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PV CellTech 2020 Online to explain full impact of China’s 200-GW-plus expansion plans
13 Oct 2020 at 11:01am
PV CellTech 2020 is taking place online this year, with 27 invited keynote presentations from the leading PV technology stakeholders, during 27-29 October 2020. The scope of the 9 sessions across the 3 days of the online event have been configured to allow the global PV community to assess fully the plethora of new-capacity and new-technology announcements from the past 12-18 months.



Meyer Burger and CSEM extend solar R&D partnership
26 Oct 2020 at 10:07pm
Duo will collaborate on new technology development for another three years, having started in 2013



PROJECT ROUND-UP: Disneyland Paris’ solar carport, EDF’s UK PV push, Hive continues Spain momentum
26 Oct 2020 at 1:43pm
A round-up of the latest news in solar project development worldwide, featuring news from EDF Renewables and Disneyland Paris.



PV CellTech Talk: PVEL’s Jenya Meydbray discusses why PV technology is key to end-market success
26 Oct 2020 at 11:19am
PV-Tech’s head of research and Chair of PV CellTech, Dr. Finlay Colville took the time to catch up with Jenya Meydbray.



Restraining order issued against Trump bid to close bifacial tariff exemption
26 Oct 2020 at 11:19am
Legal move by US Court of International Trade leaves latest Trump bid to close loophole dead in the water



PV reliability lessons from 100,000 systems
26 Oct 2020 at 10:29am


PV CellTech Talk: Gunter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger, previews new company strategy and direction
26 Oct 2020 at 1:00am
Dr, Finlay Colville discussed with Gunter Erfurt, the CEO of Meyer Burger, some of the major changes at the company in 2020.



SolarEdge and Schneider Electric partner for home energy management solution
23 Oct 2020 at 12:31pm
Collaboration aims to accelerate access to solar energy for homeowners in North America



First Solar secures 869MW Series 6 module supply deal for Texan projects
23 Oct 2020 at 10:55am
US utility Vistra opts for Series 6 modules to power newly announced solar portfolio



Iberdrola bolsters US renewables position with US$8.3bn PNM transaction
22 Oct 2020 at 4:14pm
Multi-billion-dollar deal will see Spanish energy giant redouble its efforts in solar hotspot of Texas and New Mexico



Indiana utility NIPSCO to develop 1GW of solar and battery storage
22 Oct 2020 at 2:16pm
Company partners NextEra Energy Resources to construct three projects



Tesla low-cost solar strategy paying dividends as installs rebound
22 Oct 2020 at 1:59pm
Q3 solar installs more than double on back of new cost promise as Musk backs ‘killer product’ Solar Roof for big 2021




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An Educated Consumer Chooses Solar Energy

New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019
19 Sep 2019 at 4:54pm
by Staff Writer
When you start researching costs, it gets overwhelming very quickly. Costs vary from company to company, and when you start throwing in incentives, rebates, and tax credits, your simple Google search turns into a complex, algebraic equation. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in solar policy on some government website, calculator in hand, ready to […]The post New Jersey Solar Panel Installation Costs 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How to Choose a Solar Installer
8 Sep 2019 at 1:05am
by Staff Writer
So, you have done your research on the benefits of solar energy and decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to power your property, what now? The next important step is choosing a solar installer to set up the system for you. Picking the right installer is vital since poorly-done work can lead to […]The post How to Choose a Solar Installer appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019
26 Aug 2019 at 6:58pm
by Staff Writer
Do you own a property in Massachusetts and want to get solar panels installed on it, but are worried about huge expenses? If so, you should know that there are several financial incentives available in the state currently, making 2019 the right year for you to go solar. Like most other states today, Massachusetts encourages its […]The post Massachusetts Solar Incentives and Solar Rebates 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Writer
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 Guest Writer
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 Guest Writer
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 Writer
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 Staff Writer
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 Writer
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.


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PvDesign users can now design substations for utility-scale solar projects
26 Oct 2020 at 8:01pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
​PvDesign’s algorithm now has the ability to design and engineer the interconnection facility on utility-scale solar projects. To connect a solar PV plant to distribution or transmission networks, it is necessary to step-up the voltage level from medium to high voltage. To do this, projects require a substation. Substations are therefore used to ​accommodate new… The post PvDesign users can now design substations for utility-scale solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

AEP Energy to purchase 50 MW of solar from Columbus, Ohio, project
26 Oct 2020 at 5:48pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
AEP Energy Partners, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, has signed a letter of intent with BQ Energy Development to purchase 100% of the offtake of the Columbus Solar Park being developed southwest of downtown Columbus, Ohio. In July, New York-based BQ Energy announced plans to lease the site of a former landfill owned by… The post AEP Energy to purchase 50 MW of solar from Columbus, Ohio, project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Pivot Energy to install solar at 65 Extra Space Storage locations
26 Oct 2020 at 1:38pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
National solar developer Pivot Energy announced its collaboration with Extra Space Storage to install 65 rooftop solar systems on storage buildings across eight states, including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee. The portfolio totals 5.5 MW of emission-free energy, producing enough electricity to power nearly 1,000 homes for an entire year. The… The post Pivot Energy to install solar at 65 Extra Space Storage locations appeared first on Solar Power World.

Electriq PowerPod battery receives demand response certification
26 Oct 2020 at 12:52pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Electriq Power’s PowerPod residential battery system has received a Certificate of System Conformance from the OpenADR Alliance. The standard for automated demand response, OpenADR 2.0b certification will enhance PowerPod capabilities, enabling Electriq Power to integrate with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and interoperable… The post Electriq PowerPod battery receives demand response certification appeared first on Solar Power World.

PVpallet releases adjustable, reusable plastic solar module shipping pallets
23 Oct 2020 at 4:26pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
PVpallet announced it will be producing the first-to-market renewable, collapsible, sturdy, pallet system for solar modules. PVpallet is a solar module transportation management and protection system designed to benefit everyone throughout the industry handling solar modules. This shipping solution improves efficiencies and reduces costs throughout the entire solar supply chain, from manufacturing, distribution and installation… The post PVpallet releases adjustable, reusable plastic solar module shipping pallets appeared first on Solar Power World.

U.S. Department of Defense seeks carbon-free resilient energy solutions for the Air Force
23 Oct 2020 at 4:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation catalyst, is seeking solutions from public and private industries, commercial sectors, government and academia for the Department of Defense (DoD) Reimagining Energy Challenge to modernize and create the future of resilient energy production, transmission, utilization and storage for the U.S. Air Force. Due to the high level of interest… The post U.S. Department of Defense seeks carbon-free resilient energy solutions for the Air Force appeared first on Solar Power World.

Clean energy job wages 25% higher than national median, report finds
22 Oct 2020 at 6:24pm
by Billy Ludt
Clean energy jobs paid 25% more than the national median wage in 2019 and were more likely to include health care and retirement benefits, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of federal occupational wage and benefits data prepared for E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI)… The post Clean energy job wages 25% higher than national median, report finds appeared first on Solar Power World.

Study finds shifting to 100% clean electricity could save average U.S. household $2,500 per year
22 Oct 2020 at 4:10pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A new analysis by Rewiring America shows that transitioning to 100% clean energy would save Americans as much as $321 billion in energy costs each year while dramatically reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions. The Rewiring America Report, “No Place Like Home: Fighting Climate Change (and Saving Money) by Electrifying America’s Households” by Saul Griffith and… The post Study finds shifting to 100% clean electricity could save average U.S. household $2,500 per year appeared first on Solar Power World.

SolarEdge and Schneider Electric partner on new residential energy management solution
22 Oct 2020 at 3:23pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Schneider Electric announced a technological and commercial partnership with SolarEdge Technologies for North America that will accelerate the residential solar market and provide homeowners with seamless energy management for smart homes of the future. The partnership marries Schneider Electric’s expertise in energy distribution and automation solutions with SolarEdge’s footprint in residential solar and smart energy… The post SolarEdge and Schneider Electric partner on new residential energy management solution appeared first on Solar Power World.

Alliant Energy upgrades 2.55-MW Iowa solar plant with storage
22 Oct 2020 at 2:44pm
by Billy Ludt
More than 9,500 solar panels now generate clean energy at Alliant Energy’s new Marshalltown Solar Garden in Marshalltown, Iowa. This pilot project combines solar power and battery storage to generate, store and deliver electricity to customers. The Marshalltown Solar Garden sits next to Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generating Station, a natural-gas-fired facility. Both energy sources are… The post Alliant Energy upgrades 2.55-MW Iowa solar plant with storage appeared first on Solar Power World.

IMO FireRaptor receives UL rapid shutdown system certification with Fronius inverters
22 Oct 2020 at 2:39pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
IMO Automation announced it has received its latest UL PVRSS (Photovoltaic Rapid Shutdown System) listing on the Fronius Primo family of solar inverters under UL1741 guidelines. IMO worked closely with Fronius in achieving this listing as it required the development of an additional capacitance bleed circuit to dispel stored current upon Rapid Shutdown initiation. That… The post IMO FireRaptor receives UL rapid shutdown system certification with Fronius inverters appeared first on Solar Power World.

DC Sustainable Energy Utility seeks solar developers for district’s Solar for All program
21 Oct 2020 at 9:52pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) has issued two requests for proposal offering $8 million in incentives to contractors and developers to build solar projects to support one of the largest low- to moderate-income (LMI) solar energy and decarbonization efforts in the country. The RFPs for the District’s Solar for All program were released on… The post DC Sustainable Energy Utility seeks solar developers for district’s Solar for All program appeared first on Solar Power World.


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