News of the year 2014

Date: 29.01.2014


Ontario received 463MW of PV FiT applications in five weeks

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 14:08 (PV-Tech)

Ontario’s energy regulator received almost 500MW of project proposals, including 463MW of photovoltaics (PV), in the five-and-a-half week period that the feed-in tariff (FiT) window was last open. Read more

GTM: PV Micro-inverter and DC optimizer shipments to surpass 5 GW in 2017

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 9:04 (Solarserver)

GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) has released a new report which predicts that global shipments of module-level power electronics, a category that includes microinverter and DC optimizers, will exceed 5 GW by 2017. Only 1.1 GW of product was shipped in 2013. “The Microinverter and DC Optimizer Landscape 2014” states that the United States, UK, Germany and Australia are all promising markets for this growth. The report also finds that product value propositions are shifting to new areas, including installer operational throughput, design flexibility, and cost reductions for both labor and electrical value of systems. Read more

Skytron achieves UL certification for Power Plant Controller

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 8:46 (Solarserver)

Skytron Energy (Berlin) has completed the cETLus product safety test for its Power Plant Controller, earning the product approval to the UL/CSA 60950-1 equipment safety standard. With this certification, Skytron has achieved Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification for its entire instrumentation and control range for renewable energy plants, including utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV). Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

IHS: South Africa most attractive emerging solar market

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 17:58 (PV-Tech)

South Africa has been rated the most attractive emerging PV market in a quarterly report for global information company, IHS. Read more

Staffordshire Sunny Schools aims to give 25 schools solar makeover

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 17:17 (Solarpowerportal)

Gen Community is hoping to raise enough money to install solar panels on 25 schools across Staffordshire with its Staffordshire Sunny Schools community offer. Read more

Taiwan solar PV cell shipments rise 42% in 2013 to 8.3 GW

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 15:18 (Solarserver)

Taiwan's solar photovoltaic (PV) makers shipped 8.3 GW of PV cells in 2013, according to TrendForce's (Taipei) EnergyTrend division. This is a 42% growth on 2012, and a new record for the nation. EnergyTrend also forecasts that Taiwan will ship more than 10 GW of PV cells in 2014. Read more

SAG Solarstrom blames Ofgem as UK arm enters administration

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 15:01 (Solarpowerportal)

Embattled PV developer Solarstrom has blamed the regulator Ofgem for its UK arm entering administration. Read more

Wacker in €115 million windfall on polysilicon contract change

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 14:50 (PV-Tech)

Major polysilicon producer, Wacker Chemie, said it would benefit from a one-time windfall of around €115 million in the first quarter of 2014 due to the restructuring of a supply contract with an undisclosed solar PV customer. Read more

SAG Solarstrom’s UK arm slips in to administration

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 14:40 (PV-Tech)

Embattled PV developer Solarstrom has confirmed that its UK arm has entered administration. Read more

Deutsche Bank dismisses China solar demand concerns on raised forecast

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 14:26 (PV-Tech)

Deutsche Bank has said in an investor note that its PV demand estimate of 12GW for China is at the bottom end of its projections for the country in 2014. Read more

Net Metering in 2014: Where the First Battles Will Be Fought

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Net metering was one of the solar energy industry's hottest topics in 2013 — and barely a month into 2014 it's promising to stay that way. Read more

U.S. President Obama overstates U.S. solar progress in State of the Union address

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 12:43 (Solarserver)

U.S. President Barack Obama referenced the progress of the U.S. solar industry in his State of the Union address, noting that an American home or business installs a solar system every four minutes. However, he also stated that the nation is “becoming a global leader” in solar, which is not supported by fact. Read more

Solar industry welcomes Obama support in SOTU address

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 12:16 (PV-Tech)

The US solar industry has welcomed the support of President Obama in Tuesday’s State of the Union (SOTU) address. Read more

British Solar Renewables receives £40 million construction financing for five PV projects

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 12:05 (Solarpowerportal)

British Solar Renewables has announced that is has received £40 million in construction financing to deliver five PV projects totalling 42MW of capacity. Read more

Start-up funding company, private investor support international online marketplace for solar installations “Milk the Sun”

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 11:19 (Solarserver)

Start-up funding company Gründerfonds Münsterland (Münster, Germany) and strategic investor Howaldt Energies (Feldafing, Germany) invest in Milk the Sun GmbH (Berlin) as part of a capital increase. Milk the Sun is the world’s largest open online marketplace for buying and selling solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The company will use the capital raised and strategic support from its new partners to advance its worldwide business expansion and drive forward the development of new branches. The company presents solar projects located across the whole of Europe as well as in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Read more

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG: Insolvency proceedings to be initiated in relation to S.A.G. Solar UK Ltd. according to English law

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 9:12 (Solarserver)

A major creditor of S.A.G. Solar UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of S.A.G. Solarstrom AG (Freiburg, Germany), requested the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Companies Court on January 21st, 2014 to make an administration order in relation to S.A.G. Solar UK Ltd. The company received the application on January 28th, 2014, S.A.G. Solarstrom AG reports in an ad hoc announcement. A hearing to appoint an administrator is scheduled for January 29th, 2014. Once an administrator is appointed, insolvency proceedings can be initiated according to English law. Read more

EnergyTrend: U.S. trade investigation not yet affecting Taiwanese solar PV makers

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 8:58 (Solarserver)

TrendForce's (Taipei City, Taiwan) EnergyTrend division predicts that the U.S. trade investigation into imports of Chinese and Taiwanese solar photovoltaic (PV) products will not affect producers until March 2014. This will be after the U.S. International Trade Commission publishes its injury finding in late February. The company forecasts increases in the prices of high-efficiency silicon wafers and PV cells during February 2014, and states that both Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers remain optimistic about the overall market condition after the Chinese New Year, which begins on January 31st. Read more

SunPower announces USD 220 million residential solar PV lease program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 8:52 (Solarserver)

SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) has announced a new program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (New York City) which will fund roughly USD 220 million in leases for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The company estimates that 20,000 Americans currently participate in its lease programs. BofA Merrill Lynch has been funding SunPower projects since 2009, and has previously provided funding for the company's commercial and government PV projects. Read more

U.S. President Obama overestates U.S. solar progress in State of the Union address

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 6:11 (Solarserver)

U.S. President Barack Obama referenced the progress of the U.S. solar industry in his State of the Union address, noting that an American home or business installs a solar system every four minutes. However, he also stated that the nation is “becoming a global leader” in solar, which is not supported by fact. Read more


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Wind Energy

Record Offshore Wind Figures Conceal Slow-down in New Projects

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 15:21 (Renewable Energy World)

Four hundred eighteen offshore turbines came online in 2013 in Europe, making a record 1,567 Megawatts (MW) of new capacity. This is one-third more than the capacity installed in 2012. This makes a new total of 6,562 MW of offshore wind power — enough to provide 0.7 percent of the EU's electricity. However a closer look at what happened reveals a s Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Visual: Industry Has Potential for Significant Increased Capacity in the US

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 18:28 (Renewable Energy World)

“Geothermal resources have the potential to play a much more significant role in our Nation’s energy mix,” USGS Fact Sheet 2008-3082. The plethora of geothermal sites in Nevada, California, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho is an immediate takeaway in our geothermal Graph of the Week. The data is derived from a 2008 U.S. Geological Survey study that assess Read more

Using Engineered Geothermal Systems to Meet our Energy Demand

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

In 1904, Prince Piero Ignore Conti generated electricity from a generator driven by steam from a natural geothermal system at Lardarello, Italy. That first experimental system was upgraded to a commercial power plant in 1913 that is still producing power 100 years later demonstrating the durability and practicality of using the earth’s heat to produce power commercially. It would be some 45 years before other commercial geothermal plants would be built at Wairaki Station in New Zealand and the Geysers in California in 1958 and 1960. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Australian trade body warns thousands of jobs could be lost if renewables target is scrapped

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 13:01 (PV-Tech)

The abolition of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) could lead to the loss of almost 7,000 jobs, according to an industry body. Read more

Denmark and UAE Sign Renewables and Sustainability Pact

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 13:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Denmark and the UAE — two of the world’s major players in clean energy — have signed a pact to collaborate on advancing renewable and sustainability developments. Read more

DECC unveils £10 million energy innovation fund

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 12:37 (Solarpowerportal)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a £10 million fund to help British entrepreneurs bring innovative energy products to market. Read more

Lightsource agrees £39.3 million funding package with RBS for 45MW portfolio

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 10:06 (Solarpowerportal)

Lightsource Renewable Energy has closed project financing on a 45MW portfolio following a £39.5 million funding package with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Read more

US State of the Union 2014: A Back Seat for Renewable Energy

Wednesday, 1.29.2014 - 7:02 (Renewable Energy World)

Broader domestic social issues and an international policy that moves away from "a permanent war footing" took center stage in President Obama's State of the Union address (SOTUS) last night. Domestic energy policies, including renewable energy, largely took a back seat to the President's bigger talking points: hiking the minimum wage for federal contractors, urging final immigration reforms, strong pushes in employment and job-training, education, retirement savings, and healthcare. Read more


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