News of the year 2014

Date: 24.09.2014


African and small island nations get renewables boost at New York summit

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 12:36 (PV-Tech)

Two initiatives to boost renewable energy deployment in African and developing small island nations have been unveiled at the UN Climate Summit currently underway in New York this week. Read more

Shunfeng to build 250MW of PV at ‘agricultural demonstration park’ in China

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 9:45 (PV-Tech)

Shunfeng Photovoltaic has signed a cooperation agreement with Hainan Xinghai County People’s government, to build 250MW of solar arrays. Read more

Kyocera joins Imec's R&D program on advanced silicon solar cell technology

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 7:08 (Solarserver)

Belgian nanoelectronics research centre imec and Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan) on September 23rd, 2014 announced that Kyocera, the Japanese manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, PV modules and systems, has joined imec’s industrial affiliation program (IIAP) to advance next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells. This multi-partner R&D program aims at increasing the efficiency of solar cells and PV modules while at the same time lowering the cost for solar energy. This is done through the development of innovative industry-relevant solutions on different crystalline silicon solar cell technology platforms with improved efficiencies ranging from 22.5% to Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

First Solar wins top International Solar Industry 2014 awards

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 18:03 (PV-Tech)

First Solar, the global turnkey solar company best known for thin-film panel manufacturing, was awarded the Solar Award for Excellence and the Thin Film Innovation Award. Read more

Odd Solar Fred Marketing Tip: Stop Marketing Your Solar Products and Services

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 17:39 (Renewable Energy World)

Perhaps it's time we stopped marketing our solar products and services and instead started promoting our solar customers — and I'm not talking about testimonials. Let me explain. Often when I see rote solar marketing from solar manufacturers, we slip into the “features and benefits” mode: We list an onslaught of specs next to photos. We write about Read more

PACE Financing Set to Expand Commercial Solar Market

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 14:49 (Renewable Energy World)

In the United States, access to third-party financing has been a main driver in bringing solar projects of all sizes across the finish line. Availability of third-party power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases has enabled rapid solar adoption within the residential sector and with larger commercial solar projects. However, smaller commercial pro Read more

REC Group powers largest commercial solar rooftop PV plant in Midwest United States

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 11:31 (Solarserver)

REC Group, (Sandvika, Norway), on September 23rd, 2014 announced that its solar photovoltaic (PV) panels power the largest commercial rooftop solar system in the midwestern United States. The recently commissioned 3.18 megawatt (MW) Rockville Solar II project in Indianapolis features 12,264 260 watt REC Peak Energy Series PV panels. The system is capable of generating 4.292 million kilowatthours of solar power annually, which is enough to power nearly 400 average U.S. households for a year, REC emphasizes. Read more

ReneSola launches residential solar PV loan program with Admirals Bank in the U.S.

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 11:19 (Solarserver)

ReneSola Ltd (Jiashan, China) on September 23rd, 2014 announced its residential financing program to better serve the fast-growing U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) and LED markets. The new ReneSola financing program will equip the Company's network of installers with market-leading loan products to help them reach a wider customer base and secure more business, the company notes. Read more

UGE, Orion form strategic partnership to ramp up solar energy in the Philippines

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 11:14 (Solarserver)

Quoting a New York Times article, indicating that infrastructure and energy inefficiencies (such as blackouts) cost the Philippines an estimated USD 20 billion annually, and electricity prices upwards of USD 0.28/kWh, UGE (New York), a global provider of renewable energy solutions, and Orion Group (Inverness, Scotland), an international construction management firm, announced to join forces to ramp up solar energy production in the Philippines. Read more

Japanese telecoms giant Softbank announces 5.8MW Hiroshima PV project

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 11:02 (PV-Tech)

Japanese telecoms giant Softbank has revealed a plan to build a 5.8MW solar farm in Hiroshima through its renewable energy projects division, SB Energy. Read more

SolarCity breaks ground on 1GW Silevo fab in New York

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 10:25 (PV-Tech)

Leading US PV installer SolarCity has broken ground on its new 1GW fab in New York State, where it will manufacture modules with Silevo, the West Coast start-up it acquired earlier this year. Read more

SPI Solar announces entering into purchase agreement for USD 48.25 million private placement

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 10:10 (Solarserver)

SPI Solar (Roseville, Calif., US) a vertically-integrated solar photovoltaic developer, on September 23rd, 2014 announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement for the sale of USD 48.25 million of common stock in a private placement. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the shares for expansion of SPI’s global PV project activities, continued investment in ramping its “YES! solar solution” for the residential and small business segments and for working capital purposes. Read more

Centrotherm cites Solarworld US trade action as factor in job losses

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 9:50 (PV-Tech)

PV equipment supplier centrotherm is to cut 50 jobs from its headquarters in Blaubeuren, Germany as part of a restructuring process. Read more

Canadian Solar completes construction of its first PV plant at Shibushichocho in Japan

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 6:57 (Solarserver)

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on September 23rd, 2014 announced the completion of the 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Shibushichocho, Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. Powered by Canadian Solar CS6P-255P modules, the PV plant will generate approximately 1,533 MWh of solar power per year. The electricity generated from the project will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in tariff contract at the rate of 40.00 yen ($0.37) per kWh. Read more


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Wind Energy

USD 8 billion green energy initiative proposed for LA; Project would link one of nation's largest wind farms to one of world's biggest energy storage facilities

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 11:42 (Solarserver)

Four companies on September 23rd, 2014 jointly proposed a first-in-the-U.S., USD 8 billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023. The project would require construction of one of America's largest wind farms in Wyoming, one of the world's biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, and a 525 mile electric transmission line connecting the two sites. Read more


Developers Plan Huge $8 Billion, 2.1-GW Wind Plus Storage Project in California

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 16:37 (Renewable Energy World)

Four energy companies are proposing an $8 billion renewable energy project that would supply Los Angeles with more than twice the power generated by the Hoover Dam. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

Geothermal Visual: The Importance of Revitalizing the Salton Sea

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 15:33 (Renewable Energy World)

The visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, “Hazard’s Toll.” The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality decline, are not revitalized or mitigated. Many people assign the cost of inaction to be $0, but the report finds this isn’t the case. “Even at the low estimate, the l Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

A Landmark Plan for Renewable Energy Development in the California Desert

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 16:29 (Renewable Energy World)

Today, when the Department of Interior and the California Department of Natural Resources released a draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the agencies set the stage for a first-of-its-kind project — in more ways than one. Not only does the DRECP have the potential to serve as a blueprint for conservation and clean energy development in the California desert, it could become a model for how federal, state, and local agencies can work together … and how those collaborations are better overall for everyone involved. Read more

Japan Utility to Suspend Grid Access for New Renewable Energy Producers

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 16:20 (Renewable Energy World)

Kyushu Electric Power Co. will suspend responding to applications from renewable-energy producers applying to access its grid while it reviews how much more clean energy it’s capable of handling. Read more

DECC wants to see ‘upsurge’ in community energy involvement

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 15:30 (Solarpowerportal)

The head of community energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said yesterday that the government wants to see an “upsurge” in community generated energy projects, while acknowledging serious barriers exist in policy. Read more

Freetricity and Zouk to install 10,000 free PV systems

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 13:44 (Solarpowerportal)

Freetricity will install another 10,000 residential PV systems in England and Wales following a deal with clean energy investor and fund manager Zouk Capital. Read more

UN Climate Summit Heats Up Discussion on Global Warming, Carbon Emissions

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 12:12 (Renewable Energy World)

More than 100 world leaders converged upon New York City today to discuss international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The list of speakers at the UN Climate Summit included U.S. President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, French President François Hollande, and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Read more

US earmarks 800,000 hectares of California desert for renewables

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 11:57 (PV-Tech)

A draft plan for the development and conservation of California’s deserts has proposed setting aside 800,000 hectares of land for renewable energy projects. Of this 176,000 hectares would be on public land. Read more

World leaders back major renewable energy initiatives for Africa and islands at UN Climate Summit

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 10:18 (Solarserver)

Two initiatives to expand people's energy access through clean, renewable energy will be substantially scaled up in Africa and small island developing states (SIDS), were announced on September 23rd, 2014 at the UN Climate Summit in New York by a coalition of leaders from government, business and civil society. The initiatives, the Africa Clean Energy Corridor and the SIDS Lighthouse Initiative, both of which are facilitated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), will strengthen international cooperation and speed the development of low-carbon renewable energy resources. Read more

UN Climate Summit: European renewables community calls for ambitious nationally binding 2030 targets

Wednesday, 9.24.2014 - 9:56 (Solarserver)

As global leaders gathered in New York for Ban Ki-moon's one-off UN Climate Summit, the “Keep on Track!” project urges European leaders to agree on a strong, supportive framework for renewable energy at the next European Council meeting in October 2014. Coordinated by EUFORES, the “Keep on Track!” project offers market, legal and political advice and recommendations to help EU Member States stay on track for their 2020 renewable energy targets. Read more


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