News of the year 2014

Date: 18.08.2014


Hanergy shareholders approve name change

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

A special meeting of Hanergy shareholders has voted to change the name of the company to Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited. Read more

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 16:55 (Renewable Energy World)

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. Read more

NPD Solarbuzz: Solar cell production line upgrade cycle drives PV module power to record highs

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 15:00 (Solarserver)

Manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells are increasing research and development efforts to push solar cell efficiencies to record levels. According to the latest “PV Equipment Quarterly”, within the next 12 months, the power rating of industry-standard 60-cell multi-crystalline silicon-based modules is forecast to reach 275 watts (W), NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, Calif., US) announced. Read more

China Sunergy extends payment schedule of share transfer agreement on subsidiary sale with CEEG

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 11:12 (Solarserver)

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (CSUN, Nanjing, China), manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules with production centers based in China and Turkey, on August 14th, 2014 announced it has entered into a supplemental agreement with China Electric Equipment Group Co., Ltd. (CEEG) to extend the payment schedule under a share transfer agreement previously entered into by and between both parties for the sales of one subsidiary of the Company, China Sunergy (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Open Season: Japanese Government Seeks to Deregulate Utility Market, Boost Renewables

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 22:56 (Renewable Energy World)

While most U.S. customers are only able to get green electricity by either purchasing and installing their own system or acquiring a lease or power purchase agreement through a third-party company like SolarCity, Japanese customers will soon have another option. Homeowners and businesses unable to install their own systems will be able to purchase green electricity from existing installations, and those solar electricity providers will be able to receive similar benefits as utilities. Read more

Manufacturers innovating their way toward record cell efficiencies, says NPD Solarbuzz

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 19:15 (Solarpowerportal)

Cell manufacturers are increasing their research efforts to push for greater cell efficiencies, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

Manufacturers innovating their way toward record cell efficiencies, says NPD Solarbuzz

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 18:46 (PV-Tech)

Cell manufacturers are increasing their research efforts to push for greater cell efficiencies, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

Trina Solar to supply new anti-PID modules to China project

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 18:15 (PV-Tech)

Trina Solar is to supply 82MW of its anti-degradation modules to a project in China. Read more

Chinese Solar Tariffs Could Slow Renewable Energy Adoption in the US

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 16:30 (Renewable Energy World)

From the State of the Union address in January to a recent California fundraising swing, President Barack Obama has missed few opportunities to tout the nation’s use of renewable energy to fight climate change. Read more

Plans for World's Largest CPV Plant Scrapped Due to Australia's Wavering Renewables Committment

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 16:04 (Renewable Energy World)

Plans to build the world’s largest solar power plant of its kind have been scrapped in Australia after the developers raised concerns about the government’s commitment to clean energy. Read more

Plans submitted to turn old landfill site into 38MW solar farm

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 14:41 (Solarpowerportal)

Solar developer, REG Solarpower and landfill site operator, Veolia have submitted plans to Thurrock Council to turn an old landfill site into a 38MW solar farm. Read more

Jinko notches up fifth successive profitable quarter

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 14:05 (PV-Tech)

Jinko Solar has recorded its fifth consecutive profitable quarter. Read more

JinkoSolar announces Q2, 2014 results, fifth consecutive quarter of profitability

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 13:50 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on August 18th, 2014 announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Total solar photovoltaic (PV) product shipments amounted to 659.5 megawatts, consisting of 570.8 MW of solar PV modules, 54.1 MW of silicon wafers and 34.6 MW of solar cells. This represents an increase of 13.5% from 581.2 MW in the first quarter of 2014 and an increase of 34.8% from 489.2 MW in the second quarter of 2013. Read more

Andhra Pradesh seeks 500MW of solar in competitive auction

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 13:48 (PV-Tech)

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has opened applications to bid for 500MW of solar capacity. Read more

Eco Energy World connects 70MW of UK solar

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 13:13 (Solarpowerportal)

Eco Energy World has connected 70MW of new solar capacity in the UK over the last few weeks. Read more

Dubai shortlists developers for second phase of 1GW Dubai solar project

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 12:32 (PV-Tech)

Dubai Electricity and Water has shortlisted developers for the tender for the 100MW second phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Read more

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES announces decrease in H1, 2014 sales, still cautious course of its solar business

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 11:29 (Solarserver)

The key financial results for the 1st half 2014 of the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (Kahl am Main, Germany) were weaker than in the previous year due to up to date restrained order activities for Blu-ray Disc production machines. Sales in H1, 2014 amounted to EUR 30.1 million (previous year: EUR 49.2 million). In Q2, 2014 sales in the amount of EUR 13.4 million (previous year: EUR 26.4 million) were realized. The order intake in the 1st half of the business year 2014 stood at EUR 25.2 million (previous year: EUR 48.8 million). The order intake in the 2ndquarter amounted to EUR 11.1 million (previous year: EUR 33.2 million). Read more

JA Solar's RIECIUM PV module passes 500-hour PID test conducted by TUV SUD

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 11:21 (Solarserver)

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on August 18th, 2014 announced that its polycrystalline “RIECIUM” solar photovoltaic (PV) module passed the 500-hour Potential Induced Degradation ("PID") test conducted by TUV SUD, a world leader in testing and certification services. The tests were conducted under extreme conditions of 85 degrees Celsius, 85% relative humidity and 1,000 volts of system voltage bias, with results showing less than 2% power degradation, JA Solar notes. Read more

SolarCity opens first Nevada operations center in Henderson, surpasses 640 employees in the state

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 11:17 (Solarserver)

SolarCity Corp. (San Mateo, California, U.S.) is expanding its Nevada presence with its new 18,000 square foot Henderson Operations Center. SolarCity will use the operations center as its regional hub to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for Nevada residents and businesses, starting in August 2014. Henderson is SolarCity's first operations center in Nevada - joining two Las Vegas locations that house key administrative divisions for the company. This latest expansion pushes SolarCity's total Nevada staffing over 640 people. Read more

CENTROTEC Sustainable AG confirms revenue growth in H1, 2014

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 8:40 (Solarserver)

The first half of 2014 saw CENTROTEC Sustainable AG (Brilon, Germany) increase its revenue by 3.5% compared with the first half of the previous year, to EUR 244.2 million (previous year EUR 235.9 million). The company is specializing in heating, climate control and ventilation technology e.g. in the form of solar thermal systems, CHP units and home ventilation systems. Read more


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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 15:20 (Renewable Energy World)

In 2004, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard procurement. This statute required utilities to select renewable resources that have the lowest cost and that best fit their system needs. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 16:54 (Renewable Energy World)

"We can't do it as an individual, but four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power — that's really powerful." Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and small business customers. So far, most communities have used the po Read more

Silex Systems halts 100MW CPV project as RET uncertainty bites

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 12:33 (PV-Tech)

Silex Systems has announced a halt in its 100MW CPV project citing the uncertainty over the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and low wholesale electricity prices. Read more

Abbott steps in to abolish renewable energy target

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 11:24 (PV-Tech)

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reportedly intervened to ensure the country’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) is abolished. Read more

Daqo New Energy Corp. announces Q2, 2014 results, two consecutive quarters of profitability

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 9:08 (Solarserver)

Polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy Corp. (Chongqing, China), on August 15th, 2014 announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2014. Q 2 revenue was USD 43.7 million, compared to USD 42.1 million in Q1, 2014, and USD 27.8 in Q2, 2013. Gross profit amounted to USD 10.1 million in contrast to a USD 10.2 million loss in Q2, 2013. In Q2, 2014 Daqo’s Gross margin reached 23.1% as against 21.4% in Q1, 2014, and -36.7% in Q2, 2013. "We are proud that the Company continues to deliver excellent performances in the second quarter of 2014 and records the second consecutive quarter of profitability," announced Dr. Gongda Yao, the Company's chief executive Read more

EnergyTrend: Price quotes to drop in Q3, 2014 due to weak momentum in PV market

Monday, 8.18.2014 - 8:43 (Solarserver)

After the US announced its preliminary determination on the CVD and AD duty, momentum in the solar photovoltaic (PV) market has turned weak rapidly, TrendForce's (Taipei, Taiwan) EnergyTrend division reports. PV Module and solar cell manufacturers were the first to be challenged by decreased demand and increased inventory. In order to reduce operating pressure, PV cell and module makers hope to stimulate the market through price adjustment, EnergyTrend notes. Thus, price quotes declined significantly, which led to upstream wafer and polysilicon price adjustment as well. Read more


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