News of the year 2014

Date: 03.04.2014


SunEdison to use Korean solar cells

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 16:02 (PV-Tech)

Major PV energy provider (PVEP) SunEdison has secured a 660MW solar cell supply agreement with Korean-based cell producer, Shinsung Solar Energy. Read more

PV inverter preferences changing says IHS

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 12:30 (PV-Tech)

The PV inverter market continues to evolve with changing preferences and acceptance of Chinese producers products increasing, according to the latest survey of purchasers from market research firm, IHS. Read more

SunEdison launches YieldCo with USD 250 million from Goldman Sachs

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 8:53 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) has completed the initial capitalization of its YieldCo vehicle with a USD 250 million facility from Goldman Sachs (New York City). Goldman Sachs acted as sole lead arranger for the deal. SunEdison also announced the sale of an unspecified volume of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to the YieldCo in its statement regarding the capitalization. In February 2014 the company reported that it had retained 127 MW of PV projects destined for the YieldCo. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Trina Solar to spend US$213 million to meet capacity expansion targets in 2014

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 23:51 (PV-Tech)

Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar is expecting capital expenditure to reach US$213 million in 2014 as it targets expansion of capacity from ingot/wafer through to 1GW of extra module capacity. Read more

Low-Income Rooftop Solar Program Helping Hundreds of California Families

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 17:59 (Renewable Energy World)

In June 2012, the Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line, was completed after years of review, permitting processes and controversies. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) developed the line to facilitate the development and generation of renewable energy in the Imperial Valley, California’s southwest desert, and to bring power to the San Diego region. Read more

NPD Solarbuzz: 9 GW of solar PV added in Q1 2014

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 17:10 (Solarserver)

NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) has released a new report which estimates 9 GW of global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in the first quarter of 2014, a 35% growth over the first quarter of 2013. This record level of demand was driven by growth in Japan and the UK. Read more

More Solar Marketing Webinar Goodness from SEIA

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 16:22 (Renewable Energy World)

Every month, the good folks at SEIA find a hot topic and put on a free webinar and then record it for later for you to view at your leisure. Their latest topic: Content Marketing for Solar Companies. SEIA’s Susanna Murley invited me and Silveo Marcacci for a one hour presentation about the type of solar content you should be creating and posting on Read more

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Safe Solar Equipment

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 15:58 (Renewable Energy World)

It's encouraging to see how much safer — and less expensive — solar equipment has become over the past dozen years. These improvements will continue as engineers and manufacturers collaborate with code officials. There is a vibrant interplay between new code requirements (such as arc fault detection or roof fire resistance) and new product engineers. Sitting at the intersection are organizations like the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Read more

UK and Japan drive record global PV demand

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 15:24 (Solarpowerportal)

Record quarterly install rates in the UK and Japan have driven global PV demand above 50GW, according to the latest assessment by NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

PSEG Long Island announces results for 100 MW solar PV procurement program

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 15:09 (Solarserver)

PSEG Long Island LLC has released results for its procurement program for Long Island in the U.S. state of New York, reporting a final bid price of USD 0.1688/kWh for the 100 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which it plans. While PSEG Long Island calls the Clean Solar Initiative II a feed-in tariff, it more closely resembles a competitive solicitation, with the price paid set by a bidding process and applied to all approved projects under long-term contracts. Read more

JinkoSolar raises PV power plant construction target

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 14:48 (PV-Tech)

Tier one Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said it expects to complete over 400MW of PV power plant projects in 2014, up from previous guidance of between 300MW and 400MW. Read more

53MW project win puts GDF Suez on track for French PV goal

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 13:00 (PV-Tech)

French energy giant GDF Suez has announced that it has won 53.35MW of solar projects in its home country. Read more

BYD supplies modules for Rwanda’s first grid PV project

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 12:58 (PV-Tech)

BYD, the Chinese solar and storage manufacturer partially owned by investor Warren Buffet, is to supply modules for the first large-scale PV power plant in Rwanda. Read more

Friends of the Earth calls on government to clear path for solar schools

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 12:25 (Solarpowerportal)

Environmental campaign group, Friends of the Earth, has started a petition calling for UK schools to have better financial access to solar energy. Read more

Lightsource connects 227MW of UK PV in March

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

UK PV developer, Lightsource Renewable Energy, has revealed that it connected 26 separate solar farms across the UK in March. Read more

Exclusive: Lightsource connects 227MW of solar in March alone

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 10:55 (Solarpowerportal)

Lightsource Renewable Energy has revealed that it connected 26 solar farms across the UK in March. Read more

Florida solar bills blocked by House committee chairman

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 10:15 (PV-Tech)

A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would give tax breaks to businesses that install solar panels is unlikely to make it on any ballots in the foreseeable future. Read more

German federal government still trying to charge solar power self-consumption in latest feed-in tariff reform deal

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 9:01 (Solarserver)

Saying that it has reached a deal with federal state premiers, the German government has backed off of applying a portion of the feed-in tariff surcharge according to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to existing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems where the owners consume the electricity they generate. However, the new law as proposed by German Minister of Economy and Energy Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) would still apply 90% of the surcharge to new self-consumption PV systems. The German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) says that in this area no concrete agreement was reached with state governments. Read more

India installs 425 MW of solar capacity in February and March 2014

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 8:49 (Solarserver)

India installed 425 MW of solar capacity in February and March 2014, according to an analysis of new data from the nation's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) by RESolve Energy Consultants (Chennai, India). India installed a total of 948 MW during its fiscal year 2013–2014, which ended on March 31st, 2014. Nearly half of this was completed in the final two months, and this brings the nation to 2.63 GW of cumulative solar capacity. Read more


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Wind Energy

Germany To Temper Cuts in Wind Energy Aid to Appease Regions

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 16:05 (Renewable Energy World)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping back from proposals to reduce assistance for wind power to gain support for her energy policy from regional governments. Read more


World Bank, US, China Negotiate Congo’s 4.8-GW Inga Hydropower Plant

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 17:48 (Renewable Energy World)

The World Bank is in “active negotiations” with the U.S. government to support the Democratic Republic of Congo’s $12 billion Inga 3 hydropower project, bank President Jim Yong Kim said. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Massive Waste-to-Energy Plant Planned for Ohio

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 18:41 (Renewable Energy World)

A 9.4-MW biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plant is under development in Grove City, Ohio. The plant will be developed in two phases, spanning 185,000 square feet, making it the largest waste to energy facility of its kind, according to 2G CENERGY, which is contracted to supply the biogas technology for the facility. Read more

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2014: Patience Rewarded

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 14:10 (Renewable Energy World)

For both the stock market and the weather, March was more lion than lamb. My broad market benchmark fell 2.2 percent to end up 1.5 percent for the quarter. Volatile clean energy stocks were down 4 percent, to end the quarter up 15.7 percent. Read more

European Investment Bank earmarks €750 million for French renewables projects

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 14:00 (PV-Tech)

The European Investment Bank is to provide €750 million (US$1 billion) to support renewable energy development in France over the next two years. Read more

NEC provides Enel with 2MWh battery system for grid trials

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 13:21 (PV-Tech)

NEC Corporation has commissioned a 2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system designed to ease the integration of renewable energy into the grid for Italian distribution system operator (DSO) Enel Distribuzione. Read more

Clean Energy Investment Rises in Several Countries Amid Global Decline

Thursday, 4.3.2014 - 11:31 (Renewable Energy World)

Three G-20 nations saw an increase in clean-energy investments last year even as funding declined globally for the second consecutive year, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more


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