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Ingeteam has secured the supply and installation contract for Europe's largest PV project. The Mula PV plant, located in the south-east of the municipality of Mula in the region of Murcia, will have an installed power capacity of 500 MWp, which will make it the largest PV plant in Spain and in Europe as a whole. Thanks to this new contract, by December Ingeteam will reach the figure of 2,000 MW in PV inverters supplied to the Spanish market. Added to this milestone are the 900 MW of PV power maintained by Ingeteam in Spain. It is estimated that, by the end of 2019, the plant could be fully operational, through the access and connection point at the El Palmar substation, a strategic hub for the power transmission grid in Murcia. Covering a surface area of almost 1,000 hectares, similar to around 2,000 football pitches, the Mula solar plant is calculated to produce more than 750 million kWh per year, providing sufficient energy to supply a city of 450.000 inhabitants. The scale of the project makes this a unique initiative for the region, positioning Murcia as a leading renewables producer at a global level. Delivery has already started on the total of 238 central

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Solar and Storage Leader will Showcase Future-Proof Solutions for all Applications ROCKLIN, Calif., September 5, 2018—With a range of new products and solutions across all market segments including residential, commercial, utility, storage and O&M, SMA America will have plenty to display at Solar Power International in Anaheim, Calif., which will take place September 24-27, 2018. “From new residential, commercial and utility solutions to continued growth in service and O&M offerings, this has been a banner year for SMA America,” said John Susa, executive vice president of sales for SMA America. “We look forward to connecting with partners and customers at SPI and sharing more about some of our cutting-edge, up-and-coming efforts in solar and storage.” SMA will have a large presence at SPI this year. First, the company will participate in the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, with a booth (no. 4038) featuring the Sunny Boy Storage-US solution for residential applications, which is now available for shipping. SMA experts will also be on hand at the Smart Energy booth to discuss AC and DC coupled solutions for utility storage. Additionally, SMA will host an outdoor booth on the Grand Plaza (booth no. 6001) to highlight a number of other solutions for the residential, commercial,

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Berlin, September 5, 2018 – Apricum, a transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm specialized in renewable energy and cleantech, announces the appointment of Prof. Eicke R. Weber to the senior advisor team. Prof. Weber is one of the world’s leading solar experts with an extensive career spanning decades in research, academia and business in Europe, Asia and the USA. “I’ve followed the progress of Apricum since Nikolai founded it in 2008 and have been impressed by the team of experts he has brought together and the impressive track record of projects. Now that I have moved back to Berlin, I am looking forward to contributing to a range of advisory projects around the world,” said Prof. Weber. “I am thrilled that Eicke has agreed to join the Apricum team as senior advisor. Eicke is without doubt, one of the giants of the solar industry. With his depth of technical expertise, outstanding business acumen and unparalleled experience, his contribution to a range of renewable energy projects will be immense and of extreme value to our clients,” said Apricum Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott. In his new appointment, Prof. Weber will join Apricum’s senior advisor team, who comprise high-caliber industry leaders, investment bankers, engineers, scientists and

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Home batteries and grid-connected electric vehicles will form Virtual Power Plants with peer to peer trading using blockchain technology Solo Energy today announced the appointment of ex-Tesla VP of EMEA, Ben Hill, as its Commercial and Technical Advisor. Ben will assist Solo Energy in achieving its vision of a 100% renewable energy future by making solar and wind power more viable through the creation of Virtual Power Plants. Renewable power generation from solar photo voltaic (PV) and wind energy is highly variable, and coping with this variability traditionally requires using non-renewable power plants as a backup. Solo Energy’s solution is to install small-scale batteries and V2G (electric Vehicle to Grid) technology in homes and offices, and to combine them into Virtual Power Plants which can to be intelligently switched on to supply electricity when demand exceeds generating capacity. Solo’s advanced FlexiGrid cloud platform, which has been in development since 2016, operates these assets in partnership with energy suppliers. As battery storage locations will be distributed across thousands of residential and commercial premises, it has a further benefit of reducing the burden on the national electricity distribution grid because energy is generated, stored and consumed locally. Ben Hill’s appointment brings his significant experience in solar,

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Alfa Laval is introducing a new UV reactor size to the Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 family. Optimized for 50% more flow than the current largest reactor size, the 1500 m3/h version will enable streamlined and cost-effective configurations for tankers and other vessels with large ballast water flows. The 1500 m3/h reactor will join an existing PureBallast 3 range that comprises 170, 300, 600 and 1000 m3/h reactor sizes. Alone or in combination, the reactors enable PureBallast 3 system flows of 32–3000 m3/h, with multiple systems handling even larger capacities. With the introduction of the 1500 m3/h reactor, PureBallast 3 systems will become even more optimized for large ballast water flows of 1000 m3/h or more. A 3000 m3/h system will be achieved with just two reactors, for example, while a 1500 m3/h system will go from two reactors to one. Having fewer reactors will reduce the complexity and cost of installing a large-flow ballast water treatment system. Since UV systems are already smaller and more cost-effective to install than electrochlorination systems, this may further shift the balance towards UV among tankers and other vessels with large ballast water flows. “Many ship owners are reconsidering what they’ve been told about ballast water treatment for large

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GE Will Provide LV5 1,500-Volt Solar Inverters GE and EPC Construtora Quebec Will Also Collaborate on the Verde Vale III Project in Brazil for the Full Electrical Balance of Plant Solution In Total, GE Has Provided More than 1 Gigawatt of Solar Inverters to Brazil’s Solar Industry GUANAMBI, BAHIA STATE, BRAZIL – 03 Sept 2018 – GE Power (NYSE: GE) was chosen by EPC Construtora Quebec, a Brazilian engineering company, to provide its 4.4-megawatt (MW) and 2.2-MW LV5 1,500-volt inverters and skids for the 14-MW Verde Vale III project in Guanambi, Brazil. This project is owned by Vientos Solutions, an owner and operator of energy infrastructure assets in emerging markets. Compared to its 1,000-volt peers, the LV5 1,500-volt inverter technology from GE’s Power Conversion business has a higher voltage, enabling a simpler and more efficient farm infrastructure layout given the same target of energy output. This technology can also deliver reduced system cost as well as operating expenses. More importantly, it has obtained accreditation of the Brazil’s Bank of Economic and Social Development, meaning that it meets the local content requirement. GE will provide the full service to EPC Construtora Quebec, managing the assembling, the commissioning and the maintenance needed to

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New inverter provides modular, scalable solution for large-scale ground mount projects ROCKLIN, Calif., August 23, 2018—SMA America announced today that the new Sunny Highpower PEAK3 inverter is now available for ordering in North America. Fulfilling the increasing need for flexibility, simplicity and performance in large-scale solar projects, the product will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2019. Designed for larger distributed generation and utility-scale projects, the Sunny Highpower PEAK3 incorporates SMA’s latest inverter technology. Using the PEAK3 inverter as a modular building block, customers benefit from a scalable, cost-effective 1,500 VDC solution for large-scale ground mounted solar installations. “The utility-scale PV market is evolving and demanding more flexibility and scalability,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president of SMA’s Residential and Commercial business unit. “At the same time, our customers are looking for more cost-effective solutions for behind-the-meter distributed generation projects. The Sunny Highpower PEAK3 delivers on both of these needs. SMA continues to develop industry-leading technology that will provide its customers with more options for their PV projects.” The Sunny Highpower PEAK3 is available in two models. The 125 kW / 480 VAC version can be used for interconnection to standard behind-the-meter commercial services, and the 150 kW / 600 VAC version offers

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The main standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission for photovoltaic (PV) modules are IEC 61215:2016 and IEC 61730:2016. New-Tek in Kyrgyzstan has passed this demanding certification with the support of Schmid. TÜV Rheinland carried out the tests. "These certifications require a large number of intensive tests in our Cologne laboratory, such as mechanical, electrical, climatic and safety tests," explains Dr. Eckart Janknecht, Project Manager for photovoltaic module qualifications at TÜV Rheinland. For example, the hot summers and cold winters as well as the daily temperature fluctuations in Kyrgyzstan are reflected in the tests, in particular the new climate test sequences, according to IEC 61215:2016. In addition to laboratory tests, on-site inspection is also mandatory for certification. This audit checks whether the manufacturer actually produces what has been tested by TÜV Rheinland, whether basic quality monitoring of the photovoltaic modules takes place and whether general quality requirements (based on ISO 9001) are met. "It was a highlight to audit a module factory in the Central Asian landlocked state," said the expert, who travelled to this region for the first time, where so far not too much industry is located. Another special feature was that the Schmid Group, headquartered in Freudenstadt, Baden-Württemberg, took over the complete

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HERZLIYA, ISRAEL (August 30, 2018) – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, was awarded the 2018 Stratus Award in Cloud Computing for its grid services and virtual power plant solution by The Business Intelligence Group. The Stratus Awards recognize companies and individuals innovating in the cloud and providing technologies that are truly disruptive. Supporting a new model of energy generation, SolarEdge’s grid services offer aggregative control and data reporting, enabling the pooling of PV and storage in the cloud for the creation of virtual power plants. Offering benefits to all stakeholders, the solution provides utilities with the tools to leverage distributed energy generation systems to more efficiently meet demand. Energy retailers enjoy protection from price peaks and PV system owners can increase their revenue from joining this new shared energy economy. “With its cloud-based virtual power plant, SolarEdge is clearly an industry disruptor and is a visionary in its approach to changing the way energy is managed,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “Just like electricity, the cloud is now part of all of our daily lives and the staff and volunteer judges are pleased to shed light on these innovative services

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− The Q CELLS brand will continue to advertise its “ENGINEERED IN GERMANY” solar solutions on cam carpets, team benches and LED video boards for two additional seasons − The Q CELLS brand will also appear on advertising hoardings at all RB Leipzig home games in the EA Sports video game FIFA19 − This move signifies the establishment of another long-term partnership for RB Leipzig [Leipzig/Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 30/08/2018] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL) and German top-flight football club RB Leipzig have secured their international partnership ahead of schedule for another two Bundesliga seasons. Both partners announced the partnership extension today ahead of RB Leipzig’s first home game of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season on next Sunday. This means that the Q CELLS brand will continue to advertise its “Engineered in Germany” solar solutions in the Red Bull Arena until the end of the 2019/2020 season, as an international partner of ‘The Red Bulls’. The partnership – which includes advertising on cam carpets next to the goals, on the LED hoardings around the pitch and exclusively on the team benches – ensures that the Q CELLS brand gains significant exposure and visibility in the media and on TV. Furthermore, as part of the

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