News of the year 2014

Date: 19.08.2014


JA Solar module passes 500-hour PID test

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 12:34 (PV-Tech)

JA Solar’s polycrystalline Riecium module has passed TUV SUD’s 500-hour potential induced degradation (PID) test. Read more

Fitch: New entrants to distributed generation, PV markets challenge utilities' dominance

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 8:45 (Solarserver)

New investor classes and alternative financing will drive the expansion of the distributed energy generation (DG) market, adding further challenges to the traditional utility business model, according to a new Fitch Ratings (New York, New York, U.S.) report. Fitch expects third-party finance and alternative capital sources to play an important role in expanding the market for residential solar photovoltaics (PV). According to the report greater access to capital will enable easier residential PV acquisition, reduce upfront cash outlays, eliminate homeowner system maintenance and upkeep costs, and thus broaden the potential customer pool. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Beijing officially asks US to begin talks on solar trade suspension deal

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 18:49 (PV-Tech)

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has officially asked its US counterpart to begin negotiations for a suspension agreement. Read more

Solectria to supply North Carolina solar projects’ inverters

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 16:34 (PV-Tech)

Inverter manufacturer, Solectria Renewables is to supply inverters to 45MW of solar projects in North Carolina. Read more

Rajasthan could cancel 4GW World Bank solar project

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 15:57 (PV-Tech)

The state of Rajasthan’s 4GW mega solar power project might be cancelled. Read more

India rooftop solar subsidy finally released, but industry says better off without

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 13:45 (PV-Tech)

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has finally received funds to pay a 30% subsidy promised to rooftop solar installations. Read more

UK’s Cameron defends plan to close solar support scheme

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 13:15 (PV-Tech)

British Prime Minister, David Cameron has stated that solar “has the potential to play a valuable part of the UK’s renewable energy mix”, in a written response to calls from more than 150 businesses to support Britain’s solar industry. Read more

SunPower pilots solar leases in Australia

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 12:58 (PV-Tech)

SunPower is to trial a residential leasing scheme in Melbourne, Australia. Read more

Sunpower CEO: Grid independence is naive

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 12:48 (PV-Tech)

SunPower chief executive officer Tom Werner says that the idea of solar power users combining their systems with battery storage to become fully independent of the grid is “naïve”, echoing the views of one of SolarCity’s founders. Read more

Cameron talks up solar’s potential under CfDs in response to industry pressure

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 11:59 (Solarpowerportal)

The Prime Minister, David Cameron has stated that solar “has the potential to play a valuable part of the UK’s renewable energy mix”, in a written response to calls from more than 150 businesses to support Britain’s solar industry. Read more

Trina Solar to supply 82 MW of Anti-PID PV modules to Sihong Tianganghu PV Power Generation

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 9:48 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on Augst 18th, 2014 announced it signed an agreement to supply 82MW of its anti-Potential Induced Degradation (PID) solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Sihong Tianganghu Photovoltaic Power Generation Co., Ltd. for a solar power plant located in Jiangsu Province. Trina Solar will supply approximately 320,000 TSM-PC05A modules with power outputs of 245 Wp, 250Wp and 255 Wp. All modules are of the highest anti-PID level currently available - up to 85°C / 85% relative humidity, the producer emphasizes. Read more

PV production technology: Komax Group sells solar business through a Management Buy Out

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 9:42 (Solarserver)

The Komax Group (Dierikon, Switzerland) has agreed to sell the Komax solar business unit to the existing management team through a Management Buy Out (MBO). The MBO is structured as an asset deal. The new company is owned by the existing management team and Komax retains a minority. Read more

Center for Sustainable Energy study examines energy efficiency actions of California solar PV homeowners

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 9:37 (Solarserver)

The energy efficiency actions of California homeowners who installed rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are providing insights into the connection between solar adoption and energy upgrades that could help in the design of future residential energy programs. A study of San Diego-area residents who participated in the California Solar Initiative (CSI) rebate program shows future solar adopters may be an ideal market segment for making more comprehensive energy upgrades, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Read more

CPV in Australia: Silex Systems freezes 100MW project Mildura Solar Power Station

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 8:52 (Solarserver)

Silex Systems Limited (Sydney, Australia) on August 18th, 2014 announced an update on funding arrangements for Solar Systems Pty Ltd’s (Abbotsford, Australia) proposed 100MW Mildura concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) project, located in Carwarp, near Mildura in Victoria. Following a joint review by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Solar Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silex, both parties have agreed to suspend plans for the 100MW Mildura Solar Power Station and accordingly terminate the funding deed for USD 75 million of conditional support for the project from ARENA. Read more

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority releases tender for phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 8:48 (Solarserver)

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on August 16th, 2014 announced the release of a tender for the 100 MW-Phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to qualified Independent Power Producer (IPP) developers. Read more


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Wind Energy

China’s Wind Power Industry Shows Overall Recovery

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 17:44 (Renewable Energy World)

China’s wind power market is ushering in a second prosperous period after nearly three years in the doldrums, with many publicly listed companies seeing better results. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

A Future for Flywheel Storage? Alaskan Project May Lead to Technology Uptick, Says Beacon

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 15:57 (Renewable Energy World)

Beacon Power LLC predicts an Alaskan island’s use of its flywheels to store energy from a power plant will pave the way for more widespread application of the technology to help cut the use of fossil fuels. Read more

Bayern Munich training ground now features 29.2kWp rooftop PV

Tuesday, 8.19.2014 - 13:38 (PV-Tech)

Work to install a 29.2kWp rooftop PV system has been completed at German football club Bayern Munich’s training facility, installed by Chinese company Yingli Green. Read more


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