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EU solar deployment doubles in 2019 - SolarPower Europe
10 Dec 2019 at 5:19pm
Industry stats show roll-out of 16.7GW in 2018, up 104% on 8.2GW the previous year.



Analyst: Curtailment ‘dark underbelly’ of Indian power sector
10 Dec 2019 at 3:50pm
MNRE secretary focused on RE curtailment, analyst says problem 'too important to ignore'.



Lightsource BP to deploy gigawatts of bifacial panels in cross-continent pipeline push
10 Dec 2019 at 1:24pm
Lightsource BP to deploy gigawatts of bifacial panels in cross-continent pipeline push



Sungrow lays claim to Americas crown as inverter shipments hit 100GW worldwide
10 Dec 2019 at 1:12pm
Chinese firm asserts dominance in continent, Southeast Asia and Australia as it marks global milestone.



Germany’s STEAG chooses Italy as home for 440MW solar complex
10 Dec 2019 at 12:17pm
Firm shares plans for six-plant project on Sicily, with first section due for completion in late 2020.



Sterling and Wilson starts building 200MW solar project in Australia
10 Dec 2019 at 11:57am
Indian EPC giant starts work on PV project being developed by Lightsource BP in NSW.



Chile trumpets new coal-to-renewables shift at Madrid’s COP25
10 Dec 2019 at 11:25am
Government uses UN climate talks to announce earlier shutdown for nearly-700MW fossil fuel fleet.



Firms align for 300MW wind and 2.7GW floating PV complex at Korean seawall
10 Dec 2019 at 11:22am
JV to develop a record-breaking venture behind one of the world's largest seawalls.



Solar PV capex trending at US$9 billion annually as new GW fabs in China slash investments required
10 Dec 2019 at 10:03am
Capital expenditure (capex) for c-Si manufacturing (covering ingot/wafer and cell/module stages) is forecast at approx. US$9 billion in 2019, consistent with levels seen during 2017 and 2018.



LONGi planning major 30GW monocrystalline ingot and wafer hub in Qujing City, China
9 Dec 2019 at 7:21pm


NEXTracker’s ‘NX Gemini’ tracker supports up to 120 modules on four 1500-volt strings
9 Dec 2019 at 1:33pm
NEXTracker has introduced its smart single-axis solar tracker family, 'NX Gemini’.



Chint switches on the Netherlands’ self-styled largest solar project
9 Dec 2019 at 12:04pm
Delivering 103MWp Midden-Groningen involved linking project directly to Dutch grid, a PV first in the country.




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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 Stephanie D'sa
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 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.


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Fairfax County announces largest municipal solar PPA initiative in Virginia
10 Dec 2019 at 7:10pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Fairfax County government officials announced contracts with multiple solar power purchase agreement (PPA) service providers. The contracts will allow for the installation of solar photovoltaic arrays at Fairfax County government, school, and park sites, providing the potential for both substantial cost avoidance and environmental benefits over time. The PPA will potentially expand the use of… The post Fairfax County announces largest municipal solar PPA initiative in Virginia appeared first on Solar Power World.

RPCS reaches 1-GW installation milestone
10 Dec 2019 at 7:04pm
by Kelly Pickerel
California-based solar project design and installation firm RP Construction Services (RPCS) announced this week its completion of more than 1 GW of solar projects. For RPCS, 2019 was a record year. The company completed well over 500 MW this year alone — an increase of more than 200% over 2018 — and more than 200… The post RPCS reaches 1-GW installation milestone appeared first on Solar Power World.

SMA Energy System Home joins small list of approved storage systems by California Energy Commission
10 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has accepted the SMA Energy System Home to its CEC energy storage system (ESS) list. The SMA Energy System Home includes a Sunny Boy 6.0-US battery inverter and a 10-kWh battery from BYD. The CEC ESS list highlights products that meet national safety and performance standards. Other approved energy storage… The post SMA Energy System Home joins small list of approved storage systems by California Energy Commission appeared first on Solar Power World.

Solar FlexRack fixed-tilt mounts used in 105-MW solar project
10 Dec 2019 at 3:48pm
by Billy Ludt
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and provider of photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, announced that its fixed-tilt solar racking system is being installed in a 105-MW solar power system in North Carolina. Cypress Creek Renewables developed the project and is providing the engineering, procurement and construction services as well as the… The post Solar FlexRack fixed-tilt mounts used in 105-MW solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

New CESA report outlines strategies to increase solar for the underserved
10 Dec 2019 at 3:45pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A new report takes an evaluative look at policies and projects across the country, including 11 case studies, and it draws out lessons learned to guide the implementation of solar in under-resourced communities to ensure long-term economic, equity and public health benefits. Solar energy can reduce electricity costs and attract further investments, yet disadvantaged communities… The post New CESA report outlines strategies to increase solar for the underserved appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sol Systems, University of Illinois sign PPA for 12.1-MW solar project
10 Dec 2019 at 3:19pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Sol Systems announced the execution of a PPA with Prairieland Energy, Inc. (PEI), a University of Illinois-related organization. This 20-year PPA supports the development, construction and operation of a 12.1-MW solar farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The system is projected to produce approximately 20,000 MWh of solar power annually and it will… The post Sol Systems, University of Illinois sign PPA for 12.1-MW solar project appeared first on Solar Power World.

Ginlong Solis storage inverter now compatible with LG Chem battery RESU
9 Dec 2019 at 4:55pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Ginlong Technologies announced that its Solis storage inverter is now compatible with LG home battery RESU. The Solis Residential Hybrid Inverter (RHI) now is fully compatible with LG RESU 48V line-ups to provide stable, reliable home energy storage. With this partnership, Ginlong is offering more choices to customers in the U.S., Europe, Australia and other… The post Ginlong Solis storage inverter now compatible with LG Chem battery RESU appeared first on Solar Power World.

Fronius, BYD release hybrid solar inverter + battery storage solution
9 Dec 2019 at 4:41pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
The Fronius portfolio will soon be extended to include the versatile GEN24 Plus hybrid inverter, an all-in-one solution for comprehensive solar self-sufficiency. The GEN24 Plus will be available in both a single-phase Primo and a three-phase Symo version. It is characterized, among other things, by a range of grid back-up options and integrated, open interfaces.… The post Fronius, BYD release hybrid solar inverter + battery storage solution appeared first on Solar Power World.

Greenbacker, Encore Renewable Energy partner on 14 new Vermont solar projects
9 Dec 2019 at 3:22pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it signed the rights to purchase a 27.7-MWDC, 14-project solar portfolio from Encore Renewable Energy and closed a $4 million equipment loan facility with Encore to support safe harbor efforts ahead of the investment tax credit (ITC) phase-down scheduled for the end of the year.… The post Greenbacker, Encore Renewable Energy partner on 14 new Vermont solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

U.S. senators repeat call for ban on Huawei solar inverters
9 Dec 2019 at 2:41pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
A group of ten bipartisan senators including Marco Rubio (R-FL), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), calling on it to take steps to combat the national security threat posed by Huawei’s entry into the U.S. solar market. Some senators who signed the latest letter… The post U.S. senators repeat call for ban on Huawei solar inverters appeared first on Solar Power World.

New Jersey approves new solar incentive program to replace SRECs
9 Dec 2019 at 2:38pm
by Kelly Pickerel
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) last week approved a new solar incentive program to aid in the transition from the current Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) Program. The Transition Incentive will serve as a bridge between the legacy SREC program and a yet-to-be determined successor incentive program and will consist of factorized,… The post New Jersey approves new solar incentive program to replace SRECs appeared first on Solar Power World.

Faraday Solar expands service area to Northwest Montana
6 Dec 2019 at 9:51pm
by Billy Ludt
Wyoming-based Faraday Solar is now offering its residential and commercial solar energy services to the Flathead Valley. Faraday Solar is helping reduce the costs of solar by leveraging economies of scale from its other markets and offering solar for a region with less solar exposure, like Whitefish, Kalispell, Big Fork, Columbia Falls and other outlying… The post Faraday Solar expands service area to Northwest Montana appeared first on Solar Power World.


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