News of the year 2014

Date: 01.09.2014


Kyocera sees floating PV as one solution to Japan land shortages

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 11:31 (PV-Tech)

A Kyocera joint venture (JV) is preparing to build a 2.9MW PV power station in Japan that floats on water, claimed to be the largest such plant in the world to date. Read more

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International takes over operative business and assets of S.A.G. Solarstrom AG

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 6:48 (Solarserver)

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG (Freiburg, Germany, under insolvency proceedings) on August 30th, 2014 concluded a contract for the acquisition of operative business operations of the S.A.G. Group, including all assets, with SF Suntech Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd. (Changzhou, China). The purchase price is EURO 65 million S.A.G. Solarstrom AG announced. As part of a transferred reorganization scheme, the transaction will enable the operative business of the S.A.G. Solarstrom Group, together with all its business areas, to be continued and the further European activities of Shunfeng to be bundled. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Leominster Primary School closes in on solar crowdfund target

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 17:54 (Solarpowerportal)

The new Leominster Primary School is set to turn on a new solar PV array ahead of the new school year. Read more

LDK Solar founder and chairman steps down

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 12:47 (PV-Tech)

Xiaofeng Peng the founder and chairman of insolvent Cayman Islands registered LDK Solar has resigned his position at the company including any director roles. Read more

Scatec Solar teams with Norfund on African PV

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 12:17 (PV-Tech)

Norwegian PV developer Scatec Solar and the country’s overseas development finance body, Norfund, have agreed to jointly invest in solar projects in developing countries. Read more

Solar in India: Telangana starts solicitation for 500 MW of PV projects

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 12:06 (Solarserver)

Telangana, the newest Indian state, has released a Request for Solicitation (RfS) for selection of 500 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, RESolve Energy Consultants (Chennai, India), reports. This move follows less than 2 weeks after Andhra Pradesh invited bidders to take part in the allocation of 500 MW of solar projects. Read more

Concentrating Solar Power technology: NECSO project rolls out new test protocols for selective absorber tubes coating

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 11:57 (Solarserver)

Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology based on parabolic trough solar collectors for large-scale electricity generation is currently one of the most mature CSP designs in terms of previous operation experience, scientific and technical research and development. The stack of layers, used in solar absorber tubes is a combination of coatings with different compositions and thickness. The global performance depends on the nanometric properties of the entire stack. Some analysis have unveiled that during the working life, the solar absorber tubes suffer an ageing process, which reduces the global performance. NECSO, a European Commission project funded under the 7th Framework Read more

HelioSage Energy announces sale of 12 solar PV projects in North Carolina

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 11:53 (Solarserver)

HelioSage Energy (Charlottesville, Va., US), a national developer of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, has announced the sale of a 77 MWdc/60 MWac portfolio of development-stage solar PV facilities in North Carolina. The portfolio is comprised of 12 ground-mounted solar PV projects sited in eastern North Carolina. Once constructed, the projects will sell power under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with either Duke Energy-Progress or the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA), HelioSage Energy notes. Read more

Shunfeng to buy German developer SAG Solarstrom

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 10:18 (PV-Tech)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic, the owner of module maker Suntech, has purchased insolvent German project developer SAG Solarstrom for €65 million (US$85.4 million). Read more

Scatec Solar and Norfund sign partnership agreement to develop and invest in solar power projects in developing countries

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 9:26 (Solarserver)

Integrated solar power producer Scatec Solar (Oslo, Norway) has signed a partnership agreement with Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries, to jointly invest in solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed in all countries within Norfund's mandate. Scatec Solar and Norfund have been partners in the realization of four solar PV projects in Africa totaling 200 MW (three in South Africa and one in Rwanda) and the agreement signed is a formal confirmation of an existing, fruitful partnership. Read more

LDK Solar announces filing of restructuring arrangement, resignation of Chairman Xiaofeng Peng

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 9:17 (Solarserver)

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (Xinyu City, China) in provisional liquidation and its Joint Provisional Liquidators Tammy Fu and Eleanor Fisher, both of Zolfo Cooper (Cayman) Limited, on August 29th, 2014 announced that the vertically integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products has filed the petition commencing its restructuring proceedings in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. The Company also announced that it has accepted the resignation of Xiaofeng Peng as Chairman and as a Director of the Company effective immediately. Read more

Trina Solar announces results of 2014 annual general meeting of shareholders, re-election of Jifan GAO as a director of the Company

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 9:13 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on August 29th, 2014 announced that it held its 2014 annual general meeting of shareholders on August 28th, 2014. Each of the proposals submitted for shareholder approval was approved, the company notes. Specifically, the shareholders approved the re-election of Jifan GAO as a director of the Company, and the re-election of Mr. Li Ping QIU as a director of the Company. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Australia's Renewable Industry Imperiled Pending Policy Review

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 14:52 (Renewable Energy World)

A government-appointed panel gave Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott two options to cut emissions more cheaply: either scrap or weaken its main clean energy program. Read more

Sludge Treatment at U.K. Facility Turns Waste Into ‘Black Gold’

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 14:00 (Renewable Energy World)

When the world’s largest working advanced digestion plant opened last month, it showed the power- hungry process of treating waste in the $360 billion water industry can be self-sufficient in terms of energy use. Read more

EVs and Energy Storage Pave the Road to a Clean Energy Future

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 13:49 (Renewable Energy World)

“The times they are a' changin'.” So goes Bob Dylan's classic song from the '60s, and that's certainly the case when it comes to how we generate, distribute, use and store electricity. Having made great strides in enhancing performance and reliability and reducing costs, growing government support and incentives for intelligent energy storage solutions adds significant impetus to the growing wave of change sweeping across the U.S. power sector. Read more

Glennmont Partners raises €500 million for clean energy investment

Monday, 9.1.2014 - 11:16 (PV-Tech)

Clean energy fund manager Glennmont Partners has raised €500 million (US$657 million). The fund, Glennmont’s second, exceeded its €450 million target. Read more


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