News of the year 2014

Date: 12.09.2014


Navigant Research: Global miniature solar PV, solar photovoltaic home systems market to reach USD 2.1 billion by 2024

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 12:05 (Solarserver)

A recent report from Navigant Research (Boulder, Colorado, US) analyzes the emerging global market for solar photovoltaic (PV) consumer products, and finds that world-wide revenue from “pico” solar and solar home systems is expected to grow from USD 538 million in 2014 to more than USD 2.1 billion in 2024. Miniature solar PV systems, including “pico” solar and solar photovoltaic home systems, are moving rapidly from specialized niches for enthusiasts and early adopters into the mainstream, according to Navigant Research. Read more

PV tracking systems producer QBotix names Mike Miskovsky new CEO, continues momentum

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 7:24 (Solarserver)

QBotix (Menlo Park, California, US), manufacturer of robot-enabled dual-axis solar photovoltaic (PV) tracking systems, on September 11th, 2014 announced that industry veteran Mike Miskovsky has joined the company as its new CEO. Miskovsky assumes the role from company founder Wasiq Bokhari, who will remain active on the management team and serve as Executive Chairman. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Trina and Other Solar Manufacturers Racing To Keep Up with Demand

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 15:48 (Renewable Energy World)

Trina Solar Ltd., China’s second- biggest maker of solar panels, said its factories are working at full strength and it can’t meet customer demand. Read more

Preventing Bird Deaths at Solar Power Plants, Part 2

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 14:54 (Renewable Energy World)

Part 1 of this article lays out the problem of bird deaths at some CSP power plants and begins to offer some solutions. Part 2 gives more solutions and explains how some of the companies involved plan to solve the problem. Read more

SolarCity changes terms of Silevo deal

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 13:06 (PV-Tech)

The largest US solar installer, SolarCity has revised certain terms related to the purchase of PV manufacturer, Silevo. Read more

Australian Solar Council launches energy storage counterpart

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 12:25 (PV-Tech)

The Australian Energy Storage Council, a new industry representative body, has been launched for energy storage in Australia, backed and co-founded by the Australian Solar Council. Read more

Neo Solar Power’s August sales slump further

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 12:10 (PV-Tech)

The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) experienced its third consecutive decline in monthly sales due to the impact of the US anti-dumping case. Read more

L&T Construction commissions 7.52 MW single rooftop solar PV plant in Punjab, India

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 11:58 (Solarserver)

Solar EPC company L&T Construction (Mumbai, India) has recently commissioned a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant of 7.52 MWp capacity on a single roof at Amritsar in Punjab. The solar power from this plant is being fed to the local grid through a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with the state distribution company under the New and Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) Policy, the company notes. Read more

Chile approves 698MW solar power project

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 11:47 (PV-Tech)

Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental, SEIA) has approved a 698MW solar power development. Read more

Friends of the Earth supports solar legal challenge

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 11:44 (Solarpowerportal)

Friends of the Earth has come out in support of the legal challenge led by four solar companies. Read more

Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs finance for Japan PV cheaper than bank loans

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 11:38 (PV-Tech)

Long-term financing options for solar power projects in Japan are now being offered by US investment banking firm Goldman Sachs more cheaply than comparable bank loans, according to Bloomberg. Read more

Camborne Capital and sPower partner for UK project push

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 11:21 (PV-Tech)

UK developer Camborne Capital and US solar investor sPower have signed an agreement to work on utility-scale projects in the UK. Read more

Sunrun enlists SolarBuyer in PV quality assurance drive

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 10:55 (PV-Tech)

Major US residential solar lease provider Sunrun has partnered with due diligence company SolarBuyer on a quality assurance programme for its PV systems. Read more

Sunrun, SolarBuyer launch improved PV modules, inverters quality assurance program for homeowners

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 7:16 (Solarserver)

Residential solar company SunRun Inc. (San Francisco, California, U.S.) and SolarBuyer (Marlborough, Mass,), a provider of diligence and quality assurance services for the solar industry, on September 11th, 2014 announced their collaboration on a comprehensive program for further managing and improving solar photovoltaic (PV) panel and inverter quality, performance and reliability for homeowners' solar systems. The improved program builds upon Sunrun's history of panel testing and quality assurance since its inception, the company announced. Read more

Canadian Solar completes sale of 10 MW Mighty Solar PV plant to Concord Green Energy

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 7:07 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) on September 10th, 2014 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., completed the sale of the 10 MW AC “Mighty Solar” photovoltaic (PV) power plant valued at over USD 54.9 million to One West Holdings Ltd., an affiliate of Concord Green Energy. The Mighty Solar 10 MW AC solar power plant is located in the town of Chesterville, Ontario. Read more


Trapped in the Down Elevator? A New Perspective on the Net Metering Debate

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 15:21 (Renewable Energy World)

Given the endless blog articles rehashing the same old net metering arguments, perhaps it can be helpful to examine the experience of another industry.   Specifically, what is probably, after solar, the renewable energy and smart grid storage device with by far the highest market penetration.  I refer of course to the biomass-aerobic-respiration-as Read more

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Exploring Finance Options: Yield-cos Don’t Fit the Bill for Many Renewable Energy Companies

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 19:34 (Renewable Energy World)

Yield-cos have been grabbing headlines lately. Typically, large utilities spin off their high-yield alternative energy operations into separate smaller companies called yield-cos. These new companies are then taken public to attract individual and institutional investors. Read more

India Makes Plans To Spur More Renewable Energy Development

Friday, 9.12.2014 - 15:37 (Renewable Energy World)

India plans to ask power generators to invest in clean-energy projects as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to accelerate the nation’s shift away from the troubled coal industry. Read more


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