News of the year 2014

Date: 16.07.2014


Bankrupted Solyndra’s modules make comback in post-subsidy Europe

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 14:07 (PV-Tech)

Some of the distinctive cylindrical photovoltaic modules produced by bankrupted US thin-film manufacturer Solyndra are being resold in Europe through Photon Energy, PV Tech has learned. Read more

3W Power makes reverse stock split at 10:1 ratio

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 12:54 (PV-Tech)

Struggling 3W Power, holding company of PV inverter supplier, AEG Power Solutions Group has undertaken a reverse stock split at 10:1 ratio to boost its share price. Read more

Shunfeng postpones major share issue

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 11:57 (PV-Tech)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International has postponed a large stock share issue announced in May 2014 due to recent volatility on international and Hong Kong stock markets. Read more

Evonik and Chinese partner GCL-Poly planning to build plants for silicon compounds in China

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 10:34 (Solarserver)

Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) and Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited (Hong Kong, China), have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture for the production of fumed silica and ultra-pure silicon tetrachloride in China. GCL-Poly specializes in the generation of green and conventional energy. Jiangsu Zhongneng, a wholly owned subsidiary of GCL-Poly, is a global leading manufacturer of polycrystalline silicon (PCS), used in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. Silicon tetrachloride is a byproduct of PCS production, and the joint venture will purchase this to produce “AEROSIL” Read more

Yingli signs EPC contract for a 2 MW PV plant in Senegal

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 7:18 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) on July 15th, 2014 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Spain, S.L.U has signed an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with the state owned utility company Societe Nationale d'Electricite de Senegal (Senelec) for a 2 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, one of Senegal's flagship PV projects. According to the agreement, the Yingli Green Energy Spain will co-develop the 2 MW PV project located in Dakar with Senelec. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

What Continues to Drive Solar's Growth?

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 17:18 (Renewable Energy World)

While relatively young, the solar market is an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy.  What are the trends in this booming market, and what forces are at work?  Which sectors of the market are strongest, and why? What are the prospects for solar energy in the near future? For the seventh year, I've authored IREC's U.S. Solar Read more

JinkoSolar signs USD 161 million financing agreement with China Minsheng Bank, secures first loan for a 20 MW PV Project in Zhejiang

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 15:12 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (Shnaghai, China) on July 16th, 2014 announced that it has entered into a five-year RMB 1 billion (approx. USD 161 million) strategic financing agreement with China Minsheng Banking Corp. Ltd. (CMBC). According to the terms of the agreement, CMBC has agreed to provide financing support of an aggregate amount up to RMB 1 billion over a five-year period. Read more

Warrington Council approves 1,500-home solar scheme

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 14:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Warrington Council has sanctioned a £5.25 million investment in a solar scheme that will install PV on 1,500 properties and three sheltered housing schemes. Read more

China Minsheng Bank funding US$161 million of JinkoSolar projects in China

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

China Minsheng Banking Corp CMBC is supplying finance totalling US$161.1 million over five years for a multiple number of distributed generation PV power plant projects in China. Read more

Intersolar 2014 Satiates PV Thrill Seekers

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 13:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Intersolar North America 2014 in San Francisco was heralded as a success by many of the estimated 550 exhibitors at the show, attendance at which was slightly smaller than last year, but “more intense,” exhibitors said. Expected to attract 27,000 attendees and exhibitors overall, the show varied its program this year to broaden topic coverage into areas like energy storage and balance-of-system costs in order to honor more industry icons and market innovators. Read more

3 Noteworthy Solar Implications in New US National Electrical Code

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 12:43 (Renewable Energy World)

The 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) has come out, and this version holds a bit of solar intrigue even for those who are not involved with engineering or construction.  In response to safety concerns for first responders, like firefighters, the 2014 NEC now requires solar energy systems to have a “Rapid Shutdown” function.  In simple terms, the Read more

SPI Solar secures US$21.75 million private placement

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 12:22 (PV-Tech)

PV project developer, SPI Solar, has completed its private placement of newly issued shares that raised a total of US$21.75 million in new funding. Read more

LDK Solar gets NYSE delisting hearing pushed to September

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

Liquidators for Cayman Islands-listed LDK Solar have said the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) appeal to the company’s delisting has been rescheduled from June to September 2014. Read more

GlobalData analysis: Solar PV is the leading light in global distributed power generation with a 48% share of the total installed distributed capacity

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 10:40 (Solarserver)

The distributed power generation market is set to undergo substantial expansion over the coming years, with its contribution to the global installed power capacity more than doubling from 190 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to approximately 389 GW by 2019, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData (London, UK). Having achieved approximately 92 GW of installed power capacity up to the end of 2013, the solar Photovoltaic (PV) sector holds the top position in the global distributed power market segment, with a 48% share of the total distributed installed capacity. It is followed by Combined Heat and Power and wind power, with 38% and 13% shares, respectively. Read more

SMA Solar Technology AG commissions large-scale PV plant to test new system solutions

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 10:37 (Solarserver)

After just three months of construction, SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA, Niestetal, Germany) put into operation a ground-based solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with a peak power of 3.2 MW in the Sandershäuser Berg industrial park in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany. In the PV power plant, SMA will test new system solutions for use all over the world. Solar power generated there will be used in the plant’s immediate vicinity at SMA Solar Factory 3 as well as in other company buildings at its headquarters in Niestetal. Read more

Silicor Materials to build large-scale solar silicon plant in Iceland

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 7:11 (Solarserver)

Silicor Materials Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), manufacturer of solar silicon and a producer of aluminum by-products, on July 15th, 2014 announced that it has selected a site at the port of Grundartangi in Iceland for its first large-scale solar silicon production facility. “When we consider the potential sites for our first commercial-scale plant, Iceland is a leading candidate for a number of reasons,” said Theresa Jester, CEO of Silicor Materials. Read more

Australia supports combined off-grid renewables: Up to 2 MW of solar PV, 3 MW of wind generation to be integrated in a diesel power station

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 6:59 (Solarserver)

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency on July 15th, 2014 announced USD 18.5 million of support for a renewable energy, diesel hybrid project at Coober Pedy in South Australia. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Energy Developments Limited (EDL) is proposing to combine wind, solar and diesel to provide the town with 70 percent renewable energy over the life of the project. Read more


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Wind Energy

Experts To Discuss Wind Energy Potential in the US Southeast

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 22:33 (Renewable Energy World)

On July 24th, in Charlotte, N.C., the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition will convene key stakeholders for a working session to discuss Wind Energy Resource Assessment and Data Collection in the Southeast. Experts from industry, national labs, and universities will explore wind energy resource assessment efforts related to coastal and offshore wind in the region, determine existing data gaps and identify opportunities for future collaboration. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

Hydrogen Energy Storage: A New Solution To the Renewable Energy Intermittency Problem

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 12:38 (Renewable Energy World)

The need for a complete energy storage solution is becoming more acute where fields of wind turbines are already generating gigawatts of electricity, often with a significant mismatch in grid power demand. Read more

Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 20:56 (Renewable Energy World)

While Germany is often lauded for its Energiewende, a new report released by Zurich-based Finadvice for the Edison Electric Institute explains the consequences of its transition, which include high electricity prices, subsidy debts, grid instability, and costly grid upgrades. Read more

Japan Bank Sets Aside $2 Billion for Clean Energy

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 16:32 (Renewable Energy World)

Shinsei Bank Ltd., a lender for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s clean-energy projects in Japan, plans to provide as much as 200 billion yen (US $2 billion) in loans for renewable developments. Read more

Solar and EV adoption, climate policies, and green finance drive U.S. clean tech leadership index growth

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 15:02 (Solarserver)

Clean-tech research firm Clean Edge (Portland, Oregon) on July 15th, 2014 released its 2014 “U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index”. The Index tracks the clean-tech activities of all 50 U.S. states and the 50 largest metro areas - from electric vehicle and renewables adoption to patent and investment activity. Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America, Clean Edge emphasizes. Eleven states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with two – Iowa and South Dakota - exceeding 25 percent. Read more

Storage market to hit US$50 billion by 2020, study predicts

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

A boom in the use of electric vehicles will help push the energy storage market to US$50 billion by 2020, a study by Lux Research has concluded. Read more


Largest Lithium Resource Deal Spurred by Battery Demand for Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, 7.16.2014 - 17:04 (Renewable Energy World)

Surging demand for high-performance batteries triggered the largest-ever deal for lithium, the lightweight metal that’s a key component of the power systems in smartphones and electric cars. Read more

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