News of the year 2014

Date: 18.04.2014


IHS: Tariffs will cause U.S. PV module prices to rise, but no supply interruptions

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 7:52 (Solarserver)

IHS Technology (London) warns that higher U.S. costs for solar photovoltaics (PV) will result from the current trade cases against China, and that potential tariffs on Taiwanese PV cells could have “wide-ranging consequences”. However, the company also expects sufficient “tariff-free” PV modules to be available in the United States to meet demand, even if there is an impact on pricing. IHS notes that of the 57.8 GW of global PV module capacity, 17.3 GW will not be affected by the rulings, nearly triple the expected U.S. market volume of 6.5 GW. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

10 Charts that Reveal the Potential ROI for Solar Blogging

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 17:47 (Renewable Energy World)

I know I write a lot about how solar companies can blog effectively, but I still see few companies truly embracing blogging. Perhaps that’s because solar marketers want to show their CEOs some objective stats that show how blogging can be effective, and not a waste of time and resources. And that’s where HubSpot, a popular inbound (content) marketi Read more

LDK revenues double in Q4 2013, losses persist

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 17:06 (Solarserver)

LDK Solar Co. Ltd.'s (Xinyu, China) revenues doubled on a year-over-year basis to USD 273 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to unaudited financial information which the company provided to regulators at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE, New York City). Read more

U.S. DOE dedicates USD 15 million to aid solar PV deployment through Market Pathways program

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 16:26 (Solarserver)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced USD 15 million in funding to help communities develop multi-year plans to install more solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes and businesses through its SunShot Initiative. Regional, state, tribal and local entities will be eligible to apply for this funding. DOE says the Solar Market Pathways funding opportunity will help to establish innovative financing mechanisms and launch community-based initiatives, including shared solar programs. Read more

BNEF: Investments in solar PV increase 23% to USD 27.5 billion in Q1 2014

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 7:56 (Solarserver)

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF, New York City) reports that global investments in clean energy have increased 10% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, driven by a sharp increase in investments in distributed solar photovoltaics (PV). Investments in renewable energy projects smaller than 1 MW increased 42% to reach 21.2 billion, which BNEF says is mostly from distributed PV. Overall investment in PV was up 23% year-over-year to USD 27.5 billion. Read more

JinkoSolar puts online 39 MW of solar PV in Eastern China

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 7:48 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) has commissioned two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 39 MW in Eastern China's Jiangsu Province. The completion of the two plants brings the company to 252 MW of PV plants put online, the large majority of which was during 2013. The 24 MW Xinyi and 15 MW Lianyungang PV plants have qualified under the nation's feed-in tariff, at rates of RMB 1.125 (USD 0.181) and RMB 1.1 (USD 0.177) per kWh, respectively. Read more

TÜV Rheinland develops new ANSI standards for solar PV modules and manufacturing

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 7:43 (Solarserver)

TÜV Rheinland PTL (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) has begun the process of creating two new certifications under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and manufacturing, and is seeking industry participation in working groups for these standards. The first of the new standards, Qualification Plus (Q+) involves a quality test for PV modules which the organization says goes beyond the current qualification testing under IEC 61215. The second standard describes Quality Management System (QMS) requirements specifically for PV module manufacturing, in an effort to minimize quality issues resulting from a wide variety of factors. Read more

Listen Up: What Legal Issues Do Solar Contractors Face?

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 7:00 (Renewable Energy World)

As in most industries, attorneys are an indispensable part of doing business. We have the usual host of "ordinary course of business" legal issues such as contracts, employment law, financing and M&A. But we also must comply with a blizzard of regulatory and incentives requirements — as well as more specialized transaction issues related to solar leases and PPAs, warranties, insurance, licensing and manufacturing. Read more


Top 10 Trends in Brazil Biofuels for 2014

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 20:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Brazil’s on the move on a number of fronts — sales, diversification of products and feedstocks, and even in engine development. Let’s look at the Top 10 Trends. Read more

Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Ukraine Seeks Renewable Energy Investors to Loosen Russia’s Grip

Friday, 4.18.2014 - 19:41 (Renewable Energy World)

Ukrainian officials say they’ve found a way to protect the nation from Russia: Go green. Read more


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