News of the year 2014

Date: 22.10.2014


Sustainability Takes Center Stage

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 11:13 (Renewable Energy World)

“Environmentally friendly,” “green,” “sustainable” — these words have become ubiquitous, plastered on products from handbags to home décor and everything in between. As a society, we’re more aware than ever of the difference we can make purchasing smart, sustainable products and the role we can play shifting to cleaner, green solutions like renewab Read more

Sunpreme demonstrates the world's first 500 W bifacial double glass PV module with an effective efficiency up to 22.2%

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 10:28 (Solarserver)

Sunpreme (Sunnyvale, Calif., US) on October 21st, 2014 announced that it has demonstrated the world's first Bifacial double glass solar photovoltaic (PV) module with a measured STC output of 503 W. With a 15% Bifacial power boost, the effective panel wattage can be enhanced to 575 W with an effective module efficiency of 22.2%, the company emphasizes. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

‘Two weeks left to negotiate end to US-China solar spat’

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 22:00 (PV-Tech)

Time is fast running out for the US and Chinese to reach a negotiated settlement to their ongoing solar trade dispute, according to a leading expert on the case. Read more

SPI 2014: DOE puts US$53m into solar cost-cutting drive

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 20:25 (PV-Tech)

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide US$53 million to fund 40 R&D projects aimed at slashing the cost of solar. Read more

SEUK: Help us make next year’s Solar Energy UK even better

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 18:53 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar Energy UK 2014 has been an incredible success for Solar Media, with all key metrics from the event showing this year’s exhibition was around 50% busier than last year’s. Read more

British Solar Renewables begins construction of 7.65MW Cornwall solar farm

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 17:13 (Solarpowerportal)

Glastonbury-based solar developer, British Solar Renewables (BSR) has begun construction of a 7.65MW solar farm near Truro in Cornwall. Read more

Lightsource adds 34MW of PV capacity with RBS finance deal

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 16:53 (Solarpowerportal)

Lightsource Renewable Energy has closed the project financing of a 34MW solar farm portfolio after refinancing the three solar farms with RBS. Read more

A Tale of Two Booths: SPI Solar Event Marketing Hits and Misses, Part 1

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 16:36 (Renewable Energy World)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” so Charles Dickens wrote, and the same might be said for Enphase and RECOM, two solar exhibitors that were across the aisle from each other at this year’s Solar Power International. I passed their booths several times, and every time I did, Enphase had almost wall-to-wall traffic, while RECOM’s Read more

First Solar project becomes first to win VDE/Fraunhofer ‘quality tested’ certs

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 16:27 (PV-Tech)

US thin-film giant First Solar’s Macho Springs project in New Mexico has become the first PV plant to receive the system-level ‘Quality Tested’ certification from testing institute VDE and Fraunhofer ISE. Read more

Trina opens warehouse in South Africa

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 15:28 (PV-Tech)

Global module manufacturer Trina Solar has opened a warehouse in South Africa. Read more

Commercial rooftop solar can boost property value, study finds

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 13:58 (Solarpowerportal)

New research published by real estate company, JLL in conjunction with Solarcentury has found that solar PV arrays on commercial properties can increase their value through additional income streams. Read more

Energy co-op expands solar capacity with New Mexico project

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 13:46 (PV-Tech)

Solar developer Standard Solar completed another project in New Mexico, with the completion of a 1.8MW, ground-mounted solar array for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative. Read more

LDK Solar goes ahead with expected US Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 13:09 (PV-Tech)

As expected, LDK Solar’s three US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the District of Delaware US Bankruptcy Court, according to court documents. Read more

BT to power research HQ with solar

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 11:51 (Solarpowerportal)

British telecommunications company, BT has revealed that it will power its global research and development headquarters with British solar. Read more

SEIA launches campaign to extend solar ITC, emphasizing tax fairness

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 11:13 (Solarserver)

Calling it "critically important to America's future", the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington DC) on October 20th, 2014 launched a national campaign to extend the 30 percent solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) past 2016 by emphasizing tax fairness. SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch announced the campaign, which will begin in earnest in 2015, when a new Congress is sworn in. He made the announcement before a raucous crowd at the opening session of Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar trade show in America, with nearly 20,000 people expected to attend. Read more

Beneq and DSM to introduce a novel aerosol deposition technology for solar industry applications

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 11:10 (Solarserver)

Royal DSM (Heerlen, The Netherlands), a global life sciences and materials sciences company, and Beneq (Espoo, Finland), supplier of production and research equipment for thin-film ALD and aerosol coatings, are working together developing and commercializing a completely new and superior aerosol deposition technology for AR coatings for solar glass applications. Read more

Hanwha SolarOne supplies 17 MW of PV modules for projects in North Carolina; Deal to include new S Series Modules

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 10:48 (Solarserver)

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has signed a deal with O2 Energies (Cornelius, North Carolina, US) to supply 17 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for three solar projects in North Carolina. The supply deal will include Hanwha SolarOne’s new S Series modules. The modules will be used at O2 Energies’ Cirrus, Chocowinity and Rockwell solar PV plants. Read more

Yingli Solar sold PV modules totaling more than 2,000 MW in the Americas

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 10:23 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) on October 21st, 2014 announced that it has surpassed two gigawatts (GW) of cumulative solar photovoltaic (PV) panel deliveries in the Americas. The more than six million Yingli Solar panels delivered are now generating electricity for more than 85,000 solar projects across the region, the company emphasizes. Read more

New report: US solar PV prices to drop 3–12 percent in 2014; Trend to continue over the next couple of years

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 7:19 (Solarserver)

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices in the United States dropped by 12–19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3–12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative's 2020 targets. Read more

REC Solar PV operations and maintenance business surpasses 175 MW

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 7:12 (Solarserver)

REC Solar ASA (Sandvika, Norway, and San Luis Obispo, Calif., US) on October 21st, 2014 announced that its solar photovoltaic (PV) operations and maintenance (O&M) business has surpassed 175 MW under contract. This milestone represents a 12-fold increase in O&M business since 2009 and reflects surging market demand for high-quality end-to-end solar solutions that ensure ongoing solar performance, the company notes. Read more

SEIA Launches New Campaign to Extend Solar Investment Tax Credit

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 1:20 (Renewable Energy World)

The 30 percent solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to be reduced to 10 percent in 2016, so the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new campaign for a long-term extension. SEIA President Rhone Resch explained the importance of such an extension in Solar Central at Solar Power International 2014, and called for industry support. Read more

Hanwha SolarOne to provide 17MW of modules for O2 Energies facilities in North Carolina

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 1:04 (PV-Tech)

PV module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has agreed to terms on a deal with O2 Energies to provide 17MW of PV modules for three solar projects in North Carolina. Read more


Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 13:39 (Renewable Energy World)

The sea has long been a source of Norway’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude” from common kelp. Read more

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 15:43 (Renewable Energy World)

After the D.C. Circuit Court’s invalidation of FERC Order 745, how can we pay for demand response? “Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption patterns in response to the needs of the power grid. Electricity customers can provide a substantial amount of demand response to grid operators without a noticeable effect on the Read more

New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 14:19 (Renewable Energy World)

Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years — and perhaps ever — to directly ask residents their views of the now six-year-old de facto moratorium on fracking. Read more

Australia saves watered down Renewable Energy Target

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 12:16 (PV-Tech)

Australia’s Renewable Energy Target will not be scrapped following talks held today, but the government is still negotiating exemptions with the opposition. Read more

CSUN launches 280Wp module with five busbars

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 11:27 (PV-Tech)

China Sunergy (CSUN), the Chinese module manufacturer awarded tier one module supplier status by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) earlier this year, has announced that its latest 280W module is ready for commercial release. Read more

Australian Energy Storage Alliance launched in partnership with the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 10:37 (Solarserver)

Energy Storage is emerging as a vital element in driving the change to a cleaner energy future. It is key to areas such as on-grid and off-grid energy management, micro grids for remote and mining communities, as well as electric vehicles and advanced systems for managing the energy of buildings. To address the specific need to connect leaders in this transformational industry, the Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AES Alliance) launched on October 17th, 2014. The AES Alliance is supported by the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition, the dedicated energy storage event in Australia. Read more

Enphase Energy enters into energy storage business with AC battery

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 7:04 (Solarserver)

Enphase Energy (Petaluma, Calif., U.S.) on October 21st, 2014 announced its Enphase AC Battery at Solar Power International 2014, an advanced energy storage solution with a modular, plug-and-play storage device fully integrated with the just-introduced Enphase Energy Management System. Based on a distributed architecture, the AC Battery is a safe, reliable and easy-to-install storage solution, designed for residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) applications, Enphase notes. The modular battery provides PV system owners with the ability to store solar energy for nighttime or future use, optimizing solar power consumption and giving owners greater energy independence. Read more

SPI 2014: Yingli Green to partner on module assembly plant in Brazil

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 4:50 (PV-Tech)

Latin America has become Yingli Green’s key near-term focus as an emerging market, with plans to partner in Brazil to operate a PV module assembly plant. Read more

Enphase Unveils New Energy Management System with Integrated Storage

Wednesday, 10.22.2014 - 0:34 (Renewable Energy World)

Microinverter manufacturer Enphase unveiled an energy management system that includes a microinverter, plug-and-play battery storage, and control and monitoring capabilities today at Solar Power International. Read more


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