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Largest shopping mall solar install in California possible because of bifacial PV panels

Largest shopping mall solar install in California possible because of bifacial PV panels

February 19, 2018 at 10:11 am 0 comments

The largest commercial rooftop solar PV installation in Hanford, Calif., and the largest solar system to be installed, to date, on a shopping mall in the state, was completed via Blue Sky Utility, a California-based renewable energy developer, and Passco Companies, a national real estate investment firm. The 1.62-MW commercialRead More

South Carolina school district adds 515-kW system, featuring Mission Solar modules

South Carolina school district adds 515-kW system, featuring Mission Solar modules

February 14, 2018 at 9:02 am 0 comments

The Edgefield County School District in South Carolina is now the proud owner of a 515-kW solar farm that sits on the campus of Parker Elementary in Edgefield, South Carolina. The school’s solar farm is the first large-scale solar installation in the county, which in addition to earning the schoolRead More

Trina Solar hits 25.04 percent efficiency for large-area IBC mono-crystalline silicon solar cell

Trina Solar hits 25.04 percent efficiency for large-area IBC mono-crystalline silicon solar cell

February 14, 2018 at 8:37 am 0 comments

Trina Solar says its State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) has achieved 25.04% total-area efficiency for a large-area (243.18 cm2) n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell, with open-circuit voltage up to 715.6 mV. The result was independently certified by Japan Electric SafetyRead More

The LONGi-term play: Get familiar with this record-breaking Chinese manufacturer

The LONGi-term play: Get familiar with this record-breaking Chinese manufacturer

February 13, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Even amid the tariff uncertainty, China-based LONGi Solar is ready to establish a bigger presence in the U.S. and intrigues us in the (ahem) long-term. Wholly owned by LONGi Group, there was speculation that in a punitive tariff scenario the company might consider establishing its own U.S. manufacturing line, butRead More

Panasonic, Enphase to partner on high-efficiency AC module

Panasonic, Enphase to partner on high-efficiency AC module

February 12, 2018 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Panasonic Corp. of North America and Enphase Energy Inc. are partnering on the development of high efficiency AC Modules (ACMs). To support this partnership, the 320W Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter offers compatibility with Panasonic’s N Series Photovoltaic (PV) Modules HIT (N325/N330), and will be made available to distributors starting May 2018.Read More

NREL researchers prove perovskite solar cells more stable than previously thought

NREL researchers prove perovskite solar cells more stable than previously thought

February 5, 2018 at 8:26 am 0 comments

Over the past decade, perovskites have rapidly evolved into a promising technology, now with the ability to convert about 23 percent of sunlight into electricity, but work is still needed to make the devices durable enough for long-term use. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy LaboratoryRead More

What to see at Panasonic’s booth at Solar Power Northeast in Boston, Feb 5-6

What to see at Panasonic’s booth at Solar Power Northeast in Boston, Feb 5-6

February 2, 2018 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Are you headed to Boston for Solar Power Northeast next week? Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is and will be showcasing its high performance HIT solar panels and energy storage products at booth 208. The HIT solar panel products that will be on display include the all-black 40 mm N320KRead More

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

January 29, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Solar is now the No. 1 new source of capacity being added to the grid, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and solar installer is the fastest growing job in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And what’s the reason for the rise of this newRead More

Perovskite breakthrough: NREL gains new insight into how the cells degrade

Perovskite breakthrough: NREL gains new insight into how the cells degrade

January 25, 2018 at 10:36 am 0 comments

Perovskite solar cells are the most tantalizing research category in the solar industry because of their efficiency and versatility, but thus far haven’t budged outside a lab setting. A microscopic analysis conducted by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has revealed new insight into how the devices degrade— huge information forRead More

Jinergy’s high-efficiency modules first to achieve new IEC certification via TUV Rheinland

Jinergy’s high-efficiency modules first to achieve new IEC certification via TUV Rheinland

January 15, 2018 at 9:30 am 0 comments

The ultra-high efficiency heterojunction (HJT) module from Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Limited (JINERGY) passed the new IEC standards in a test conducted by TÜV Rheinland, an independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization. JINERGY became the first photovoltaic enterprise to receive the certification. The new PV module performance and safetyRead More