News of the year 2014

Date: 29.05.2014


IHS: Global PV installations to reach 15 GW in Q4 2014

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 16:22 (Solarserver)

IHS Inc. (Englewood, Colorado, U.S.) has predicted that global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand will grow sharply in the second half of 2014 due to incentive changes in several markets and record low system prices. The company forecasts that 15 GW of PV will be installed globally in the fourth quarter of 2014, including 9 GW of PV plants larger than 1 MW. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

SunEdison yieldco files for IPO

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 20:54 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc.'s (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) yieldco has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock. TerraForm Power Inc. is an indirect subsidiary of SunEdison which will own and operate solar assets acquired from SunEdison and other parties. Read more

US Solar Power Rises 79 Percent as Residential Panels Beat Warehouses

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 16:37 (Renewable Energy World)

Homeowners and developers installed 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels in the first quarter, the second- largest total on record, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Read more

Show Me Solar: Missouri's Opportunity for Solar Power

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 15:33 (Renewable Energy World)

What can solar power do for a single state? How about 21 percent of its energy, $14 billion in economic activity, and over 150,000 jobs. At a discount to existing electricity costs. Without subsidies. That's what solar power can do for Missouri, but the state's utilities may be about to pull the plug on local solar power. It started with a renewabl Read more

Rexel welcomes UK commercial rooftop push

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 14:37 (Solarpowerportal)

Installing solar on commercial roofs will become an essential tool for businesses to tackle escalating utility costs, according to Jerry Hamilton of Rexel. Read more

Hanwha SolarOne delivers 60MW of modules to vogt solar for UK solar farms

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 13:34 (Solarpowerportal)

Chinese solar manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne has announced that it has shipped 60MW of its modules to vogt solar for a number of UK solar farms. Read more

Bristol Zoo installs third PV system

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 10:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The five hectare zoo in the centre of the city of Bristol announced it has installed its third solar PV system since 2011. Read more

US residential market shaking off state support: GTM Research

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 8:01 (PV-Tech)

More than one-third of residential solar installs in the US in Q1 2014 were done so without any state incentives, according to the latest quarterly Solar Market Insight report by GTM Research. Read more

U.S. adds over 1.8 GW of solar PV, CSP in Q1 2014

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 7:17 (Solarserver)

The U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) market grew 79% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014 to reach 1.33 GW, according to GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) and Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA, Washington D.C.) quarterly report on the market. For the first time, the nation's residential PV market exceeded its commercial market at 232 MW deployed during the quarter versus 225 MW. Additionally, the United States added 517 MW-AC of concentrating solar power (CSP) in two projects. Read more

FCA regulation is positive for solar installers, says Consumer Credit Solutions

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 7:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The new industry regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, should help the renewables sector boost credit sales, according to Consumer Credit Solutions. Read more

IHS: UK review of solar PV subsidies could instigate 3 GW rush

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 7:13 (Solarserver)

IHS Inc. (Englewood, Colorado, U.S.) predicts that up to 3 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity could be added in the UK over a nine-month period if the nation pushes ahead with plans to cut support for large PV projects. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has proposed ending the Renewables Obligation (RO) for PV plants larger than 5 MW on April 1st, 2015. IHS says that if that policy is confirmed in July 2014, it will cause a rush to complete existing projects. Read more

Solarcentury builds 1 MW solar PV plant in Kenya

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 7:07 (Solarserver)

Solarcentury (London) has completed a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at a tea farm in Kenya, as the largest PV plant to come online in East Africa to date. The company estimates that the plant will reduce Williamson Tea's energy costs by around 30%, by supplying electricity to meet demand at its tea processing factory. The plant will not only reduce the need for electricity from the grid, but will also work in conjunction with diesel generators to supply backup demand when the grid is down. Solarcentury served as lead designer, supplier and installer of the plant, and is also responsible for operations and maintenance. Read more

IKEA set to install 869kW rooftop array on Kansas City-area store

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 4:00 (PV-Tech)

Home furnishing retailer IKEA announced that it plans on installing an 867kW rooftop array on top of its Kansas City-area store in Merriam, Kansas. The project, which will be completed before the store’s opening in Fall 2014, will be the largest rooftop solar array in the state of Kansas. Read more

Two 75MW PV plants commence operations in South Africa

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 3:32 (PV-Tech)

PV developer SolarReserve has completed and put into full operation two 75MW PV plants in South Africa. Read more

Two 75MW plants commence operations in South Africa

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 3:15 (PV-Tech)

PV developer SolarReserve announced that two 75MW PV plants have been completed in South Africa and are fully operational. Read more

SolarCity and Groupon to offer solar power deal to consumers

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 0:45 (PV-Tech)

Clean energy provider SolarCity and e-commerce website Groupon have come together to offer discount deals on PV systems within the Groupon marketplace. Read more

SolarCity and Groupon to offer discount solar deals

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 0:45 (PV-Tech)

Clean energy provider SolarCity its to offer discount deals on PV systems through the online deal website Groupon. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Climate Change: There is no debate - Green Energy News Review 29 May 2014

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 18:42 (Solarpowerportal)

In spite of insurmountable evidence, climate change is an issue that needs to be dealt with now, not in two generations’ time. Thursday’s Green Energy News Review asks where the apathy comes from, and how can we break it? Read more

Climate Change: There is no debate - Green Energy News Review 29 May 2014

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 18:42 (PV-Tech)

In spite of insurmountable evidence, climate change is an issue that needs to be dealt with now, not in two generations’ time. Thursday’s Green Energy News Review asks where the apathy comes from, and how can we break it? Read more

Is Natural Gas Sucking Investment from Renewable Energy?

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 16:45 (Renewable Energy World)

U.S. President Barack Obama says natural gas can be a bridge from coal to a cleaner energy future. Investors are showing it’s more likely a bridge to nowhere. Read more

Alberta, Canada Renewables Seen Cheaper Than Coal in Next Decades

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 16:12 (Renewable Energy World)

Alberta, which relies on coal to generate about half its power, would see electricity rates rise more slowly in coming decades if use of renewable energy increased, according to a study published today. Read more

European Commission advocates renewables to increase energy security

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 15:30 (PV-Tech)

The European Commission has called for renewables deployment to be sped up in light of energy security threats. Read more

Renewable Energy Standards Put On Hold in Ohio

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 14:50 (Renewable Energy World)

Ohio can no longer be counted as one of the 29 U.S. states that is working to satisfy its renewable portfolio standard. Yesterday the Ohio general assembly approved a bill to freeze the standards for electricity efficiency and generation from renewable sources. Read more

Study: Clean Energy Vocational Training Programs Have Better ROI than Traditional Degrees

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 14:44 (Renewable Energy World)

Data recently released by CleanEdison indicates that the return on investment for educational paths, also called the return on education, is higher for vocational training than for more “traditional” educational pursuits. The leading vocational training provider in the renewable energy industries, CleanEdison released its findings in a white paper Read more

Chile's New Energy Agenda Lays the Foundation for Sustainable Growth

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 14:42 (Renewable Energy World)

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet released a new Energy Agenda on May 15th, which her administration will use as the foundation for a national energy policy. The much-anticipated document outlines seven pillars, or key areas, where new and specific efforts are needed if the country is to grow sustainably and stably over the coming decades. Overall, the agenda is right on target regarding several broad issues –and a few specific ones as well— and if Bachelet and Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco are able to execute these plans, Chile’s renewable* energy and energy efficiency sectors should be able to compete with conventional energy –dirty fossil fuels and large hydro—on Read more

There Are Good Reasons for Obama to be Confident on Carbon Rules

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 14:36 (Renewable Energy World)

The Obama administration has taken a lot of heat for creating climate change rules that bypass Congress. But recent court decisions are bolstering the president’s clean air agenda – and they come at a crucial time. Read more

SunEdison launches PERC-based module series

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 13:09 (PV-Tech)

US-based PV energy provider, SunEdison, has launched a new high-efficiency module under its Silvantis brand. Read more

BNEF warns of the costs of messing with Australia's Renewable Energy Target

Thursday, 5.29.2014 - 7:01 (Solarserver)

Eliminating or scaling back Australia's Renewable Energy Target would reduce clean energy investment in the nation by USD 11-19 billion, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF, New York City). BNEF also says that this move will cost 7,000-11,000 future jobs in wind and solar industry annually, as well as leading to higher prices for consumers and higher profits for power companies. The Renewable Energy Target is currently being reviewed by Australia's Liberal government. Read more


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