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.

Details on LONGi Solar’s latest bifacial PERC solar module advances

Details on LONGi Solar’s latest bifacial PERC solar module advances

December 3, 2018 at 11:11 am 0 comments

Since its founding 18 years ago, LONGi Solar has focused on the continuous development of mono technology, and its Hi-MO range of monocrystalline PERC modules is known for high power, low LID and high energy yield. Hi-MO3, the latest addition to the family launched in 2018, is a next generationRead More

Enphase Energy, LONGi Solar teamed up on these new AC modules

Enphase Energy, LONGi Solar teamed up on these new AC modules

December 3, 2018 at 10:52 am 0 comments

Add this to your list of AC solar modules to consider: Enphase Energy and LONGi Solar are developing Enphase-energized LONGi Solar AC Modules (ACMs) based on seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters. The Enphase and LONGi Solar ACMs should now be available in the U.S. LONGi Solar will initially develop two EnphaseRead More

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PV Pointer: Three tactics for better solar designs under time of use rates

November 27, 2018 at 9:24 am 0 comments

The promise of lower utility bills is a key motivator for most prospective solar customers, but time of use (TOU) rates — which charge different electricity prices depending on the time of day — add complexity to finding the best deal for the customer. Luckily, there are several strategies solarRead More

Six more installers added to Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program

Six more installers added to Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program

November 19, 2018 at 10:31 am 0 comments

Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America announced a cross-country expansion of its Residential Solar Installer program, adding six Premium installers located across three regions, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio. Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefitsRead More

Department of Energy awards funds to large-scale DNV GL study of bifacial solar module performance

Department of Energy awards funds to large-scale DNV GL study of bifacial solar module performance

November 19, 2018 at 9:07 am 0 comments

Bifacial PV modules have the potential to increase energy output by 5-10 percent annually in many locations. To achieve commercial viability, the products need to demonstrate their bankability. Common testing models, have begun to incorporate bifacial models. However currently only little validation data for bifacial PV modules exists, which alsoRead More

Canadian Solar ships 10 MW of its new bifacial solar modules to Neighborhood Power

Canadian Solar ships 10 MW of its new bifacial solar modules to Neighborhood Power

November 19, 2018 at 8:53 am 0 comments

Canadian Solar Inc. has delivered 10 MW of its bifacial PV modules, the BiKu CS3U-PB-AG that made its debut at Solar Power International in Anaheim this year, to Neighborhood Power for four solar power projects near Portland, Ore. This represents the first significant delivery of bifacial solar PV modules intoRead More

This lightweight CIGS photovoltaic cell, on flexible stainless steel, was made by Matthew Reese and his team at NREL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

NREL argues for value of ‘watts per kilogram’ in emerging thin-film, flexible solar technology

November 15, 2018 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Rigid silicon solar panels dominate the utility and residential markets, but opportunity exists for thin-film photovoltaic and emerging technologies notable for being lightweight and flexible, according to scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Thin films such as cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium galliumRead More

Professor Shanhui Fan and postdoctoral scholar Wei Li atop the Packard Electrical Engineering building with the apparatus that is proving the efficacy of a double-layered solar panel. The top layer uses the standard semiconductor materials that go into energy-harvesting solar cells; the novel materials on the bottom layer perform the cooling task. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Stanford researchers working on rooftop PV array that also cools buildings efficiently

November 13, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan wants to revolutionize energy-producing rooftop arrays. “We’ve built the first device that one day could make energy and save energy, in the same place and at the same time, by controlling two very different properties of light,” said Fan, senior author of an article appearingRead More

Caterpillar to start selling Cat-branded SunPower solar panels through its distribution network

Caterpillar to start selling Cat-branded SunPower solar panels through its distribution network

November 12, 2018 at 10:55 am 0 comments

SunPower is now providing high-efficiency SunPower Performance Series (P-Series) solar panels under the Caterpillar brand. Offered as part of the Cat Hybrid Energy Solutions suite, the monocrystalline, shingled-cell Cat PVC395 MP solar panels are currently available through the Cat dealer network in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and the MiddleRead More

Graphite could play a big role in the solar, storage industries

Graphite could play a big role in the solar, storage industries

November 5, 2018 at 11:41 am 0 comments

An already burgeoning solar power industry faces another significant boost thanks to one widely used and long-valued material—graphite. Why is that? For one, graphite is crucial to silicon production. Its resistance to extreme heat makes it ideal for manufacturing the crucibles and moulds used to make silicon, as well asRead More