News of the year 2014

Date: 05.05.2014


Indian PV shows strong performance in March 2014

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 9:13 (Solarserver)

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published data on the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants commissioned under the National Solar Mission (NSM) during March 2014, which show the highest capacity utilization factors (CUFs or CFs) since last fall. There were fewer low-performing plants this month as compared to previous months, indicating that operational issues in these plants have been largely fixed. CUFs for PV projects under NSM Phase 1 batches one and two were generally in the 22–25% range, with only one of the 43 plants reporting coming in below 20%. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Believe It or Not, Solar Is Getting Hot in Minnesota

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 16:56 (Renewable Energy World)

You might think that a northern state like Minnesota wouldn’t be a hot market for solar energy, but solar works great in northern and colder climates. To capture that solar potential, Minnesota recently enacted several policies and incentives to inspire more Minnesota businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and residents to install solar and reduc Read more

Can't Put Solar On Your House? Four Ways To Invest In Solar Leases

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 16:04 (Renewable Energy World)

The secret sauce for bringing residential solar into the mainstream is the solar lease. With the simple value proposition of little or no money down and cost savings from day one, a homeowner does not have to be an environmentalist or green to be interested in the green of a solar lease. He or she simply needs to live in a state where the combination of annual sunshine and state incentives provide the economics to make solar leases profitable for the lender and installer. Read more

German solar PV installations fall 41% in Q1 2014

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 15:32 (Solarserver)

Germany installed 156 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) in March 2014, according to the nation's Federal Network Agency. This is a 46% fall from March 2013 installation levels, but brings the nation slightly above 36 GW of installed PV. Germany has installed only 459 MW of PV in the first three months of 2014, a 41% fall from capacity installed in the first quarter of 2013. Read more

Solar trade war: China slaps 15.5-43.2% final tariffs on EU polysilicon

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 14:41 (Solarserver)

China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has imposed final anti-dumping and anti-subsidy (countervailing duty or CVD) duties on European polysilicon effective May 1st, 2014. Eight named companies will receive the 42% anti-dumping rate, Wacker Chemie AG (Munich) will not be subject to duties, and all other companies will receive a 14.3% anti-dumping rate. Read more

Tesla chooses Hanergy Solar's thin-film PV products for its EV supercharging system

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 10:51 (Solarserver)

At the recent delivery ceremony of Tesla's first batch of Chinese orders in Beijing, two solar photovoltaic (PV) charging systems caught the eyes of the guests. The system was requested by Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA, U.S.), and designed and manufactured by Hanergy Solar Group Ltd. (Hong Kong). Read more

GE bids to buy Alstom's Thermal, Renewables and Grid businesses

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 9:07 (Solarserver)

General Electric (GE, Schenectady, New York, U.S.) has submitted a binding offer to acquire the Thermal, Renewables and Grid business units of Alstom SA (Levallois-Perret, France) for USD 13.5 billion in enterprise value and USD 3.4 billion in cash. This includes Alstom's solutions for concentrating solar power (CSP) and collaboration with Soitec SA (Bernin, France) on concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology. The Alstom board of directors has received GE's offer and has appointed a committee to review the transaction by June 2nd, 2014. Read more

Indian solar renewable energy credit trading volumes collapse

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 8:54 (Solarserver)

The volume of solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) traded in India during April 2014 fell 91% compared to the previous month, according to a new analysis by RESolve Energy Consultants (Chennai, India). Only 989 SRECs were traded during the month, while 43,700 were issued, which leaves the nation with over 183,000 unredeemed SRECs. RESolve notes a similar trend in non-solar renewable energy credits (RECs). Read more

AVACO announces orders for thin-film solar PV production lines in the U.S. and China

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 8:47 (Solarserver)

AVACO (Daegu, South Korea) reports that it has received an order for a new solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing line to be delivered in the United States. Once modules from this line are qualified, the company says that it will supply more lines for Chinese manufacturing. AVACO declined to comment on the customer, the technology or the value of the deal, however the company specializes in sputtering vacuum deposition equipment and atomic layer deposition equipment for thin-film PV production. Read more


There are no news available


Wind Energy

India Wind Manufacturer May Break Even for First Time Since 2011

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 16:35 (Renewable Energy World)

Suzlon Energy Ltd.’s agreement with its largest bondholders to restructure $485 million of debt may allow Asia’s second-biggest wind turbine maker to break even this financial year for the first time since 2011. Read more


There are no news available


Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

There are no news available


Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

There are no news available


Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Renewable Energy Subsidies Are the Most Transparent and Visible

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 17:42 (Renewable Energy World)

From direct government support to tax breaks and the cost of negative externalities like pollution, subsidies to the power sector take many different — and often hidden — forms. In fact, the exact definition of a subsidy was the crux of an at times heated debate “subsidies to the power sector: Europe’s best kept secret?” hosted by the European Wind Read more

Ramping Up Worldwide Investment in Renewable Energy

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 14:49 (Renewable Energy World)

How can renewable energy financiers vastly expand worldwide investment to cut back climate change? On April 9, a panel called "The Future of Financing for Infrastructure" at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit explained the uphill battle financiers face. Read more

EnergyTrend: DuPont Apollo closure to contribute to amorphous silicon PV market share decline

Monday, 5.5.2014 - 8:34 (Solarserver)

DuPont has announced that it will quit manufacturing amorphous silicon thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules through its Apollo subsidiary by the end of 2014. The company says that the decision is consistent with its continual review of its portfolio, and that it will honor its contractual obligations with customers. DuPont Apollo has facilities in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Commenting on the closure, TrendForce's (Taipei City, Taiwan) EnergyTrend division expects a continual decline in the market share of amorphous silicon PV. Read more


There are no news available


Here you find the news of the last years: