News of the year 2014

Date: 30.05.2014


SMA furthers collaboration with Danfoss to drive down costs

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 7:30 (Solarserver)

SMA Solar Technology AG (Niestetal, Germany) and Danfoss A/S (Nordborg, Denmark) have signed a contract to enter into a “close strategic partnership” to reduce costs through economies of scale and joint development initiatives. Anti-trust authorities have already approved SMA's plans to acquire Danfoss' inverter business in exchange for 20% of SMA's outstanding shares, and SMA says that it will implement the new cooperation as swiftly as the prior deal. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

US-China Trade Dispute Disrupts Solar Success

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 22:32 (Renewable Energy World)

Next week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) plans to announce its initial decision regarding the expansion of the trade restrictions on imported Chinese, Taiwanese and other solar cells and modules in response to a complaint filed by SolarWorld earlier this year. This decision comes on the back of a previous finding in 2012 that imposed both anti-subsidy and anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese-manufactured solar cells. Barring an eleventh-hour agreement to settle the claim, the solar industry in the U.S. is going to suffer from this litigation. And unless this trade dispute is settled soon, both sides will lose out. Read more

State-owned Russian firms to build US$147million of PV near Kazakhstan

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 18:04 (PV-Tech)

State-run construction firm, Avelar, will build up to US$147 million worth of solar power plants in the Altai region, near Kazakhstan, according to one of Russia’s official news agencies. Read more

Bridge to India: Anti-dumping to halt industry for two years

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 17:46 (PV-Tech)

Solar analyst Bridge to India’s managing director, Tobias Engelmeier, has warned anti-dumping duties will halt India’s solar industry for up to two years. Read more

Guatemala inaugurates 5 MW solar PV plant

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 17:18 (Solarserver)

Gransolar (Madrid), Grupo Ecos (Panama City) and Greenergyze (Guatemala City) have built a 5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Guatemala, which has been presented as the largest in Central America. The Sibo plant comprises 20,320 PV modules over an area of 13.9 hectares in the Zacapa Region of Eastern Guatemala. Read more

Guatemala’s first utility-scale solar plant complete

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 13:55 (PV-Tech)

The first utility-scale solar power plant in Guatemala, and reportedly the largest in Central America, is now online. Read more

Intersolar Europe 2014: First Solar to show power block and latest modules

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 12:55 (PV-Tech)

First Solar will demonstrate its AC Power Block and Series 4 thin-film modules at Intersolar Europe this year. Read more

SunEdison Yieldco Subsidiary TerraForm Files for Public Offering

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 12:48 (Renewable Energy World)

SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company this year, is planning an initial public offering for a unit that was formed to own and operate renewable-power plants. Read more

UK shores up Europe’s ongoing PV decline

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 12:47 (PV-Tech)

PV installations in Europe are expected to hit 10GW this year, down 7% on 2013’s total, according to the latest forecast from NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

BNRG Renewables completes 30MW in the UK

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 12:39 (Solarpowerportal)

Irish solar company BNRG Renewables has revealed that it has connected two solar farms totalling 30MW in the UK. Read more

OCI lays off Ercam Tracker workers in Texas

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 12:23 (PV-Tech)

Ercam Trackers, subsidiary of solar power plant owner and operator, OCI Solar Power, has laid off over 50 workers in Texas. Read more

Nominations for Solar Power Portal Awards close midnight tonight

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 11:51 (Solarpowerportal)

Nominations for this year’s Solar Power Portal awards close at midnight on May 30. Read more

Listen Up: How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels?

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 11:42 (Renewable Energy World)

When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is "how often do I need to clean my solar panels." We'll answer that question on today's show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is "how do I read my electric bill;" but that's a topic for another show). Read more

Enertis Solar opens dedicated UK office

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 11:13 (Solarpowerportal)

Enertis Solar has opened a new UK office in London as part of its continued global expansion. Read more

TSMC Solar taps NREL CIGS technologist to push thin-film R&D efforts

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 10:15 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has attracted Dr. Rommel Noufi, a leading CIGS technologist and pioneer at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to consult with the company on future R&D activities. Read more

NPD Solarbuzz: European solar PV market to stabilize at 10 GW in 2014

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 8:01 (Solarserver)

NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) predicts that solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in Europe will fall 7% in 2014 to 10 GW, as the third consecutive year of decline from a peak of 19.2 GW in 2011. As such, the company forecasts that Europe will make up 22% of global demand in 2014. And while Germany, Italy and Greece made up 71% of European demand in 2012, the company estimates that these nations currently represent only 37% of the continent's demand. Read more

Barclays downgrades U.S. electric utility bonds due to competition from solar PV with energy storage

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 7:50 (Solarserver)

Financial services company Barclays (London) has downgraded the entire electric sector of the U.S. high-grade corporate bond market, saying that solar photovoltaics (PV) coupled with energy storage could transform the U.S. utility model. Barclays notes that markets tend to be late in pricing shifts driven by technology in industries with stable operating models, such as regulated utilities. It warns that spreads should be wider to account for the possibility of “regulator missteps and/or a permanent change in the utility business model”. Read more

Mono-si wafer makers to increase capacities to meet demand for high-efficiency solar PV

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 7:22 (Solarserver)

Xi'an LonGi Silicon Materials Co. Ltd. (Xi'an, China) and Zhonghuan Huanou (Tianjin, China) plan to increase their production capacity for monocrystalline silicon (mono-si) wafers to 3 GW annually by the end of 2014 to meet booming demand, according to a statement by TrendForce's (Taipei) EnergyTrend division. The company says these two companies plan to add another 1 GW of capacity in 2015. EnergyTrend has observed shortages of mono-si wafers due to a move to higher-efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) products, and says that many mono-si wafer makers are running at full capacity. Read more

SunEdison subsidiary files for IPO

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 4:01 (PV-Tech)

US-based PV energy provider SunEdison is joining the latest trend of “yield co” expansion within the solar industry, as one of its solar power units, TerraForm Power Inc., filed for an initial public offering (IPO) to raise up to US$50 million. Read more

2MW PV project completed in Vicuna, Chile

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 0:14 (PV-Tech)

Tambo Real II, a 2MW PV project comprised of more than 8,500 Trina Solar PC05 panels, has been completed. The plant, located in Vicuna, Chile, was financed, developed and installed by Chilean energy company Kaltemp. Read more


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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Iceland Moves Closer to Powering European Homes With Geothermal Energy

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 15:43 (Renewable Energy World)

Iceland is moving closer to plugging European homes into the volcanic island nation’s geothermal and hydropower reserves via what would be the world’s longest power cable, according to the country’s largest energy producer. Read more

Missouri University Transitions from 69-Year Old Coal Plant to Geothermal Energy

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 12:36 (Renewable Energy World)

A World War II-era power plant that has provided energy to much of the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus for nearly seven decades is powering down as the university makes the transition to a geothermal energy system. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Ohio legislature passes bill to freeze state's renewable energy mandates

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 16:02 (Solarserver)

Both houses of the legislature in the U.S. state of Ohio have passed a bill which will halt the progression of renewable energy mandates in the U.S. state of Ohio, as well as removing a requirement for half of the resources to come from inside the state. Read more

Rapid Solar Growth Offers Hope In Fight Against Climate Change

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 15:55 (Renewable Energy World)

The news couldn’t have come at a better time. With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poised to announce enhanced air quality standards for coal and natural-gas fired power plants next week, new figures released today show solar energy in America continues its remarkable growth.  Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and resi Read more

The Dos and Don'ts of Government Renewable Energy Projects

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 14:45 (Renewable Energy World)

With billions of dollars of prospective markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the federal government sector, I am astonished at how uncoordinated companies are in this area. As one who guides federal facility managers, as well as companies aspiring to enter the market, I have some first hand perspective. Read more

Ohio House of Representatives approves freeze on renewable energy mandates for two years

Friday, 5.30.2014 - 0:28 (PV-Tech)

Despite protests from Democrats and environmental groups, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that will freeze renewable energy and efficiency decrees for two years. Read more


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