News of the year 2014

Date: 10.06.2014


Mexico and Malaysia likely locations for PV production to avoid US anti-dumping

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:05 (PV-Tech)

In a worst case scenario that Taiwanese solar cell producers are hit with high anti-dumping duties as part of the US investigation, Mexico and Malaysia are expected to be the most attractive destinations for companies to manufacture products destined for the US market, according to market research firm TrendForce. Read more

PV in Poland: Freevolt and Hanplast announce start of solar module production with Meyer Burger’s new bus bar technology in Q1, 2015

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 9:13 (Solarserver)

Two Polish companies, Freevolt and Hanplast, on June 5th, 2014 announced their investment plans in the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector at Intersolar Europe in Munich. The new PV module factory is to be located in the Technology Park of Bydgoszcz in Poland, where the headquarters of Hanplast and FreeVolt are located. The Preferred supplier of PV production technology will be the Swiss Technology Group, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., owner of the patent rights for SmartWire Connection Technology. Read more

Stock prices of leading Chinese PV makers remain low after anti-subsidy ruling

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 8:56 (Solarserver)

As of June 9th, 2014, the stock prices of three of the five largest Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) producers had not yet recovered from the hit that they took following the announcement of U.S. anti-subsidy tariffs. Shares of Chinese PV makers fell sharply on the NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange on the afternoon of June 3rd, 2014 when the duties were announced. Stock prices for Trina Solar (Changzhou, China), JinkoSolar (Shanghai) and Canadian Solar (Guelph, Canada), which manufacturers mostly in China, have remained below June 3rd levels. Read more

Portable 3.2kWp ‘smartflower’ lands in the UK

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 8:05 (Solarpowerportal)

Renewable energy company, Ecolution has announced that it has secured exclusive distribution rights for what is claimed to be the world’s first portable, all-in-one solar PV system. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

"Millions of People Investing in Solar" — Billy Parish Explains the Power of Crowd Finance

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 16:16 (Renewable Energy World)

For years, the only effective way to go solar was to have tens of thousands of dollars and a sunny roof.  Investing in solar was nearly impossible.  But a couple years ago, a new notion called crowdfunding got its start, and California-Based Mosaic was on the forefront.  Its crowdfunding program allows people to pool their resources, large or small Read more

Bloomberg: German solar PV output to soar on good weather during the summer of 2014

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 15:39 (Solarserver)

Bloomberg (New York City) predicts that the productivity of Germany's solar photovoltaic (PV) plants will reach record levels in the summer of 2014, driven by good weather. The news outlet also says that PV output will offset higher electricity demand from air conditioning. Read more

Philippines increases feed-in tariff cap for solar PV, CSP to 500 MW

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:58 (Solarserver)

Citing a flood of project applications, the Philippines has increased the cap for solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations in its feed-in tariff from 50 MW to 500 MW. The nation's Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is also formulating amendments to the feed-in tariff, and is seeking comments on these amendments on or by June 13th, 2014. Read more

Intersolar Europe 2014: Battery maker Trojan claims ‘Smart Carbon’ improves cycle life by 15%

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:46 (PV-Tech)

Battery maker Trojan claims its new proprietary ‘Smart Carbon’ technology can improve the cycle life of lead acid batteries by as much as 15%, through effective management of the cell in a partial state of charge. Read more

Neo Solar Power tops record revenue month

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) reported May 2014 revenue of NT$2,624 million (US$87.5 million) a new historical high. Read more

US SEIA elects new chairman

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:07 (PV-Tech)

The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has elected CEO of Clean Power Finance, Nat Kreamer as the new chairman of the SEIA board. Read more

East Africa Pushes to Adopt Solar Energy

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Rwanda’s government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Goldsol II energy consortium for the construction of a 10 MW solar power plant in Kayonza, Eastern Province. Read more

Grid Parity First for IKEA in Italy

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:58 (Renewable Energy World)

A solar PV project has been built in Italy without recourse to subsidies for the Ikea Group on the rooftop of a new commercial store in Pisa, Tuscany. Read more

INRG Solar reveals 100MW pipeline for 2014/15

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:44 (Solarpowerportal)

INRG Solar has announced that it expects to build over 100MW of solar in 2014/15 across the UK. Read more

Namibian energy minister pushes for solar expansion

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

The energy minister of Namibia, southern Africa, has called for greater deployment of solar to provide power in off-grid locations. Read more

Indian solar manufacturing dead in six months without trade duties, says Tata

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

India’s domestic solar manufacturing sector will collapse by the end of the year unless the government adopts the recommended anti-dumping duties, according to the CEO of Tata Power Solar. Read more

Solar developers to open solar farms to the public for ‘Solar Independence Day’

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 9:04 (Solarpowerportal)

A number of solar farms will throw open their doors to members of the public on 4 July as part of a nationwide event organised by the Solar Trade Association called Solar Independence Day. Read more

SEIA elects Nat Kreamer chair, Tom Starrs vice chair

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 8:45 (Solarserver)

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington D.C.) has elected Clean Power Finance CEO and President Nat Kreamer as Chairman of its board, and SunPower VP of Market Strategy and Policy Dr. Tom Starrs as Vice Chair. Kreamer replaces former Recurrent Energy CEO Arno Harris as chair, whose term expires in June 2014. Kreamer previously served as vice chair, and Dr. Starrs formerly served as a director of the organization. Read more

Mascotte to shed Taiwanese polysilicon subsidiary

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 7:12 (Solarserver)

Mascotte Holdings Ltd. (Aberdeen, Hong Kong) has entered into a letter of intent to sell its Sun Materials Technology Co. Ltd. (Wuchieh Hsiang, Taiwan) subsidiary, which produces solar-grade polysilicon, as well as associated debt to an un-named purchaser for USD 0.13 (HK$ 1.00). Sale of the subsidiary will require shareholder approval. Mascotte estimates that the company currently owes USD 5.1 million in loans and interest, as well as USD 15 million in lease payments for use of the factory over 13 years. Read more

SMA Solar Technology AG and Sungrow Germany GmbH reach deal in patent infringement suit

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 5:01 (PV-Tech)

PV inverter leader SMA Technology AG and inverter manufacture Sungrow Germany GmbH, a subsidiary of the China-based Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltf., have agreed to a deal out of court in regards to a patent infringement case. Read more

North Sky and NewWorld to invest in Nautilus Solar Energy portfolio

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 0:00 (PV-Tech)

North Sky CleanTech Alliance Fund, L.P. and NewWorld Environmental Infrastructure, L.P. will invest in a PV generation project portfolio that was developed by independent solar power producer Nautilus Solar Energy LLC through its subsidiary, Nautilus Solar Energy Canada, Inc. Read more


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Wind Energy

Another Chinese Renewable Manufacturer Enters Project Finance and Development Realm

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:44 (Renewable Energy World)

Wind power company Ming Yang (NYSE: MY) became China’s latest new energy equipment maker to dip its toe into project finance and development last week, when it announced a new plan for a massive wind farm project in Jiangsu province. Its announcement follows similar moves by many of its peers from the solar sector, and comes as Beijing embarks on a 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

Oxis Energy’s ‘calculated gamble’ on lithium sulfur

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 18:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The battle of the chemistries has long been alluded to in the energy storage space, and nowhere with greater frequency than with reference to battery chemistries. Read more

Buffet To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:50 (Renewable Energy World)

Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay. Read more

Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:50 (Renewable Energy World)

Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay. Read more

The United States Midwest: A Leader in Clean Energy

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 14:45 (Renewable Energy World)

A long-term commitment to energy policy in the Midwest is transforming the region’s energy system, economy, and environment. By tapping into its enormous renewable energy potential and manufacturing know-how, the Midwest is poised to become a world leader in renewable energy. Read more

Green Energy Technology sales inch higher in May

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:59 (PV-Tech)

Major Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) said sales in May, 2014 reached NT$1,183 million (US$39.4 million), a 2% increase from the previous month and 14.4% higher from the same period of 2013. Read more

Array Technologies tracker system selected for 40MW of Duke Energy projects in California

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:39 (PV-Tech)

EPC firm, Swinerton Renewable Energy has selected Array Technologies ‘DuraTrack’ HZ single-axis tracker system for a 40MW of Duke Energy Renewables owned PV power plants being built in Bakersfield, California. Read more

IRENA: 12 times more solar needed to avoid ‘climate catastophe’

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 13:27 (PV-Tech)

Solar deployment needs to increase 12 times over by 2030 to avoid “climate catastrophe”, a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has warned. Read more

U.S. utility leaders see DG and energy storage as top challenge of next five years

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 8:51 (Solarserver)

U.S. utility leaders have largely accepted that future electricity systems will be dominated by distributed generation (DG) and energy storage and are preparing to adapt to and shape this, according to survey results announced by DNV GL (Høvik, Norway). The company says that adoption of new technologies will be a main means of adaptation. The Utility of the Future Pulse Survey also found that these leaders see a lack of clarity in national energy and environmental policies as the second-most significant challenge over the next five years. Read more

GE Energy Financial Services invests in 32MW PV plant in Japan

Tuesday, 6.10.2014 - 0:15 (PV-Tech)

Financing company GE Energy Financial Services is set to invest in a 32MW PV plant located in Okayama, Japan. The plant, known as Kumenan, was developed by Pacifico Energy and will be completed in 2016. Read more


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