News of the year 2014

Date: 15.04.2014


IPVEA to study PV supply chain as annual inefficiencies could reach US$1 billion

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 14:38 (PV-Tech)

The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) said it would collaborate with Solar PV Consulting to study the entire PV supply chain in an effort to reduce wastage after estimates project annual inefficiencies could cost the industry as much as US$1 billion by 2018. Read more

Sungrow supplies inverters for California desert project

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 13:16 (PV-Tech)

Global PV equipment manufacturer, Sungrow supplied a US utility solar plant with its 500kW inverters. Read more

Shunfeng raising US$296.6 million in bond offering for PV projects

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International is planning to issue convertible bonds totalling US$296.6 million to support its PV project business plans. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Order Focus: SolarWorld strikes supply deal with US installer PetersenDean

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

US-based PV installer, PetersenDean and PV module manufacturer, SolarWorld have signed a supply deal inline with the installer’s strategy of only sourcing US produced products. Read more

Hanwha SolarOne looking for new chairman and CEO

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 17:47 (PV-Tech)

Tier-1 PV manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne said that it’s chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong has retired and the company expected to appoint a replacement by the end of April. Read more

E-Ton Solar’s sales in March push higher

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 17:15 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based solar cell producer, E-Ton Solar Tech Co reported sales of over NT$423 million (US$14 million approx) for the month of March. Read more

California CSP projects could face stricter wildlife regualtions as result of bird deaths

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 16:37 (PV-Tech)

Local California news, The Desert Sun, reported the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is looking to increase wildlife monitoring at solar plants. Read more

Coming fall in EU minimum import price affecting solar PV shipments, prices

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 16:09 (Solarserver)

The European Commission is expected to revise its minimum import price for Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) modules shortly, which has already affected the shipments and prices of major PV manufacturers. Martin Schachinger of pvXchange GmbH (Cologne, Germany) predicts that this price will be EUR 0.53-0.54 (USD 0.73-0.75) per watt, and expects an official announcement in the near future. Read more

An Enormous Question for ‘Solar Choice’

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 16:05 (Renewable Energy World)

Two weeks ago, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission ratified the first-ever statewide policy for setting a fair and transparent price on solar energy. This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared war on this “value of solar” policy, and pretty much every financial model for Read more

Ib vogt completes 80 MW of UK solar PV plants in Q1 2014

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 14:45 (Solarserver)

Ib vogt GmbH (Berlin) reports that it commissioned six solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 80 MW in England during the first quarter of 2014. As such, all qualify for the 1.6 renewables obligation credit (ROC) rate. All six have been purchased by institutional investors, with construction finance supplied in part by ib vogt and in part by the investors. Read more

Dubai opens tender for 100MW solar plant

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 13:21 (PV-Tech)

Dubai’s state utility company has opened the tender process for 100MW solar PV generating capacity. Read more

Enphase expands in Asia-Pacific with Melbourne office

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 13:01 (PV-Tech)

California-based microinverter maker Enphase has become the latest company in solar to announce expansion plans to meet demand in the Asia-Pacific region, opening an office in Melbourne, Australia to add to its engineering and design centre in New Zealand and distribution hub in Sydney. Read more

Ed Davey hails UK solar market’s growth

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 12:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Ed Davey, the energy and climate change minister, has praised the UK solar industry’s rise to the sixth largest market for utility-scale solar in the world. Read more

Soitec dropped from 150MW PV power plant project in California

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 12:03 (PV-Tech)

Tenaska Solar Ventures has opted to use only conventional PV modules at its planned 150MW PV power plant in Imperial Valley, California cancelling plans to use Soitec’s concentrated PV (CPV) technology for part of the original project. Read more

Kyocera installs 230kW solar charging station with EV battery backup

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 11:47 (PV-Tech)

Kyocera has installed a solar powered recharging station for electric vehicles, aimed at increasing clean energy generation and providing energy security in the event of disaster at the headquarters of Japanese automotive parts manufacturer Shintec Hozumi. Read more

Shunfeng to issue up to USD 300 million in convertible bonds to fund solar PV project development

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 9:19 (Solarserver)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd. (Changzhou, China) has entered into an agreement with Partners Capital Securities Ltd. (Hong Kong) to place up to USD 300 million in convertible bonds. The company states that the bonds will be used to provide capital for some of the 10 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which it intends to build by the end of 2016, as well as “general corporate purposes”. Completion of the bond issue will take place on June 30th, 2014. Read more

USA: California cities show the largest solar PV capacities, but Honolulu has the most per-capita

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 9:18 (Solarserver)

Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix have installed the most solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity among American cities, according to a new report by Environment Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.). Including San Jose and San Francisco, California cities made up four of the top ten and three of the top four. But while California dominated the rankings of raw capacity, the per-capita numbers tell a slightly different story. Honolulu, Hawaii is by far the leader in terms of per-capita installations at 265 watts per resident, with San Jose, California coming in second at 97 watts per resident and Wilmington, Delaware right behind at 96 watts. Read more

SolarEdge to offer single-phase inverters with built-in meters in North America

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 9:09 (Solarserver)

SolarEdge (Hod Hasharon, Israel) has begun offering a line of single-phase inverters with built-in meters to provide revenue-grade production data for the North American residential market. The company expects to begin shipping the first inverters during April 2014. The company notes that it is the first company to offer listed inverters with ANSI C12.1 certification for residential applications. The new inverters will report the production data directly to the SolarEdge monitoring portal, which will eliminate the need for installers and owners to purchase additional meters. Read more


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Wind Energy

Turning the Tide on Barrage Technology

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 15:31 (Renewable Energy World)

For countless centuries the power of the tides has been known and understood. It is perhaps remarkable that this prodigious energy been used to generate electricity only within the last half a century. In a bid to rectify this apparent omission, over recent years significant research and development dollars have been ploughed into the development of numerous novel marine hydrokinetic technologies, such as tidal current turbines, which are only now emerging commercially. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy Sooner

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 15:46 (Renewable Energy World)

What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants? Read more

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 15:30 (Renewable Energy World)

Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses and investments, improved energy efficiency, and increased security of supply. Implementing a large central power plant is extremely challenging in terms of site availability, as well as public concern about environmental issues. Read more

Applied Materials testing superconducting fault current limiter technology

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 15:01 (PV-Tech)

Major manufacturing equipment supplier, Applied Materials could be entering a new market after announcing the development and practical testing of a superconducting fault current limiter (SCFCL) system and technology being implemented at a substation owned and operated by Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp in Central Hudson, New York. Read more

Malaysian utility signs PPA for 50MWac PV plant

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 13:49 (PV-Tech)

Malaysia’s largest electric utility company, Tenaga Nasional has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a government-owned development company to buy electricity generated by a 50MWac PV plant. Read more

German, EU renewable energy groups call for policy improvements in light of IPCC findings

Tuesday, 4.15.2014 - 9:27 (Solarserver)

A new report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that due to greater-than-expected emissions, “major institutional and technological changes” will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius. The contribution of Working Group III to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report finds that emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades. But while the report identifies decarbonization of electricity including more rapid ramping of renewable energy as a key need, German and European renewable energy trade groups say that policies are currently moving in the wrong direction. Read more


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