News of the year 2014

Date: 11.11.2014


Shunfeng Photovoltaic International PV plants in China generated 454,019 MWh of solar power in the first ten months of 2014

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 13:46 (Solarserver)

On November 11th, 2014 Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Limited (Changzhou, China) announced that the aggregate volume of electricity generation of the solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants owned by the Group in October 2014 amounted to approximately 68,751 megawatt-hours (MWh). The aggregate volume of solar power generated by PV plants owned by the Group for the ten months ended on October 31st, 2014 amounted to approximately 454,019 MWh, the company reports. Read more

GCL slapped on wrist for late reporting of Chaori Solar module deals

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 12:34 (PV-Tech)

Executive directors and other senior management at Chinese polysilicon producer GCL New Energy Holdings have been ordered to attend training courses on stock exchange listings compliance, after the company belatedly revealed details of module supply deals with bankrupt PV module manufacturer Shanghai Chaori Solar, for which GCL recently revealed a bail-out deal. Read more

Vikram Solar modules win two key US certifications

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 12:24 (PV-Tech)

Vikram Solar has won two key US certifications for its 60-cell polycrystalline modules. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

JinkoSolar (U.S.) signs USD 20 million credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 13:48 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on November 11th, 2014 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) INC., has signed a USD 20 million two-year credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association Borrowings under the new credit agreement will be used to support JinkoSolar US's working capital and business operations. Read more

Expanded US solar trade case could cost American jobs, congressman warns

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 13:25 (PV-Tech)

A second US PV manufacturer has voiced concern that trade proposals could inadvertently classify its products as Chinese. Read more

Vivint Solar bullish despite losses and weaker Q4 install forecast

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 12:52 (PV-Tech)

Vivint Solar, the newly floated US residential PV installer, has forecast a decrease in deployments in the final quarter of the year, blaming the prospect of harsh winter weather conditions. Read more

JinkoSolar taps Wells Fargo for US$20 million credit facility

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 12:43 (PV-Tech)

The US subsidiary of China-based tier-one PV module manufacturer, JinkoSolar, has secured a two-year line of credit of US$20 million to support US working capital and business operational needs from Wells Fargo Bank, National Association. Read more

India commercial rooftops ‘to reach grid parity next year’

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 11:57 (PV-Tech)

The chief technology officer of Indian manufacturer and installer, Tata Power Solar, has said commercial rooftop solar will reach grid parity before any other solar segment in India, and will be the cheapest form of energy for customers by 2024. Read more

PSEG finishes 3.6MW solar farm in Vermont

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 11:28 (PV-Tech)

PSEG Solar Source completed its Essex Solar Energy Centre just outside Burlington, Vermont that houses approximately 12,000 fixed-tilted, solar photovoltaic panels with 3.6MW of generating capacity. Read more

UK firms allay fears of 2015 solar eclipse power cuts

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 9:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The impact of a solar eclipse on European power grids will be negligible despite warnings of blackouts by the chief of the French network. Read more

SPI Solar announces EPC agreements for 80 MW of PV Projects in Inner Mongolia Region, Guangdong Province, China

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 9:07 (Solarserver)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer SPI Solar (Roseville, Calif., U.S.) on November 10th, 2014 announced that its newly established and wholly owned subsidiary, SPI Solar Power Engineering (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (Suzhou Xinwei, China), entered into two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements for an aggregate of 80 megawatts (MW) of PV projects in China. The two agreements call for Suzhou Xinwei to provide EPC services to two projects - one ground-based utility project of 70 MW in Huade County, Inner Mongolia Region and one distributed generation (DG) project of 10 MW in Shunde County, Guangdong Province. Read more

Canadian Solar to supply 4 MW energy storage solution to support the Ontario grid

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 9:04 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on November 10th, 2014 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. will provide 4 megawatt (MW) / 2.76 megawatt hour (MWh) of stationary on-grid bulk energy storage to Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to support the Ontario grid. The 4 MW energy storage project will provide a solution for ancillary services applications in Ontario by leveraging Canadian Solar's extensive project development expertise and success in the Canadian energy market. Read more

Concentrating solar power: BrightSource and Shanghai Electric partner on six 135 MW CSP tower plant projects in China

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 7:09 (Solarserver)

BrightSource Energy Inc. (Oakland, California) and Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd (SEC) on November 10th, 2014 announced the companies have signed an agreement forming a joint venture for building utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in China. Under the agreement, the joint venture will leverage both partners’ contributions to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for projects featuring BrightSource’s solar power tower technology in China. The joint venture’s first proposal is for the construction of two 135 megawatt (MW) CSP plants as part of the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project. Read more

Navigant Research: Revenue from distributed generation, including solar PV, is on pace to surpass USD 182 billion by 2023

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 6:55 (Solarserver)

In recent years, billions of dollars of public and private investment in distributed generation (DG) technologies have yielded strong results in both cost reduction and technical capabilities. Public and private investment in solar photovoltaics (PV), small wind, fuel cells, natural and diesel generation generators has grown significantly as new business models, such as third-party owned systems (specifically the solar lease and solar power purchase agreement), have been deployed. According to a new report from Navigant Research (Boulder, Colorado, US), worldwide revenue from DG is expected to grow from USD 97 billion in 2014 to more than USD 182 billion by 2023. Read more

Vikram Solar PV modules receive UL certification and CEC listing

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 6:47 (Solarserver)

Vikram Solar’s tariff-free photovoltaic (PV) modules are now certified by UL and approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Vikram Solar, an advanced solar PV panel manufacturer based in Kolkata, India, received UL 1703 certification for its 60-cell polycrystalline solar panels in mid-September. This listing covers module wattage sizes from 240 to 270 Wp, with clear frames and white back sheets. Other module products will be certified in the very near future, including 72-cell modules, black frame, and black back sheet models, the company announces. Read more

Hawaiian Electric Company To Fix Solar PV Backlog, Advanced Inverters To Help

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 0:24 (Renewable Energy World)

Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) recent vow to break the logjam of 4,800 stalled applications for new residential PV in its territory by April relies in substantial part on the utilities’ ongoing study and expected future requirement of advanced inverters. The utility expressed hope in August that the use of advanced inverters, among other key grid modernization steps, will enable it to ultimately triple the 300+ MW of PV connections on its grid. Read more


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Wind Energy

US Named Global Leader in Wind Production as Industry Fights for Tax Credit Extension

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 18:54 (Renewable Energy World)

While China boasts the most installed wind capacity, the U.S. can now push that statement aside and claim the throne for what arguably matters most — wind energy production. According to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. is now the global leader in wind energy production, has been since 2008. While China has 50 percent more installed wind energy capacity, U.S. wind delivers 20 percent more electricity to the grid. 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

Moving Beyond Utility 2.0, To Energy Democracy

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 15:43 (Renewable Energy World)

The transformation taking place in the electricity system is enormous, and the prescribed solution — a version 2.0 electric utility — offers a way for utilities to  remain financially solvent, even profitable, in a massively decentralized and renewable energy system. The prescription is powerful: radically change the desired outcomes of the electri Read more

Debt problems forcing GCL-Poly to sell wafer business, says CEO

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 15:21 (PV-Tech)

The planned sale by GCL-Poly Energy Holdings of its wafer business is due to its very high debt leveraged ratio, primarily due to the concentration of short-term debt, Zhu Gongshan, the company’s CEO has said in an emergency investor call. Read more

The Rise of Retail Clean Energy Investing

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 13:28 (Renewable Energy World)

In recent years at Clean Edge, we’ve been tracking and reporting on three major shifts in clean-tech investing: 1) the shift to expansion-stage corporate and institutional investing from early-stage venture capital; 2) the shift from equity investments in technology companies to debt finance for projects; and 3) the advent of investment vehicles for retail investors. Read more

Getting Off-Grid Power Becomes a Family Affair

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 12:42 (Renewable Energy World)

David Greene woke up one day and fired his power company. It wasn’t that hard to do. Greene, 48, is neither a hippie nor a survivalist and his environmental leanings are middle of the road. He runs an air conditioning repair service out of his home and lives in the suburbs, not the woods. Read more

Aalborg CSP, NEST announce direct-steam energy storage for CSP through strategic cooperation

Tuesday, 11.11.2014 - 9:23 (Solarserver)

Aalborg CSP A/S (Aalborg, Denmark) and NEST AS (Billingstad, Norway) have jointly developed a cost-competitive thermal energy storage (TES) system for concentrating solar power plants (CSP). The cooperation have aligned world-class expertise from both companies to design and deliver a direct-steam-to/from-concrete storage system enabling predictable and on-demand power generation with low operation and maintenance expenses, the partners emphasize. Read more


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