News of the year 2014

Date: 08.09.2014


Gintech’s solar cell sales continue decline

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 15:37 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy Corp reported a third consecutive slump in monthly sales. Read more

Ingeteam hits 120MW of Chilean projects supplied

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 12:43 (PV-Tech)

Spanish electrical engineering firm Ingeteam claims that its inverters are now powering 120MW of PV in Chile, following the recent connection of a 100MW plant in the Atacama Desert region of the Latin American country. Read more

Sharp could sell developer Recurrent Energy, says Bloomberg

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 11:46 (PV-Tech)

Sharp Corporation could be preparing to sell on Recurrent Energy, the US PV project developer it acquired in 2010, according to news reports. Read more

Joule and Scatec Solar ASA to cooperate on photovoltaic-powered solar fuel production

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 7:09 (Solarserver)

Joule (Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.), the pioneer of the direct, solar conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels, on September 5th, 2014 announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scatec Solar ASA (Oslo, Norway), a leading, independent solar power producer. In the MoU the parties have agreed to initiate a process to reach specific terms for a partnership, to support the roll-out of Joule production plants featuring solar photovoltaic (PV) power. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Bluefield Solar Income Fund acquires 10 projects in first year

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 17:10 (Solarpowerportal)

Bluefield Solar Income Fund acquired 10 solar assets across the UK during its first 12 months, as revealed by the company’s full year results published today. Read more

Canadian Solar taps Sichuan Development fund for US$800 million in project financing

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 17:08 (PV-Tech)

Side-stepping the trend towards yield co financial structures, major PVEP Canadian Solar has secured a PV project financing partnership with China’s Sichuan Development Investment Management firm, part of the local Sichuan government. Read more

Sharp Putting Solar Developer Recurrent Energy Up for Sale, Again

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 16:33 (Renewable Energy World)

Sharp Corp., the Japanese electronics maker, is seeking to sell its U.S. solar-energy development unit Recurrent Energy. Read more

The Solar Technology Behind Apple's iPhone 6

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 16:26 (Renewable Energy World)

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone 6 this week with a thin sapphire screen that is incredibly scratch resistant. And the company can thank the solar industry for that innovation. The super-thin screen is made through a process called proton induced exfoliation or PIE invented by Twin Creeks Technologies. With PIE, high-energy protons are fire Read more

Philippines DOE secretary Petilla: Rooftop solar power costs less than electricity from a coal plant

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 15:51 (Solarserver)

To address the Philippines energy supply, the nation’s Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing the right mix of renewable energy (RE) with traditional sources, such as coal and diesel. “Because RE is indigenous which means it is locally available, we can depend on it for energy security even if there are political issues such as war in other countries,” DOE secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said. This benefit alone, he said, should outweigh the cost implications associated with RE. But private rooftop PV systems also provide electricity at lower cost than coal-fired power plants, Petilla notes. Read more

Intersolar South America attracted over 9.000 visitors; 75 exhibiting companies from 10 countries

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 15:44 (Solarserver)

Intersolar South America 2014, held from August 26 to 28 at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo (Brazil), attracted more than 9.000 visitors, thus exceeding the expectations of exhibitors and the participating public, the organizers report in a press release. The professionals also attended the parallel event ENIE, Electrical Installations Exhibition & Conference. Through the parallelism of both exhibitions, the organizers could reportedly introduce solar to a new target group. Read more

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Solar Innovations

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 14:34 (Renewable Energy World)

Many of the most significant industrial and technological innovations in the U.S. were discovered, commercialized and expanded with government support. Turn the clock a century or two and you can see how the government was behind oil drilling and refining, transcontinental railroads and our electric grid. More recently the government's been successful with the space program, the internet and the biotech revolution. And these government efforts continue with solar. Read more

India’s Newest State to Hold 500-Megawatt Solar Auction

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 14:27 (Renewable Energy World)

India’s newly formed state of Telangana announced plans to auction licenses to build 500 megawatts of solar capacity. Read more

Taiwan’s GET mulling overseas PV module production

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 12:38 (PV-Tech)

Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) has said it is considering establishing an overseas module assembly plant with sister company, Gintung. Read more

Rooftop solar cheaper than coal, says Philippines’ energy minister

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 11:55 (PV-Tech)

Philippines’ Department of Energy (DoE)’s secretary of energy, Carlos Jericho Petilla has said that rooftop solar is now cheaper than coal in the island state. Read more

Key LDK Solar investors plot polysilicon production arm restructuring

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 11:47 (PV-Tech)

LDK Solar’s Cayman Island liquidators with the support of two major investors are attempting to start restructuring proceedings in Hong Kong of LDK Solar’s key asset, its polysilicon production operations, LDK Silicon & Chemical Technology Co. Read more

Rijn Capital adds to 500MW Chilean pipeline

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 11:29 (PV-Tech)

Investment firm Rijn Capital Chile has submitted an application for a 35.8MW solar power plant in the Latin American country. Read more

Russia’s ‘largest’ PV power plant inaugurated

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 10:50 (PV-Tech)

Russian solar firm Hevel Solar has inaugurated a 5MW pilot PV power plant in the Altai Republic, in southern Siberia. Read more

First Solar completes 18 MW Barilla solar PV project in Texas, brings competitively priced solar power to the market

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 10:13 (Solarserver)

First Solar Inc. (Tempe, AZ, US) on September 4th, 2014 announced the completion of Phase 1 of the Barilla Solar Project in Pecos County, Texas, bringing approximately 18 MWAC of solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity to the Texas competitive electricity wholesale market. First Solar will offer solar power generated by the Barilla plant on a competitive open contract basis, making it the first such solar asset in Texas, the company announced. Read more

Italy adopts Decree-Law with significant retroactive FiT cuts, new taxes for self-consumed solar electricity

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 10:09 (Solarserver)

On August 7th, 2014 the Italian Senate adopted a Decree-Law that introduces significant retroactive cuts of the guaranteed Feed-in Tariffs (FiT) and new taxes for self-consumed solar electricity, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) reports. These new rules will seriously damage the investment climate for solar photovoltaics (PV) in the country and the image of Europe as a stable investment centre, EPIA emphasizes. Read more

Kong Sun and Hareon Solar announce investment in PV plants in China totalling 1,000 MW within the next three years

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 9:52 (Solarserver)

On September 4th, 2014 Kong Sun Holdings Limited (Hong Kong, China) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary (Kong Sun Yong Tai Investment Holdings Ltd., KS) entered into a framework agreement with Hareon Solar Technology Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) to cooperate in developing solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in the PRC. Pursuant to the framework agreement, the proposed cooperation will include KS Investment acquiring photovoltaic power stations with capacity of 100 MW from Hareon Solor in 2014, and the cooperation on joint development of PV plants with capacities of 300 MW to 400 MW in 2015, and 400 MW to 500 MW in 2016. Read more

JinkoSolar appoints Charlie Cao to CFO, Longgen Zhang becomes financial advisor and continues on the board

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 9:15 (Solarserver)

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on September 5th, 2014 announced that Haiyun (Charlie) Cao, the Company's current Financial Controller, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Longgen Zhang will serve as a financial advisor to the Company and will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. Both appointments will be effective on September 5th, 2014. Read more

First Solar starts construction on 250 MW Silver State South PV plant in Primm, Nevada

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 7:26 (Solarserver)

On September 3rd, 2014 federal, state and local leaders joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Southern California Edison and First Solar, Inc., to break ground on the Silver State South Solar Project, a 250 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant being constructed in Primm, Nevada, on the California/Nevada border 40 miles south of Las Vegas. The PV plant is strategically located near a major transmission hub and is adjacent to an existing power plant and transmission line corridor. Read more

UK solar, renewables industry unifies around key tests for next government

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 7:20 (Solarserver)

Leading British renewable energy trade bodies have come together to launch “key tests” for the political parties ahead of the next general election. The grouping, which includes ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association), BHA (the British Hydropower Association), the British Photovoltaic Association, the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Solar Trade Association, has launched a renewables manifesto statement and campaign hosted on the Action for Renewables website. Read more


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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Update and Thoughts on the Finavera Deal

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 16:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Clean energy stocks and the market in general rebounded strongly in August. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, rose percent, returning to positive territory up 1.7 percent for the year. My clean energy benchmark PBW also jumped back into the black with an 11.1 percent gain for the month and 10.8 percent for the year to date. Read more

Hareon signs 100MW framework agreement in Baishan City

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 15:30 (PV-Tech)

China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar Technology has signed another PV framework agreement totalling 100MW with Hakusan Municipal Economic Development Zone in Baishan city. Read more

Planned 50MW Israel project could send power to Jordan

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 11:49 (PV-Tech)

The Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative (EEREI) has opened the tendering process for a 50MW PV project in Israel that could also provide power to neighbouring Jordan. Read more

Energy storage: Tesla Motors selects Nevada as official site of its battery Gigafactory; Analysts anticipate overcapacity

Monday, 9.8.2014 - 6:52 (Solarserver)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, Calif., US), on September 4th, 2014 announced that Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla “Gigafactory”. Tesla and its partners announced to invest approximately USD 4–5 billion in the Gigafactory through 2020, and Tesla will directly invest approximately USD 2 billion for a scheduled battery 35 GWh lithium-ion cell production facility. Read more


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