News of the year 2014

Date: 28.07.2014


Ginlong supplying Solis transformerless PV inverters to US market

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 18:50 (PV-Tech)

China-based PV inverter manufacturer, Ginlong Technologies has said its second generation transformerless Solis PV Inverter has recently achieved UL 1741 certification, enabling the product to be sold in the US commercial and utility-scale markets. Read more

Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collective Action

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 18:11 (Renewable Energy World)

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5 percent of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands a Read more

Taiwanese PV producers mulling options after US imposed anti-dumping duties

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 15:34 (PV-Tech)

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has set preliminary anti-dumping (AD) duties on Taiwanese producers of PV modules and solar cells, the first time Taiwan-based producers have been affected by such proceedings. Read more

Shin-Etsu Chemical to begin licensing of its solar cell manufacturing technology

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 9:05 (Solarserver)

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has established a mass production process for 156 x 156 mm advanced mono crystalline silicon solar cells that have a conversion efficiency of 21%, the company announces. This level of conversion efficiency according to Shin-Etsu Chemical is the highest level in the industry achieved in the mass production process of 156 x 156 mm practical-size solar cell products, a level that has already been confirmed outside of the company and has received a high evaluation, Shin-Etsu Chemical emphasizes. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Solar will ‘struggle to be competitive’ under CfD auction system

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 18:48 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar PV will struggle to compete with more established renewables under the contracts for difference mechanism when it is introduced in April 2015, according to industry analysts IHS. Read more

Hanergy Solar to change company name

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 18:47 (PV-Tech)

Hanergy Solar Group has proposed a name change to better reflect its focus on thin-film PV technologies. Read more

SolarWorld 1H revenue higher on increased module sales

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

PV manufacturer SolarWorld has reported higher than expected PV module shipments in key overseas markets of the US, UK and France in its preliminary first-half 2014 financial results. Read more

Solar Panel Prices Expected to Rise in the US Due to New Tariffs on Chinese Panels

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 18:03 (Renewable Energy World)

On Friday evening the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary findings in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of some crystalline silicon PV products from China and Taiwan. Most solar products entering the U.S. market from China and Taiwan will now face import duties. Read more

China Solar Projects Poised to Fuel Rebound in Panel Prices

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 15:53 (Renewable Energy World)

JA Solar Holdings Co. expects solar panel prices in China to recover as developers scale up projects and government measures encourage developments. Read more

SolarWorld AG announces preliminary results for H1, 2014; Shipments grew by 53 percent

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 15:33 (Solarserver)

According to preliminary information, SolarWorld AG (Bonn, Germany) raised its group-wide shipments in the first half of 2014 by 53 percent to 357 MW (H1 2013: 233) MW). This increase was mainly influenced by the dynamic solar photovoltaic (PV) business development in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the company emphasizes. Read more

SunPower closes second debt agreement for its residential solar lease program; Hannon Armstrong to provide USD 44.5 million

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:57 (Solarserver)

Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (HASI, Annapolis, Md.) and SunPower Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) on July 28th, 2014 announced an agreement under which HASI is expected to provide up to USD 44.5 million in non-recourse debt to help finance SunPower's residential solar photovoltaic (PV) lease program. "We are pleased to extend our partnership with Hannon Armstrong to further fund the demand for SunPower's residential lease program, which is one finance option we offer homeowners," said SunPower CFO Chuck Boynton. Read more

Yingli Solar named one of the best suppliers of 2014 by Fuji Electric

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:52 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) on July 28th, 2014 announced that it was recognized by Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (Shinagawa, Japan) as one of its best suppliers of 2014. "The Japanese solar energy market is now booming thanks to a national feed-in tariff for renewable energy, and we at Fuji Electric appreciate Yingli Green Energy's efforts to realize cost reductions in their high performance solar PV modules,” a Fuji Electric spokesperson commented. Read more

Rudolph/Libbe and GEM Energy complete 2.1 MW solar PV array with Calyxo panels to supply power to Toledo (Ohio) Zoo

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:39 (Solarserver)

A 22 acre south Toledo (Ohio) brownfield site that was once in receivership is starting a brand-new life – as home to a 2.1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array that will supply about 30 percent of the Toledo Zoo’s electricity each year. The 28,500 panel PV array is one of the largest in the nation to supply power to a zoo. Read more

Dorset solar farm wins unanimous council consent

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:31 (Solarpowerportal)

UK solar farm developer, Solstice Renewables has won unanimous consent to build a 20MW solar farm in Dorset. Read more

Solar Frontier appoints new chief executive and vice presidents

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

Japanese thin-film solar company Solar Frontier has announced a number of changes to its senior management team which it says will aid the company’s expansion plans domestically and elsewhere. Read more

First utility-scale solar power contracts signed in El Salvador

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:01 (PV-Tech)

Large-scale solar developer, SolarReserve, has signed a supply contract to sell power from a 20MW plant it is building in El Salvador. Read more

Net-Metering: The Great Debate

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 13:51 (Renewable Energy World)

Effective energy policies, economies of scale and new technologies have achieved something remarkable: solar energy production is now at the scale and cost necessary to be competitive with, if not cheaper than retail electricity from utilities. Solar energy is becoming part of the mainstream. Families, schools and businesses are going solar in record numbers nationwide, even as incentives decrease. Now that we’ve built this new energy economy, it’s critical that we keep the way clear for Americans to keep going solar. Net-metering policies are an instrumental piece to this puzzle that deserve a closer look. Read more

Bluefield adds another 14.5MW to its portfolio

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 13:40 (Solarpowerportal)

The Bluefield Solar Income Fund has added two more UK PV plants to its portfolio. Read more

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 13:24 (Renewable Energy World)

There’s a class of fuels that don’t use an intervening biomass to make a fuel — so, though they use biology or waste carbon, they’ve bristled at being called “biofuels." Instead, the technologies that depend on unique pathways to converting CO2 and water to fuels and chemicals prefer “solar fuels." Read more

First Solar and Japanese distributor sign 100MW module supply partnership

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

US thin-film maker First Solar is targeting the annual installation of 100MW of its panels in Japan through a deal with domestic distributor XSOL. Read more

Industry reaction to latest volley in US-China trade spat

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 13:05 (PV-Tech)

All the reaction to the latest twist in the US-China solar trade dispute. Read more

Chinese government calls latest US solar duties an ‘abuse’ of the system

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

China’s Ministry of Commerce has called the latest US solar trade duties an “abuse” of the system and urged Washington to overturn the decision. Read more

First Solar, XSOL establish PV module supply agreement; Japanese system integrator targets installation of 100 MW annually

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 11:49 (Solarserver)

First Solar (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) and XSOL Co., Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan), a distributor and integrator of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Japan, on July 28th, 2014 announced that they have signed an agreement to supply First Solar's cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film modules in Japan. The agreement targets installation of 100 megawatts (MW) per year, the partners announced. Read more

Ipswich nursery benefits from 3.3MW solar farm

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 11:03 (Solarpowerportal)

Bypass Nurseries in Ipswich will be even greener after the completion of a 3.3MW solar farm on its site. Read more

Evesham nursery benefits from 3.3MW solar farm

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 11:03 (Solarpowerportal)

Bypass Nurseries in Evesham will be even greener after the completion of a 3.3MW solar farm on its site. Read more

Solar power in Central America: SolarReserve signs contract for 20 MW PV project in El Salvador

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 9:21 (Solarserver)

SolarReserve (Santa Monica, Calif.), a developer of utility-scale solar power projects and advanced thermal energy storage technology, on July 25th, 2014 announced that it signed a supply contract for its 20 megawatt (MW) Acajutla solar photovoltaic (PV) project in El Salvador as part of a highly competitive tender solicitation by the local electric distribution companies. Read more

Ginlong releases UL certified Solis PV inverters 2nd generation with AFCI to the North American solar market

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 9:11 (Solarserver)

Ginlong Technologies (Ningbo, China) on July 24th, 2014 announced that its Solis PV Inverter 2nd generation achieved UL 1741 certification. The UL listed Solis transformerless PV inverters from 1 kW to 5 kW have built-in option of DC Arc Fault Circuit Interruption (AFCI), meeting the requirement of NEC 2011 code, the company notes. Ginlong was the first Asia inverter manufacturer who achieved UL 1741 certification in 2009. Read more

U.S. to impose new tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese solar PV products; SEIA, CASE condemn DOC decision

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 7:07 (Solarserver)

In a further escalation of the solar trade war with China, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has imposed yet another layer of tariffs on solar photovoltaic (PV) modules from China, and – for the first time – on imports from Taiwan. In a decision announced on July 25th, 2014, DOC will immediately impose antidumping duties ranging from 26.33 to 58.87 percent for Chinese PV products and 27.59 to 44.18 percent for Taiwan. Read more

SolarWorld commends U.S. government’s decision to impose anti-dumping duties on solar PV imports from China and Taiwan

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 6:56 (Solarserver)

SolarWorld Americas (Hillsboro, Ore., U.S.) on July 25th, 2014 commended the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) determination to impose preliminary anti-dumping import duties averaging about 42 percent on crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules made by the Chinese solar industry from solar cells fabricated in third countries using Chinese inputs and about 36 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan. Read more

Fotowatio closes financing for a 65 MW solar PV project in Uruguay

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 6:48 (Solarserver)

On July 24th, 2014 Fotowatio Renewable Ventures SL (FRV, Madrid, Spain) announced the financial closing of a 65 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Uruguay, the Jacinta solar farm in Salto Department in northwestern region of the country. Scheduled to be completed by May 2015, the PV plant will be one of the largest solar projects in Latin America. It will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 35,000 homes in the area. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

India considering storage demonstration projects to integrate renewables

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 20:19 (PV-Tech)

Potential developers will soon be invited to submit proposals for energy storage demonstration projects in India, with the Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) and the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) actively seeking demonstration projects. Read more

Brazil delays national energy auction

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 19:06 (PV-Tech)

The Brazilian government’s Energy Research Office (EPE) has announced a delay in the national energy auction. Read more

German pasta maker cuts energy bills through PV plant with Q CELLS Modules

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 14:47 (Solarserver)

The traditional Teigwaren Riesa GmbH (Riesa, Germany) will rely on self-consumption of solar electricity in the future. By July 31st, 2014 the market leader for pasta in eastern Germany will put into operation a 335 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system comprising 1,334 Q CELLS Q.PRO solar modules on its factory’s roof. The system will provide around 300.000 kilowatt-hours of solar power per year. This electricity will operate the company’s modern pasta production and thus reduce the factory's operating costs. Read more

GCL-Poly expects over US$100 million profit for first-half of 2014

Monday, 7.28.2014 - 12:15 (PV-Tech)

China-based energy and polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, has said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange filing that it expects to report a profit of over HK$800 million (US$103 million) for the first six months of 2014. Read more


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