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.

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

  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

Tigo has a new version of its fire safety solution that serves two modules at once

Tigo has a new version of its fire safety solution that serves two modules at once

October 2, 2019 at 3:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Tigo Energy released a new TS4-A-2F (Fire Safety) at Solar Power International this year — the same advanced retrofit/add-on rapid shutdown solution as the TS4-A-F, only this version can serve two modules at once. The UL-certified TS4-A-2F complies with NEC 2017 690.12 Rapid Shutdown specifications when installed with Tigo’s UL-certified RSS TransmitterRead More

LG has a new AC solar module with a 25-year warranty to show you at #SPIcon

LG has a new AC solar module with a 25-year warranty to show you at #SPIcon

September 23, 2019 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

LG Electronics is debuting its high-performance, fully integrated AC solar panel with a micro-inverter, expanding the company’s portfolio of advanced solar panels showcased at the 2019 Solar Power International Conference, held in conjunction with North America’s Smart Energy Week. Available to U.S. homeowners later this year, the new LG NeON®Read More

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

September 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s gonna break my heart to see it blown to bits. That’s the refrain of the best song of 2019, “Blown to Bits” by Charly Bliss — a catchy rumination on the state of the world right now. It was playing in my headphones as I put this section togetherRead More

Q CELLS has a ‘gapless’ solar module and new energy storage system to show you at SPI 2019

Q CELLS has a ‘gapless’ solar module and new energy storage system to show you at SPI 2019

September 19, 2019 at 11:55 am Comments are Disabled

Booth 1419 Q CELLS, one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, will reveal prototypes of its first ever gapless solar modules at the 2019 Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah. With its high-performance premium solar modules, the company is aiming toRead More

Solaria PowerXT.

Solaria announces higher-power versions of its PowerXT solar modules

September 17, 2019 at 9:26 am Comments are Disabled

Solaria Corporation, a global provider of advanced solar energy products, announced new, higher-power versions of its already powerful solar panels. SolariaPowerXT 370Wp, PowerXT 365Wp-AC, and PowerXT 440Wp panels for residential and commercial applications, combine top notch power and efficiency with unparalleled aesthetics. The new PowerXT panels are now available throughRead More

Details on three solar module lines coming to the U.S. from Vikram Solar (half-cut, bifacial)

Details on three solar module lines coming to the U.S. from Vikram Solar (half-cut, bifacial)

September 16, 2019 at 2:05 pm Comments are Disabled

U.S. solar installers can pre-order three new product lines from Tier 1 solar module manufacturer Vikram Solar, featuring half-cell modules with power up to 425 watts and a 27-year linear power warranty; and the company’s first bifacial module in both Glass-Glass and glass with transparent backsheet architecture. Vikram Solar wasRead More

Solaria to double its PV module production capacity (again) after $40 million in new funding

Solaria to double its PV module production capacity (again) after $40 million in new funding

September 11, 2019 at 8:08 am 1 comment

Don’t look now, but PV module manufacturer Solaria is making some big moves. The company already doubled its global production capacity earlier this year and now says it will more than double production capabilities by the end of the year, an increase made possible by $40 million in growth fundingRead More