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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

Evergy’s solar demand charge was ruled illegal, but it’s still being collected

Evergy’s solar demand charge was ruled illegal, but it’s still being collected

September 22, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

From Energy News Network: Clean energy advocates want Evergy to cease a demand charge on solar customers that was ruled illegal last spring. Five months after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled it illegal, Evergy continues to collect a demand fee from customers who own solar panels. “It’s an injustice thatRead 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

Third Sun Solar donates ground-mounted solar array to Women for Recovery of Athens, Ohio.

Third Sun Solar donates ground-mounted solar array to Women for Recovery of Athens, Ohio.

September 21, 2020 at 10:31 am 0 comments

Third Sun Solar has partnered with Women for Recovery of Athens, Ohio, to provide clean energy to the Serenity Grove Women’s Recovery House. The addition of a solar array to the Serenity Grove facility will greatly reduce the nonprofit’s utility costs for at least the next two decades. “We believeRead More

Webinar next week: Residential racking innovations to save time, money via SunModo

Webinar next week: Residential racking innovations to save time, money via SunModo

September 21, 2020 at 9:00 am 1 comment

  Tue, Sep 29, 2020 2:00 PM EDT Sign up for free here Earn NABCEP credits for attending this webinar! Residential solar installers aren’t able to visit trade show booths this year, so SunModo is bringing its booth to installers. There are a lot of residential mounting and racking productsRead 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