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.

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

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

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

CertainTeed, Solar Energy International partner on solar installer training

CertainTeed, Solar Energy International partner on solar installer training

August 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm 0 comments

CertainTeed, a leading North American brand of building materials, is expanding its partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI), a leading provider of professional training for the solar industry workforce. Starting now, two of SEI’s courses can be used to satisfy training requirements needed to participate in CertainTeed’s Solar Installer Program.Read More

NASA building topped with 120-kW solar system, featuring Mission Solar Energy panels

NASA building topped with 120-kW solar system, featuring Mission Solar Energy panels

July 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm 0 comments

A roof top PV system featuring Mission Solar Energy panels was installed atop one of NASA’s newest buildings at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Over the years, NASA has made an effort to replace and revitalize many of the pre-Apollo era facilities at Marshall Space Flight Center.Read More

Solaria debuts optimized 430-W solar module for commercial segment at Intersolar

Solaria debuts optimized 430-W solar module for commercial segment at Intersolar

July 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm 0 comments

Solaria Corp., announced its latest commercial PV module solution at Intersolar in San Francisco: Solaria PowerXT 430Wp. The PowerXT 430 W is now available through Solaria and its leading solar distributors supplying thousands of engineering procurement construction (EPC) professionals and solar installers throughout the U.S. and worldwide. “The demand forRead More

LG Electronics to open new solar module assembly plant in Alabama

LG Electronics to open new solar module assembly plant in Alabama

June 27, 2018 at 3:47 pm 0 comments

LG Electronics announced plans for a new solar module assembly plant in Huntsville, Ala. Starting in early 2019, the new plant is expected to produce 500 megawatts of high-performance solar panels annually. The new factory will create about 160 new full-time jobs, increasing LG’s Huntsville employment by 60 percent toRead More

REC Group shows off new N-Peak solar panel at Intersolar Europe

REC Group shows off new N-Peak solar panel at Intersolar Europe

June 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm 0 comments

REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, launched its brand-new N-Peak high-performance solar panel at Intersolar Europe in Munich. The new panel breaks fresh ground for REC and the industry: this is the first solar panel to combine n-type mono half-cut cells with a twin-panel design,Read More

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