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.

New junction box from TE Connectivity attaches to edge of PV panels (no holes needed)

New junction box from TE Connectivity attaches to edge of PV panels (no holes needed)

January 9, 2019 at 7:54 am 0 comments

TE Connectivity‘s new SOLARLOK PV Edge decentralized junction box that can be attached to glass-to-glass photovoltaic panels without drilling holes. The new junction box aims to reduce installation costs, raise energy outputs from the panels and improve reliability. Glass-to-glass photovoltaic cells continue to increase in efficiency, fall in price, andRead More

SolaTrim is a lightweight aluminum skirt that is attached with a 3M VHB 5952 peel and stick adhesive.

PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

DNV GL’s solar equipment reliability testing lab, PVEL, spins off on its own

DNV GL’s solar equipment reliability testing lab, PVEL, spins off on its own

January 7, 2019 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

The management of DNV GL and PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) kicked off the new year by jointly deciding that PVEL will become a separate legal entity. In the new setting, both organizations will have more flexibility to maximize value to customers. DNV GL and PVEL will continue to work togetherRead More

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Thin-film PV company Sunflare readies production boost with big equipment purchase order

January 2, 2019 at 8:52 am 0 comments

Thin-film PV could be on the upswing in the U.S. residential solar sector. Swedish solar energy company Midsummer has received an order from Sunflare for equipment for the production of thin film solar cells worth over $7 million. The production equipment will be installed at a new solar panel factoryRead More

Hanwha Q Cells pass 10 GW in cell technology production

Hanwha Q Cells pass 10 GW in cell technology production

December 20, 2018 at 9:56 am 0 comments

Hanwha Q CELLS, one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, says it has surpassed the 10 GW threshold for production of the company’s proprietary Q.ANTUM cell technology. This production landmark was achieved earlier this year, and Hanwha Q CELLS is on course to end 2018Read More

REC Group launches two new monocrystalline PV modules with extended warranty

REC Group launches two new monocrystalline PV modules with extended warranty

December 18, 2018 at 8:14 am Comments are Disabled

REC Group, the largest European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, announced the production start of two new monocrystalline products based on its award winning TwinPeak technology. Using p-type monocrystalline PERC cells, the 60-cell TwinPeak 2 Mono is rated up to 320 Wp and the 72-cell TwinPeak 2S Mono 72Read More

Sunnova adds Solaria PowerXT modules to approved vendor list

Sunnova adds Solaria PowerXT modules to approved vendor list

December 17, 2018 at 10:28 am Comments are Disabled

Sunnova Energy Corporation, a national U.S. residential solar and storage service provider announced that Solaria’s PowerXT modules have been added to its approved vendor list. “We’re very excited that Sunnova has added Solaria’s modules to their approved vendor list,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Solar plus storage is one ofRead More

This study says Midsummer’s thin-film PV production is one-tenth the global warming potential of silicon module production

This study says Midsummer’s thin-film PV production is one-tenth the global warming potential of silicon module production

December 10, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

A new study commissioned by thin-film solar provider Midsummer shows that its proprietary flexible CIGS thin film solar module manufacturing process might be more environmentally friendly than other solar module production processes. The recent study by Swerea IVF, a Swedish industrial research institute, claims that Midsummer’s rapid sputtering production processRead More

Details on LONGi Solar’s latest bifacial PERC solar module advances

Details on LONGi Solar’s latest bifacial PERC solar module advances

December 3, 2018 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

Since its founding 18 years ago, LONGi Solar has focused on the continuous development of mono technology, and its Hi-MO range of monocrystalline PERC modules is known for high power, low LID and high energy yield. Hi-MO3, the latest addition to the family launched in 2018, is a next generationRead More

Enphase Energy, LONGi Solar teamed up on these new AC modules

Enphase Energy, LONGi Solar teamed up on these new AC modules

December 3, 2018 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

Add this to your list of AC solar modules to consider: Enphase Energy and LONGi Solar are developing Enphase-energized LONGi Solar AC Modules (ACMs) based on seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters. The Enphase and LONGi Solar ACMs should now be available in the U.S. LONGi Solar will initially develop two EnphaseRead More