News of the year 2014

Date: 03.07.2014


Sungrow commissions first 1000Vdc rooftop PV system in Canada

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

Major PV inverter manufacturer, Sungrow Power Supply, has used its 1,000Vdc SG30KU string inverters for the first time in Canada, making the rooftop project the first 1,000Vdc system deployed there. Read more

Chris Huhne criticises former colleagues on renewables policy

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 17:12 (Solarpowerportal)

In Thursday’s Green Energy News Review: Chris Huhne criticises parliament on renewable energy policies. Read more

EU-funded project attempts to revive potential of BIPV

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 13:58 (PV-Tech)

Smartflex, a three-year project part-funded by the EU, which began in April aimed at making it possible for architects to create custom BIPV modules, has reached a number of milestones in its progress including the development of a pilot production line. Read more

Silicon Valley based Siva Power presents roadmap to low-cost thin-film PV panels; targets USD 0.28/watt

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 9:23 (Solarserver)

Siva Power (San Jose, Calif.) on July 2nd, 2014 announced a new technology roadmap that projects the cost of its thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules dropping to a world-best USD 0.28/watt. Because of its advanced manufacturing approach, Siva Power's projected costs are geography agnostic, and can be achieved in China, the United States or any other location, the company explains. Siva Power expects to be in production within four years, with a 300 MW capacity facility. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Greens urge Boris not to waste London’s solar promise

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 17:03 (Solarpowerportal)

London Mayor Boris Johnson is missing out on London’s full solar potential and should establish a new strategy to reverse the trend, according to Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones. Read more

Ascent Solar teams with NASA on large space-based solar array programme

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 16:32 (PV-Tech)

Flexible CIGS thin-film producer, Ascent Solar is collaborating with NASA through its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programme to develop low-cost lightweight large area solar arrays for a range of space applications in the future. Read more

DEK brand to remain as ASM’s acquisition finalised

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 16:30 (PV-Tech)

The DEK brand, including that of PV screen printing specialist, DEK Solar is to be retained as the acquisition of the company was completed, according to ASM subsidiary, ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT). Read more

Ikea: Solar suffering from a lack of awareness amongst Brits

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 16:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Half of households are unaware that solar-generated electricity is cheaper than electricity purchased from utilities, according to a survey commissioned by Ikea. Read more

Urban Grime Hinders India's Solar Energy Plans

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 15:51 (Renewable Energy World)

India’s ambition to skip a generation of electricity technology starting with solar panels on telecommunications towers is being hampered by dust and urban sprawl. Read more

CfDs could force solar south, warns Scottish developer

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 13:46 (Solarpowerportal)

Proposed changes to the UK solar support regime could inadvertently limit projects to the most congested parts of the country and squeeze out smaller companies, a Scottish developer was warned. Read more

Iran to spend US$60 million on solar this year - report

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Iran is planning to spend US$60 million on solar projects this year, up from US$12 million last year, according to reports. Read more

Global Solar Expansion: Mega Solar PV Manufacturing Plants (Reportedly) in the Works from East to West

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 13:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Whether it is in reaction to international trade conflicts, booming local demand for solar, or the firm belief that solar PV will soon be a dominant player in the energy market, recent company announcements highlight the great promise that solar holds as a manufacturing and power producing engine worldwide. Read more

Court approves Martifer Solar USA sale to BayWa

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 12:35 (PV-Tech)

German industrial group BayWa is to acquire the struggling American PV developer Martifer Solar USA. Read more

SolarCity, SunRun to sue over Arizona property tax battle

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 12:21 (PV-Tech)

A legal fight against property taxes levied onto leased PV systems in Arizona has begun in earnest, with residential leasing companies SolarCity and SunRun filing an official complaint on Monday. Read more

Arizona Utilities Are not Supporting a Solar-Friendly Policy

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 12:16 (Renewable Energy World)

Utility companies were originally allowed as a public service and were not-for-profit. It was never intended that this public service be a money making business, let alone one of the largest and wealthiest in the country. Read more

Australia’s $9.4 Billion Clean Energy Bank to Reveal Solar Deals

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 12:13 (Renewable Energy World)

The Australian government’s A$10 billion ($9.4 billion) clean-energy bank is set to announce a number of solar deals in the next week as it looks at investments in industries from mining to manufacturing. Read more

German solar power production grew by 28% in H1, 2014; Share of renewables in electricity generation exceeds 30%

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 9:51 (Solarserver)

Energy generation of German solar PV installations increased by 28% compared to the first half of 2013, wind grew by around 19% according to new figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE, Freiburg). The first half of 2014 was characterized by mild temperatures and high electricity production from wind energy and solar photovoltaics (PV). Read more

PV system design: Blymyer Engineers announces “I Shot the Tariff” approach, exhibits at Intersolar North America

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 9:14 (Solarserver)

Blymyer Engineers (Alameda, Calif., U.S,) an engineering firm specializing in renewable energy solutions, on July 2nd, 2014 announced the company is exhibiting at Intersolar North American in San Francisco's Moscone Center July 8–10. The company views this event as critical to establishing business relationships in the solar supply chain, both domestically and internationally. Blymyer also announces “highly aggressive and economical solar photovoltaic (PV) system designs” in response to tariffs increasing the cost of Chinese module imports. Tongue in cheek, Blymer calls this approach “I Shot the Tariff”. Read more

BLM auction yields USD 5.8 million in competitive bids for Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy zone

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 8:57 (Solarserver)

As part of the Obama Administration's comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources, and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM, Las Vegas, Nevada) on July 1st, 2014 held a competitive auction for renewable energy on public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. The auction generated USD 5,835,000 in high bids. Read more

Intersolar North America to highlight advances in PV BOS

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 8:47 (Solarserver)

Major innovations in Balance of Systems (BOS) technology, including solar photovoltaic (PV) micro-inverters, mounting and racking systems and tracking components, will be on display at Intersolar North America, the most well attended industry exhibition and conference in North America for solar professionals. The balance of system exhibition segment is consistently one of the event's fastest growing and most popular segments, and this year features approximately 75 companies. Additionally, the Intersolar North America conference offers in-depth discussions on BOS technology advancements and trends to equip attendees with insight into the latest products driving solar PV plant Read more

IKEA completes near-doubling of Maryland’s largest rooftop solar PV array

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 8:35 (Solarserver)

IKEA on July 1st, 2014 officially plugged-in an expansion of the solar photovoltaic (PV) array completed last April atop its Perryville, Maryland distribution center, the state’s largest such solar energy system. Installation of the new panels began in fall 2013, and since then has nearly doubled the size of the original PV project, which already was the state’s largest rooftop array. Read more

The Rise of the Residential Solar PV Customer

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 0:43 (Renewable Energy World)

Residential solar is booming in the U.S., driven primarily by the lease/power buying business model. This model appeals to the energy consumer’s desire for a degree of independence from utility rate hikes and allows the consumer to continue renting electricity instead of making the shift to owning the means of electricity production. Read more


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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Chile gains €150 million loan for renewables

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a loan of €150 million ($205 million) to the Chilean bank Banco Santander Chile to fund renewable energy projects. Read more

Italy’s retroactive PV cuts are theft, claims Photon Energy

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Italy’s proposed retroactive cuts on its solar feed-in tariff are a form of theft, according to Photon Energy. Read more

Power in the Pipe: Inside a British Columbia Run-of-River Hydro Plant

Thursday, 7.3.2014 - 13:07 (Renewable Energy World)

Earlier this month, Innergex Renewable Energy invited the Clean Energy Canada team to tour its Ashlu Creek Hydro Project — a run-of-river renewable-energy plant about 35 kilometres northeast of Squamish, British Columbia. Read more


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