Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives repeat order for a DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system after exceeding efficiency specifications at acceptance test

The repeat order was placed after a successful "Acceptance Test" done in the end of 2015 where Midsummer's DUO system exceeded the promised efficiency specification with over 1 percentage point. Due to a strong demand for lightweight, flexible modules the customer decided to buy another DUO manufacturing system, which will be delivered in the end of 2016.

Statoil chooses Kongsberg EmPower for Hywind Demo

Statoil will monitor the condition of the turbine using the EmPower system, and evaluate its functionality to discover early signs of fault, and calculate remaining lifetime for main components.

JA Solar Adds Another 1.5 GW Fully Automated Module Manufacturing Facility

The new manufacturing facility, located in the Economic Development District of Xingtai city, has an annual capacity of 1.5 GW with fully automated assembly lines using the latest module manufacturing technologies.

Solar Cell "Wonder Material"-Perovskite-Falls Short of Expectations

Hugh Cowley for Scientific American:  Perovskites have arguably transformed solar energy more in the last few years than other technologies have in decades. But British researchers have called into question optimistic predictions of undiscovered perovskites.

Hybrid perovskites are a mix of organic and inorganic ions with the same crystal structure as calcium titanium oxide (CaTiO3). Halide perovskites are a subset of these structures containing halide ions such as fluoride or chloride. Iodide perovskites such as methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) can convert sunlight to electricity.

Researchers use a decades-old geometric 'tolerance factor' to propose new combinations of ions that will form stable perovskites. Now, Robert Palgrave and his team at University College London, UK, have reassessed the validity of the tolerance factor in predicting new hybrid perovskite structures.  Cont'd...

Sunrun Installs First BrightBox™ Solar Power Plus Energy Storage System in Hawai'i

Governor David Ige & Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Help Celebrate State's First Energy Storage System Under New Rooftop Solar Program

DONG Energy Awards ABS Group Certification Contract for Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm

Hornsea One will be the world's first offshore wind farm to exceed 1,000 MW.

Solar power is contagious. These maps show how it spreads.

Brad Plumer for VOX:  Rooftop solar is expanding rapidly in the United States — by some estimates, a new system goes up every four minutes. There are plenty of reasons for that, from falling prices to generous federal subsidies to innovative leasing schemes.

But there's another, little-discussed factor here: Residential solar power is contagious. Yep, contagious. Studies have found that if you install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, that increases the odds that your neighbors will install their own panels.

SolarCity, the largest solar installer in the United States, just published some fascinating data on this "contagion" effect. The company has installed 230,000 rooftop systems nationwide (often by allowing customers to lease panels rather than buy them upfront). It says fully one-third of customers were referred by a friend or neighbor.

SolarCity has also made some neat animations showing the "contagion" effect in action.  View here:

Marathon Capital Announces the Successful Sale of groSolar to EDF Renewable Energy

Together with groSolar, Marathon Capital developed materials to present groSolar's strategic business plan to the market. Marathon Capital then conducted a comprehensive process to explore financial and strategic investor interest in partnering with groSolar to further accelerate its growth in the distributed marketplace and was pleased to help facilitate the transaction between two strongly aligned players with a great strategic fit.

Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative and SolarCity Install Solar and Energy Storage Portfolio in the Northeast

Projects totaling 13 megawatts of solar and 6 megawatt hours of storage, SolarCity's largest such installation in the Northeast, will provide clean, dispatchable power when needed most

SolarCity Launches Utility and Grid Services

SolarCity's new services include installation, financing, and consulting services for utility-scale solar and energy storage resource development, as well as advanced controls for demand response, distributed energy resources, and aggregated grid services.

China's Wind Power Installed Capacity Will Escalate to 495 GW by 2030, says GlobalData

• China's installed wind power capacity will more than treble from around 149 Gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to over 495 GW by 2030, at a compound annual growth rate of 9% • Supportive government policies that include an attractive concessional program and the availability of low-cost financing from government banks are the main reasons for market success, says analyst

PVinsights: Solar panel prices slump as global price competition intensifies

Solar panel prices extend losses this week, as Chinese module makers leverage price competition intensively over the globe, especially in the US. Amid waning demand in China, some Chinese module maker is rush to increase the shipment volume in rest of the world, particularly in the US, in order to be the dominant module manufacturer. Since the demand in the US is widely expected to be promising in the coming five years, Chinese module makers has been aiming the US as one of the major target market to penetrate with their overseas capacities. Hence, solar panel price in the US has encountered great pressures, as Chinese module makers fuel strategic pricing intensively in the region. Meanwhile, in China, SEA and India, the regional prices are under pressured as Chinese module makers also intend to leverage price competition to capture more market shares.

Solar Industry Gets Down to Business at the 2016 Midwest Solar Expo

The 3rd Annual Midwest Solar Expo is returning to the Twin Cities May 17-19, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown.

#MillionSolarStrong gains widespread support as 70+ organizations sign pro-solar declaration

Additionally, the hashtag reached nearly 77 million people through a thunderclap across the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter with even President Obama weighing in to give #MillionSolarStrong a social media shout out.

Ideal Power Introduces New Solar PV String Inverter

First Commercial Solar PV String Inverter With Field Upgradable Port for Direct Integration of Energy Storage Targeting $6.9 Billion Inverter Market

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