Is now the right time to install solar panels on your home?

If you live in Southern California or any other solar hot spots in the U.S. you have no doubt been inundated by offers from solar companies. But should you do it?

Bloomberg New Energy Finance classifies WINAICO as a Tier 1 module maker

WINAICO acquires the Tier 1 module manufacturer status in the latest edition of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's bankability list

SMA Earns 700 MW Inverter Order from Swinerton Renewable Energy

San Diego-based EPC Selects Sunny Central 2200-US for Seven Utility-Scale PV Projects in California

REC Solar and Windset Farms Flip the Switch on 1 MW Solar Array

Commercial solar leader helps Santa Maria's largest farm extend sustainability leadership

Solar Tracking Leader Recruits a Six Sigma Black Belt as Operations Expand

Miles Littlefield joins Array Technologies as director of quality

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - Sept, Oct, Nov 2015

Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Google Maps can now tell you if it's worth installing solar panels on your roof

By Loren Grush for The Verge:  Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a "treasure map" of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels. Sunroof uses data from Google Maps that previously had no practical application. For instance, Sunroof uses Maps’ 3D-modeling to calculate the amount of space a building’s roof has for solar panels. The service also analyzes the positioning of the sun over the course of a year, as well as the type of cloud cover and temperature the neighborhood usually experiences. It even considers the amount of shade cast by nearby objects.   Cont'd...

Solar3D to Acquire Leading Solar Power Company Elite Solar

Acquisition Strengthens Solar3D's Strategic Position in Northern California

POP Avdel Introduces NeoBolt Lockbolt Fastener System

The NeoBolt lockbolt fastener system delivers vibration resistance and structural strength with no pin break

Bonfiglioli Receives UL-Certification for Inverters with Ampt Mode

Bonfiglioli's RPS Inverters with Ampt Mode Lower Total System Cost and Are Available Up To 3,500 kVA Output Power for 1000 Volt DC Systems

SolarWorld AG continues on a course of growth

In the first half of 2015, SolarWorld AG boosts shipments of solar modules and kits by 32 percent to 440 MW and revenue by 40 percent to EUR 320 million --- Shipments in July and current order backlog for 2015 already exceed another 500 MW --- In the second half of 2015, SolarWorld AG increasingly delivers modules to international large-scale projects and continues to focus on high-performance technology

Students Charged Up Over New SolarMax Technology University

Innovative Curriculum Debuts in San Bernardino County High School

JA Solar Released New Double-glass Modules

As the installation of solar electricity generation grows at an unprecedented pace world-widely and the performance of PV products gets improved steadily, the demand for PV modules of high quality and reliability that can operate in the harsh environment without rapid degradation has greatly increased.

PES Engineers Private Limited Selects NEXTracker for 400 MW Master Supply Agreement in India

The Most Innovative Companies In Renewable Energy

By Michael McDonald for OilPrice.com:  As the oil price bust continues, renewable energy and sustainability innovation is continuing unabated. For instance, an architecture company recently unveiled a set of plans for a smart floating farm project that helps preserve land space and improve food production efficiency. The plans are just hypothetical at this point and it is unclear if they will ever be built, but that’s not really the point. The project shows that, around the world, companies and individuals continue to devote time and resources to innovation in sustainable living. In a similar vein for instance, in the solar field, small companies are creating a host of new innovative products like new inverters and module level electronics. Many of these innovations may seem trivial and iterative. And many are, but a series of trivial and iterative innovations can still lead to big change and that has solar proponents excited.  Big changes are also occurring on more visible systems. A company called Ripasso Energy is pushing its new, more efficient solar generators. In a highly visible effort, Tesla is pressing ahead with its home and business battery storage systems. Desalinization with solar and even solar planes are also on the horizon. The vast majority of these innovations are too early stage for investors to make serious bets on, and even if an investor could be in on an individual technology, that approach is risky. Instead, investors are better off putting their dollars into firms that consistently show an innovative spirit and are pressing forward with a broad portfolio of product innovations. These kinds of broad sets of innovations are important to the future of the planet and they can generate serious returns for sage investors as well.   Cont'd...

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