News of the year 2014

Date: 07.10.2014


Soligent buying Conergy’s US distribution arm

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 12:02 (PV-Tech)

Conergy is selling its US solar distribution business to Soligent a major PV products distributor in the country for an undisclosed sum. As a result, Conergy is focusing on its PV project business in US. Read more

Motech sales rebound strongly in September

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 11:19 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based PV producer, Motech Industries reported a major rebound in sales for September on the back of increased demand for solar cells and modules. Read more

GT Advanced Technologies, subsidiaries file for bankruptcy court protection under chapter 11

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 6:54 (Solarserver)

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (Merrimack, N.H., US) on October 6th, 2014 announced that it had, together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire. GT, a diversified technology company producing advanced materials and innovative crystal growth equipment for the global electronics, solar photovoltaic (PV) and LED industries, expects the court will authorize the company to continue to conduct business as usual while it devotes renewed efforts to resolve its current issues and develops a reorganization plan. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Massachusetts Raises Solar Net Metering Cap for Businesses and Municipalities

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 18:20 (Renewable Energy World)

The Red Sox may not win the Pennant again in 2014, but there’s still some good news if your business or municipality wants to install solar in Massachusetts: In a last-minute legislative compromise with utilities, the state’s net metering cap has been raised to 5 percent of grid capacity for government entities and 4 percent of grid capacity for pr Read more

Amber Rudd sets sights on subsidy-free solar by 2020

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 18:14 (Solarpowerportal)

Climate change minister, Amber Rudd, has said that subsidy-free solar PV should be “the goal” by 2020. Read more

SPI Solar raising a further US$43.8 million in private placement

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 17:29 (PV-Tech)

PV project developer, SPI Solar is raising US$43.8 million in a private placement with a subsidiary of Evergrande Real Estate Group, said to be one of the largest real estate developers in China. Read more

All-in-One Solution: Solar that Stores Its Own Power

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 17:21 (Renewable Energy World)

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery. Read more

Conergy to also sell Canadian solar PV distribution division to HES PV

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 14:36 (Solarserver)

HES PV (Barrie, Ontario) and Conergy (Hamburg, Germany) on October 6th, 2014 announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HES PV is acquiring the Canadian solar photovoltaic (PV) distribution division of Conergy. HES PV is one of Canada’s largest and oldest PV distribution companies. With warehouses in four provinces, HES has a large inventory of the key brands of solar modules, batteries, charge controllers and inverters. Read more

Naomi Klein: Solar is ready for prime time

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 13:34 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar is “ready for prime time” award-winning journalist and activist, Naomi Klein told Solar Power Portal at an event in London on Monday night. Read more

Australia commissions ‘Oceania’s largest’ solar power plant

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 13:20 (PV-Tech)

According to inverter manufacturer, Ingeteam, the largest solar power plant in Oceania, the 20MW Royalla Solar Farm has been commissioned. Read more

Solar to beat wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe - report

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 12:13 (PV-Tech)

Although some areas could hit wholesale grid parity by as soon as 2018, most large-scale wind and solar deployment in Europe will still require subsidies over the next 20 years, according to the study from consultancy Pöyry. Read more

Low Carbon set to start work on 8MW plant in East Sussex

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 11:44 (Solarpowerportal)

Renewable energy investor Low Carbon has expanded its portfolio of UK solar farms with an 8.2MW plant in East Sussex. Work will begin this month. Read more

Grid capacity evaluations: Canadian Solar provides update on its Japanese utility-scale PV project pipeline

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 9:25 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on October 6th, 2014 provided an update on the status of its Japanese solar photovoltaic (PV) pipeline to clarify its position in light of recent announcements by grid operator Kyushu Electric Power, to temporarily suspend grid connection approval due to a pending evaluation of grid capacity availability. As previously indicated, Canadian Solar's late stage utility-scale PV project pipeline in Japan stood at 405 MW (DC) as of the end of the second quarter of 2014. During the third quarter of 2014 the company successfully added 85.5 MW of new PV projects to its portfolio, and increased its total late stage project pipeline in Japan to Read more

Soligent to acquire Conergy's U.S. solar PV distribution division; Conergy to focus on project development

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 9:15 (Solarserver)

Soligent (Rohnert Park, CA, US) and Conergy (Hamburg, Germany) on October 6th, 2014 announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Soligent is acquiring the U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) distribution division of Conergy. With this acquisition Soligent Distribution will serve almost 5,000 solar PV installers, energy efficiency firms, electrical contractors and roofing companies in the United States and over 40 additional countries. Read more

Trina Solar announces closing of USD 115 million convertible senior notes

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 9:08 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on October 6th, 2014 announced that it closed the offering of USD 115 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2019, which included the exercise in full of the option to purchase an additional USD 15 million aggregate principal amount of the notes granted by Trina Solar. Read more

Worldwatch Institute: Wind, solar generation capacity catching up with nuclear power

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 7:04 (Solarserver)

Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute (Washington, D.C., US) Senior Researcher Michael Renner in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online analysis. Nuclear energy’s share of global power production has declined steadily from a peak of 17.6 percent in 1996 to 10.8 percent in 2013. Renewables increased their share from 18.7 percent in 2000 to 22.7 percent in 2012. Read more


New Report Sheds Light on the Potential of Biomass

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 15:51 (Renewable Energy World)

Biomass appears poised for big things in coming decades. According to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), biomass could account for as much as 60 percent of the global renewable energy mix by the year 2030, providing up to 20 percent of the world’s electricity needs. Read more

Wind Energy

The Big and Booming Business of Keeping Wind Turbines Spinning

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 15:09 (Renewable Energy World)

If you build it, they will come – ‘they’ being all of those who will keep what you built working properly. And for the wind industry, they have arrived, the many companies emerging to operate and maintain the more than 318 GW installed worldwide. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

KenGen Plans Joint Ventures for Kenyan Geothermal Power Projects

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 12:46 (Renewable Energy World)

Kenya Electricity Generating Co., the East African nation’s biggest power producer, plans joint ventures to complete its geothermal projects in Olkaria, Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo said. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Swoon

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 15:52 (Renewable Energy World)

Worries including the conflict with ISIL, Ebola, and economic slow-down in Europe, sent the stock market down in the month to October 3rd, with small cap stocks and clean energy stocks falling even farther than the large cap S&P 500. Read more

GCL New Energy adds 661MW of China PV

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 13:08 (PV-Tech)

GCL New Energy announced yesterday to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it has struck deals for 661MW of large-scale PV in China, including a 500MW project in Hebei Province. Read more

Chile Becoming the Most Attractive Renewables Market

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 11:37 (Renewable Energy World)

With the sunniest desert on Earth, a windswept coast and limited fossil fuel supplies, northern Chile has become the world’s top market for renewable energy. Read more

GET seeing strong demand for wafers from China

Tuesday, 10.7.2014 - 10:49 (PV-Tech)

Major Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) said sales in September reached US$43.1 million, up 3.1% from the prior month. Read more


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