PV Modules

Trends and best practices for buying and installing solar PV modules. Coverage includes mono and poly crystalline, silicone, high-efficiency modules, PERC, bi-facial.

Solar panel cleaning tech from Superclean Glass a finalist in DOE’s American-Made Solar Prize

Solar panel cleaning tech from Superclean Glass a finalist in DOE’s American-Made Solar Prize

April 19, 2021 at 3:32 pm 0 comments

Superclean Glass, Inc., a company that uses a solar panel-cleaning technology developed at Stony Brook University and a start-up mentored by the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook, has been named a finalist in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Solar Prize for 2021. Superclean Glass was oneRead More

Upgrading to Thin-Film: When it Makes Sense for Your Commercial DG Projects

Upgrading to Thin-Film: When it Makes Sense for Your Commercial DG Projects

April 16, 2021 at 9:09 am 1 comment

Register here Wed, Apr 21, 2021 2 p.m. EDT First Solar is a global solar leader and America’s Solar Company. For decades its industry-leading thin-film technology has been a large developer favorite around the world, with 60 percent of U.S. utility-scale installations in 2019 featuring First Solar modules. Now, FirstRead More

Canadian Solar mass producing its next-gen HiKu7 modules (665 W)

Canadian Solar mass producing its next-gen HiKu7 modules (665 W)

April 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm 0 comments

Canadian Solar Inc. today announced that it has started mass production of high-power, high-efficiency modules with power output of up to 665 W. The new generation of monofacial HiKu7 and bifacial BiHiKu7 modules are based on 210 mm cells. The company says these modules have been optimized with leading tracker and inverter designs toRead More

Panasonic promotes four solar installers within its Residential Installer program

Panasonic promotes four solar installers within its Residential Installer program

April 12, 2021 at 11:18 am 0 comments

Panasonic continues to expand its Residential Solar Installer program, promoting two new Premium and two new Elite level installers this week. Elite Installers: Orange County Solar, Orange, Calif. and Kapital Electric Company Inc., Bensenville, Ill. Premium Installers: SolarNorcal, LLC, DBA Excite Energy, El Dorado Hills, Calif. and Nuwatt Energy, Woburn, Mass. As part ofRead More

Maxeon eyes large-scale solar with shingled module line, U.S-based production

Maxeon eyes large-scale solar with shingled module line, U.S-based production

April 12, 2021 at 10:46 am 0 comments

Maxeon Solar Technologies announced plans to expand its presence in the large-scale U.S. solar power market by ramping up production of its Performance line of shingled modules — up to 3.6 GW of new capacity. After the company obtains the necessary debt or equity financing to purchase the equipment andRead More

Q CELLS keeps top spot in U.S. residential, commercial solar module market

Q CELLS keeps top spot in U.S. residential, commercial solar module market

April 9, 2021 at 10:41 am 0 comments

Q CELLS retained its top market share position in the U.S. residential and commercial solar module markets, according to the Q1 2021 U.S. PV Leaderboard report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Q CELLS obtained 24.8% market share in the U.S. residential market for FY 2020, marking 10 consecutive quartersRead More

Start the (re)cycle: Zero-waste solar construction and end-of-life plans

Start the (re)cycle: Zero-waste solar construction and end-of-life plans

April 8, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Solar projects aren’t inherently homeruns for the environment in terms of waste. Jobsites are packed with product packaging and leftover material, and, of course, decommissioned panels loom as a landfill crisis down the road. Luckily, solar contractors and developers can overcome these potential issues if they do one thing: Try.Read More

BayWa r.e. to distribute REC Alpha Series solar modules in U.S.

BayWa r.e. to distribute REC Alpha Series solar modules in U.S.

April 6, 2021 at 7:00 am 0 comments

BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC, a U.S. distributor of top-tier solar and energy storage components and systems, is now a Platinum distributor for REC Americas LLC’s Alpha Series solar modules. The partnership also includes REC’s Certified Solar Professional dealer program, which will be available to qualified installers. The REC AlphaRead More

HES Solar rebrands residential side after hitting SunPower Master Dealer status

HES Solar rebrands residential side after hitting SunPower Master Dealer status

April 5, 2021 at 3:31 pm 0 comments

HES Solar, established this month in 2001 in San Diego as Home Energy Systems, became HES Solar in 2017 and today the solar installer has upgraded its partnership with SunPower to re-brand the residential division as SunPower by HES Solar. The change comes as a result of SunPower’s invitation to advance from Elite Dealer status toRead More

Mitrex’s new BIPV solar roofing panels mimic roof shingles

Mitrex’s new BIPV solar roofing panels mimic roof shingles

March 29, 2021 at 12:06 pm 0 comments

Mitrex, a Canadian manufacturing leader in solar technology, is bringing to market its roofing panels, developed to provide a cost-efficient energy solution for homes.  The company’s patented building-integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) can be easily installed on both new and existing homes and seamlessly mimic the appearance of traditional asphalt andRead More