News of the year 2014

Date: 22.12.2014


MegaCell, RCT Solutions ink development and licence agreement on bi-facial polycristalline PV technology

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 12:56 (Solarserver)

The Italian solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer MegaCell S.r.l. (Carmignano di Brenta), owned by Mega Group, and RCT Solutions GmbH (Konstanz, Germany), which develops state of the art solar cell technology, on December 22nd, 2014 announced the signature of a co-development and license agreement for the technology transfer in favour of MegaCell for the industrial production of polycrystalline bi-facial solar cells. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Green light for 49.9MW Norfolk solar farm

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 17:23 (Solarpowerportal)

A Norfolk solar farm that at 49.9MW would be one of the UK’s largest has been given the go ahead. Read more

Belfast Ecovillage: Largest Community-Initiated Solar Installation in Maine

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 15:41 (Renewable Energy World)

Back in 2008, a dedicated group of people were creating a vision for a multigenerational community that would be an innovative housing option for rural Midcoast Maine. The result was Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, a 36-unit community with clustered homes on 42-acres, that use 90 percent less energy for space heating. Individual homes are smaller b Read more

Sonnedix launches solar project JV

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 13:24 (PV-Tech)

International PV developer, Sonnedix, is joining forces with institutional investor, JP Morgan Asset Management, in a new joint venture to pursue emerging solar project opportunities worldwide. Read more

Russian Far East Continues Ramping Up Renewables Capacity, Yet Uncertainty Looms

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 13:18 (Renewable Energy World)

Russia’s public joint stock company RAO (Energiceskije sistemy Vostoka), the largest power holding in the Russian Far East, has announced PJSC (Xelios Strategije) will take on building a 1-MW solar power plant in the settlement of Batagaij Verxojansk in the far-off permafrost republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Read more

Kyocera to develop one of world’s largest floating solar power plants

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 12:50 (PV-Tech)

Kyocera Corporation is to develop a 13.4MW floating solar power plant in Japan. Read more

Utilities and solar groups both claiming victory in Arizona rooftop showdown

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 11:50 (PV-Tech)

Both sides in a dispute over a plan by utilities in Arizona to increase their share of the rooftop solar market have claimed victory, as the proposals were approved, but in significantly amended form. Read more

Solar steals the show in 100MW Ontario FiT extension

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 11:04 (PV-Tech)

Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has chosen 99MW of solar projects to receive contracts under a 100MW extension to its mid-size feed-in tariff (FiT) programme. Read more

Meyer Burger secures additional Asian contracts to supply systems for the manufacture of high-quality solar PV cells with MB-PERC upgrade technology

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 10:52 (Solarserver)

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (Baar, Switzerland) on December 19th, 2014 announced that leading Asian solar cell manufacturers continue to embrace the proven, industry-tested and mass production-capable MB-PERC upgrade solar cell technology. The orders received in the last few days and weeks means that the production capacity for cell equipment at the Technology and Product Centre at Roth & Rau AG in Hohenstein, Germany is already at full capacity all the way into the second quarter of 2015. The delivery of the various PV production systems will be finalised in the course of the first and second quarters 2015, Meyer Burger announced. Read more

SCHMID Group to supply bifacial turnkey solar PV cell and module manufacturing line with multi bus bar technology to ERDM Solar

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 10:45 (Solarserver)

ERDM Solar (San Andrés Tuxtla, Mexico) and SCHMID Group (Freudenstadt, Germany) on December 19th, 2014 announced a contract for establishing a new solar cell and PV module manufacturing line in San Andrés Tuxtla, expanding ERDM Solar’s existing module manufacturing capacity of 60 MW to 170 MW annual output of cells and modules. Alejandro Caballero Robles, CEO of ERDM Solar, is certain that the project with its scheduled start of production in Q3, 2015 has a perfect timing to meet Mexico's growing need for new sources of energy: “The local electricity demand has exploded during the last years and PV is the only fast and sustainable solution for a quick decentralized Read more

J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Independent Solar Power Producer Sonnedix announce global joint venture

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 7:09 (Solarserver)

J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Independent Solar Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix on December 19th, 2014 announced that institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management have joined Sonnedix's management and shareholders in a new 50/50 joint venture platform company, Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd., to pursue opportunities in the attractive, rapidly expanding global solar photovoltaic (PV) market. The joint venture platform currently operates 17 solar PV power plants with 117 MW of installed capacity across France, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Puerto Rico. Read more

Former HP manager Martin Kinne appointed new Chief Sales and Service Officer at SMA Solar Technology AG

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 7:04 (Solarserver)

From January 1st, 2015, Martin Kinne will be responsible for the Sales and Service functional areas at SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) in his capacity as Chief Sales and Service Officer (CSSO). Both segments are crucial for the future of the world’s leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters. SMA Chief Executive Officer Pierre-Pascal Urbon has been performing this role on a provisional basis since June 2014. Read more

PV system integrator Phoenix Solar AG appoints Tim P. Ryan new CEO

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 6:57 (Solarserver)

The international solar photovoltaic (PV) system integrator Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany), on December 19th, 2014 announced that the Supervisory Board appointed Tim P. Ryan as a new member of the Management Board and as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

AEG Power Solutions, Iberdrola, Tecnalia present reference energy storage station

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 10:37 (Solarserver)

AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and renewable energy applications, together with the Spanish utility Iberdrola, and the Spanish innovation foundation Tecnalia, developed the prototype of a new battery energy storage station. It includes latest innovations of the company and constitutes a reference for some of its leading-edge equipment, such as its wireless battery management system, its storage converter and its Local Monitoring Unit, which will be field-tested for the first time in this project, AEG Power Solutions reports in a press release. Read more

Duke Energy acquires 20 MW Halifax PV project in eastern North Carolina

Monday, 12.22.2014 - 10:28 (Solarserver)

Duke Energy Renewables (Charlotte, N.C., US), on December 19th, 2014 announced that it has acquired a 20-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., from Geenex and ET Solar Energy Corp. The system includes 866 AE 3TL string inverters of 23.2 kW AC capacity each and has about 100,000 ET Solar and Chint solar PV modules. It can produce enough electricity to power approximately 3,500 homes. Read more


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