News of the year 2014

Date: 25.09.2014


Chinese state nuclear firm raises US$227 million for renewables

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 12:13 (PV-Tech)

Meiya Power, a subsidiary of the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) focused on renewable energy, has raised US$227 million in its over-subscribed IPO in Hong Kong. Read more

EIB supports CIGS thin-film PV research by Manz AG

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 6:59 (Solarserver)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR 20 million loan to high-tech engineering company Manz AG (Reutlingen, Germany). The loan will support the company’s R&D activities in Germany. Manz specialises in the development and production of automation machinery and equipment. The company develops integrated production lines that are deployed in the flat screen and sensor display, thin-film solar photovoltaics (PV) and lithium-ion batteries segments. The EIB financing will primarily benefit the company’s R&D in the sector of solar PV. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Exclusive: Lightsource to build national network of solar installers for rooftop push

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 16:09 (Solarpowerportal)

Lightsource Renewable Energy is planning on building a nationwide network of PV installers by partnering with local solar companies as part of its push to expand its rooftop portfolio. Read more

Sunrun CEO Sees 100 Percent Growth Rate Continuing Through 2015

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 14:58 (Renewable Energy World)

Sunrun Inc., a closely held provider of rooftop solar systems, will double installations in 2015 for the second straight year, the company’s chief executive officer said. Read more

Retired miners to benefit from free PV

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 14:44 (Solarpowerportal)

The Northumberland Aged Mineworkers Homes Association will provide free solar PV systems to residents of the Aging Miners project to help lower energy bills. Read more

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 14:42 (Renewable Energy World)

As much as 67 gigawatts of distributed solar power could be installed in the Midwest at prices competitive with utility retail rates by 2022, without subsidies. It's enough solar to meet 5-10% or more of the region's electricity demand. But the growth of solar energy in the Midwest has lagged other parts of the country. Is solar ready to boom in th Read more

Foresight to raise £100m new investment for 74MW of projects

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 14:03 (Solarpowerportal)

PV investor the Foresight Solar Fund plans to raise £100 million in a new share offering to purchase two recently completed projects. Read more

REC targets rooftop market with new module

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 12:37 (PV-Tech)

Norway-headquartered REC Solar has unveiled a new 275W module aimed at residential and commercial rooftop installations, the ‘TwinPeak Series’. Read more

ReneSola to offer residential PV loans in US

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 11:36 (PV-Tech)

Chinese module manufacturer ReneSola is to offer loans for residential solar systems to customers in the US. Read more

Tata completes five PV projects for Chennai Silks

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 11:30 (PV-Tech)

India’s Tata Power Solar has announced the completion of five solar power projects for the Chennai Silks group. Read more

US tax authority to investigate residential solar tariffs

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 11:25 (PV-Tech)

A formal review of Value of Solar Tariffs (VOSTs) is due to be conducted by the IRS in the US, which will include an assessment of the impact of the scheme for compensating residential PV owners for their excess electricity. Read more

University of California continues low carbon transition with 16MW solar array

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 10:57 (PV-Tech)

The University of California Davis and SunPower have revealed plans to build a 16MW ground-mount solar array. Read more

UK solar could employ 50,000 people by 2020; worth £25.5 billion to the economy

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 10:05 (Solarpowerportal)

Supporting the development of solar in the UK could add £25.5 billion in value to the UK economy by 2020, according to a major report published today. Read more

Government enterprise NTPC publishes invitation for EOI for solar PV manufacturing in India

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 10:02 (Solarserver)

The Government of India is in the process of developing a far-reaching strategy to boost the share of solar power in the nation’s power sector by massive capacity addition through development of “Ultra Mega” solar photovoltaic (PV) power parks across the country in near future. In pursuance of the Government of India's initiative, NTPC Limited, a Government of India Enterprise and India's largest Power Company with current generating capacity of more than 43,000 MW plans to make a significant foray into the field of Solar PV projects in coming years, NTPC announces. Read more

Intersolar Summit Middle East: PV project developers are increasingly focusing on the Middle East

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 9:57 (Solarserver)

Solar power generation is increasingly becoming a focus of governments and residents in the Middle East. An ever growing number of international investors and solar photovoltaic (PV) project developers are now considering entering this promising market. However, for potential investors to see how investment risks can be minimized, questions regarding financing options and key aspects of constructing PV projects have to first be answered. The Intersolar Summit Middle East, to be held from 14th to 15th October in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will provide the answers and is thus the go-to place in order to gain ground in the region in terms of the solar industry. Read more

Lumos Solar launches EV charging station with integrated PV panels

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 9:54 (Solarserver)

Lumos Solar (Boulder, Colorado, US) on September 24th, 2014 announced the introduction of their “SmartPark” solar photovoltaic (PV) electric vehicle charging station, featuring the new GSX glass-glass frameless module System. SmartPark will revolutionize how solar and EV charging are integrated, the company emphasizes. Read more

Solar panel cleaning: Ecoppia selected for five new PV projects totaling 40 MW in the Middle East

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 6:56 (Solarserver)

Ecoppia (Herzliya, Israel) an innovative developer of automated, water-free solar photovoltaic (PV) panel cleaning solutions, on September 24th, 2014 announced the deployment of its “E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system” at five Middle Eastern PV plants. Upon the projects’ completion in early 2015, Ecoppia’s technology will clean more than 5 million solar panels every month, deployed across more than 40 MW of installations. Read more


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Wind Energy

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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

China Turns to Geothermal Energy To Tackle Carbon Emissions

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 6:01 (Renewable Energy World)

The UN has amplified its warning about carbon emissions as of late, stating that climate change is indeed real, and may very well be irreversible if countries do not act now. Since its latest declarations, all eyes are now focused on the world’s biggest carbon polluters, and China tops the list. Read more

Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

SCE unveils largest battery energy storage facility in North America; Tehachapi energy storage project aims to modernize the grid to integrate more renewable energy

Thursday, 9.25.2014 - 6:50 (Solarserver)

On September 24th, 2014 Southern California Edison (SCE, Rosemead, California, US) announced the opening of the largest battery energy storage project in North America - the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project - to modernize the grid to integrate more clean energy. The 32 megawatt-hours battery energy storage system features lithium-ion batteries housed inside a 6,300 square-foot facility at SCE’s Monolith substation in Tehachapi, California. Read more


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