Europe’s climate and energy future hangs in the hands of politicians meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow.
PV manufacturer Clenergy, completed a 41MW mounting order for TBEA SunOasis’ Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy Park, on track to be Pakistan’s first large-scale ground PV project.
Module manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has announced the closure of two supply agreements totalling 300MW.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN), completed the delivery of 39MW of solar modules to solar vehicle company Third Step France, shipped from CSUN’s plant in Turkey.
PV manufacturer Trina Solar is planning to significantly expand solar module manufacturing capacity in 2014, according to documents seen by PV Tech.
Time is fast running out for the US and Chinese to reach a negotiated settlement to their ongoing solar trade dispute, according to a leading expert on the case.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide US$53 million to fund 40 R&D projects aimed at slashing the cost of solar.
US thin-film giant First Solar’s Macho Springs project in New Mexico has become the first PV plant to receive the system-level ‘Quality Tested’ certification from testing institute VDE and Fraunhofer ISE.
SunEdison has been awarded 17.7MW of distributed generation across 30 PV projects in California, with investors in the company’s ‘yield co’ TerraForm Power likely to benefit.
Consolidation in the PV manufacturing equipment sector has continued with Amtech Systems acquiring BTU International in an all stock transaction valuing BTU at US$32.5 million.
On October 22th, 2014 the VDE Testing and Certification Institute in conjunction with Fraunhofer ISE, a German solar research institute, announced the issuance of VDE Quality Tested (QT) Certification to First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, US) for its design, engineering and construction of the Macho Springs 50 MW (AC) power plant located in Luna County, New Mexico.
The plant, which went into commercial operation in May, 2014, utilizes First Solar’s thin-film modules and balance of system technology. A first for the industry, the successful QT certification of the complete PV plant marks the implementation of a strategic alliance to enhance technical bankability, the partners report.
Renewable energy investment company Low Carbon (Kings Langley, UK) and utility-scale solar developer Nur Energie (London, UK) are partnering in the development of a flagship 2 GW concentrating solar power (CSP) export project in the Tunisian Sahara.
The TuNur project will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated cable, the partners announced.
Amber Infrastructure (London, UK) on October 22nd, 2014 announced that it is acting as the sole funder for the UK’s largest roof mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the Marks and Spencer plc (M&S) East Midlands Distribution Centre in Castle Donington.
The PV project, which is expected to be completed in early 2015, will span the site’s 900,000 sq ft roof and will generate over 5,000 MWh of solar power year, enough to power 1,190 homes.
SolarWorld (Hillsboro, Oregon, US) on October 22nd, 2014 expressed its gratitude for a USD 4 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to intensify development of a ground-breaking silicon mono-crystallization technology.
The proprietary development has demonstrated promise to sharply reduce costs to produce silicon mono-crystals while increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, SolarWorld notes.
Stion (San Jose, California, U.S.), a U.S.-based manufacturer of high efficiency thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and provider of solar PV solutions, on October 22nd, 2014 announced a 1 MW solar array at the Vidalia Water Treatment Facility in Vidalia, Georgia.
This solar project, operating since February, was made possible by the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) and will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems. The company was awarded a contract with Georgia Power to buy 100 percent of the power produced by the solar array for the next 20 years.
CEC GreatWall Energy, a division of China Great Wall Computer Shenzhen Co, Ltd (GWPC), on October 22nd, 2014 announced that it will raise over USD 87 million to fund the procurement and construction of multiple rooftop and ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) plants across the Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces in China, subject to the government final approvals.
The PV projects will have a combined capacity of 60 megawatts (MW) and will utilize a mixture of Satcon PowerGate Plus and the recently introduced Satcon Galaxy Series PV inverter solutions.
Calling it "critically important to America's future", the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington DC) on October 20th, 2014 launched a national campaign to extend the 30 percent solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) past 2016 by emphasizing tax fairness.
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch announced the campaign, which will begin in earnest in 2015, when a new Congress is sworn in. He made the announcement before a raucous crowd at the opening session of Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar trade show in America, with nearly 20,000 people expected to attend.
Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has signed a deal with O2 Energies (Cornelius, North Carolina, US) to supply 17 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for three solar projects in North Carolina. The supply deal will include Hanwha SolarOne’s new S Series modules.
The modules will be used at O2 Energies’ Cirrus, Chocowinity and Rockwell solar PV plants.
Royal DSM (Heerlen, The Netherlands), a global life sciences and materials sciences company, and Beneq (Espoo, Finland), supplier of production and research equipment for thin-film ALD and aerosol coatings, are working together developing and commercializing a completely new and superior aerosol deposition technology for AR coatings for solar glass applications.
Energy Storage is emerging as a vital element in driving the change to a cleaner energy future. It is key to areas such as on-grid and off-grid energy management, micro grids for remote and mining communities, as well as electric vehicles and advanced systems for managing the energy of buildings.
To address the specific need to connect leaders in this transformational industry, the Australian Energy Storage Alliance (AES Alliance) launched on October 17th, 2014. The AES Alliance is supported by the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition, the dedicated energy storage event in Australia.