News of the year 2014

Date: 07.11.2014


IEA Photovoltaic Power System Programme publishes two new reports on the integration of PV into distribution grids

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 10:13 (Solarserver)

The massive deployment of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) in recent years has brought PV penetration into the electricity grids to levels where the conventional fit-and-forget approach to interconnecting PV has reached its limits. In many cases, constraints and limitations of existing electricity infrastructure already have evolved as key barriers in delaying or impeding the realization of PV projects, the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS), emphasizes. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

GCL-Poly bails out Chaori Solar and plans to dispose of wafer business

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 22:18 (PV-Tech)

The largest polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and a group of other investors are to take a majority shareholding in bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. The company also announced plans to dispose of its wafer production business, which has recently been expanded to a nameplate capacity of 13GW. Read more

Tough times for Singulus despite recent solar equipment orders

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 17:39 (PV-Tech)

PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported revenue for the first nine months of 2014 of €52.8 million, down from €93.1 million in the prior year period. Read more

Wirsol Energy to acquire 42.5MW of UK solar farms

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 17:28 (Solarpowerportal)

Wirsol Energy Ltd has announced a deal to acquire two solar farms totalling 42.5MW of capacity in the UK. Read more

First Solar Profit Slumps as Size of Utility Projects Shrink

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 16:17 (Renewable Energy World)

First Solar Inc. profit slipped in the third quarter as the largest U.S. photovoltaic panel manufacturer seeks to land new orders for power plants to replace the giant desert projects that led to record sales last year. Read more

Lightsource connects 6.1MW Kent solar farm

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 14:41 (Solarpowerportal)

Lightsource Renewable Energy, the UK’s largest solar developer has connected a 6.1MW solar farm near Ramsgate in Kent. Read more

Switzerland cuts solar tariffs by up to 23%

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 13:50 (PV-Tech)

There is to be a two stage reduction in solar FiT payments with the single payment offered for systems under 30kW to also be reduced. Read more

Hong Kong-based Sky Solar postpones IPO and NASDAQ trading

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 13:26 (PV-Tech)

Hong Kong based independent power producer (IPP) Sky Solar has postponed its initial public offering (IPO) of shares, which were expected to start trading today on NASDAQ. Read more

JinkoSolar supplies 5MW of modules to Japanese coastal project

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 12:50 (PV-Tech)

PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar has supplied 5MW of salt and mist-resistant solar modules to DMM, a Japanese digital content distributor and solar installation company, for a ground-mounted solar PV project in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Read more

Court rules DECC’s RO change was legal

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 12:43 (Solarpowerportal)

A Judicial Review has ruled that changes to support for large-scale solar farms in the UK were legal. Read more

First Solar and Belectric UK collaboration closing in on 80MW of large-scale solar

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 11:20 (PV-Tech)

First Solar and Belectric have started construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms, a 46MW project in Oxfordshire that will bring large-scale PV capacity deployed by the pair in the UK up to 80MW when completed. Read more

Belectric and First Solar break ground on 46MW Oxfordshire solar farm

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 10:51 (Solarpowerportal)

First Solar and Belectric have started construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms, a 46MW project in Oxfordshire. Read more

First Solar, BELECTRIC break ground on a 46 MW utility-scale PV plant in Southern England

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 10:41 (Solarserver)

First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, USA) and BELECTRIC (Kolitzheim, Germany) on November 6th, 2014 announced that they have broken ground on a new 46 megawatt (MWDC) utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in Oxfordshire, Southern England. When completed, the facility will produce 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar power per year, sufficient to supply approximately 14,000 average homes or approximately 25% of the estimated 55,400 households in the city of Oxford. Read more

Independent solar power producer Etrion releases Q3, 2014 results impacted by lower solar irradiation, reduction in the Italian spot market price

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 10:28 (Solarserver)

Etrion Corporation (Geneva, Switzerland), an independent solar power producer, on November 6th, 2014 released its condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30th, 2014. The company produced 34.6 million kilowatt-hours of solar electricity from 17 PV plants in Italy in Q3, 2014 (2013: 37.7 million kWh), and 86.5 million kWh in the first nine months of 2014. Etrion generated revenues of USD 17.1 million (2013: USD 19.4 million) and USD 43.2 million (2013: USD 46.2 million) during the three and nine months ended September 30th, 2014, respectively. Read more

First Solar announces Q3, 2014 financial results: Net sales of USD 889 million resulted primarily from increased revenue recognition on the Desert Sunlight PV project

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 7:16 (Solarserver)

First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, US) on November 6th, 2014 announced financial results for the third quarter of 2014. Net sales were USD 889 million in Q3, 2014, an increase of USD 345 million from the second quarter of 2014. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2014 was USD 189 million (Q3, 2013: USD 364 million). Q3 operating expenses totaled USD 106 million compared to USD 156 million in Q3, 2013. The sequential increase in net sales resulted primarily from increased revenue recognition on the Desert Sunlight PV project, the company notes. Read more

Trina Solar completes 7.8 MW module supply to power ten commercial rooftop PV plants in Thailand

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 7:04 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, Cina) on November 6th, 2014 announced it completed the supply of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules totaling 7.8 MW to power ten rooftop PV plants in Thailand, which are developed by subsidiaries of Nathalin Welstar Energy Ltd. A total of 31,200 Honey PV modules (TSM-PC05A) will be installed on Siam Global House rooftops across Thailand, a nation-wide home improvement and construction materials retailer. The installations are expected to provide an annual solar power output of 8,000,000 kWh, which will account for 95% of the facilities' electricity needs. Read more


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Wind Energy

UK Approves 750-Megawatt Offshore Wind Project

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 16:11 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.K. approved construction of one of the biggest offshore wind farms as the country chases a European Union target to get 15 percent of all energy from renewables by 2020. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Listen Up: Geothermal Heat Pumps and Rooftop Solar Are a Perfect Match

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 13:26 (Renewable Energy World)

Solar PV customers understand that they can generate cheap electricity with rooftop solar. That electricity is good for lighting, appliances, air conditioning and other household uses. But homeowners often ask about heating their homes with solar. The answer used to be installing a solar thermal system with rooftop solar panels generating hot water (stored in a tank) or hot air (stored in a bed of rocks or other thermal mass). But now there is another option: heat pumps combined with rooftop PV. Read more

Election Sets Stage for Geothermal Business in the Lame Duck Session

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 12:38 (Renewable Energy World)

The 2014 elections mark a return to election politics characterized by winning from the middle. This is a departure from recent years where campaigns seemed dominated by ideological extremes. As a result, the call in the air today seems to be for a Congress that can get down to business. How that transpires into Washington’s version of political reality will be tested as Congress returns for a lame duck session starting November 12. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

GET’s wafer sales soar 18% in October

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 13:23 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) reported an 18% increase in sales for October, reaching a new monthly revenue record of NT$1,547 million (US$50.49 million). Read more

Clenergy’s 150MW DG partnership completes first megawatt-scale rooftop project

Friday, 11.7.2014 - 12:20 (PV-Tech)

A partnership between Chinese PV technology company Clenergy and Xiamen National Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship Centre to develop 150MW of commercial rooftop projects, has completed its first megawatt-scale project. Read more


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