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Industry Leaders Form truSolar to Set Solar Project Standards

Industry Leaders Form truSolar to Set Solar Project Standards

January 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm Comments are Disabled

The truSolar Working Group was established today as a collaborative consortium of 16 market leaders in the solar industry dedicated to addressing a broad array of project risks through the development of uniform standards that will facilitate lower transaction and capital costs, and improve project finance liquidity within the commercialRead More

Affordability of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Accelerate their Uptake

Affordability of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Accelerate their Uptake

January 15, 2013 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

Solar photovoltaic (PV) will hold its spot as the fastest growing technology in the U.S. energy industry for the next four years. The prices of solar modules have been in a free fall since 2008, accelerating PV systems’ commercialization, while encouraging the development of new financing models for the residentialRead More

Solar Net Metering to Provide $92 Million to California Ratepayers

Solar Net Metering to Provide $92 Million to California Ratepayers

January 15, 2013 at 9:28 am Comments are Disabled

A study released today by the Vote Solar Initiative finds that net-metered rooftop solar will provide more than $92 million in annual benefits to ratepayers of California’s three investor-owned utilities. Net metering is a program that provides rooftop solar customers with utility bill credits for the surplus clean energy thatRead More

Worldwide PV Module Shipments Surge in 4Q 2012

Worldwide PV Module Shipments Surge in 4Q 2012

January 15, 2013 at 9:22 am Comments are Disabled

After a disastrous third quarter of 2012 featuring extremely low factory utilization rates across the entire photovoltaic (PV) supply chain, a surge in demand was seen in the final quarter of the year for PV modules. A new PV module shipment record of 11 GW was reached in the fourthRead More

Pretty / Handsome / Attractive / Tasteful

Pretty / Handsome / Attractive / Tasteful

January 15, 2013 at 9:10 am 2 comments

Solar power systems can be aesthetically pleasing for the end customer, something PHAT Energy encourages with its carport and canopy designs. Almost everyone appreciates the benefits of solar power systems. Almost no one thinks they look attractive — especially residential installations that look like an afterthought on sloped rooftops. PHATRead More

Escape from (Fossil Fuels at) Alcatraz

Escape from (Fossil Fuels at) Alcatraz

January 15, 2013 at 9:01 am Comments are Disabled

The national historic landmark recently installed solar power in a way that doesn’t change the island’s authenticity but does shrink its carbon footprint. It’s safe to say that Al Capone never saw a solar panel. The solar cell was first patented in 1946, more than a decade after Capone wasRead More

When Should You Worry About Snow on Solar Panels?

When Should You Worry About Snow on Solar Panels?

January 15, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 comment

“Prediction of Energy Effects on Photovoltaic Systems due to Snowfall Events,” a report released at the 38th IEEE Phovoltaic Specialists Conference in June 2012 by researchers Rob W. Andrews (Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario) and Joshua M. Pearce (Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.), found only a small percentage ofRead More

A three-phase string inverter from Chint.

New Standard: Three-Phase String Inverters

January 15, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments are Disabled

Somewhere between micro and central lies a better inverter architecture for commercial rooftops. By Casey Miller Throughout the last few years, solar inverters have become more advanced and efficient enabling new technologies to challenge old norms. Microinverters have made great strides to become a dominant force in the residential market,Read More

Solar Panel Cleaning

Solar Panel Cleaning

January 15, 2013 at 8:49 am 2 comments

Crystalline modules are delicate creatures. A few cleanings every now and then will help them live up to their full potential. It’s a few months after your solar project “flipped the switch.” You bought these solar modules because the manufacturer promised they were the best in the industry. So whyRead More

What’s Next for Crystalline Modules?

What’s Next for Crystalline Modules?

January 15, 2013 at 8:45 am Comments are Disabled

The trend for 2012 was a downfall — continuously dropping module prices and shrinking revenues. According to information and analytics provider IHS (formerly IMS Research), the module market will finally see relief in 2013. The decline in PV module pricing will slow down in 2013, eventually stopping by the secondRead More