News of the year 2014

Date: 24.07.2014


SunPower veteran joins Mosaic as COO

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 19:08 (PV-Tech)

SunPower veteran Bruce Ledesma has joined crowdsourcing firm Mosaic as chief operating officer. Read more

United Photovoltaics expects US$46 million first-half year profit

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 17:26 (PV-Tech)

China-based solar wafer producer turned project developer, United Photovoltaics said in a financial statement that it expected to make a profit after tax of around US$46.5 million in the first-half of 2014. Read more

Enel takes full control of 3Sun thin-film venture

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Italy’s Enel Green Power has confirmed it is to take full ownership of the 3Sun thin-film joint venture it originally created with Sharp and STMicroelectronics. Read more

Google begins US$1m quest for laptop-sized inverter

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 12:24 (PV-Tech)

Internet giant and increasingly active clean-tech player, Google, is offering a US$1 million prize for a proposal to shrink the “humble” solar inverter to the size of a laptop. Read more

Google opens US$1m quest for laptop-sized inverter

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

Internet giant and increasingly active clean-tech player, Google, is offering a US$1 million prize for a proposal to shrink the “humble” solar inverter to the size of a laptop. Read more

Enel to solely continue 3Sun’s PV production in Catania, Italy

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 11:11 (Solarserver)

Enel Green Power SpA (Rome, Italy) will buy out the interests (each equal to one-third of the share capital) of Sharp Corporation (Osaka, Japan) and STMicroelectronics in 3Sun Srl, the equal joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp and STMicroelectronics. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

India Plans Its Biggest Solar Power Auction with 1,500 Megawatts

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 20:29 (Renewable Energy World)

India plans to auction 1,500 megawatts of solar-power capacity in its biggest tender yet, saying photovoltaics may supply power as cheaply as coal five years earlier than it expected. Read more

Solar3D’s revenue soars on PV installation business growth

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 19:15 (PV-Tech)

PV technology start-up, Solar3D, has reported second quarter revenue of US$7.5 million due to continued growth in small-scale PV installations of its subsidiary Solar United Network (SUNworks), acquired at the beginning of the year. Read more

Comtec Solar expanding N-type monocrystalline wafer capacity at Malaysian plant

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

N-type monocrystalline wafer producer, Comtec Solar Systems Group said that recent qualification starts by two potentially new unidentified customers coupled to estimated demand growth would lead to a 300MW capacity expansion. Read more

Scope and local content goals of India solar mission under fire

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 15:57 (PV-Tech)

The domestic content requirement (DCR) for the latest batch of tenders under India’s JNNSM national solar programme is a “step backwards” and should be “short term” until anti-dumping duties are implemented. Read more

2014 US solar deployment won’t be affected by new trade duties, says EnergyTrend

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 15:06 (PV-Tech)

The imposition of new trade duties on Chinese modules with components from outside the mainland will not impact US solar deployment in 2014, according to EnergyTrend. Read more

Draft budget casts shadow over future of large-scale UK solar

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 14:23 (PV-Tech)

Solar and onshore wind will compete for a share of US$85 million a year under the new contracts for difference (CfDs) scheme, according to a document published by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Read more

New Solar Bill Would Destroy Community Solar Potential in Massachusetts

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 14:07 (Renewable Energy World)

In 2013 Massachusetts was ranked 4th for most solar installed, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Despite this success, legislation, officially known as H.4185 (an act relative to net metering), is pending at the Massachusetts State House that could drastically change the direction of the Massachusetts solar industry. Read more

Solar PV in Pakistan: The meeco Group announces 350 kWp PPA with Shalamar Hospital in Lahore

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:45 (Solarserver)

The meeco Group (Zug, Switzerland) is continuing to develop and enhance its solar photovoltaic (PV) market position in Pakistan. After an agreement on a strategic partnership in Research & Development with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the meeco Group company oursun Solar Power Limited concluded a “sun2roof” Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) up to 350 kWp with the Shalamar Hospital in Lahore. Read more

Solar power for Cuban mountain villages: Phaesun installs independent PV systems in the framework of an aid project

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:37 (Solarserver)

German solar PV enterprise Phaesun (Memmingen) has safeguarded the solar power supply of two Cuban mountain villages together with the non-profit association Karen e.V. The installation of more than 50 individual solar photovoltaic (PV) systems was completed in July 2014. Read more

REC Solar seeking sales growth from US market

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:34 (PV-Tech)

Tier-one PV module manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has said that the US market will become increasingly important to its module sales in 2015 and beyond. Read more

Listen Up: Financing Options for Your Rooftop Solar System

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:21 (Renewable Energy World)

If you live in a location with high electric rates and local incentives, it's very likely that the economics for a rooftop solar system are favorable. But many people don't have the $20-25 thousand cash that these systems typically cost. Fortunately, over the past few years a range of new residential solar financing options have been developed. These new financing options have spurred the growth of rooftop solar throughout the U.S. Read more

German SolarWorld subsidiaries merge; PV production chain will be centralized

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 11:55 (Solarserver)

From July 22nd, 2014 onward SolarWorld’s three solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing subsidiaries in Freiberg (Germany) will perform as one. Deutsche Solar GmbH (wafer manufacturing), Deutsche Cell GmbH (solar cell manufacturing) and Solar Factory GmbH (PV module manufacturing) will merge to become SolarWorld Industries Sachsen GmbH. Read more

Frost & Sullivan: Global solar market to double by 2020 to USD 137 billion

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 11:55 (Solarserver)

Increased focus on curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants is fuelling the global solar power market. Coupled with favourable legislation and the need to enhance energy self-sufficiency and security, these factors will help the solar power market to grow rapidly. While sale volumes are primarily concentrated in Asia-Pacific, there is a definite upward growth trend across other markets too, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan (Mountain View, California, U.S.). Read more

Draft CfD budget will see solar and onshore wind battle for £50 million

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 11:12 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar and onshore wind will compete for a share of £50 million a year under the contracts for difference (CfDs) scheme, according to a document published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Read more

Wagner Solar UK becomes Wagner Renewables, announces business as usual

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 10:38 (Solarserver)

West Sussex based renewables distributor Wagner Solar UK Ltd. (Chichester) re-launches as Wagner Renewables Ltd. following the insolvency of parent group Wagner & Co (Cölbe, Germany). The company will continue with the same team as well as its popular TRIC solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting system which has recently achieved the MCS012 certification, Wagner Renewables announced on July 23rd, 2014 Read more

PowerSecure awarded USD 120 million of utility-scale solar PV projects

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 10:27 (Solarserver)

PowerSecure International Inc. (Wake Forest, N.C., US) on July 23rd, 2014 announced it has been awarded approximately USD 140 million of new distributed generation (DG) business including USD 120 million of new utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. A major award from one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the U.S. to provide two large-scale solar PV installations is amongst the projects, PowerSecure emphasizes. Read more

OneRoof Energy and Elevate partner to make solar PV a "Digital Service"

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 10:20 (Solarserver)

OneRoof Energy Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) on July 22nd, 2014 announced the inclusion of its rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) services and financing to Elevate's (San Clemente, Calif.) integrated digital services offering. As one of the leading cloud-based, digital subscription service providers to residential customers in the country, Elevate has built longstanding relationships with customers in ideal solar services regions, OneRoof emphasizes: This partnership will enable OneRoof to address a substantial customer base while providing Elevate with another popular anchor product. Read more

Yingli Solar to supply 32 MW of PV Modules to a large-scale project in Japan

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 7:08 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) known as "Yingli Solar", on July 23rd, 2014 announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Japan Corporation (Yingli Japan), has signed an agreement to supply 32 MW of multicrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to a large-scale project located in Okayama, Japan. According to the agreement, the Company will deliver approximately 108,000 YGE 72 Cell Series PV modules for the project from January 2015 to December 2015. Read more

Saft to supply Li-ion batteries for the Kauai island electrical grid as part of a new 12 MW solar PV plant

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 6:59 (Solarserver)

Saft (Paris, France), designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for the industry, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Kauai Island Utility Co-operative (KIUC) to provide a Li-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) consisting of 8 Intensium Max 20 M containers to stabilize the Kauai island electrical grid. Saft’s BESS will be deployed for use as part of a new 12 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park under construction in Anahola. Deliveries for the contract are set to begin in October. Read more

PSEG Solar Source acquires Vermont PV farm from juwi Solar

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 6:14 (PV-Tech)

Energy company PSEG Solar Source has obtained a 3.6MW solar farm located in Burlington, Vermont, from juwi solar (JSI). Read more


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Wind Energy

Wind Energy Innovation: Vortex Generators

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:23 (Renewable Energy World)

The wind energy industry has doggedly pursued higher energy yields and lower costs of energy with each successive generation of wind turbines.  As a result, the wind energy industry has lowered its costs by over 40 percent in just the past four years.  Innovations in wind turbine design, materials, and the sub-component supply chain are continually Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Energy To Become Next New Source of Chinese Renewable Growth

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 12:46 (Renewable Energy World)

The National Energy Administration of China is developing its 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) for the development and use of geothermal resources, in a move to further boost the development of the sector, according to China Securities Journal. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 21:23 (Renewable Energy World)

Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ‘freeze’ on the state’s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating  CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect Read more

U.K. Announces $340 Million Renewable Power Contract Auction

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 20:18 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.K. said renewable-power projects will compete for guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year as part of its first auction of contracts to spur low-carbon electricity. Read more

UK Announces $340 Million Renewable Power Contract Auction

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 20:18 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.K. said renewable-power projects will compete for guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year as part of its first auction of contracts to spur low-carbon electricity. Read more

Renewables now ‘mainstream’ business for US utilities, says report

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 19:15 (PV-Tech)

NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra and Edison International have topped a new index ranking US investor-owned utilities on their deployment of clean energy. Read more

Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Company Structure

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:20 (Renewable Energy World)

In the first article of this survey of yield cos, I looked at the possible reasons for the seemingly endless enthusiasm for US-listed clean energy yield cos. Here, I'll take a look at how these yield cos are constructed, and why investors should prefer one structure over another. Read more

STA: £50 million CfD budget ‘an absurd decision’

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 13:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The Solar Trade Association has accused the government of stacking the deck against solar after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed that only £50 million would be available per year in the auction pot for Contracts for Difference (CfD). Read more

EU Approves UK Payments for Renewables, Capacity Guarantees

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 12:54 (Renewable Energy World)

The European Commission approved the U.K. government’s renewable energy contracts and so-called capacity payments, saying the program that benefits power plants complies with state-aid rules. Read more

ReneSola sells 40 energy storage systems to Think Green Energy in the U.K.

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 6:51 (Solarserver)

ReneSola Ltd. (Jiashan, China), technology provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) products, on July 23rd, 2014 announced the delivery of 30 ReneSola Novaplus 2KW energy storage systems to a national distributor in Chelmsford (Essex, U.K.) for onward sale to Essex installation company Think Green Energy. An additional 10 units are on order for use by Think Green Energy customers in the southeast of England. Read more

Ellomay Capital purchases three PV facilities in Spain

Thursday, 7.24.2014 - 6:43 (PV-Tech)

Renewable energy infrastructure operator Ellomay Capital Ltd., has reached a deal to acquire three PV plants worth a total capacity of 5.6MW. Read more


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