News of the year 2014

Date: 17.12.2014


Buffett Testing Smart Grid Technology for Home Energy Management

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 19:36 (Renewable Energy World)

Warren Buffett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his energy company in the U.K does. Buffett’s Northern Powergrid Holdings Co. is working with Siemens AG to test a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home. Read more

SEMI Q3, 2014 PV equipment statistics: Billings and bookings significantly increased Y/Y

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 12:05 (Solarserver)

SEMI (San Jose, California, U.S.) on December 16th, 2014 reported the world-wide solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for Q3, 2014. Worldwide billings decreased to USD 264 million in Q3, 2014, a decrease of 17 percent from the prior quarter but 36 percent above the same quarter a year ago. Worldwide bookings for Q3, 2014 declined to USD 157 million, 33 percent below Q2, 2014 but 71 percent higher than Q3, 2013. Read more

United PV inks agreements on rooftop PV projects totaling 300 MW with China Merchants Logistics

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 11:58 (Solarserver)

United Photovoltaics Group Limited (United PV, Hong Kong), a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant investor and operator in China, on December 17th, 2014 announced that the Company's subsidiary, China Merchants Zhangzhou Development Zone Trendar Solar Tech Limited (Trendar Solar), entered into a solar PV power plant projects development and construction cooperation agreement with China Merchants Logistics Holdings Co., Ltd. (CML). Pursuant to the agreement, during the three years from 2015 to 2017, United PV and CML will jointly develop self-sustaining solar power plant projects with an annual installation target of 100 MW. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Acciona to add 255MW of renewables in Chile

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 23:22 (PV-Tech)

Renewable energy company Acciona Energia will construct 255MW worth of solar and wind projects in Chile over the next few years, thanks to a total investment of US$500 million. Read more

Solar Fred’s Solar Marketing Wishes for 2015: Market People, Not Solar

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 16:06 (Renewable Energy World)

Yes, it’s that time of year when I send out my list of 2015 solar marketing wishes and hope that you all will grant them within your own efforts. (If you missed my previous years, check out last year’s wishes, which includes links to other years.) This year it’s one big wish, and that is that you will focus on marketing people in 2015 rather than m Read more

David Cameron: ‘Solar huge success story for the renewables industry’

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 15:08 (Solarpowerportal)

The Prime Minister David Cameron believes that solar has been a “huge success story for the renewables industry”. Read more

Big News: More Tariffs on Solar Panels from China

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 14:42 (Renewable Energy World)

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its final findings in the 3-year long trade war between the U.S. and China. Additional tariffs will be imposed on modules from China and Taiwan. Although this is good news for SolarWorld and other American solar PV manufacturers, many in the U.S. solar industry are not celebrating and the decision is expected to further divide an already shaken solar industry. Read more

Styles & Wood installs solar on three East Lancashire health centres

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 14:32 (Solarpowerportal)

Altrincham-headquartered property company, Styles & Wood has installed solar across three new health centres in East Lancashire. Read more

Report Shows Which States Excel and Lag in Promoting Solar Energy

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 13:17 (Renewable Energy World)

Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it. Read more

Thin-film will be tech of choice in a 100GW global PV market, says Manz

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 13:05 (PV-Tech)

Dieter Manz, founder of equipment supplier Manz AG, claims that crystalline technology will “lose out” to thin-film as the global solar market grows and gears itself up to much larger scales of production. Read more

Martifer Solar agrees deal with Smartenergy Renewables for 4.27MW Bristol site

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 12:55 (Solarpowerportal)

Spanish solar developer Martifer Solar has sold the project rights for a 4.27MW solar farm development in Exeter to Zurich-headquartered solar company, Smartenergy Renewables AG. Read more

Beijing urges US to be ‘reasonable’ in search for trade settlement

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 12:30 (PV-Tech)

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) has urged the US to consider alternative solutions to its ongoing solar trade dispute following the final determination of trade duties yesterday. Read more

ET Solar to build a 40 MWp PV plant in Israel

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 12:10 (Solarserver)

ET Solar Energy Corp. (Nanjing, China) on December 16th, 2014 announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary ET Solutions AG has been chosen to provide turnkey EPC service to a 40 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Israel along with local partners G-Systems and Elmor. The PV project is jointly owned by Arava Power, a developer of large scale solar installations in Israel, and EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel. Read more

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG’s Supervisory Board to be reduced under the continuing liquidation process

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 11:50 (Solarserver)

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG (Freiburg, Germany), under insolvency proceedings, will reduce the Supervisory Board as part of the scheduled liquidation of the company. Dr. Peter W. Heller, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and Dr. Markus Haggeney, member of the Supervisory Board, will therefore resign their positions in agreement with the insolvency administrator Dr. Jörg Nerlich on December 31st, 2014. Read more

US solar trade duties: industry reaction

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 10:12 (PV-Tech)

The US Department of Commerce has announced duties of up to 165% on Chinese modules, and as high as 50% for some top producers. Read more

U.S. Department of Commerce issues final duties against solar PV products from China and Taiwan

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 7:42 (Solarserver)

On December 16th, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the People’s Republic of China (China) and Taiwan. DOC announced anti-dumping duty rates of 52.13 percent and anti-subsidy rates of 38.72 percent on most imports of solar PV panels made in China, and anti-dumping rates of 19.50 percent on most imports of solar cells made in Taiwan, regardless of where they are assembled into PV panels. Read more

SolarWorld commends solar trade cases against China, Taiwan

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 7:35 (Solarserver)

SolarWorld Americas (Hillsboro, Oregon, US) commended the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) for issuing final duties on a comprehensive scope of solar photovoltaic (PV) imports, announced on December 16th, 2014, in the company’s second set of trade cases over 3½ years. SolarWorld said that DOC, by comprehensively addressing the allegedly unfair trade practices of China and Taiwan, has paved the way for expansion of solar manufacturing in the strong and growing U.S. market. Read more

SEIA: U.S.-China trade ruling poses threat to solar industry's growth

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 7:25 (Solarserver)

Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released a statement on December 16th, 2014 in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determinations against crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) products from China and Taiwan: “Unfortunately, today’s ill-advised and unprecedented decision will harm many and benefit few”, Resch said. Read more

SunEdison closes US$117 million fund with Barclays, TerraForm Power and Citi

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 5:22 (PV-Tech)

Solar technology manufacturer SunEdison has announced that it has raised US$117 million for its second fund for generation projects in the US with Barclays and Citi. Read more

Amtech nets over US$21 million in solar orders in less than 3 months

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 4:53 (PV-Tech)

Production systems supplier Amtech Systems has generated over US$28 million in orders — including US$21 million in purchases for its solar materials — since 1 October 2014. Read more

US slaps trade duties up to 165% on Chinese solar firms

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 0:00 (PV-Tech)

The US department of commerce makes final ruling in China solar trade case giving some firms rates of 165%. Read more


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Wind Energy

What the Senate's Tax Extender Bill Means for Wind Energy

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 21:43 (Renewable Energy World)

There is big news to report from the front lines of our current campaign to protect wind in 2015. And though there’s bad news and good news — it all points to how critical your voice is going to continue to be in our fight for clean, homegrown energy. Read more


British Columbia to Proceed with $7.6 Billion Hydropower Project

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 17:52 (Renewable Energy World)

British Columbia plans to proceed with construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in the Canadian province’s northeast. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Southern Power to develop 131MW plant in Georgia

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 23:39 (PV-Tech)

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is slated to develop a 131MW PV plant in Georgia, which will sell its energy to three electric membership companies within the “Peach State.” Read more

Acciona to add 255MW of renewable energy installations

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 23:22 (PV-Tech)

Renewable energy company Acciona Energia will construct 255MW worth of solar and wind projects in Chile over the next few years, thanks to a total investment of US$500 million. Read more

Branson’s Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute to merge in CO2 fight

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 17:09 (PV-Tech)

Virgin tycoon Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room and sustainability expert Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute are set to merge, in an effort to scale up their respective operations in the fight against climate change. Read more

South Africa REIPPPP round-four announcement shelved until new year

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 16:03 (PV-Tech)

South Africa’s government has confirmed that successful bidders under the fourth round of its renewable energy programme will not be announced until the New Year. Read more

Chihuahua to get 30MW Mexican PV project

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 15:02 (PV-Tech)

A 30MW PV plant in Chihuahua State, Mexico has moved a step closer to construction, with the Mexican subsidiary of Spanish developer Dhamma Energy receiving an electricity generation permit for the project. Read more

East African Countries Move to Adopt Renewable Energy Technologies

Wednesday, 12.17.2014 - 13:41 (Renewable Energy World)

The East African region is leading the continent’s charge to embrace renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and wind power. Read more


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