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CIT finances approximately US$200 million for 76MW PV portfolio
22 Jan 2020 at 1:57am


GCL New Energy selling 294MW of PV projects for US$156.5 million in China
21 Jan 2020 at 5:15pm
GCL New Energy is selling the PV power plants in a debt-for-equity swap to reduce its high debt burden.



LONGi Solar’s mono-PERC module efficiency gains almost 2% in the last two years
21 Jan 2020 at 4:20pm
LONGi Solar has reported a new record P-type monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) PV module conversion efficiency



GCL-SI investing in 2.5GW integrated shingled PV module project
21 Jan 2020 at 1:33pm
GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI) is set to invest in expanding capacity dedicated to shingling wafer/cell/module techn



Australian solar set to bounce back to ‘record’ 1.96GWac roll-out in 2020
21 Jan 2020 at 1:18pm
Rystad Energy: Current pipeline suggests 3.6GWac of PV and wind could enter construction in 2020.



AECEA: Chinese PV installs fall 31.7% year-on-year despite last-minute rush
21 Jan 2020 at 12:23pm
Firm estimates country added 30.22GW of PV over 2019, a 31.7% slump from 2018's 44.26GW.



Philippines regulator consults on new green energy auctions and tariffs
21 Jan 2020 at 11:51am
DOE keen on industry to meet renewable portfolio standards through auctions.



Grupo T-Solar refinancing 23 PV power plants with €567.8 million raise
21 Jan 2020 at 11:51am
Grupo T-Solar has secured funding of €567.8 million to refinance 23 PV power plants located in Spain, totalling 127MW.



Thai and Chinese consortium bag record floating solar-plus-hydro project
21 Jan 2020 at 11:35am
B. Grimm Power and Energy China to build 45MW FPV project at Thailand's Sirindhorn Dam.



LONGi guides doubling of net profits to new record for 2019
20 Jan 2020 at 4:09pm
LONGi Green Energy Technology has guided a surge in net profits expected for 2019.



IEA: Green energy shift needs ‘deep pockets’ of oil and gas industry
20 Jan 2020 at 4:04pm
Industry must invest in renewables at the scale required by climate change, agency says ahead of Davos summit.



Vietnamese PV maker Dehui bets on US solar to fuel 2020s growth
20 Jan 2020 at 12:33pm
Manufacturer tells PV Tech of plans to stage bifacial shift to better serve utility-scale projects.




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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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NV Energy issues major RFP for renewable energy projects
21 Jan 2020 at 10:42pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
NV Energy issued a request for proposals to add new renewable energy projects to its portfolio. This announcement comes on the heels of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada’s (PUCN) December 2019 approval of 1,190 megawatts of new solar energy and 590 megawatts of battery storage to be built in Nevada and serving customers by… The post NV Energy issues major RFP for renewable energy projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

CIT finances 76-MW community solar portfolio across four states
21 Jan 2020 at 4:27pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
CIT Group announced that its Power and Energy unit arranged approximately $200 million in financing for a 76-MW portfolio of community solar projects in four states. The financing was arranged on behalf of Clearway Energy Group, one of the largest developers and operators of clean energy generation facilities in the U.S. The portfolio consists of… The post CIT finances 76-MW community solar portfolio across four states appeared first on Solar Power World.

More solar policy efforts to watch in 2020: Part 2
21 Jan 2020 at 4:00pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Read Part 1: The solar policy forecast for 2020 SEIA and other solar advocates have big plans to push favorable solar policy in 2020 as they aim to grow solar + storage on a larger scale. “The Solar+ Decade is going to be a time of radical market transformation, and we’ll need supportive state policies… The post More solar policy efforts to watch in 2020: Part 2 appeared first on Solar Power World.

4.5-MW solar, 3.8-MWh storage project completed at former Massachusetts landfill
21 Jan 2020 at 2:29pm
by Kelly Pickerel
A 4.5-MW solar array coupled with a 1.6-MW/3.8-MWh energy storage system has been completed on the former Titcomb pit landfill in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Kearsarge Energy developed and constructed the project that uses an AC-coupled GSS energy system from NEC Energy Solutions. Kearsarge will own and operate the solar + storage system and will use it… The post 4.5-MW solar, 3.8-MWh storage project completed at former Massachusetts landfill appeared first on Solar Power World.

SMA inverters achieve California Rule 21 compliance
21 Jan 2020 at 2:19pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has listed multiple SMA solar inverters under the updated Grid Support Solar Inverter compliance list for the California Rule 21 requirements. The approved inverters listed as compliant with Rule 21 phase two and phase three functions are the Sunny Boy-US, Sunny Tripower CORE1 US and Sunny Boy Storage-US series. This… The post SMA inverters achieve California Rule 21 compliance appeared first on Solar Power World.

The 2020 solar policy forecast: Part 1
21 Jan 2020 at 2:00pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
With a new decade comes new solar policy goals. Solar Power World took a look at what’s on the agenda in some top solar states and nationwide in 2020 and beyond. California pushes for more emergency solar + storage backup Ramping up resilient, clean power is the main focus of the California solar + storage… The post The 2020 solar policy forecast: Part 1 appeared first on Solar Power World.

Petersen-Dean to use Enphase inverters and storage systems for new builds
21 Jan 2020 at 1:57pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Petersen-Dean announced it has selected Enphase as its premier supplier of solar inverters and battery storage systems. The agreement establishes the foundation for Enphase to support Petersen-Dean on its mission to drive a clean energy future by providing turnkey energy solutions for new residential and commercial construction. Petersen-Dean selected Enphase for its all-in-one smart energy… The post Petersen-Dean to use Enphase inverters and storage systems for new builds appeared first on Solar Power World.

Rhode Island aims for 100% renewables by 2030
17 Jan 2020 at 7:40pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The rapidly growing group of states looking to thwart climate change by adopting 100% renewable energy policies has a new member. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order today establishing the goal of meeting all of the state’s electricity needs with renewable energy by 2030. The state’s Office of Energy Resources is now… The post Rhode Island aims for 100% renewables by 2030 appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sunmodo solar racking added to Sunnova’s approved vendor list
17 Jan 2020 at 7:20pm
by Billy Ludt
SunModo, a solar racking manufacturer, announced Sunnova Energy International Inc., a U.S. residential solar and storage service provider, has added SunModo to Sunnova’s exclusive Approved Vendor List. Through this new partnership, Sunnova’s network of local installers can now offer its residential customers across the United States SunModo’s solar mounting and racking systems. “This new relationship… The post Sunmodo solar racking added to Sunnova’s approved vendor list appeared first on Solar Power World.

Mass-produced bifacial solar modules from Jinko reach 22.49% efficiency
17 Jan 2020 at 2:36pm
by Kelly Pickerel
JinkoSolar announced that the maximum conversion efficiency of its bifacial solar modules reached 22.49%, breaking the previous bifacial module world record and setting a new industry standard for efficiency of mass produced solar cells. These results were verified during testing conducted by TÜV Rheinland. Individual bifacial cells from LONGi have reached 24.06% efficiency, and bifacial… The post Mass-produced bifacial solar modules from Jinko reach 22.49% efficiency appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sunnova enters Colorado and New Hampshire, brings storage to South Carolina
17 Jan 2020 at 2:20pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Sunnova Energy International announced it has entered Colorado and New Hampshire, bringing a broad array of product offerings to both states. Sunnova also announced the expansion of its Sunnova SunSafe solar + battery storage system offering into the state of South Carolina, making the Palmetto State the 16th market where Sunnova now offers SunSafe. “We… The post Sunnova enters Colorado and New Hampshire, brings storage to South Carolina appeared first on Solar Power World.

AE Solar will showcase its “hot-spot-free” solar module at Intersolar NA
17 Jan 2020 at 2:07pm
by Kelly Pickerel
German solar panel manufacturer AE Solar will showcase what it claims is the world’s first “smart hot-spot-free” solar module at Intersolar North America next month. The hot-spot-free solar module developed by the company uses bypass diodes between each cell to avoid shading consequences. Available between 260 W and 385 W, the company claims the AE… The post AE Solar will showcase its “hot-spot-free” solar module at Intersolar NA appeared first on Solar Power World.


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