May 312016
 
Scott Howe, Partner and Senior Vice President of Market Development at Hopkinton, Massachusetts (US) solar company Solect Energy, was elected to the board of directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE) on May 24, 2016. Howe has worked in the Massachusetts solar industry since 2011, and this is his first seat on an industry association’s board. SEBANE is one of the leading solar energy associations in the area. An organization dedicated to helping companies...
May 312016
 
Radian Generation (RadianGEN), an independent asset management and O&M firm providing comprehensive software and services to solar project owners, has closed a new round of investment with Solar Plus International (Solar Plus).  Solar Plus is a diversified renewable energy company based in Hong Kong and a member of AP Capital Group. RadianGEN plans to use the new funding to accelerate the development of its Lens™ solar asset management software platform and expand its asset...
May 302016
 
PV systems offer a number of benefits, from financial savings to environmental advantages and energy independence. As these benefits are driving PV systems to be installed around the world, the industry has gained a better knowledge of the needs for PV system safety. In general, PV systems are safe, reliable, and do not inherently pose danger to people or property. However, it is important to remember that as long as the sun is up, PV panels and wires are energized with high DC voltages....
May 302016
 
On stand 230 in hall B1 of the electrical energy storage show (ees) under the Intersolar Europe 2016 umbrella, Nürtingen-based ADS-TEC presents new variations of its powerful StoraXe Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Systems. As a novelty and special highlight of the show this year, ADS-TEC presents the smart, compact “PowerBooster” outdoor battery system for the supply of power to rapid charging stations in the distribution network. In recent years, battery storage systems have...
May 302016
 
Photovoltaics (PV) is experiencing a worldwide boom, spurred on by large-scale PV power plants with an output range of 60 MW and above in particular. This year’s Intersolar Europe is set to showcase the latest technologies and most exciting trends – right at the heart of the most important market: In 2015, total installed output in Europe rose to almost 100GW, making the continent the largest market for PV power plant operation, maintenance and repairs. Intersolar Europe and...
May 302016
 
Solar cells turn sunlight into electricity, but they’re only about 20% efficient. Much of the leftover energy turns into heat, which actually harms the solar cell. Now researchers from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (US), have developed and tested a new material that can cool a solar cell by up to 13° Celsius (C) under the California winter sun. Because heat makes solar cells less efficient, the researchers predict their cooling layer could help solar cells turn...
May 272016
 
Sunworks, Inc., a provider of solar power solutions, is also a manufacturer of its own solar racking system. The proprietary mounting system (originally purchased from a company in Germany) was recently rebranded as "Rapid Rack", now an American-made product with a name that is designed to embody its main feature: Speed. Solar racking is one of the most important cost items in a solar system. Reducing its cost without surrendering quality is critical for continuing efficiency...
May 272016
 
Distributed generation connections grew by 308% in Brazil in 2015. This is according to the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL), Brazil’s top energy regulator, and these figures include micro-generation and mini-generation. The state of Minas Gerais has the most micro- and mini-generation systems with 333 connections, followed by Rio de Janeiro (203) and Rio Grande do Sul (186). Brazil doubled its solar targets for both utility-scale and distributed generation in January. The 2024...
May 262016
 
Solaria announced today that it has introduced its PowerXT 330Wp and 400Wp modules optimized for residential and commercial rooftops respectively– offering best-in-class efficiency for this rapidly-growing sector of the clean energy market.  Solaria’s high output modules are built on the company’s proprietary technology – which utilizes an advanced cell interconnect and module production processes.  Solaria modules significantly boost power generation while...
May 252016
 
Today, Quick Mount PV introduced the Tile Replacement Mount for rooftop solar installations. Installing solar on tile roofs can be difficult and time-consuming. Quick Mount's Tile Replacement Mount provides a fast and easy way to install solar on tile roofs while protecting against water intrusion. The Tile Replacement Mount eliminates messy and time-consuming tile grinding and cutting to significantly reduce installation time and labor costs. The new mount works with all standard curved...