SolarCity claims highest efficiency solar panel

Tristan Edist for the Business Spectator:  SolarCity, the largest retailer of solar systems in the US (over 30% market share) and partly owned by Tesla’s Elon Musk, has announced it will produce the most efficient solar module available on the market at 22.04% conversion efficiency. SolarCity is claiming it has therefore managed to pip SunPower who have been the longstanding holder of the most efficient conventional silicon solar module on the market. However in a subsequent discussion with Greentech Media, Peter Rive’s Chief Technology Officer conceded the majority of the panels coming off its pilot 100MW manufacturing line were hitting 21.8%.  In 2017 the company will be then moving production to a new 1 gigawatt per annum capacity plant in Buffalo which can sometimes encounter challenges with achieving stable quality levels during production start-up. SunPower claims 21.5% efficiency for its X-Series panel although often manufacturers will  have some variance in performance of panels and make claims based on conservative estimates of performance. Greentech Media quotes an anonymous Sunpower source saying that 22% efficient panels are already coming off its production lines.  In addition the company is targeting achieving 23% conversion efficiency from panels it will manufacture from its fifth fabrication line, scheduled for start-up in 2017.     Cont'd...

Ideal Power Receives Order for 1.5 MW of Its 30kW Power Conversion Systems

First Volume Order Received From Recently Announced System Integration Partner

Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal in the UK

Written by Keith Kohl for Energy & Capital:  For the first time ever, more energy in the UK was supplied by renewable sources than coal. For an entire quarter. Wind, solar, and bioenergy checked in at 25% of the energy supplied. All of this was possible due to the fact that more wind turbines and solar panels were installed, which must be a good amount if you want to compare it to the same period last year, for which these energy options only accounted for 16.4% of electricity. Recently, the UK has been working to close aging coal and nuclear power plants. Of course, this will lead to its own issues... [Solar Panels] Conservative ministers collectively believe that the subsidies given to renewable energy were too numerous, going so far as to suggest plans for an 87% reduction of solar power, and to cut support for onshore wind farms. With that kind of spending cut, it's not surprising to hear that industry execs believe these actions would unjustly put an end to renewable energy just as it was gaining traction.   Cont'd...

GREAT COMPANIES CREATE INDUSTRIES: SUNRUN CEO LYNN JURICH SHARES VISION FOR SOLAR GROWTH AT 2015 FORTUNE BRAINSTORM E

Jurich Highlights Residential Solar's Vast Potential, Opportunities and Challenges

national competition NOW OPEN AND PRIZES ANNOUNCED to advance water entrepreneurship, resiliency and sustainability

"Pow! emPowering Opportunities in Water" launched by Veolia, The Water Council and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to encourage water entrepreneurs

New Research Puts Us Closer To DIY Spray-On Solar Cell Technology

Promising third-generation solar cells utilizing a nanocrystal ink deposition.

Siemens receives major order for 151-MW wind project in the US

Siemens receives major order for 151-MW wind project in the US • 66 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines ordered • Expected to power about 50,000 average U.S. homes • Order also includes service and financing

Cut to solar energy feed-in tariff puts up to 27,000 jobs at risk across the UK

The Solar Trade Association has estimated that the jobs of up to 27,000 people in the solar energy sector could be at risk due to the proposed 87% cut to the domestic feed-in tariff for solar energy.

DC Solar to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015

DC Solar has announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. Support Includes 20 Mobile Solar Light Towers to Illuminate Workspace for Student Decathletes

City of New Richland, Minnesota to Host Community Virtual Solar Garden

Community Green Energy signs agreement with the City of New Richland, Minnesota to develop Community Solar for the benefit of City and its residents and small businesses.

SunLink Welcomes Ken Schwarz as new Chief Financial Officer

SunLink Corporation today announced Ken Schwarz has joined the company as chief financial officer. With decades of successful high growth company leadership and proven financial and operational expertise, he joins SunLink during a phase of rapid growth for the company - including several new product introductions, expanded service offerings, a recent acquisition and an even more ambitious agenda for 2016 and beyond. For the past two years, Schwarz has served as CFO at Sungevity, heading up corporate finance, accounting and financial partnerships (including managing alliances with Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN) and Mosaic) for the leading residential solar company.

Technical Summaries of Wave Energy Prize Official Qualified Teams

Judges have completed reviewing the technical submissions and a total of 20 Qualified Teams are advancing to next phase of the Wave Energy Prize! Here are the entries.

Solar Energy Falls to 5 Cents per Kilowatt Hour in US

Solar is reaching into the cost territory of natural gas, according to the latest "Utility-Scale Solar" report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) funded by the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative.

SOLAR ENERGY WORLD PARTICIPATES IN INNOVATIVE URBAN PROJECT

September 29, 2015 Solar Energy World CEO, Geoff Mirkin and Senior Solar Analyst, Jack Bolel were on hand to watch as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser cut the ribbon that officially opened 17 Solar, a state-of-the-art residential development project.

Baker Electric Solar Named One the Best Places to Work in San Diego for Second Year

Baker Electric Solar was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in San Diego was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the area's best employers.

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