News of the year 2014

Date: 26.02.2014


DNV GL: Helioscope PV design accredited for use with Tigo Energy Smart Modules

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 17:05 (PV-Tech)

Helioscope, a software package that models PV systems, can be used to accurately evaluate the performance of smart module optimising technology made by Tigo Energy, engineering and energy consultancy firm DNV GL has verified. Read more

SMA to acquire Danfoss' inverter business

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 16:34 (Solarserver)

SMA Solar Technology AG (Niestetal, Germany) plans to acquire the inverter business of Danfoss A/S (Nordborg, Denmark), in exchange for 20% of SMA's outstanding shares at EUR 302 million (410 million). This will increase the product portfolio of the world's largest inverter maker, and SMA says that it plans to launch new products for medium-sized solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Europe, the United States, and China. Read more

Dutch PV market more than doubles to at least 301 MW in 2013

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 9:00 (Solarserver)

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market in The Netherlands more than doubled in 2013 to at least 301 MW, according to estimates by Peter Segaar of Polder PV (Leiden, The Netherlands). Segaar estimates at least 365 MW of pre-existing PV, bringing the nation to at least 665 MW installed at the end of 2013. These figures are based on the nation's PIR register, and Segaar notes that actual installations are higher, as many plants are not registered. He also warns of the possibility of errors in the register. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

First Solar downbeat in an upbeat market

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 20:44 (PV-Tech)

First Solar reported fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results that failed to meet financial analyst’s expectations by a wide-margin, with it shares taking a big tumble. Read more

SunEdison enters UK solar market with 56MW project portfolio

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 19:08 (PV-Tech)

After establishing PV projects in areas such as North America, SunEdison is finally making its way to the UK, as the manufacturing giant is constructing four PV plants in the UK. Read more

Hanergy completes payments to solar subsidiary

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 17:11 (PV-Tech)

Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy Solar has confirmed that it has now received all due payments from its parent company Hanergy Group. Read more

Solar Financing Models: Swimming Around the Sharks in the Water

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 16:39 (Renewable Energy World)

A panel presentation last Friday at the MIT Energy Conference explored the evolution of financing sources for solar energy, particularly distributed generation, that are bringing new money into the industry. Read more

SunEdison enters UK solar market with 56MW project portfolio

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 16:24 (Solarpowerportal)

Major PV energy provider makes its first foray into the UK with four new projects funded by Deutsche Bank. Read more

Is Utility 2.0 a Forecast or a Post-Mortem?

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 16:17 (Renewable Energy World)

For the last six months, the energy news sphere (perhaps led by the Edison Electric Institute) has been rife with a discussion about the threat to the utility business from distributed energy like local solar, as their customers shift to getting their own power from nearby renewable resources.  Reports and news stories – e.g. “Adapt or Die” – sugge Read more

India solar: SunEdison, Azure, Acme each come away with 100 MW from NSM Phase 1 Batch 2 auction

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 14:38 (Solarserver)

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has published the official list of winning bidders for 750 MW of capacity under Phase 2, Batch 1 of the nation's National Solar Mission (NSM). SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.), Azure Power (New Delhi) and Acme (Gurgaon, India) have each received 100 MW of projects, however 16 companies were approved for only 5-10 MW. Read more

Solar with batteries could allow US ‘grid defection’ by 2030: Rocky Mountain Institute

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 12:47 (PV-Tech)

The Rocky Mountain Institute has published a report which claims it could be possible, using PV coupled with storage, for portions of the USA to “defect” away from using grid networks entirely by 2030. Read more

Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued for 200-MW Moapa Solar Project

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 12:46 (Renewable Energy World)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at the U.S. Interior Dept. intends to file a final environmental impact statement for the proposed RES Americas Moapa Solar Energy Center on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. Read more

SMA acquires Danfoss’ solar inverter business

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 12:45 (PV-Tech)

Germany-based SMA Solar is to acquire Danfoss’ solar inverter business. Read more

Taiwanese solar PV makers to defend against U.S. anti-dumping investigation

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 8:56 (Solarserver)

TrendForce's (Taipei) EnergyTrend reports that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will allow Taiwanese solar photovoltaic (PV) makers to defend their industry in the ITC's anti-dumping investigation. Chinese PV makers Yingli Green Energy (Baoding, China) and Hanwha SolarOne (Shanghai) had stated during Chinese New Year that they hoped to respond to the investigation on behalf of Taiwanese manufacturers. Read more

LDK Solar seeks liquidator in the Cayman Islands to restructure liabilities

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 8:28 (Solarserver)

LDK Solar Co. Ltd. (Xinyu, China) has filed for provisional liquidation in the Cayman Islands, where it is incorporated, which it says is “in connection with its plans to resolve its offshore liquidity issues”. The company is currently in negotiations with holders of bonds due on February 28th, 2014, after securing a series of forbearance agreements in January and February 2014. The filing will not affect any of its operations in China and the company says that it has no intention of starting any additional debt restructuring proceedings. Read more

Delays, disputes and elections to slow India solar growth, predict analysts

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 3:12 (PV-Tech)

Analysts have predicted slow growth for India’s solar market this year due to delays in implementing its waning national solar mission. Read more


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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Ask the Expert: Do Ground-source Heat Pumps Raise Your Electricity Use?

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 12:28 (Renewable Energy World)

Recently, a reader emailed to ask us a about a GHP (geothermal heat pump) that he installed in 2008. Two years after the GHP installation, he installed an electric water heater. Up until 2008, he had used propane to heat his Ohio home and hot water. The GHP took over the heating and cooling and then the electric water heater disengaged him completely from propane. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

IEA: ‘Transformation’ of power systems necessary for long-term renewables integration

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 17:55 (PV-Tech)

A new IEA report highlights the steps necessary for countries to gain long-term and sustainable energy production from renewable sources. Read more

Greensolver and Finatech Group agree partnership to develop renewable energy in Morocco

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 14:42 (PV-Tech)

Greensolver and Finatech have signed a partnership agreement with the purpose of helping spur the development of a multitude of renewable energy services in Morocco. Read more

Energy storage incentive ‘essential’ for the UK

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 11:12 (Solarpowerportal)

The UK will need to develop an effective energy storage incentive if it is going to rise to the challenge of decarbonising its electricity supply, according to the managing director of one of Britain’s emerging energy storage firms. Read more

UK overtaken by Japan in renewable energy country attractiveness index

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 10:54 (Solarpowerportal)

Political “infighting” and stalled offshore projects seen as the biggest factors in the UK’s slip down the rankings Read more

REC Silicon to build 19,000MT polysilicon plant in China under JV partnership

Wednesday, 2.26.2014 - 10:38 (PV-Tech)

REC Silicon is licensing its polysilicon FBR technology and forming a joint venture with China-based Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tian Hong New Energy Co to build and operate a major polysilicon production complex in Yulin, Shaanxi Province. Read more


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