News of the year 2014

Date: 01.08.2014


Off-grid PV: Suntech launches 7.5 MW projects to power schools and villages in Malaysia

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 11:17 (Solarserver)

Wuxi Suntech (Wuxi, China) on July 31st, 2014 announced that it will provide solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for off-grid projects totaling 7.5 MW to power rural schools and villages in Malaysia. The PV modules will form a micro-grid system set to provide 24 hour electricity to three schools and 20 surrounding villages. Read more

EMCORE to supply solar cells for Lockheed Martin satellite programme

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 6:23 (PV-Tech)

Component and subsystems provider EMCORE has agreed to terms on a long-term supply deal with Lockheed Martin Space Systems to design and construct multi-junction Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs) for Lockheed’s satellite programme. Read more

Wuxi Suntech to help power 7.5MW off-grid project in Malaysia

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 6:15 (PV-Tech)

PV module manufacturer Wuxi Suntech will give solar panels to a 7.5MW off-grid installation in order to power rural schools and villages in Malaysia. Read more

EMCORE Corporation to supply Lockheed Martin with solar cell assemblies for satellite program

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 6:15 (PV-Tech)

Component and subsystems provider EMCORE Corporation has agreed to terms on a new, long-term supply deal with Lockheed Martin Space Systems to design and construct multi-junction Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs) for Lockheed’s satellite program. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

SunPower Planning New 700-MW Factory as Demand Swells

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 19:22 (Renewable Energy World)

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is planning a new factory that will expand production capacity by more than 50 percent from current levels, in an effort to increase market share. Read more

New China Solar Storm Brewing in the EU

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 18:10 (Renewable Energy World)

The war of words against Chinese solar panel makers is heating up from both sides of the Atlantic, with growing signs that Europe may reconsider anti-dumping duties as the U.S. moves closer to imposing its own new duties on the beleaguered manufacturers. Meantime, two of the biggest Chinese victims of the sector’s recent turmoil have risen from the Read more

Arizona Public Service Performs 180, Decides to Install Rooftop Solar

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 18:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Arizona Public Service (APS) decided this week that they would like to get into the rooftop solar business. I think they should too, but not like this. Their proposal is terrible for customers. After spending over $10 million in an attempt to impose a $50-100 monthly fee on solar customers, APS has decided to pay you $30 per month for 20 years if y Read more

New £15,000 prize to combat fuel poverty at Solar Power Portal Awards

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 17:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Rexel Foundation sponsors new Prize for Innovative Community Project. Read more

Flogas Renewables launches Premium Partner Scheme for large-scale solar developments

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 17:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Renewable distributor Flogas Renewables has launched a Premium Partner Scheme which will finance large-scale solar projects. Read more

DCLG consults over permitted development extension for commercial rooftop solar

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 15:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a consultation that proposes extending permitted development to all commercial rooftop solar up to 1MW in size. Read more

Canadian Solar among winners in 34MW Ontario storage trial

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

The Canadian province of Ontario is preparing to install a variety of new energy storage technologies after finalising details of a 34MW of grid storage trial. Read more

Report: Solar crucial to avoid water-related conflict

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

A new report analysing water scarcity in the power sector identifies PV as a major solution for avoiding water-related conflict. Read more

IDDEA completes 1.3MW solar project in Devizes

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 13:47 (Solarpowerportal)

Wiltshire-based solar and biomass installer, IDDEA has completed the installation of a 1.3MW ground-mounted solar array in Devizes, Wiltshire. Read more

Falling installation figures confirm decline in German solar

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

Predictions that Germany will lose its place as Europe’s largest PV market this year appear to playing out, with the country registering just over 1GW of new capacity in the first half of 2014. Read more

Solar in India: Uttar Pradesh starts RfP for PV projects totaling 300 MW

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 12:17 (Solarserver)

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency, (UPNEDA) has released a request for proposal (RfP) towards allotment of 300 MW of solar PV projects under the state’s Solar Power Policy 2013, RESolve Energy Consultants (Chennai, India) reports. Read more

NYSERDA provides information on nearly 10,000 solar projects on Open NY to support solar industry in New York State

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 12:14 (Solarserver)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on July 31st, 2014 announced the availability of details for nearly 10,000 solar projects that have participated in NYSERDA's open enrollment solar incentive programs over the past 10 years, including the large ramp-up of solar under NY-Sun. "Information about solar installations can be extremely valuable to prospective customers and to solar installers and the solar industry seeking to grow their businesses," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. Read more

The Alliance for Solar Choice commends new Massachusetts solar legislation

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 11:30 (Solarserver)

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC, Boston, MA) supports the passage of Massachusetts's important solar legislation, H. 4185. As passed, the legislation extends the state's net metering cap, establishes a Green Ribbon Commission to evaluate a minimum bill to support the distribution system and also to examine an alternative incentive program to deploy 1,600 MW of distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) by 2020. Read more

NORD/LB finances SunEdison’s 18 MW Bruining solar PV Project in Ontario

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 7:45 (Solarserver)

SunEdison Inc. (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.), on July 31st, 2014 announced that it has reached financial close with Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB, Hannover, Germany) for an 18 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Ontario. The project is set to start construction in July and be completed by the end of 2014, at which time it will be sold to Firelight Infrastructure Partners (Toronto, Ontario). The PV plant is expected to generate approximately 20 gigawatt hours of solar power in the first year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 1,800 homes, all of which will be fed directly into the energy grid. Read more

Yingli Solar and AMB Energia Wytwarzanie to develop 30 MW of PV projects in Poland

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 7:37 (Solarserver)

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) known as "Yingli Solar", on July 31st, 2014 announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy International AG, has entered into a strategic alliance with AMB Energia Wytwarzanie (Warsaw, Poland), a subsidiary of AMB Energia S.A. to co-develop 30 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Poland. Within the framework of the agreement, AMB Energia as a local partner will fully develop the PV projects with support from Yingli throughout all project stages. Both parties intend to sell the turn-key PV plants to investors. Read more


Renewable Energy Expansion Continues in Ukraine with New Biogas Capacity

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 12:55 (Renewable Energy World)

American investor-backed LNK has added the fifth biogas power facility to the already four operating in war-torn Ukraine. Since the outset of the LNK presence in Ukraine the company has seen the country’s need to gain more energy independence and sought to help provide more sources for domestic energy. Read more

Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Visual: Comparing the Geothermal Permitting Process to Other Technologies

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 17:15 (Renewable Energy World)

The visual below, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows the average length of time for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process for geothermal projects as compared to the timelines for average solar and wind development, as well as for oil and gas. The longer lead time for geothermal projects is something that re Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Can Small Islands Show the World How To Fight Climate Change?

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 17:11 (Renewable Energy World)

Island populations may bear the brunt of climate change more than other populations, so it should be no surprise that some islands have ramped up efforts to convert to non-fossil fuel energy sources. In the brief span of five years, the U.S. Virgin Islands have cut their oil consumption by 20 percent. Read more

UK electricity market reforms pass into law

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 14:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The government’s electricity market reform (EMR) proposals, designed to help encourage investment in low carbon energy, passed into law on Friday. Read more

Combined Heat and Brewing Power

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 13:30 (Renewable Energy World)

What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example. Read more

EverStream Capital Management, Capricorn Investment Group participate in SunEdison’s yieldco TerraForm Power

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 7:21 (Solarserver)

EverStream Capital Management LLC (Excelsior, Minn., U.S.), a natural resources focused investment firm, and Capricorn Investment Group LLC (Palo Alto, CA, U.S.), a private investment firm, on July 31st, 2014 announced a USD 20 million investment in TerraForm Power Inc. (Beltsville, Maryland, U.S.). The group committed to the investment as part of its ongoing relationship with SunEdison and its long term view on renewable energy. The combined investment was made through EverStream's Opportunity Fund via a private placement. EverStream assisted in the early stage vehicle formation, diligence and acquisition of certain projects in TerraForm's initial portfolio. Read more

Yingli Green Energy and AMB Energia Wytwarzanie to develop 30MW of projects in Poland

Friday, 8.1.2014 - 6:46 (PV-Tech)

Yingli Green Energy International AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PV module manufacturing leader Yingli Green Energy ,has reached a deal with independent energy company AMB Energia Wytwarzanie - a subsidiary of AMB Energia S.A. - to co-develop 30MW of PV installations in Poland. Read more


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