• Agreement signed with Future Wind includes five years of testing and 15 years of service;
• Installation of Haliade-X 12 MW will take place during summer 2019.

GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) announced today that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement.

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam said "We are proud that GE Renewable Energy and SIF are using our port as a test location to develop the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world. It confirms the port's reputation and validates our focus on being an attractive partner for the offshore wind industry as it drives the energy transition."

Alderman Bonte, responsible for Rotterdam's Energy Transition, said "In our fight against climate change we need a massive expansion of the number of windfarms at sea. We are delighted that GE has selected the Port of Rotterdam as the test location for the Haliade-X 12 MW, which is the largest wind turbine in the world and can therefore help us accelerate the clean energy transition."

John Lavelle, VP & CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy said "As we rapidly progress on assembling the Haliade-X prototype, this announcement is a critical step forward for GE and our customers. The port of Rotterdam has been a real partner and provides all the necessary conditions to test the Haliade-X in the most drastic weather conditions".

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding Netherlands mentioned "we are very pleased to install the Haliade-X 12 MW on the Sif site in Rotterdam, supporting Sif's ambition to remain at the forefront of developments in the offshore wind industry. The project also fits Sif's ambition to become entirely CO2 neutral as the Haliade-X 12 MW will supply carbon-free energy to the electricity grid.

Activities in Rotterdam to prepare the site for future installation have just begun. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections will be produced in Seville (Spain). All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018 to help reduce offshore wind's cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy (ge.com/renewableenergy) is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.

About Pondera
Pondera Consult (ponderaconsult.com) is a well-known Dutch renewable energy consultant. Pondera is involved in the development of almost all current and future offshore windfarms in the Dutch North Sea. Besides offshore wind projects Pondera develops onshore wind, energy storage and solar projects for numerous clients. Pondera has been actively involved in a pipeline of more than 10 GW renewable energy projects, of which 1 GW is installed to date. In some cases, through a specific Pondera Development entity, we are involved in co-developing renewable energy projects.

Contact: Ester Bierens, Marketing and Communications Officer
P: +31 6 33 65 98 71 - E: e.bierens[.]pondersconsult.com.

About Sif Holding N.V.
Sif (sif-group.com) is a leading manufacturer of large steel tubulars, which are used as foundation components mainly for the offshore wind market. The Company manufactures customized tubular components for offshore foundations, predominantly in the greater North Sea region. Sif combines a highly automated and flexible production facility with technology leadership in rolling and welding of heavy steel plates, which is based on over 70 years of experience and innovative in-house developed techniques and processes. Sif primarily produces monopiles, transition pieces and piles that are used to anchor jacket foundations in the seabed for offshore wind turbines. It furthermore produces components for offshore steel structures as jacket legs, piles, pin piles, and pile sleeves.

Contact: Diederik de Bruin, Project Manager Future Wind
P: +31 6 24 28 41 04 - E: d.debruin[.]sif-group.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ubiquitous Energy, the leader in transparent solar technology, has named Keith Wilson as Chief Executive Officer. Ubiquitous Energy is a Silicon Valley technology company leading the development of transparent photovoltaics with its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology—the world’s first truly transparent solar technology. The company’s industry-leading performance combination of energy conversion and visible transparency will enable products such as energy efficient windows that generate electricity from the sun without aesthetic impact.

Keith brings over 25 years of experience in operating management and finance, including venture capital as an investor and operating partner. With a background in finance, Keith has led both public and privately held companies. Most recently Keith served as Managing Partner and CEO of Cranberry Capital along with management roles at Sweetwater Energy, Clerio Vision, and Health Care Originals. Building on deep relationships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester, Cranberry Capital has made a number of material science and health care technology investments.

“As an early investor in our company, I have worked with Keith for many years and am excited to welcome him to our team as CEO,” said Ubiquitous Energy co-founder and CTO, Dr. Miles Barr. “Keith’s experience and expertise will help accelerate our growth and lead us through this exciting time as we are on the verge of commercializing our truly transparent solar technology.”

Founded by renowned scientists and professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Michigan State University, Dr. Miles Barr, Prof. Vladimir Bulovic, and Prof. Richard Lunt, Ubiquitous Energy was formed upon the novel concept of creating transparent solar cells that can be deployed seamlessly throughout our everyday world. Applied directly to glass using standard glass coating equipment, ClearView Power™ is a highly transparent, color-neutral coating that generates electricity from sunlight. ClearView Power™ selectively absorbs and converts non-visible light (ultraviolet and infrared) to electricity while transmitting visible light. Having raised more than $25M in total financing, the company is working with global partners to integrate ClearView Power™ into a variety of products with a focus on architectural window applications.

Ubiquitous Energy is primed to revolutionize the way we think about solar technology with the commercial deployment of ClearView Power™. “The team at Ubiquitous Energy has done an amazing job developing this novel and unique transparent solar technology,” said Keith Wilson. “Having observed the technology since its beginning it’s incredible to see the progress. I look forward to helping the team bring this technology to the market. We have many great things coming, stay tuned.”

About Ubiquitous Energy

Ubiquitous Energy is the world leader in transparent photovoltaics. Its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology is the first truly transparent solar product. ClearView Power™ harvests solar energy and serves as an invisible, onboard source of electricity for a variety of end products. The thin coating can be applied to the surface of window glass to provide electricity generation and energy efficiency. Originally spun out of MIT in 2012, Ubiquitous Energy is now producing its highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its pilot production facility in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ubiquitous.energy.

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PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar Power Rocks (SPR), the nation's most comprehensive source of information for homeowners about state and national solar policy, incentives, and financial estimates, has released its 2019 State Solar Power Rankings Report.

The Report is a ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on their friendliness to residential solar installations. Each state is awarded letter grades for 12 factors that contribute to overall solar-friendliness, including renewable energy mandates, tax breaks and available solar incentives. The factors are weighted by their importance and overall A-through-F grades are tallied for each state.

"2019 is shaping up to be a watershed year for solar power in the United States," said Ben Zientara, SPR's lead policy analyst. "The industry weathered 2018's tariffs on solar equipment, and now, facing the beginning of the end for the federal solar tax credits, several states have taken the lead in ensuring a positive future for solar homeowners."

As part of its yearly report, SPR staff calculates example return-on-investment numbers for each state. New for 2019, the calculations are based on average household electricity usage numbers from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and estimates of solar production from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's PVWatts tool.

The numbers provide customized estimates of average system size for each state, allowing SPR to more accurately provide projections for simple payback time, Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value.

For 2019, the top 5 solar states are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Washington, DC. More information can be found at the report page on the Solar Power Rocks website: https://www.solarpowerrocks.com/state-solar-power-rankings/

2019 marks the 11th anniversary of the State Solar Power Rankings Report, and a continuing dedication to provide homeowners with an invaluable resource as they decide whether solar is right for them.

Since 2007, Solar Power Rocks has helped homeowners around the United States understand the unique financial and logistical aspects of installing solar panels. The site is dedicated to educating people about solar technology and state-level policy, in order to spread the message that solar is a viable source of energy for everyone and state governments have a vital role to play in encouraging solar adoption.

SOURCE Solar Power Rocks

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Solar Power Equipment Market, by Equipment (Solar Panels, Mounting, Racking, & Tracking System, Storage System, and Others) and Application (Residential, Nonresidential, and Utility): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 - 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global solar power equipment market size was $76,270.6 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $188,304 million in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.5%.

The growth of the global solar power equipment market is driven by rise in construction projects and surge in demand for electricity across of the world.

In addition, the ability of home solar panels to improve carbon footprint and to reduce electric bill are expected to provide remunerative opportunity for the growth of the solar power equipment industry.

Furthermore, rise in demand for electricity has augmented the need for concentrated solar power systems. Efficient conversion of solar energy into useable energy forms has enhanced the demand for monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon cells.

However, constant fluctuations in climate conditions hinder the solar power equipment industry growth, specifically in snowfall- and rainfall-prone regions.

The utility segment accounted for more than half of the market share in 2017, and is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.

Select Findings

  • Based on application, the residential segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 13.3% during the forecast period.
  • Asia-Pacific generated the highest revenue in 2017,and is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR.
  • The solar panel segment generated the highest revenue in 2017,and is estimated to grow at the rate of 12.2%.
  • In Asia-Pacific, China accounted for the largest market share in 2017.

Key Players

  • ABB Group
  • Canadian Solar
  • First Solar Inc.
  • Hanwha Q Cells
  • JA Solar
  • Jinko Solar
  • LONGi Solar
  • Shunfeng International
  • SunPower Corporation
  • Trina Solar

Topics Covered

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Executive Summary

Chapter 3: Market Overview

Chapter 4: Solar Power Equipment Market, by Equipment

Chapter 5: Solar Power Equipment Market, by Application

Chapter 6: Solar Power Equipment Market, by Region

Chapter 7: Company Profiles

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/p732j6/global_solar?w=4

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