May 252016
 
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced today that it has launched a national search for a new Executive Director. Don Warfield, Chair of the NABCEP Board of Directors, said, "We are very excited about the next phase of NABCEP's organizational development. Our soon to be released NABCEP Associate Credential will allow thousands more candidates the opportunity to attain a NABCEP certification. This and other growth initiatives will be a tremendous...
May 252016
 
Open Energy, a solar debt finance provider, has announced a partnership with kWh Analytics, a risk management software for solar energy investments. The partnership will allow Open Energy customers to view aggregated performance metrics across their asset portfolios while benchmarking this data against an entire network of projects. Commercial solar developers with projects financed through Open Energy’s online lending platform can now benchmark the actual weather-adjusted...
May 252016
 
Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a supplier of commercial and utility-scale racking systems and one of the top 10 solar racking companies in the United States, announced the expansion of its ECO line of products with its Rayport-B ECO East-West System. AET’s Rayport-B ECO East-West System provides an east/west orientation to maximize PV production and increase array density on the rooftop. East to west orientation provides advantages for PV power production with a dynamic grid. With...
May 242016
 
The German solar market is set for a return to growth. But the days when Germany led the development of PV worldwide are gone forever, according to GTM Research’s Q2 2016 Global Solar Demand Monitor. Germany is set to fall from its current position as the second-largest PV market in the world by cumulative installations -- currently behind China -- to below the top five markets between now and 2020.  Germany’s fall in the global solar industry rankings is understandable....
May 242016
 
Tigo, a specialist in smart solar modules, today announced the Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA), a powerful communications hub for their smart modules. One of the smallest solar data loggers on the planet, the Cloud Connect Advanced enables valuable insight to collected and transmitted data for real-time analysis. The Cloud Connect Advanced features: The CCA is part of the Tigo platform which is supported by all of the major inverter and module manufacturers world-wide.  The Cloud...
May 242016
 
Total and SunPower Corp. announced that SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours per year of clean solar energy to Metro of Santiago. With this agreement, Metro of Santiago will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy. Metro of 
May 242016
 
The global solar cell industry is expected to reach over 1,087.0GW by 2022 owing to increasing demand for electricity coupled with rising consumer awareness regarding environmental benefits of renewable energy sources, as forecast in the recent Solar Cell Market report by Grand View Research. Stringent government regulations in various economies to encourage use of solar energy through incentives and feed-in-tariffs are also anticipated to drive demand over the forecast period....
May 242016
 
Vivint Solar, a provider of distributed solar energy systems inthe United States, announced today it closed a tax equity investment fund with a new investor, with an aggregate funding commitment of $75 million, which will enable the company to install more than 45 megawatts of residential solar energy systems. Vivint Solar is the company that SunEdison had acquired in an attempt to enter the residential solar market. This is Vivint Solar's first investment fund with this tax equity...
May 242016
 
Sharp Corp announced that it has achieved a module conversion efficiency of 31.17% with a triple-junction compound semiconductor photovoltaic (PV) cell at the time of not concentrating light. The module measures about 31 x 31cm (area: 968cm2). Sharp has already achieved an efficiency fo 37.9% with a PV cell having an area of 1.047cm2. But the 31.17% efficiency is one of the world's highest efficiencies of large-size modules. The latest compound semiconductor PV cell was developed...