More efficient solar panels

Solar panels are touted as energy efficient devices. These photovoltaic modules HIT N330 and N325 achieve up to 36% higher yield per square foot, and help lower the installation and balance of system costs per kilowatt over conventional panels. The panels use a hetero-junction cell structure made of mono-crystalline and amorphous silicon layers. This design

Q&A: CyboEnergy solar inverters offer benefits of central, string and micro

California-based CyboEnergy, a division of industrial automation company CyboSoft, has developed what it calls a “mini inverter” with benefits of both central inverters and microinverters. At its booth at Intersolar 2015, the company showed how its CyboInverters can operate in either on-grid or off-grid mode. A time-based grid power feature also allows energy to be stored in batteries and sent to the

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Solar Power World Releases 2015 Top 500 Solar Contractors List

Solar Power World, the industry’s leading business-to-business publication, announces the release of the 2015 Top 500 Solar Contractors list.  This is the biggest and best annual listing of North America’s top solar contractors working in the utility, commercial, residential and off-grid markets. Companies on the list are grouped by specific service (construction firms, developers, electrical

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Solar Speaks goes live at Intersolar

We’re taking our popular podcast series on the road and to a live audience. Solar Speaks Live will be at Intersolar North America in the Unirac booth from July 13 to 14, 2015. Solar Power World editors will interview industry thought leaders and about their unique solar industry perspectives, involvement and outlook. Interviews will be

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Solar Power World joins SunSpec at Intersolar event as its official media sponsor

The SunSpec Alliance, along with its official media sponsor Solar Power World, has announced the lineup for the PV Finance Conference and Solar Asset Symposium, which will take place at Intersolar July 13 and 14 at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Now in its fifth year, the expanded SunSpec Solar Finance Conference and Asset

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Why solar tracking is a key technology for unlocking the potential of utility-scale PV

Quotes for very large solar photovoltaic projects in sunny parts of the United States are coming in at an astounding 5 to 6 cents per kWh. Certainly these projects enjoy economies-of-scale advantages compared to smaller or rooftop photovoltaic projects. There is, however, one other very important technology advantage—because the utility-size systems are ground mounted, trackers

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What Tesla’s big announcement has to do with solar

Last night, Tesla Motors held a live presentation at Tesla Design Studio in Los Angeles. During the event Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel unveiled a new Tesla battery that has home, commercial/industrial, and utility-scale storage applications. College of Marin will be the first community college in California partnering with

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Is standardized solar permitting the next industry breakthrough?

By Andrew Savage Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today. And then

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The perfect marriage: silicon and perovskite solar cells

Around the world, researchers are busy working on ways to improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells. Their latest trick? “Pimp” the glass plate that protects the solar cell with a thin-film solar cell made of perovskite. As a result, they expect to achieve an efficiency of 30%. Silicon solar cells are just too good

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JuiceBox Energy announces 8.6-kWh energy storage system

JuiceBox Energy has announced its new 8.6-kWh lithium-ion energy storage system for solar energy storage and smart home connectivity. With this product release, JuiceBox enters the rapidly growing residential energy storage market with a safe and reliable, web-connected product that can be installed on new and existing solar energy installations. Distributed energy generation is at

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Eaton inverters power 73-MW Redwood Solar Farm in California

Power management company Eaton announced multiple contracts to provide solar inverters, electrical distribution equipment and services for the 72.9-MW Redwood Solar Farm in Kern County, California. The project, developed by sPower and 8minutenergy Renewables, is expected to generate 146 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of sustainable electricity annually to power approximately 9,200 California homes and reduce greenhouse

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Global single-axis tracker revenues expected to reach nearly $2 billion in 2019, IHS says

Global single-axis tracker revenues are expected to grow 120%, to reach nearly $2 billion in 2019, according to IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. For the first time, single-axis trackers will be the preferred type of structural balance of system (BoS) ground mount in the Americas in 2015. Overall global ground-mount solar

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Solar Monitoring: Critical data for critical systems

In our first article, we took a general overview of solar monitoring and why it is far more than just watching the energy production meter “spin” and counting dollars of revenue. Yes, production is important, but it is not the only metric we should be interested in as operators of large scale PV systems. In

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Solar Impulse unveils route of its first round-the-world solar flight

ABB is proud to accompany Solar Impulse and its crew on the plane’s flight around the world powered only by energy from the sun. Solar Impulse, based in Switzerland, announced today it will begin its historic flight between late February and early March in Abu Dhabi. In 2014, ABB and Solar Impulse formed an innovation

Airware unmanned aerial vehicles get ready to go solar

Alta Devices recently announced its cooperation with Airware to enable manufacturers of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to integrate solar power into their aircraft. Alta Devices says the company holds the world record for solar cell efficiency at 28.8%, and has shown that by integrating its thin and lightweight solar material onto the wings of

Yaskawa Acquires Solectria Renewables, LLC

Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Solectria Renewables, LLC announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement whereby Yaskawa Electric will acquire Solectria Renewables through its US subsidiary, Yaskawa America Inc. Solectria Renewables will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary. Headquartered in Lawrence, MA, Solectria manufactures high performance photovoltaic (PV) inverters for the residential,

SolarWorld Now Accepting Applications For 2014 Junior Einstein Award

    SolarWorld is now accepting applications for the 2014 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award. Now in its ninth year, the Junior Einstein Award is the oldest and most prestigious prize for young scientists doing research relevant to the photovoltaic industry.  The award offers not only an attractive sum of prize money but also opens professional doors

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Commentary: Solar Energy Steers Its Future By Reflecting On The Past

Toward the end of last year, the Toledo Blade ran this piece detailing what a “failure” the solar industry had been in creating jobs in its area. Instead of focusing on the successful companies in the area (you can look here for the grouping of solar companies — many of them manufacturing — around Toledo),

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Commentary: Solar Energy Steers Its Future By Reflecting On The Past

Toward the end of last year, the Toledo Blade ran this piece detailing what a “failure” the solar industry had been in creating jobs in its area. Instead of focusing on the successful companies in the area (you can look here for the grouping of solar companies — many of them manufacturing — around Toledo),

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New Study Finds U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Last Year

  U.S. solar companies continue hiring faster than the overall economy, and remain optimistic about future growth, according to fourth annual National Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation. As of November 2013, the solar industry has grown to 142,698 solar workers. This is an increase of almost 20% more than our 2012 findings and represents

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Canadian Solar Connects Its 10MW Solar Power Plant In Jiangsu Province

Canadian Solar, a global solar power company, announced the successful completion and grid connection of a 10 MW ground-mounted solar power project in Sihong County of Jiangsu Province in eastern China. This project was developed by CSI Solar Power (China), a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, with Gaochuangte New Energy as the EPC contractor. Construction commenced in September 2013 and grid connection was

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JinkoSolar Plans to Separate Its Solar PV Project Business

JinkoSolar, a global leader in the solar PV industry, announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives with respect to JinkoSolar’s downstream solar PV project business. The Board intends to consider a broad range of alternatives including, but not limited to, an IPO, pre-IPO financing or merger and acquisition of the business.

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How Smart Are Your Solar Modules?

Solar panels, or modules, are the heart of any solar power system because they convert sunlight to electric energy.   Brought to you by Trina Solar Solar panels, or modules, are the heart of any solar power system. Solar panels that convert sunlight to electric energy are referred to as photovoltaic panels (PV for short).

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Solectria Introduces New Transformerless Residential Inverter

Solectria Renewables, a U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced the introduction of its new PVI 3800TL transformerless residential inverters. The new 3.8kW single-phase inverter is the best residential solution available in the inverter market today.   The PVI 3800TL features the highest peak (98%) and CEC (97.5%) efficiencies, as compared with other major inverter suppliers. Its small, compact, lightweight design

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Are Super-Sized Solar Modules The Wave Of The Future?

 A new approach to reduce the cost of large solar PV installations is the super-sized module described below. Brought to you by Spire Corp. The solar PV-utility market is experiencing significant growth that will continue through the foreseeable future. This rapid growth in market demand is driving development of utility and large commercial solar PV

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