News of the year 2014

Date: 02.05.2014


Hanwha Q Cells predicts UK will be top European market

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 14:13 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar cell, module and system provider, Hanwha Q Cells has supplied modules for Lark Energy’s Ellough solar power plant. Read more

Hanwha Q Cells hails UK as top European market in 2014

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 14:00 (PV-Tech)

Solar cell, module and system provider, Hanwha Q Cells has supplied modules for Lark Energy’s Ellough solar power plant. Read more

Hanwha Q Cells predicts UK as top European market in 2014

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 14:00 (PV-Tech)

Solar cell, module and system provider, Hanwha Q Cells has supplied modules for Lark Energy’s Ellough solar power plant. Read more

UK to launch yet another review of the Renewables Obligation

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 8:59 (Solarserver)

The UK's ruling Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition is again showing its penchant for rapid, unpredictable policy changes by announcing an “imminent” review of programs to support solar photovoltaics (PV), including the Renewables Obligation (RO). This will be the third RO review for PV in less than three years, and contradicts a statement by Energy Minister Michael Fallon that there would be no review of the RO program during the next few years. The nation's Solar Trade Association (STA, London) says that it is expecting to meet with UK Secretary of State Ed Davey to discuss pending changes, and to get clarity for its members. Read more

SunEdison closes on construction financing for largest North America PV project to date at 60 MW-AC

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 8:25 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) has closed on financing for the construction of a 60 MW-AC solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in California's Central Valley. This is SunEdison's largest PV project in North America to date. Deutsche Bank Securities (New York City) has underwritten financing for the Regulus PV project in Kern County. SunEdison is managing construction of the plant, which it expects to complete by the end of 2014. Read more

Silex Systems puts online a 1 MW CPV plant in Saudi Arabia

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 7:46 (Solarserver)

Solar Systems Pty Ltd. (Victoria, Australia) has completed a 1 MW concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) plant, which will replace diesel generation at a resort near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Nofa Equestrian Resort plant comprises 28 dish CPV modules, as the first offshore deployment of parent company Silex Systems' (Melbourne, Australia) Dense Array CPV technology. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Watch: Jonathon Porritt says potential solar review driven by ‘short-term fear of UKIP’

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 19:10 (Solarpowerportal)

Jonathon Porritt told delegates at the Large Scale Solar UK conference in Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire that the rumoured review of support for large-scale solar was politically motivated. Read more

JinkoSolar supplying 100MW of modules for Enel projects in Chile

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 18:05 (PV-Tech)

JinkoSolar has inked a major PV module supply agreement with Enel Green Power (EGP) to provide 100MW to two PV power plants being built in Chile. Read more

JinkoSolar to supply 100 MW of solar PV modules for projects in Northern Chile

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 18:03 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) has signed contracts to supply 100 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for two projects in Northern Chile. Enel Green Power SpA (Rome) is building the first 60 MW phase of the Lalackama PV plant in the Antofagasta Region. Read more

New York Commits Another $1 Billion to Solar Projects — Here’s What You Need to Know

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 18:03 (Renewable Energy World)

Will New York join Massachusetts and California as an enduring solar state? Last Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an additional $1 billion in funding for the NY-Sun initiative, making good on his promise to extend the program through 2023. The funding announcement includes an overhaul of New York State Energy Research and Developm Read more

Opponents trying to shut US solar down ‘state-by-state’

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 15:26 (PV-Tech)

An interpretation of property law that could come into effect in Arizona, taxing homeowners for leased solar panels fitted to their property, is another manifestation of resistance to solar, according to an analyst from Lux Research. Read more

Tigo Energy teams with Solar Juice to expand Australia presence

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 14:44 (PV-Tech)

Engineering and energy consultancy firm Tigo Energy has announced partnership with wholesale distributor, Solar Juice to expand operations in Australia. Read more

Freewatt plots 10MW solar farm extension

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 14:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar developer, Freewatt, has announced plans to extend a 3.3MW solar farm in West Lindsey to 14MW. Read more

Canadian Solar secures USD 105 million in financing to build 30 MW-AC of solar PV plants in Ontario

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 13:31 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Canada) has announced that the National Bank of Canada will provide the company with USD 105 million in short-term construction financing to build three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Ontario totaling 30 MW-AC. Read more

SolarCity launches solar scheme in Nevada

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 13:29 (PV-Tech)

Solar energy installer SolarCity has announced it is now taking orders for installations in the US state of Nevada. Read more

Wells Fargo and Strata Solar team on nine North Carolina PV power plants

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 13:20 (PV-Tech)

Banking giant Wells Fargo has invested US$100 million of tax equity financing in nine PV projects in North Carolina. Read more

SolarMax delivers 65MW ahead of April ROC drop

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 13:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Sputnik Engineering, manufacturer of SolarMax inverters, has announced that more than 65MW of its inverters were successfully installed in the first quarter of 2014. Read more

National Bank of Canada provides US$105 million project finance to Canadian Solar

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 12:41 (PV-Tech)

The National Bank of Canada is providing US$105.4 million in short-term construction finance to major PVEP, Canadian Solar for three PV power plants being built in Ontario totalling around 30MW. Read more

UK government seeks to appease solar sector over subsidy review

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 12:31 (PV-Tech)

Any changes to support for large-scale solar farms in the UK would not come into force until the 2015/2016 financial year, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Read more

SMA expands Sunny Boy inverter line for residential solar PV systems

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 8:20 (Solarserver)

SMA Solar Technology AG (Niestetal, Germany) has unveiled two new inverters of its Sunny Boy TL-US line of transformerless inverters for the North American residential market. The SunnyBoy 3800TL-US and 6000TL-US also offer the capability to provide up to 1.5 KW of daytime power in the event of a grid outage. The Sunny Boy 3800TL is configured for homes with 100-amp service panels, which SMA says allows for PV installers to maximize PV system size without expensive service panel upgrades. The 6000TL is intended for larger residential systems, and offers dual maximum power point tracking (MPPT), which can assist with systems with multiple roof orientations. Read more

New Chair and CEO appointed amid more management changes at Hanwha SolarOne

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 8:05 (Solarserver)

Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) has appointed Seong-woo Nam as CEO and chair of the board of directors, while simultaneously announcing the resignation of President and Board Member Min-Su Kim. This comes two weeks after the retirement of former Hanwha SolarOne CEO Ki-Joon Hong. Nam previously served as executive VP and general manager of Samsung's (Seoul) IT Solutions Business, and Hanwha SolarOne stresses his strong management experience. Read more

GTM: Very large price variation across markets, rising prices for solar PV modules

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 7:51 (Solarserver)

GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) has released results from a new study which finds variations up to USD 0.25 per watt in the price of Chinese-made solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in different nations, as prices generally rise. The company's “Global PV Price Outlook: Q2 2014” reports that average selling prices increased around 14% year-over-year to USD 0.70 per watt in the first quarter of 2014. However, this represents an average module price of USD 0.80 in Japan and USD 0.55 in Chile. Read more

Yingli remains the world's largest solar PV module supplier for a second year in 2013

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 7:34 (Solarserver)

IHS Technology (London) reports that Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (Baoding, China) shipped 3.25 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in 2013, confirming its position as the world's largest PV module maker by shipments. Trina Solar Ltd. (Changzhou, China) and Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Canada) came in second and third. Including Canadian Solar, seven of the ten largest PV module makers have their headquarters and/or most of their manufacturing in China. Read more


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Wind Energy

Wind Power Is Getting Sweeter

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 19:54 (Renewable Energy World)

Earlier this week, Mars Incorporated, in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200-MW wind farm that will meet 100 percent of the electrical needs of Mars Inc.’s U.S. operations, which include 37 factories employing 25,000 associates. 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

Introducing New York State’s Energy Storage Testing Center

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 20:16 (Renewable Energy World)

The clean energy economy of the Empire State has just received a serious booster shot, thanks to the newly opened Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York. Made possible by state seed funding and a public-private partnership between the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV GL, the center will serve to address two of the greatest challenges facing New York-based energy storage companies: access to technology and cost. Read more

Climate-Resilient Solar Hot Water Systems at Firehouses Save NYC Money, Cut Carbon

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 13:46 (Renewable Energy World)

Solar hot water heating is the redheaded stepchild of the renewable energy world. Most people have no idea what it is. Or, they confuse it with its attention-grabbing cousin, solar photovoltaics, the solar panels we all know about that convert light into electricity and glint on a rapidly increasing number of American roofs. Read more

Bleak future for silicon thin-film, says EnergyTrend

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 13:07 (PV-Tech)

The silicon thin-film market is set for continued decline, according to a new report by EnergyTrend. Read more

Big Questions: US Executives Ponder Current and Future US Renewable Energy Development

Friday, 5.2.2014 - 11:39 (Renewable Energy World)

Utilities are putting a new focus on increasing the amount of renewable energy generation sources in their portfolio, both to provide the best service to their customers and to comply with regulations on the state and federal level. Renewable power resources have many differences from traditional fossil-based generation sources, though, and technology, as well as associated prices, is still unsettled in multiple areas. Read more


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