News of the year 2014

Date: 26.08.2014


SunWize installs Independent Samoa’s largest PV system at 546 kW

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 8:43 (Solarserver)

SunWize Technologies, Inc. (Kingston, NY, US) on August 25th, 2014 announced that it completed the installation of a 546 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array for the Independent State of Samoa. The PV project with Samoan’s power utility, Electric Power Corporation (EPC), is the country’s largest, reducing Samoa’s reliance on imported fossil fuels, SunWize emphasizes. Read more

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Six Reasons Solar Needs to Learn to Live with the Tariffs

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 20:34 (Renewable Energy World)

The solar industry usually has great political instincts. It got President Bush to jumpstart the industry with federal incentives. In Georgia, solar advocates were able to form an unlikely coalition of Tea Party advocates and the Sierra Club to expand its footprint there. But in defending Chinese manufacturers against tariff penalties, it’s on the Read more

Trina Solar’s margins hit but gigawatts ship

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 19:35 (PV-Tech)

Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar took a hit on margins in the second quarter of 2014, while module shipments soared as China and US markets rebounded strongly. Read more

Chinese module firms increase dominance despite duties

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 17:02 (Solarpowerportal)

Chinese module manufacturers saw their dominance of global supplies strengthen despite the imposition of new trade duties in the US, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

REC group wins its largest U.S. utility-scale solar PV order to date totalling 85MW

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 16:28 (Solarserver)

REC Group, (Sandvika, Norway) on August 26th, 2014announced that it has signed solar photovoltaic (PV) panel supply agreements totaling 85MW with a major U.S. engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company for utility-scale projects in the United States. The multimillion-dollar deal underscores REC’s accelerating momentum in the U.S. across all segments. The contracts also mark the first purchase orders for its Peak Energy 72-cell panel series, which was introduced in July to meet the specific requirements in the U.S. utility and large commercial markets. Read more

Chinese module firms increase dominance despite duties

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 16:19 (PV-Tech)

Chinese module manufacturers saw their dominance of global supplies strengthen, despite the imposition of new trade duties in the US, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

SITA UK working with British Solar Renewables to transform landfill sites into solar farms

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 16:14 (Solarpowerportal)

British Solar Renewables (BSR) has partnered with recycling firm, SITA UK in a deal that could see a number of landfill sites across the UK turned into solar farms. Read more

Trina Solar looking at sites for first overseas manufacturing base

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 16:14 (PV-Tech)

Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar said it was planning to better serve its growing US customer base on the back of increased demand through establishing its first PV module manufacturing operations outside China. Read more

What You Need to Know about Solar, Storage, and Microgrids

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 15:54 (Renewable Energy World)

REC Solar recently participated in a webinar on Renewable Energy World that invited several experts to discuss the U.S. landscape for solar PV with microgrids, and energy storage. The panelists included: Peter H. Asmus, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research. Peter is a leading global expert on microgrids and virtual power plants and the a Read more

Lux Research: Global solar PV Market will grow to 65.6 GW in 2019, led by China

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 14:19 (Solarserver)

Led by China, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry will grow at a CAGR of 8.3% - from 37.5 GWp in 2013 to 65.6 GWp in 2019 - but emerging trade disputes involving Asia, as much as global policies, cast a shadow over short-term prospects, according to Lux Research (Boston, MA, US.) China became the biggest solar PV market in the world with 11.8 GW of new installations in 2013, and has been the key to faster-than-expected global recovery. Read more

Hareon Solar signs multiple PV project deals totalling 3,350MW

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 14:15 (PV-Tech)

China-based PVEP, Hareon Solar Technology has signed a number of project development deals in China and Turkey totalling around 3,350MW. The company has also secured lines of credit with two Chinese banks totalling 20 billion Yuan (US$3.25 billion). Read more

Scatec Solar prepares Oslo IPO, targets 750MW by 2016

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 13:12 (PV-Tech)

Scatec Solar, the Norwegian company that this year has announced the construction of PV plants in territories including Jordan, Rwanda and South Africa, has announced plans to list on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Read more

India tells manufacturers to run at full capacity and expand

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 12:57 (PV-Tech)

The government has promised to support all domestic solar manufacturing and plants should run at full capacity and expand. Read more

Solargiga gets 73MW order from Chinese state power firm

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 12:45 (PV-Tech)

PV outsourcing firm Solargiga has secured a 73MW module order with China Power Investment (CPI), according to a statement on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Read more

Rollable solar system beats crowdfunding target

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 12:29 (Solarpowerportal)

A flexible, transportable solar array that can be easily deployed or stored has taken one step closer to launching after raising £263,000 through an online crowdfunding campaign. Read more

Order Focus: REC Solar secures major first 72-cell module supply deal

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 12:19 (PV-Tech)

REC Solar ASA has won its first order for its recently launched ‘Peak Energy’ 72-cell module series from a major, undisclosed US EPC firm for utility-scale projects totalling 85MW. Read more

Governor of New York consolidates solar incentives under NY-Sun banner

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 12:09 (PV-Tech)

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has launched the NY-Sun Initiative, a plan to consolidate the state’s existing solar incentive programmes into a single support scheme, aimed at adding 3GW of solar generation capacity by 2023. Read more

India rejects solar anti-dumping duties

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 10:15 (PV-Tech)

The Indian government has decided against imposing duties on Chinese, Taiwanese, US and Malaysian solar manufacturers. Read more

Suntech sees significant opportunities in Latin America’s solar PV market, attends Intersolar South America in São Paulo

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 10:14 (Solarserver)

Suntech Power Holding Co. Ltd. (Wuxi, China) will be attending Intersolar South America this week to meet potential customers as a part of the company’s new business strategy to reclaim its position as a global solar industry leader, the company announces. “We’re excited to be in Sao Paulo this week to meet with leaders in the Latin American solar market, which has a great potential to expand PV deployment, especially in Brazil, Chile and Mexico,” said Suntech CEO Eric Luo. Read more

Innovative Solar Systems secures financing for PV plants totalling 200MW in North Carolina

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 10:08 (Solarserver)

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC (Asheville, N.C., US) on August 25th, 2014 announced that the company has obtained construction financing for just over 200MW of the companies already approved and construction ready solar photovoltaic (PV) farms in North Carolina. Construction will start almost immediately on these projects states John Green, CEO for ISS. The company is now seeking credit worthy entities that would like to sign LOI's to secure the rights to buy and own these projects. Read more

The meeco Group completes solar PV water pumping system on Paraguayan ranch

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 10:03 (Solarserver)

Another “sun2flow” project in Paraguay, involving the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) water pumping system for a large cattle farm through the subsidiary of The meeco Group in Paraguay, meeco América Latina is finally completed. Read more

NPD Solarbuzz: Leading Chinese solar PV module suppliers continue to increase market share, despite global trade disputes

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 8:46 (Solarserver)

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments from the leading Chinese companies increased by 26% percent Q2, 14, compared to the previous quarter when they shipped 5.2 GW of solar modules. 71% of all PV module shipments came from the top 20 module suppliers to the solar PV industry, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, Calif. ,US) “Module Tracker Quarterly” report. Read more

Ascent Solar announces reverse stock split

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 8:40 (Solarserver)

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (Thornton, Colo., US), developer and manufacturer of flexible thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules integrated into the company’s “EnerPlex” series of consumer products, on August 25th, 2014 announced that its board of directors has approved a one-for-ten reverse stock split of the Company’s common stock to become effective at 5 p.m., Eastern Time, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014. Read more


Green Investors May Find It Hard Breaking Up With Oil and Gas

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 17:59 (Renewable Energy World)

Investors seeking greener energy stocks will find it difficult to reproduce the returns offered by oil and natural gas producers, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Read more

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Chile Attracts $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Investment

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 17:03 (Renewable Energy World)

Chile, the wealthiest nation in Latin America, is attracting $7 billion of renewable investments from Abengoa SA to SunEdison Inc. as the government seeks to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to supply cheaper power to the mining industry, which provides a third of the world’s copper. Read more

Native Power: Job Growth through Green Technologies

Tuesday, 8.26.2014 - 15:45 (Renewable Energy World)

The recent economic crisis has hit much of America extremely hard, but the effects can be seen even more drastically on tribal lands. Counties on Native American reservations are among the poorest in the country, in part due to lack of economic opportunity. Some estimates put the average unemployment rate on Native American reservations around 70 percent. Read more


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