PV Modules

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New PV module testing guidelines published by CSA Group

August 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 0 comments

North American testing, certification and standards development organization CSA Group sent word about the development of C450 – currently available as an Express Document (EXP450) – new guidelines that help to address the lack of uniform testing requirements in the Photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing industry. To best ensure the levelRead More

Details on SunPower’s new Silicon Valley production line for HE solar modules

Details on SunPower’s new Silicon Valley production line for HE solar modules

August 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm 0 comments

Solar technology design, manufacturing and installation methods have come a long way in just 20 years, and as a trailblazing solar energy company, SunPower has witnessed the trajectory first-hand. Globally, there is now 305 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity, up from around 50 GW in 2010 and virtually nothing atRead More

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Why energy density matters — and three ways to maximize it

August 7, 2017 at 9:55 am 0 comments

In previous generations of solar installations, the primary cost-driver was the electricity-generating modules. But in the past five years, as costs for the modules themselves have fallen, myriad other costs have become far more central to making the economics of projects work. The increasing financial burden of fixed-cost items likeRead More

Analyst: ‘Anyone’ can get into solar module manufacturing

Analyst: ‘Anyone’ can get into solar module manufacturing

August 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm 0 comments

With so much talk about the global module supply these days, and the merits of Suniva’s petition for domestic trade protection, this perspective from investor website Seeking Alpha is worth noting. The impetus for the post is Poland-based plastics manufacturer Hanplast jumping into solar panel manufacturing with a 100-MW panelRead More

Solar tracking system advancements: What’s the impact over the life of a PV plant?

Solar tracking system advancements: What’s the impact over the life of a PV plant?

July 31, 2017 at 2:10 pm 0 comments

The goal of a solar tracking system is to boost the lifetime energy production of a given site, somewhere between 20 to 30 percent over a 30-year period. But this is not a “set-it-and-forget-it” proposition. Today’s tracker systems are more advanced than ever before, but they require an operations andRead More

Panasonic names its first group of Premium Solar Installers

Panasonic names its first group of Premium Solar Installers

July 25, 2017 at 9:50 am Comments are Disabled

Several authorized installers of Panasonic’s HIT solar modules were just promoted to the exclusive “Premium Installer” status. Panasonic unveiled this program last year to provide valuable assets to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. “The growth of Panasonic HIT modules across North America has allowed us to partnerRead More

CertainTeed boosts rated power of its Apollo solar systems

CertainTeed boosts rated power of its Apollo solar systems

July 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm Comments are Disabled

CertainTeed Solar has increased the rated power in its Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems. Apollo II now offers 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed Solar roofing systems. “The power increases to our Apollo II line reflect CertainTeed’sRead More

SolarWorld Americas launches new Warranty Protection Program, receives cash infusion

SolarWorld Americas launches new Warranty Protection Program, receives cash infusion

July 24, 2017 at 8:07 am Comments are Disabled

Despite word of significant layoffs, and the ongoing insolvency proceedings of its Germany-based parent company (which the company says doesn’t affect them), SolarWorld Americas Inc., one of the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturers, continues to make moves. New Warranty Program SolarWorld also announced more customer protections, which would be crucialRead More

Sol Voltaics nets record funding to commercialize its solar panel boosting tech

Sol Voltaics nets record funding to commercialize its solar panel boosting tech

July 19, 2017 at 11:14 am Comments are Disabled

Sol Voltaics has closed a record funding round of $21.3 million, the largest finance raise for a European solar technology company since 2015. The new finance will be used to accelerate commercialization of its highly anticipated solar efficiency boosting technology, SolFilm which the company claims will increase conventional solar panelRead More

Penn State researchers say new concentrated PV system beats silicon solar cells

Penn State researchers say new concentrated PV system beats silicon solar cells

July 19, 2017 at 9:36 am Comments are Disabled

One message delivered at Intersolar last week was the need for even better, more efficient technology to really affect change over the next few decades. Researchers at Penn State think they are on the path to one such breakthrough, with a concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking that they sayRead More

 
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