News of the year 2014

Date: 19.06.2014


Italy’s proposed retroactive FiT cuts ‘illegitimate’

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 15:07 (PV-Tech)

Retroactive changes to Italy’s feed-in tariff (FiT) are “illegitimate” and could face similar legal challenges to those seen in Spain, according to a major PV investor. Read more

IHS raises 2014 PV forecast to 47GW; next expansion cycle imminent

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 14:10 (PV-Tech)

Market research firm, IHS, has again raised its global PV market demand forecast for 2014. Read more

SunEdison to acquire 50% stake in Silver Ridge Power

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 8:04 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) has agreed to buy out AES Corp.'s (Arlington, Virginia, U.S.) 50% ownership stake in joint venture Silver Ridge Power LLC (SRP, Arlington, Virginia, U.S.). Through this move SunEdison will acquire solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for its yieldco subsidiary. SunEdison expects to pay around USD 165 million to AES for it share, but this price will be adjusted to represent a 50% share of the JV. Read more

EPIA appoints Dr. James Watson CEO

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 8:03 (Solarserver)

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA, Brussels) has appointed Dr. James Watson as its new CEO, effective July 2014. Watson previously served as director of public affairs for public relations firm Weber Shandwick (New York City). “James is the right person to drive the European energy transition, and ensures that photovoltaics play a crucial role in the energy mix, building on the work of a highly motivated and competent team,” said EPIA President Oliver Schäfer. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

EMCORE Corporation enters into long-term solar-cell supply contract with SSL

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 22:15 (PV-Tech)

Component and subsystem provider EMCORE Corporation has agreed to a long-term supply deal with Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL) that will see EMCORE construct and deliver solar cells for SSL’s satellite programs. Read more

First Wind wins PPAs for 340 MW-AC of solar PV projects in Utah under PURPA

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 20:20 (Solarserver)

First Wind (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) has finalized power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 320 MW-AC of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the U.S. state of Utah with utility Rocky Mountain Power (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.). The four PPAs cover the Four Brothers PV projects in Beaver and Iron Counties, Utah, which will be the largest in the state when complete. Read more

Good Energy’s first solar farm begins production

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 17:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Low carbon electricity supplier Good Energy has opened its first solar farm, the 5MW Tout Hill project in Dorset. Read more

Labour casts doubt on DECC’s solar support shake-up

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 17:05 (Solarpowerportal)

The Labour Party has questioned the logic of the government’s changes to solar support warning that it will curb large-scale PV growth without stimulating the commercial sector. Read more

Solar Tariffs Expected to Boost Prices for Chinese Panels by 14 Percent

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 15:45 (Renewable Energy World)

Prices for Chinese solar panels shipped into the U.S. will increase by an average of 14 percent because of import duties that may be announced later this year, GTM Research said in a report today. Read more

The Rise of Solar Co-ops

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 15:29 (Renewable Energy World)

While many people associate cooperatives with a place for hippies to buy organic food, the cooperative movement has actually grown far and wide, creating sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and strengthen local economies. Read more

IHS: Solar PV supply chain revenues to grow 24% during H2 2014

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 14:30 (Solarserver)

IHS Technology (London) has released a report which predicts that solar photovoltaic (PV) supply chain revenues will grow 24% during the second half of 2014, with combined revenue for polysilicon, silicon wafers, solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules rising to USD 28.7 billion. Read more

FLS begins construction of 38 MW of solar PV projects in North Carolina

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 13:48 (Solarserver)

FLS Energy (Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.) has closed on financing and begun construction on eight utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 38 MW in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The portfolio of projects has been financed as a bundle. Read more

Plug-and-Play Solar Systems: Automating the Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection Processes

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 13:46 (Renewable Energy World)

Can you imagine installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the roof as easily as installing a television system in your living room? There would be no special tools, better yet, no electrical or structural permit applications and driving down and wait at your city’s planning department. Read more

Pakistan 10MW solar project to recieve tariff

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 13:38 (PV-Tech)

Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulation Authority (NEPRA) has considered energy service company, Buksh Energy, eligible to receive a feed-in tariff for a 10MW proposed solar power plant. Read more

SolarWorld and RGS reveal supply deal in response to China tariffs

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

The US arm of PV manufacturer SolarWorld has inked a deal to supply American systems integrator RGS Energy with modules for residential, commercial and utility installations. Read more

Solar Frontier could benefit from proposed R&D consolidation

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 12:45 (PV-Tech)

Showa Shell has said it is considering consolidating its PV R&D activities in thin-film technology into its subsidiary, Solar Frontier, to enable a faster response to changing market dynamics. Read more

TGC overturns public opposition to Hampshire solar farm

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 11:03 (Solarpowerportal)

UK solar developer TGC Renewables claims to have won local support for a proposed solar farm in Hampshire initially strongly opposed by residents. Read more

German solar PV generation peaks at over half of demand on June 9th, 2014

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 8:05 (Solarserver)

Germany has set three new records for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation in the first two weeks of June 2014, with PV output peaking at over half of the nation's demand and new records set for raw peak output and weekly output. This information was provided by Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI), citing an analysis by Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany). German PV production peaked at 23.1 GW on July 9th, 2014. As this was a national holiday, lower electricity use allowed PV to peak at 50.6% of total electricity demand. Three days earlier on June 6th, 2014, German PV peaked at 24.24 GW between 1 and 2 PM, beating the previous record for raw output of 23.95 GW set on July 21st, Read more

GTM Research: U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar PV to raise prices, impact market

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 7:55 (Solarserver)

Preliminary anti-subsidy (countervailing duty or CVD) tariffs against Chinese imports are already impacting U.S. PV module prices, according to a new report by GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.). “The 2014 U.S. China Solar Trade Dispute” expects an average overall price increase of 14% on modules shipped into the U.S. by Chinese PV makers. The report predicts that this will have an impact on the U.S. PV market, particularly in the price-sensitive utility-scale segment. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Dominion to acquire 20MW California PV project from EDF Renewable Energy

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 22:15 (PV-Tech)

US energy producer Dominion has reached a deal to acquire a 20MW solar project from renewable energy project developer EDF Renewable Energy. Read more

Energy Storage: A Different View from Germany

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 15:42 (Renewable Energy World)

Germany leads the world in solar photovoltaic generation, so it would seem to follow that the country’s interest in energy storage would also be soaring. But when Ben Kaun, an expert storage specialist with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), traveled to an international energy storage conference in Dusseldorf earlier this year, he found Read more

GE’s CEO Makes Final Push for $17 Billion Alstom Energy Bid

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 15:02 (Renewable Energy World)

Jeffrey Immelt arrived in France today as the General Electric Co. chief executive officer makes a final push to sell the government and unions on its bid for Alstom SA’s energy assets over an offer led by Siemens AG. Read more

EU Needs Low-Carbon Energy Union, Ministers’ Advisory Panel Says

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 14:52 (Renewable Energy World)

The European Union needs an ambitious emissions-reduction goal, targets for energy- efficiency and renewables as well as tools to foster investment under its planned 2030 policies, an advisory panel to 14 ministers said. Read more

FLS Energy starts work on 38MW portfolio in North Carolina

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 12:50 (PV-Tech)

Developer FLS Energy has closed financing and started work on a 38MW portfolio of utility-sale projects in North Carolina. Read more

Wanxiang, NEC join forces to deploy energy storage in China

Thursday, 6.19.2014 - 8:02 (Solarserver)

A subsidiary of China Group Corp. (Hangzhou, China) has entered into a joint venture with NEC Corporation (Tokyo) to pursue grid energy storage opportunities in the Chinese market. This includes services to balance the increasing penetration of renewable energy in China's grid. The JV between Puxing Energy (Shanghai) and NEC follows on NEC's March 2014 acquisition of energy storage company A123 Energy Solutions (Westborough, Massachusetts, U.S.). The JV will begin initial business activities later in 2014. Read more


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