Ljubljana, Slovenia, 25 November, 2016 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, Hitachi) and ELES, d.o.o. (ELES) today announced that they have agreed to undertake a joint project on smart grids and smart community business in Slovenia. The project will run for three years from November 2016 to October 2019. A number of advanced solutions will be demonstrated by Hitachi to establish or expand its existing service-based business. These solutions will be further extended to other European regions in the future. ELES will use the solutions for optimization of their network operation; for the future development of their systems to enable a coordinated approach for all network operators in Slovenia; and for the creation of new services at lower voltage levels that enable secure operation of transmission systems.