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21.12.2015
Martifer Solar Spain adds 31 MW to its Spanish O&M Portfolio
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has added 7 PV ground plants in a total of 31 MW of new third party O&M contracts to its portfolio in Spain. The plants are located in the Centre and South East of Spain and are being supervised and provided O&M Services for the companies Eland Private Equity and European Energy.

Miguel Domenech, Corporate Strategy Director of Eland Private Equity, said, “Martifer has proven to be a committed and reliable O&M partner, with a very motivated and communicative team, always well aligned with the clients’ interests”.

With these new contracts, Martifer Solar has achieved a track record of more than 100 MW in O&M Service in Spain. Operating in more than 20 countries around the world, the company provides its clients a complete O&M service to maximize the performance ratio of its PV installations, providing reference quality services.

José María Guinea, O&M Director of Martifer Solar Europe, said, “This is very important milestone for our company, with these new contracts, we enhance our presence in Spain continuing in our sustainable growth in Europe”.

Recently awarded with the INTEGRATED O&M SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT AWARD, from the Solar Industry Awards 2015, the O&M Service counts with a committed, capable and specialized team.

“These new contracts means another important step towards the goal of duplicate our O&M portfolio in this business and is in line with our future global strategy of providing O&M Services worldwide”, said Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar.

30.11.2015
Martifer Solar Italy adds 7 MW to its Italian O&M Portfolio
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has added 8 PV rooftop plants in a total of 7 MW of new third party O&M contracts to its portfolio in Italy. The plants are located in the North East of Italy and are being supervised and provided O&M Services for the company Garnell.

With this new contract, Martifer Solar has achieved a track record of approximately 175 MW in O&M Service in Italy. Operating in more than 20 countries around the world, the company provides its clients a complete O&M service to maximize the performance ratio of its PV installations, providing reference quality services.

“We are proud Garnell decided to entrust us the management of these new plants. This is the proof our clients rely on us and recognize our experience and know-how. For Martifer Solar Italy this is a new challenge and we are sure this would be just one first step ahead for a long-lasting relationship with this important customer”, states Mr. Valerio Senatore, Branch Manager of Martifer Solar.

José María Guinea, O&M Director of Martifer Solar Europe, said, “This is very important milestone for our company, with these new contracts with such important partner as Garnell, we enhance our presence in Italy continuing in our sustainable growth in Europe”.

Recently awarded with the INTEGRATED O&M SOLAR ASSET MANAGEMENT AWARD, from the Solar Industry Awards 2015, the O&M Service counts with a committed, capable and specialized team.

“This new contract means another important step towards the goal of duplicate our O&M portfolio in this business and is in line with our future global strategy of providing O&M Services worldwide”, said Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar.“

02.10.2015
Mprime signed distribution agreement with Gintech
MPRIME is the photovoltaic equipment distribution brand of Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, which provides a wide range of photovoltaic modules, kits, components together with procurement services for EPC and is mostly focused on meeting the clients' needs throughout the world.

Martifer Solar/MPRIME and Gintech already had long term cooperation for solar cells, yet with this new contract MPRIME are taking the business to another level, namely being a distributer for Gintech Solar Modules.

MPRIME is confident in Gintech excellent professionalism and product quality and firmly believes that this partnership will be advantageous and successful for both parties.

The distribution sector is having a natural evolution towards maturity and MPRIME believes that strong partnerships and strong commitments with manufacturers will allow both to explore with efficiency the market opportunities.

MPRIME trust that Martifer Solar´s experience in solar sector, together with the scale factor, can provide to the company, to its customers and suppliers the opportunity to grow in some markets. MPRIME is definitively building new ways for doing business in solar, by joining a committed commercial team to our new Online Trading Platform.

Bernardo Mota Veiga, Managing Director of Martifer Solar – Distribution & Trading, said “Our cooperation with Gintech started years ago with the cells supply to our factory. We know very well the quality provided in their products. We have used our own production line to test and to evaluate the product quality of several brands and Gintech matches absolutely our quality criteria. We are keen to support Gintech in their ambitious growing strategy.“

Dr. Wen-Whe Pan, President of Gintech, said “Being a global scaled and leading Taiwanese PV cell and Module manufacturer with superior quality, Gintech enjoyed the solid and fruitful cooperation with Martifer in the past years in cell level. Furthermore, it is Gintech's pleasure and honour to integrate the cooperation and expand the partnership between Martifer and Gintech to include PV modules in 2015 by inviting Martifer as Gintech's sole distributor in France, Portugal and Italy. Gintech commits its best and full support to Martifer to strengthen this partnership, as well as all future opportunities in the EU and global markets."

MPRIME is building a strong position and intends to grow its Distribution activities and to consolidate in Trading and Procurement Services. This strategy will be sustained by an appropriate portfolio of products already under preparation for 2016.

It is a commitment that the company aims to accomplish, since is focused on providing value-added solutions, to meet the requirements of their customers and contribute to the expansion of their business.

“This contract with Gintech translates all the work and effort developed by MPRIME, to be one of the leading Trading and Distribution Platform in the energy sector. No doubt that, with partnerships like these, we will strengthen our position in the market and succeed in the future.” said Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar.

14.09.2015
Martifer Solar Triumph connects 32 PV plants in Canada
Martifer Solar Triumph, a subsidiary of Martifer Solar (subsidiary of Martifer SGPS), is a strategic partnership between Martifer Solar Canada and Triumph to serve the growing demand for solar PV in the Canadian market. The 32 PV plants range in size from 33.7 – 542.2 kWp with a combined installed capacity of 4.9 MWp and were built across Toronto for the company Potentia Solar Inc.

"We are very happy with the performance of Martifer Solar Triumph implementing our projects. The experience and versatility of their own forces is revealing to be a big advantage in our current portfolios. We look forward to continue to work with Martifer Solar Triumph in our future challenges,” said Chris Asimakis, President & COO of Potentia Solar Inc.

Martifer Solar Triumph provided the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for all 32 solar PV plants.

“We are proud to demonstrate yet another success as a result of this partnership with Triumph. Martifer Solar Triumph has the ability to service all of Canada, with a targeted focus on the markets of Ontario and Alberta. The company is an active player in solar Development, EPC and O&M of rooftop and ground-mounted PV projects. The experience we have gained through our track record in Canada will be vital for our upcoming projects,” said Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar.

The 32 PV plants connected until 26th of August were installed on rooftops with a combined area of approximately 80.000 square meters, using around 18.860 polycrystalline modules. The plants are expected to produce an estimated 5 GWh/year. With this production capacity, the 32 plants will offset 930 tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, which is sufficient energy to power more than 6.670 inhabitants in Canada per year.

Jaime Mata, Operations Manager of Martifer Solar Triumph, said, “It´s an honor for our company having been selected to build this remarkable portfolio across the city of Toronto. These first 32 systems were built in a safe and reliable manner incorporating state-of-the art technology to meet all the top-quality and safety standards. We are grateful to Potentia for the trust in our experience and capabilities. We will continue to work hard to deliver more PV systems generating clean energy produced with total safety.”

“We knew since the beginning that these projects would be challenging to implement. Potentia is a reference PV player in Canada that always demands top quality in all details of their projects. We are very happy and proud to have finished these first 32 systems meeting the deadlines, the quality and the safety expectations of our client”, said Mario Ribeiro, CEO of Martifer Solar Triumph.

All these 32 PV plants are part of the package of PV plants that Martifer Solar Triumph has in pipeline for 2015 with Potentia Solar Inc. as the client.

08.09.2015
Martifer Solar adds 11.5 MW to its Italian O&M portfolio
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has added 14 PV plants - rooftops and fix structures - in a total of 11.5 MW of new third party O&M contracts to its portfolio in Italy. The plants are located in Puglia, Lazio and Veneto, and are being supervised and provided O&M Services for the company Green Utility SpA.

Martifer Solar has been able to distinguish its O&M Service capabilities in Italy by leveraging a resourceful and qualified local O&M staff, the company´s high quality processes and systems integration, such as its award-winning Operation Management System, and its global industry expertise.

Valerio Senatore, Branch Manager of Martifer Solar in Italy, said, “We are proud of this result, as this shows that our Clients rely on us, recognizing our ability as Global player in the PV business, supporting in full Financial Assets Manager needs. We are working hard to become the most reliable and trustworthy O&M provider”.

José María Guinea, O&M Director of Martifer Solar Europe, said, “This is very important milestone for our company, with these new contracts with such important partner as Green Utility, we enhance our presence in Italy continuing in our sustainable growth in Europe”.

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, “We are proud when Clients such as Green Utility rely on our O&M team these assets. It demonstrates the recognition of our strength and reliability as a global O&M Service provider.”

“We are focused to maximize the stable and predictable long-term returns on our renewable asset and we count on Martifer Solar, a reliable global O&M Service provider”, said Pietro Pacchione, COO of Green Utility.

With this recent achievement from the Italian team, Martifer Solar´s global O&M portfolio has grown to more than 600 MW of plants under supervision across Europe, Asia and the Americas. This portfolio comprises plants completed by third parties and built by Martifer Solar.

“We expect, with the experience we have gained through our track record as O&M Service Provider, to double the capacity of our O&M portfolio in the near future,” added Henrique Rodrigues.

28.07.2015
Martifer Solar to construct 57 MW in Jordan
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, will begin construction of a 57 MWp portfolio of solar PV projects in Jordan. The portfolio consists of four projects, which were awarded successfully with Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) under Round 1 of Jordan’s National Renewable Energy Plan.

Of the 57 MWp portfolio, there are three projects each with an individual capacity of 11 MWp, located near the city of Ma’an in south-central Jordan—Al Ward Al Joury, Al Zahrat Al Salam and Al Zanbaq. In addition, there is one project, Jordan Solar One, with a capacity of 24 MWp, to be constructed near the northern town of Mafraq. Martifer Solar will provide the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the portfolio and perform the subsequent O&M (operation and maintenance) for all four solar PV projects.

“We are proud to be a key member involved in this groundbreaking 57 MWp portfolio. Jordan currently imports 95% of its power needs, which costs approximately a fifth of the country’s GDP, and the development and construction of renewable energy projects such as these will be essential for its future,” said Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar. “Furthermore, this achievement is a testimonial to the continued expansion of Martifer Solar’s track record in Development, EPC and O&M for solar projects throughout emerging markets.”

All four projects are part of the IFC’s innovative “Seven Sisters” financing package, which provided a total of $207 million in debt financing for seven projects awarded under Jordan’s Round 1. The IFC acted as the lead arranger for the financing, together with a syndicate of other financers including Bahrain’s Arab Bank, the European Arab Bank, FMO, FinnFund and OPEC’s Fund for International Development.* The projects reached financial close at the end of May and are set to begin construction.

Eduardo Pereira, Director of Business Development in the Middle East for Martifer Solar, said, “We are delighted to see our construction team in place in Jordan as it is another milestone achievement following a long period of development. Currently, Martifer Solar is considering and performing due diligence for other new EPC and O&M opportunities in this exciting market and the greater Middle East region.”

As recently announced**, the World Bank Group has extended its support for these four projects by providing investment guarantees, backed through the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). The executive vice president and CEO of MIGA, Keiko Honda, was quoted publicly as saying that the agency expects high development impact from these projects due to the fact that they will provide Jordanians with cleaner and more reliable energy, aligned with the government’s energy plan.

* Source: “The innovative seven sisters,” Project Finance International Yearbook 2015, Thomson Reuters, December 23, 2014. http://www.pfie.com/the-innovative-seven-sisters/21177319.fullarticle.

** Source: “MIGA Supports Solar Power Generation in Jordan,” Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency press release, June 24, 2015. https://www.miga.org/Lists/Press%20Releases/CustomDisp.aspx?ID=486.

25.06.2015
Martifer Solar Connects Pv Plant in Belgium for Orka NV
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has completed the construction and connection of a 738.45 kWp PV system on the rooftop of the Decathlon building in Evere, Belgium for the company Orka NV.

Martifer Solar was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the rooftop PV plant, integrated into the new facilities of Decathlon in the Brussels region. The building itself was developed and built by CBRE Global Investors, and leased to Decathlon on a long-term basis.

The building hosts the largest Decathlon store in Europe and currently stands as one of their largest stores in the world. With an area of 10,600 m2, the 738.45kWp PV plant installed on the building’s rooftop, was built using 2,735 monocrystalline solar panels installed on fixed structures. The rooftop PV plant will produce an estimated 632.3 MWh/year, which will offset the emission of more than 140 tons of carbon dioxide annually and will provide sufficient energy to power the average consumption of 210 households.

This new PV plant represents a continued cooperation between Martifer Solar and Orka and demonstrates their reliable and strong partnership since 2011.

“This PV plant installed by Martifer Solar in the Benelux region represents the reliability, safety and bankability of the projects and work that we have been doing in this region. The achievement of more than 150 projects built on over 300 rooftops in Belgium, together with our global expertise allows us to consolidate and expand our strategy for the EPC and O&M business in the Benelux region,” says Luis Pinho, Operations Manager in Belgium for Martifer Solar.

“This project was more complex and had a longer development lead time due to the close integration with the construction of the building itself. We have enjoyed working with Martifer Solar to realize this project to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. With this realization Orka’s capacity in rooftop PV in the Brussels region totals 7Mwp, divided over 6 rooftops,” says Jan Heyse, Managing Director of Orka, investor and asset manager for the project.

With this realization, Martifer Solar has achieved a track record of approximately 35 MW of total PV capacity installed in Belgium.

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, “We are proud to demonstrate yet another success as a result of our hard work in Belgium. With these achievements, Martifer Solar continues to show its commitment to the development and implementation of solar PV on a global level. The experience we have gained through our track record in Belgium with rooftop installations will be vital for our upcoming projects to be completed throughout emerging markets and other parts of Europe in the next few years.”

09.06.2015
Martifer Solar presents the Mprime trading platform
MPrime is the photovoltaic equipment distribution brand of Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, which will provide a wide range of photovoltaic modules, kits, components together with procurement services for EPC and is mostly focused on meeting the clients' needs throughout the world.

On 8th of June, Mprime announced an innovative trading platform, developed for professionals only, based on simple, fast and reliable utilization concepts.

The principal advantages of this innovative platform are: check the most updated prices of the market; compare and get the best deals easily; take care of the contract, with no fees or extra costs; invoice sent directly from supplier to the applicant; supplier sends the product directly to the applicant.

Bernardo Mota Veiga, Managing Director of Martifer Solar – Distribution & Trading, added: “Mprime intends to offer to the market all the Group know-how and expertise in negotiating PV components worldwide. We have been working for the last 18 months in this project and we are proud to have on board the most reliable brands and we are confident that we will offer an innovative and secure way for doing business from small installers to the big EPC contractors. Being side by side with major manufacturers we can provide the scale to supplier and buyer, reduce the prices and to move towards grid parity”.

With this new concept, Martifer Solar’s brand MPrime intends to be one step ahead on the distribution business.

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, “We are proud to demonstrate yet another success as a result of our hard work and investment on this innovative platform. Martifer Solar continues to show its commitment to be one step ahead on solar business on a global level. The experience we have gained on distribution with MPrime on the latest years was vital to develop this dedicated platform for the professionals, which can access it on the web, everywhere at any time.”

14.04.2015
Martifer Solar connects five plants ahead of ROC deadline in the UK
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has connected five plants ahead of the 31st March deadline under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme. The five plants have a combined installed capacity of 57.8 MW and were built for several prestigious clients.

The connected plants range in size from 7.7 – 18.7 MW and are installed throughout the UK. Four sites are located in England, in the counties of Devon, Essex, Leicestershire and Cornwall. One of the sites is located in the county of Caerphilly in South Wales.

With this realization, Martifer Solar has achieved a track record of approximately 175 MW in total installed PV capacity in the UK alone. As a company operating in more than 20 countries around the world, the UK has proven to be one of the most successful markets in the past few years.

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, “We are proud to demonstrate yet another success as a result of our hard work and investment in the UK market. With these achievements, Martifer Solar continues to show its commitment to the development and implementation of solar PV on a global level. The development experience we have gained through our track record in the UK will be vital for our upcoming projects to be completed throughout emerging markets and other parts of Europe in the next few years.”

The five plants were installed on an area of approximately 105 hectares, using around 218.000 polycrystalline modules. The plants are expected to produce an estimated 55 GWh/year. With this production capacity, the plants will offset 25.126 tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, which is sufficient energy to power more than 79.000 inhabitants in the UK per year.

Filinto Martins, Head of Business Development in Europe for Martifer Solar, added, “This achievement of five new plants connected successfully within the ROC deadline represents another milestone along Martifer Solar’s successful path as an established Developer in the UK. Despite any current industry hurdles, we are confident that solar will continue to prosper in the country and currently we are developing a sustainable portfolio of around 100 MW of new projects.”

In addition to the connection of these five plants, Martifer Solar has an additional 9.2 MW qualified for the RO grace period, which will be constructed prior to June 2015.

13.04.2015
Martifer Solar connects self-consumption solar PV rooftop plant in El Salvador
Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has completed a new self-consumption solar PV plant located on a commercial rooftop in the Santa Tecla, El Salvador. The plant, with a total installed capacity of 300 kW, was developed by Martifer Solar’s local partner, DESENI, and was built for one of El Salvador’s largest distribution companies of consumer products, DISZASA.

Martifer Solar was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the PV rooftop plant. The 300 kW plant, with approximately 1,000 solar panels, will produce clean energy and will lead to the reduction of the commercial facility’s energy bill by up to 18% on an annual basis. With an area of 2000 m2, the PV plant will produce an estimated 486 MWh/year. With this production capacity, the plant will offset 350 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and will provide sufficient energy to power more than 1500 inhabitants per year.

“The Salvadoran photovoltaic market is evolving and solar energy will be highly important in the energy mix of the country. Thanks to high levels of solar radiation and the number of hours of sunshine, El Salvador offers ideal conditions for generating energy from solar photovoltaic systems. There is great potential for the development of solar installations on rooftop, especially in commercial and industrial buildings,” said Ismael García, Head of Business Development for Central America and the Caribbean for Martifer Solar.

Martifer Solar will continue augmenting its activities in the PV rooftop segment of El Salvador with its local partner, DESENI, and aims to implement more than 2 MW of solar PV rooftop plants for various commercial and industrial clients throughout 2015.

26.01.2015
Martifer Solar fornece instalações Fotovoltaicas para a PRIO Energy
A Martifer Solar, subsidiária da Martifer SGPS, e a PRIO Energy desenvolveram um projeto Fotovoltaico em Portugal, com um total de 272 kWp.

O projeto conjunto engloba instalações em 12 postos de abastecimento do grupo PRIO Energy de Norte a Sul do país, num total de 272 kWp. Para este projeto, foram instalados mais de 1 100 painéis nos postos de abastecimento de Avanca, Braga, Canelas, Coimbra (Taveiro), Faro, Maia (Via Diagonal), Paços de Ferreira, Porto (Zona Industrial), Póvoa de Varzim, Vagos, Vale de Cambra e Vila Nova de Gaia.

“A Martifer Solar orgulha-se de contribuir para a sustentabilidade energética da PRIO Energy, ajudando a empresa a reduzir a sua pegada ecológica e os seus custos energéticos. Estamos certos de que este projeto conjunto terá continuidade, contribuído para um Portugal mais renovável”, refere Henrique Rodrigues, CEO da Martifer Solar.

Além destes 12 postos, a PRIO Energy conta com mais 6 postos equipados com energia solar fotovoltaica: Alverca, Área de Serviço A16 Norte, Área de Serviço A16 Sul, Damaia, Nazaré e Óbidos.

Este projeto insere-se na estratégia de sustentabilidade energética da PRIO, que definiu um plano de atuação ambicioso para otimizar os consumos de energia dos postos de abastecimento e edifícios centrais e aproveitar a radiação solar para produzir parte da energia que necessita.

As instalações fotovoltaicas irão permitir a produção de energia equivalente ao consumo anual de cerca de 591 habitantes, evitando a emissão de mais de 100 toneladas de CO2, por ano, para a atmosfera.