Dec 302015
 
Strathcona Solar Initiatives, an integrator in Southeastern Ontario (Canada), recently completed the installation of a high-yielding 140-kilowatt photovoltaic system on the Rona Building Centre in Hanover, Southern Ontario. The array is one of 30 projects that the Strathcona Energy Group and Shawanaga First Nation own jointly in an investment partnership, leasing the roof space from the owner of the building. The Haack family has owned the 27,000 square foot home...
Dec 302015
 
Vivint Solar, a provider of distributed solar energy systems in the United States, and BlueWave, a solar development and FinTech company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts (US), have announced an alliance to offer residents of Massachusetts the opportunity to become BlueWave community solar members. Vivint Solar and BlueWave will sell community solar memberships in Southeastern and Central Massachusettswhere BlueWave is constructing two solar farms. These projects...
Dec 292015
 
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into the company's EnerPlex series of consumer products, announced today the Company was issued the second of two US Patents, in December, pertaining to the company's solar manufacturing process. "In conjunction with US patent 9,209,322 issued earlier this month and pending applications, Ascent secures an avenue of intellectual property rights covering multiple...
Dec 292015
 
Big Sun Group, manufacturer of a dual-axis iPV Tracker, has obtained numerous international patents for their dual-axis solar tracking system. Its universal axis and cable driven mechanism allows for 360 degrees horizontal tilt for optimal sun tracking angle. Compared to fixed-tilted PV systems, the annual power generation output of the iPV Tracker may go up by 30-50%, depending on location, while only increasing cost by 8-10%.  This year, the...
Dec 292015
 
Many trends in the solar industry have remained generally the same for years, most notably lower cost and higher efficiencies. In 2015, however, technologies, costs and applications shifted in three key areas. The three key trends that we see as shaping the solar industry in 2016 are energy storage, asset management and smart technologies. Energy storage Affordable energy storage solutions is what the solar industry has been awaiting for some time. Certainly there have long been...
Dec 282015
 
Recently, ET Solar has completed the construction and grid connection of its first two Turkish PV plants, each 1.1 MWp. The projects were initially developed by the owner, who has an engineering company in Antalya. With this cooperation, ET Solar's team designed the project from scratch and amended the existing license in accordance with company's design philosophy.  The plants are powered by Tier 1, high-quality ET Solar PV modules, type ET-P672305WW/WB 305W, ensuring the...
Dec 282015
 
OPDE, a company that specialises in the development, investment and maintenance of photovoltaic farms, has obtained a green light for the construction of two new 5MW PV plants in England. Both projects will produce the electricity equivalent to the consumption of 2,750 homes. The solar farms are located in the counties of Lancashire and Leicestershire. This success is a new milestone in OPDE’s commitment to strengthen and consolidate its presence in the photovoltaic market in the UK....
Dec 282015
 
One of the main advantages of renewable energy, particularly at the moment, is it is extremely cost efficient. Despite the recent controversial decision by the UK government to severely reduce financial incentives for renewable projects, both solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind are now poised to become cost-competitive with fossil fuels. This has in turn increased the attractiveness of renewables to both consumers and investors. Even with these subsidy reductions, wind and solar are...
Dec 282015
 
Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) in the US have developed an alternative method that allows photonic “sintering” at ambient conditions, which could lead to advances in thin-film solar cells, flexible electronics and sensors, and other high-tech products printed on simple substrates, such as paper or plastic. Sintering is the process of depositing nanoparticles in a controlled way and then fusing them into a solid, functional thin film. The OSU scientists discovered that...