Germany & China Lead in Solar Installed Capacities

Germany's top place in the ranking is not surprising given its Energiewende focus to transition away from fossil fuels & its declared war on coal.

Molten Salt Energy Storage - Time to Bottle the Sun

A total of about 2,125 MW of molten salt energy storage projects are in pipeline which are scheduled for deployment by 2018.

Panasonic debuts high-powered photovoltaic module HIT® N330 for UK and European markets, sets new module efficiency record

Panasonic launches newest addition to HIT® module line and confirms world record efficiency on module prototype.

OutBack Power Showcases Easy-to-Install Solar Equipment for Electrical Contractors

All-in-one systems designed for longevity in the field save installers time, offer competitive advantage

Solar Farm Company Announces Over 350 Megawatts of Shovel Ready Projects

Solar Farm development continues to thrive and grow in many solar friendly U.S. states. Large scale solar farm project developers like Innovative Solar Systems, LLC (ISS) are lessening the carbon footprint of this country as increasingly more fossil fuel power plants are being shut down due to EPA regulations regarding emissions on coal fired facilities.

Enphase Energy Appoints General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Peter van Berkel to lead continued growth and expansion in the region

Skylar Acquires Option Rights to Develop 180-MW Nevada Solar Project from KOWEPO Americas

Located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Townsite project is shovel-ready, fully permitted and ITC eligible.

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada Signs Royalpark Homes as First Home Builder to Install Residential Solar PV + Energy Storage System

System to be installed in exclusive Simcoe Shores Homes in Barrie, Ontario

Gemma Power Systems, LLC Begins Construction of 475 MW Power Project in Ohio

Latest project in series of contracts to build 3000 MW of generation in five states

AEC and KACO new energy launch inverter production in Saudi Arabia.

The "Shams" inverters from 20 kW to 1 MW conform to Saudi Arabian local content regulations.

GameChange Steel Purchasing Power and Superior Engineered Designs Drive Utility-Scale Solar Racking Pricing to $.079/watt

Pricing is for dual pile systems under loading conditions typical for inland locations in southern states where large utility scale projects are prevalent.

Photovoltaic materials - next generation technologies

The technology of photovoltaic modules has now been established for several decades and the systems manufacturers can now look back and review which components are most suitable for specific climates and operating conditions.

Miller Bros Solar Participates in 2015 Southern Solar Summit Panel Discussion

Selected as one of four panel participants for the 2015 Southern Solar Summit, MBS leader provides expert input on optimizing solar energy through proper O&M management

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.

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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...

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