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.

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 Comments are Disabled

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

The PV Module Index: Two solar module brands top the lists for reliability, performance, and quality

The PV Module Index: Two solar module brands top the lists for reliability, performance, and quality

June 3, 2019 at 9:51 am 1 comment

Solar industry success is only possible when solar installers, EPCs and developers procure reliable, high quality products, which is why we’re excited about this first annual PV Module Index from the Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC). The report is a comprehensive assessment of top-performing modules that are tested for reliability,Read More

Six more solar installers added to Panasonic Premium Installer Program

Six more solar installers added to Panasonic Premium Installer Program

May 22, 2019 at 10:36 am Comments are Disabled

Panasonic Solar Group announced several key additions to its Premium Installer program in strategic markets. This has been a big year for the Panasonic Solar Installer program, originally launched in 2016. In total this year, Panasonic has promoted 42 installers across the country to premium status (to go along withRead More

This new silicon discovery could make solar cells more efficient

This new silicon discovery could make solar cells more efficient

May 22, 2019 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Over the past decade, the cost of a solar panel installation has been falling at a considerable rate. The renewable and solar energy industry of today looks much different. For comparison, installation back in 2009 would cost an average of $8.50 per watt, whereas today the price is closer to $3.05Read More

The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

The 3 IN 1 integrated solar roof passes UL 1703 testing

May 22, 2019 at 8:34 am 1 comment

One of the more intriguing integrated solar roof systems, the 3 IN 1, just completed a test plan for UL 1703 approval and is waiting its certified paperwork. UL 1703 is a mandated group of tests every high-energy output solar product must pass in order to be rightfully certified andRead More

Science: Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer

Science: Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer

May 8, 2019 at 9:44 am Comments are Disabled

A cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable way of making hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight is a step closer thanks to new research from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. With the pressure on global leaders to reduce carbon emissions significantly to solve a climate change emergency,Read More

Science: Caffeine improved the performance of perovskite solar cells

Science: Caffeine improved the performance of perovskite solar cells

April 29, 2019 at 2:00 am 1 comment

Scientists at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have found that caffeine improves the stability of materials under heat – a property known as thermal stability — of perovskite solar cells, which could someday replace traditional silicon-based solar cells. The research, published in the journal Joule, was led by YangRead More

This Swedish PV production equipment provider is expanding into direct sales of solar roofs

This Swedish PV production equipment provider is expanding into direct sales of solar roofs

April 8, 2019 at 11:22 am Comments are Disabled

Swedish solar energy technology leader Midsummer launched a new energy producing metal sheet roof “Midsummer solar roofs”. This signals a broader effort to expand from mainly selling production equipment for thin film solar panels into the end market for solar panels for various roofs, facades, vehicles etc through in-house productionRead More

SunPower tops U.S. PV Leaderboard for commercial solar solutions

SunPower tops U.S. PV Leaderboard for commercial solar solutions

March 26, 2019 at 1:47 pm Comments are Disabled

While solar adoption in the U.S. ticks upward according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, SunPower continues to capture a large share of the distributed generation solar market. In Wood Mackenzie’s latest U.S. PV Leaderboard report made available this month, SunPower remained the No. 1 provider of commercial solar solutionsRead More

Trina Solar steps up mass-production of new 415-Watt solar PV module series

Trina Solar steps up mass-production of new 415-Watt solar PV module series

March 22, 2019 at 8:01 am Comments are Disabled

Trina Solar announced four new series of modules, to meet the diversified needs of PV applications in multiple scenarios that have a max output of 415 W. An increase in the output of modules from 370 W to 415 W will help reduce the balance of system (BOS) cost byRead More