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.

Does SunPower’s exit from PV manufacturing signal a changing trend?

Does SunPower’s exit from PV manufacturing signal a changing trend?

November 15, 2019 at 10:22 am 0 comments

Following the recent announcement that SunPower, one of America’s largest solar-panel makers, is to exit from the manufacturing business, Mohit Prasad, Project Manager at GlobalData, a data and analytics company, offers sent us his view: that, even despite the tariffs, there might be more U.S. companies exiting the PV manufacturingRead More

Solaria beefs up executive team with new COO, CCO appointments

Solaria beefs up executive team with new COO, CCO appointments

November 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm 0 comments

Solaria Corp., a global provider of solar panels for the premium residential and commercial markets, appointed Bang Nguyen as Chief Operating Officer and Balaji Thirumalai as Chief Commercial Officer. Nguyen was most recently CEO at Zing Semiconductor, based in Shanghai. Thirumalai was previously Senior Vice President at Mindtree, heading theRead More

SunPower splits into two companies after investment to scale up Maxeon 5 solar panels

SunPower splits into two companies after investment to scale up Maxeon 5 solar panels

November 11, 2019 at 9:43 am 0 comments

SunPower plans to separate into two independent (but aligned) publicly-traded companies – SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies. Each company will focus on distinct offerings built on extensive experience across the solar value chain: SunPower will continue as the distributed generation, storage and energy services company. Newly-formed Maxeon Solar will beRead More

REC Group forms cool partnership with Honnold Foundation to donate solar panels to low-income homes

REC Group forms cool partnership with Honnold Foundation to donate solar panels to low-income homes

November 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm 0 comments

REC Group is partnering with the Honnold Foundation, a solar energy foundation started by noted environmentalist and famed rock climber Alex Honnold, to promote solar for a more equitable world. The two organizations will collaborate to provide communities with greater access to renewable energy sources, reduced carbon emissions and energy autonomy.Read More

Take a Heat Peek: Leveraging the power of drones and thermal imaging for solar inspections

Take a Heat Peek: Leveraging the power of drones and thermal imaging for solar inspections

November 5, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Thanks to continued improvements in thermal imaging hardware, software and drone technology, it is now possible to improve the efficiency and accuracy of photovoltaic (PV) inspections more than ever. The current practice of manual electric testing is not sustainable at scale and results in slower PV system buildouts, increased inefficienciesRead More

JPMorgan Chase Bank orders more solar modules from Prism Solar Technologies

JPMorgan Chase Bank orders more solar modules from Prism Solar Technologies

November 4, 2019 at 2:13 pm 0 comments

Genie Energy Ltd., a global provider of energy services, announced that its solar manufacturing subsidiary, Prism Solar Technologies (Prism Solar), has received additional purchase orders from JPMorgan Chase Bank to supply solar modules for installation at JPMorgan Chase facilities nationwide. JPMorgan Chase and Prism Solar previously reached a module supplyRead More

REC SunSnap app helps solar installers showcase projects, simplify warranty claims processing

REC SunSnap app helps solar installers showcase projects, simplify warranty claims processing

October 31, 2019 at 9:40 am 0 comments

All solar installers could use assistance with time-consuming administrative tasks and marketing, not just to reduce soft costs, but also daily annoyances. Additionally, reducing the administrative hurdles installers face when registering projects can significantly improve their sales performance. Installers would thereby gain more time for customer engagement and business growth.Read More

Vertical Reach: Trina Solar is taking turn-key solar procurement to its furthest point yet

Vertical Reach: Trina Solar is taking turn-key solar procurement to its furthest point yet

October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies have all too often been forced to choose solar components for projects as a function of what is available in a given timeframe rather than what is preferred. While cost may not be a great issue in these cases, making all the partsRead More

New Tech Tuesday: Five universities (in three countries) team to advance PV technology research

New Tech Tuesday: Five universities (in three countries) team to advance PV technology research

October 8, 2019 at 8:09 am 0 comments

A new research project spanning five universities in three countries and led by Arizona State University will work to improve solar cell technology and look into new uses for photovoltaic (PV) devices. ASU’s Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center will take the lead in the collaborativeRead More

Hand writes "Tariff Change" on blackboard

About-facial: Trump administration to end the tariff exemption for imported bifacial solar panels

October 7, 2019 at 9:39 am 0 comments

  Bifacial solar panels were abuzz at this year’s Solar Power International in Salt Lake City. Most PV module manufacturers had a line to tout, and analysts and EPCs were all noting how the costs and opportunity were all adding up to a huge demand — 2020 was going toRead More