The three‐year Austrian INFINITY project investigated how the entire photovoltaic system – starting with materials, components and processes – can be adapted to meet the demands of different environments and regions. Led by the CTR Carinthian Tech Research centre, 14 project partners from science and industry, including ENcome Energy performance, conducted research into solutions to suit different environments in order to optimise energy output and increase system lifetimes.
Engineering & Advisory services provider ENcome Engineering GmbH, member of ENcome Group, supports banks and asset managers on transaction decisions in the Dutch market. Five major banks in the Netherlands already trust the company as Owner’s and/or Lender’s Engineer. Since starting in the Netherlands in 2016, ENcome has supported the planning and implementation of photovoltaic projects with a total capacity of more than 150 megawatts. This includes, amongst others, the project Stadskanaal in Groningen with a size of 13.75 megawatts.
Supported by rapid growth in its Australian O&M business, ENcome reports a continued growth in revenues and assets under management. In Australia alone, additional O&M contracts with a total capacity of more than 130 MWp have been signed. Further O&M contracts with a total capacity of up to 400 MW are under advanced negotiation. The group`s total assets under management have increased to over 1.2 GWp.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Bloomberg´s energy research unit, has ranked ENcome one of the top providers of solar Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services. In their latest research on solar O&M BNEF reports ENcome to be the seventh largest solar O&M provider globally with a total portfolio of 1.2 GW assets under management. The BNEF report reveals ongoing price pressure and, consequently, further needs for market consolidation. Moreover, the report identifies O&M trends in the scope of services, contract duration, and contractual enforcements.
ENcome Energy Performance GmbH received the Solar O&M Best Practice Mark for best-in-class solar service providers. Receiving this certificate once again demonstrates the high service level provided by ENcome and its compliance with the objective and challenging service standards defined by SolarPower Europe.
ENcome Energy Performance GmbH and Green Services Group have announced to merge their French O&M operations. Both partners will transfer their O&M activities and particularly the O&M business of KBE Energy, one of Green Services Group affiliates to the new joint venture company ENcome Energy Performance France SAS. Thereby ENcome France becomes one of the leading O&M providers in France with an O&M portfolio of approx. 150 MWp.
Austrian headquartered ENcome is reporting rapid growth as an independent operations and maintenance (O&M) provider to the Australian utility scale solar market.
The successful business development of ENcome has now also been confirmed by top ratings from independent industry experts. On the backdrop of the ongoing expansion of their O&M services in 2017, the recently issued GTM Research report “Global Solar PV O&M 2017-2022: Markets, Services and Competitors” shows top rankings in the independent O&M service provider category, where ENcome was ranked No. 1 in Europe, and No. 2 globally.
Operation and Maintenance (O&M) has become a standalone segment within the solar industry and it is widely acknowledged by all stakeholders that high-quality O&M services mitigate potential risks, improve the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) prices, and positively impact the return on investment (ROI).
ENcome Energy Performance GmbH announces to have won a tender for the Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of four PV power plants with a total capacity of approx. 40 MWp in Germany, owned by Luxembourg special fund Solar Infrastructure I, which is a sub-fund to FP Lux Investments S.A. SICAV-SIF. The tender was arranged by the internationally active M&A advisor and asset manager re:cap global investors ag, who is in charge of both transaction as well as asset management on behalf of the fund. The joint portfolio of re:cap and ENcome thus grows to over an 83 MWp capacity. The realization of further projects is already planned.
On the 7th and 8th November one of the most important events in the solar industry the Solar Asset Management conference took place in Milan. This year’s conference registered more than 350 participants.
The European market leader for independent photovoltaic services announces the group-wide successful implementation of its Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS). Within a few months the Microsoft based system was rolled out in all units and is now the sole basis for ENcomes O&M activities with a total capacity of more than one gigawatt and more than 1.000 managed plants in Europe and Australia. Together with its own software developments, ENcome achieves the complete independence of plant specific hardware and software and is setting new standards for the industry.
The strong growth of ENcome continues in the O&M business as well as in the Engineering & Advisory (E&A) segment. In the current financial year, the company will generate turnovers of more than one million euros with technical projects in Europe. Optimization of existing plants as well as advisory project for planning and construction of new plants and plant acquisitions are in demand.
ENcome announces ongoing growth in its European O&M-Business. The company discloses the signing of contracts with a total capacity of more than 150 MWp in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany in the last three months. The growth comprises the acquisition of new customers as well as an increase of wallet share with existing customers.
Europe’s leading independent service provider for the operation of photovoltaic power plants announces the successful certification according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and is expanding its high-quality standards. The company is now also the pioneer in the industry at the documented quality standards.
On the 12th and 13th June 2017 the conference "PV Asset Management and O&M Europe 2017“took place in Hamburg. About 200 asset managers, O&M service providers, representatives of IPPs and power companies as well as industry experts discussed on future trends in asset management and Operations & Maintenance in the solar sector.
From May 31 to June 2 Europe’s largest independent operation manager was represented again with its own booth at the world’s leading exhibition for solar energy Intersolar in Munich. During numerous discussions with customers, suppliers and industry experts as well as interested visitors the company informed about the benefits of a professional Operations & Maintenance of PV power plants and further technical services.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (30.05.2017): ENcome now services photovoltaic power plants with a nominal capacity of approximately one Gigawatt. The leading European independent service provider has also secured Engineering projects in the triple digit Megawatt range. Especially in Australia, ENcome faces strong growth in both business segments Engineering & Advisory and Operations & Maintenance.
ENcome keeps growing dynamically. Their European service portfolio now includes approx. 900MWp, thereof approx. 400 MWp in the UK, 250 MWp in Germany, and 100 MWp in Italy.
The development of the photovoltaics industry from a subsidized approach towards a competitive energy generation on the basis of power purchase agreements requires new thinking for the optimization of construction and operation of PV power plants.
2016 was a successful year for ENcome in UK. ENcome provides Operations & Maintenance services for more than 350 MW of photovoltaic power plants in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
ENcome announces the participation in the Lighthouse research project „Infinity“, investigating the climate sensitive long-term reliability of photovoltaic systems.
ENcome Energy Performance GmbH announces the acquisition of abakus solar, headquartered in Gelsenkirchen. In the course of the takeover, ENcome`s O&M business in the UK and Germany will expand strongly.
ENcome takes over operations & maintenance services for the PV power plants on the Austrian IKEA facilities. The contract currently comprises three PV power plants in Graz, Klagenfurt and Innsbruck. Additional PV power plants in Austria are expected to follow shortly, increasing the overall volume to a total of 4 MWp.
ENcome Energy Performance GmbH, takes over the Operations & Maintenance business of Enerqos S.p.A. via Asset Deal. In the course of the takeover, total Assets under Management grow to over 450 MWp in Europe, whereas the Italian PV service portfolio increases to over 100 MWp.
Thermography is a common tool in the maintenance of PV plants. However, when a thermography exhibits a defect, e.g. a hot cell, the question arises if it financially pays off to replace the module. ENcome, in the context of a scientific project with renowned research institutes, has developed an automatic approach to determine the lifetime cost of thermic defects in PV modules.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (20.08.2015): With the first orders for essential parts of the operational management of PV plants with a total capacity in the double-digit megawatt sector ENcome starts its business for the first time in Turkey. Together with the Turkish Kon-Tek group the renowned ENcome quality is now also offered for national and international investors in the emerging PV market Turkey. As one of the first companies ENcome establishes highest international standards in the technical operation of PV plants in Turkey.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (23.07.2015): At the presentation of the Carinthian Export Price 2015 during the course of the Export Day organised by the Carinthian chamber of commerce, ENcome Energy Performance GmbH gained the victory in the category “exporters of services”. The pan-European leading technical service provider of photovoltaic power plants headquartered in Carinthia could not only multiply its turnover during the last years, but also generates clearly more than 90% of its business outside of Austria. With the first orders placed in Turkey and Japan, new markets have been developed for ENcome over the past few weeks.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Munich (08.07.2015): Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (SPD), visited the “Intersolar Europe” - the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry in Munich. The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy designated in his lecture “status quo and the outlook for energy revolution” the Intersolar Europe in Munich as a „meeting point of the new middle class” in Germany. During his following tour on the fair he also visited the booth of ENcome Energy Performance GmbH and informed himself in detail about their business model.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Frankfurt am Main (10.06.2015) ENcome Energy Performance GmbH, takes over 100% of the shares of SEAG Service GmbH from Deutsche ECO AG. In the course of the takeover, business in Germany will expand strongly. The European portfolio of ENcome for the servicing of photovoltaic power plants now includes more than 400MWp, approx. 160 MWp of which are located in Germany, among others several construction fields of one of the biggest photovoltaic power plants in Germany with a total of approx. 50MWp. The focus of ENcome’s service range comprises Operations & Maintenance and repairs of photovoltaic power plants as well as consultancy services for investors, banks and...
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Frankfurt am Main (03.06.2015): In Germany PV-plants with a nominal capacity of approximately 39 GWp are installed. Since the amendment of the Renewable Energies law (EEG) in 2012, a shut-off mechanism is part of the prescribed equipment of larger PV-plants. In the last years the share of power-controlled PV-plants has increased significantly. With persistently slow grid expansion a further significant increase of power shortages and an associated increase of curtailments is expected. Therefore the management of compensation claims will be a critical success activity for the PV plant operators. ENcome offers PV plant operators suitable standard process and services...
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (29.05.2015) – Good measuring equipment is expensive. Especially for measurements which exceed the standard use. Electricians have to invest heavily to cover all requirements which are defined by norms. But measurements with the most expensive equipment are not always even the best. ENcome’s engineers analyse all problems of the PV plant with focus on the measurement to ensure a trouble-free and optimized plant operation.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (18.05.2015) – The Italian „Allegato 72 (short A72, appendix to the technical requirements of grid operators) requires existing PV plants ? 100kWp to be equipped with a special GSM-modem, that can switch the PV park on and off with an SMS. PV park owners, who execute this mandatory modification in the first half of 2015, will receive an incentive of EUR 500 from GSE.
Klagenfurt/Wörthersee (07.04.2015) – Glaring caused by photovoltaic installations is a peripheral topic that often becomes important, when it’s nearly too late. While some only feel disturbed by the glaring of PV plants or other glass surfaces, glaring in road traffic and public transport by plane and train can become a serious safety risk.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (23.03.2015): As multiply reported, Italy surprisingly announced that PV installations have to be shut down on the day of solar eclipse (20th March). The grid operator TERNA expected a collapse of the power grid in case of a short-term simultaneous production drops of all photovoltaic installations. A non-compliance of this duty was threatened by “criminal prosecution”.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Frankfurt am Main (28.02.2015) – ENcome Energy Performance GmbH has successfully concluded the integration of kWh+ Solar Service GmbH, which it had acquired at the end of last year. Subsequently, monitoring activities as well as major parts of the administration have been centralized in Klagenfurt. The company name kWh+ has been changed to ENcome Energy Performance Deutschland GmbH. Only in the last few months business in Germany has more than doubled. ENcome’s assets under management in Germany have increased to approx. 60 MWp. As ENcome expects further strong growth in Germany the team has moved to a new office in Frankfurt am Main.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Oxford (16.02.2015): Austrian based ENcome Energy Performance GmbH, a leading independent technical service provider for PV power plants in Europe, significantly expands its UK business by adding about 30MWp of plants newly built in the first Quarter of 2015 for Oxford Capital Partners. Thereby, ENcome increases assets under management for Oxford Capital Partners to 80 MWp. With ENcome’s monitoring solution, the “ENcome Energy Monitor” at the core of the service provisions, all large PV power plants owned by Oxford Capital are constantly surveilled by ENcome’s specialized engineers. This allows any incident to be immediately solved together with local service...
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (09.02.2015): Since end of 2014, Austria’s largest PV installation is located on a logistic centre near Villach. The PV power plant provides enough power to supply up to 1000 households in an environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral manner. ENcome Energy Performance GmbH, a pan-European leading and independent provider of services for photovoltaic installations, has been commissioned with the technical operation of the power plant.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (17.12.2014): Potential-induced degradation (PID) is becoming a progressively virulent problem for the photovoltaics industry. It is a burden for module producers due to increasing PID-related warranty claims, but also for power plant owners due to the high level of insolvencies and strategic realignments of many manufacturers, leaving their claims uncovered. Research to date has been largely focusing on understanding the technical details of the effect rather than its predictability. ENcome Energy Performance is collaborating in upcoming projects to investigate the factors leading to PID even better, allowing plant owners to test their plants at a stage where the...
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (09.12.2014): ENcome welcomes the upcoming consolidation on the European market for the technical O&M („Operations & Maintenance“) of PV installations. In the recent months a clear tendency is observable at many large PV power plants, to reduce the number of different O&M providers. Investors especially emphasise on the necessary critical size of the operator as well as its international setup. By using economies of scale and complexity reduction also operative costs (“OpEx”) throughout the plant operation can be optimized. Further challenges result from the integrity of interfaces, for example direct marketing.
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (01.12.2014): Across Europe intrusions in PV installations are significantly increasing recently. Offenders do not only steal cables or components, they also cause significant damage due to vandalism. This leads to the fact that numerous insurance companies either increase premiums and retentions or exclude theft from the insurance cover. A professional two-stage security system is the prerequisite for an efficient counter-strategy. However, in case of intrusion also an optimized process is crucial. ENcome operates several PV installations in regions with a high risk of thefts. So far, in spite of an increasing number of theft attempts no serious damage could be...
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (18.11.2014): ENcome takes over technical O&M („Operations & Maintenance“) and monitoring of additional 4 PV installations in Italy. The take-over from the current O&M provider was successfully finished within 24 hours. This transaction once more underlines that a short-term take-over of O&M contracts is feasible supposing a foresighted project management. The contracting investor strives a consolidation of all O&M providers to reduce complexity and minimize operational expenditures (OpEx) of plant operation through economies of scale. In the selection process ENcome convinced with its high-quality constructor and manufacturer independent services as well as with its...
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (12.11.2014): Together with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and OFI Technologie & Innovation GmbH ENcome searches in the field of long-term behaviour of photovoltaic installations within the project called PAMINA. The major project aim is the development of methods used for the systematic diagnosis of PV power plants with the help of Infrared-thermography (IR). The new analytic methods are planned to be used starting with 2015.
- PV-plants are located in Italy, France and Belgium and have a total capacity of 15 MWp - Investor prefers constructor and manufacturer independent plant operator - One single monitoring solution for the complete plant portfolio
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Frankfurt am Main (06.10.2014) –ENcome Energy Performance GmbH, a leading Pan-European service provider for the technical operation of photovoltaic installations, takes over a majority stake of kWh+ Solar Service GmbH. The objective is to further establish business in Germany. ENcome now operates more than 200 MWp assets under management. The service portfolio focusses on the technical operation (“Operation and Maintenance”), reconditioning as well as consultancy services for investors, banks and insurances. In parallel SolarKapital increases its stake in ENcome to nearly 50%. SolarKapital together with the Management aims to keep ENcome’s strong level of business...
Since mid-June ENcome is officially registered and certified by Quality Austria according to the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 certificate (Quality Management System)
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Together with local partner Southern Solar first contracts with customers were signed at the beginning of 2014.
- SolarKapital takes over nearly 40% of ENcome Energy Performance GmbH - “Buy&Build” strategy to establish a leading independent Pan-European service provider for photovoltaic power plants - Current service portfolio of photovoltaic power plants comprises already about 130MWp
Since Friday, September 13th 2013 the photovoltaic roof installation, located in the Carinthian Rosental, is successfully grid connected. ENcome Energy Performance as an independent operator ensures maximum yield right from the beginning and 365 days a year.
Missing or unprofessional operation and maintenance of PV power plants leads to million euros of costs each year for plant owners. Too late detections of failures cause higher repairs costs and longer downtimes ending up in minor yields.
With more than 11,200 PV modules and 140 string inverters, spread over 12 farm buildings, ENcome continuously expanses its portfolio of roof installations in Italy.
For the first time Italy’s most important photovoltaic trade fair, the SOLAREXPO, takes place in Milan. From 8th to 10th May, companies from all over the world are representing their products and services – also ENcome will be represented with its own booth.