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Kolitzheim (Germany); Mumbai (India) – BELECTRIC, a German based company, further increases its footprint in the ever-growing solar PV industry of India by securing a major contract for a large-scale solar project. “India is not only one of the largest PV markets but also one of the most challenging. That’s why we are particularly proud to have been awarded a contract for a 250 MW-AC solar plant by Fortum Solar India Private Limited,” explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “It is also by far the most sizeable project we have won so far from a third-party customer. Together with the 349 MWp (250 MW-AC) project Limondale, which we are starting to build for our parent company innogy SE in Australia, this underpins our strong position in large-scale EPC and O&M for ground-mounted PV.” Jitendra Singh, CEO & Managing Director of BELECTRIC Photovoltaic India Pvt. Ltd, adds: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract for this new project in Karnataka which is going to be the largest capacity installation we have done in India. This project includes five sites in a solar park totaling to 250 MW-AC and we plan to start construction next month. This new contract

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Munich/Wittenberg, 2 October 2018 —At Oktoberfest in Munich, a Tesvolt high-voltage storage system is helping to keep down electricity costs in the largest tent, the Festzelt Tradition. Peaks in consumption previously led to high costs for the tent’s owners, but are now covered by a lithium battery storage system with an output of 70 kilowatt hours (kWh). Press photos are available here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-storage-system-caps-power-peaks-at-oktoberfest__prr29.html Supplying electricity for 8,000 visitors “Our tent has space for around 5,000 people, with another 2,700 in the beer garden, so at peak times our kitchen is serving almost 8,000 guests. That obviously leads to high electricity demand — last year, the total figure was around 200,000 kWh,” says Toni Winklhofer, one of the two proprietors of the Festzelt Tradition. Around 70 percent of this demand comes from the kitchen, while the remaining energy is mostly used for lighting and heating. Tent owners save several thousand euros on power costs “And guests’ expectations are constantly growing, so outdoor heaters, for example, have become a must. These use a lot of power and cause peak loads which drive up the electricity costs that we pay as a business. Last year, we had peaks of over 300 kilowatts. The storage system should be

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- Hanwha Q CELLS supplied 120 of its Q.PEAK-G4.1 300 W solar modules for the project, located in Midi-Pyrénées, France - The 36 kWp array, installed by C2A and managed by local renewable energy cooperative Enercoop,  is the first collective self-consumption PV project in the region - The solar modules were installed on the rooftop of the Lou Cussou Biocoop store in Saint-Affrique (Aveyron) [Berlin, Germany, October 1, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or “The Company”), the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), at the weekend witnessed the inauguration of a solar self-consumption C&I project in France’s Midi-Pyrénées region that was built using Hanwha Q CELLS solar modules. The 36 kWp installation sits atop the rooftop of the new Lou Cussou Biocoop store in the town of Saint-Affrique (Aveyron), and comprises 120 Q.PEAK-G4.1 300 W solar modules.  Store manager Isabelle Gaillard enlisted the expertise of local renewable energy cooperative Enercoop to manage the sales contract that now positions the Biocoop store as a producer of energy. This €45,000 solar project was installed by C2A and inaugurated on September 29. Cooperative solar energy sharing helping to shape

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Agfa Specialty Products was announced the winner of the Solar + Power Award 2018 within the Solar PhotoVoltaic Material category for the breakthrough technology of their UNIQOAT backsheet product. Agfa Specialty Products was shortlisted for their UNIQOAT backsheet technology by a panel of judges that includes people representing the Solar Industry value chain, associations, institutes and Universities. The industry then casted vote for the best company, project or product through an online voting process. This year Agfa won with highest number of votes beating other contestants in the Solar PV Materials category. The 10th edition of the Solar + Power Award ceremony took place on September 26 in Brussels in the week that the city hosts the international EU PVSEC Conference on PhotoVoltaic Solar Energy. More information on the Solar + Power Awards can be found at: http://solarinternationalawards.net/home

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Lagrave, France, 01 October 2018. Amarenco, a leading European renewable energy IPP, has announced that it has become number one in the highly competitive 100kW-8MW rooftop solar segment in France, after winning 32MW in the latest CRE4.5 Buildings tender. Amarenco has been awarded a total capacity of more than 100MW across the five consecutive calls for tenders in this category, far ahead of Urbasolar (81MW) and Technique Solaire (68MW). Amarenco’s rooftop projects are distributed across two development platforms, one of which was established in partnership with TOTAL SOLAR. To carry out the projects, the company will unlock more than €120 million of investment. “Beyond this undisputed leadership position in France, it is important to point out that thanks to our high level of professionalism and deep expertise, Amarenco always builds all of its winning projects. Although this seems like a given, it is not always the case with French tenders, where low tariffs can prevent certain players from delivering their projects when subsequent price variations negatively impact on the construction costs”, commented Olivier Carré, President of Amarenco France. With more than 80 employees divided between France and Ireland, and a French asset fleet of 1300 PV plants managed from its headquarters in south-west

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MLPE Solution Uses Proven Technology to Provide Rapid Shutdown Only ROCKLIN, Calif., September 26, 2018—SMA will now begin shipping the TS4-R-F (Fire Safety) retrofit unit, a module-level power electronics (MLPE) solution that provides rapid shutdown only. The TS4-R-F is the quickest, most cost-effective way to achieve compliance with NEC 2017 690.12 module-level shutdown requirements, which is required by January 1, 2019. “We recognize the need among residential and commercial installers for a cost-effective solution that offers rapid shutdown capability, and we are pleased to begin shipping the TS4-R-F unit to our partners and customers,” said Hannes Knopf, Strategist for SMA’s Residential and Commercial Business Unit. “This solution will provide exactly what they need to achieve NEC compliance, without having to invest in solutions that offer unneeded features and functions.” Integrators sourcing 2019 shutdown solutions can buy with confidence knowing SMA is the exclusive supplier for the Tigo Energy TS4-R-F unit and will be able to support procurement requests well into next year, when business demand will be greatest. The TS4-R-F is a simple add-on that retrofits a regular standard solar module with a module-level rapid shutdown device. It is compatible with the power line-based SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown, making it simple

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The Russian module manufacturer and PV project developer Hevel LLC, based in Moscow, specializes in solar modules manufacturing with heterojunction (HJT) cells. In order to expand production of its high-efficiency modules, Hevel ordered new stringer systems, including layup, from German specialist teamtechnik. This change to teamtechnik is the result of a successful series of tests carried out beforehand. These showed that teamtechnik's adhesive technology would reduce costs and improve the reliability of the modules. Hevel manufactures its modules in Novocheboksarsk in the southern Volga region and was formerly active in thin-film technology. The cell and module manufacturer achieved the changeover to the sensitive HJT cells, with thicknesses less than 150µ, in record time. Hevel's specialists from its own R&D center developed their HJT technology using existing knowledge from thin-film solar module production. Next, the company placed orders for two Stringer TT1600 ECA units with the German production system specialist teamtechnik in order to increase production from 160 MW to 250 MW. These systems use innovative adhesive technology to connect HJT cells reliably in series production at low process temperatures. Verified modules that were produced in preliminary tests on teamtechnik stringers and then tested in a climate-control chamber demonstrated higher efficiency

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Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 25 September 2018 at 3 pm EEST GridSolv optimizes storage technology and software integration to deliver powerful upgrade in generation performance The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. GridSolv is an advanced energy storage solution that is designed to offer maximum flexibility and speed of deployment. This innovative and standardized architecture supports both standalone energy storage deployments as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets. Coming in three sizes, the GridSolv solution is typically housed in an ISO 40-foot container and contains: batteries, power distribution, safety, fire suppression, and air conditioning systems. “Much like how a smartphone delivers more value than simply a processor, a camera, and a touch screen, our new GridSolv solution goes well beyond batteries, inverters and container,” said Akshay Ladwa, Vice President of Engineering at Greensmith Energy. “We designed GridSolv to complement our industry-leading GEMS software platform so that utility partners and customers can have the most robust optimization of their grid assets and protect their energy storage investment for years to come.” Greensmith’s GridSolv solution is already delivering results for Sinergy Kft, subsidiary of ALTEO Group, in Budapest, Hungary. ALTEO’s existing power

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SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., September 24, 2018 – Trojan Battery Co., LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle energy storage solutions for Motive and  Stationary applications, is proud to introduce a fresh, new brand.  The new look includes a modern logo, vibrant colors, revised product branding and a new tagline: Charging Forward.   The refreshed brand will be apparent in Trojan’s marketing campaigns, collateral, and a new website, which is slated for later this year.  The classic maroon color of Trojan batteries will remain the same. The new logo replaces the previous logo, which had been in place for over 13 years.  Prior to that, the Trojan Battery logo had undergone 4 rebrands in its nearly 100-year-old history.  The new logo depicts a revamped version of the iconic Pegasus which is now facing forward.  This change in direction signifies the positive momentum that Trojan Battery is experiencing as a company. “This is an exciting time in our industry and at Trojan.  This bold rebranding is a platform for the launch of new technologies, while energizing our company and all Trojan stakeholders around the world as we go confidently into the future together,” said Neil Thomas, president and chief executive officer for Trojan Battery. 

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San Mateo, California, U.S., September 19, 2018 – REC Group, the world leader in efficiency for multi-crystalline solar panels, has announced that it will be presenting two new products at Solar Power International (SPI) September 24-27 in Anaheim, California this year. REC Group is a leading European solar panel brand with vertically integrated production sites in Norway and Singapore, and the company says that they expect their new products to further expand upon growing business efforts in the U.S. market, where the company has been active for more than ten years. “We have seen impressive growth in the American market, with our customer base increasing fivefold since 2015,” said Cary Hayes, President of REC Americas LLC, “We are excited to not only be introducing new, innovative products to the market, but also to be rolling out new strategic partnerships and initiatives to support our ever-growing installer network.” With production that kicked off last month, REC Group will be showcasing its new N-Peak series module, the world’s first n-type mono solar panel with twin design. The N-Peak half-cut cell module provides the brand’s highest efficiency yet with product power output of up to 330 watt peak performance. In addition to its new N-Peak panel,

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