News of the year 2014

Date: 31.10.2014


SunPower secures 3GW pipeline in China with its C7 LCPV technology

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 13:22 (PV-Tech)

Major PVEP SunPower has formed a second joint venture in China to massively expand its PV project pipeline using its high-efficiency, low-concentration photovoltaic (LCPV) technology. Read more

SolarWorld announces significant expansions of PV panel and advanced solar cell production in Oregon, 200 new jobs

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 7:23 (Solarserver)

SolarWorld Americas (Hillsboro, Oregon, US) on October 30th, 2014 announced that in 2015, it would add a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel production line in Hillsboro to bring the panel-assembly factory’s capacity up to 530 megawatts (MW), expand advanced solar cell production capacity by 100 MW and add 200 jobs. The company views this expansion as a stepping-stone to 630 MW of capacity in the near future. SolarWorld will increase production capacity of its advanced-technology PERC (passive emitter rear contact) solar photovoltaic cells from 335 MW to 435 MW. With the expansion, the company will produce 60-cell mono-crystalline panels with power densities of 280 watt-peak Read more

1366 Technologies announces 18% solar cell efficiency with its Direct Wafer production process

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 7:11 (Solarserver)

1366 Technologies (Bedford, Massachusetts, US) on October 30th, 2014 announced competitive solar photovoltaic (PV) cell efficiencies of 18% for its industry-standard, 156 mm multi-crystalline wafers, as well as a solar industry first: the elimination of the “low efficiency tail” for cell manufacturers. The new technical results allow for a sharp reduction in the variance of wafer quality, a 50% tighter efficiency distribution compared to that of conventional multi-crystalline wafers, and efficiency ratings consistently above 17% – all without requiring cell customers to invest in new processing or handling equipment, 1366 Technologies emphasizes. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Shunfeng seals S.A.G. Solarstrom acquisition

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 16:42 (PV-Tech)

Insolvent German PV project developer S.A.G. Solarstrom said the acquisition of the company by China-based PVEP, Shunfeng had been successfully concluded. Read more

Brazil Solar Power Auction May Spur $1 Billion in Investment

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 16:02 (Renewable Energy World)

Brazil’s first national energy auction with a specific category for power generated from sunlight may spur as much as $1 billion in investment in solar power. Read more

Pennsylvania’s ‘largest solar farm’ to be supplied with energy storage by Axion Power

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 15:09 (PV-Tech)

Axion Power International, a maker of lead carbon battery systems, has been selected to supply energy storage and frequency regulation to a 9.1MW solar farm in Pennsylvania, the company has announced. Read more

Listen Up: An Architect's Perspective on Rooftop Solar

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 12:56 (Renewable Energy World)

Architects are in the driver's seat when it comes to building new homes or overseeing major remodeling projects. Although they are familiar with rooftop solar, their designs generally do not include solar panels. Whether it's because of cost, technology or aesthetics, it's a big opportunity that is lost to almost all new homeowners. Read more

Hanergy to set up solar R&D centre in Silicon Valley

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 12:52 (PV-Tech)

Hanergy Thin Film Power is setting up a product development business with a research centre to be established in Silicon Valley. Read more

IHS to purchase rival PV market research firm

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 12:50 (PV-Tech)

Market research firm IHS has struck a deal with rival US-based NPD Group to acquire its leading research arms in the flat panel display and solar PV sectors (NPD Solarbuzz) for an undisclosed sum. Read more

Trina Solar shuffles key regional executive team

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 12:06 (PV-Tech)

Mark Mendenhall, the president of Trina Solar’s Americas Region, and Haiyan Sun, the president of Trina Solar’s Distributed PV Generation Business Unit, have left the company. Read more

DoE launches US$15 million of funding to integrate distributed PV using storage

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 11:48 (PV-Tech)

The US Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative has announced US$15 million in funding to aid the integration of solar into the electrical grid infrastructure using energy storage systems. Read more

Solar in India: SunEdison wins PV projects totalling 150 MW in Karnataka

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 8:42 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) on October 30th, 2014 announced that it has won 5 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 150 megawatts (MW) from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) as announced by the Government of Karnataka. SunEdison or SunEdison affiliates, including Yieldcos, are envisioned as the ultimate owner(s) of these solar projects, and will sell the electricity generated to various entities via Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's). Read more

JinkoSolar to supply 19 MW of PV modules for a project in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 8:37 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on October 29th, 2014 announced that it will supply 19 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a PV project in Chile, located in the Atacama Desert region which has one of the highest irradiation levels in the world. The 19 MW solar PV plant will consist of 61,000 JinkoSolar high-efficiency PID-free modules. The project is expected to generate approximately 50 million kWh of solar power annually, equivalent to the power consumption needs of about 30,000 local households. Read more

PV in Nicaragua: Canadian Solar supplies modules to a 3.1 MW project in Tipitapa

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 8:31 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on October 30th, 2014 announced that it completed the supply of 3.1 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to a project in Tipitapa, Nicaragua. This PV plant, entitled Planta Solar Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua, will power 26 companies and supply approximately 30% of total energy consumption for the Zona Franca Astro Nicaragua industrial park, Canadian Solar emphasizes. Read more

Conergy connects RWE’s first solar PV farm in the UK to the grid; 37 MW in Oxfordshire

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 7:03 (Solarserver)

Conergy on October 30th, 2014 announced that it had connected a 37 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to the grid, for RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading house of European utility RWE Group. Located on a disused airfield at Kencot Hill, close to the historic village of Burford in David Cameron’s parliamentary constituency of West Oxfordshire, the new PV plant is already producing enough solar power to supply 10,000 homes in the local area. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Massachusetts Eyes Net Metering for Small Hydropower Projects

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 16:20 (Renewable Energy World)

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects. The conference is scheduled Nov. 7, with comments to be filed by Dec. 5. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Power REIT: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 15:30 (Renewable Energy World)

I first became interested in Power REIT (NYSE MKT:PW) in 2012 because of the company's plans to become what would have been the first US-listed "yieldco," i.e. a clean energy power producer paying a high level of reliable dividends to investors. The company was an infrastructure Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a single asset: its subsidiary, Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway (P&WV) which owned 122 miles of track leased to Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC), which had in turn subleased the track to Wheeling & Lake Erie (WLE.) Read more

GRID WARS: The Battle to Control Your Electricity

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 14:11 (Renewable Energy World)

Rarely has a major U.S. industry reached a crossroads as stark as that facing today’s electric utilities. EPA’s recent proposal for regulating carbon emissions from power plants is just one part of a broader trend, as the century-old model of centralized fossil fuel burning electricity generation moves towards obsolescence. Read more

Equinox Energy Capital acquires 5.7MW Northamptonshire PV project

Friday, 10.31.2014 - 12:44 (Solarpowerportal)

Private investment firm, Equinox Energy Capital has completed a deal to acquire the project rights to a 5.7MW project in Brackley, Northamptonshire. Read more


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