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.

Panasonic receives DOE grant to fund new PV system development

Panasonic receives DOE grant to fund new PV system development

September 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm 1 comment

Panasonic was awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to develop a technology that aims to lower the cost of solar photovoltaic systems, improve their performance and ultimately help to reduce use of fossil fuels. “This $2.1Read More

Hulk Energy Technology debuts powerful CIGS solar module in U.S.

Hulk Energy Technology debuts powerful CIGS solar module in U.S.

September 3, 2015 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

Hulk Energy Technology Co., Ltd. has made its powerful green CIGS solar module available in the U.S. The HULKet Cigs-3000 Series CIGS thin-film PV module achieved 324 W of total area power output on a mass production line confirmed by German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Fraunhofer ISE).Read More

VOTE: 2015 Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards — Ground-mounted

VOTE: 2015 Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards — Ground-mounted

August 31, 2015 at 4:28 pm 2 comments

Charlton Solar Charlton, Mass. Completed: Dec. 31, 2014 Size: 4.4-MW DC Constrained by population densities and interconnection capacity, most optimal solar sites in the Northeast have already been developed, leaving more challenging landscapes necessitating site-specific designs. The 4.4-MW Charlton Solar plant in Massachusetts, one of two “managed growth” projects builtRead More

VOTE: 2015 Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards — Roof-mounted

VOTE: 2015 Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards — Roof-mounted

August 31, 2015 at 4:27 pm 2 comments

Bishop O’Dowd High School Oakland, Calif. Completed: Aug. 1, 2015 Size: 50.960 kW Bishop O’Dowd High School has a two-story classroom building facing southeast. The classrooms get very hot during the day when classes are in session. They want to reduce the heat to improve the learning experience of theRead More

JA Solar modules to power the largest solar farm under construction in Australia

JA Solar modules to power the largest solar farm under construction in Australia

August 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A 70-MW Moree Solar Farm (MSF) in Australia has begun to install the batches of solar modules provided by JA Solar since June. As MSF’s exclusive supplier, JA Solar will keep delivering JAP6-315 and JAP6-310 modules to meet all demand of 70-MW modules. Early this year, MSF was acknowledged byRead More

Details on 11 new MOSAIC solar technologies that will receive government funding

Details on 11 new MOSAIC solar technologies that will receive government funding

August 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm 1 comment

As part of a wide-ranging clean energy initiative by the administration, President Obama and Energy Secretary Moniz announced at the Clean Energy Summit $24 million in innovation funding for 11 new solar technologies, as part of ARPA-E’s newest program Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC). These MOSAIC projectsRead More

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