News of the year 2014

Date: 25.11.2014


DECC consults over feed-in tariff transferability for commercial installs

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 18:43 (Solarpowerportal)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a consultation over its plans to allow commercial users to retain their feed-in tariff (FiT) payments if they move premises. Read more

SunEdison Targets Brazil with $30 Million Solar Module Plant

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 15:55 (Renewable Energy World)

SunEdison Inc., a U.S. developer and polysilicon supplier, is expanding in Brazil where demand for renewable power is expected to be a key driver of growth. Read more

GlobalData: World-wide installed PV capacity to more than treble from 136 Gigawatts in 2013 to 414 GW by 2020

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 15:23 (Solarserver)

The global cumulative installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules will more than treble from 135.66 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 413.98 GW by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData (London, UK). The company’s latest report* states that emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, South and Central America and the Middle East and Africa are expected to be the major solar photovoltaic (PV) markets in the future, due to an increasing focus on renewable energy proliferation to fuel economic growth. Read more

The 2014 solar module shipment battle between Trina Solar and Yingli Green is over

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 13:01 (PV-Tech)

The PV industry is expected to have a new market leader after both Trina Solar and Yingli Green have reported third quarter financial results and given revised full-year shipment guidance. Read more

SunEdison, Renova Energia joint venture to develop 1 GW of utility-scale PV projects in Brazil

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 7:06 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (Belmont, Calif., US) and Brazilian renewable energy company Renova Energia S.A. (BZ: RNEW11) on November 24th, 2014 announced that they have created an exclusive joint venture to develop, own, and operate 1 gigawatt of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which will supply the Brazilian Regulated Electricity Market. Renova and SunEdison will each own a 50% stake in the joint venture. The venture plans to build and operate four utility-scale PV plants in Bahia State, Brazil by 2017. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Sunnova secures US$250 million in US solar PV installation funding

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 17:30 (PV-Tech)

Billed as the largest yet funding round for a private residential solar service company in the US, Sunnova Energy Corp has secured US$250 million in new funding led by Franklin Square Funds. Read more

US land bureau rejects 200MW solar project in California

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 17:05 (PV-Tech)

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has rejected Iberdrola Renewable’s application for a 200MW solar project in California after the organisation deemed the project “would not be in the public’s interest”. Read more

SPI continues to target Jiangsu Province for PV project work

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 16:44 (PV-Tech)

PV project developer, SPI Solar, is to undertake EPC work developing more than 20MW of commercial-scale rooftop systems in Sheyang City, and Suzhou Industrial Park, both in Jiangsu Province, China. Read more

What Game Theory Can Tell Us about Middle Market, Commercial and Industrial Solar

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 15:44 (Renewable Energy World)

The decisions made along the path of solar project finance and development have major implications for the growth — or stagnation — of the commercial and industrial solar market.  How does a developer choose the right financier for their project, or an investor decide to interact during contract negotiations? Together, what impacts do these decisio Read more

A New Way To Finance Solar and Storage: The LOPPA

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 15:39 (Renewable Energy World)

Solar and energy storage will increasingly be integrated together at commercial sites, homes and microgrids. But to be honest, they are an odd couple with very different personalities. Solar is passive: solar modules are typically planted in a fixed position to generate power for 20 or 30 years. You have to hose them off occasionally, but active ma Read more

SESEA 2014: Subsidy-free Singapore seeks to overcome solar intermittency

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 13:30 (PV-Tech)

Singapore is looking to aggregate solar energy generation to defeat the issue of intermittent power from cloud cover. Read more

SESEA 2014: Thai electricity regulator holds public hearing to discuss solar market future

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 12:51 (PV-Tech)

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of Thailand is holding a public hearing to discuss the country’s solar energy future. Read more

Fraunhofer aims to slash US solar costs with ‘plug and play’ system

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 12:49 (PV-Tech)

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) in the US has installed its first ‘plug and play’ rooftop solar system in Boston, kicking off its bid to help slash the installed cost of PV to US$1.50 per watt. Read more

Aleo solar supplies modules for 5.8MW projects in Turkey

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 12:28 (PV-Tech)

German solar module manufacturer aleo solar will supply over 20,000 solar panels for four large-scale photovoltaic projects in Turkey totalling 5.8 MW. Read more

Indian government maps out solar parks as it chases 100GW ambition

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 11:44 (PV-Tech)

The Indian government has identified 12 solar park locations capable of housing up to 13.75GW of capacity in the next five years. Read more

8minutenergy and Gestamp sign PPA for 30MW solar farm in California

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 11:10 (PV-Tech)

PV developers 8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) in California for the electricity generated from their planned 30MW Midway III solar farm in California. Read more

Yingli Solar to supply 40 percent of the PV modules for Neoen’s 300 MW project in France

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 10:47 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as "Yingli Solar", on November 24th, 2014 announced that it has signed an agreement to supply 120 MW of YGE 72 cell solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for a 300 MW project in France. Upon completion this will be the largest solar power park in Europe. Read more

Order Focus: Yingli Green to supply UK’s Solarcentury with 72MW of modules

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 10:15 (PV-Tech)

Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy, has secured a large module supply deal with UK-based installer and project developer, Solarcentury. Read more

8minutenergy Renewables and Gestamp Solar to build 30 MW PV plant to provide solar power to the Imperial Irrigation District

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 9:47 (Solarserver)

8minutenergy Renewables LLC (Folsom, California, U.S.) and Gestamp Solar (Madrid, Spain) on November 24th, 2014 announced the signing of a 25-year contract to sell 30 megawatts-ac (40 MW-dc) of solar power from its Midway III Solar Farm project in Imperial County, California, to the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which serves Imperial County. Read more

Trina Solar announces Q3, 2014 results: Increased shipments, profitability

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 7:16 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on November 24th, 2014 announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2014. Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments totaled 1,063.8 MW during the third quarter of 2014, compared to 943.3 MW in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 12.8% Net revenues were USD 616.8 million, an increase of 18.8% from the second quarter of 2014. Gross profit was USD 102.8 million, an increase of 28.1% from the second quarter of 2014. Read more

New Generation Power to develop 1.2 GW of utility-scale solar PV projects in Nigeria

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 6:57 (Solarserver)

New Generation Power (NGP, Chicago, IL, US) together with Motir Seaspire Advisors, LLC (Washington DC, US), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government of Nigeria to deliver 1,200 megawatt (MW) of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects within Nigeria. Expected to break ground by 2015 and be fully operational within the next two years, the completed solar photovoltaic (PV) project will represent an investment of over USD 2 billion, the partners announced. Read more

Canadian Solar completes sale of 28.4 MW West Antelope PV plant in California, U.S.

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 6:52 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on November 24th, announced that it completed the sale of the 28.4 MWp West Antelope Solar Park to Dominion (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.). The 263 acre PV project is located in Los Angeles County on the outskirts of Lancaster, California. Canadian Solar supplied 94,340 high performance “Quartech” photovoltaic (PV) modules. Read more

JinkoSolar to supply solar PV modules totaling 7 MW to Almacen Sustentable in Mexico

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 6:49 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on November 24th, 2014 announced that it has signed an agreement to supply 7 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Almacen Sustentable (AS Solar) in Mexico. Read more


Innovation, Progress and Scale: Introducing the 2014 Project of the Year Award Finalists

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 12:18 (Renewable Energy World)

This year’s Project of the Year Award finalists truly represent the evolving energy landscape and exciting global efforts to transition to a cleaner, renewable future. The five projects vying for the Renewable Energy Project of the Year crown include a wide range of innovative technologies from coal-to-biomass conversion to concentrating solar power. Read more

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

DECC extends RO grace period from three to 12 months

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 18:44 (Solarpowerportal)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it will extend the grace period for solar projects when the renewable obligation (RO) scheme is scrapped for projects over 5MW in April 2015.  Read more

Yingli Green Energy reports Q3, 2014 results: Gross margin increased to 20.9%; Quarterly operating income turned into positive

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 16:17 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) known as "Yingli Solar," on November 25th, 2014 announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Yingli Solar shipped 903.4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in Q3, 2014 (including 109.0 MW shipments for PV systems to the Company's own downstream power plants in China), compared to 887.9 MW in the second quarter of 2014. Revenues were not recognized for the 109.0 MW of internal shipments as required by U.S. GAAP. Read more

US Planning Largest Wind-Energy Auction Off Massachusetts

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 15:50 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.S. Interior Department is planning the nation’s largest competitive auction for offshore wind projects, 742,000 acres off Massachusetts that may generate as much as 5 gigawatts of electricity. Read more

Yingli Green slashes full-year module shipment guidance

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 11:59 (PV-Tech)

Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has slashed full-year module shipment guidance that indicates almost zero shipment growth for 2014. Read more

New IRENA report: China can nearly quadruple the share of renewable energy by 2030

Tuesday, 11.25.2014 - 9:56 (Solarserver)

China can increase its use of renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind) from 13 to 26 percent by 2030, according to a new report released on November 24th, 2014 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of modern renewables between 2010 and 2030. Read more


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