Sunny Design Pro von SMA ermöglicht Anlagenplanung über alle Energiesektoren hinweg

16.07.2018

Anlagenplaner haben jetzt zum ersten Mal die Möglichkeit, Energiesysteme über alle Sektoren hinweg zu planen und zu simulieren. Die neue Version der Anlagenauslegungssoftware Sunny Design Pro, welche die SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) auf der Intersolar Europe in München vorgestellt hat, berücksichtigt neben elektrischen Stromerzeugern und –verbrauchern auch Batteriespeicher und thermische Komponenten wie Blockheizkraftwerke und Wärmepumpen. Sunny Design Pro erstellt in kürzester Zeit eine umfassende Systemdarstellung mit allen wichtigen energetischen und wirtschaftlichen Kennzahlen. Anlagenplaner, Fachhandwerker und Energieberater können ihren Kunden auf dieser Basis aussagekräftige Entscheidungsgrundlagen liefern und valide Prognosen über die Wirtschaftlichkeit des geplanten Energiesystems treffen.

„Mit Sunny Design Pro hat SMA als erster Hersteller eine Software entwickelt, mit der die Sektorenkopplung gerade in gewerblichen Anwendungen sehr effizient geplant werden kann“, erklärt Dr. Thomas Straub, Senior Product Manager bei SMA und verantwortlich für das neue Sunny Design Pro. „Die Stärke des Programms liegt einerseits in der ganzheitlichen Sicht auf die elektrischen und thermischen Aspekte des Energiesystems und der kundengerechten Aufbereitung der Resultate. Andererseits können die Energieflüsse durch die integrierten Funktionen unserer Energiemanagement-Plattform ennexOS optimiert werden. So sparen die Betreiber erheblich Kosten ein.“

Umfassende Dokumentation für komplette Systeme
Bisher mussten die einzelnen Sektoren eines Energiesystems jeweils separat geplant und berechnet werden, die Zusammenführung der einzelnen Ergebnisse war nicht ohne erheblichen Aufwand möglich. Sunny Design Pro bildet jetzt zum ersten Mal das Gesamtsystem ab und bezieht alle Energieerzeuger und -verbraucher mit ein. Anlagenplaner erhalten eine umfassende Projektdokumentation der geplanten Gesamtanlage und können ihren Kunden damit eine aussagekräftige Entscheidungsgrundlage anbieten.

Neben der Planung von Energiesystemen mit Sektorenkopplung können Anlagenplaner mit dem neuen Sunny Design Pro sowohl netzgekoppelte wie auch Off-Grid und PV-Hybrid-Systeme auslegen, Projekte speichern und verwalten sowie eigene PV-Module, Standorte und Verbrauchsprofile erstellen. Darüber hinaus bietet Sunny Design Pro die Möglichkeit, Bezugs- und Einspeisetarife flexibel zu verwalten, Verbrauchs- und Lastganganalysen zu erstellen und den Einsatz von Batteriespeichern auch in Peak-Load-Shaving-Anwendungen zu simulieren.

Mehr Informationen zum neuen Sunny Design Pro finden Sie auf der SMA Webseite und auf dem SMA Blog Sunny.


Über SMA
Die SMA Gruppe ist mit einem Umsatz von rund 900 Millionen Euro im Jahr 2017 ein global führender Spezialist für Photovoltaik-Wechselrichter, einer zentralen Komponente jeder Solarstromanlage. SMA bietet ein breites Produkt- und Lösungsportfolio an, das einen hohen Energieertrag für solare Hausdachanlagen, gewerbliche Solarstromanlagen und große Solarkraftwerke ermöglicht. Zur effizienten Steigerung des PV-Eigenverbrauchs kann die SMA Systemtechnik einfach mit unterschiedlichen Batterietechnologien kombiniert werden. Intelligente Energiemanagement-Lösungen, digitale Energielösungen sowie umfangreiche Servicedienstleistungen bis hin zur operativen Betriebsführung von Solarkraftwerken runden das Angebot von SMA ab. Hauptsitz des Unternehmens ist Niestetal bei Kassel. SMA ist in 20 Ländern vertreten und beschäftigt weltweit mehr als 3.000 Mitarbeiter, davon allein 500 in der Entwicklung. Die mehrfach ausgezeichnete Technologie von SMA ist durch über 1.100 Patente und eingetragene Gebrauchsmuster geschützt. Die Muttergesellschaft SMA Solar Technology AG ist seit 2008 im Prime Standard der Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (S92) notiert und aktuell als einziges Unternehmen der Solarbranche im TecDAX gelistet.


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ENGIE and Nexity have concluded a financial and technological partnership to acquire and transform together into an exemplary eco-district, a 9-hectares plot of industrial land at La Garenne-Colombes, in the Hauts-de-Seine department (92). This new Paris La Défense centre would in particular host a future ENGIE eco-campus. The two groups will pool their respective know-how about sustainable cities and energy transition in order to develop this general interest urban project, in close collaboration with the municipality and the public actors.

Designed for the future users, residents and employees, and as a showcase of the energy and environmental transition, this ambitious project is located within the scope of a Redevelopment and Sustainable Development Project of the municipality of La Garenne-Colombes, on a site acquired from the PSA group which will be made available in late 2018.

For ENGIE, in compliance with the prerogatives of the representative bodies of the staff concerned, this would mean creating, by 2022-2023, a bespoke campus of more than 120,000 m², conceived according to the best standards of quality of life at work, thereby bringing together the Île-de-France teams within a unifying place, promoting cooperation, cross-disciplinarity and openness.

This project will be the showcase of the ENGIE Group’s strategy, part of an environmental approach contributing both to economic and social progress that is harmonious and sustainable. Located in a wooded urban site near Paris, this future eco-campus will illustrate the expertise of ENGIE and its teams in building the smart city of tomorrow”, Pierre Deheunynck, ENGIE Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee, welcomed.

Our strength on ENGIE’s tertiary campus is to provide tailor-made answers to the needs and uses expressed, but also to articulate the DNA of ENGIE through its new premises. This adhesion is capital. I am proud that ENGIE will become a showcase of our corporate property know-how and that we are developing together a new area in La Garenne-Colombes”, Véronique Bédague, Chairwoman and CEO of Nexity Immobilier d’Entreprise, said.

Philippe Juvin, Mayor of La Garenne-Colombes and an MEP, also welcomed this operation: “This area was a terra incognita for the municipality. We are going to make it into a living district. Eventually, the overall urban project will include, in addition to the ENGIE campus, a mixed programme of offices, housing, shops and a hotel, a new PSA branch, and community facilities (large public park, school, crèche, gymnasium, etc.)”.

Finally, Marie-Célie Guillaume, CEO of the Paris La Défense establishment, is pleased with “the decision of ENGIE, an historial partner of Paris La Défense, to locate in this area the showcase of its know-how in terms of smart and sustainable city. This ambitious tertiary and mixed centre, will complement the development of the neighbouring district of Les Groues, that we are also redesigning. It will contribute to the attractiveness of the largest business district in Europe”.

About ENGIE

We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to all, or mobility, and offer our residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests. Our integrated - low-carbon, high-performing and sustainable - offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of living and working. Our ambition is conveyed by each of our 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Together with our customers and partners, they form a community of imaginative builders who invent and build today solutions for tomorrow.2017 turnover: 65 billion Euros. Listed in Paris and Brussels (ENGI), the Group is represented in the main financial (CAC 40, BEL 20, Euro STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, Euro STOXX Utilities, STOXX Europe 600 Utilities) and extra-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance). To learn more : www.engie.com

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LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tigo®, pioneer of the smart modular Flex MLPE platform, today announced the availability of its new Tigo Access Point (TAP). The TAP is Tigo’s new wireless device for communication between the Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA) universal data logger and the TS4 units - integrated (TS4-X), retrofitted/add-on (TS4-R-X), and retrofitted/add-on for 2 modules (TS4-R-X-Duo). Similar to the Tigo’s legacy Gateway product, the TAP is small in size with a wider range and increased module capacity. TAP is now shipping worldwide. Consult your preferred PV supplier, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The TAP improves the data management of residential, commercial, and industrial solar systems by wirelessly communicating with smart modules. Each TAP collects data from up to 300 TS4 units (~100kW systems) or up to 600 modules using TS4-R-X-Duo (~160kW systems). It also greatly improves safety with module-level deactivation for Rapid Shutdown. When paired with a CCA, the TAP provides unparalleled visibility into solar installations.

The highlights of TAP include:

• UL-Certified for Rapid Shutdown

• Outdoor rating of IP68

• Module-level deactivation

• High definition, sampling as low as every 2 seconds

• Scalable architecture

• Mounts easily on module frame without tools

• Simplified installation due to new & improved wiring compartment

• Available for new integrated & retrofitted/add-on systems

“The new TAP was developed in response to the growing demand for reliable Rapid Shutdown solutions,” says Zvi Alon, Chairman & CEO at Tigo. “Our main goals were to improve visibility, simplify installation, and ensure safety in a communication device that can now individually collect data from hundreds of smart modules. Tigo's commercial and industrial project partners with large PV systems especially benefit from this cost-competitive solution in time for NEC 2017 to take effect.”

What comprises a Tigo system with TAP?

The Tigo system has three components. First, the TAP which wirelessly communicates with the smart modules and is hardwired to the CCA via a RS485 cable. Second, the smart PV modules that are equipped with integrated (TS4-X), retrofitted/add-on (TS4-R-X), or retrofitted/add-on for 2 modules (TS4-R-X-Duo). Third, the CCA which collects data from all PV system components – including modules, inverters, revenue-grade meter, etc. – and sends system information to the cloud.

Tigo’s TAP is ready to order and shipping now via distributors and partners worldwide. For price and delivery call +1.408.402.0802 ext. 1, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.tigoenergy.com.

About Tigo Energy, Inc.

Tigo is a Silicon Valley company founded in 2007 by a team of experienced technologists. Combining a unique systems-level approach with expertise in semi-conductors, power electronics, and solar energy, the Tigo team developed the first-generation Smart Module Optimizer technology for the solar industry. Tigo's vision is to leverage integrated and retrofitted Flex MLPE and communications technology to drive the cost of solar electricity down. By partnering with tier 1 module and inverter manufacturers in the industry, Tigo is able to focus on its key innovation with the smartest TS4 modular platform and leverage the broader ecosystem. Tigo has operations in the USA, across Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Australia and the Middle East. Visit www.tigoenergy.com.

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    BERKELEY, CA, July 11, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- YouSolar Inc sells a high-power solar+battery system that can be the primary power supply to a home or business. By default, the system does not net meter and thus requires no utility approval.

This fully-integrated, plug-and-play system is built on an advanced modular architecture using all-proprietary components and sets a new standard in performance, ease of deployment and customer focus while powering a home or business using renewable energy.

The OCMX™ is pleased to announce the listing of YouSolar Inc to its online portal which offers Investors and Advisors the ability to participate in this opportunity.

The OCMX™ has spent considerable time completing its due diligence on YouSolar Inc and concluded that there is indeed a tremendous opportunity for Investors and Advisors.

The OCMX™ noted that YouSolar Inc exhibits the main components of any solid investment opportunity, namely a solid management team, a great track record, and a number of key competitive advantages.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Arnold Leitner, PhD MBA, President, Secretary and Chairman of the Board/CEO | Arnold is a technology innovator with 20 years in solar and conventional power. He is the winner of an R&D 100 Award. Prior to YouSolar, Arnold founded SkyFuel, Inc., a company in the concentrating solar power sector. Prior to starting SkyFuel, Arnold was a Senior Consultant at Platts Consulting. While at Platts he authored a seminal solar energy study for the U.S. Department of Energy, "Fuel from the Sky".

Sanjay Bhasin, MBA, Chief Operating Officer | Sanjay, based in India, has over 30 years of senior management and operational experience in the renewable energy and telecom sectors. Until recently, he was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of SunTerrace Energy, India. Prior to SunTerrace, Sanjay worked with Samsung and was responsible for the nationwide rollout of the Jio 4G network in India. Previous roles include senior positions in world class companies such as Nokia and Intel.

Michael William Allman, Director | Mike has held numerous executive roles in the power and gas industry. Most recently he was the CEO for Sempra Generation and the CEO of the Southern California Gas Company. At Sempra, Mike built the ground-breaking 10 MW "Eldorado" solar plant in Nevada which was the first solar project to use thin-film solar panels. Within a decade Sempra and other developers built thousands of megawatts of utility solar power projects in the America's Desert Southwest. Mike started an industry that over the last ten years has deployed over $500 Billion of capital.

Gene Krzywinski, Chief Technology Officer | Gene is the founding CEO of eIQ Energy and inventor of the patented DC-DC micro-converter that is key to YouSolar's innovative power architecture. He was also a co-founder of AATI (IPO 2005), a power semiconductor company. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur, he has also been successful in the corporate world.
Gene was VP of Sales and Marketing for Impala Linear Corporation where he turned the company around and led its sale to Fairchild Semiconductor. He then spent two years at Fairchild Semiconductor as Director of Technical Marketing.

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The OCMX™ is literally changing how companies and investment funds generate exposure in the marketplace and raise funds as we know it. The OCMX™ serves both public and private companies along with investment and mutual funds which need to raise additional funds or gain significant market exposure. It does this by way of connecting the relevant companies, funds, investors, and advisors all in one online transparent portal. The OCMX™ (P2P Financial Inc.) launched in September of 2009 out of Toronto but has since expanded its operations to include Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

The OCMX™ connects investors and advisors directly with companies and investment funds seeking to raise funds or gain broad market exposure. The OCMX™ provides an open venue for innovative growth companies and leading investment funds to generate market awareness, raise funds, or connect with investors and advisors. The OCMX™ provides companies, funds, investors, and advisors instant access to its Online Portal so that they can actively source and connect with their next opportunity, advisor, investor, client, or financing partner.

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Olivier Sala

Olivier Sala  is appointed Managing Director ENGIE Digital as of 1st August 2018. He will report to Yves Le Gélard, Executive Vice President of ENGIE, Chief Digital Officer, in charge of Group Information Systems.

With a Master of Engineering from Université de Technologie de Compiègne and an MBA from ESSEC Business School, Olivier Sala began his career at Air Liquide before going into consulting, first at AT Kearney and then at the Boston Consulting Group, where he spent five years working in strategy, organisation and operational efficiency.

In 2005, he joined ENGIE Group to develop Gaz de France’s Marketing Department in the wake of the deregulation of the French energy market. In 2008, he was appointed Head of Sales & Marketing France for BtoC customers, in charge of sales, marketing and communication for the new entity.

He joined Gaz Electricité de Grenoble as CEO in 2011. He was also president of the trade union Entreprises Locales d’Energie (local energy companies) and vice president of the French electricity union UFE. In April 2015, Olivier Sala was appointed CEO of ENGIE IT.

Matthieu Pestel

Matthieu Pestel succeeds Olivier Sala as CEO of ENGIE IT within Global Business Support starting on the 19th of July 2018.

After graduating from Télécom ParisTech in 1997, Matthieu Pestel worked as a consultant for Eurogroup Consulting on many complex transformation projects in the industry and service sectors. In 2006, he moved to Morocco to develop new businesses and manage projects. Upon his return to France late 2008, he specialised in IT governance, managing projects for major Groups (Société Générale, Safran and RATP).

In June 2011, he joined GDF SUEZ as Deputy General Secretary of the Group IT Department in charge of managing performance and transformation activities. In July 2013, he was named Head of IS Functional Line Oversight and Governance at the Corporate IT Department in charge of Group IT policies, IT Project assurance, IT risks management and Performance plan.

Since January 1st 2016, Matthieu Pestel has been Deputy Group CIO in charge of Digital & IT Governance at ENGIE.

About ENGIE

We are a global energy and services group with three core businesses: low-carbon power generation, including natural gas and renewable energy, energy infrastructure and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy for all, or mobility, and offer our private customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual interests and collective challenges. Low in carbon, our integrated, high-performance and sustainable offers are based on digital technologies. Beyond energy, they facilitate the development of new uses and promote new ways of life and work. Our ambition is every day carried by each of our 150,000 employees in 70 countries. Together with our customers and partners, they are a community of imaginative builders who imagine and build solutions for the future. 2017 turnover: 65 billion euros. Listed in Paris and Brussels (ENGI), the Group is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, Euro STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, Euro STOXX Utilities, STOXX Europe 600 Utilities) and extra-financial (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance). To learn more: www.engie.com

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DEER PARK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PureGen Power, LLC, a clean energy asset ownership company, today announced the acquisition of a 1.16MW solar power plant in Visalia, California - the first of several planned for the company’s inaugural investment fund, PureGen Solar One.

Commissioned in 2009, the Visalia power plant consists of 5,500 solar PV modules ground mounted on a single-axis tracking system with energy provided to the commercial site host.

The transaction took seven weeks to complete from term sheet to final documents, demonstrating PureGen Power’s commitment to a highly efficient due diligence and transaction process. By capitalizing on its technical and financial expertise, the company also aims to close all future acquisitions in 60 days or less, even when executing complex transactions.

“A year ago, we embarked on a plan to build a portfolio of operating solar power plants to advance our vision of a clean energy future. This acquisition takes an important step toward realizing that goal,” said David Brochu, CEO, PureGen Power. “Our unique model allows us to deliver real value to owners who want to monetize operating plants and reinvest that value into new opportunities.”

Leveraging strategic vision, a deep knowledge of technology and decades of experience in the solar energy industry, PureGen Power is actively seeking to acquire operating solar power plants of all sizes, ages, and operating performance.

Mitchell Randall, PureGen Power President and Chief Legal Officer said, “We focus on providing good value for assets in their current condition, using a low-burden, low-risk transaction process. This includes reasonable, streamlined terms that reduce internal resource needs and support closing quickly. Owners have responded very positively to our approach, and we’re excited to have a robust pipeline of future transactions.”

For more information about PureGen Power, please visit www.puregenpower.com.

About PureGen Power:

PureGen Power acquires operating solar and other clean energy power plants by partnering with owners to execute streamlined transactions that monetize long-term project value today. The company applies its extensive industry expertise to optimize performance of clean energy power plants and creatively solve financing, technical and operating challenges. PureGen Power’s mission is to accelerate the transition to clean energy and protect precious natural resources for future generations. For more information, visit www.puregenpower.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing efforts to streamline the efficiency of commercial solar financing for businesses, organizations, municipalities, educational institutions and other entities, Standard Solar is teaming with CI Labs, an industry leader of commercial and industrial underwriting, engineering and financing analytic platforms, to significantly increase transaction efficiency for solar projects and provide faster and easier access to its in-house capital. Click to tweet.

As described in Standard Solar’s commercial financing primer “Commercial Solar Financing – The Definitive Guide,” solar customers face multiple challenges when it comes to project financing, including operating in a complicated market where customized solar financing solutions are increasingly paramount. Download a free copy, click here.

The CI Labs Platform, when paired with access to Standard Solar’s capital resources, will give the industry a means to evaluate options for customers in a more efficient manner and provide faster funding for projects should the customer decide to move forward.

“Traditionally, the solar project space has been murky in terms of the ability of finance providers to give solid guidance on the necessary blend of credit underwriting criteria and independent engineering requirements for a viable fund portfolio,” explained Shaun Laughlin, Head of US Strategic Development for Standard Solar. “Our work with CI Labs will allow us to compress and clarify the process for developers and increase the velocity of our capital deployment.”

The team from CI Labs has more than 20 years combined solar industry experience, and Nathan Homan, Co-Founder of CI Labs, helped to create one of the solar industry’s leading commercial & industrial underwriting and analytic financing platforms.

“We believe that our industry experience, combined with the leverage of Standard Solar’s low-cost project finance options, will enable capital providers, developers and solar investors to close projects with much greater ease and efficiency,” said Homan.

Standard Solar and CI Labs will be attending Intersolar 2018 this week—to schedule a meeting and/or submit a project for financing, please contact Travis Tate (travis.tate(at)standardsolar(dot)com, 301-944-5140) to learn more.

About Standard Solar

Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed and maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies in the US. Owned by Énergir, a leading energy provider with more than $5.8 billion US in assets, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com

About CI Labs

CI Labs, based in Southern California, enables developers and project finance companies through its analytics platform to work towards efficiently evaluating solar project opportunities. Our team’s deep experience in underwriting, credit assessment, and solar finance assists in speeding up the sales cycle and allows our customers to focus on transacting on more projects. The automation of the platform provides an easy, transparent approach to assess project opportunities while providing the standardization that is necessary to successfully transact. For more information, please visit www.cisolarlabs.com

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First Solar, Inc. to Announce Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results on July 26, 2018

TEMPE, Ariz., July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) will report financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018, after the market closes on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The Company will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss these results and updated outlook for 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Investors may access a live webcast of this conference call by visiting investor.firstsolar.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The audio replay will remain available until Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112 if you are calling from within the United States or 719-457-0820 if you are calling from outside the United States and entering the replay pass code 6703587. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for approximately 90 calendar days.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The Company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

For First Solar Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements, among other things, concerning: effects on our financial statements and guidance resulting from certain module manufacturing changes and associated restructuring activities; our business strategy, including anticipated trends and developments in and management plans for our business and the markets in which we operate; future financial results, operating results, revenues, gross margin, operating expenses, products, projected costs (including estimated future module collection and recycling costs), warranties, solar module technology and cost reduction roadmaps, restructuring, product reliability, equity method investments and capital expenditures; our ability to continue to reduce the cost per watt of our solar modules; the impact of public policies, such as tariffs or other trade remedies imposed on solar cells and modules; our ability to expand manufacturing capacity worldwide; our ability to reduce the costs to develop and construct PV solar power systems; research and development programs and our ability to improve the conversion efficiency of our solar modules; sales and marketing initiatives; and competition. In some cases, you can identify statements by forward-looking words, such as "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend," "seek," "believe," "forecast," "foresee," "likely," "may," "should," "goal," "target," "might," "will," "could," "predict," "continue" and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the matters discussed in Item 1A. "Risk Factors" of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--8minutenergy Renewables, LLC (“8minutenergy”), the largest independent solar power developer in the U.S., has energized Phases 1 and 2 of the 328 megawatt-dc Mount Signal 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the city of Calexico in California’s Imperial Valley. The project is part of the 800 MW Mount Signal Solar Farm, which is among the largest PV installations in the world. With full commissioning of the plant underway, 8minutenergy expects to bring Mount Signal 3 to commercial operation by the end of 2018.

“We’re proud to hit this exciting phase of the Mount Signal solar cluster--one of the largest in the world. This project is important to the Imperial Valley’s future given the amount of abundant and reliable solar power that will be delivered to the region for decades to come,” said 8minutenergy CEO and Founder, Martin Hermann. “As the original developer of the 260 MW Mount Signal 1 project, we are thrilled to see the next project coming to fruition.”

8minutenergy and Capital Dynamics announced the acquisition of MS3 less than a year ago, with 8minutenergy continuing as the developer of the project. Benoit Allehaut, who led the acquisition by Capital Dynamics, described the value of the ongoing partnership between both firms: “Capital Dynamics is delighted about the excellent progress on Mount Signal 3. 8minutenergy demonstrated its world-class development and construction management capabilities with a project ahead of schedule and on-budget."

Mortenson Construction is providing the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracting. First Solar supplied the 2.8 million Series 4 thin-film solar panels being used, and NEXTracker supplied its NX Horizon smart solar tracker. Southern California Edison and 8minutenergy signed a long-term power purchase agreement for the project’s clean energy in 2014.

“All of our dedicated partners have been invaluable in ensuring this important project will be completed on time,” said 8minutenergy President and Co-Founder, Tom Buttgenbach. “We would like to thank Imperial County’s Board of Supervisors, and the entire staff of the County administration, all of whom have been continuously supportive during the construction of this project. We send additional thanks to the local community, environmental groups, and an outstanding local workforce for enabling us to build Mount Signal 3 ahead of schedule, and in an environmentally-friendly manner.”

Once complete, Mount Signal 3 will deliver over 770 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, renewable power to residents of the 15 surrounding counties each year--enough energy to power more than 114,000 homes, and reduce carbon emissions by more than 530,000 metric tons each year. Mount Signal 3 is being built upon 2,000 acres of formerly low-productivity farmland, and its creation will significantly reduce water usage in the region, as well as protect wildlife habitat during construction and operation. Mount Signal 3’s development and construction is creating over 600 jobs in the region.

About 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC

Founded in 2009, 8minutenergy Renewables is the nation’s largest independent developer of solar PV and storage projects. To date, 8minutenergy has 8.5 GW of PV and storage under development in North America, operates 800+ MW in solar assets, and been awarded nearly 2 GW in power purchase agreements. The company is developing some of the largest solar plants in the world, including the 800 MW Mount Signal farm in California. 8minutenergy has an unmatched ability to produce affordable clean energy, and to deliver strong financial returns on utility-scale solar and storage projects.

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacifico Energy K.K. (“Pacifico”), a company involved in the development, construction, and operation of some of the largest solar power plants in Japan, announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisitions of two additional solar power plants, Yanai (12.3MWdc) and Yuza (23.9MWdc), into its first solar investment fund (the “Fund”). With the acquisition of these two projects this first solar investment fund is now fully invested with total assets under management of 14.2 billion yen. The Fund acquired its first power plant in December last year.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the completion of all asset acquisitions into our first solar fund. We are planning a second fund this year and looking forward to partnering with investors to continue building renewable energy platforms,” Nate Franklin, President of Pacifico stated.

Summary of solar plants acquired(1)

1. Yuza Solar Plant

Location   Yuza, Yamagata Prefecture
Panel Output 23.91 MWdc
Commercial Operation Date   January 4, 2017
 

2. Yanai Solar Plant

Location   Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Panel Output 12.26 MWdc
Commercial Operation Date   July 1, 2017
 

(1) For further details, please refer to the press release dated February 1, 2018.

About Pacifico

Pacifico was founded in 2012 when the new Japanese Renewable Energy Act was introduced. Since its founding, Pacifico has developed 8 mega solar power projects totaling over 640 MWdc. Pacifico has a pipeline of additional development projects totaling over 800 MWdc, of which 3 projects totaling 280 MWdc are expected to begin construction in 2018. Pacifico Energy is committed to developing solar power projects that contribute to the improvement of energy self-sufficiency for the future of Japan, in an environmentally friendly way, and assist with the development of local communities.

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Smarter E Award recognizes NREL/CAISO/First Solar joint grid reliability study

TEMPE, Ariz., July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the award citation, the Smarter E review jury called the study “proof of concept… a game-changer for large-scale solar plants” that demonstrated how “solar power plants can not only reduce the need for carbon-emitting resources, but can also improve system performance and operate with significantly higher levels of variable generation.”First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSLR) has received the inaugural Smarter E Award for an Outstanding Project, presented last week at the InterSolar EU conference in Munich. The award recognized a ground-breaking test conducted jointly by First Solar, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and grid operator California ISO (CAISO) on a 300MW utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plant in California to demonstrate its ability to provide highly responsive services essential for maintaining reliability of the grid.

“The results of this project can be used as a door opener to convince stakeholders that utility-scale solar can contribute to the reliability and stability of the grid and provide essential grid services that are today often associated with conventional generation,” the citation concluded.

“This award is for all of us in the solar industry,” said Mahesh Morjaria, First Solar’s Vice President of Systems Development, in accepting the award. “The study proves that more solar can be integrated into the grid, enabling even further growth in the PV industry.”

First Solar, CAISO and NREL carried out tests that successfully demonstrated that utility-scale solar PV resources can be relied upon to provide essential reliability services. The tests, which were conducted on a newly built 300 MW solar PV plant, demonstrated the role of advanced power controls in leveraging solar PV’s value from simply an intermittent energy resource to providing services, including spinning reserves, load following, voltage support, ramping, frequency response, variability smoothing, frequency regulation, and improved power quality.

“The project team carried out a pioneering demonstration concept to show how various types of active and reactive power controls can leverage PV generation’s value from being a simple variable energy resource to a resource that provides a wide range of essential reliability services,” said Vahan Gevorgian, chief engineer in NREL’s Integrated Devices and Systems group and principal investigator with the project.

The tests demonstrated that solar plants can react rapidly to grid signals regarding frequency regulation, and more accurately than conventional generation such as thermal, hydro or gas turbines – and can be tightly regulated.

Criteria for the Outstanding Project 2018 Award included demonstration that the nominated project was exemplary for global future applications and was unique in its realization. Heavy emphasis was placed on innovation and a pioneering spirit in the exploration of renewable energy applications. The Smarter E Awards program was introduced at the 2018 InterSolar EU conference as a way to recognize groundbreaking work in the energy transition towards a low carbon future.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

For First Solar Investors

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning: the receipt of an award for a joint grid reliability study. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “believe,” “forecast,” “foresee,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “goal,” “target,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “predict,” “continue” and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events and therefore speak only as of the date of this release. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the matters discussed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as supplemented by our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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NEW DELHI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced it has won a 160 MW solar power project in Uttar Pradesh at the highest tariff in a recent auction conducted by the Uttar Pradesh New & Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA). Azure Power will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement with Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) which has a domestic debt rating of A+ by CRISIL, a S&P company, at a tariff of INR 3.55 (~US 5.2 cents) per kWh, ~45% higher than the lowest tariff bid for a solar project in India. The project is expected to be commissioned in 2019 and developed outside a solar park.

With this win Azure Power’s solar portfolio will be 260 MWs in Uttar Pradesh which is the most populous state in India and has a large peak energy supply deficit, according to the Central Electricity Authority. Azure Power is one the largest solar developers in Uttar Pradesh and built the first utility scale solar project in Uttar Pradesh in 2015.

Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “We are pleased to announce our win in Uttar Pradesh, and with this we have once again demonstrated our strong project development, engineering, and execution capabilities. We are delighted to make this contribution towards realization of our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s commitment towards clean and green energy, through solar power generation.”

About Azure Power

Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is a leading independent solar power producer with a pan-Indian portfolio over 2 gigawatts. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale, rooftop to mini & micro grids, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.

For more information, visit: www.azurepower.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the commercial and retail prices of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in tariffs at which long term PPAs are entered into; changes in policies and regulations including net metering and interconnection limits or caps; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives; the availability of solar panels and other raw materials; its limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; its ability to attract and retain its relationships with third parties, including its solar partners; its ability to meet the covenants in its debt facilities; meteorological conditions and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that the Company has filed with the SEC from time to time. In the press release, megawatts portfolio represents the aggregate megawatt capacity of solar power plants pursuant to PPAs, signed or allotted or where the Company has been cleared as one of the winning bidders or won reverse auction, but yet to receive letter of allotment. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ENGIE Storage, formerly Green Charge today named clean energy business leader Marc Roper chief commercial officer. He joins ENGIE Storage with more than 25 years of experience in market development of distributed energy resource technologies. He is responsible for driving revenue growth for ENGIE Storage through its behind-the-meter and in-front-of-the-meter businesses; including development of its channel enablement programs.

“2018 is a promising year of transition for the solar and energy storage industry. Marc’s experience leading business development and channel enablement efforts make him a welcome addition to the ENGIE Storage team," said Christopher Tilley, chief executive officer at ENGIE Storage. “He will serve our customers and partners well.”

In North America, ENGIE offers customers an array of options both in solar energy and energy storage, including the combination of the two to maximize reliability, flexibility, and efficiency of usage. Marc has established programs across the solar industry, and his expertise lies with coordinating sales and product development to deliver solutions customers need and want.

Throughout his career Marc has held executive roles at Alta Energy, Sovereign Modular, CODA Energy, Tioga Energy, Turner Renewable Energy, and SCHOTT Solar. Early in his career, he managed the residential business of AstroPower, and led renewable energy programs for the Colorado Energy Office. Marc holds a Master of Science in civil engineering, a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics, and a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Colorado Boulder.

ENGIE Storage is the number one distributed energy storage company as ranked by Navigant Research. The company’s suite of intelligent energy storage solutions, powered by GridSynergy®, lower electric bills for business and public-sector customers, strengthen solar PV installations, and provide utilities with cost effective grid services.

About ENGIE Storage Services NA LLC, formerly Green Charge LLC

ENGIE Storage helps power the world more efficiently and sustainably. As the nation’s number one distributed energy storage company, we serve energy producers, distributors, and consumers, including utilities, network operators, and energy consumers in business and government. Visit www.engiestorage.com to learn more.

ENGIE Storage is part of ENGIE North America, which manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including clean power generation, cogeneration, and energy storage; retail energy sales; and comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense. Nearly 100 percent of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE is the largest independent power producer and energy efficiency services provider in the world, with operations in 70 countries employing 150,000 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers. For more information, please visit www.engie-na.com, @ENGIENorthAm, and www.engie.com.

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