News of the year 2014

Date: 22.09.2014


Microinverter and Power Optimizer Market Set to Boom

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 21:19 (Renewable Energy World)

There’s a new billion-dollar solar tech market on the horizon. According to IHS Technology, 2018 will be a landmark year for the global solar microinverter and power optimizer market — breaking past the $1 billion barrier and ushering in an era of increased power output for PV installations the world over. Read more

Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs opens EU PVSEC 2014; The Netherlands celebrated their first GW of installed PV capacity

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 11:41 (Solarserver)

The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) started on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 with more than 1,500 contributions from 71 countries in all areas of solar photovoltaic (PV) PV technologies, applications, markets and policies. The Netherland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp opened the conference. In September 2014 the Netherlands celebrated their first GW of installed PV capacity. Read more

PV production technology: SoLayTec announces rising orders, shipments for its ALD systems

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 11:34 (Solarserver)

In recent weeks SoLayTec (Eindhoven, Netherland) has shipped a number of “InPassion” ALD systems for producing passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells, the company announces. These systems includes a repeat order for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules (approx. 60 MW) for an Asian customer, who is using an InPassion ALD (60 MW) system since early this year. Further two ALD systems were shipped. Both systems will be installed at solar cell manufacturers, already working with PECVD AlOx for several years, SoLayTec notes. Read more

SunEdison completes 1.8 MW PV plant on landfill Site in Massachusetts

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 11:25 (Solarserver)

SunEdison, Inc. (Belmont, California, US) in partnership with BlueWave Capital LLC of Boston, on September 19th, 2014 announced the completion of a 1.8 megawatt (MW) DC solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant constructed on a remediated EPA Superfund site in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The PV system was developed on approximately 10 acres of land on the remediated Sullivan's Ledge landfill site and represents another significant step towards meeting the City of New Bedford's goal to satisfy 60% of their electricity needs from solar power. Read more

ZSW brings thin-film PV world record back to Stuttgart; CIGS solar cell reaches 21.7 percent efficiency

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 10:34 (Solarserver)

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW, Stuttgart, Germany)) has set a new world record in thin-film solar photovoltaics (PV). Scientists in Stuttgart achieved 21.7 percent efficiency with a solar cell made of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). ZSW succeeded in bringing the record back to the institute with this cell's performance. Swedish researchers achieved a new best mark in June, which has now been surpassed by 0.7 percentage points. Read more

Meyer Burger announces further PV record with 327 watt solar module manufactured on industrial production equipment

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 9:36 (Solarserver)

Meyer Burger Technology AG (Thun, Switzerland) has just set another solar photovoltaic (PV) record for standard solar modules with 60 cells: 327 watts. This impressive development and performance leap, combined with a simultaneous reduction in production costs, was made possible by Meyer Burger’s high-efficiency HJT and SWCT technologies in close coordination with the pertinent wafer, cell and module processes, the company notes. Read more

PV production technology: SCHMID provides complete solutions for the manufacturing of bifacial solar cells

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 7:09 (Solarserver)

Under the designation GEMINUS the SCHMID Group (Freudenstadt, Germany) now offers complete solutions for the production of bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) cells. This cell type, in which both sides absorb light and generate electricity, according to the company produces an up to 30% higher solar power yield with a suitable alignment than conventional cells. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

One Solar Installation, Five Stocks

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 18:38 (Renewable Energy World)

"Invest in what you know" is an old stock market adage. The idea is that, if you have some personal knowledge of the real economy, you can use that to make better investments. Read more

EU PVSEC: European solar sector wants to capitalise on EU energy transformation

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 17:09 (PV-Tech)

During the opening conference sessions to The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) in Amsterdam this year, the call to arms from leading European PV protagonist’s was for the sector to embrace the energy transformation that could require one trillion euro’s to achieve. Read more

Yingli to supply Honduras solar power park

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 17:00 (PV-Tech)

Module manufacturer, Yingli Solar is to supply modules to a 24MW solar power project in Honduras. Read more

Solar Lease or Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator "App" Helps You Choose

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 16:23 (Renewable Energy World)

A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential comeback of solar ownership relative to leasing, as the cost of rooftop solar PV continues to fall and new financing options make ownership easier than ever. It's been an ownership pile on since then, with others saying Why Lease Solar Panels When You Can Own Them? and Don’t Lease Your Solar Panels! Is ow Read more

Battery Storage with Solar PV: The Next Logical Step

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 16:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Installed solar photovoltaics (PV) in the United States has grown by 418 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s April 2014 Electricity Monthly Update. In 2010, U.S. solar installations were just 2,326 megawatts (MW), however by February 2014, 12,057 MW of solar electricity had been installed, a gain of 9,731 MW in generating capacity. Read more

NPD Solarbuzz: Middle East and Africa PV market accumulates 12 GW pipeline with strong growth potential

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 14:38 (Solarserver)

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is set for strong growth, with many multi-megawatt ground mount projects in the planning or pre-planning phases. According to the NPD Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, Calif., US), “Middle East and Africa Deal Tracker - Solar Project Database”, which covers completed and in-progress solar projects in 29 African countries and seven Middle Eastern countries, PV projects in Africa have a total potential capacity of more than 11 gigawatts (GW) and projects in the Middle East amount to a total potential capacity of at least 1.3 GW. Read more

Innotech Solar acquires Swedish PV project developer, strengthens its balance sheet

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 14:34 (Solarserver)

Scandinavian-German PV module maker Innotech Solar (ITS) on September 22nd, 2014 announced the successful conclusion of two key transactions, one an acquisition and one an investment which will further strengthen ITS´s balance sheet and enable further expansion. In addition the company has announced three new board members. Read more

Middle East and Africa pipeline swells to 12GW: Solarbuzz

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 13:59 (PV-Tech)

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PV market now has a 12GW pipeline, according to the latest data from NPD Solarbuzz. Read more

European Investment Bank awards €23 million loan for Burkina Faso PV project

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 12:43 (PV-Tech)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to provide a €23 million (US$29.5 million) loan for solar development in West Africa. Read more

Rochdale Borough starts construction of the UK’s ‘first publicly owned solar farm’

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 11:20 (Solarpowerportal)

Rochdale Borough Council has started construction on the UK’s first publicly owned ‘solar farm’ in an attempt to become Britain’s greenest local authority. Read more

Lazard LCOE analysis: Costs of PV continue to drop, solar power is increasingly cost-competitive with traditional energy sources

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 7:15 (Solarserver)

In September 2014 financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard Ltd. (New York) has released its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis – Version 8.0, an in-depth study comparing the cost of generating energy from conventional and renewable technologies. The study shows the acceleration of an ongoing trend: Utility-scale solar and wind power are increasingly cost-competitive with traditional energy sources such as coal and nuclear, even without subsidies. Read more

Jamaica solar: WRB, JPS sign PPA for a 20 MW PV Project in Content Village

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 6:54 (Solarserver)

WRB Enterprises (WRB Tampa, Florida, US) and Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) on September 18th, 2014 signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) paving the way for JPS purchasing solar power from the renewable power generation company. Approximately USD 60 illion will be spent to construct a 20 MW (AC) photovoltaic (PV) project that will see 98,000 solar panels installed in Content Village, Clarendon Parrish. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Bifacial technology touted ahead of EU PVSEC

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 8:48 (PV-Tech)

Several firms have touted the benefits of Bifacial solar cells and modules in advance of this week’s EU PVSEC event in Amsterdam. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

ZSW sets 21.7% CIGS cell record

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 11:34 (PV-Tech)

Researchers at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Stuttgart have achieved a 21.7% conversion rate in a CIGS thin-film cell, a new record. Read more

Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

WindEnergy Hamburg Opens To Great Fanfare

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 23:50 (Renewable Energy World)

On Monday evening at Hamburg City Hall, the organizers of WindEnergy Hamburg officially opened the doors to their expo, marking the first time that the wind show, formerly knows as Husum Wind, will take place in the city of Hamburg. Read more

US-China Rifts Put Aside for Clean Energy Research

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 16:16 (Renewable Energy World)

The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. — frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters — to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs. Read more

Abengoa Offers Its First Green Bond to Raise 500 Million Euros for Clean Energy Projects

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 13:17 (Renewable Energy World)

Abengoa SA, a Spanish energy and environment company, plans to issue its first green bond to raise 500 million euros ($642 million) to finance projects. Read more

Report challenges short-term role of storage in Germany’s energy transition

Monday, 9.22.2014 - 12:50 (PV-Tech)

Energy storage may not be cost effective in Germany in helping the transition to a higher grid penetration of renewable energy until that penetration level reaches as high as 90%, according to a leading think tank. Read more


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