News of the year 2014

Date: 08.10.2014


SEUK: IET opens public consultation on new PV guidelines

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 17:57 (Solarpowerportal)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has opened up the new Code of Practice for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for comment. Read more

Gintech stops sales decline in September

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 15:20 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy Corp reported September sales of NT$1,050 million (US$$34.6 million), a rebound of 21.3% from the previous year. Read more

Sungrow to release three new PV inverters for the North American market at SPI

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 10:56 (Solarserver)

Sungrow Power Supply Co. Ltd. (Hefei, China), the 2nd largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters in the world, is releasing three new, UL listed inverters for the North American market at SPI on October 21st, 2014: The SG60KU 60 kW utility string inverter, the SG56KU 56 kW large commercial string inverter; and the SG1000MX 1 MW central inverter. Read more

S:FLEX introduces a new rail-less PV mounting system for standing seam metal rooftops

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 10:49 (Solarserver)

S:FLEX Inc. (Denver, Colo., US) manufacturer of racking solutions for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop, ground mount and carport systems, is now offering a new standing seam clamp to serve the growing demand for commercial standing seam metal rooftop projects. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Kingspan betting big on commercial solar

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 17:31 (Solarpowerportal)

Kingspan Group is launching a range of fully-funded solar PV solutions for commercial rooftops in the UK as part of its ‘three-pronged attack’ on the sector. Read more

Are You a Mac or a PC? Are You a Solar Person or a Utility Person? It’s the Same Question

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 17:18 (Renewable Energy World)

Most of us probably remember the “Get a Mac” campaign from about 10 years ago. It wasn’t about Macs or PCs, or which are better. That’s what it seems to be on the surface, but really this campaign was about YOU, the buyers of either Macs or PCs. The campaign asked all of us to either identify ourselves with someone who likes a simple, well-designed Read more

New Financial, Project Woes for China Solar Sector

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 15:55 (Renewable Energy World)

The solar power sector has become a highly volatile place these days, with company stocks rallying one week on upbeat news, only to tumble days later on more downbeat signals. Much of the volatility owes to 2 factors that have created big uncertainty: protectionism and doubts about funding for many new power plants now being announced. Both of thos Read more

IEA Report Predicts Solar Power Domination by 2050

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 15:28 (Renewable Energy World)

According to the IEA, solar PV could conceivably be used to generate as much as 16 percent of the world’s electricity needs by mid-century, with solar thermal electricity generated by concentrating solar plants (CSP) accounting for another 11 percent. Read more

IHS: Solar PV installations to rise 20 percent in 2014, thanks to strong fourth quarter with a deployment of 14.4 GW

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 15:18 (Solarserver)

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations will rise to 45.4 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, with 32 percent of this total, or 14.4 GW, coming in the fourth quarter, according to IHS Technology (London). Although IHS has trimmed its forecast for 2014 by 1.5 GW due to weaker-than-predicted performance in several key markets, a 20 percent increase is still forecast in installations from 37.8 GW in 2013. Read more

SolarCity Introduces New Finance Model for Rooftop Systems

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 14:29 (Renewable Energy World)

SolarCity Corp. will begin offering loans for rooftop solar power systems in a bid to reach consumers who want to own the panels on their roofs rather than lease them or pay cash. Read more

Proposed US solar trade tariff changes ‘illegal’

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 13:34 (PV-Tech)

Proposals sent out for comment by the US Department of Commerce (DoC) that would extend the scope of the ongoing trade case could be illegal, according to a lawyer representing the Chinese government. Read more

UK energy minister sets sights on ‘subsidy-free’ solar by 2020

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

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

Powering Knowledge campaign launched to help schools go solar

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 13:05 (Solarpowerportal)

A new campaign headed by the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) aims to install solar across as many school rooftops in the UK as possible. Read more

SolarCity says direct loans could cut cost of solar in US

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 11:48 (PV-Tech)

SolarCity, the largest US residential solar installer, has started offering loans directly to homeowners to buy its PV systems that the company claims could undercut prices set through power purchase agreements (PPA). Read more

SolarCity introduces loan for PV installations similar to a standard PPA

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 11:13 (Solarserver)

SolarCity (San Mateo, California, US) on October 7th, 2014 introduced “MyPower”, a first-of-its kind solar photovoltaic (PV) financing option that combines the low upfront cost and immediate utility savings of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the benefits of ownership. Customers pay for their MyPower solar loan similar to the way they pay for a solar PPA - based on the energy the PV system produces from the sun - but they retain ownership of the solar panels, SolarCity explains. Read more

Intersolar Summit Middle East to highlight potential and investment chances in the region’s solar market

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 11:08 (Solarserver)

From October 14th to 15th, 2014 representatives from politics and business will gather for the Intersolar Summit Middle East in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) to discuss the potential and investment chances in the region's growing solar market. The participants can expect lectures that focus on the specific conditions and characteristics of the solar industry in the Middle East, as well as a platform for the development and expansion of business relationships in the MENA region. Read more

Monarch Power announces plans to build a solar panel giga factory in Arizona

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 7:16 (Solarserver)

Dr. Joe Hui, CEO and Founder of Monarch Power Corp. (Scottsdale, Ariz., US), also known as Solar Man, and Monarch Power launched an IndieGoGo campaign on October 7th, 2014 to market its “Lotus” solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and to raise funds to build “Solar Wonderland”. Monarch Power also plans to build a gigawatt per year panel factory as part of Solar Wonderland, the company announced in a press release. Read more

Panasonic, Coronal Group finalize acquisition of 6 MW Balsam Lake solar PV project in Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 7:08 (Solarserver)

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario) announced that it teamed up with Coronal Group LLC (Pasadena, California, US) to acquire the 6 MW Balsam Lake solar PV project from Balsam Lake Green Energy. The PV project, based in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, is part of the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In Tariff Program. Read more

SPI Solar announces USD 43.8 million private placement, MoU with Hong Kong based Guocang Group Ltd.

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 6:47 (Solarserver)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer SPI Solar (Roseville, Calif., U.S.) on October 7th, 2014 announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement for the sale of USD 43.8 million of common stock in private placements. Read more


DuPont’s $500 Million Biofuel Bet Expected to Pay Off

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 13:10 (Renewable Energy World)

DuPont Co. said a $500 million bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste, singled out by activist investor Nelson Peltz as lavish, will pay off as companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. add to demand for renewable chemicals and fuels. Read more

Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Electrifying Keyna: How One African Country is Approaching Renewable Energy Development

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 15:40 (Renewable Energy World)

Kenya’s renewable energy ambitions have attracted growing attention in recent months. There has been a strong uptick in interest in the country’s wind energy potential in particular. Last year, Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum said in an investment prospectus for 2013-2016 that it plans to boost wind power generation by 630 MW as part of its target to increase electricity levels by 5,000 MW by 2016. In March, the Kenyan government also signed a financing document for the largest private investment in Kenya. Read more

EU gives state aid approval to Hinkley nuclear contract

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 12:59 (Solarpowerportal)

The European Commission is facing severe criticism after it gave state aid approval for £17 billion (US$27.3 million) worth of nuclear energy subsidies. Read more

KKR acquires Acciona stake ahead of yield co launch

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 12:31 (PV-Tech)

Investment firm KKR has acquired a stake in the renewable energy arm of Spanish conglomerate Acciona ahead of plans to launch a yield co. Read more

EC draws fire after approving UK’s nuclear energy subsidies

Wednesday, 10.8.2014 - 11:24 (PV-Tech)

The European Commission is facing severe criticism after it gave state aid approval for £17 billion (US$27.3 million) worth of nuclear energy subsidies. Read more


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