News of the year 2014

Date: 09.06.2014


Northern Powergrid completes six energy storage installations for smart grid trial

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 17:58 (Solarpowerportal)

NEC Energy Solutions has completed six new grid-tied energy storage systems for distributed network operator (DNO), Northern Powergrid. Read more

Spain approves retroactive policy to replace feed-in tariff, illegally remove priority for renewables

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 17:02 (Solarserver)

Spain's Council of Ministers has approved a new retroactive policy intended to replace the feed-in tariff, which advocates say “deepens the rupture in legal security” in Spain's renewable energy policy and will further damage the nation's solar sector. The Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF, Madrid) estimates that under the new policy roughly 30% of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects will suffer cuts around 40% to expected income, which will make owners unable to meet debt payments. Read more

Tool Order: Shaanxi Youser places major wet chemical equipment order with Schmid

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

Schmid Group has secured a major equipment order with China-based PV manufacturer, Shaanxi Youser Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Government Tariffs May Limit Solar Expansion in India

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 21:13 (Renewable Energy World)

The Indian government may strangle Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to reap more electricity from the sun should it impose duties on solar panel imports proposed by the nation’s previous administration. Read more

Spain passes retroactive solar investment caps

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 18:19 (PV-Tech)

The Spanish cabinet has approved a renewable energy bill that will retroactively cap the returns of PV investors. Read more

New Program Solves the Stranded Solar Meter Problem for California Farms

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 16:42 (Renewable Energy World)

SB 594, a law that went into effect in PG&E utility territory February 2014, now allows property owners to aggregate the electricity load of multiple utility meters scattered throughout a single parcel or multiple continuous parcels and credit the bills with a single “Net Metered” installation.  This new program is called ‘Net Meter Aggregation’ an Read more

SolarMax and ReneSola team on PV inverter sales

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 16:15 (PV-Tech)

Tier-one PV manufacturer ReneSola is continuing its business diversification strategy by launching a sales collaboration with Swiss solar inverter and system monitor manufacturer, SolarMax. Read more

QSE puts online 300 MW solar PV module factory in Qatar

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 14:37 (Solarserver)

Qatar Solar Energy (QSE, Doha) has commissioned a solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility with a production capacity of 300 MW annually in Qatar. This is one of the largest PV factories built to date in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Read more

IBC Solar makes move on Middle East market

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

German EPC firm IBC Solar is stepping up its attention on the Middle East market. Read more

Greg Barker confirmed as keynote speaker for ‘Making CfDs Work for Solar’ event

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 14:00 (Solarpowerportal)

Greg Barker, the minister for energy and climate change, will deliver the keynote speech at the upcoming Making CfDs Work for Solar event in London. Read more

Qatar Solar Energy opens 300MW integrated PV manufacturing plant

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 13:58 (PV-Tech)

The first vertically integrated PV manufacturer in the MENA region, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has officially opened a 300MW PV module production plant, located in a Doha industrial zone, Qatar. Read more

SunEdison inaugurates 100MW Chile solar plant

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 13:33 (PV-Tech)

Global utility-scale solar developer SunEdison’s 100MW Amanacer solar power plant in Chile has been inaugurated. Read more

Solar Frontier plots move on UK market

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 13:17 (PV-Tech)

Japanese thin-film company, Solar Frontier, has plans to enter the UK market, although an official announcement is some way off, according to the company’s senior vice president, Atsuhiko Hirano. Read more

India to expand national solar mission

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 12:51 (PV-Tech)

India’s president Pranab Mukherjee has revealed the country’s flagship national solar programme is to be expanded. Read more

Trade duties will hurt Americans more than us, says JinkoSolar

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 12:18 (PV-Tech)

US trade duties will have a greater impact on American solar jobs and US-based customers than it will on JinkoSolar, the company’s chairman has said. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Landmark Legislation Could Put Geothermal Back on Track for California

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 15:15 (Renewable Energy World)

The California Assembly is up next to consider a 500-megawatt (MW)-by-2024 geothermal procurement bill. This follows the May 28 passage of S.B. 1139 by the state Senate in a 21-11 vote. Electricity procured under this new geothermal bill would be separate from RPS-counted electricity. Industry, utilities, government agencies, and environmentalists say this bill is an answer that solves many time-sensitive problems at once. Some opponents, as stated in the May 28 Senate floor analysis, asked whether a mandate for geothermal in the case of this bill is fair and cost-effective. But geothermal companies working in California find fairness to be something they have been lacking Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Utilities, ISOs Reflect on Transmission in Light of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 17:06 (Renewable Energy World)

On what effect the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will have on transmission development in the country, including potentially a need for more transmission to transport added renewable energy, Frank Poirot, senior media specialist of transmission with Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) told TransmissionHub that increasing the grid's capacity to transmit power is one way to meet the growing need and enable renewable generation. Read more

Survey reveals widespread mistrust of energy suppliers amongst Brits

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 16:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Energy users in the UK believe that energy suppliers are untrustworthy, according to new research commissioned by the Smart Meter Central Delivery body (SMCDB). Read more

Lux Research: EPA CO2 regulation will spur greater solar innovation, deployment

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 15:59 (Solarserver)

Lux Research Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) says that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) carbon regulation is likely to spur increased technology innovation in renewable energy and open up previously limited solar photovoltaic (PV) markets within the United States. The company's new report finds that the new EPA rules are unlikely to have a dramatic impact on global emissions on their own, noting the critical role of developing nations. Read more

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: June Update

Monday, 6.9.2014 - 15:23 (Renewable Energy World)

While the major market indexes were hitting new highs in May, small capitalization stocks and clean energy stocks (most of which are small cap) continued to lag. The broad market benchmark IWM gained just 0.2 percent and is down 2.3 percent for the year, while my clean energy benchmark PBW fell 3.2 percent cutting its gains for the year to a slim 1.2 percent. Read more


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