jankowski, Project Coordinator for Energiekontor AG said: "The solar park is a great example that photovoltaic systems pay off in Germany. The crucial factors for the highest possible profitability are professional planning, smooth construction and especially the performance and quality of the solar modules used. The

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Gannawarra Solar Farm connected to the grid and is proceeding through the commissioning process To provide renewable power to approximately 18,100 Victorian homesSolar Farm to be integrated with Gannawarra Energy Storage System powered by a Tesla Powerpack battery storage system Creates ability to provide solar power at night Gannawarra Energy Storage System and the Gannawarra Solar Farm will be amongst the largest integrated solar and storage facilities in the world Sydney, Australia. Australian renewable energy company, Wirsol Energy’s Gannawarra Solar Farm in North-West Victoria is connected to the grid and is energised and is proceeding through the commissioning process. The Solar Farm was developed by, and is owned in conjunction with Edify Energy who have also managed its construction. The Gannawarra Solar Farm is a 60 Megawatt project and represents the first large-scale solar farm to be constructed and grid connected in Victoria. The commissioning process has commenced and will see the project ramp up over a period of time culminating in full production providing solar power to approximately 18,100 Victorian households. The solar farm is connected on site to Powercor’s 66kV distribution line between Swan Hill and Kerang, providing easy access to Victoria’s power grid. As announced recently by Wirsol

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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) places high demands on solar PV module design. The aesthetics and freedom of design are just as important as the module efficiency, and in manufacturing today, a conflict often exists between individualized sophisticated design, high module efficiency and low costs. In the BIPV-Fab project, the equipment manufacturer SCHMID and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE investigated possibilities for manufacturing customized modules in series production. With the newly developed production concepts, the costs of building-integrated PV modules can be reduced by 35 percent. Photovoltaics is an important cornerstone in the energy transformation, and the present PV capacity must be increased several fold for its successful implementation. Buildings play a key role here: Theoretically, building envelopes provide more economically useful area than the required increase in PV capacity demands. In a joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, SCHMID and Fraunhofer ISE examined the design limitations as well as the existing standards, laws and technical regulations for building-integrated photovoltaics. At the same time, they evaluated the effects of each on the module design. Fraunhofer ISE analyzed the building stock and the associated market potential. “Potential uses for BIPV modules with customized designs

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The largest event for the Iranian solar industry is being expanded to two days. Tehran/Pforzheim/Freiburg, April 12, 2018 – The Iranian solar market is picking up speed. Projects such as the 1.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic installation, which was recently completed by Shahrekord Cement Industries Company, an Iranian cement producer, show that the Iranian market is growing. One of the drivers of this recent growth are the Iranian government’s comprehensive and long-term feed-in tariffs. The system near the city of Shahr-e Kord in western Iran was deployed by the Iranian company Noursun Energy. With over 500 participants, Intersolar Summit Iran was such a huge success in 2017, that the program for 2018 is being expanded to two days. There will be a comprehensive conference program and an accompanying exhibition on the first day, and networking events and excursions on the second day. After the first Intersolar Summit Iran in 2016 attracted an impressive 400 attendees, the event grew to over 500 participants in 2017. Given the promising development in the Iranian market, the organizers are turning their attention to further expansion of Intersolar Summit Iran into the two-day Intersolar Iran Conference. Many solar projects with international investment While the large-scale PV plant at Shahrekord

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SolarEdge’s Inverter with HD-Wave Technology Recognized Innovation in the Renewable Energy Category NEW YORK, NY — April 12, 2018 —SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, was voted the Gold Winner for its HD-Wave inverter technology in the Renewable Energy Category by the Edison Awards™, one of the premier awards program in the United States recognizing innovation. SolarEdge joined some of the world’s most recognized companies for the awards ceremony celebrating 31 years of honoring innovators and innovations. Applying a novel approach to inverter design, SolarEdge’s HD-Wave technology represents a significant leap in the evolution of solar inverters. This technology dramatically reduces the size and weight of the inverter's magnetics by means of advanced digital processing. The new technology also increases reliability and optimizes the performance of solar energy systems to reach record-breaking inverter efficiency of 99%. This advancement enables more solar power to be produced at lower costs. “Our judges recognized SolarEdge as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards. “SolarEdge’s inverter with HD-Wave technology has already been recognized by the PV industry with awards for its innovation and potential to accelerate the proliferation of

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At the annual European Partner Event BYD introduced the new Battery Box LV, newly expanded partner initiatives and the strategic roadmap to attending distributors and partners April 11, 2018, Germany – BYD Co., Ltd. announced a deepened strategic focus on the battery business within the corporation and expanded channel support at the annual European partner event, held yesterday, April 10th in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to updates on the company development, strategy and roadmap as well as market outlooks by industry experts, BYD introduced the latest generation of the successful lithium storage system, the new Battery Box (previously named “B-Box”) LV (Low Voltage), to the attending distributors and partners. The new solution will be presented to a larger audience at ees and Intersolar Europe 2018. The new Battery Box LV After the successful introduction of the award winning Battery Box HV (high-voltage) lithium storage system to the European market in 2017, BYD now expands the low-voltage storage portfolio with the latest generation of the Battery Box LV. The new 48 volt lithium storage system employs the successful modular design of the energy storage series with battery capacities ranging from 3.5 to 14 kWh in one system with one to four modules. The

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Alencon Systems has successfully deployed it SPOT-ES in a unique, DC-coupled Solar + Storage project Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems is pleased to announce the first large scale deployment of its patented SPOT-ES in a DC-coupled Solar + Storage system in the eastern United States in concert with one of the nation’s largest energy companies. This deployment marks the first time a 1500-volt utility-scale DC coupled solar and storage system with string level MPPT was brought online. The Alencon SPOT – which stands for String Power Optimizer and Transmitter – is a string level DC-DC optimizer which optimizes the power from PV string inputs with voltages ranging from 600 to 1500 volts. The SPOT outputs power at virtually any range of voltage that is completely configurable from one deployment to the next. This unique feature assures that it can be used to couple solar with storage in a way that is battery-chemistry agnostic. The ES suffix designates “Energy Storage.” The SPOT-ES family of products has been specifically designed for the needs of DC-coupled Solar + Storage deployments. “The value offered by DC-coupling of Solar and Storage is clear,” states Alencon Systems President Hanan Fishman. “To date, the challenge for industry has been to find

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GE’s Brilliance Solar Inverters Meet the Customer’s Requirements for Reliability and Cost Competitiveness The Contract Includes a 20-Year Long-Term Service Agreement to Ensure the Maintenance and Service of the Equipment MIYAGI, JAPAN—April 11, 2018—GE Power (NYSE: GE) recently successfully delivered and commissioned its Brilliance Solar Inverters to Pacifico Energy Osaki GK for the 40.32-megawatt alternating current (AC) mega-solar project in Furukawa, Japan. GE’s Brilliance Solar Inverters meet the customer’s requirements both for reliability and cost competitiveness. Along with the inverters, GE also supplied ring main units and recombiners, all of which are preassembled onto skids for ease of transportation and installation at the site. As part of the agreement, GE also will provide a 20-year long-term service agreement to manage the maintenance and service of the GE equipment to support the availability of the inverter systems throughout the lifetime of the project. These attributes are vital to the overall performance of the Pacifico Energy Furukawa Mega Solar Plant given the shrinking local feed-in-tariffs. “We are glad to successfully deliver the solar project and help the country expand its solar footprint in the midst of a growing clean energy ecosystem,” said Patrick Fetzer, Solar CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business. “We are committed to delivering existing

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