Articles by: Chris Crowell

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Encapsulated perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells are under test at KAUST outdoor test facility.

New perovskite-silicon tandem cell concept tested in real-world conditions

September 22, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells hold the promise of power conversion efficiencies well above the theoretical limit of silicon alone, but their outdoor performance in a hot and sunny climate and their commercialization is still an issue. A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have fabricated efficient,Read More

Trina Solar’s 600 W Vertex modules pass TÜV Rheinland tests

Trina Solar’s 600 W Vertex modules pass TÜV Rheinland tests

September 21, 2020 at 1:38 pm 0 comments

Trina Solar Co.‘s new Vertex 600W/550W series ultra-high power modules keep passing all the tests, this time the comprehensive reliability test by TÜV Rheinland. Previous milestones for Trina Solar’s new tech include the IEC 61215 PV module performance standard and the IEC 61730 PV module safety standard certificates in MarchRead More

SunSpec Alliance teams with MESA Standards Alliance on ESS certification, testing program

SunSpec Alliance teams with MESA Standards Alliance on ESS certification, testing program

September 21, 2020 at 12:31 pm 0 comments

The MESA Standards Alliance and the SunSpec Alliance formed a new joint testing and certification program for the MESA-Device specification. This is a strategic move for SunSpec as it allows SunSpec members to participate in “front-of-the-meter” and utility-scale applications. Vendors will now be able to receive certification via third-party authenticators,Read More

Soltec debuts slimmed down, structurally reinforced SF8 solar tracker

Soltec debuts slimmed down, structurally reinforced SF8 solar tracker

September 21, 2020 at 11:02 am 0 comments

Single-axis tracker manufacturer Soltec is debuting its new SF8 tracker, which will differentiate itself with a minimum 2×60 configuration and 4 to 6 strings and improve upon the previous generation with a more robust structure. A reinforced torque tube with a new, improved geometry, together with an autonomous self-stow system, contributeRead More

FERC Order 2222 opens up wholesale electricity markets for DER — why is this a big deal?

FERC Order 2222 opens up wholesale electricity markets for DER — why is this a big deal?

September 21, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 2222 last week to open up the wholesale electricity markers to distributed energy resources, which could go down as a historic decision. The public is more and more choosing to opt for cost-competitive solar and/or energy storage solutions. This rule is anRead More

Tigo launches Tigo Enhanced program in conjunction with solar inverter partners

Tigo launches Tigo Enhanced program in conjunction with solar inverter partners

September 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm 0 comments

Tigo Energy, Inc. has launched a joint marketing program, called Tigo Enhanced, in conjunction with its major inverter partners to make it even easier for customers to choose Tigo’s reliable module level power electronics (MLPE) for their solar PV projects. Under the program, inverter partners that use Tigo technology willRead More

TerraSmart’s ground screws, turnkey service are building Maine’s utility-scale solar portfolio

TerraSmart’s ground screws, turnkey service are building Maine’s utility-scale solar portfolio

September 17, 2020 at 11:40 am 0 comments

TerraSmart has a robust pipeline of utility-scale solar projects coming soon in the rolling hills of Maine. In July, TerraSmart commenced its turnkey ground screw racking solution on eight record sized projects in the rocky New England state that will aid in Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, a recent policy approvedRead More

Duke Energy, solar industry agree on ‘Solar Choice Net Metering’ plan in South Carolina

Duke Energy, solar industry agree on ‘Solar Choice Net Metering’ plan in South Carolina

September 17, 2020 at 11:29 am 0 comments

Duke Energy says it has reached an agreement with leading solar installers, environmental groups and renewable energy advocates that, if approved by regulators, will create long-term stability for the residential solar industry in South Carolina. The deal will provide options for customers while allowing the company to address increasing electric demandRead More

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Li-ion Tamer: Preventing thermal runaway before it begins

September 17, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Utility, industrial, commercial, and government facilities are increasingly turning to Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESSs) in a variety of sizes and power outputs for reliable back-up power, to avoid peak demand charges and to store energy generated by renewable power systems for use at a later time. The market isRead More

Octillion, Orison aimed this smaller-scale energy storage unit right at homeowners to self-install

Octillion, Orison aimed this smaller-scale energy storage unit right at homeowners to self-install

September 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm 0 comments

Octillion Power Systems of Hayward, Calif., a provider of advanced lithium-ion storage systems, worked with Orison Inc., an energy storage company based in Wyoming, to develop a compact, customized battery pack that allows home owners to self-install their own home-battery system that can either power from an existing solar PV system orRead More