News of the year 2014

Date: 16.04.2014


CSUN to supply 15MW of modules to Turkish EPC

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 13:43 (PV-Tech)

China Sunergy (CSUN) has announced the signing of a framework agreement to supply 15MW of solar modules to Turkish engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company PV-Systems. Read more

South Africa to add more renewables to next procurement round

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 12:52 (PV-Tech)

Additional renewable energy capacity, including onshore wind and photovoltaic power generation projects, will be granted approval under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), the country’s Department of Energy (DoE) has announced. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

SolarCity resumes storage deployment in California

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 19:58 (PV-Tech)

SolarCity looks likely to resume its programme of deploying residential energy storage systems in California, following a preliminary ruling by the state’s Public Utilities Commission appeared to rule in the company’s favour. Read more

Bosch providing €50 million in aleo solar liquidation

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 18:46 (PV-Tech)

Plans have been agreed at the aleo solar EGM for the company to wind down through a liquidation, with as much as €50 million (US$69.1 million) of support provided by parent company Robert Bosch in order to avoid bankruptcy proceedings. Read more

SPI Solar running out of cash

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 17:47 (PV-Tech)

The company noted that it could not pay accrued interest and fees, which could result in the bank foreclosing. SPI Solar had total company deficit of US$56.1 million at the end of 2013, much of it owed to LDK Solar. Read more

NextEnergy Solar Fund IPO raises £85.6 million

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 16:41 (Solarpowerportal)

NextEnergy Solar Fund Limited has announced that it has raised gross proceeds of £85.6 million in its initial public offering (IPO). Read more

Macquarie and Forrest to offer commercial buildings solar finance

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 16:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Social housing contractor, Forrest has teamed up with international investment firm, Macquarie, to supply and install solar on commercial buildings. Read more

CSUN to supply 15 MW of solar PV modules for projects in Turkey

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:56 (Solarserver)

China Sunergy (CSUN, Nanjing, China) has signed a framework agreement to supply 15 MW of its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor PV-Systems (Turkey) at the Solarex exhibition in Istanbul. The company will provide its CSUN 250-60P modules, both from its factory in Istanbul and Chinese sources. Read more

Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:31 (Renewable Energy World)

Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan. Read more

How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:29 (Renewable Energy World)

While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they deliver to the grid. Verm Read more

IBC Solar begins construction of 5.5MW solar plant in Rajasthan

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

German PV manufacturer and developer, IBC Solar plans to construct 5.5MW in Rajasthan, India. Read more

JinkoSolar takes grid connected PV projects in China to 252MW

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:09 (PV-Tech)

Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has completed and grid connected two large-scale PV power plants totalling 39MW in Jiangsu province, China. Read more

vogt solar commissions 80MW UK solar in time for ROC deadline

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 13:52 (Solarpowerportal)

German PV developer, ib vogt’s UK subsidiary, vogt solar, successfully commissioned 80MW of solar projects in the first quarter of 2014. Read more

Vogt solar commissions 80MW UK solar ahead of subsidy deadline

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 13:43 (PV-Tech)

German solar project developer, ib vogt’s UK subsidiary, vogt solar successfully commissioned 80MW of solar projects in the first quarter of 2014. Read more

Vivint Solar appoints chief strategy and innovations officer to boost business

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 11:47 (PV-Tech)

US-based residential PV installer, Vivint Solar has appointed Dwain Kinghorn as chief strategy and innovations officer to support its expansion plans in the US. Read more

LDK Solar’s liquidators seek stay on NYSE de-listing

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 11:16 (PV-Tech)

Liquidators for LDK Solar, Zolfo Cooper have requested the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to change its decision to de-list its American depositary shares (ADS). Read more

IPCC: Solar most technically feasible means of cutting power emissions

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 10:38 (PV-Tech)

The IPCC has said solar has the largest technical feasibility in mitigating harmful climate change from electricity production “by a large magnitude”. Read more

Tenaska switches 150 MW solar project from CPV to PV

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 9:02 (Solarserver)

Tenaska Solar Ventures LLC (Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.) has decided to use standard solar photovoltaic (PV) technology instead of concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) in a 150 MW solar project which it plans to build in Southern California. The CSOLAR IV West PV project is located on more than square kilometers of abandoned agricultural land in California's Imperial Valley. Tenaska will sell the electricity generated by the project via a power purchase agreement (PPA) to utility San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E, San Diego, California, U.S.). Read more

Hanwha SolarOne Chair and CEO Hong steps down

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 8:58 (Solarserver)

Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) has announced that Chairman and CEO Ki-Joon Hong has retired from the company. Hanwha SolarOne expects to announce a replacement by the end of April 2014. Chairman Hong was appointed a director of the company in October 2010 and became CEO in June 2011. A reason for the retirement was not given, and Hanwha SolarOne did not provide further details in a brief press statement. Read more

JA Solar beats guidance to ship more than 620 MW of solar PV cells, modules in Q1 2014

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 8:54 (Solarserver)

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) has announced selected preliminary information for the first quarter of 2014, estimating that it shipped more than 620 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, well above its guidance of 580–610 MW. The company also expects sequential gross margin improvement in the first quarter of 2014, and has confirmed its PV cell and module shipment guidance of 2.7–2.9 GW for the full year of 2014. This includes 200 MW of module shipments to its PV projects. Read more

Greenbacker to finance, buy up to 126 MW of solar PV projects in the United States

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 8:50 (Solarserver)

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Corp. (New York City) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hanergy's (Beijing) U.S. subsidiary under which it will have the opportunity to finance and purchase up to 126 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the United States. Terms were not disclosed. Hanergy notes that the cooperation is an opportunity to establish a relationship with a long-term source of capital, which could allow it to offer lower-cost PV to its customers. The company says that the strategic agreement will promote a more efficient process for getting renewable energy projects from development to service and may lead to cost savings for both organizations. Read more

Solar thermal: Alanod to close BlueTec factory

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 8:45 (Solarserver)

Alanod GmbH & Co. KG (Ennepetal, Germany) has announced that it will close the production facilities of BlueTec GmbH & Co. KG (Trendelburg, Germany), only weeks after acquiring the company on March 28th, 2014. The company says that after a survey of the site and consideration of potential options, it was left with no choice but to shut down production. Alanod intends to produce BlueTec's EtaPlus selective absorber material for the solar thermal industry at its factory in Ennepetal. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:18 (Renewable Energy World)

Tocardo International BV, a Dutch maker of turbines that generate power from water, said the market for installing its devices in rivers may be worth as much as 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 10 years’ time. Read more

Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Expert

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:18 (Renewable Energy World)

Tocardo International BV, a Dutch maker of turbines that generate power from water, said the market for installing its devices in rivers may be worth as much as 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 10 years’ time. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Where’s the Heat? Geothermal Industry Seeks Resource Assessment Tools to Spur Development

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:03 (Renewable Energy World)

Commissioning a geothermal project is no easy task. Of all the renewable energy technologies, it has one of the longest project lead times – it can take an average of eight years from start to finish. Due to its heavy front-end expense, developers must be as certain as possible that they are spending time and money on a viable resource. So when drilling through hot rock, imagine the developer’s surprise — and utter disappointment — when equipment suddenly melts away after hitting magma. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

U.S. DOE to open new round of loan guarantees to support up to USD 4 billion in innovative energy projects

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 23:22 (Solarserver)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation to support innovative U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as projects to sequester greenhouse gases. The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee solicitation will make up to USD 4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing. Read more

Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 15:06 (Renewable Energy World)

While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about. Read more

South Africa may add additional renewable energy capacity through REIPPP Window 3

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 14:20 (Solarserver)

The South Africa Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it is considering adding an unspecified amount of additional renewable energy capacity under the third window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP). The agency notes that prices offered by the bidders in Window 3 are competitive, and reflect a downward trend compared to the prices in the first two windows. Read more

Yingli Green creates downstream PV project investment fund with Sailing Capital

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 13:53 (PV-Tech)

Leading global PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has joined with China-based investment fund, Sailing Capital, to create a renewable energy fund to invest in Yingli Green’s PV projects. Read more

Report challenges US government’s renewable energy forecasts

Wednesday, 4.16.2014 - 12:10 (PV-Tech)

Renewable energy forecasts by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are at best pessimistic and at worst “simply wrong”, according to a new report by sustainable energy research group SUN DAY. Read more


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