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SEIA: Additional 25 percent tariff on solar cells, modules from China being considered

SEIA: Additional 25 percent tariff on solar cells, modules from China being considered

June 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

It seems Trump may stoke the trade war flames with China once more after the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a new list of products covered under the Section 301 action against China for intellectual property (IP) violations. In this new list, the USTR has targeted solar cells andRead More

SunPower’s highest efficiency solar panels to debut at Intersolar Europe this week

SunPower’s highest efficiency solar panels to debut at Intersolar Europe this week

June 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

SunPower will formally introduce its highest efficiency X-Series residential solar panel this week during Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany. At 370-watts and 22.7-percent efficiency, it is the most efficient solar panel that customers can buy for their home today. “By engineering greater efficiency solar panels, we can fit more wattsRead More

Largest rooftop solar project in the Midwest secured by EcoFoot2+ ballast system

Largest rooftop solar project in the Midwest secured by EcoFoot2+ ballast system

June 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm 0 comments

The Continental Electrical Construction Co. (CECCo) chose Ecolibrium Solar’s EcoFoot2+ Ballasted Racking System to secure a 3.5 MW solar array – has been successfully delivered to the job site at Magid Glove and Safety Manufacturing Company in Romeoville, Ill. When completed in November 2018, the array will be the largestRead More

SolarEdge files lawsuit against Huawei for patent infringement

SolarEdge files lawsuit against Huawei for patent infringement

June 18, 2018 at 11:52 am 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei. The lawsuit, filed in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany, one of the most pre-eminent GermanRead More

Install Inequality: Nearly half of U.S. residential rooftop solar potential is currently out of reach

Install Inequality: Nearly half of U.S. residential rooftop solar potential is currently out of reach

June 18, 2018 at 11:30 am 0 comments

One of the largest barriers to solar adoption on a wide scale is the wealth gap, and it will require more problem-solving than a mandate to overcome it. A new report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that nearly half (42 percent) of all the United States’Read More

Massachusetts Senate passes bill to eliminate the Eversource demand charge

Massachusetts Senate passes bill to eliminate the Eversource demand charge

June 15, 2018 at 8:48 am 0 comments

The Massachusetts solar industry was thrown a life preserver from the state Senate, which passed SB 2545 yesterday. Not only does the bill raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) it also contains two provisions critical for the continued growth of the industry in the state. First, it proposes aRead More

Start-up wants to make solar installs contagious among neighbors

Start-up wants to make solar installs contagious among neighbors

June 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

In 2017, Google’s Project Sunroof used satellite images to allow consumers to view which homes in their neighborhood installed solar. OhmHome, just took it a step further with NextDoor Solar, an online tool that allows consumers to view not only which homes in their neighborhood have solar, but also whichRead More

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Global solar tracker market to hit $27 billion by 2024

June 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, the Solar Tracker Market to exceed $27 billion by 2024. Paradigm shift from depleting conventional resources toward sustainable electricity generation technologies will drive the global solar tracker market. Furthermore, rising concerns pertainingRead More

Metal roofs could trend upward after California’s solar mandate

Metal roofs could trend upward after California’s solar mandate

June 14, 2018 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

As the first state in the nation to require all new homes to have solar power, California’s recent decision may result in a dramatic shift in the way American and Canadian homeowners think about their roofing options, says the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). “California’s leadership is a giant step forwardRead More

Solar-Tectic patents perovskite, crystalline silicon thin-film tandem solar cell

Solar-Tectic patents perovskite, crystalline silicon thin-film tandem solar cell

June 14, 2018 at 2:18 pm 0 comments

Perovskite materials are always on the horizon for the solar industry, holding promise as a future solution to the long-standing problem of solar cell efficiency, which is of primary importance in today’s solar panel market. And while there have been numerous reports of perovskite/silicon (wafer) tandem solar cells, remarkably thereRead More