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.

Report: Perovskite solar cells show potential with efficiency improvement, lowering costs

Report: Perovskite solar cells show potential with efficiency improvement, lowering costs

August 24, 2015 at 11:32 am 2 comments

Perovskite solar cells have shown potential both in the rapid efficiency improvement and in cheap material and manufacturing costs, says IDTechEx. Just how rapid of an efficiency improvement? Perovskite cells went from 2.2% in 2006 to the latest record 20.1% in 2014. They have attracted attention from the likes of DSSC and OPVsRead More

ET Smart Flex modules standardize more MLPE functions

ET Smart Flex modules standardize more MLPE functions

August 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

ET Solar Group, a renewable energy equipment provider, announced at an event in Monterrey, Mexico, that it has launched a new generation of smart modules named the “ET Smart Flex.” In collaboration with Tigo Energy, a Silicon Valley company dedicated to providing smart module technology for the solar industry, ETRead More

Suniva acquired by Shunfeng International, adding 400 MW next 12 months

Suniva acquired by Shunfeng International, adding 400 MW next 12 months

August 18, 2015 at 11:40 am Comments are Disabled

More acquisition news: Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) entered into an agreement to acquire a majority share of Suniva Inc., an American manufacturer of high-efficiency, cost-competitive PV solar cells and modules. SFCE will acquire 63.13% equity interest in Suniva, marking yet another milestone for the HSKE-listed company as it entersRead More

JA Solar hypes its double-glass PV modules

JA Solar hypes its double-glass PV modules

August 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm 1 comment

Recently, as the installation of solar electricity generation grows at an unprecedented pace world-widely and the performance of PV products improves steadily, the demand for PV modules of high quality and reliability that can operate in the harsh environment without rapid degradation has greatly increased. To meet the demand, JA SolarRead More

Sunvalley Solar seeks partners for its patented networked solar panels

Sunvalley Solar seeks partners for its patented networked solar panels

August 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar power technology and solar system integration company Sunvalley Solar announced that it is seeking partnerships to develop and implement its patented technology – Networked Solar Panels and Related Methods. The company says this new technology allows the solar power system operator to dynamically monitor the grid status, manage andRead More

SunPower donates solar system for food center in Austin, Texas

SunPower donates solar system for food center in Austin, Texas

August 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm 1 comment

SunPower Corp. and SunPower Elite Dealer Freedom Solar completed a 14 kW solar power system for Austin’s Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas. The Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. The nonprofit organization hosts four farmers markets, provides organicRead More

Solar3D’s SUNworks secures $3.5M to install 1.5-MW system for Rivermaid Trading

Solar3D’s SUNworks secures $3.5M to install 1.5-MW system for Rivermaid Trading

August 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar3D, developer of a proprietary high-efficiency solar cell, announced today that its operating division SUNworks has secured a $3.52 million contract to design and install a photovoltaic system for Rivermaid Trading Co. For over 80 years, Lodi-based Rivermaid Trading Company has provided expertise in agriculture, operations, consumer marketing, logistics and more.Read More

Prism Solar Technologies receives Qualification Plus Certificate from TÜV Rheinland

August 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm 1 comment

TÜV Rheinland is a globally recognized independent testing, inspection and certification company, and last week it announced that Prism Solar Technologies is the first PV module manufacturer to be certified to its Qualification Plus standard. Prism Solar produces bifacial solar modules designed to absorb reflected light in order to produce moreRead More

Andalay Solar enters equity purchase agreement with Southridge Partners

Andalay Solar enters equity purchase agreement with Southridge Partners

July 27, 2015 at 11:25 am 2 comments

Stephen Hicks, Chairman and CEO of Southridge Capital, announced that Southridge Partners II LP, an institutional investor, has entered into a new equity purchase agreement with Andalay Solar, Inc., based in Fremont, California. Andalay Solar Inc., founded in 2001, is a provider of innovative solar power systems. In 2007, the companyRead More

Alamo Beer Co. solar installation doubles as standout art piece

Alamo Beer Co. solar installation doubles as standout art piece

July 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm 4 comments

Alamo Beer Co. opened its doors to the public earlier this year and, in a crowded craft beer field these days, needed to standout. To do so, it turned to One80 Solar — a collaboration that yielded an Alamo-shaped solar panel array atop the beer company’s brewery, allowing them to use renewableRead More