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Major US residential solar installers Q2 analysis
12 Aug 2019 at 2:39pm
With the major US residential solar installers (Sunrun, SunPower, Vivint Solar and Tesla) having recently reporting second quarter 2019 financial results, PV Tech takes a closer look at the business and market dynamics shaping up in 2019.



Ib Vogt kickstarts EPC work for Aussie solar-plus-storage project
12 Aug 2019 at 1:17pm
Milestone by 109MW Sebastopol comes six months after planning nod.



Sonnedix breaks ground on 171MW PV plant in Chile’s Atacama
12 Aug 2019 at 1:05pm
Installation slated to start supplying the grid in December 2020



US industry acts to unblock disputed 584MW solar pipeline
12 Aug 2019 at 11:53am
Michigan regulator urged to green-light truce for spat with local utility.



UK post-subsidy solar pipeline swells to 5GW
12 Aug 2019 at 11:37am
The UK’s post-subsidy large-scale solar pipeline has swelled to more than 5GW as developers returned to action.



IFC: Papua New Guinea becomes global off-grid solar hotspot
9 Aug 2019 at 1:34pm
Today's US$259m-a-year market has delivered systems to 60% of country's households.



Pestech, Sungrow sign MoU to jointly develop floating PV projects
8 Aug 2019 at 10:35pm
Southeast Asia has seen a number of major floating PV installations sprout up as of late.



First PV module supplier bankability ratings tool created by PV Tech research team
8 Aug 2019 at 5:39pm
This article represents the concluding part of a six-part series on PV-Tech over the past couple of weeks, introducing new methodology to allow leading PV module suppliers to be categorized, ranked and short-listed by manufacturing and financial strength metrics; ultimately providing an investor-risk (or bankability) profile of PV module suppliers for non-residential end-market selection.



Portugal reveals winners of record-breaking solar auction
8 Aug 2019 at 1:26pm
Akuo and Iberdrola amongst top victors of tender producing €14.76/MWh prices.



Eurotron MWT cell equipment in mass production at Sunport Power’s facility in China
8 Aug 2019 at 1:02pm


Leclanché to build 35.6MW/44.2MWh solar-plus-storage plant on St. Kitts and Nevis
8 Aug 2019 at 12:33pm
The plant is expected to cover a quarter of the nation’s power needs.



Oxford PV to become heterojunction/perovskite solar cell manufacturer
8 Aug 2019 at 12:24pm



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Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Post
Following the first wave of popularity in solar power technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we are now faced with the daunting prospect of disposing of these early solar panels in a way that does not harm the environment. Given that the usable life expectancy of these early solar panels was 25 years, […]The post Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics
30 Jul 2019 at 6:08pm
by Kathryn Nohilly
Universities in the United States are leading the way in developing, teaching and utilizing solar technology. Colleges and universities around the world are hubs of progression. It is on the campuses of the country that you can catch a glimpse into the future of businesses and communities. This is especially true when it comes to […]The post US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven
29 Jul 2019 at 4:10pm
by Jordan Roth
It’s well-known that solar energy is an innovative and accessible sustainable energy option. Solar energy checks all the boxes a consumer looks at when determining his or her options for energy and its popularity is only growing. However, solar energy isn’t just available to the homeowner, or other smaller-scale consumers. Solar energy can be used […]The post Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Are solar shingles worth it 2019
20 Jul 2019 at 5:05pm
by Guest Post
With the rise in popularity of solar power, people have continuously expressed desire in having more options in terms of solar products. Some of the more popular ones nowadays are solar shingles. Simply put, solar singles — sometimes known as photovoltaic shingles — are essentially just solar panels that are designed to look like and […]The post Are solar shingles worth it 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs
16 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
by Stephanie D'sa
Research on utilization of renewable energy including solar, wind, and biofuel has been booming across the United States over the past few years. In 2017 alone, over half a million jobs were created globally in the renewable energy sector. Educational institutions have also been quick to pick up on this need for qualified people to […]The post Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Writer
Over the past few years, the popularity of solar energy has been increasing all over the world. The Science Magazine estimates that by 2022–2023, an additional PV capacity of 500 GW will be installed globally.? Going solar has become cheaper too. In fact, the average price of solar electrical systems have reduced by half from […]The post Must Have Solar Products for Your Home appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How Is the US Military Using Solar Power?
23 May 2019 at 1:31pm
by Staff Author
Climate change poses serious threats to national and global security. The U.S. military recognized the global and national security implications of climate change as far back as 1990, when it produced its first report on the impacts of climate change. Another report followed in 2003. But every year since 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD), […]The post How Is the US Military Using Solar Power? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy Is Our Best Solution
18 May 2019 at 4:20pm
by Staff Writer
Solar energy is our best solution for a plethora of reasons. It is no longer a niche technology available to the rich and the committed environmentalist. Today, the effects of global warming and the skyrocketing prices of conventional energy necessitate the switch to greener renewable sources of energy. Rise of Solar Power The scarcity of […]The post Solar Energy Is Our Best Solution appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

What is Community Solar and Why Should You Care?
10 May 2019 at 9:24pm
by Staff Writer
  Installing solar panels on your roof has proven to be a great investment. Like a gift that keeps on giving, solar panels help homeowners save money, reap incentives, and earn rebates for decades to come. For those who want to reap the benefits of solar power but live on rent, are tenants in a […]The post What is Community Solar and Why Should You Care? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Community solar is an excellent way to create energy equity–if it’s done right
10 May 2019 at 6:49pm
by Staff Writer
Source: Fast Company People banding together to fund a solar project is an increasingly popular way of accessing clean energy. But it can either be an exclusive project or an inclusive way to spread the benefits of clean energy. It depends how it’s structured… When you think of home solar power, you probably imagine a […]The post Community solar is an excellent way to create energy equity–if it’s done right appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.


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FreeVolt, Apparent partner on solar+storage offerings in California
12 Aug 2019 at 7:31pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Newish European-based panel manufacturer FreeVolt has entered into a partnership with California-headquartered energy management company Apparent. FreeVolt’s U.S. installation division FreeVolt USA will team with Apparent to provide solar-plus-storage systems to California homeowners and C&I customers. FreeVolt’s panels (manufactured in Poland) incorporate graphene, a highly conductive carbon derivative that the company claims boosts efficiency by… The post FreeVolt, Apparent partner on solar+storage offerings in California appeared first on Solar Power World.

Affordable Solar installs 2-MWac solar array at Kroger distribution center
12 Aug 2019 at 4:56pm
by Billy Ludt
Ralphs, a subsidiary of The Kroger Company, announced the installation of a 2-MWac PV solar array at its automated distribution center in Paramount, California, a 555,000-sq-ft building that provides products to 190 Ralphs stores and 95 Food 4 Less stores throughout Southern California. This is the largest solar energy project to date for Kroger, featuring… The post Affordable Solar installs 2-MWac solar array at Kroger distribution center appeared first on Solar Power World.

Keesler Air Force Base breaks ground on 1.5-MW solar carport
12 Aug 2019 at 4:30pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Design-build company NORESCO has broken ground for a 1.5-MW solar carport at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB) in Mississippi, part of a $32.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC). Colonel Marcia Quigley, Commander, 81st Mission Support Group, and Chief Master Sergeant Patricia English, Superintendent, 81st Mission Support Group, hosted the groundbreaking ceremony. Colonel Quigley… The post Keesler Air Force Base breaks ground on 1.5-MW solar carport appeared first on Solar Power World.

CleanChoice Energy partners with Minnesota beekeeper to support dual-use solar projects
9 Aug 2019 at 5:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
CleanChoice Energy has partnered with Bolton Bees, a family-owned business that promotes the productive use of land at ground-mounted solar farms. With this new partnership, CleanChoice Energy supports the creation of safe, pollinator-friendly spaces under and around ground-mounted solar panels where bees and other pollinators can thrive. CleanChoice customers can purchase resulting SolarHoney at a… The post CleanChoice Energy partners with Minnesota beekeeper to support dual-use solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

3 in 1 Roof solar tile passes UL safety testing
9 Aug 2019 at 3:21pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Solar tile manufacturer?3 in 1 Roof has passed UL 1703 safety testing for its solar roofing tiles. The company claims its solar roof system is eight-times lighter than traditional tile roofing materials and can withstand 200+ mph winds. 50-W solar modules are recessed into each tile, and the modules can apparently be removed and replaced… The post 3 in 1 Roof solar tile passes UL safety testing appeared first on Solar Power World.

Quick Mount PV releases QRail Tilt System flat roof mount
8 Aug 2019 at 10:02pm
by Billy Ludt
Quick Mount PV, an American manufacturer of solar roof mounting and racking systems, is launching the new QRail Tilt System. Quick Mount PV’s QRail Tilt System allows installation of the QRail Racking System on a variety of low slope commercial and residential roof types — the most common type of commercial roof type in the… The post Quick Mount PV releases QRail Tilt System flat roof mount appeared first on Solar Power World.

Fronius will bring new hybrid GEN24 inverter to SPI 2019
8 Aug 2019 at 9:56pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Fronius is bringing its new hybrid Primo GEN24 inverter to Salt Lake City for Solar Power International 2019. The new solution provides all the benefits of the SnapINverter and additional features, such as being incredibly compact, easily scalable, quick to commission via an app, and easily serviceable. This new all-in-one hybrid inverter combines the functions… The post Fronius will bring new hybrid GEN24 inverter to SPI 2019 appeared first on Solar Power World.

California sees huge demand for Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program
8 Aug 2019 at 7:34pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Within the first day of accepting applications, California’s new Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program is nearly fully subscribed, having received more than 240 applications representing over 74 MW of solar power generating capacity and $163 million in reserved funding. The SOMAH program provides property owners with financial incentives for installing solar PV energy… The post California sees huge demand for Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program appeared first on Solar Power World.

PVH releases new Axone Duo dual-row single-axis solar tracker
8 Aug 2019 at 7:08pm
by Billy Ludt
PV Hardware has introduced its new dual-row solar tracker, Axone Duo, which combines features of its Axone and Monoline mounting products. This confluence results in a tracker with a better balance of controllers and motors between the two types of photovoltaic trackers, establishing a single row of up to 128 modules for each solar tracker.… The post PVH releases new Axone Duo dual-row single-axis solar tracker appeared first on Solar Power World.

San Jose Clean Energy, EDP Renewables sign large solar-plus-storage PPA
8 Aug 2019 at 2:21pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for 100 megawatts of new solar energy and 10 MW of battery storage at the Sonrisa Solar Park in Fresno County, California. The project is anticipated to be operational in… The post San Jose Clean Energy, EDP Renewables sign large solar-plus-storage PPA appeared first on Solar Power World.

SMA releases upgraded, SunSpec-compliant Sunny Boy-US inverters
7 Aug 2019 at 8:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
SMA has unveiled a new and improved version of its Sunny Boy-US line of inverters, part of the company’s Power+ residential solar offering. The new Sunny Boy will offer the latest technology and include enhanced safety features to comply with current industry regulations. “The new Sunny Boy-US line of inverters has been updated to meet… The post SMA releases upgraded, SunSpec-compliant Sunny Boy-US inverters appeared first on Solar Power World.

Price pressure will cause more inverter companies to consolidate, says WoodMac report
7 Aug 2019 at 5:43pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Wood Mackenzie’s newly released report,?“The global PV inverter and MLPE landscape 2019,” found the total revenue for the Top 5 global PV inverter vendors underwent a year-over-year decline of 10% last year due to “price pressure and fierce competition.” The report found that although global PV inverter shipments will continue to rise, market value will… The post Price pressure will cause more inverter companies to consolidate, says WoodMac report appeared first on Solar Power World.


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