News of the year 2014

Date: 07.02.2014


More than 50,000 petition California regulators to uphold net metering rules

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 8:32 (Solarserver)

Petitions bearing the signatures of more than 50,000 California residents have been delivered to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), asking the agency not to change the rules for existing solar photovoltaic (PV) system owners participating in the state's net metering program. 2013 legislation tasks the CPUC with creating new rules for net metering customers who install PV systems after a program cap is reached or until July 2017, whichever comes first. As a first step the agency has until March 31st, 2014 to decide how long utility customers who install PV systems before July 2017 can receive net metering benefits. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

50 MW solar PV plant planned in Fukushima Prefecture

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 22:23 (Solarserver)

Printer products supplier Hybrid Service (Tokyo) has purchased 1.1 square kilometers of land in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture on which to build a 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The purchase price was USD 10 million. Read more

Help Them Help You: IKEA to Donate Solar Lighting to Refugees with Each LED Bulb Purchase

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 18:56 (Renewable Energy World)

For the 10.5 million refugees around the globe, much of their lives are spent in the dark. This presents a major threat to refugees (half of which are children), and makes daily survival activities such as gathering food and water extremely dangerous. And the situation is only getting worse. In 2013 alone, more than 2 million people became refugees Read more

Mosaic, Sungage, Connecticut to offer crowdsourced residential solar PV loans

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 14:52 (Solarserver)

Mosaic (Oakland, California, U.S.), Sungage Financial (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) and the green bank of the U.S. state of Connecticut have agreed to offer USD 5 million in crowdsourced loans to homeowners seeking to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Read more

Pufin Power to increase solar PV cell, module manufacturing capacity

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 14:16 (Solarserver)

Pufin Power Group (Maastricht, The Netherlands) has announced that it will increase its solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and module manufacturing capacity, following an agreement with Thomson Energy (Issy les Moulineaux, France) that includes a PV module supply component. Read more

“PV with Lot” Sales: A New Form of Personal Investment in Japan

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

In the United States, community solar is a growing phenomenon. Those who live in an apartment or don’t have suitable roofs or land are able to invest in, and benefit from, a larger project. In Japan, investing in a “PV with Lot” is becoming popular among individuals who don’t own land and wish to generate extra income from the nation’s feed-in tariff (FIT). Read more

Bombardier’s plan for 3.8MW solar farm in Belfast approved by energy minister

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 13:45 (Solarpowerportal)

Plane and train maker Bombardier has had plans for a 3.8MW solar farm at one of its manufacturing plants in Belfast approved by the environment minister for Northern Ireland, Mark Durkan. Read more

Storage system powered by used Nissan batteries installed at Japanese solar farm

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 12:32 (PV-Tech)

A large-scale storage system made by reusing electric vehicle batteries has been developed and deployed at a 10MW solar farm in south western Japan by Sumitomo Corporation. Read more

BlackRock expands portfolio of Canadian Solar projects

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 10:52 (PV-Tech)

Asset management firm, BlackRock, has agreed the acquisition of a 10MW solar power plant from Canadian Solar Solutions, a subsidiary of global PV manufacturer Canadian Solar. Read more

SunEnergy1 builds 56 MW-DC of solar PV in North Carolina in less than 60 days

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 8:28 (Solarserver)

SunEnergy1 (Mooresville, North Carolina, U.S.) built five solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 56 MW-DC in under 60 days in late 2013, using ground-mounting solutions from Array Technologies Inc. (ATI, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.). ATI says that its DuraTrack HZ and DuraRack fixed-tilt mounting solutions offer the fastest on-site installation rates in the industry. The company also supplied engineering services, factory kitted assemblies, on-site project management support and accelerate shipments to help SunEnergy1 meet a December 31st, 2013 tax credit deadline. Read more


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Wind Energy

Race to Beat Wind Power Subsidy Cuts Drives Poland Project Push

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 15:22 (Renewable Energy World)

Poland, where 90 percent of power comes from coal, may be an unlikely clean-energy hub. Yet wind capacity that almost doubled in two years is set to grow further as developers rush to start projects before subsidies change. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Visual: Power Capacity and Potential at California Geothermal Fields

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 14:59 (Renewable Energy World)

GEA has a new report out, and this one looks at the unique, manageable risks of geothermal energy. Last week, scientific experts presented geothermal energy to congressional staff. Rep. Henry Waxman, who made energy and the environment an important part of his legacy, is retiring. Voters want clean energy. Geothermal heat pumps are important for th Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Goin' Fishing: Two Crowdfunding Campaigns for Ocean Energy

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 19:46 (Renewable Energy World)

We don't get to cover ocean/tidal energy as often as some of our other renewable energy topics, so imagine our surprise when we got word of not one but two updates this week -- and both of them involving the hot topic of crowdfunding. Read on and if you like what you see, you can help contribute to their future success. Berkeley's Seafloor Carpet U Read more

Creating Climate Wealth: The Road to Renewable Energy Islands

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 15:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Last year more than 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean’s islands, drawn in part to the region’s sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Though many consider it a tropical paradise, the Caribbean’s 40 million residents know that such positives also come at great cost: dependence on expensive, imported fossil fuel for energy generation. It aff Read more

Europe Divided on Supply Security as Renewable Energy Grows

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

European Union governments and the bloc’s executive arm are splitting over how to guarantee electricity supply as the region builds more renewable power. Read more

Schneider and Areva partner to spur storage technology

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 13:36 (PV-Tech)

Nuclear and renewable energy technology engineer, Areva has teamed up with renewables energy generator and distributor, Schneider Electric. Read more

Pufin Power to ramp ‘made in Europe’ cell and module production

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 12:43 (PV-Tech)

The PV cell and module manufacturing operations of Dutch firm Pufin Power are to increase their production capacity after securing a supply deal with French distributor Thomson Energy. Read more

GTM: US commercial storage market to grow 34% annually between 2014 and 2020

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 10:40 (PV-Tech)

The US market for commercial energy storage will grow by the equivalent of 34% annually between 2014 and 2020, resulting in the deployment of over 720MW of distributed energy storage, according to a new report by GTM Research. Read more

GTM Research: U.S. Energy storage market to grow 34% annually to 2020

Friday, 2.7.2014 - 8:42 (Solarserver)

GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, MA) has released a new report which predicts that the next six years will see a 34% annual growth rate for energy storage in the United States, anticipating 720 MW of deployment between 2014 and 2020. “Distributed Energy Storage 2014: Applications and Opportunities for Commercial Energy” says that this will be driven in part by the growth of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. The report also finds that costs for storage are coming down, due to both technical improvements and growing economies of scale driven by wider deployment. Read more


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