News of the year 2014

Date: 20.06.2014


Kyocera planning 1.4GW of PV module production

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 16:15 (PV-Tech)

Kyocera Corporation said it was targeting annual PV module production of 1.4GW in the current fiscal year, up from approximately 1.2GW in the previous fiscal year. Read more

Bonfiglioli inverters deployed in 100MW Atacama Desert project

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 15:15 (PV-Tech)

PV inverter firm, Bonfiglioli has recently supplied its RPS TL series central inverters to a 100MW PV power plant in the Atacama Desert of Chile, the largest so far built in the country. Read more

Shunfeng shareholders authorize USD 760 million follow-on offering

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 8:14 (Solarserver)

Shareholders of Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd. (Changzhou, China) have authorized a follow-on offering of up to 600 million shares, at a price not less than HKD 10 (USD 1.30) per share. The company estimates that the placement will yield net proceeds of USD 760 million. The company plans to use 30% of the proceeds to financing existing distributed and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, 66% to pay off current liabilities related to construction of PV plants, and 4% for general working capital. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Solar Game of Thrones: Cue the Music

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 16:55 (Renewable Energy World)

Summer is coming. And that means that season four of HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones has ended. Impatient to know what comes next, I’ve started reading the books, and as I'm reading, it strikes me that the dynamics of our little U.S. solar industry realm has some similarities to the medieval world imagined in George RR Martin’s series.   Now, I Read more

The World Cup, Solar, and Optimism for the Future

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 16:33 (Renewable Energy World)

With billions of viewers, the World Cup is the most-watched sporting event in the world. I always get excited at World Cup time, but this year I have more to be excited about than just the soccer. When we turn on the television to see our favorite teams take the field, we’re greeted by more than the battle of soccer giants. The World Cup features d Read more

Order Focus: SolarMax supplying inverters to world’s largest copper mine

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 16:04 (PV-Tech)

Swiss inverter company SolarMax has supplied three SolarMax 2000S single-phase, grid connected inverters to the largest open pit copper mine in the world, located near Calama in the region of Antofagasta, Chile. Read more

Order Focus: Trina Solar supplying dual glass modules to China greenhouse project

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 15:15 (PV-Tech)

China-based PV glass manufacturer, Xinyi Solar will use 25MW of Trina Solar’s dual glass TSM-PDG5 modules for agricultural greenhouse projects in Anhui, China. Read more

REC Solar selects HelioScope’s software solutions for commercial rooftop soft cost reductions

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 15:15 (PV-Tech)

US-based PV installer, REC Solar has adopted HelioScope Design Software’s design and modelling suite to reduce soft costs and shorten project timelines. Read more

DOE awards USD 100 million for energy research including solar PV, energy storage

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 15:13 (Solarserver)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded USD 100 million to support 32 “Energy Frontier Research Centers” (EFRCs), including six that will focus on solar technologies and four that will look at energy storage. This is the latest annual funding for the network of 46 EFRCs established in 2009. Read more

SunEdison to buy 50 MW of solar PV projects in Massachusetts

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 14:26 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) has agreed to purchase 50 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the U.S. state of Massachusetts from Blue Wave Capital LLC (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.). This will be the largest PV project acquisition in the state to date. Read more

French solar industry calls on government to set 25GW target

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 13:49 (PV-Tech)

A group of 12 French firms is urging new environment and energy minister Ségolène Royal to set a goal for 5% of the country’s electricity to come from solar. Read more

Ohio's Renewable Portfolio Standard Freeze: How Will It Affect Solar?

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 13:15 (Renewable Energy World)

With the signing of Senate Bill 310 (SB 310), Ohio has become the first state to “freeze” its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on June 13th, effectively halting the state’s mandates for efficiency and renewables until 2017. Come 2017, these mandates will pick up where they left off when the free Read more

Yingli to provide 12MW of modules for Malaysia projects

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 13:02 (PV-Tech)

Module manufacturer, Yingli Green announced its subsidiary in Singapore is to supply 12MW of modules to a solar company in Malaysia. Read more

SunEdison buys 50MW Massachusetts solar portfolio

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 12:44 (PV-Tech)

PV energy provider SunEdison has bought a 50MW portfolio of solar projects in Massachusetts from BlueWave Capital. Read more

Asian Development Bank makes US$50 million RE investment in India’s Welspun

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 12:33 (PV-Tech)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has injected US$50 million of equity investment into India’s Welspun Renewables Energy, with a view to boosting the developer’s solar and wind portfolio. Read more

Abundance raises £665k for two solar farms

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 12:08 (Solarpowerportal)

Renewable energy crowd funder Abundance Generation has raised £665,000 for two solar farms in Kent. Read more

Showa Shell considers unification of solar assets under Solar Frontier

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 9:39 (Solarserver)

Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K (Tokyo; Japan. announced that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to consider reorganizing the Showa Shell Sekiyu Group in order to unify its solar energy-related assets under Solar Frontier K.K. Showa Shell started research activities with solar photovoltaics (PV) in the early 1970s in response to the oil shock that significantly impacted Japan. In 1993, the company decided to focus its solar research exclusively on CIS (Copper, Indium, and Selenium) technology while working in conjunction with NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization), a division of the Japan government's METI organization (Ministry of Economy, Trade, Read more

Trina Solar to supply 60 MW of solar PV modules to Xinyi Solar

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 8:11 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Ltd. (Changzhou, China) has announced that it will supply 60 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd. (Wuhu, China) for utility-scale and greenhouse PV projects in China's Anhui Province. This will include 25 MW of the company's dual glass TSM-PDG5 PV modules, which will be used as a roof bracing piece for greenhouses. Shipment of the modules is expected to be completed by August 2014. Read more

SolarWorld to supply PV modules to RGS Energy

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 8:08 (Solarserver)

SolarWorld AG's (Bonn, Germany) U.S. subsidiary has signed a deal to supply its all-black solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to RGS Energy (Louisville, Colorado, U.S.) for installations across the United States, beginning in July 2014. SolarWorld Industries Americas (Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.) will supply PV modules from its Oregon factory, which will help insulate RGS from the impacts of U.S. tariffs on Chinese PV. SolarWorld was the petitioner for both the trade investigations in 2012 and the current series under which tariffs are being imposed. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

New Power Rates Take Effect for Spain’s Clean Energy Plants

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 15:38 (Renewable Energy World)

Spain set new rates for electricity suppliers that use renewable sources, waste and co-generation based on a “reasonable return,” formally ending a subsidy system dating to the 1990s that had spun out of control. Read more

California set to extend ‘critical’ distributed storage funding

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

California governor, Jerry Brown, is expected imminently to sign off new legislation extending a funding programme said to be a vital lifeline for the state’s nascent energy storage sector. Read more

Germany will miss renewable energy targets, says PV industry association

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 12:55 (PV-Tech)

Germany’s solar industry association, BSW Solar, has condemned the German government for its stance on PV, claiming that in the first five months of this year the country only installed 818MW of new PV generation capacity. Read more

Awakening the Potential of Clean Energy Bonds

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 11:36 (Renewable Energy World)

A paper by the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation has investigated the barriers that are currently holding back widespread adoption of clean energy bonds. The paper has provided recommendations for development finance agencies seeking to tap their potential. Read more

France announces Energy Transition legislation, aims for 40% electricity from renewables by 2030

Friday, 6.20.2014 - 8:17 (Solarserver)

French Minister of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development Ségolène Royal (PS) has presented the main points of legislation to restructure France's energy system, including a goal to get 40% of the nation's electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The program also calls for a reduction in the share of electricity generation from nuclear reactors to 50% by 2025, a promise made by President François Hollande, a 30% reduction in fossil fuel use by 2030, and a 50% reduction in final energy use by 2050. Read more


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