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Planned capacity of 250 MW AC BELECTRIC as EPC and O&M provider awarded by Fortum BELECTRIC India ranked as “Top Ten Solar EPC Provider 2020” Kolitzheim (Germany) / Mumbai (India) – BELECTRIC, a German based company, further increases its footprint in the ever-growing solar industry of India by securing a major contract for a PV project in Rajasthan. BELECTRIC will be the construction and commissioning partner and will provide operation and maintenance services (O&M) to the large-scale solar plant on behalf of the owner Fortum Solar Plus Private Limited (Fortum). With a planned installed capacity of 250 MW AC the solar power plant will be one of India’s largest installations. “At the beginning of the year we delivered a new 250 MW AC solar plant for our customer Fortum, safely, on time and with a quality build. I am delighted that Fortum have placed again their trust in us and awarded BELECTRIC for its next large-scale solar project in India”, explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “This underpins our strong position as a system integrator and general contractor for utility-scale ground-mounted PV in the challenging Indian market. Together with the project in Rajasthan, BELECTRIC will break through

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LONGi, the world leading solar technology company, has signed an agreement with TBEA Sunoasis (“TBEA”) to supply 360MW of its high-efficiency solar modules for TBEA’s energy production base at Shihezi City in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. As part of the agreement, LONGi will prioritise delivery of 103MW of its highly anticipated new product, which means that the Hi-MO 5 module, designed for ultra-large ground power plants, can be officially evaluated by the market. TBEA Sunoasis has rich experience in building large-scale wind and photovoltaic power stations in desert, mountain, fishery-solar, agricultural-solar, low wind speed, commercial roof, residential roof and other areas. With Class A qualification for power construction general contracting, TBEA has successively undertaken the construction of large-scale mountain photovoltaic power station, fishery-solar power station, wind-solar desert grid-connected demonstration power station project, commercial PV energy storage power station project and other new energy projects which have reached new heights in the industry. By far, TBEA has undertaken the construction of more than 5,000 wind power and photovoltaic On-grid/off-grid power stations, with the capacity of nearly 16 GW. LONGi released Hi-MO 5 in June and, just 70 days later, the first module rolled off the production line at its factory in Xianyang

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This year, as a new member of the RE100 initiative, LONGi, the world leading solar technology company headquartered in Xi’an, China, joined the 2020 New York City Climate Week for the first time. LONGi is also amongst a roster of the world’s most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power that is nominated for this year’s RE100 Leadership Awards. LONGi Founder and President Li Zhenguo was invited to speak at the opening ceremony of the year’s most influential international climate change event. As the only business leader representing a Chinese company and major PV manufacturer Mr. Li shared his vision on how solar technology is helping the world address climate change and reiterated LONGi’s commitment to making clean energy more affordable and accessible with progressive technology and cost reductions. Mr. Li was also invited to a panel discussion: “Future-fit Business Strategies for a Net-zero World” with business leaders including Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Unilever, Mathias Lelièvre, CEO of ENGIE Impact and Professor Rebecca M. Henderson from Harvard Business School. The session was moderated by Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group. Li commented that “the value of solar energy is still underestimated”. Over the past decade, LONGi has been committed to

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Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, has announced a £100,000 regional investment as a founding partner in the Eureka! Mersey project to develop a world-class science and discovery centre in the Wirral. At a crucial time for regional investment, the new partnership aims to continue the regeneration of the Wirral waterfront and address a potential “skills gap” by boosting engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. The visitor attraction, situated just two minutes’ walk from Ørsted’s King’s Wharf Operations & Maintenance base, will address themes closely aligned with the Liverpool City region’s Local Industrial Strategy, such as Low Carbon and Innovation. It also strongly aligns with the region’s “Build Back Better” principles to economic recovery aimed at reshaping the local economy and society in a way that’s greener and more inclusive. By making STEM subjects exciting and accessible, Ørsted & Eureka! hope to boost aspiration in science-based careers, such as offshore wind. To ensure the highest impact among the target audience (six to 14-year-olds), the centre’s content is being designed in close collaboration with local schools and industry. Over the past two years, Ørsted has worked closely with the Eureka team and pupils at The Mosslands School, Wallasey to co-create wind-energy

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Our global economy has hit a new milestone: for the first time in history, it is consuming 100 billion tons of materials a year. Parallel to this, the global reuse of resources is in reverse, with the global circularity rate falling from 9.1% in 2019 to 8.6% in 2020. In reversing this trend, the built environment is a prominent sector to consider as it is the world’s most material intensive sector consuming 42.4 billion tonnes annually. By 2050, the European building stock alone will have grown by 13%. Within this sector, sustaining and extending the lifetime of buildings and infrastructure and appreciating the future value of built assets can have great impacts in reducing the CO2 footprint and becoming more circular. In their latest research in collaboration with Nyenrode Business University, the Coalition Circular Accounting explores the ambition of three Dutch facade builders — Alkondor, Blitta and De Groot & Visser, offering Facade-as-a-Service as a method to battle waste and increase the circularity of buildings, helping to solve these pressing issues. This is a pilot for a customisable, dismantlable facade that provides a building with ventilation, sunlight regulation and energy generation, all adjustable by remote control. Instead of being sold, this facade will

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Latest U.S. PV Leaderboard report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables shows that Q CELLS’ market share in the residential sector rose to 26.4%, which nearly equals the share of the next three competitors combined [Irvine, United States, September 28, 2020] Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, announced today that it has retained top market share in the U.S. residential and commercial solar module markets, underscoring the Company’s consistent leadership in the industry. According to the Q3 2020 U.S. PV Leaderboard report by leading energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Q CELLS captured 26.4% market share in the U.S. residential market for Q2 2020, a 6.4% increase from Q1 2020’s 20% market share. Q CELLS maintained its No.1 position for eight consecutive quarters and its newly recorded market share nearly equaled the share of the next three competitors combined during Q2 2020. The Leaderboard report also ranks Q CELLS as the U.S. commercial market leader with a 13.3% market share. Q CELLS’ commitment to new energy solutions with a core focus on quality Q CELLS continues to meet customer needs with the company’s

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Chicago, IL - 3S Lift is proud to announce the installation of 500 Climb Auto Systems in wind farms all over the US, adding to the 40,000 CAS installations worldwide. “We are very excited to see a growing number of North American owner/operators choosing our Climb Auto System to increase their park efficiency and improve the health & safety of their technicians“ says 3S Lift Americas President Giovan Scialdone. “Installing our CAS enables our customers to improve turbine uptime and grow site technician morale at the same time. This improves employee retention which leads to significant operational cost savings.” With 500 Climb Auto System installations in the US, 3S Lift has hit a milestone in the expansion of this new technology in the North American market. ”We are seeing orders coming in from multiple types of customers, including self-performing IPPs, passive utility owners, and turbine OEMs,” says Giovan Scialdone. “We are currently installing at five sites across three states at a rate of 30 units every week.” The 3S Lift Climb Auto System is already a staple in many other regions around the globe, helping technicians ascend towers quickly and safely in 40,000 wind turbines worldwide.

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Forecasts from Cornwall Insight highlight the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) supply and demand gap will be narrower in the 2020-21 compliance period than in previous years, due to lower overall electricity demand expectations. In fact, there is a material risk of ROCs being oversupplied should certain conditions arise, which would reduce renewable generator’s expected revenue. Cornwall Insight forecasts show The ROC supply-demand gap will be closer in this compliance period (2020-21) than in the previous few years. The gap is predicted to be well below 10% as intended by BEIS’s “headroom mechanism” it uses to set the annual Renewables Obligation (RO) targets. Given tighter supply and demand fundamentals, ROC prices have traded much closer to the buy-out price compared to recent years. Tim Dixon, Wholesale Team Lead at Cornwall Insight, said: “Although there has been some resurgence in electricity demand, if it continues to be lower than previous years for a longer period or there are any additional measures to combat a second wave of COVID-19, the ROC market could be pushed into oversupply. Higher output from intermittent generation technologies coinciding with this low demand year could also lead to oversupply. “Our forecasts show that a plausible ‘high wind generation year’ within historic ranges would

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Solar power is the most cost-effective form of energy worldwide, thanks to the many significant research contributions continuously made up to today. A decisive factor here is resource-saving production technology, which plays an important role along with increasing efficiency. HighLine Technology GmbH is the most recent Fraunhofer ISE spin-off company. The Freiburg-based start-up aims to commercialize a new process which was developed at the institute, whereby a contactless dispensing process is used to apply front metal contacts onto solar cells. This process not only saves resources but also increases the electricity yield and the potential for cost reductions. Applications also include production processes outside the field of photovoltaics. The expertise behind the young company HighLine Technology is an accumulation of ten years’ research work on dispensing processes for silicon solar cell metallization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. During this period in which a multi-nozzle dispensing print head was developed, expansive knowledge was acquired on printing pastes and processes. The developed technology can easily be integrated into conventional production lines for silicon solar cells, replacing the screen printing process normally used for the front-side metal contacts. In addition, the material consumption of the costly silver is reduced

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Aerocompact sponsors snow- and wind-proof PV mounting system for high alpine refuge Satteins, Austria, 28 Sept. 2020. Aerocompact, the manufacturer of PV mounting solutions, has planned a solar power system for Totalp Hut in Vorarlberg, Austria, and sponsored mounting solutions and services worth several thousand euros. At the beginning of 2019, an avalanche destroyed the high alpine refuge along with its solar power plant. After the hut was rebuilt, the company Strom vom Dach, which specializes in extreme PV construction sites, has recently installed the 10 kWp PV system. Snow loads of up to 1,400 kilograms per square meter The hut of the Austrian alpine club is located at an altitude of 2,385 metres and must withstand snow loads of up to 1,400 kilograms per square metre. “This is no problem for the systems from Aerocompact”, says Michael Anker, managing director of Strom vom Dach. He adds, “We only use products from Aerocompact. The service is amazing. We are supported wherever possible and there is a solution for all situations and applications”. Alpine version with ice-proof cable routing The fitters from Strom von Dach installed the rail-based Aerocompact CompactPITCH mounting system on the metal roof of the Totalp Hut. The optimised shape of the X50

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