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LONGi graded as only AAA-Rated module supplier in Q1 2020 PV ModuleTech Bankability release
25 Feb 2020 at 5:18pm
The new Q1 2020 bankability analysis has now been completed by the PV-Tech market research team, ranking PV module suppliers within the PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings. The listing reveals that LONGi Solar now commands AAA-Rated status, the highest grade achievable. A further seven module suppliers are in the AA and A bands and four suppliers fall into the B levels.



Ousted ENGIE CEO departs as search for successor continues
25 Feb 2020 at 3:36pm
Isabelle Kocher steps down following reports of open conflict with company’s board.



Big fiscal hit from coal pushes Endesa deeper into renewables
25 Feb 2020 at 1:01pm
Decarbonisation efforts of Spain’s largest utility boosted after coal assets take ~€1.87 billion hit.



Sunnova’s annual losses soar in year of IPO and customer growth
25 Feb 2020 at 12:39pm
Interest payments and other factors drive year-on-year doubling of net losses to US$133.4m.



Solytic targets ten-fold growth following Vattenfall-led funding round
25 Feb 2020 at 11:46am
Existing investor Vattenfall co-leads Series A round with German utility EWE as monitoring provider targets 1 million systems



Coronavirus delays 135MW solar duo by Philippines utility
25 Feb 2020 at 11:26am
Meralco PV projects in Tarlac and Bulacan hit by engineer and shipping constraints.



JA Solar adding 10,000MT of monocrystalline silicon ingot capacity
24 Feb 2020 at 4:59pm
JA Solar is to expand its monocrystalline silicon ingot capacity by 10,000MT at its subsidiary in Xingtai, China.



Why Banco Sabadell’s unit invested in PV tracker maker STI Norland
24 Feb 2020 at 4:18pm
Private equity house Aurica tells PV Tech why it chose trackers for its first-ever solar deal.



LONGi Solar strikes deal to buy Vietnam-based OEM Vina Solar
24 Feb 2020 at 3:28pm


Vietnam sets long-term renewable goals as solar auctions beckon
24 Feb 2020 at 12:13pm
Politburo resolution lays out green energy targets for 2030 (15-20%) and 2045 (25-30%).



Colbún unveils plans for 788MWp PV complex in northern Atacama
24 Feb 2020 at 12:03pm
Proposed US$788m scheme becomes latest to target solid PV resource of Chile's hyperarid desert.



Uzbekistan launches tender for 400MWac solar duo
24 Feb 2020 at 11:18am
Expressions of interest for the two 200MWac solar projects must be submitted by 21 March.




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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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Dominion Energy Virginia receives approval for 16 MW of storage at solar sites
25 Feb 2020 at 5:18pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Dominion Energy Virginia received approval from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to move forward with four battery storage pilot projects to pave the way for additional energy storage technology needed to support the company’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon and methane emissions by 2050, increase in renewables and to improve grid reliability. The four… The post Dominion Energy Virginia receives approval for 16 MW of storage at solar sites appeared first on Solar Power World.

KiloVault releases line of pure-lead-carbon AGM batteries
25 Feb 2020 at 3:24pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Massachusetts-based KiloVault this week unveiled its new PLC series​ of pure lead carbon, sealed AGM, deep cycle batteries. Designed for optimum performance in Partial State of Charge (PSoC) applications, the PLC series is ideal for residential or light commercial off-grid, backup or self-consumption applications. PLC batteries use a specially formulated carbon additive that enhances the… The post KiloVault releases line of pure-lead-carbon AGM batteries appeared first on Solar Power World.

Carolina Solar Energy, Ecoplexus to build 35-MW solar project in Charlotte
25 Feb 2020 at 2:58pm
by Kelly Pickerel
A 35-MW solar project is coming to Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Duke Energy Green Source Advantage (GSA) Program. The project will be built by Carolina Solar Energy and Ecoplexus and should be fully operational by 2022. The solar energy project, which will help offset about 25% of carbon emissions from city-owned buildings over… The post Carolina Solar Energy, Ecoplexus to build 35-MW solar project in Charlotte appeared first on Solar Power World.

Relay Power and Sierra Club MA launch community solar partnership
25 Feb 2020 at 2:37pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Sierra Club MA and Relay Power have entered into a partnership to provide residential community solar to Sierra Club MA supporters. Those who participate will be supporting and facilitating clean energy production here in Massachusetts, reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, and receive guaranteed savings on their electricity. “Relay Power is very pleased to work… The post Relay Power and Sierra Club MA launch community solar partnership appeared first on Solar Power World.

REC begins production on 450-W, 72-cell Alpha Series solar panel with HJT cells
25 Feb 2020 at 2:17pm
by Kelly Pickerel
After successfully introducing its 60-cell Alpha Series module to the market last year, REC Group has begun production on its 72-cell Alpha Series solar panel. Both panel types use heterojunction technology to produce the most powerful wattage rating in their classes. The REC Alpha 72 Series will reach 450 W with a 21.3% efficiency. “Our goal is… The post REC begins production on 450-W, 72-cell Alpha Series solar panel with HJT cells appeared first on Solar Power World.

SolarEdge will now embed cybersecurity software in all inverters
25 Feb 2020 at 2:03pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Karamba Security, a world leader in embedded cybersecurity for connected devices, announced the signing of a production agreement of its XGuard runtime integrity software, with SolarEdge, a global leader in smart energy. As a global PV inverter manufacturer, with more than 1.25 million connected sites and more than 14 GW of PV systems worldwide, SolarEdge… The post SolarEdge will now embed cybersecurity software in all inverters appeared first on Solar Power World.

Lendlease sells 160-MW Sacramento solar project to D.E. Shaw
24 Feb 2020 at 9:11pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure group, announced that D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) has acquired the 160-MWAC Rancho Seco Solar II project, located in Sacramento County, California. The project, initially developed by Lendlease, has a 30-year PPA in place with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and will be built on the site… The post Lendlease sells 160-MW Sacramento solar project to D.E. Shaw appeared first on Solar Power World.

Duke Energy Florida installs 1 million solar panels in the Sunshine State
24 Feb 2020 at 8:32pm
by Billy Ludt
Duke Energy Florida installed its one-millionth solar panel in the state at the company’s Columbia Solar Power Plant in Fort White, Florida. The utility subsidiary plans to install a significant amount of additional solar energy over the next 10 years across the state. “This is an exciting announcement as we increasingly deliver cleaner, more reliable… The post Duke Energy Florida installs 1 million solar panels in the Sunshine State appeared first on Solar Power World.

Pivot Energy and Onyx Renewable Partners developing 3.2-MW solar portfolio
24 Feb 2020 at 4:20pm
by Billy Ludt
Pivot Energy, Colorado’s largest community solar developer, completed the transaction of a 3.2-MW commercial and utility solar portfolio with Onyx Renewable Partners. Completion of the portfolio represents the ongoing partnership and commitment between the two companies to provide nonprofits, school districts, government municipalities and local utilities with clean and affordable solar energy. As part of… The post Pivot Energy and Onyx Renewable Partners developing 3.2-MW solar portfolio appeared first on Solar Power World.

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes subscribes to Astral Power community solar project
24 Feb 2020 at 3:04pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Astral Power announced a new community partnership with the Cancer Resource Center (CRC) of the Finger Lakes, where Astral Power will help supply local, clean and renewable energy to this local organization dedicated to create and sustain a community of support for people affected by cancer. CRC is subscribing to 8.5 kW of community solar… The post Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes subscribes to Astral Power community solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sierra Club and solar advocates urge Maryland PSC to mitigate MOPR
21 Feb 2020 at 7:35pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
In a letter addressed to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Bill Ferguson and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, the Sierra Club, the Utility Scale Solar coalition, Exelon and other groups ask for the Maryland Public Service Commission to mitigate the FERC ruling on MOPR they say will stifle solar growth in the state.… The post Sierra Club and solar advocates urge Maryland PSC to mitigate MOPR appeared first on Solar Power World.

Laser Tools Co. laser product can assist in solar panel alignment
21 Feb 2020 at 7:16pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Laser Tools Co., based in Little Rock, Arkansas, has released a laser product that can assist with solar panel alignment on roofs and at ground-level. The company’s GLX350-10 model uses a 520-nanometer green laser light to project a dot with 1/8-in. accuracy at 100 ft. When used with the Model AP90C Beam Bender, two laser… The post Laser Tools Co. laser product can assist in solar panel alignment appeared first on Solar Power World.


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