News of the year 2014

Date: 04.11.2014


Enphase posts record quarterly revenue with more expected

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 22:08 (PV-Tech)

Leading PV microinverter manufacturer, Enphase Energy reported record third quarter results, while guiding fourth quarter could be even better. Shipments reached 170MW (AC), up 81% year-on-year and a total of 760,000 microinverters in the quarter. Read more

Roth & Rau shares to be delisted from Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 19:22 (PV-Tech)

PV equipment specialist and subsidiary of Meyer Burger, Roth & Rau said it was preparing to delist from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company noted that the delisting decision was due the low level of shares trading on the exchange and lack of benefit to costs of trading shares. Roth & Rau expects the suspension of share trading in around 6 weeks. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange was once home to large number of German-based PV companies that spanned the entire supply chain. However, a string of bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions has decimated the sector and left only a handful of companies listed, such as SMA Solar, Phoenix Solar, Singulus Technologies and SolarWorld. Read more

Panasonic HIT modules pass TÜV Rheinland’s salt mist corrosion tests

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 12:53 (PV-Tech)

Panasonic has passed TÜV Rheinland’s salt mist corrosion testing for its latest photovoltaic (PV) module type, the manufacturer announced today. Read more

EDF, Amundi to cooperate in asset management aimed at financing energy transition, wind power and solar photovoltaic investment

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 10:24 (Solarserver)

The EDF Group (Paris, France) and asset management firm Amundi, on October 29th, 2014 announced their partnership for the creation of a joint asset management company to raise funds from institutional and retail investors and to manage on behalf of third parties funds intended to finance projects relating to energy transition. EDF will contribute to this project its privileged access to investment opportunities within the energy sector. The Group will be a driving force behind investment for project development, implementation and operation, EDF notes. Amundi will provide its investment structuration skills as well as its fund-raising capabilities. Read more

Panasonic PV module passes TUV Rheinland’s salt mist corrosion test

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 10:19 (Solarserver)

Panasonic Eco Solutions Europe (London) on November 4th, 2014 announced that its latest solar photovoltaic (PV) module has successfully passed TUV Rheinland’s Salt Mist Corrosion Test in accordance with latest industry standards. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Kyocera’s solar sales and profits soften on Japan consumption tax increase

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 18:25 (PV-Tech)

Japanese electronics firm, Kyocera reported first six months financial results that echoed those of Panasonic and Sharp, which have been impacted by weaker domestic demand for products due to an increase in the consumption tax rate. Read more

GENR: Brits back solar; DECC does not

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 17:37 (Solarpowerportal)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published the results of its eleventh Public Attitudes tracker which crowns solar the most popular technology for the eleventh time. Read more

Sharp’s solar sales slide on Japanese consumption tax woes

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 17:26 (PV-Tech)

Sharp Corporation has reported financial year second quarter net sales up 14.2% but solar PV related sales within its Energy Solutions division were down around 15% in the first six months, compared to the same period a year ago. Read more

Come On & Feel the Illi-noise: Why 2015 Will Be a Big Year for Illinois Solar

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 15:43 (Renewable Energy World)

On September 29, the Illinois Power Agency released its draft 2015 Procurement Plan regarding renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance for the state’s two regulated utilities, ComEd and Ameren — and then, on the very same day, decided to release a second “Supplemental” Procurement Plan for solar PV. The two plans both share great intentions fo Read more

Despite Everything, 2014 Is Another Growth Year for Solar PV

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 14:26 (Renewable Energy World)

It’s nearing the end of another wild year for the photovoltaic industry and at least publically, spirits remain high and this is despite some current and some upcoming changes. Read more

OPDE starts construction of 6.9MW solar farm in Kent

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 13:38 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar PV developer, OPDE has begun construction of a 6.9MW solar farm in Ashford, Kent. Read more

Phoenix Solar refinances after cutting revenue forecast

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 13:11 (PV-Tech)

Developer and EPC firm Phoenix Solar has announced a refinancing after a cut in its revenue forecast. Read more

123Venture sells three French PV power plants to unknown German investor

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 13:00 (PV-Tech)

French investment firm 123Venture, along with French solar developer Solairedirect, have sold three PV power plants in France with a 19.6MW combined capacity to an unnamed German investor. Read more

Hanwha SolarOne increases DG footprint in China with 100MW Yantai deal

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 11:55 (PV-Tech)

Hanwha SolarOne, which recently said it expected to see “more momentum” on its activities in China, has signed a five-year partnership agreement to develop 100MW of distributed generation PV projects in Yantai, northern China. Read more

Abengoa vows to continue with Palen CSP project

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 11:47 (PV-Tech)

Spanish developer Abengoa has vowed to continue with the Palen concentrating solar power (CSP) project despite the withdrawal of its planning application in September. Read more

SunPower announces 160 MW solar PV panel manufacturing facility in South Africa

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 11:30 (Solarserver)

SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, US) on November 4th, 2014 announced plans to own and operate a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing facility in Cape Town, South Africa, to meet the growing demand for solar in that region. At this new plant, SunPower will manufacture its high efficiency SunPower E20/440 solar panels and expects to produce up to 160 megawatt (MW) annually. Read more

Etrion completes ‘world’s largest merchant plant’ in Chile

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 11:25 (PV-Tech)

Etrion Corporation has not only completed, but connected, its 70MW solar park located in the Atacama region of Chile, under budget and five months ahead of schedule. Read more

OPDE announces construction of a 6.9 MWp solar PV farm in Hothfield, UK

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 11:22 (Solarserver)

The OPDE Group (Navara, Spain), a multinational solar company specialising in the development, investment, construction and operation of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, has started construction of a new 6.9 MWp solar farm near Ashford in Kent, UK. Read more

Phoenix Solar AG renews financing through to the end of September 2016; CEO to exit by the end of the year

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 11:14 (Solarserver)

Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany), an international solar photovoltaic (PV) system integrator listed in Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, on November 4th, 2014 closed an agreement with its financing banking syndicate which renews the existing financing through to September 30th, 2016. The financing which amounts to around EUR 116 million comprises a syndicated loan of almost EUR 93 million, along with other bilateral cash and guarantee lines, the company notes. Read more

Thai solar PV targets raised: 800 MW of new PPAs to be signed and built before December 2015

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 10:30 (Solarserver)

Thailand’s Energy Ministry plans to purchase 800 megawatt of electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) farms in 2014–2015, higher than its previous projection of 576 megawatts, Kurujit Nakornthap, deputy permanent secretary at the energy ministry, told reporters at the end of October 2014. Read more

Enel Green Power awarded 254 MW of solar PV capacity, 90 MW in wind capacity in Brazilian public tender

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 7:20 (Solarserver)

Following the “Leilão de Reserva” public tender in Brazil, Enel Green Power (Rome, Italy) has been awarded the right to sign 20-year energy supply contracts in that country for a total of 344 MW of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity. Specifically, with the “Ituverava” project, the Company was awarded 254 MW of PV capacity, equivalent to 24% of the total projects awarded within the framework of the first public tender dedicated to solar energy at national level. Read more

Vaisala secures 30 MW solar PV certification project in Brazil

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 7:14 (Solarserver)

Vaisala (Helsinki, Finland), a global environmental and industrial measurement company, has entered the competitive Brazilian renewable energy market auction process as an energy assessment provider, and as a result, has already secured its first certification of a 30 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project. Read more

Scandinavian-German PV producer Innotech Solar expands its international sales force

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 7:00 (Solarserver)

The Scandinavian-German PV module manufacturer Innotech Solar (ITS, Narvik, Norway) is expanding its international sales team for the UK, French and German solar photovoltaic markets. The company has been able to attract three new highly experienced sales managers each of whom have already achieved great success in the PV industry having previously worked for renowned module manufacturers and distributors, ITS announces. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Visual: Resource Potential in the Caribbean

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 13:05 (Renewable Energy World)

The Caribbean is well primed to expand in geothermal production. Most countries in the Caribbean rely on expensive oil for their energy needs, but the islands are situated on continental plate boundaries that indicate geothermal potential. Estimated potential in the area is 850 MW.   The figure compares current installed geothermal capacity to “ann Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Energy Access Key To Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Says IEA

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 13:38 (Renewable Energy World)

Increasing access to modern forms of energy is crucial to unlocking faster economic and social development in Sub?Saharan Africa and despite its vast renewable energy resources the energy sector is placing a brake on development, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recently stated. Read more

IRENA calls for a massive global scale-up of renewable energy

Tuesday, 11.4.2014 - 10:35 (Solarserver)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA, Abu Dhabi, UAE) on November 3rd, 2014 gathered representatives from over 90 countries in Abu Dhabi to review and recommend actions to scale-up renewable energy around the world. The two-day meeting opened on the heels of the release of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recommended the decarbonisation of the world’s energy mix by 2100. Read more


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