News of the year 2014

Date: 23.10.2014


SEUK: Trannergy’s new three phase inverters get global launch in Birmingham

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 12:26 (Solarpowerportal)

Chinese inverter manufacturer Trannergy launched its new line of three-phase inverters globally at SEUK in Birmingham last week. Read more

Amber Infrastructure to provide funding for the UK’s largest rooftop PV array on Marks and Spencer’s distribution centre in Castle Donington

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 12:05 (Solarserver)

Amber Infrastructure (London, UK) on October 22nd, 2014 announced that it is acting as the sole funder for the UK’s largest roof mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the Marks and Spencer plc (M&S) East Midlands Distribution Centre in Castle Donington. The PV project, which is expected to be completed in early 2015, will span the site’s 900,000 sq ft roof and will generate over 5,000 MWh of solar power year, enough to power 1,190 homes. Read more

Third Step orders 39MW from CSUN’s plant in Turkey

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 10:55 (PV-Tech)

Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN), completed the delivery of a 39MW solar module to solar vehicle company Third Step France, shipped from CSUN’s plant in Turkey. Read more

CEC GreatWall to develop PV projects totaling 60 MW in China powered by Satcon inverters

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 6:51 (Solarserver)

CEC GreatWall Energy, a division of China Great Wall Computer Shenzhen Co, Ltd (GWPC), on October 22nd, 2014 announced that it will raise over USD 87 million to fund the procurement and construction of multiple rooftop and ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) plants across the Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces in China, subject to the government final approvals. The PV projects will have a combined capacity of 60 megawatts (MW) and will utilize a mixture of Satcon PowerGate Plus and the recently introduced Satcon Galaxy Series PV inverter solutions. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Soitec to sell 150MW of PPAs for solar project in California

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 21:27 (PV-Tech)

Soitec Solar Development, a subsidiary of semiconductor manufacturer Soitec, has reached a deal with a North American PV energy provider company to sell 150MW of power purchase agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for a solar project in California. Read more

Soitec to supply 150MW of CPV modules for project in California

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 21:27 (PV-Tech)

Soitec Solar Development, a subsidiary of semiconductor manufacturer Soitec, has agreed a 150MW module deal with a North American PV energy provider. The customer has a power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for the solar project in California. Read more

SPI agrees 1.5GW China development with GD Solar

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 18:39 (PV-Tech)

SPI and GD Solar are to develop 500MW of solar, in China, each year, from 2015 to 2017, for a total of 1.5GW. Read more

Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 17:48 (Renewable Energy World)

Adaptability is the key to survival — both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, and in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is transforming. As tens of thousands of residents have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the Read more

SPI: Mosaic gets second cash injection from US DoE scheme

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 17:21 (PV-Tech)

The US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative granted solar financier Mosaic a second award in the amount of US$650,000 to support its home solar loan programme that should help the initiative’s mission to make solar a cost-competitive form of electricity by the end of the decade. Read more

First Solar awarded with thin-film PV industry’s first “Quality Tested” certification by VDE, Fraunhofer ISE

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 13:12 (Solarserver)

On October 22th, 2014 the VDE Testing and Certification Institute in conjunction with Fraunhofer ISE, a German solar research institute, announced the issuance of VDE Quality Tested (QT) Certification to First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, US) for its design, engineering and construction of the Macho Springs 50 MW (AC) power plant located in Luna County, New Mexico. The plant, which went into commercial operation in May, 2014, utilizes First Solar’s thin-film modules and balance of system technology. A first for the industry, the successful QT certification of the complete PV plant marks the implementation of a strategic alliance to enhance technical bankability, the partners Read more

Concentrating solar power: 2 GW TuNur project in the Tunisian Sahara to provide clean energy to more than 2.5 million European homes

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 12:12 (Solarserver)

Renewable energy investment company Low Carbon (Kings Langley, UK) and utility-scale solar developer Nur Energie (London, UK) are partnering in the development of a flagship 2 GW concentrating solar power (CSP) export project in the Tunisian Sahara. The TuNur project will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated cable, the partners announced. Read more

M&S to install UK’s largest commercial rooftop system

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 11:37 (Solarpowerportal)

Marks & Spencer will install a 6.1MW rooftop solar system at its East Midlands Distribution Centre in Castle Donington. Read more

REC continues US surge with 300MW supply agreements

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 11:18 (PV-Tech)

Module manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has announced the closure of two supply agreements totalling 300MW. Read more

SEUK: Finance for domestic solar rising in popularity

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 10:32 (Solarpowerportal)

Consumer Credit Solutions has said that the solar industry’s increasing appetite for point-of-sale finance is a symptom of the sector’s mainstreaming, following a successful Solar Energy UK. Read more

SolarWorld to leverage USD 4 million U.S. DOE award to develop next-generation crystallization technology for more efficient, affordable solar PV cells

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 7:18 (Solarserver)

SolarWorld (Hillsboro, Oregon, US) on October 22nd, 2014 expressed its gratitude for a USD 4 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to intensify development of a ground-breaking silicon mono-crystallization technology. The proprietary development has demonstrated promise to sharply reduce costs to produce silicon mono-crystals while increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, SolarWorld notes. Read more

Stion, Hannah Solar, and Washington Gas Energy Systems partner to provide low cost solar power for water a treatment plant in Georgia

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 7:10 (Solarserver)

Stion (San Jose, California, U.S.), a U.S.-based manufacturer of high efficiency thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and provider of solar PV solutions, on October 22nd, 2014 announced a 1 MW solar array at the Vidalia Water Treatment Facility in Vidalia, Georgia. This solar project, operating since February, was made possible by the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) and will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems. The company was awarded a contract with Georgia Power to buy 100 percent of the power produced by the solar array for the next 20 years. Read more

US Energy Secretary Tours 6.4-MW Rooftop Solar Array in Las Vegas

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 1:29 (Renewable Energy World)

With more than 20,000 panels, the largest rooftop solar array in the U.S. (second largest in the world behind a 7.52-MW installation in Punjab, India) is about to be commissioned on top of the Mandalay Bay Convention center in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 6.4-MW solar array, which uses SMA inverters and Kyocera panels, covers the 20 acres of roofs on the convention center and its neighboring buildings. Read more

SPI Slideshow Day Two: People, Projects and Policy

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 1:25 (Renewable Energy World)

The industry is abuzz at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Renewable Energy World is here to give you inside updates from day two on the show floor. Read more

SPI 2014: Trina Solar targeting major module capacity expansion

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 0:49 (PV-Tech)

Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar is planning to significantly expand solar module manufacturing capacity in 2014, according to an investor presentation material provided at the ROTH Capital ‘Solar Symposium’ a parallel investor event during Solar Power International 2014. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Community ownership guide launched ahead of upcoming UK protocol for renewables

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 19:05 (Solarpowerportal)

Community Energy England (CCE) has published the UK’s first guide for communities interested in ownership of energy generation projects. Read more

The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 17:43 (Renewable Energy World)

The green revolution and, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology — it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea change in our antiquated financial accounting systems. Read more

Europe set to decide energy future

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 14:00 (PV-Tech)

Europe’s climate and energy future hangs in the hands of politicians meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow. Read more

Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 13:37 (Renewable Energy World)

It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. Read more

Clenergy involved in Pakistan’s first large-scale PV project

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 12:41 (PV-Tech)

PV manufacturer Clenergy, completed a 41MW mounting order for TBEA SunOasis’ Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Park, on track to be Pakistan’s first large-scale ground PV project. Read more

The 51st State: What’s Your Ideal Energy Market?

Thursday, 10.23.2014 - 1:19 (Renewable Energy World)

Imagine a place where there is no electricity market. No rules, no policies, no market. A clean slate. This is what the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) calls the 51st State, a new initiative to get people to think outside the box when it comes to utility design and infrastructure. Read more


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