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.

Meet PWRzone: Generac’s solution for simplifying, optimizing solar PV installations

Meet PWRzone: Generac’s solution for simplifying, optimizing solar PV installations

June 29, 2020 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Something we touched on in our Solar Distancing series with Generac Power Systems is now being rolled out: PWRzone. Here is that initial discussion: Generac is calling PWRzone a total system innovation that is a more efficient approach to PV system design and optimization, using fewer complex components than moduleRead More

This Indian Wells, Calif., residential community is going solar via Planet Solar, LG

This Indian Wells, Calif., residential community is going solar via Planet Solar, LG

June 29, 2020 at 10:05 am 0 comments

Solar contractor Planet Solar Inc. has named LG Electronics as the exclusive solar panel provider for the Huntley Indian Wells community, the first new residential project in Indian Wells, Calif., in 12 years. Planet Solar was awarded the 18-unit residential project near Palm Springs and will serve as the solarRead More

Q CELLS partners with Enphase on AC version of Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ solar module

Q CELLS partners with Enphase on AC version of Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ solar module

June 25, 2020 at 10:39 am 0 comments

Q CELLS announced a strategic partnership with Enphase to develop Enphase Energized Q CELLS AC Modules (ACMs) based on seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters. The first Enphase and Q CELLS-developed ACMs will be available from major distributors in the U.S. starting July 15th. The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+/AC 340-345 ACM features the EnphaseRead More

Defying predictions yet again, solar PV system costs keep falling

Defying predictions yet again, solar PV system costs keep falling

June 24, 2020 at 2:59 pm 0 comments

Solar PV system costs in the U.S. are falling faster than anticipated across all market segments, primarily driven by module price reduction (again), according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Residential system prices with mono PERC modules are now expected to fall 17% from 2020 to 2025, up from 14%Read More

TrinaSolar adds 500-Watt Vertex modules to TrinaPro system to create TrinaPro Mega

TrinaSolar adds 500-Watt Vertex modules to TrinaPro system to create TrinaPro Mega

June 22, 2020 at 5:04 pm 0 comments

Trina Solar Co. announced the global launch of TrinaPro Mega last week, a smart PV solution that adds its ultra-high-power 500W Vertex modules (debuted in February) to its optimized TrinaPro system. With solar energy fast approaching grid parity, TrinaPro Mega aims to resolve several application challenges faced by existing systems. ToRead More

Researchers uncover way to study ‘hot electrons’ — a step toward more efficient solar

Researchers uncover way to study ‘hot electrons’ — a step toward more efficient solar

June 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

Highly energetic, “hot” electrons have the potential to help solar panels more efficiently harvest light energy, but scientists haven’t been able to measure the energies of those electrons, limiting their use. Until now! Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Michigan have built a way to analyze them. “There haveRead More

Panasonic’s solar panel warranty now covers labor on entire PV system

Panasonic’s solar panel warranty now covers labor on entire PV system

June 16, 2020 at 11:51 am 0 comments

Just as we posted our interview with Panasonic installers on the benefits of aligning with the powerful brand, Panasonic announced the expansion of its 25-year warranty on solar panels to include labor on all components of the residential solar system, including the monitoring and interconnection hardware and racking system. ThisRead More

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Four benefits of Panasonic’s Residential Solar Installer Program according to Elite installers

June 16, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

The pandemic this year has caused slower than usual residential solar sales but has also served as an opportunity to pause and evaluate business models. A lot of the focus on that front has been modernizing sales and design processes. A less discussed strategy for local solar installation companies toRead More

LG partners with OpenSolar to modernize solar installer sales and design

LG partners with OpenSolar to modernize solar installer sales and design

June 11, 2020 at 1:14 pm 0 comments

LG Business Solutions USA is now working with solar software provider OpenSolar to support LG solar installers migrating to digital processes and remote sales. OpenSolar provides system design, sales quotes and installation information at no charge to solar professionals around the world. Through this premium sales software platform, LG’s high-efficiencyRead More

With COVID-19, what are the best countries today for sourcing solar modules?

With COVID-19, what are the best countries today for sourcing solar modules?

June 11, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

I was talking with a friend in the solar industry last week. He asked, “Given the situation with the coronavirus, where in the world can you secure quality solar modules now?” My answer: Geography doesn’t define quality. With business again growing across Asia, solar sourcing can still be accomplished byRead More