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.

First Solar sells solar development platform (10-GW total) to Leeward Renewable Energy

First Solar sells solar development platform (10-GW total) to Leeward Renewable Energy

January 27, 2021 at 9:57 am 0 comments

Notable wind developer Leeward Renewable Energy is purchasing First Solar’s utility-scale solar development platform of approximately, about 10-GW of solar total. This will include 773 MW of projects that are expected to commence construction in the next two years, as well as the 30-MWAC Barilla Solar Project, which is operational. TheRead More

Check out this school solar array that features student art contest winners

Check out this school solar array that features student art contest winners

January 25, 2021 at 3:47 pm 0 comments

Take a look at this cool, 1-MW solar array that was also a unique hands on STEAM learning experience for elementary school children at KCSD96 in Illinois. The Challenge: Performance Services, a solar developer serving the K-12 and higher education markets, was faced with a unique and forward-thinking requirement fromRead More

RETC’s 2020 PV Module Index Report shows overall improved performance

RETC’s 2020 PV Module Index Report shows overall improved performance

January 25, 2021 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Renewable Energy Test Center, LLC (RETC) published its annual PV Module Index (PVMI 2020) report near the end of last year, using its independent test lab data to recognize high performers and showcase high achievement in PV module manufacturing. The annual PVMI report consolidates their independent test data to shareRead More

Boosts and boasts: The latest data on solar tracker + bifacial PV module production yields

Boosts and boasts: The latest data on solar tracker + bifacial PV module production yields

January 18, 2021 at 10:18 am 0 comments

Improving the electricity yield in photovoltaic solar energy long has been a game of incremental additions of new technology. Over the past few years, bifacial panel adoption has been tested at a utility scale, and designs have been refined to the point that a high single-digit gain from a single-axis trackerRead More

Panasonic promotes 13 installers in Residential Solar Installer Program

Panasonic promotes 13 installers in Residential Solar Installer Program

January 18, 2021 at 9:34 am 0 comments

As mentioned in our Guide to Partner Programs this month, solar installation contractors who join partner programs can build a stronger business by taking advantage of benefits from preferred pricing and stronger warranties to advanced training and marketing support. Panasonic Corporation of North America has one of the best programs out thereRead More

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SunPower installs solar system at Philadelphia Flyers training facility

January 13, 2021 at 11:26 am 0 comments

Through an agreement with SunPower, Comcast Spectacor, owner of the Wells Fargo Center arena and the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, completed the installation of a 1.06-MW solar system at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees in New Jersey. Comcast Spectacor has also introduced an electric Zamboni iceRead More

PV module procurement: Common mistakes made and issues to consider

PV module procurement: Common mistakes made and issues to consider

January 11, 2021 at 12:36 pm 0 comments

As part of our 2021 Solar PV Modules Buyer’s Guide, we asked solar PV panel manufacturers what they considered to be common mistakes made in the procurement process by solar installers and EPCs. Here is what they had to say. Peak power vs. production One of the factors that isRead More

Vikram Solar touts higher wattage, lower LCOE aspects of new Series 6 modules

Vikram Solar touts higher wattage, lower LCOE aspects of new Series 6 modules

January 6, 2021 at 10:23 am 0 comments

  India’s leading module manufacturer  and O&M solutions provider Vikram Solar is launching its Series 6 modules — Somera and Prexos — with next-gen M6 type of cells. The new Series 6 modules will provide up to 505 watt-peak (Wp) and efficiency of more than 21%. The modules have been designedRead More

2021 Guide to Residential Solar Installer Partner Programs

2021 Guide to Residential Solar Installer Partner Programs

January 5, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

A strong residential solar industry is developed, in part, by quality PV system products and the strong brands behind those products. Solar installation contractors who partner with these companies – via partnership programs or dealer networks – can also reap other ancillary benefits to build a stronger business, from preferredRead More

Trina Solar explains latest joint effort to standardize silicon wafer, solar module sizes

Trina Solar explains latest joint effort to standardize silicon wafer, solar module sizes

January 4, 2021 at 11:46 am 0 comments

Solar module manufacturers are pushing the limits of panel size to chase higher wattages and product differentiation, but these variations have downstream and upstream consequences. To close out 2020, Trina Solar Co. and seven other companies jointly proposed / promoted a standard size spec for silicon wafers and the resultingRead More