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Eco-friendly and economical EV charging utilizing grid and PV power  MILAN, ITALY — March 13, 2018 — At MCE Italy, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, is launching the world’s first EV-charging inverter for the European market. By supplementing grid power with PV power, SolarEdge’s Mode 3 EV charger offers charging up to 2.5 times faster than a charger supplied with the EV with its innovative solar boost mode. SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter, once integrated with an EV charger, will not only provide the existing management and monitoring of solar production, battery storage, and home energy management, but will also enable EV charging from the same inverter and monitoring platform. The combined solution will offer considerable cost savings on both hardware and labor by eliminating the need for additional electrician and inspector visits, wiring and breaker installation. The solution is also available as an EV-ready solution that is future-ready for new EV purchase or replacement, and compatible with multiple EV connectors. “SolarEdge is committed to providing innovative solutions that help more people gain control of their energy usage,” stated Alfred Karlstetter, General Manager of SolarEdge Europe. “Our EV-charging, single-phase inverter makes it easier for individuals to maximize self-consumption and

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Lannion, France, March 13, 2018 – RECOM-SILLIA, a major solar module manufacturing company based in France, is awarded with the "Top PV Brand" seal by EuPD Research, Europe’s leading sustainability research firm. French installers and intermediaries have RECOM-SILLIA as their first choice for solar modules and they are highly likely to recommend RECOM-SILLIA to their customers. The Top Brand PV seal is awarded based on EuPD Research installer survey, which analyzes brand perception, customer’s preferred choice and distribution, in order to identify the module brand which distinguishes itself from the rest in the perception of their customers. “We are very proud of this award. RECOM Group has strengthened the brand awareness for end customers and business partners in less than a year since acquiring Sillia VL. Our pledge is to provide our clients high quality products according to strict European standards and values. The EuPD award is a confirmation of our vigorous efforts to fulfil customers’ expectations and provide the best long-term solutions for their needs”, states Hamlet Tunyan, President and CEO of RECOM Group. Based on 15 years of research, EuPD has developed an evaluation model to emphasize the aspects of successful brand management. The results of substantiated primary research data from installers

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he Company won all tenders for robotic cleaning technology issued by tier-1 players in 2017, maintaining leadership February XX, 2018 – Ecoppia, the world-leader in robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced today the completion of additional 3 deployments in the Bhadla region, which consists of a 2,255 MW Bhadla Solar Park, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan India. The three sites were developed by Ostro Energy, a renewable energy platform backed by emerging markets-focused private equity Actis Capital. The sites are located at Kethusar, Kanasar and Badisid in Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, a water deficient region that suffers from frequent and massive dust storms. In line with Ostro’s ethos on water conservation, the company chose Ecoppia's state-of-art system for module cleaning to ensure zero water usage at the plant. With the deployment of Ecoppia across its sites, Ostro Energy is expected to save over 0.5 billion of liters of water and reduce its operating expenses drastically. Leveraging the unparalleled experience gained working with leading energy companies in India such as SunEdison/TerraForm, Engie Group, Fortum and NTPC, cleaning over 200 million solar panels, Ecoppia's solution will ensure no soiling loss through the project’s lifetime.

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TEMPE, Ariz., March 13th, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), a global supplier of production equipment and related supplies for the solar, semiconductor, and LED markets, today announced its solar subsidiary, SoLayTec B.V., has shipped a next generation solar Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) to an Asian customer. While the PV market is shifting towards high efficiency cell designs, production with high yield, A-grade cells, is getting increasingly important. Fokko Pentinga, CEO and President of Amtech, commented, "For this project we are delivering the equipment for the PERC line upgrade and assisting the customer with the PERC ramp-up and line integration. PV manufacturers are experiencing extreme price pressure, resulting in an increasing need for higher cell quality with narrow cell efficiency distribution. The highest line yield possible of A-grade cells is essential to ensure good margins for these advanced production lines. Al2O3 wrap-around during deposition will result in reduction of the cell efficiency by as much as 0.2%, as well as front side color variations. Our ALD equipment addresses PV manufacturers’ challenges, by delivering the highest PERC cell efficiency using Al2O3,, highest A-grade cells, and stable deposition process without any wrap around. Another challenge we address for A-grade cells is

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CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions Namibia, a renewable energy company financing, developing, building and operating solar plants, completed its latest project by the end of January 2018. The plant built on O&L Leisure’s Mokuti Lodge has now officially been connected to the grid. The project is the second utility scale solar PV plant CRONIMET implemented within the African hospitality industry. From now on, the electricity generated will enable the Mokuti Etosha Lodge, a property owned and operated by Olthaver & List (O&L) Leisure, to become energy-independent, reduce pollution and save electricity cost. The excess energy will be fed into the public grid in order to supply local communities with clean energy. The plant is located at the Mokuti Etosha Lodge bordering the sun-drenched Namibian Etosha National Park. It has an installed capacity of 470 kWp producing over 1150 MWh per Year. The plant is equipped with an horizontal tracking system, that follows the sun movement on its daily course form east to west, in order to maximise the power output. Having engaged more than 40 local workers in order to build the plant, the local value added was substantial. CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions Namibia has completed the project as Engineering, Procurement

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Zurich, Switzerland, March 7, 2018 – Innovative solution to help “Last Frontier” towns to lower costs and optimize the use of renewables for a sustainable future Deering and Buckland are two small villages in northwestern Alaska, with populations of 200 and 400 mostly indigenous Inupiaq people. For these residents, who rely heavily on fishing and hunting for their subsistence, life above the Arctic Circle is tough. Winter lasts for nine months with temperatures dipping to minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The challenge of providing stable, reliable and affordable power has motivated many rural Arctic communities to incorporate increasing amounts of renewable resources to offset the high cost and environmental impact of diesel fuel. But while the flat coastal terrain is well-suited for wind generation, the wind turbines installed there, have been underutilized due to the intermittent and unstable nature of wind power. ABB will partner with the communities of Deering and Buckland to install advanced modular “plug-and-play” microgrids that will leverage proven ABB Ability™ Microgrid Plus automation system and PowerStore™ storage technology, to maximize the adoption of wind power. Incorporating more renewables will also help the communities to lower costs and support the objectives set out by NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA), the

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Berlin, 7 March 2018 - During a recent three-day integration summit in Berlin with employees of both the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) and SolarBuyer, the new structure for a single, global team was created. The merger of both companies is yielding benefits to customers looking for a service provider who can manage all aspects of PV equipment quality ‘under one roof’. PI Berlin is now able to support PV projects and portfolios worldwide with a fully integrated equipment risk management and quality assurance service from factory to the field. Press photos can be found under: http://www.pi-berlin.com/en/integration-summit.html Combining the strengths of both companies The merger of PI Berlin with SolarBuyer has created one of the largest independent service providers in the PV industry focused exclusively on the management of PV equipment quality and risk. The summit brought together significant expertise in laboratory testing, factory assessments and the field evaluation of installed PV equipment to create a truly comprehensive quality management package for banks, investors, developers and utilities. At the summit, the new team not only decided on the structure of the enlarged company, but also spent time determining how the new team can best focus on customers and their needs. „The merger of PI Berlin

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(Wels, 06/03/2018) A regulated feed-in tariff for solar power has been in place in Vietnam since the end of 2017. For many private individuals and companies, this is an incentive to invest in renewable energies. As a specialist in solar technology, Fronius Solar Energy is supporting system operators in the country with high-quality, easy-to-install inverters and a unique service plan with local partners in the region. Fronius recently supplied inverters for a PV system in Ho-Chi-Minh City, which will generate up to 120 megawatt hours of electricity per year.  The photovoltaics market in Vietnam has enormous potential, with extremely high levels of insolation all year round in the central and southern areas of the country. Despite this, the topic of solar energy is relatively new here; a regulated feed-in tariff was only introduced at the end of 2017. The government has set itself the goal of installing PV systems with a total output of twelve gigawatts within the next twelve years. Fronius Solar Energy has also recognised this potential and is supporting private and commercial system operators with its vision of 24 hours of sun, a future in which 100% of the world's energy needs are covered by renewable sources. The

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meteocontrol: Grid stability thanks to accurate solar energy online feed in and forecasts Augsburg, March 06, 2018 – meteocontrol provides accurate online feed in and forecasts that make solar energy predictable for grid operators and energy trading companies around the world. The market leader for independent PV monitoring systems reliably forecasts and monitors the amount of fed-in solar energy for individual systems and grid areas or even for entire countries. meteocontrol's sophisticated forecasting techniques combine highly precise weather information with the yield data of more than 43,000 photovoltaic systems that meteocontrol monitors globally. The exact live online feed in help ensure a high level of grid stability and the optimum energy mix. meteocontrol has many years' experience monitoring PV systems, which in turn gives the company access to an enormous quantity of measurement data. As a result, meteocontrol draws from a highly representative basis for calculating the projected capacity of fed-in power from solar energy. Instead of relying on assumptions, the forecasts draw from real operating data provided by over 43,000 PV systems registered in the meteocontrol portal that together produce a total installed power output of around 12 gigawatts. This gives meteocontrol the ability to compare the predicted energy quantity with

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that it has successfully concluded strategically important contracts with two existing customers in Asia for the delivery of its high precision industrial DW 288 Sapphire cutting platform for slicing and wafering applications in specialised non-PV technologies. Meyer Burger surpassed well-known regional and international competitors for the contracts with its extensive expertise in exact cutting technologies and based on the excellent experience the customers have had with Meyer Burger’s highly motivated, professional and solution-oriented employees in previous projects. The total contractual value of both orders is about CHF 14 million. The orders comprise installation, on-site training and service of the industry-leading DW 288 Sapphire cutting platform. Delivery of the system solutions is scheduled for the second quarter 2018.

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