News of the year 2014

Date: 23.05.2014


What Is the State of the US Smart Grid Market?

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 15:35 (Renewable Energy World)

Back in May, I had the opportunity to catch a presentation by Paul De Martini of the Newport Consulting Group and the California Institute of Technology, at a CleanTech OC smart grid event in Irvine, California.  De Martini previously served as chief technology officer for Cisco’s Global Energy Networks Group, and also as vice president of Advanced Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

CfDs: Budget for scheme will be critical for solar’s success

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 17:29 (Solarpowerportal)

The scale of UK solar’s success hinges on the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishing further details on the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) mechanism. Read more

Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy buy 50MW First Solar plant

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 17:15 (PV-Tech)

Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy have purchased a 50MW PV plant from First Solar. Read more

DOE Awards $10 Million for Concentrating Solar Power Storage Research

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 16:04 (Renewable Energy World)

The Department of Energy announced Wednesday it has awarded $10 million to be split between six research and development projects that will focus on thermochemical storage technologies for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. Read more

DOE creates solar business competition under SunShot Initiative

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 16:03 (Solarserver)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has created a new business competition under its SunShot Initiative, which will award a total of USD 1 million to support the rapid creation and development of products and solutions that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace. SunShot Catalyst will consist of four phases, with awards in three of these phases: Ideation, Business Innovation and Incubation. Read more

Corbin Industries gears up for large-scale solar ROC deadline rush

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 15:03 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar framing manufacturer Corbin Industries has revealed that it is gearing up for a ROC deadline rush following the government’s proposals to scrap support for solar under the RO for projects over 5MW from April 2015. Read more

India's Department of Commerce recommends anti-dumping duties of USD 0.11-0.81 per watt on solar PV from four nations

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 14:45 (Solarserver)

India's Department of Commerce has recommended anti-dumping tariffs of USD 0.11-0.81 per watt on imports of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States. First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) has received the lowest recommended duty rate of USD 0.11 per watt for its PV modules manufactured in the United States. Read more

India imposes anti-dumping duties of up to US$0.81/W

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 14:12 (PV-Tech)

India has published definitive anti-dumping duties on US, Chinese and Malaysian solar manufacturers. Read more

Brightsource’s 500MW Palen CSP project receives planning boost

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 13:50 (PV-Tech)

Hearings will recommence into Brightsource’s 500MW Palen concentrating solar power (CSP) project after the California Energy Commission (CEC) agreed to resume evidence taking. Read more

DECC must not repeat Germany’s solar cut mistakes, warns REC

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 13:14 (Solarpowerportal)

The UK government should draw lessons from Germany’s solar policy cuts and not rush reforms to its large-scale support scheme, according to European PV manufacturer REC. Read more

UK must not repeat Germany’s solar cut mistakes: REC

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 13:03 (PV-Tech)

The UK government should draw lessons from Germany’s solar policy cuts and not rush reforms to its large-scale support scheme, according to European PV manufacturer REC. Read more

Morocco awards USD 2.3 million to six solar thermal, CSP R&D projects

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 9:20 (Solarserver)

The Moroccan government has chosen six research and development (R&D) projects involving novel solar thermal and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies to receive USD 2.3 million in funding under the InnoTherm III program. The call for proposals included solar cooling technologies as well as CSP and solar thermal for steam and drying applications, and was open to projects to develop and improve components and storage as well as network integration. The Moroccan Institute for Research on Solar Energy and New Energy (IRESEN) did not provide information on the projects that were selected. Read more

NPD Solarbuzz: Trina Solar sets new record with module shipment guidance above 1 GW

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 8:21 (Solarserver)

NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) reports that Trina Solar Inc.'s (Changzhou, China) forecast of 900 MW to 1.1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments in the second quarter of 2014 is the first time a PV maker has guided quarterly module shipments above 1 GW. NPD Solarbuzz Analyst Ray Lian notes that Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (Baoding, China) was close to this level in the fourth quarter of 2013, and shipped more than 900 MW during the quarter. He also notes that Yingli may ship more than 1 GW in the second quarter of 2014. Read more

First Solar to build solar PV-diesel plant for mining operation in Australia

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 7:59 (Solarserver)

First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) and Ingenero (Brisbane, Australia) have agreed to build a 1.7 MW solar photovoltaic (PV)-diesel hybrid plant to supply electricity to a mine in the Australian state of Queensland. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has initially committed USD 3.5 million for the project, which will be followed by USD 7.8 million for a second phase. The plant at the Weipa bauxite mine will complement existing diesel generation, and First Solar will supply FuelSmart technology to minimize fuel use. Read more

sPower acquires Bosch's distributed solar PV projects in Hawaii

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 7:15 (Solarserver)

sPower (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) has acquired a group of distributed generation solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Hawaii developed by Bosch Solar Energy North America. The company did not disclose the capacity of the portfolio or the terms of purchase. sPower says that the acquisition complements its existing distributed generation portfolio, and follows its acquisition of Tioga Energy's operating assets in 2013 and its recent merger with Fir Tree Partners and Silverado Power. The company now owns or operates more than 130 PV projects across the nation, and has a development pipeline of more than 400 MW. Read more

sPower acquires Bosch Solar Energy North America entities

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 0:44 (PV-Tech)

Energy provider sPower (Sustainable Power Group) has announced that it has acquired Bosch Solar Energy North America entities, including projects that are actively operating in the United States. Read more

South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously approves solar bill

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 0:15 (PV-Tech)

South Carolina made its first legitimate push into the PV and solar industry on Wednesday, as the state House of Representatives voted 105-0 in approval for a solar energy bill that is expected to expand the accessibility of solar power across the state. Read more


Shale companies to be allowed underground drilling access in return for community payments

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 13:07 (Solarpowerportal)

The UK government wants to ‘simplify’ underground drilling access for those companies looking to extract shale gas and oil. Read more

Non-Hydro Renewables Outproduce Hydro for First Time Ever

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 12:09 (Renewable Energy World)

For apparently the first time ever, during the first quarter of 2014, electricity generated by non-hydro renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower. This is according to data in the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to March 31, 2014. Read more

Wind Energy

German Wind Industry Leaders: Why Energiewende Works, And Offshore Is Growing Up

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 15:03 (Renewable Energy World)

A panel of German wind energy experts gathered in Hamburg this week for a preview of this fall's WindEnergy expo being held here, discussing everything from the debate over Energiewende policy to promising markets for offshore wind. Read more

Australian Cuts May Hurt Renewable Power Plans at Mines, Says Siemens

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 6:02 (Renewable Energy World)

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, said it’s concerned that Australia’s plans to scrap its renewable energy agency may hurt efforts to bring wind turbines to remote mines. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Japan Market for Small Geothermal Projects to Expand, Says IHI

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 12:22 (Renewable Energy World)

IHI Corp., a maker of everything from aircraft jet engines to gas turbines, expects the market for small-scale geothermal projects to take off in Japan as the country seeks cleaner sources of energy. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

UK to sell off North Sea for ‘dangerous’ carbon storage: Green Energy News Review 23 May

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 16:14 (PV-Tech)

A new report reveals plans for the UK to sell carbon storage space in the North Sea to the rest of Europe, despite worries over safety and pollution. Read more

UK to sell off North Sea for ‘dangerous’ carbon storage: Green Energy News Review 23 May

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 16:14 (Solarpowerportal)

A new report reveals plans for the UK to sell carbon storage space in the North Sea to the rest of Europe, despite worries over safety and pollution. Read more

Residential storage systems in California exempted from controversial charges

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 13:21 (PV-Tech)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that utilities will no longer be able to charge grid connection fees for storage systems paired with net energy metering devices, including rooftop PV systems, under 10kw. Read more

U.S. Virgin Islands adopts long-term standard contracts for up to 15 MW of renewable energy

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 9:07 (Solarserver)

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has signed into a law a bill to provide long-term, standard contracts for up to 15 MW of renewable energy generation. The policy is called a feed-in tariff, however unlike standard feed-in tariffs it will not pay generators a fixed rate. The rate will be based on a discount to the “avoided cost” paid by the USVI's Water and Power Authority, which the bill's author estimates will be around USD 0.26 per kWh, under 10–30 year contracts. Retail electric rates in USVI currently average over USD 0.50 per kWh. Read more

US Energy Department announces US$10 million for projects to advance CSP technologies

Friday, 5.23.2014 - 1:11 (PV-Tech)

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it has awarded US$10 million to six new research and development (R&D) projects that will advance and develop concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. Read more


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