News of the year 2014

Date: 13.11.2014


Eiffage-led consortium including Schneider Electric and Krinner wins Europe’s largest PV project, worth EUR 285 million

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 14:59 (Solarserver)

A consortium comprising Eiffage, acting through its Clemessy subsidiary (consortium leader), Schneider Electric and Krinner has been awarded a contract for the construction of a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm and an extra-high voltage substation – representing the largest photovoltaic power project in Europe – in Cestas, near Bordeaux, France. The consortium will also be responsible for the plant’s operation and maintenance. Work on this project, worth nearly EUR 285 million, is to begin immediately. Read more

No FiT boost for community projects

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 14:20 (Solarpowerportal)

The government has confirmed that it will not raise the ceiling for feed-in tariff (FiT) payments from 5MW to 10MW as part of its community energy strategy. Read more

Austria to slash PV tariff by 8%

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 11:43 (PV-Tech)

Austria is to reduce the feed-in tariffs available for PV installations from January 2015. Read more

Bosch plant closures ‘won’t affect product launches’

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 11:27 (PV-Tech)

The closure of two Bosch Power Tec production facilities for inverters and storage will not affect planned product launches, a spokesman for Bosch has said. Read more

SunEdison enters into framework agreement on PV projects totaling 300 MW in the Philippines

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 7:14 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (Belmont, Calif., US) on November 12th, 2014 announced that it entered into a joint framework agreement with Aboitiz Renewables, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines). The agreement formalizes their intention to jointly explore, develop, construct and operate up to 300 megawatt of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation projects in the Philippines over the next three years. Read more

SMA introduces new roof-mount racking solution

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 2:02 (PV-Tech)

Inverter manufacturer SMA has unveiled a new roof-mount racking solution for commercial-level PV installations. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

IEA publishes new World Energy Outlook: Wind and solar PV share to quadruple

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 21:48 (Solarserver)

Events of the last year have increased many of the long-term uncertainties facing the global energy sector, says the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2014 (WEO-2014). In the central scenario of WEO-2014, world primary energy demand is 37% higher in 2040, putting more pressure on the global energy system. The scenario shows that world demand for two out of the three fossil fuels – coal and oil – essentially reaches a plateau by 2040. At the same time, renewable energy technologies gain ground rapidly, helped by falling costs and subsidies (estimated at USD 120 billion in 2013). Read more

Ascent Solar announces Q3 results

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 21:42 (PV-Tech)

PV module manufacturer Ascent Solar has announced its third quarter results, which ended on 30 September 2014. Read more

Ascent Solar reports growth in Q3 results

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 21:42 (PV-Tech)

PV module manufacturer Ascent Solar has announced its third quarter results, which ended on 30 September 2014. Read more

Hanwha Q CELLS “prosumes” solar power; Half megawatt rooftop PV system for self-consumption on HQ car park

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 21:41 (Solarserver)

Hanwha Q CELLS (Thalheim, Germany) banks on self-consumption of PV electricity for its headquarters in Germany. The company has put a 500 kilowatt PV system into operation on the rooftop of its own car park. The plant comprising of about 2,000 Q CELLS modules will produce around 9,44 gigawatt hours and save around 5,000 tons CO2 emissions over a period of 20 years. Read more

SolarCity, Lincoln Military Housing to help install rooftop PV panels on US military housing units

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 20:35 (PV-Tech)

A power purchase agreement between solar power provider SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing will see US Navy and Marine Corps housing units in San Diego receive rooftop PV panels. Read more

SolarCity to install 20MW of rooftop PV on US military housing

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 20:35 (PV-Tech)

A power purchase agreement between solar power provider SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing will see US Navy and Marine Corps housing units in San Diego receive rooftop PV panels. Read more

Solar Energy Can Be a Game Changer for US States

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 19:50 (Renewable Energy World)

With the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) annual meeting kicking off on Saturday, I wanted to take a moment to welcome the commissioners to San Francisco and talk a little about how important solar power is to the health of our nation, our economy and our grid. NARUC is a national association of state Public Service Read more

Trina Solar wins 28.5MW module order in the UK

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 14:50 (Solarpowerportal)

Trina Solar has won a 28.5MW contract with Camborne Capital and sPower for the pair’s UK project collaboration. Read more

SolarWorld has order backlog into Q4 of 350MW

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 13:29 (PV-Tech)

SolarWorld reported third quarter results inline with its recent preliminary announcement but highlighted that its order backlog in the fourth quarter had reached 350MW with confirmed orders stretching into 2015. Read more

Trina Solar wins 28.5MW module order in the UK

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 13:21 (PV-Tech)

Trina Solar has won a 28.5MW contract with Camborne Capital and sPower for the pair’s UK project collaboration. Read more

SunFunder raises US$2.5 million for off-grid solar

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 12:14 (PV-Tech)

US crowd-funding company, SunFunder, has raised investment worth US$2.5 million for off-grid solar projects in emerging markets. Read more

Largest African PV plant comes online: 96 MW Jasper project supplies the South African electric grid with solar power

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 11:26 (Solarserver)

SolarReserve LLC (Santa Monica, California, U.S.) on November 11th, 2014 announced that the 96 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project “Jasper” is fully operational, almost two months ahead of schedule. With over 325,000 PV modules, the Jasper Project will deliver 180,000 megawatt-hours of solar power annually for South African residents, enough to supply up to 80,000 households, through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eskom, the South African power utility company. Read more

Manz AG: Record revenue for 2014 already assured after 9 months; Solar segment generated EUR 9.3 million

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 11:19 (Solarserver)

Manz AG (Reutlingen, Germany), high-tech equipment manufacturer with three strategic business segments "Solar" (photovoltaics), "Display" and "Battery", on November 13th, 2014 announced the figures for the first nine months of 2014. Manz already recorded the highest quarterly revenue in the company's history during the second quarter of 2014 and has successfully continued this positive trend in the third quarter, the company reports in a press release. Read more

Concentrating solar power: Reliance Power commissions 100 MW Linear Fresnel Reflector technology plant in Rajasthan

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 11:13 (Solarserver)

Reliance Power (Mumbai, India) on November 11th, 2014 announced that its 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant at Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan, has been successfully synchronized with the grid and power generation has commenced. The project is the world's largest CSP project based on Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector technology (CLFR) technology. The 100 MW USD 342 million (Rp 2,100 crore) CSP plant has been built adjacent to the 40 MW solar photovoltaic PV project commissioned by the Company last year. The project has 25% reserve capacity to meet 25 year PPA obligations, Reliance Power notes. Read more

Isotron installs over 17,000 Yingli Solar panels in Bolivia's first PV power plant

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 7:18 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Boadind, China), on October 12th, 2014 announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, S.L.U has supplied over 5 megawatt (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for Bolivia's first solar power plant. PV project developer and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services provider Isotron, a subsidiary of the energy company Isastur (Llanera, Spain) installed more than 17,000 PV panels in the 5 MW project, which is Bolvia's largest solar project and the world's largest storage-equipped hybrid PV-diesel project. Read more

Natcore Technology makes first commercial offering with turnkey solar PV manufacturing program

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 7:10 (Solarserver)

In response to numerous requests from potential customers, Natcore Technology (Red Bank, N.J., US) has established a "best of breed" program through which it would design, supervise and build facilities to produce solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar PV panels and power plants that integrate the best equipment with the newest proven technology, the company announced on November 12th, 2014. Read more

SPI Solar reaches deal to acquire Mongolian PV project company

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 0:19 (PV-Tech)

SPI Solar Power, a subsidiary of PV developer Solar Power, Inc. (SPI Solar), has agreed to the framework of a deal to acquire PV project company Guodian Nailuen Tumed Left Banner PV Electricity Co. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Enphase Energy reaches deal with GSE to power residences in Europe

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 22:02 (PV-Tech)

Microinverter provider Enphase Energy has entered into a partnership with residential solar solutions provider Groupe Solution Energie (GSE) to help provide PV power to residential developments in Europe. Read more

China’s Hunger to Get Clean Energy Leaving No Rooftop Behind

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 16:18 (Renewable Energy World)

China, the world’s biggest solar market for two years running, is pushing to install more panels at factories, schools and even greenhouses as it seeks to meet its goals under a historic climate agreement with the U.S. Read more

Pre-election battle lines drawn in Hastings

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 16:00 (Solarpowerportal)

Green policies took centre stage in Hastings this week with both Conservative and Labour MPs in the area to talk about green policies Read more

SunPower remains conservative on new capacity expansions and 2015 guidance

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 15:42 (PV-Tech)

Ahead of its financial analyst day event, major PV energy provider SunPower has pre-released financial guidance for 2015, while announcing its highly anticipated next wave of manufacturing capacity expansions. Read more

Thomson Reuters: Despite modest ambitions US and China targets are game changer for climate negotiations

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 14:56 (Solarserver)

This week’s US-China climate target announcement represents only a modest increase from “business-as-usual”, but marks a huge step forward for the climate deal to be agreed at the UN Summit in Paris next year, according to Point Carbon analysts at multinational mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters (New York City). Read more

Winter Is Coming! Five Ways the Changing Seasons Impact Renewable Energy

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 13:41 (Renewable Energy World)

In many parts of the northern hemisphere, the leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and winter is just around the corner. Many people pay attention to the turning of the seasons because it means they need a new coat — but for those who utilize solar and wind energy, it’s even more important to understand how this change affects PV and wind energy systems. Read more

IEA World Forecast: Stresses on Energy System Must Not Be Ignored

Thursday, 11.13.2014 - 13:07 (Renewable Energy World)

The world’s decision-makers must not let current events distract them from recognizing and addressing the longer-term signs of stress that are emerging in the global energy system, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned today at the launch of its annual World Energy Outlook 2014 report in London. Read more


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