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The two companies join forces in mission to make charging cheaper, easier and more sustainable for electric vehicle (EV) drivers Fiat Chrysler Automobiles selects the UK as testbed for new EV innovation Kaluza platform will develop direct-to-car smart charging for the all-new Fiat 500 EV, enabling a richercustomer experience and a more resilient energy system London - Wednesday, 18th November 2020 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles[1], a leading global automaker, andKaluza, a leading intelligent energy platform, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at exploring how to deliver cheaper, simpler and more sustainable EV charging services to FCA’s customers through Kaluza’s pioneering cloud platform. During the first phase of their partnership, the two companies will develop a smart charging service for Fiat 500 EV customers using the Kaluza platform. The innovative direct-to-car technology will leverage live data from local grid operators to shift car charging to times when carbon intensity is lowest and energy is cheapest, without the need for a separate smart charge point. At scale, this would enable drivers to benefit from reduced bills, lower carbon emissions and a seamless in-app charging experience oriented around their individual needs. A select group of Fiat 500 EV customers in the UK will

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EPC Leader Partners with Developer Elemental Energy and Local Community to Deliver On-Time, On-Budget Solar Farm in Innisfail TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2020 -- GP JOULE Canada Corp., a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH, has completed construction of the 25.4-megawatt Innisfail Solar project in Red Deer County, Alberta. GP JOULE joined forces with Elemental Energy Inc., the British Columbia-based renewable energy developer, investor, and project owner — along with community stakeholders — to successfully complete this novel merchant solar farm. The project was executed safely on time and on budget — despite the onset of a global pandemic midway through the installation. “Turning a vision like Innisfail Solar into reality depends on strong leadership and cooperation, which our solar team experienced with Elemental Energy” said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE North America. “We thank the community of Innisfail for its welcome and collaboration in the construction of this utility-scale solar installation, even as everyone incorporated extensive guidelines that safe-guarded us against COVID-19.” GP JOULE experienced outstanding support from the local community and worked to engage them with over 100 local construction jobs beginning in October 2019. Local subcontractors worked onsite performing site preparation, clearing and other essential services.  Locally owned businesses also provided

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195.5 MW facility in southwest Georgia to supply electricity from late 2021 Solar PV array coupled with 40MW 2-hour battery energy storage system Project benefits from 30-year utility contract Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power RWE Renewables’ Hickory Park Solar project, a 195.5-megawatt (MWac) facility coupled with a 40 megawatt 2-hour battery storage system, located in Mitchell County, Georgia, is under construction. RWE is the operator and manager of the solar facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Power through its Renewable Energy Development Initiative program. The project is expected to be online in late 2021. The company announced in November 2019 it entered into a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power Company, an investor owned public utility that serves more than 2.6 million customers. “We are extremely pleased to have a project of this size in Georgia under construction,” said Silvia Ortin, COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas. “We look forward to working with Georgia Power, a company that’s committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to advance solar in Georgia.” When complete, the Hickory Park solar power plant will interconnect more than 650,000 solar panels, which together will cover an area of

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One of the leading EPC companies in the European solar market with an installed capacity of over 2.1 GWp Dynamic growth on existing basis to be accelerated further by the issue of a secured corporate bond Risk-averse use of funds in late-stage project development Secured project pipeline comprises 1.8 GWp with a focus on Europe and expected sales of over EUR 850 million until 2024 Securities exist in the form of pledged shares in solar project companies with a net security value of EUR 34.5 million confirmed by an expert opinion and assigned receivables from EPC contracts for solar projects of at least EUR 10 million Saarbrücken, 13 November 2020 – Greencells GmbH, a globally active engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and O&M service provider for utility-scale solar power plants, issues a secured bond (ISIN: DE000A289YQ5) with a volume of up to EUR 25 million and a coupon of 6.5% p.a. over a term of five years. The security qualifies as a Green Bond as the sustainability rating agency, imug, confirms that the Green Bond of Greencells GmbH complies with the International Capital Market Association’s Green Bond Principles (GBP). Interested investors can subscribe for the Greencells Green Bond within a public offering in

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Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acted as lender’s technical adviser for the financing of the 220 MW Solara4 solar farm in Portugal. This is a landmark project in the European solar market and will be Europe’s largest unsubsidised solar project when completed in 2021. The project is being developed by WElink and the lenders are Investec and Kommunalkredit. Hannah Staab, Natural Power’s Head of Advisory – Europe, said: “We were delighted to support WElink, Investec and Kommunalkredit on this financing. Due to its size and complexity, the project is not without challenges and we were able to draw on the expertise of our global solar team to mitigate technical risks and work with our clients to resolve issues. We look forward to supporting the project until it reaches commercial operations in 2021.” The due diligence and energy yield assessment were led by Natural Power’s UK team, with site inspections carried out by Natural Power’s French team. Natural Power continues to support the lenders by providing construction monitoring throughout the remainder of the construction phase. Gregor Hogarth, Technical Manager – Investments and Transactions Europe at WELink Energy, said: “I was pleased with the speed, diligence and flexibility shown by Natural

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[Berlin, Germany, November 16, 2020] Hanwha Q CELLS (“Q CELLS”), a globally renowned solar technology leader and total energy solutions provider, was once again recognized for its technology, receiving a patent validity judgment in the “patent invalidation trial” for Q CELLS cell technology filed in China by the Chinese solar manufacturer LONGi Solar. LONGi Solar filed two invalidity proceedings against Q CELLS in July and August of 2019 in China’s Reexamination and Invalidation Department of the Patent Office, CNIPA, alleging that the company’s patents regarding high-efficiency silicon solar cells were invalid. The Patent Office early in November this year ruled in favor of Q CELLS by upholding the validity of its patents. The Patent Office’s determination reaffirmed that Q CELLS’ intellectual property rights can be protected in China[i], a market where most of global PERC cell are produced currently. Based on the European equivalent of one of the two patents recently upheld by China’s Patent Office (‘971, equivalent European patent EP 2 220 689), Q CELLS has filed a litigation against three companies – JinkoSolar GmbH (“JinkoSolar“), REC Solar EMEA GmbH (“REC”), and LONGi Solar Technologie GmbH (“LONGi Solar”) – in Germany for PERC patent infringements.

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SAN DIEGO (Nov. 13, 2020): EDF Renewables North America and Nucor Corporation, a diversified steel and steel products company, today announced the signing of a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for 250 megawatts (MWac) of solar energy in Texas. The project, selected by Nucor under a competitive RFP process, is expected to begin delivering clean electricity in Q2 2023.  The agreement marks the first solar power purchase agreement for Nucor and the largest of its kind for the steel industry. Construction is expected to commence in Summer 2022, creating hundreds of construction-related jobs during its peak. The local community will benefit over its operating life through land lease, tax, and other payments. The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of nearly 50,000  average Texas homes1. “EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Nucor and help them with their sustainability initiatives in a cost-effective manner,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President, Grid-Scale Power at EDF Renewables. “Nucor’s decision to procure solar energy allows this project to move forward into construction, which will provide an economic boost to the local economy through new construction jobs and expanded tax base.” “Nucor is one of the most efficient and cleanest steel producers in the

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Less plastic consumption with the new hardware generation for Solar-Log™ Sustainability in day-to-day operations is an important goal. That’s why we constantly check all processes, from development through to production. Small, higher-performance, more environmentally friendly. The new Solar-Log™ products also benefit nature. Thanks to these products, Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) now uses just a fraction of the plastic for its production processes of what was needed before. With the aid of the new Base generation of hardware products alone, Solar-Log™ can save up to 90 per cent of the plastic that was previously required – this is a milestone achievement! In the “old” data loggers, there were 370 grammes of plastic, while with the new Solar-Log™ generation, this proportion has been significantly reduced to just 51 grammes for the Solar-Log Base. This is a big success, and of course, we won’t stop there. We continue to work on improving environmental balance – every day.

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The 41 MW floating solar plant will be installed at the Hapcheon Dam in the south of the country in what will become the largest such PV construction located at a dam anywhere in the world. [Seoul, South Korea, November 13, 2020] Q CELLS will construct a 41 MW floating PV power plant, which once complete will become the world’s largest floating PV constructed on a dam, as well as the largest floating PV plant permitted in Korea. Q CELLS won the rights to develop this floating PV project in August from K-water (the Korea Water Resources Institute), and received final permission to begin construction on November 4. Q CELLS will begin construction by the end of this year. The floating PV plant is a combination of onshore solar technology and floating structure technology. This style of PV plant is growing in popularity in mountainous and densely populated regions because it covers only the water’s surface, which is an idle space, and has the advantage of up to 10% higher power generation compared to onshore PV power plant thanks to less shadowing influence and the cooling effect of the water. The Hapcheon Dam floating PV power plant will produce enough solar electricity to

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The skylines of big cities like New York, London and so many others in the world have been shaped by skyscrapers. Despite their aesthetical beauty, these high-rise buildings typically draw their power from the traditional carbon fuel grid and are therefore contributing to the ever increasing carbon emissions and air pollution in major metropolises. Here, Matthew Stone, chairman at nanotechnology research specialistsNextGen Nano, explains how the integration  of organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells to commercial buildings can assist in the production of green energy for cleaner cities. According to the United Nations, the world’s urban population will rise from 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion between now and 2050. As more people decide to live in big metropolises instead of small, rural villages, skyscrapers are not only the symbol of modern urban cities but are a necessity in order to provide enough space for both living and business purposes. Since skyscrapers include offices and apartments and need to accommodate a vast number of people, they require more energy than small houses. One study shows that electricity used per square metre of floor area is nearly two and a half times greater in high-rise office buildings than in low ones. This study also shows

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