VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences together with the industrial partners are investigating opportunities to extend integration of visually attractive solar modules into architecture of building façades.
Department of Energy: This week, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative launched its "Hit Me with Your SunShot" photo contest. It encourages photographers, both professional and amateur, to submit their shots of solar energy.
Nick Lavars for New Atlas: "I thought the dirt had to affect their efficiencies, but there weren't any studies out there estimating the losses. So we put together a comprehensive model to do just that."
Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld: Five million roofs are replaced each year in the U.S., so instead of simply swapping out old shingles with new ones, why not turn the whole roof into a solar power generator that's integrated with your home's electrical utility?
That is SolarCity's plan for a new product it expects to begin producing next year, according to statements made during the company's second-quarter earnings calllast week.
During the call, SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive alluded to a new product that would be produced at the soon to open Buffalo, N.Y., solar panel manufacturing facility. Then SolarCity co-founder and Chairman Elon Musk interjected and said the product would be a solar roof, "as opposed to a [solar] module on a roof." Cont'd...
According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and research, the U.S. will install an estimated 8.5 GW of solar modules in 2015 which includes utility-scale, residential and commercial rooftop installations.
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