Jun 292017
 
Soltec, a manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers, will supply its SF Utility tracker equipment to the Floresta solar PV power plant in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. This 101 MW solar plant, located in the municipality of Areia Branca, is being developed by Soltec’s customer Solairedirect-ENGIE. Soltec tracker equipment for Floresta will be supplied locally to meet FINAME local-content conditions. This is the third large-scale PV...
Jun 272017
 
Ideal Power Inc., a power conversion technology company, Azimuth Energy, a solar and wind energy and energy efficiency engineering and construction company and Wright Architects, a design-build firm with projects along the East Coast and the Caribbean, today announced a solar-plus-storage project that will provide off-grid and virtually fossil-free power to a remote building complex
Jun 272017
 
Solaria Corporation, global provider of solar modules, as greatly expanded its PowerXT solar cell and module manufacturing line at its headquarters in Fremont, California. Solaria’s sleek, high-efficiency PowerXT 330Wp residential module is one of the industry’s most bankable solar products.  Delivering superior efficiency and attractive aesthetics, PowerXT offers a compelling technology value proposition:  20% more energy yield.  Solaria reports that...
Jun 262017
 
Home energy storage has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in the energy industry. The possibility of greater energy independence and increased resiliency is driving massive numbers of consumers to adopt storage systems to maximize clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. What’s the hype all about? A residential energy storage system allows a household to store self-generated clean energy – typically when nobody is home in the middle of the day when the...
Jun 232017
 
Smappee, a developer of smart energy monitoring solutions, has entered the US solar market with the launch of its flagship product, Smappee Plus. The most advanced energy monitoring system available on the market, Smappee Plus empowers consumers to better manage their electricity use and costs by providing detailed, real-time measurements of their energy production and consumption. Smappee Plus is the latest innovation from Smappee’s bourgeoning suite of energy monitoring...
Jun 232017
 
Panasonic Corporation has achieved what it claims to be the world's leading output temperature coefficient1 for mass-produced silicon photovoltaic modules, at -0.258%/°C2. The company reports that record-breaking innovation sets a new standard for the solar industry, improving on the previous temperature coefficient by 0.032 points at the mass production level, highlighting the positive temperature characteristics of heterojunction solar cells and further improving...
Jun 232017
 
Sol Voltaics announced the appointment of dual-junction solar cell efficiency world record holder Dr. Stephanie Essig as Senior Device & Characterization Scientist. Dr. Essig, who brings a wealth of expertise in tandem solar cell research from work with acclaimed institutes Fraunhofer ISE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will help Sol Voltaics accelerate the commercialization of its efficiency boosting solar nanowires. “Dr. Essig joins Sol Voltaics at a pivotal...
Jun 222017
 
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and US-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy, Inc. have partnered to offer the Harbor 10P/15P Smart Battery, a DC-coupled solar smart battery with industry-leading performance specifications. Harbor 10P/15P will begin shipping in late 2017 and is available for pre-order today, the companies announced. The solar-ready Harbor Smart Battery combines Panasonic’s renowned Lithium-Ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in a slim,...
Jun 212017
 
Today, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 263 grants totaling $116 million – including 26 grants in Colorado totaling $13.3 million.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for both Phase I and II research and development.   There are 174 Phase I grants which will allow small businesses to research...