Midsummer reduces CIGS active layer to 800nm

Nov 26, 2014

Swedish thin film equipment supplier Midsummer has reduced the active layer in its CIGS deposition process to 800nm. The tool supplier claims that this is less than half of what other suppliers offer, substantially reducing costs.

World’s largest solar plant in operation

Nov 26, 2014

The 550 MW Topaz Solar Project has been completed and connected to the grid. The plant, located in San Luis Obispo County, California is currently the largest operational PV power plant in the world.

TASC to appeal solar fees in Wisconsin

Nov 25, 2014

Several other organizations may join TASC in launching appeals to the ruling, which will heavily penalize rooftop PV in the U.S. state. Evidence has also surfaced that a regulator improperly advised utility We Energies in imposing the fees.

Yingli posts drop in third-quarter revenue, narrows net loss

Nov 25, 2014

The Chinese PV group continued to see strong demand for modules from China and Japan as well as from emerging markets, which increased by some 17% quarter over quarter.

Trina boosts sales, profit in third quarter

Nov 25, 2014

Trina Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao says the company continued to meet or exceed financial and performance targets despite foreign exchange fluctuations and weaker demand in Europe.

Global PV installed capacity to treble to over 400 GW by 2020

Nov 25, 2014

A new report from GlobalData forecasts global installed PV capacity to reach 413.98 GW by 2020 – representing a trebling in size from 2013.

Dominion buys Canadian Solar plant in California

Nov 25, 2014

With the addition of the West Antelope Solar Park in northern Los Angeles County, Dominion now has 344 MW of solar generating capacity in development, under construction or in operation across six U.S. states.

Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Nov 25, 2014

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.

8minutenergy Renewables, Gestamp Solar to build 30 MW solar farm in California

Nov 25, 2014

The latest addition to the companies' Midway Solar Farm project in Imperial County will supply more than 10,600 Southern California households.

SunEdison, Renova Energia to develop 1 GW of utility-scale solar in Brazil

Nov 25, 2014

As part of the joint venture agreement, SunEdison will supply solar modules and trackers for four initial projects totaling 106.9 MW in Bahia. The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) will finance construction.


“Futurists” and the Future of Solar Energy

Nov 21, 2014

“Their predictions range from near-term to long-term, from the mundane to the fantastic, but many futurists, regardless of their focus, see solar power in our future.” In the realm of science fiction, solar has long played a role as a primary energy source in imaginary futures. Ever since Dr. Hans Zeigler outfitted satellite Vanguard 1 […]

Lovington, NM to Launch Solar Trash Can Pilot

Nov 11, 2014

Lovington, New Mexico is the latest city to consider solar-powered trash cans as a way to save money. The solar trash cans compact the trash, cutting down on overflow and reducing the number of weekly pickups required. The Albuquerque Joural reports that regular trash containers in public places must be picked up between three and […]

Small College Makes Solar a Big Priority

Nov 10, 2014

Nestled among the cornfields of Southeastern Iowa, Maharishi University of Management is not your typical small college. More than 40 years after its founding, this unique campus has become a showcase of sustainability and solar technology. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, best known as man who taught meditation to The Beatles, bought the defunct Parsons College campus […]

USDA Announces New Loans For Solar

Nov 04, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the first of $250 million in loans it plans to distribute to rural electric cooperatives through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program (EECLP.) EELCP is a new program to assist rural utility customers with energy efficiency upgrades and residential-scale solar installations. According to an announcement released […]

AC Solar Modules: The Future of PV Panels?

Nov 03, 2014

Photovoltaic (PV) modules produce DC electricity, and how that DC power is converted to grid-quality AC is one of the most hotly debated subjects in the industry. Up until 2008 when Enphase released their first micro-inverter, large “string” inverters connecting multiple solar panels were the industry standard. Now, inverter technology has advanced to the point […]

Off-Grid Update: Off-Grid Solar Industry Quietly Breaking New Ground

Oct 29, 2014

With utility-scale solar installations may be grabbing the headlines, but off-grid solar is alive and well.With increasing concerns about out aging transmission and distribution systems and more demand for electricity in remote areas, the off-grid solar industry is quietly breaking new ground. Equal Earth Offers Off-Grid Financing Equal Earth, a San Diego based renewable energy […]

Microinverter Leader Takes on Energy Storage

Oct 28, 2014

Enphase, whose microinverter took the solar industry by storm in 2008, has continued to dominate the microinverter market ever since. They aren’t resting on their laurels, however. At Solar Power 2014 in Las Vegas, Enphase rolled out its plans to move into the energy storage market as well. This is a great sign for the […]

Morocco To Open Giant Solar Thermal Plant

Oct 27, 2014

Morocco does not share the oil wealth of its neighboring countries, but it still has plans to compete in the world energy market. According to The Moroccan Agency of Solar Energy, one of the worlds largest solar thermal plants is on track to open in 2015. Mr. Mustapha Elbakoury, a spokesman for the agency, told […]

Will Solar Drive Up Silver Prices?

Oct 23, 2014

In August of this year, Wall Street Daily predicted that solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing would be “The Unlikely Driving Force Behind an Imminent Surge in Silver Prices.” In fact, all over the web, precious metals watchers are predicting a jump in silver prices due to increasing demand for the highly conductive metal by the booming […]

Solar Water Heating: In the Shadow of PV

Oct 21, 2014

It would be hard not to notice the rush of activity in the worldwide photovoltaic marketplace in recent years, but you may not have noticed that at the same time, solar thermal technology has been rapidly overshadowed by the unprecedented growth and popularity of PV. Once heralded as the most cost effective way to capture […]