News of the year 2014

Date: 28.04.2014


Huawei recruits for UK inverter market push

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 14:00 (Solarpowerportal)

Chinese electronics giant, Huawei, has appointed Alison Fitch to take on a new role focusing solely on the UK solar inverter market. Read more

Wuxi Suntech allays old warranty fears

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 13:50 (PV-Tech)

Module manufacturer Wuxi Suntech has promised to honour its existing warranties despite the company’s recent change of ownership. Read more

Kilowatt finances over USD 250 million in residential U.S. PV projects

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 11:29 (Solarserver)

Kilowatt Financial (New York City) has financed more than USD 250 million in residential U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through the Clean Power Finance (CPF, San Francisco, California, U.S.) CPF Market platform, according to CPF. Read more

REC reports strong year-over-year growth in Q1 2014, plans PV module capacity expansion

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 9:16 (Solarserver)

Despite a fire at its factory in Singapore in March and a 5% sequential fall in shipments, REC Solar ASA (Sandvika) has released relatively strong results for the first quarter of 2014. The company reports a 38% year-over-year increase in revenues to USD 175 million, a 6.1% operating margin and a profit of USD 11.0 million. REC has decided to build two new solar photovoltaic (PV) module lines which will expand its capacity to 1.3 GW, which it expects to complete by the end of 2015. In the interim the company is undergoing a debottlenecking, which is expected to increase is PV module capacity to 1.0 GW by the third quarter of 2014. Read more

Calyxo secures financing to support CdTe PV technology, module production

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 9:00 (Solarserver)

Calyxo GmbH (Thalheim, Germany) has concluded a financing agreement with IBG Investment Company Saxony-Anhalt. This will support its production of cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules as well as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) business. The amount of funding was not disclosed, however Calyxo says that this will allow it to further develop its technology, including transferring the innovations behind its world-record 20.4% efficient CdTe PV module to mass production. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Utilities responsible for 80% of US solar in 2013 - SEPA

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 18:42 (PV-Tech)

California-based Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has topped the list of US utilities that added most new solar capacity to their systems in 2013. Read more

Kyocera’s solar sales boosted by demand in Japan

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 18:39 (PV-Tech)

Japanese electronics firm, Kyocera, reported increased PV module sales for its 2014 financial year, boosted by both domestic and commercial market demand for solar energy in Japan. Read more

SEPA 2013 Utility Solar Rankings Uncovers New Urban and Rural Representation

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 17:04 (Renewable Energy World)

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its seventh annual Utility Solar Rankings report, a summary of U.S. utilities that added the greatest amount of solar capacity in 2013. As in years past, familiar names cropped up at the top of the list. But there were also a number of newcomers who made the grade — including two from previously unrepresented states — that reflect a growing diversity of geographies spanning urban and rural areas alike. Read more

SolarMax supplies 65MW of PV inverters in UK

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 15:26 (PV-Tech)

Supporting the rush to complete PV power plant projects in the UK by the end of the first quarter of 2014, Sputnik Engineering, the Swiss manufacturer of SolarMax inverters, said that over 65MW of its inverters had been installed before the ROC subsidy change on April 1. Read more

More than 120 large-scale UK solar plants in the pipeline

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 15:24 (Solarpowerportal)

More than 120 new large-scale ground-mounted solar power plants could be developed in the UK before the end of April 2015, according to market research analyst NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

Nice Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Future for Solar PV Plus Energy Storage

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 15:00 (Renewable Energy World)

On a sunny winter day in Nice, France, 40 journalists from all over the world boarded busses to tour what serves as one possible example of a future networked electricity grid. Alstom Energy, the 9th largest electrical equipment supplier in the world, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, had put together a media tour in order to showcase what steps it is doing to understand the grid of the future. Read more

Jordan gains 20MW solar power plant

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

California-based alternate energy provider Evolution Solar, developer AMP Solar Global and energy consultants RAI Energy International are to develop a 20MW solar power project in Jordan. Read more

Solarstrom moves closer to securing lifeline investment

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 13:59 (PV-Tech)

Beleaguered German PV developer, SAG Solarstrom, has given an upbeat assessment of its prospects of finding the necessary investment to allow it to continue operation. Read more

GE Invests $24 Million in India’s Biggest Solar Power Plant

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 13:39 (Renewable Energy World)

General Electric Co. is investing $24 million in India’s largest solar-power plant, drawn by what it called the technology’s “incredible potential” in the nation. Read more

OPDE completes 12MW Hampshire solar farm

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 13:16 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar farm developer, ODPE, has announced that it has completed a 12MW solar farm at Arlesford in Hampshire. Read more

REC Solar spending US$70 million on planned 300MW capacity expansion

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 13:06 (PV-Tech)

PV module manufacturer REC Solar ASA has confirmed plans to expand capacity at its integrated plant in Singapore by 300MW at a cost of around US$70 million. Read more

Build-out of Chile’s solar pipeline gathers pace with 23.2MW online in April

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 12:54 (PV-Tech)

Operational PV capacity in Chile has now hit 173MW according to the country’s Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental SEIA). Read more

Arizona utility breaks ground on US army’s largest solar array

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 12:42 (PV-Tech)

A US army base in Arizona will have up to one quarter of its electricity use supplied by an 18MW solar array, scheduled to go online later this year. Read more

National Solar Centre’s biodiversity guidance promotes both ‘clean energy and nature conservation’

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 12:13 (Solarpowerportal)

BRE National Solar Centre has launched new guidance today designed to optimise the biodiversity potential of solar farms in the UK. Read more

Wagner Solar files for insolvency

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 12:05 (PV-Tech)

German PV installer and distributor Wagner & Co Solar has filed for insolvency in a court in Germany. Read more

E.ON breaks ground on the largest solar PV plant at a U.S. military base at 14 MW-AC

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 11:43 (Solarserver)

E.ON Climate & Renewables (Essen, Germany) has begun construction of a 14 MW-AC solar photovoltaic (PV) project at a U.S. Army base in the state of Arizona. When complete, the plant at Forth Huachuca will be the largest PV plant on a U.S. military installation, and will meet roughly one-quarter of the electricity needs of the base. Read more

Intersolar North America to expand focus on energy storage

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 9:07 (Solarserver)

Intersolar North America will expand its focus on energy storage in the 2014 trade show, which will take place in San Francisco July 7–11, 2014. The show will include a number of energy storage companies showcasing their latest innovations, as well as new conference sessions to foster in-depth discussion of market policies and business models which are moving the sector forward. Read more

Trina Solar to supply 36 MW of PV modules to Chilean project

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 8:47 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Ltd. (Changzhou, China) has signed an agreement to supply 36 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a utility-scale PV plant in Chile. Trina did not name the other party in the agreement, but described it as a “long-term strategic partner”. Trina Solar will supply its TSM-PC14 PV modules, which are certified to 1,000 volts, and expects to complete the shipment in the second quarter of 2014. Trina says that these modules are ideal for large-scale plants in areas prone to high temperatures and dry conditions. Read more

CER: Chile reaches 173 MW-AC of installed solar PV

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 8:43 (Solarserver)

Chile's Center for Renewable Energy (CER) reports that the nation has reached 173 MW-AC of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, as well as 170 MW-AC under construction, in its April 2014 report. Additionally, CER estimates that Chile's PV plants generated 32 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity during the month of March 2014, a dramatic increase from 1.8 GWh generated in the previous month. Read more

Aleo Solar to be liquidated

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 8:40 (Solarserver)

Aleo Solar AG (Prenzlau, Germany) reports a 55% fall in revenue to EUR 125 million (USD 172.5 million) and a -74% operating margin in its 2013 financial report, as well as an EUR 7.46 (USD 10.30) loss per share. The company is still waiting on a conclusion of the sale of its production site in Prenzlau and the Aleo Solar brand to SCP Solar GmbH (Hamburg, Germany). However, as resolved by an extraordinary meeting on April 15th, 2014, Aleo Solar AG will be liquidated. Read more


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Wind Energy

France: Wind Energy Is a Solution in Energy Transition

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 17:23 (Renewable Energy World)

France may be the world’s most nuclear energy dependent country, but times are changing. When French President François Hollande took the reins of power in 2012 he pledged to reduce the country’s nuclear dependency from 75 percent to 50 percent by 2025. Today, France has a goal of reaching 19 GW of wind energy by 2020, up from its current level of 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

Siemens Proposes Technology Swap Deal with Alstom to Rival GE's Offer

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 16:27 (Renewable Energy World)

Siemens AG proposed French rival Alstom SA a deal to swap train and energy assets to beat an offer from General Electric Co., according to people familiar with the matter. Read more

Chinese EPC teams with DuPont on PV power plant performance

Monday, 4.28.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

Materials specialist, DuPont China Holding, and China-based EPC firm, Zhenfa New Energy, have agreed to collaborate on efforts to improve PV power plant operation through enhanced module performance and reliability. Read more


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