News of the year 2014

Date: 23.07.2014


“Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 13:55 (Renewable Energy World)

It is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid? Read more

Enphase residential deal signposts future opportunity for French PV

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 12:49 (PV-Tech)

Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and Energy France Installation (EFI) have signed a 1,500 rooftop deal that could be an indicator of things to come in France as new regulations come into force. Read more

Feed-in tariff reductions result in growing optimization pressure for PV parks in Italy

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 12:08 (Solarserver)

Investors of solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in Italy are facing difficult times due to feed-in tariff reductions. The reason for this situation on the one hand is the publication of the emergency decree no. 91, dated June 24th, 2014, regarding the reduction of feed-in tariffs starting January 2015. Accordingly, investors have to decide between two options until November, the 30th: The first option is maintaining the existing operating time, which causes a lump revenue reduction of 8%. The second option is an extension of operating time on 24 years with a proportional reduction of the feed-in tariff depending on the remaining period. For instance, a remaining period of 16 years Read more

Panasonic provides solar power supply container in Indonesia as a stand-alone photovoltaic power package

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 11:55 (Solarserver)

Panasonic Corporation (Osaka, Japan) announced it installed the “Power Supply Container”, as a stand-alone photovoltaic power package that it developed, to the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01 in Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province, Indonesia. The Power Supply Container is equipped with twelve Panasonic “HIT(R)240” solar PV modules which have high conversion efficiency and can generate approximately 3 kW of electricity. It can also provide stored power from 24 built-in lead-acid storage batteries (17.2 kWh as total). Read more

Ellomay Capital to acquire PV Plants totaling 5.6 MW in Spain

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 9:50 (Solarserver)

Ellomay Capital Ltd. (TEL-AVIV, Israel) an emerging operator in the renewable energy and energy infrastructure sector, on July 21st, 2014 announced the execution of definitive agreements for the purchase of 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plants with a nominal output of approximately 5.2 MW. The PV Plants are ground mounted fixed technology arrays and are located in Murcia, Spain. The PV Plants are already constructed and operating and were connected to the Spanish national grid in 2011. The Company previously announced its entry into a binding Letter of Intent in this regard in May 2014. Read more

Suniva announces U.S. PV module manufacturing expansion: 200 MW facility to open in Q4, 2014

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 7:20 (Solarserver)

Suniva Inc., (Norcross, Ga.), manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, on July 22nd, 2014 announced that it is opening a second U.S. manufacturing facility, to be located in Saginaw Township, Michigan. Construction will begin in August, with production in the 4th Quarter of 2014 and will provide up to 200 MW of additional capacity of its American-made modules. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

German EEG reforms and UK solar auctions win EU approval

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 18:36 (PV-Tech)

Changes to Germany’s EEG energy policies and the introduction of new renewable energy auctions in the UK have won state aid approval from the EU. Read more

PowerSecure bags US$140 million in DG solar projects

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

US-based utility and energy services provider, PowerSecure International has won approximately US$140 million of new distributed generation (DG) business. Read more

ABB profits remain impacted by solar EPC woes

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 17:28 (PV-Tech)

Industrial firm ABB continues to be impacted by losses in its Power Systems division, which includes its renewable energy EPC business and PV inverter business. Read more

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 15:37 (Renewable Energy World)

When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it Read more

Work set to begin on LA’s 250MW Beacon Solar project

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 15:30 (PV-Tech)

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is to begin construction of its 250MW Beacon Solar project. Read more

Community Solar Gardens Sprout from Contaminated Sites

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 15:25 (Renewable Energy World)

Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect t Read more

ABB Hit by Wind, Solar Charges for Third Consecutive Quarter

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 14:12 (Renewable Energy World)

ABB Ltd. earnings dropped for a third consecutive quarter, missing analyst estimates, amid mounting charges at the unit for offshore wind and solar projects. Read more

British Solar Renewables starts construction of 8.7MW solar farm in Dorset

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 13:59 (Solarpowerportal)

British Solar Renewables has revealed that is has started construction of an 8.7MW solar farm in Dorset. Read more

Canada gets first grid storage system

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 13:13 (PV-Tech)

The first grid-connected energy storage facility in Canada, in the country’s leading solar province, Ontario, is now operational. Read more

Goldbeck Solar starts construction on 37.3MW Bournemouth project

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 12:15 (Solarpowerportal)

German developer Goldbeck Solar has started construction of a 37.3MW solar farm in Bournemouth, Dorset. Read more

GOLDBECK Solar contracted for 37.3 MWp solar PV farm in Dorset, UK

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 12:13 (Solarserver)

GOLDBECK Solar (Hirschberg, Germany) announced that it recently started the construction of a 37.3 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK. Having completed a 20.93 MWp PV plant in March 2014, this will be the largest project to date for the EPC provider. SMA inverter technology and REC modules are key components of the development. GOLDBECK Solar will be offering full EPC as well as O&M services. Read more

Eco Energy World secures planning permission for Suffolk 7.25MW solar farm

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 10:52 (Solarpowerportal)

Waverney District Council has approved plans to install a 7.25MW solar farm at Playters New Farm in Beccles, Suffolk. Read more

Financing finalized for 140 MW solar PV project in Kingston, Ontario

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 9:42 (Solarserver)

CarbonFree Technology Inc. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on July 22nd, 2014 announced its participation as a development partner of Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure in a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project located in the City of Kingston and Loyalist Township, Ontario. The Kingston Solar Project will rank among the largest PV projects in North America. With an equipment nameplate capacity of 140 MW the project will use approximately 464,500 polycrystalline silicon PV modules manufactured by Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. The power generated will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority under a 100 MW (AC) 20-year feed-in tariff (FIT) contract. Read more

First Solar applies for giant PV project in Chile

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 7:53 (PV-Tech)

US-based PV panel manufacturer First Solar confirmed that it has applied to build a PV plant in Chile - reported to be one of the largest projects ever built in South America. Read more

First Solar applies for PV project in Chile

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 7:15 (PV-Tech)

US-based PV panel manufacturer First Solar confirmed that it has applied to build a PV plant in Chile - reported to be one of the largest projects ever built in South America. Read more

SPI Solar subsidiary to sell 50 MW PV Project in Fenyi County, China, and to construct 21 MW Project in Jiangxi Province

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 7:14 (Solarserver)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer SPI Solar (Roseville, Calif.) on July 22nd, 2014 announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Xinyu Xinwei New Energy Co. Ltd. has entered into two new PV project-related agreements. “Coupled with our other recent initiatives in China, these agreements strengthen SPI’s growing track record in providing world-class PV project development services to Chinese partners and customers,” said Min Xiahou, Global Chief Executive Officer of SPI. Read more

United PV to acquire 20 MW solar PV plant in Qinghai, China

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 7:04 (Solarserver)

United Photovoltaics Group Limited (Hong Kong, China), a solar power plant investor and operator in China, on July 21st, 2014 announce that the Company entered into an equity transfer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) cooperative agreement with TBEA SunOasis Co. Ltd. and Xinjiang Sangou Solar Equipment Co. Ltd. Read more

SunEdison signs 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern Nevada Water Authority

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 6:15 (PV-Tech)

Solar technology manufacturer SunEdison, Inc. has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Read more

Warning of ‘dangerous’ public backlash against solar in Japan

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 3:00 (PV-Tech)

Rises in consumer electricity prices, caused in part by a backlog of unbuilt PV projects, could put Japan’s solar industry in serious danger of losing support, a Tokyo-based analyst has warned. Read more


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Wind Energy

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 15:46 (Renewable Energy World)

Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020. 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

Order Focus: Yingli Green supplying 72 cell modules to 32MW project in Japan

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 15:12 (PV-Tech)

Yingli Green is to supply 108,000 of its YGE 72 cell series modules to a 32MW PV power plant project to be built next year in Okayama, Japan. Read more

Yingli Green targeting large-scale PV pipelines in Chile

Wednesday, 7.23.2014 - 13:47 (PV-Tech)

Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green is targeting supplying PV modules to large-scale projects in Chile, having established a new office in Santiago, Chile and headhunted industry veteran Robert Muhn from Trina Solar to serve as Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Chile. Read more


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