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Trina Solar’s ‘Vertex’ panel series has 550/600W performance classes for PV power plants
5 Aug 2020 at 11:17am
Trina Solar has launched its latest ‘Vertex’ solar panel series



Q CELLS places US solar-storage market in its crosshairs with Geli acquisition
7 Aug 2020 at 2:33pm
Solar, storage manufacturer acquires San Francisco-based energy storage platform provider to enhance US offering



Global solar activity ‘far from being back where it should be’ – Mercom
7 Aug 2020 at 1:43pm
Debt financing activity in first half of 2020 down 16% YOY



First Solar sells O&M arm, explores future of EPC business as tax equity headwinds loom
7 Aug 2020 at 1:14pm
Manufacturer says tax equity uncertainties impacting its ability to conclude late-stage module negotiations



Indian 1.2GW solar sees ‘aggressive’ tariffs, Actis buys 400MW of assets
7 Aug 2020 at 12:13pm
Tender saw bids for about 1.7GW of projects connected to India’s Interstate Transmission System



Chinese court rules in favour of Huawei in SolarEdge patent infringement case
7 Aug 2020 at 11:46am
Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court orders SolarEdge to pay RMB10 million (US$1.4 million) compensation following hearing



JinkoSolar, First Solar unveil 100% renewable power pledges
6 Aug 2020 at 4:27pm
Solar manufacturers commit to raft of new emissions-busting measures as they announce RE100 membership



Tender for 700MW of solar in Portugal ten times oversubscribed
6 Aug 2020 at 3:18pm
Tender follows country’s 1.15GW auction last year that had record-low bids



Vivint beats deployment forecasts to help shrink losses
6 Aug 2020 at 1:17pm
Residential solar installer deployed 44MW in Q2 2020, beating forecast of 38MW as Sunrun takeover looms



SunPower rides out Q2 storm to beat revenue and shipment guidance
6 Aug 2020 at 12:27pm
Company recorded 464MW and GAAP revenue of US$352.9m in second quarter



BayWa r.e. tees up flurry of renewables asset sales for Q4
6 Aug 2020 at 12:13pm
Developer expects to finalise majority of 1.2GW worth of sales pipeline in last quarter of the year as H1 earnings slide



Analysis: Leaner SolarEdge ready to capitalise on post-pandemic opportunities
5 Aug 2020 at 5:28pm
Having exerted more control over its operational expenditure, SolarEdge has hinted it will take advantage of a broader, more global sales base and deeper talent pool to strengthen its focus on R&D.




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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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SmartStop self-storage company completes first of 10 solar projects planned in 2020
7 Aug 2020 at 7:28pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
SmartStop Self Storage REIT, a self-managed and fully-integrated self-storage company with approximately $1.6 billion of self storage assets under management, announced the completion of the first solar panel project as part of a broader Company-wide initiative to reduce SmartStop’s carbon footprint and become more energy efficient. The 61.38-kW project at SmartStop’s Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina,… The post SmartStop self-storage company completes first of 10 solar projects planned in 2020 appeared first on Solar Power World.

National Land Realty releases database of current solar site listings
7 Aug 2020 at 5:01pm
by Billy Ludt
National Land Realty (NLR), a real estate land brokerage company specializing in farm, ranch, country estates, timber, recreational and commercial development properties, developed a database for solar developers that offers access to the latest listings of available properties for solar projects. Through the company’s proprietary mapping software and site identification process, it has compiled prescreened… The post National Land Realty releases database of current solar site listings appeared first on Solar Power World.

Distributed Solar Development acquires 3.9-MW portfolio of SMART solar projects
7 Aug 2020 at 4:43pm
by Billy Ludt
Distributed Solar Development (DSD) acquired a four-project, 3.9-MW community solar portfolio in Massachusetts. The four projects are currently under construction and will be among the first Massachusetts SMART program rooftop projects to reach commercial operation, which is expected later this year. “Massachusetts’ growing community solar program demonstrates how states can successfully implement good policy to… The post Distributed Solar Development acquires 3.9-MW portfolio of SMART solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

Panel-level energy storage solution Yotta Energy finds battery cell supplier
7 Aug 2020 at 3:15pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Murata Electronics will supply its FORTELION battery cells to Yotta Energy’s panel-level energy storage solution. Murata’s lithium-iron-phosphate FORTELION battery cells are integrated within Yotta’s solar panel-level solution SolarLEAF to deliver safe lithium-based energy storage to solar projects. Yotta’s PV-coupled technology not only enhances FORTELION’s features, but significantly reduces the thermal runaway risk. The companies have… The post Panel-level energy storage solution Yotta Energy finds battery cell supplier appeared first on Solar Power World.

21 customers sign on as offtakers of 100-MW solar array in Salt River Project district
7 Aug 2020 at 2:43pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Arizona utility Salt River Project announced 21 commercial, municipal and school district customers across the Valley have signed agreements to get a portion of their energy from 100 MW of solar power. This is the second phase of the Sustainable Energy Offering, which is part of the utility’s ongoing commitment to provide commercial customers with… The post 21 customers sign on as offtakers of 100-MW solar array in Salt River Project district appeared first on Solar Power World.

Nearmap to host virtual conference on aerial imagery
7 Aug 2020 at 2:18pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Aerial imagery company Nearmap kicks off its flagship event Nearmap NAVIG8 today, with more than 5,000 set to join the livestream of Nearmap executive addresses and use case presentations across government, AEC (architecture, engineering and construction), solar and insurance. Nearmap NAVIG8 was created to provide a forum for Nearmap customers from around the world to… The post Nearmap to host virtual conference on aerial imagery appeared first on Solar Power World.

Kaiserwetter launches asset management software for the solar sector
7 Aug 2020 at 2:12pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
International energy IntelliTech company Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management (Kaiserwetter) announced the launch of ARISTOTELES 3.2, the next generation of its multiple award-winning, cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform ARISTOTELES, to equip users with unprecedented insight into the technical and financial performance of their renewable energy assets. “As a result of continuous… The post Kaiserwetter launches asset management software for the solar sector appeared first on Solar Power World.

NovaSource acquires First Solar’s O&M portfolio
7 Aug 2020 at 2:07pm
by Kelly Pickerel
NovaSource Power Services, a portfolio company of Toronto-based private equity firm Clairvest Group, will acquire First Solar’s North American O&M business. NovaSource acquired SunPower’s O&M business earlier this year. Upon closing of the more recent transaction, approximately 220 First Solar O&M associates are expected to be transferred with the acquired business.  Financial terms of the… The post NovaSource acquires First Solar’s O&M portfolio appeared first on Solar Power World.

University of Illinois adding 12.1-MW solar array to Urbana-Champaign campus
6 Aug 2020 at 9:54pm
by Billy Ludt
Construction is underway at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Solar Farm 2.0, with a commercial operation date expected for early 2021. The new 54-acre, 12.1-MW solar array is located north of Curtis Road, between First Street and U.S. Route 45, next to the Village of Savoy. Once completed, the solar farm will produce 20,000… The post University of Illinois adding 12.1-MW solar array to Urbana-Champaign campus appeared first on Solar Power World.

Solar Inventions new module manufacturing technique increases power output while reducing silver
6 Aug 2020 at 7:42pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Solar Inventions has released a white paper with the first scientific details on its patent-pending new architecture for solar cells, which won the first Made in America Solar Prize last year from the U.S. Department of Energy. Solar Inventions is now offering manufacturers guaranteed ROI, starting with the money the technology will save them on… The post Solar Inventions new module manufacturing technique increases power output while reducing silver appeared first on Solar Power World.

Independent DNV GL study gives high marks to Enel X Energy Storage Modeling Tool
6 Aug 2020 at 3:40pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
DNV GL recently performed an independent and extensive technology evaluation of Model E, Enel X’s most commonly used energy storage modeling tool at the early stages of its customer evaluation process. DNV GL found that Enel X’s optimization methods are robust and well designed to anticipate an extensive range of scenarios and have industry-leading capabilities… The post Independent DNV GL study gives high marks to Enel X Energy Storage Modeling Tool appeared first on Solar Power World.

Risen Energy unveils new 600-W solar panel
6 Aug 2020 at 3:26pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Chinese solar panel manufacturer Risen Energy has launched its latest Titan series of PV modules with outputs surpassing 600 W. The new Titan G6 module, based on the 210-mm large-size silicon wafers (G12) and with a highest capacity of 660 W, has been released less than eight months after the 500-W G5 series. According to… The post Risen Energy unveils new 600-W solar panel appeared first on Solar Power World.


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