News of the year 2014

Date: 09.10.2014


Conergy plans Ontario project spree

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 13:03 (PV-Tech)

Downstream player Conergy’s Canadian arm has said it is looking to capitalise on an expected explosion in PV project activity in Ontario by acquiring developed solar projects in the province. Read more

SMA to debut residential, commercial and utility-scale PV solutions at SPI

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:57 (Solarserver)

SMA America (Rockville, Calif., US) will showcase a variety of solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) applications at unique indoor and outdoor exhibits at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, October 20–23, 2014. Among them will be new PV inverters, highlighted in booth #524, while the SMA Solar Sprinter van, which features a fully operational PV system, will be on display outside the main hall entrance. Read more

MegaCell Engineering develops smart solar desalination system, powered by a hybrid photovoltaic system

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 8:43 (Solarserver)

MegaCell Engineering Srl., founded by Franco Traverso, an Italian entrepreneur already involved in the production of bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) cells with MegaCell Srl., will complement the work already started by Traverso with the establishment MegaCell Srl. (Padova, Italy). MegaCell Srl. focuses on the production of a new bifacial monocrystalline silicon N-type solar cell called "Bison" with high efficiency (already more than 20%), developed together with the German Research Institute ISC Konstanz. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Battle lines drawn over Colorado net metering dispute

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 19:00 (PV-Tech)

US utility, Xcel Energy (XE), has said it is hoping to prove a “hidden” solar subsidy in a series of hearings discussing net metering (NM) in the state of Colorado. Read more

Solar’s $30 Billion Splurge Proves Too Much for Japan

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 18:20 (Renewable Energy World)

After spending almost $30 billion on solar energy in a single year and installing as many panels as exist in the whole of Spain, Japan is preparing to ratchet back its boom in photovoltaic power. Read more

German homebuilding company picks lithium iron phosphate for solar storage

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 18:05 (PV-Tech)

Battery-based energy storage systems from German manufacturer Automatic Storage Device Sonnenspeicher (ASD) will be installed in new houses from WeberHaus, which makes prefabricated homes for the German market. Read more

Lightsource Renewable Energy CEO Nick Boyle to speak at the Installers Area of Solar Energy UK

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 15:38 (Solarpowerportal)

Lightsource Renewable Energy CEO Nick Boyle will speak at the Solar Energy UK conference at the NEC Birmingham on Wednesday October 15. With an operating portfolio of more than 600MWp, the company is now looking to build long-term relationships with rooftop installers. Read more

Conergy to acquire developed solar PV projects in Ontario; Pilot project purchased from EDF EN Canada and sold to private investor

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 15:02 (Solarserver)

The Canadian subsidiary of Conergy (Hamburg, Germany), one of the world’s largest downstream solar companies, on October 9th, 2014 announced it will begin acquiring developed solar projects in Ontario, following the successful conclusion of a pilot project. With the Ontario government forecasting 2.1 GWp in new solar PV capacity in the next six years, the new capital will be a boost for local developers and owners of commercial real estate, Conergy reports in a press release. Read more

Conergy’s Robert Goss predicts steadying but successful times for UK solar

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 13:44 (Solarpowerportal)

Developers across the UK are currently operating at full throttle in response to the government’s move to remove renewable obligation (RO) support for solar sites over 5MW next year. Read more

SolarCity’s direct loan strategy could be 50% of 2015 business – ROTH Capital

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 13:12 (PV-Tech)

SolarCity, the largest US residential solar installer, could generate 50% of its revenue from its new direct loan approach to residential PV installations, according to investment firm, ROTH Capital. Read more

aleo solar presents new PV module with improved weak light behaviour

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:47 (Solarserver)

aleo solar GmbH (Prenzlau/Berlin, Germany) will be unveiling its new 300 watt high-power module boasting improved weak light behaviour at the Solar Energy UK exhibition, taking place in Birmingham from 14th to 16th October 2014. Even with a very weak irradiation of 200 watts per square metre (W/m²), the aleo module is able to work at its full efficiency level of 18.3%, the company reports in a press release. Read more

Neo Solar Power’s sales slowly recover in September

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:31 (PV-Tech)

The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP), reported a slight increase in sales for September, after three months of decline. Read more

Japan Renewable Energy Foundation: Grid denial of solar ‘unreasonable’

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:28 (PV-Tech)

The sudden withholding of grid access from renewable energy projects including solar is “unreasonable” and could bring “great confusion” to the renewable energy industry, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has claimed. Read more

NextEnergy Solar fund looks to lock-in RO projects

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:04 (Solarpowerportal)

The NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) will issue 250 million new shares as it looks to buy up a raft of renewable obligation (RO) projects before March 2015. Read more

UK solar investor looks to lock down 186MW of projects

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 11:50 (PV-Tech)

The NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) will issue 250 million new shares as it looks to buy up a raft of projects in the UK before the closure of an existing support scheme. Read more

Solar outlook in Ontario promising despite FiT cut

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 11:29 (PV-Tech)

The Canadian province of Ontario is expected to maintain its position as a leading North American solar market despite a recent reduction in its feed-in-tariff (FiT) and the scrapping of its solar local content requirement (LCR). Read more

SolarCity and Honda renew solar-EV partnership

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 10:52 (PV-Tech)

US solar installer, SolarCity, and car manufacturer, Honda, have teamed up to offer US customers joint solar and electric vehicle services. Read more

Schneider Electric launches new large three-phase PV inverters in the UK solar market

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 8:39 (Solarserver)

Schneider Electric SA (Rueil-Malmaison, France) on October 8th, 2014 announced the launch of the Conext CL, a new line of three-phase solar photovoltaic (PV) string inverters, for the UK market. Schneider Electric will be exhibiting at Solar Energy UK at the NEC in Birmingham on October 14–16, 2014. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the highly anticipated Conext CL, along with other Schneider Electric products and solutions. Read more


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Wind Energy

Is an "Irrational Phobia" Hampering the UK Onshore Wind Industry?

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 13:24 (Renewable Energy World)

The main ruling U.K. Conservative Party has an “irrational phobia” of onshore wind power and is hampering development of a technology that’s crucial to meeting Britain’s carbon targets, Business Secretary Vince Cable said. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Latin America Report: 7 Renewable Energy Stories Worth Reading

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 21:26 (Renewable Energy World)

The renewable energy market is fast-paced and growing with each passing day. It’s hard to keep up with every industry announcement and insight, so we decided to highlight interesting developments that took place during the past few weeks, and some valuable insights that are worth revisiting. Read more

Local, Lower Prices, 33 Percent Renewable — Sonoma Clean (Community) Power Has Launched

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 16:12 (Renewable Energy World)

Starting this May, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers are getting renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The portion of renewable electricity (“CleanStart”) for the average customer will rise by 50 percent. For those so motivated — 3 percent of customers already — it’s also po Read more

Food For Watts: Turning Post-consumer Food Waste into Renewable Energy

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 16:01 (Renewable Energy World)

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Essential Consulting Oregon, LLC (EC Oregon) has built up an impressive résumé when it comes to the planning and implementation of U.S. biogas projects. In that time period, the company has provided dozens of feasibility studies, performed GIS mapping in several states, and provided services for the development of four full-scale biogas plants. Read more

New Solar Frontier CEO addresses Innovation for Cool Earth Forum, outlines role for solar PV in addressing climate change

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 13:04 (Solarserver)

Solar Frontier’s recently-appointed CEO, Atsuhiko Hirano, addressed international leaders in business, government and academia at the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in Tokyo on October 8th, 2014. Hirano outlined the role that solar photovoltaics (PV), especially real-world technologies such as CIS, can play in the future energy mix and how the current state of the PV market in Japan provides a glimpse into that future. Read more

Siemens joins the SETI Alliance

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:53 (Solarserver)

The Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI) Alliance on October 8th, 2014 announced that Siemens AG (Stuttgart, Germany), a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, has become the latest member of the SETI Alliance. Siemens AG is one of the world’s leading providers of energy- and resource-efficient technologies. Roughly 43 percent of the company’s total revenue stems from green products and solutions. Read more

EU Nations Mull Funds to Aid Clean Energy in 2030 Climate Deal

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 12:34 (Renewable Energy World)

European Union governments are considering the use of carbon-permit funds to help finance clean technologies and spur poorer nations toward a low-carbon economy under a planned deal on 2030 climate and energy policies. Read more

ACCIONA, KKR announce financial close for global alliance in renewable energy

Thursday, 10.9.2014 - 8:52 (Solarserver)

ACCIONA (Madrid, Spain), a global infrastructure, water and renewable energy group, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP (London, UK), a leading global investment firm, on October 8th, 2014 reached the financial close of their strategic alliance to consolidate and develop one of the largest operating international renewable energy portfolios in the world. KKR has acquired a one-third stake in ACCIONA Energía Internacional (AEI), the international renewable energy generation business of ACCIONA Energía, for EUR 397 million, and will help fund future growth of the renewables portfolio. Read more


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