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Seaward updates PV testing products with higher resolution I-V curve, more

Seaward updates PV testing products with higher resolution I-V curve, more

August 14, 2018 at 8:23 am 0 comments

Solar test equipment manufacturer Seaward Group released an updated version of its solar PV test equipment with new features to improve functionality and boost performance and precision. The biggest updated in the PV200/210 Complete Kit  is a new I-V curve algorithm designed to produce higher resolution results. Users will alsoRead More

This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

This 3 in 1 Roof boosts solar cell efficiency with new approach to surface temperature management

August 13, 2018 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

Black or blue silicone solar cells have average efficiency ratings of around 22 percent in test settings, often with a range of 15 to 17 percent in real-world conditions during a course of the day. The creators of the new 3 in 1 Roof system think they have a betterRead More

How to Increase your Competiveness with Adaptive System Design

How to Increase your Competiveness with Adaptive System Design

August 13, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

As solar markets are getting more established, the competition between installation companies increases. More players, both regional and national, are entering the market. While this is good for solar shoppers and the overall growth of the solar industry, installers might face tougher competition. As a result, differentiation becomes more important.Read More

Fraunhofer Center vouches for AE Solar’s hot-spot free solar module design

Fraunhofer Center vouches for AE Solar’s hot-spot free solar module design

August 10, 2018 at 8:45 am 0 comments

Hot-spots remain an issue for various module types and present long-term issues for owners of older PV systems. The term hot-spot refers to the excessive heating in an area of a solar panel — a raise in temperature that may result from a drop in the output of electric currentRead More

TerraSmart’s new TF3L ground-mount is lighter, adds more panels per foundation

TerraSmart’s new TF3L ground-mount is lighter, adds more panels per foundation

August 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm 0 comments

TerraSmart introduced the latest edition to its racking portfolio, the TF3L. Similar to TerraSmart’s TF2P, the TF3 Landscape Racking System is designed to maximize construction efficiency on large-scale utility-solar sites thus saving the client from unnecessary civil work. In addition, the TF3L accommodates more panels per foundation, reducing overall site costRead More

Corporations have contracted for a record 3.57 GW in renewable energy in 2018

Corporations have contracted for a record 3.57 GW in renewable energy in 2018

August 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm 0 comments

This week, the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), announced that corporate renewable energy procurement reached a new record in 2018, with 3.57 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy projects announced this year to date in the United States. This number exceeds both the 3.12Read More

Why solar is a ray of hope for struggling retail industry

Why solar is a ray of hope for struggling retail industry

August 9, 2018 at 11:53 am 0 comments

The retail industry is facing challenging times. Business Insider reported that electronics, grocery stores, department stores and drug stores are among the sectors threatened by online retailers, such as Amazon. Businesses that were considered “too big to fail” such as Toys “R” Us, Payless and Radio Shack are among theRead More

EnSync Energy sells PPA for California fire training facility solar install to Standard Solar

EnSync Energy sells PPA for California fire training facility solar install to Standard Solar

August 9, 2018 at 10:42 am 0 comments

EnSync Energy Systems sold a project under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to Standard Solar — a deal that marks EnSync Energy’s entry into the California marketplace. EnSync Energy is building a 600-kilowatt solar installation at the CALRead More

Panasonic Premium Solar Installer program adds two more companies — let’s meet them

Panasonic Premium Solar Installer program adds two more companies — let’s meet them

August 9, 2018 at 10:26 am 0 comments

The Panasonic Residential Solar Business Premium Installer program keeps on growing, with Sunlux and Solaroo Energy recently promoted to Premium level. In January 2015, Sunlux founders had a radical idea – solar energy should be just as easy as traditional electricity. Their strategy of putting customers and employees first paidRead More

Vivint Solar nails down new multi-party financial agreement for $327 million in total funding

Vivint Solar nails down new multi-party financial agreement for $327 million in total funding

August 8, 2018 at 2:31 pm 0 comments

Vivint Solar, Inc. closed an innovative multi-party forward flow funding arrangement that includes project-level debt, a levered tax equity partnership, and the company’s first cash equity investment. The transaction provides up to $327 million in total funding commitments, with an aggregate value of approximately $410 million, which is structured toRead More