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GE Will Provide Solairedirect India with 140 Megawatts of LV5 Solar Inverters and a Long-Term Service Agreement for 25 Years RAJASTHAN, INDIA—June 22, 2017—India’s booming economy and the increasing need for electricity have made the country quickly emerge as one of the world’s hotspots for solar power. Today, GE Energy Connections (NYSE: GE) is partnering with Solairedirect, a subsidiary of Engie, to equip its plants with 140 megawatts (MW) of LV5 1-MW solar inverters as well as a 25-year, long-term service agreement (LTSA). Inverters will be installed in two solar plants with 70-MW capacity each. Included in the service agreement is the provision of parts when needed and the required man-hours for repairs and maintenance for these two plants. The right technology is key to the plant’s success, but ensuring that the technology can continue to keep performing to the desired standard is arguably just as important. GE’s LTSA ensures high availability and high energy output of the plant. Thanks to the service agreement, the customer can benefit from improved project bankability and reduce the total cost of ownership throughout the lifespan of the two solar plants. “In an ever more competitive solar industry, service becomes the differentiator. Thanks to the LTSA provided

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Weighted global project pipeline increases markedly to 444 MWp Growth primarily driven by the US market Oliver Gosemann and Hans-Gerd Füchtenkort re-elected as Members of the Supervisory Board - Oliver Gosemann continues as Chairman Sulzemoos/Fuerstenfeldbruck, June 20th, 2017 – The Executive Board of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), an international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, presented a strong expansion of the project pipeline at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the company today. The weighted global project pipeline ("Short-listed" or higher) increased strongly to 444 MWp, up from 349.7 MWp as of end March 2017.This result was achieved despite the fact that a large project of 65 MWp was completed and therefore removed from the list. The latest expansion was primarily driven by the US market, where currently several large projects are in the late stage of negotiation. As a result, projects in the short-listed phase M3 rose from 88.4 to 240.4 MWp in 2Q2017. “Our pipeline development in recent months demonstrates that measures to strengthen and accelerate sales are clearly starting to bear fruit. This means that Phoenix Solar will continue to play an important role in the international photovoltaic

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Spain. June 20, 2017. Ingeteam has supplied 23 of its 4.8 MW power stations for the Clare Solar Farm project, located in the Australian state of Queensland. This 100 MWAC (125 MWDC) project, conducted by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is being constructed by the Australian EPC, Downer EDI. The energy generated by this solar plant, which is still at the construction stage, is to be injected into the distribution network operated by the Origin Energy electricity company. The Ingeteam 1,500 Vdc technology was selected for this project, involving the supply of the company's INGECON® SUN PowerMax central inverters, capable of producing a power output of up to 1,800 kW with a single 1,500 Vdc inverter, although the inverter model chosen for this project provides 1,600 kW. The solution, in the form of a power station, comprises three of these inverters housed in a 40 foot container, in addition to a power transformer, low voltage switchgear, medium voltage switchgear and auxiliary services panel. This is all supplied on a turnkey basis in order to ensure immediate, simple installation and field commissioning.

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Würzburg (Germany), June 20, 2017 – The average silicon consumption for manufacturing multi- and monocrystalline solar cells will drop from 4.8 grams per watt (g/W) in 2016 by 25% to 3.6 g/W in 2020. This is the result of a new scenario developed by the polysilicon market research firm Bernreuter Research. "Besides the increasing market share of monocrystalline cells with their higher efficiencies, the rapid spread of diamond wire saws will considerably drive down the specific silicon consumption per watt," says Johannes Bernreuter, head of Bernreuter Research and author of the Polysilicon Market Outlook 2020. Compared with traditional wire saws, which work with a slurry of silicon carbide particles wetting the wire, diamond wire saws allow not only a higher throughput and lower costs in wafer production, but also the use of a thinner wire. While the technical limit of slurry-based wire saws lies at a wire thickness of 100 micrometers (µm), diamond wire can be as thin as 60 µm and thus reduce the kerf loss significantly. Diamond wire saws have already gained a large market share in the production of monocrystalline wafers, which have consequently become more competitive against the multicrystalline variant. In addition, LONGi Green Energy Technology, the largest

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The BELECTRIC PEG system design achieves a significant milestone for cost-effective solar PV power generation Kolitzheim, Germany - The 4.77MWp Chillamurra Solar Plant at Goondiwindi Queensland; developed and built by YD Projects Pty Ltd and expected to be commissioned in June this year is built with BELECTRIC’s innovative and cost-effective PEG PV power plant system. “We are satisfied from the experience with the PEG system at Goondiwindi. It offers great savings related to material supply, transportation and installation”, said Glenn Clark, YD Projects sales manager. “The PEG system’s simplicity and the cost-effective material supply and installations were clearly demonstrated during the Chillamurra Solar Plant. We believe the system has a great potential in Australia”. This fixed-tilt substructure which is ~80cm above ground offers significant CAPEX costs reduction compared to other substructure systems available in the market. Those saving are substructure material supply and logistics and installation costs. Two additional PEG systems will be built in Australia by the end of 2017, the 10.8MWp system at Barcaldine Queensland developed by YD Projects Pty Ltd and the 3.3MWp system at Dareton NSW developed by a German investor. Additional value of the PEG system is related to its uniquely efficient area consumption of 0.7 hectare per MWp.

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Nantes, France, June 19, 2017. QOS Energy, a leading renewable O&M analytics software provider, has completed the delivery of an innovative Energy Management System to SunHydrO, a combined renewable energy and storage R&D project led by French aggregator Sun’R Smart Energy. The SunHydrO project aims to foster the grid integration of variable renewable energy sources with the added flexibility offered by pumped hydro storage units. The increased penetration of renewable energy in the electricity network impacts grid balancing capabilities, and requires the introduction of additional flexibility to the energy system. Renewable energy, variable by nature, must also mitigate its exposition to electricity market prices and their associated risks. The efficient management of this variability can only be achieved by the use of flexible production assets, the control of electricity demand, and the development of networks and storage. The SunHydrO project can integrate distributed renewable energy into the grid by coupling it to a pumped hydro storage in a Virtual Power Plant, increasing both the flexibility and the value of the energy system on the electricity markets. Led by the French aggregator Sun’R Smart Energy, SunHydrO is a collaborative project involving more than 12 parties. The Energy Management System designed by QOS Energy

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Sharp Energy Solutions Europe at Intersolar 2017 Sharp Energy Solutions Europe presented an impressive array of products at Intersolar 2017, reaffirming its heavy investment in product development over the past 12 months. Intersolar plays host to over 900 providers of products and solutions for photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies and solar plants, grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy, and receives well over 50,000 visitors, making it the perfect showcase for Sharp Energy Solutions Europe products and services. Our stand this year covered everything from a highly efficient and award-winning 48-cell back-contact module to the flexible and easy to use "Smart Chap" energy management platform. The stand was busy for all three days of the show, with a great reaction from visitors, one commenting: ‘Sharp Energy Solutions Europe is the only supplier with a long history and a strong mother company behind. This makes them very reliable.’ For those who were unable to make it to Germany to visit the Sharp stand at Intersolar 2017 this year, we have brought together the highlights so you can experience the show as it happened. Sharp NQ-R256A (256 Wp) 48-cell back-contact module The Sharp stand showcased the full line-up of our PV module portfolio, ranging from high-end

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Driving the development of high performance heterojunction solar cells from R&D up to industrial mass production. PES asks Meyer Burger to bring us up to date on the continuous improvement which is enabling high efficiencies and reduced costs. At the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, a climate agreement was signed by 194 countries. Subsequently, these ratifying countries have set ambitious clean energy goals for the years to come. In order to keep up with the resulting growing demand for photovoltaic products, PV manufacturers along the entire value chain are expanding their production capacities tremendously. When acquiring PV manufacturing equipment, the focus lies on reducing production costs and increasing energy yield. With this in mind, Meyer Burger has developed the industry-proven Heterojunction Technology (HJT) and in doing so is setting the industry standard in the field of solar cell coating. Meyer Burger is continuously improving the HJT production process, today achieving an impressive > 23% in cell efficiency with minimal production costs by reducing the number of manufacturing steps compared to standard cell processes.

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From 31 May to 2 June 2017, IMEON ENERGY presented its new intelligent hybrid inverters at the Intersolar exhibition in Munich. Essence of technology and innovation, IMEON's inverter with its Artificial Intelligent is able to understand its environment in order to adapt its energy management strategy while respecting the objectives of the users: autonomy, lowering the energy bill, security of power supply….Visitors mainly appreciated the reliability and the adaptability of IMEON thanks to many downloadable applications designed both for individuals and professionals, allowing IMEON to continuously evolve and integrate new functionalities. Embedded Artificial Intelligence: A.I. Insid IMEON smart grid inverters for self-consumption are the heart of your solar installation. With a real conscience, IMEON adapts to its environment. Thanks to its Texas Instrument ARM Cortex processor, it is designed to progress and adapt to future technological and regulatory developments (connected objects, smart home, electric mobility

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Blaubeuren, June 12, 2017 – centrotherm photovoltaics AG is operating under the new name of centrotherm international AG from today. With the entry in the commercial register, the resolution of the Annual General Meeting on May 23, 2017 is legally effective. „centrotherm continues to progress and with the company also our business areas. In addition to the photovoltaic and semiconductor industry, we also intend to serve other industry sectors with our production solutions“, emphasized Jan von Schuckmann, CEO of centrotherm. „Customers from other sectors should also benefit from our core competencies in thermal processes and system building. This should already be reflected in our company name“, Jan von Schuckmann continued. Please also note our new address in Württemberger Str. 31 as well as our new English web address centrotherm.world About centrotherm international AG centrotherm has been developing and realizing innovative thermal solutions for over 50 years. As a leading and globally operating technology group, we offer production solutions for the photovoltaic, semiconductor and microelectronics industries. The continuous further development of our successful solutions in thermal processing and coating, such as for manufacturing crystalline solar cells and power semiconductors, form the basis for our successful partnerships with industry, research and development. Our customers worldwide appreciate our production systems'

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