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.

Solaria files ITC complaint against Canadian Solar

Solaria files ITC complaint against Canadian Solar

September 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

On the heels of its lawsuit filed in March against Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Solaria Corporation, a U.S. company based in Fremont, California, today announced it filed additional claims against Canadian Solar with the International Trade Commission (ITC). “SolariaRead More

Hemlock Semiconductor acquires DuPont’s Trichlorosilane biz to decarbonize solar PV supply chain

Hemlock Semiconductor acquires DuPont’s Trichlorosilane biz to decarbonize solar PV supply chain

September 15, 2020 at 7:54 am 0 comments

Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) announced its acquisition of a DuPont business that makes trichlorosilane (TCS), the primary raw material used in producing the ultra-pure polysilicon HSC supplies to the semiconductor and solar industries. By acquiring the TCS operations in Midland, Mich., HSC will be better able to control supply andRead More

Vote for the 2020 Solar Builder Projects of the Year

Vote for the 2020 Solar Builder Projects of the Year

September 14, 2020 at 11:59 am 2 comments

Solar Builder readers submitted their coolest, most innovative and noteworthy solar projects of the last 12 months, and after combing through another record amount of submissions, we’ve narrowed the field to these 2020 Project of the Year nominees! This year the field is divided into FIVE categories: Residential (single-family, multi-family)Read More

SunPower debuts lower APR for its residential solar financing

SunPower debuts lower APR for its residential solar financing

September 9, 2020 at 1:13 pm 0 comments

SunPower Corp. announced new low-annual percentage rate (APR) loans for U.S. residential solar customers. The new rates are expected to result in substantially lower monthly payments for homeowners purchasing SunPower’s comprehensive solar energy solutions, lowering the barriers to entry so more households can use the clean energy of solar to generateRead More

Big deal: Kinect Solar is bringing First Solar PV modules to the distributed generation market

Big deal: Kinect Solar is bringing First Solar PV modules to the distributed generation market

September 9, 2020 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Kinect Solar has entered into an agreement with First Solar to serve the distributed generation (DG) market with high-performance photovoltaic (PV) modules designed and engineered in America. A leader in the utility-scale market, First Solar is America’s largest PV module producer, shipping over 25 gigawatts (GW) of American solar technologyRead More

Eight solar installers promoted in Panasonic’s Residential Solar Installer Program

Eight solar installers promoted in Panasonic’s Residential Solar Installer Program

September 9, 2020 at 9:51 am 0 comments

Eight more solar installers in four states have been promoted to the Elite and Premium tiers of Panasonic’s Residential Solar Installer Program. Members of the Residential Solar Installer Program receive Panasonic’s support through business investments and access to several benefits. Panasonic Elite Installers are the first in Panasonic’s network to gainRead More

What the SunPower, Maxeon split means for U.S. solar installers and EPCs

What the SunPower, Maxeon split means for U.S. solar installers and EPCs

September 2, 2020 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Corporate-level comings and goings aren’t a huge focus for us at Solar Builder, but SunPower spinning off its international business and solar panel manufacturing into its own publicly traded entity, Maxeon Solar Technologies, has implications for U.S. solar professionals across all segments. Here’s what you need to know now, andRead More

SunPower and Maxeon are officially two entities. Here’s what they do

SunPower and Maxeon are officially two entities. Here’s what they do

August 27, 2020 at 9:26 am 0 comments

It is done: SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies completed the strategic transaction announced last November, separating into two independent public companies. Each will now focus on their respective business models. “Now is the right time for this strategic spin-off, allowing both SunPower and Maxeon to invest in key programs toRead More

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

August 26, 2020 at 9:45 am 0 comments

Solar PV system-caused fires are rare, but they are on the rise in the United States. The numbers here are hard to track down, but Lawrence Shaw, owner of Higher Powered LLC, a residential solar preventive maintenance company in Arizona, reached out to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), dug throughRead More

Wavy ribbons of tilted panels run the length of the MoZaic East building in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood. Photo by Katherine Jossi

This commercial solar project blends public art, on-site generation in Minneapolis’ Uptown

August 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

From Energy News Network: MoZaic East’s developers worked with artists, engineers, designers and architects to create an 8-story, block-long solar installation unlike any other that now overlooks Minneapolis’ busy Uptown neighborhood. Wavy ribbons of tilted panels, each colored in checkerboard patterns of gray and purple, run the length of theRead More