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.

Former SolarWorld U.S. production facility now producing SunPower P-Series panels

Former SolarWorld U.S. production facility now producing SunPower P-Series panels

February 7, 2019 at 10:34 am Comments are Disabled

In October 2018, SunPower acquired the SolarWorld Americas facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, making good on its commitment to invest in American manufacturing. Just four months later, SunPower is assembling its 19 percent efficient Performance Series solar panel (P19 or P-Series) for commercial customers in the U.S. factory, leveraging U.S.-made automatedRead More

REC Solar hypes new solar panel as its most power dense yet

REC Solar hypes new solar panel as its most power dense yet

February 7, 2019 at 10:23 am 1 comment

REC Group, the largest European brand for solar panels, is hyping a new solar panel making its debut at Intersolar Europe. REC says this will be the world’s most powerful solar panel for rooftop customers, emerging from REC’s half-cut cell technology. The new panel combines heterojunction cells (HJT) with advancedRead More

JinkoSolar hits new n-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell efficiency record

JinkoSolar hits new n-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell efficiency record

January 28, 2019 at 11:13 am Comments are Disabled

  JinkoSolar Holding Co. announced a record high efficiency of 24.2% was achieved by its large-area N-type TOPCon monocrystalline silicon solar cell. Testing was conducted by the Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems Quality Test Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The large-area N-Type cell features JinkoSolar’s HOT cellRead More

SunSpark to be the main solar module manufacturer for the 3 In 1 Roof solar system

SunSpark to be the main solar module manufacturer for the 3 In 1 Roof solar system

January 21, 2019 at 8:23 am Comments are Disabled

The 3 In 1 Roof solar integrated roofing system is reaming with SunSpark Technology Inc. as their module manufacturer for all introductory sales and installations. Although their name is new in North America, it’s not new to the solar industry. SunSpark’s parent company Yiheng Science & Technology Ltd. is basedRead More

Top roofing manufacturer launches GAF Energy to focus on solar products, installs

Top roofing manufacturer launches GAF Energy to focus on solar products, installs

January 21, 2019 at 8:02 am Comments are Disabled

Standard Industries, the world’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer launched a new company to meet the growing demand for rooftop solar. This new company, GAF Energy, will drive scalable adoption of integrated and affordable rooftop solar solutions across GAF’s established distribution network. Customers will benefit from a streamlined, turnkey approach toRead More

Sunnova adds LONGi Solar to its approved vendor list

Sunnova adds LONGi Solar to its approved vendor list

January 17, 2019 at 10:51 am Comments are Disabled

Sunnova Energy Corp. has added LONGi Solar as an approved vendor for residential solar modules. Through this new partnership, Sunnova’s network of local installers can offer both style and substance to residential customers across the United States with LONGi’s 60-cell LR6-60PB family of black-on-black modules with power density up toRead More

Solar stories: CertainTeed’s Kate Collardson on her solar installer career, advice for other women

Solar stories: CertainTeed’s Kate Collardson on her solar installer career, advice for other women

January 10, 2019 at 11:22 am Comments are Disabled

Even from a young age, Kate Collardson was dedicated to saving the planet. “When people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be a naturalist,” Collardson said. “To me, that meant someone who cares about the environment and works toRead More

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

January 10, 2019 at 11:05 am Comments are Disabled

TS Solar Calyxo GmbH has again significantly increased the efficiency of its thin-film solar modules. The European market leader from Bitterfeld-Wolfen improved the output of its modules by around 20 percent from an average of 90 watts to 111 watts per module. The efficiency of the modules reads now 15.4Read More

REC Group just doubled its solar panel warranties, improved power guarantees

REC Group just doubled its solar panel warranties, improved power guarantees

January 10, 2019 at 9:59 am 1 comment

REC Group, the largest European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, announced new product and power warranties on its REC TwinPeak and REC N-Peak high performance solar panels. Applicable to all deliveries since October 1, 2018, REC has doubled the product warranty duration from 10 to 20 years across theRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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