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.

SunPower buys SolarWorld Americas to ramp up P-Series panel production

SunPower buys SolarWorld Americas to ramp up P-Series panel production

April 19, 2018 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

In the latest episode of As the Solar Industry Turns, SunPower is acquiring 100 percent of SolarWorld Americas. You may recall SolarWorld Americas being one of the companies that hit a rough patch and filed a 201 trade petition that launched the #TrumpTariffs now in place. SunPower plans to injectRead More

NREL update: The puzzle of scaling perovskite solar cells (and possible solutions)

NREL update: The puzzle of scaling perovskite solar cells (and possible solutions)

April 16, 2018 at 11:23 am Comments are Disabled

As perovskite solar cells set efficiency records and the nascent technology becomes more stable, another major challenge remains: the issue of scalability, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “It is scalable,” said Kai Zhu, a materials science researcher at NREL. “We just needRead More

Solaria, Seraphim teaming up to develop, mass produce solar module technology

Solaria, Seraphim teaming up to develop, mass produce solar module technology

April 16, 2018 at 10:26 am Comments are Disabled

Solaria Corporation, a global provider of solar module products and technologies, has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Jiangsu Seraphim Solar. Pursuant to the agreement, both companies will work together to develop advanced photovoltaic manufacturing technologies and implement these technologies for mass production. “Key energy industry players recognize theRead More

RdTools results show time-series data along with a year-on-year degradation distribution. The same system is analyzed with the clear-sky method (a), and sensor-based method with a poorly maintained sensor (b). In this case, high reported degradation is likely caused by sensor drift, rather than a degrading PV module

NREL promotes new solar tool to accurately calculate PV module degradation rates

April 11, 2018 at 11:01 am Comments are Disabled

How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new softwareRead More

Check out how these Sunflare solar panels blend into this standing seam roof

Check out how these Sunflare solar panels blend into this standing seam roof

April 9, 2018 at 11:50 am Comments are Disabled

Graham Hill, founder of the sustainability-focused media outlet TreeHugger and two-time TED presenter, launched a new compact, off-grid, low-impact showcase house in Maui on a shared lot. The project – LifeEdited Maui – aims to spread the concept of living big in a small house. He’s providing a glimpse of whatRead More

Itek Energy launches first PV module packaging reuse program

Itek Energy launches first PV module packaging reuse program

April 4, 2018 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

As part of a commitment to environmental stewardship, Bellingham, Wash.-based Itek Energy is piloting the first reusable PV module packaging takeback program in the United States. Looking for ways to improve shipping practices and increase the security of their product during transit, Itek adopted the European-designed EckPack system. The opportunityRead More

CertainTeed solar modules now available on Mosaic lending platform

CertainTeed solar modules now available on Mosaic lending platform

April 3, 2018 at 8:12 am Comments are Disabled

CertainTeed’s US Series solar modules will now be available on Mosaic, the nation’s leading residential solar lending platform. Featuring 60 cell power outputs of 300W+, CertainTeed’s US Series modules are American-made using domestic and foreign components, and continually ranked among the most efficient domestically-assembled products in the solar industry. US SeriesRead More

JinkoSolar’s new Florida solar panel factory leads to huge supply agreement with NextEra Energy

JinkoSolar’s new Florida solar panel factory leads to huge supply agreement with NextEra Energy

April 3, 2018 at 7:50 am Comments are Disabled

Back in January, U.S.-based NextEra Energy revealed it would be involved in a major supply agreement with JinkoSolar, but this month the companies further amended the agreement in what is now one of the largest solar panel supply deals in history. JinkoSolar will supply NextEra Energy with up to 2,750Read More

TÜV Rheinland presents annual mono PV reliability, efficiency award to LONGi Solar

TÜV Rheinland presents annual mono PV reliability, efficiency award to LONGi Solar

March 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

At the 2018 Solar Congress in Wuxi, China, TÜV Rheinland presented the 2017 PV Module Energy Yield Simulation Award to LONGi Solar, citing the high efficiency and reliability of its mono-crystalline modules. For 2 years running, LONGi Solar has been recognized as the winner of the “All Quality Matters” award forRead More

Trina Solar debuts utility-scale solution with Huawei, Sungrow, Nclave

Trina Solar debuts utility-scale solution with Huawei, Sungrow, Nclave

March 26, 2018 at 11:55 am Comments are Disabled

Trina Solar Limited launched a new smart PV solution, TrinaPro, at its global headquarters in Changzhou, China, designed for utility-scale ground mounted PV systems. It is the result of Trina Solar’s full cooperation agreement with Huawei Technologies Co., LTD, Sungrow Power Supply Co., LTD, as well as its strategic cooperationRead More