After years of slow progress, concentrated PV solar is gaining momentum and installations will grow at double-digit percentages annually through 2020, according to a new IHS report.
The organization that spearheaded opposition to the EU's anti-dumping case against Chinese PV manufacturers is joining the SETI Alliance following resolution of the trade dispute.
Greentech Media's solar conference in San Diego, California, examines the latest financial, technological and political devleopments in the fast-growing U.S. market.
Costing close to $40 million, the project acquired from Good Energy will become one of the U.K.'s largest PV plants once complete.
The third quarter of 2013 saw the U.S. install 930 MW of PV capacity, according to a joint report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.
German law firm Rödl & Partner has pointed out importers will be liable to pay duties on any Chinese-made mislabelled solar products. The warning follows last week's definitive EU verdict.
Chinese module maker Trina welcomes the EU anti dumping and anti subsidy decision. Trina is one of the signatories to the deal thrashed out by Karel de Gucht.
A newswire story reporting the development quotes an Heraeus VP talking of Singapore's 'lean management' benefits. The report claims Heraeus' Hanau unit will focus on technical service and operations.
The Chinese manufacturer says the 8.7 MW project in Durango is just the first phase of an eventual 200 MW 'mega-project'. The Durango project is expected to open in the first quarter of 2014.
French electricity utility EDF's renewables arm has signed a JV with Indian solar company Acme. The Acme Solar JV is aiming to develop an initial portfolio of 200 MW in the country.
SunEdison will build New York City’s largest solar power installation on the site of what was once the world’s largest landfill site. Freshkills landfill covers 2,200 acres on Staten Island, and was closed in 2001. Since 2006, officials have worked to convert the landfill to a park. And in a few years, about 47 acres [...]
The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found that “soft costs” make up 64% of the cost of home solar. Soft costs are those other than the cost of the solar panels themselves, like financing and installation. The findings come from two NREL reports that look more closely at the costs associated [...]
Spectrolab has set a new efficiency record for non-concentrated solar cells, with its III-V cells having a conversion efficiency of almost 39%. The cells can convert 38.8% of incoming sunlight to electricity, beating the April 2013 record of 37.8% conversion efficiency. The new record has been verified by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [...]
China’s National Energy Administration has forecast that the country’s connected solar power capacity will reach 10 GW by the end of the year. That’s an increase of 200 percent from a year ago, as reported by state news agency Xinhua, with an additional 3.6 GW added in just the first ten months of 2013. That [...]
A team of Caltech researchers have been developing a solar-powered toilet for years, and now have backing from global plumbing giant Kohler. In August 2012, environmental science professor Michael Hoffmann and his colleagues won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinventing the Toilet Challenge, which aims to tackle the problem of sanitation for the 2.5 [...]
The cost of producing polysilicon and wafers, key components of solar PV panels, will drop to 20 cents per watt next year – a six percent decline. And PV wafer production costs – including both polysilicon manufacture and wafer processing – have fallen over 16 percent per year for the past five years. These are [...]
SolarCity, one of the country’s largest solar installation and financing firms, is teaming up with BMW to help homeowners affordably power their BMW electric vehicles. Owners of BMW i series electric vehicles will get ten percent off SolarCity’s home solar installations as part of BMW’s “360° Electric” package SolarCity offers solar leasing, with flexible financing [...]
The U.S. solar PV project pipeline is now over 43 GW, indicating that the country will become the third largest solar market in the world, after China and Japan. The capacity of projects in the pipeline – which includes projects in the “pre-planning” stage right through to those “being installed” – has grown by 7 [...]
A solar-powered LED light manufacturer is helping alleviate poverty in Pakistan by donating LED lights to villagers, reducing reliance on toxic kerosene lamps. The program is called Pehli Kiran, which means ‘First Ray of Light,’ and is run by LEDtronics. Pehli Kiran is part of LEDtronics’ Global Citizenship initiative, which aims to help “impoverished families [...]
The 2013 Freeing the Grid report card has found California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Utah to be the states where it is easiest for homeowners to go solar. The report ranks all 50 states on net metering, which allows solar users to sell excess electricity back to the local grid, and interconnection, the ease with which [...]