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.

JinkoSolar supplies 80,000+ modules for two PV projects in New Mexico

JinkoSolar supplies 80,000+ modules for two PV projects in New Mexico

March 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm Comments are Disabled

JinkoSolar Holding Co., a leader in the solar PV industry, sent word that it has supplied 24.5 MWp of solar modules to Gransolar, a specialist construction company focused on renewable energy projects. JinkoSolar has supplied 80,075 high-efficiency polycrystalline modules for two PV solar projects. Both projects will be managed byRead More

PV manufacturers investing $5 billion in capacity, tech upgrades

PV manufacturers investing $5 billion in capacity, tech upgrades

March 9, 2016 at 10:48 am Comments are Disabled

An obstacle in the way of massive solar growth around the world is having the capacity to meet the demand. The solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing sector is ready to meet this challenge as it looks to increase capital expenditure (capex) on new factories and technologies in 2016 by more than 60Read More

Trina Solar ships nearly 6 GW of modules in 2015 (and other notes from Q4 earnings report)

Trina Solar ships nearly 6 GW of modules in 2015 (and other notes from Q4 earnings report)

March 7, 2016 at 10:55 am Comments are Disabled

As has already been noted, Trina Solar Limited is one of the top PV module manufacturers in the world. There was this report by GlobalData, as well as a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) that named Trina Solar Limited the most ‘bankable’ PV module manufacturer globally. In its survey ofRead More

Seraphim Solar launches new Eclipse PV module

Seraphim Solar launches new Eclipse PV module

March 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm Comments are Disabled

Seraphim Solar USA Manufacturing, Inc. is introducing its newest high-efficiency module, the Eclipse, to the global market. The product will be launched at PV Expo in Japan and upcoming exhibitions, including Ecobuild UK. The Eclipse series, high-efficiency solar modules employ an innovative design and a unique production method. The EclipseRead More

Panasonic breaks module conversion efficiency record by full percentage point

Panasonic breaks module conversion efficiency record by full percentage point

March 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

Panasonic Corp. is the latest module manufacturer to break the efficiency record. The company reports it has achieved a photovoltaic module conversion efficiency* of 23.8 percent** (aperture area***: 11,562 cm2) at research level, a major increase over the previous world record for crystalline silicon-based PV modules. The previous record forRead More

How SunPower’s Helix Platform takes aim at commercial sector

How SunPower’s Helix Platform takes aim at commercial sector

February 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

There are two big “I” words for the solar industry in 2016: investment and integration. This could be especially important for commercial projects. Achieving a real widespread influx of commercial solar installations — from large companies, small companies and everyone in between — will likely require some new solutions andRead More

GlobalData: Trina Solar tops solar PV module producer in 2015

GlobalData: Trina Solar tops solar PV module producer in 2015

February 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Trina Solar held on to its status as the world’s biggest producer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in 2015, producing 4.55 (GW) of crystalline modules, while Canadian Solar claimed second spot with 3.9 GW in 2015, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. Trina Solar’s efforts toRead More

BiSoN bifacial modules test results: 120 percent greater yield over standard system

BiSoN bifacial modules test results: 120 percent greater yield over standard system

February 24, 2016 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The first results have emerged from one of the very first BiSoN bifacial module operating systems from Italy-based MegaCell to be installed: during the first month of exposure (from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23) the average yield was 120 percent greater compared to a standard system, meaning that the bifacialRead More

NREL tests: SunPower X-Series solar panels reach 22.8 percent efficiency

NREL tests: SunPower X-Series solar panels reach 22.8 percent efficiency

February 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently tested and verified that a SunPower X-Series solar panel reached 22.8 percent efficiency – a new world record. SunPower’s newest X-Series solar panel, the X22, offers efficiencies of more than 22 percent. The high efficiency solar panels generate more energy in the sameRead More

Researchers improve efficiency of organic PV cells to 15 percent

Researchers improve efficiency of organic PV cells to 15 percent

February 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A patented breakthrough by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology improves the efficiency of organic photovoltaic cells by 50 percent, and could someday provide a huge boost its viability to become a major source of solar energy. The researchers recently published their findings in the Journal of Applied Physics. Organic photovoltaicRead More