News of the year 2014

Date: 09.12.2014


NAPIT: Installers should avoid feed-in tariff sales rush

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 17:20 (Solarpowerportal)

Installers should take a long-term approach to feed-in tariff (FiT) degressions, according to NAPIT. Read more

Gintech’s solar cell sales bounce back in November

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 12:14 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy, reported a major turnaround in monthly sales for November, having seen a slide since June, due to the US anti-dumping case. Read more

Canada initiates investigations into the dumping and subsidizing of Chinese solar photovoltaic modules and laminates

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:14 (Solarserver)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on December 8th, 2014 announced that it is initiating investigations into the alleged injurious dumping and subsidizing of certain photovoltaic (PV) modules and laminates originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China. The investigation follows a complaint filed by Eclipsall Energy Corporation (Toronto, Ontario); Heliene Inc. (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario); Silfab Ontario Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario); and Solgate Inc. (Woodbridge, Ontario) (the complainants). Read more

Suntech expands presence in Benelux with new Partnerships and PV Projects, intends to quadruple its market share in Benelux by 2015

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 10:56 (Solarserver)

Wuxi Suntech, Chinese manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, is aiming to expand its 3% market share in Benelux to 13% by 2015 through its newly announced partnerships and projects with Oskomera Solar Power Solutions, Solar Green Point and VDH Solar. Suntech was recently selected to provide the first batch of approximately 1,500 PV panels to VDH Solar, a company which is working with Solar Green Point to construct the solar PV park Gruyterfabriek in Den Bosch. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Tool Order: Orbotech gets follow on US$15 million deal

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 17:27 (PV-Tech)

Semiconductor and solar equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a repeat order for its ‘Aurora’ PECVD tools worth around US$15 million. Read more

US Solar Jumps 41 Percent with Residential Surpassing 300 Megawatts

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 16:59 (Renewable Energy World)

Third-quarter solar installations in the U.S. jumped 41 percent from a year earlier, including a record number of residential systems, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Read more

The Winning Solar Sales Tip from OnGrid’s SPI Contest Might Surprise You

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 16:33 (Renewable Energy World)

As recently featured in Solar Fred’s blog, OnGrid asked SPI attendees who sell solar to share their best tips for “selling more solar to happier customers”. We then asked 500 PV professionals to vote for the best of the best. We expected one of the many tips emphasizing integrity and straight talk to win. But surprisingly, the winning tip was about Read more

Report: UK domestic solar installs are a better investment than ever before

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 14:00 (Solarpowerportal)

UK domestic solar installs are a better investment than ever before, according to new research carried out by Green Business Watch. Read more

Japanese golf course to become 15MW solar park

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 12:23 (PV-Tech)

The former golf course is in Nakagawa, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan and will sell power generated to grid. Read more

GET mulling overseas production as sales fall

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:52 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported sales in November of NT$1,460 million (US$46.79 million), down 5.6% on the previous month. Read more

SEIA: US solar continues ‘impressive growth’

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:51 (PV-Tech)

The US Solar Energy Industries’ Association (SEIA) has found that 1,354MW of PV was installed in the third quarter of this year, making it the second largest ever quarter for PV in the USA. Read more

SolarCity invests in US$16 million fund for off-grid solar in Africa

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:30 (PV-Tech)

US installer SolarCity is among the investors in a US$16 million funding round closed this week by Off Grid Electric, a company offering pre-paid solar systems in Africa. Read more

Duke gets nod for 128MW of solar in North Carolina

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:27 (PV-Tech)

Duke Energy has been given approval by regulators in North Carolina to acquire three unbuilt PV projects totalling 128MW. Read more

Yingli Solar, Huawei and partners to cooperate on solar PV installations in Thailand

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:06 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as "Yingli Solar," on December 8th, 2014 announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Singapore intends to collaborate with Kasikornbank Public Plc., Huawei Technologies, and Solventia Solar Energy Co., Ltd. to deploy solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays in Thailand, a promising renewable energy market. According to their recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, the companies plan to jointly provide turnkey solar power solutions for both power plants and distributed generation projects throughout the country. Read more

Help us help you: Solar Power Portal reader survey

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 11:04 (Solarpowerportal)

Complete the Solar Power Portal reader survey before 5 January to automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £50 Amazon vouchers. Read more

Jinko Solar bolsters UK operation

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 7:37 (Solarpowerportal)

Chinese tier one module manufacturer Jinko Solar has reinforced its UK operations with the appointment of Steve Gladman as country manager. Read more

Accenture research: Utilities face significant revenue losses from growth of solar PV, energy storage and energy efficiency

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 7:15 (Solarserver)

Continued growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues by up to USD 48 billion a year in the United States and USD 61 billion a year in Europe by 2025, according to Accenture’s “Digitally Enabled Grid” research. Global management consulting firm Accenture (New York, U.S.) performed extensive modelling under three scenarios to assess how technologies, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), electricity storage, electrification of heating and transport, energy efficiency, energy conservation and demand response, would impact the grid network and utilities’ business models. Read more

Trina Solar acquires 28% stake in Shuntai Leasing , signs agreement to finance its downstream PV and module businesses

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 6:54 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on December 8th, 2014 announced it has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire a 28% stake in Shuntai Leasing (Changzhou) Company Limited. Total registered capital of Shuntai is approximately USD 50 million. The share transfer is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Trina Solar has also signed a cooperation agreement with Shuntai to finance the Company's downstream projects and solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing business by leveraging Shuntai's leasing platform. Read more

EDF Renewable Services expands Canadian solar PV, wind portfolio by 52% in 2014

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 6:49 (Solarserver)

EDF Renewable Services signed contracts for 454 MW of wind and 134 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation capacity in 2014 adding to the company’s Canadian portfolio, the company reports. These additions represent a 52% increase in contracted projects in the Canadian market through 27 individual projects in Quebec and Ontario, signifying the company’s commitment to the Canadian renewable energy economy. Read more

Ivanpah Solar Power Plant Is PennWell’s Renewable Energy Project of the Year

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 4:00 (Renewable Energy World)

On Monday evening during PennWell’s Annual Awards Gala, Ivanpah was named the 2014 Renewable Energy Project of the Year. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Sage Advice is the Highlight of the Women in Power Luncheon

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 22:58 (Renewable Energy World)

The advice that Pennwell’s 2014 Woman of the Year, Mary Powell, gave to women in the power industry during Tuesday’s Women in Power Luncheon might come as a surprise to some. It was this: Stop undercutting each other. Powell said the most difficult obstacles she has encountered in her various leadership roles have not come from men, but rather from other women. Small comments like “I don’t know how you do it [being a mom and holding a high-level job]”, serve to bring doubt and uncertainty to high achieving women in any industry, and ultimately can lead to women exiting their careers in order to fit what they perceive is the societal norm. Read more

Are utilities facing a ‘perfect storm’ from disruptive renewables?

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 13:26 (PV-Tech)

A week after German utility giant E.ON announced its withdrawal from fossil fuels and an exclusive focus on renewables, further evidence has emerged that utilities face growing disruption from distributed energy technologies. Read more

While Germany Explores Energy Storage Technologies at Breakneck Speeds, The US Isn’t Far Behind

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 12:50 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.S. is surging ahead in terms of adopting battery storage. In 2013-2014, U.S. companies installed, or were in the process of installing more than 300 MW of energy storage capacity. The largest is Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Energy Storage Project. It is a 8-MW system capable of supplying 32 megawatt-hours of electricity to the grid. Read more

IBESA business climate index: Energy storage market considered as uptrend, especially in Germany

Tuesday, 12.9.2014 - 12:15 (Solarserver)

To have an early indicator for the further development of the energy storage market – with a strong focus on the EU-markets – the International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA) surveyed leading companies engaged in the storage industry with regard to their current business situation as well as their business expectations for the next six months. Together with the independent market researcher EuPD Research IBESA created the first IBESA Storage Business Climate Index. The business climax index clearly points out that storage cells as well as longevity of cells offer the greatest development potential, whereas the ease of use is not seen as a great potential Read more


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