Nov 232018
 
The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99% over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop? A new analysis by MIT researchers has pinpointed what caused the savings, including the policies and technology changes that mattered most. For example, they found that government policy to help grow markets...
Nov 222018
 
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. announced the launch of its new scalable and modular energy storage system – the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 – in Germany.  The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a bundled product that comprises a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER, the energy management control platform.  This new storage solution has been developed to help homeowners and small businesses make cost-saving decisions on their...
Nov 152018
 
Today, two national not-for-profit organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve voluntary community solar across the country. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Vote Solar developed the checklist to promote scalable and replicable community solar programs that benefit customers and communities. “Americans everywhere want more clean energy and community solar is critical to meet that growing...
Nov 142018
 
Today, officials from The Solar Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, and the municipality of San Juan announced that work has begun on the first phase of the installation of solar and energy efficiency upgrades of the Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras in San Juan, with installation of LED lighting that is expected to be completed later this month. The Hispanic Federation and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have committed two grants tot
Nov 142018
 
Canadian Solar Inc. today announced that the company has delivered 10MW of Canadian Solar bifacial PV modules – BiKuCS3U-PB-AG – to Neighborhood Power for four solar power projects near Portland, Oregon. This represents the first significant delivery of bifacial solar PV modules into the United States. Bifacial (literally: two faces) solar modules can generate energy not only from&n
Nov 132018
 
The call for presentation submissions and speaker applications is now open for Solar Power International (SPI) and Energy Storage International (ESI), taking place September 23-26, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 2018 marked another successful year for SPl, which drew 19,000 attendees and 700 exhibitors to the Anaheim, CA. SPI is the anchor of North America Smart Energy Week, which diversified to include ESI, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, Hydrogen + Fuel...
Nov 132018
 
Enphase Energy, Inc., a global energy technology company and a supplier of solar microinverters, today announced that over 1,000 homeowners have joined the Enphase Upgrade Program, a program that gives homeowners several options for upgrading to the latest, more efficient and reliable seventh-generation microinverter technology from Enphase. The program is for warranty holders of legacy Enphase microinverters and represents the co
Nov 132018
 
Solaria Corporation, a global provider of solar panel technologies, announced that it is making its patented PowerXT panels, optimized for residential and commercial deployment, available in the European market under its ‘TSC’ brand.  The patented PowerXT delivers high energy yield from a pure black, high-performance panel.  In order to meet the growing demand for these innovative solar panels in Europe, Silicon Valley-based Solaria Corporation has...
Nov 132018
 
Imec, partner in EnergyVille, recently obtained record efficiencies by adding perovskite solar cells on top of conventional silicon and CIGS technology (shown above).  For each solar cell semiconductor material, there is an intrinsic limit to how much light can be converted into electricity. For silicon PV technology, for example, that limit is around 30%, and the industrial solar panels are now reaching results that are plateauing some 10% below this limit. From now on, additional...