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Major solar project in Victoria panned by state arbitrator
19 Aug 2019 at 1:14pm
200MW Bookaar project was referred to state court after being rebuffed by local council.



US rebuffs India’s solar trade claims, faces fresh China row
19 Aug 2019 at 12:56pm
Row over US incentives and safeguards flares anew at recent WTO meeting



R&D spending analysis of 21 PV manufacturers
19 Aug 2019 at 12:20pm
PV Tech has been covering analysis of R&D expenditures of PV manufacturers for over a decade. This blog anticipates some of the key trends set to be fully revealed in the forthcoming edition of technical journal Photovoltaics International.



Molycop to buy annual 100GWh of wind and solar in New South Wales
19 Aug 2019 at 11:39am
Deal will back development of 120MW Bomen Solar Farm in Aussie state



Actis bags US$1.23bn for new clean energy investment fund
16 Aug 2019 at 3:06pm
Vehicle will help bankroll 100MW Actis-owned El Pelicano solar PV plant in Chile



Yingli to supply 110MW of solar panels to Solaria trio
16 Aug 2019 at 12:49pm
Yingli's European subsidiary has provided panels for three plants in Spains Castilla y Leon region.



Sunnova partners with PetersenDean Roofing ahead of California residential solar mandate
16 Aug 2019 at 12:05pm
The US solar and storage giant has partnered with the roofing contractor to meet new CA solar requirements.



Canadian Solar taking module capacity to over 12GW in 2019
15 Aug 2019 at 12:52pm


Atlas sells 550GWh of solar to Engie Energía in Chile
15 Aug 2019 at 12:32pm
Atlas will sell solar energy from its Sol del Desierto plant to the Chilean utility for 15 years



LONGi lands maiden CEC enhanced standards pre-qualification as Hi-Mo X launches in Australia
15 Aug 2019 at 12:06pm
High-efficiency mono PERC Hi-Mo X lands industry-first CEC enhanced standards pre-qualification at launch event in Australia



Daqo’s polysilicon business takes a dive in Q2
15 Aug 2019 at 11:41am


Meyer Burger and REC Group planning multiple GW heterojunction production business
15 Aug 2019 at 10:45am



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Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer?
4 Aug 2019 at 6:26pm
by Guest Post
Following the first wave of popularity in solar power technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we are now faced with the daunting prospect of disposing of these early solar panels in a way that does not harm the environment. Given that the usable life expectancy of these early solar panels was 25 years, […]The post Solar panel waste: Could leasing be the answer? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics
30 Jul 2019 at 6:08pm
by Kathryn Nohilly
Universities in the United States are leading the way in developing, teaching and utilizing solar technology. Colleges and universities around the world are hubs of progression. It is on the campuses of the country that you can catch a glimpse into the future of businesses and communities. This is especially true when it comes to […]The post US Universities Lead Solar Innovation and Academics appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven
29 Jul 2019 at 4:10pm
by Jordan Roth
It’s well-known that solar energy is an innovative and accessible sustainable energy option. Solar energy checks all the boxes a consumer looks at when determining his or her options for energy and its popularity is only growing. However, solar energy isn’t just available to the homeowner, or other smaller-scale consumers. Solar energy can be used […]The post Solar Energy and Agriculture: A Match Made in Heaven appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Are solar shingles worth it 2019
20 Jul 2019 at 5:05pm
by Guest Post
With the rise in popularity of solar power, people have continuously expressed desire in having more options in terms of solar products. Some of the more popular ones nowadays are solar shingles. Simply put, solar singles — sometimes known as photovoltaic shingles — are essentially just solar panels that are designed to look like and […]The post Are solar shingles worth it 2019 appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs
16 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
by Stephanie D'sa
Research on utilization of renewable energy including solar, wind, and biofuel has been booming across the United States over the past few years. In 2017 alone, over half a million jobs were created globally in the renewable energy sector. Educational institutions have also been quick to pick up on this need for qualified people to […]The post Top 10 Colleges with Solar and Renewable Energy Programs appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Must Have Solar Products for Your Home
17 Jun 2019 at 7:12pm
by Staff Writer
Over the past few years, the popularity of solar energy has been increasing all over the world. The Science Magazine estimates that by 2022–2023, an additional PV capacity of 500 GW will be installed globally.  Going solar has become cheaper too. In fact, the average price of solar electrical systems have reduced by half from […]The post Must Have Solar Products for Your Home appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

How Is the US Military Using Solar Power?
23 May 2019 at 1:31pm
by Staff Author
Climate change poses serious threats to national and global security. The U.S. military recognized the global and national security implications of climate change as far back as 1990, when it produced its first report on the impacts of climate change. Another report followed in 2003. But every year since 2007, the Department of Defense (DoD), […]The post How Is the US Military Using Solar Power? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Solar Energy Is Our Best Solution
18 May 2019 at 4:20pm
by Staff Writer
Solar energy is our best solution for a plethora of reasons. It is no longer a niche technology available to the rich and the committed environmentalist. Today, the effects of global warming and the skyrocketing prices of conventional energy necessitate the switch to greener renewable sources of energy. Rise of Solar Power The scarcity of […]The post Solar Energy Is Our Best Solution appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

What is Community Solar and Why Should You Care?
10 May 2019 at 9:24pm
by Staff Writer
  Installing solar panels on your roof has proven to be a great investment. Like a gift that keeps on giving, solar panels help homeowners save money, reap incentives, and earn rebates for decades to come. For those who want to reap the benefits of solar power but live on rent, are tenants in a […]The post What is Community Solar and Why Should You Care? appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.

Community solar is an excellent way to create energy equity–if it’s done right
10 May 2019 at 6:49pm
by Staff Writer
Source: Fast Company People banding together to fund a solar project is an increasingly popular way of accessing clean energy. But it can either be an exclusive project or an inclusive way to spread the benefits of clean energy. It depends how it’s structured… When you think of home solar power, you probably imagine a […]The post Community solar is an excellent way to create energy equity–if it’s done right appeared first on TheSolarDigest.com.


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Tesla says it will rent out rooftop solar systems in six states
19 Aug 2019 at 3:19pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Tesla announced through a series of tweets by CEO Elon Musk that it has “relaunched” its Tesla Solar business by offering cookie-cutter solar systems to rent. Musk said renters can save $500 a year in utility bills and can cancel the contract at any time. Rentals will be offered in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New… The post Tesla says it will rent out rooftop solar systems in six states appeared first on Solar Power World.

New solar component-sourcing company aims to assist smaller installers
15 Aug 2019 at 10:10pm
by Billy Ludt
A group of seasoned wind and solar industry executives launched a new solar component-sourcing service, Strategic Solar Sourcing. The company claims to be the first to offer small and medium-sized solar businesses supply chain management outsourcing services and products previously available only to large organizations, including low-cost equipment pricing on modules, inverters and racking with… The post New solar component-sourcing company aims to assist smaller installers appeared first on Solar Power World.

Citadel Roofing & Solar, Solar Roof Dynamics align to tackle California solar mandate
15 Aug 2019 at 4:48pm
by Kelly Pickerel
California roofing and solar installer Citadel Roofing & Solar has entered into a strategic partnership with solar equipment distributor Solar Roof Dynamics (SRD) to streamline Citadel’s solar efforts in preparation for California’s solar mandate on all new home construction. “The California solar market is heating up as homebuilders gear up to comply with the new… The post Citadel Roofing & Solar, Solar Roof Dynamics align to tackle California solar mandate appeared first on Solar Power World.

Terrasmart unveils bifacial panel racking solution GLIDE
15 Aug 2019 at 3:07pm
by Billy Ludt
TerraSmart, a turnkey ground mount racking solutions provider, has unveiled GLIDE, its latest ground screw-based racking design for utility-scale solar projects. GLIDE is infused with bifacial module compatibility allowing complete exposure of the module to maximize potential backside power yield. Carrying forward TerraSmart’s long tradition of accommodating slope tolerances up to 36%, GLIDE’s intuitive design… The post Terrasmart unveils bifacial panel racking solution GLIDE appeared first on Solar Power World.

REC goes all-in on HJT, will expand panel production capacity to multiple gigawatts
15 Aug 2019 at 2:09pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Following the successful launch of REC Group’s Alpha solar panel at Intersolar Europe in May 2019, the Swiss solar panel manufacturer announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic collaboration with solar cell technology developer Meyer Burger. REC plans to further leverage the pair’s existing collaboration. “Together with Meyer Burger, REC developed the industry’s flagship… The post REC goes all-in on HJT, will expand panel production capacity to multiple gigawatts appeared first on Solar Power World.

Novasec releases new renewable energy investment platform
15 Aug 2019 at 2:06pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Novasec announced the launch of a new investment platform that connects investors with unique opportunities in the fast-growing renewable energy sector. Through a careful project selection process, Novasec’s platform combines the renewable energy sector with digital securities, providing investors the potential for lower-risk, competitive returns. “Novasec is proud to help fund the future of the… The post Novasec releases new renewable energy investment platform appeared first on Solar Power World.

17TeraWatts launches Bodhi software for continued customer engagement
15 Aug 2019 at 2:00pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
17TeraWatts announced the launch of Bodhi, a digital assistant for solar homeowners. Bodhi helps solar companies engage their homeowners to generate more referrals and follow-on sales. “We are excited to launch Bodhi,” said Scott Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of 17TeraWatts. “Solar’s growth is currently bottlenecked by Chinese tariffs, expiring tax credits and rising customer acquisition… The post 17TeraWatts launches Bodhi software for continued customer engagement appeared first on Solar Power World.

CertainTeed adds New Jersey’s Kopp Electric to Master Solar Installer level
14 Aug 2019 at 9:23pm
by Kelly Pickerel
Kopp Electric Company has received CertainTeed’s premier solar credential – Master Solar Installer. CertainTeed Master Solar Installers demonstrate the highest levels of solar knowledge as well as a commitment to quality and homeowner satisfaction. Solar installers who achieve CertainTeed’s Master Solar Installer credential are able to offer customers a 25-year installation workmanship warranty on CertainTeed… The post CertainTeed adds New Jersey’s Kopp Electric to Master Solar Installer level appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sunnova partners with PetersenDean to capitalize on California solar mandate
14 Aug 2019 at 5:42pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
Sunnova announced a new strategic partnership with PetersenDean Roofing & Solar to deliver Sunnova’s solar and storage services to homebuilders across California. California continues to lead the nation in residential solar and is expected to grow significantly because of the California Energy Commission solar mandates. This far-reaching energy policy was adopted last year and requires… The post Sunnova partners with PetersenDean to capitalize on California solar mandate appeared first on Solar Power World.

Standard Solar releases community solar project how-to guide
14 Aug 2019 at 2:27pm
by Kelsey Misbrener
As community solar increases in popularity so does the need for funding of these projects. Community solar expert Standard Solar has launched a new e-book called “Community Solar: What You Need to Know.” “As we’ve watched the community solar market emerge, we’ve noted a significant lack of resources to educate those looking to do these… The post Standard Solar releases community solar project how-to guide appeared first on Solar Power World.

Greenbacker Renewable Energy purchases 9.27 MW of under-construction solar projects
13 Aug 2019 at 7:38pm
by Billy Ludt
Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company purchased the rights to a portfolio of three solar projects totaling 9.27 MW from a subsidiary of BNRG Renewables (BNRG). The OR Solar Portfolio consists of three to-be-constructed ground-mount projects in Oregon and is contracted with an investment-grade Oregon utility under power purchase agreements for 15 years. The OR Solar Portfolio… The post Greenbacker Renewable Energy purchases 9.27 MW of under-construction solar projects appeared first on Solar Power World.

Sandia Labs increases efforts at abusing lithium-ion batteries for safety research
13 Aug 2019 at 2:12pm
by Kelly Pickerel
According to a press release from Sandia National Laboratories, the testing lab now uses an indoor tower to drop 200-lb+ weights on lithium-ion batteries in efforts to learn more about how batteries respond to stress. This will be especially helpful in understanding how electric vehicle batteries may respond in an automobile accident. “This becomes our… The post Sandia Labs increases efforts at abusing lithium-ion batteries for safety research appeared first on Solar Power World.


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