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Trends and best practices for buying and installing solar PV modules. Coverage includes mono and poly crystalline, silicone, high-efficiency modules, PERC, bi-facial.

Solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS joins SEIA board of directors

Solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS joins SEIA board of directors

June 24, 2019 at 11:27 am 0 comments

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced the addition of Hanwha Q CELLS, a leading international solar manufacturer is joining SEIA’s board of directors effective immediately. “Hanwha Q CELLS is at the forefront of the solar industry’s cutting-edge innovation, manufacturingRead More

Tesla Solar Roof System issued ESR-4074 by ICC Evaluation Services to affirm its compliance with building codes

Tesla Solar Roof System issued ESR-4074 by ICC Evaluation Services to affirm its compliance with building codes

June 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the International Code Council of companies and the experts in building product evaluation and certification, issued ESR-4074 to Tesla, Inc. for their Tesla Solar Roof System. This report provides evidence that the Tesla Solar Roof System is in compliance with code requirements ofRead More

Q CELLS earns Top Performer recognition in PVEL’s 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

Q CELLS earns Top Performer recognition in PVEL’s 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

June 19, 2019 at 9:45 am 0 comments

We reported on the eyebrow raising solar module reliability issues PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) uncovered in its latest PV Module Reliability Scorecard, but we didn’t spotlight which company graded out as the Top Performer. This year’s PVEL PV Module Reliability Scorecard Top Performer was Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. one ofRead More

German solar company says its thin-film CdTe modules now as efficient as crystalline

German solar company says its thin-film CdTe modules now as efficient as crystalline

June 17, 2019 at 9:13 am 0 comments

  German solar company Calyxo TS Solar GmbH reports that new testing shows its thin-film solar module has reached the same degree of efficiency as crystalline modules. The European market leader from Bitterfeld-Wolfen now produces thin film modules with an efficiency level of 16.5 percent, which exceeds the average ofRead More

Bifacial solar panels among several solar exclusions from the Trump tariffs just announced

Bifacial solar panels among several solar exclusions from the Trump tariffs just announced

June 13, 2019 at 11:32 am 0 comments

The Solar Energy Industries Association reported some positive outcomes from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in regard to tariff exclusions for some imported PV cells and modules (these were originally applied for in April 2018). These exclusions include: • Bifacial solar panels that absorb light and generate electricityRead More

EDF Renewables places large bifacial solar module supply order with Canadian Solar

EDF Renewables places large bifacial solar module supply order with Canadian Solar

June 11, 2019 at 9:43 am 0 comments

Canadian Solar Inc. has signed one of the largest, multi-year bifacial solar module supply agreements on record with EDF Renewables North America. The deal will deliver 1,800 MW of high efficiency poly solar modules for projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Utilizing unique multi-year contractual terms, Canadian Solar willRead More

PVEL Module Reliability Scorecard: 30% of the module BOMs failed one or more test criteria

PVEL Module Reliability Scorecard: 30% of the module BOMs failed one or more test criteria

June 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm 0 comments

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent test lab for the global downstream solar industry, published the 5th Edition of its PV Module Reliability Scorecard in partnership with DNV GL. As the most comprehensive publicly available comparison of PV module reliability test results, the Scorecard ranks PV modules and manufacturersRead More

DuPont debuts new silicone-based product line to protect solar system components

DuPont debuts new silicone-based product line to protect solar system components

June 3, 2019 at 11:43 am 0 comments

At the 2019 SNEC solar conference in Shanghai, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions announced the addition of a new brand to its flagship DuPont Tedlar and Solamet product lines: DuPont Fortasun solar silicones. Built on decades of experience from Dow Corning, the new silicone-based product line features sealants, adhesives, potting agents, encapsulants andRead More

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GA Global Partners to conduct auction of DC Solar Solutions assets (over $50 million value)

June 3, 2019 at 11:27 am 0 comments

Attention: A two-day auction of the assets of DC Solar Solutions, GA Global Partners, is being held June 12 and 13 by order of US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. The court-ordered auction is being conducted in connection with the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing of DC Solar, aRead More

Meet Seamless Soldering: A new module encapsulation technology from LONGi Solar

Meet Seamless Soldering: A new module encapsulation technology from LONGi Solar

June 3, 2019 at 10:47 am 0 comments

PV module technology continuous pursuits in the evolution of high efficiency and high power are the key factors in reducing the LCOE. LONGi Solar says it has developed “Seamless Soldering” technology, which completely eliminates the gap between cells to increase the efficiency of PV modules. According to TÜV SÜD test,Read More