UK Solar Panel Quality: Higher than Expected

Several new pieces of research show the quality of solar panels in the UK is high. Higher than expected. 98% of panels “run to spec” according to Dr Alastair Buckley of the Sheffield Solar Farm Project. “They do what they say on the tin,” he says, using a popular British expression. In other words, ‘they […] Read more

The 10 Biggest U.S PV Plants

The world’s largest PV solar farm is the the massive Agua Caliente deployment in Yuma County, Arizona. First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR), the developer and panel supplier at Agua Caliente, just announced that the project has hit a peak generating capacity of 250 megawatts AC and is online and connected to the electrical grid. The project […] Read more

The 18 Most Common Solar Questions Homeowners Ask

I went around and asked 18 employees to give me a question that they answer every single day with solar customers. Together as a company we probably answer these questions thousands of times a week, so I figured I’d bang out all the questions in individual helpful videos with straight-shooting answers. Here they are: 1. […] Read more

Even With Lower Incentives, German Solar Market Grows

A dramatic shift in the German solar market hasn’t slowed its growth. The world’s leading solar market skyrocketed because of a progressive feed-in-tariff program that paid solar system owners more for the power they produced than the retail power rate. The program has changed and the tariff has slipped below the retail rate. But home […] Read more

Gehrlicher Solar Builds Solar Park in Record Time

In just two and a half months, Gehrlicher Solar completed its Perleberg solar park on the grounds of the former Perleberg military airport in Brandenburg, Germany. The solar system has a nominal capacity of 35 MWp. The farm is expected to produce 33 million kilowatt hours of clean solar energy per year, which is enough […] Read more

The Insane Growth of the Chinese Solar Market

China’s solar market is undergoing a change that sees much more photovoltaics being installed for on-site generation purposes. The growth in the segment, now the largest segment of China’s photovoltaics market, comes as the number of the country’s overall solar installations are increasing sharply, perhaps slightly reducing pressure for lower prices for PV internationally. The […] Read more

The Future of Chinese Solar Companies

The whole solar panel industry has been in a tailspin as the massive solar glut takes toll of the whole industry. The industry downturn which started in 2011 has not stopped as solar panel prices have crashed to new all time lows with European demand pull in ending and inventories building up. While many of […] Read more

1 Gigawatt of Solar to the Americas

What is a gigawatt? One billion (109) watts. That’s the total capacity of all the solar panels Suntech has now delivered to customers throughout North and South America. That’s no small amount of energy: One gigawatt of solar panels is enough to power about 113,000 U.S. homes a year! We passed the 1 GW milestone […] Read more

GTM Research to Unveil New Solar Reports

Through its collaboration with the Solar Energy Industries Association(SEIA), GTM Research has created an unparalleled analysis of the industry in a report series titled U.S. SolarInsight.Together, SEIA and GTM Research will be releasing the first report fromthis partnership at Solar Power International, October 12-14, 2010 atthe Los Angeles Convention Center. The entire GTM Research […] Read more

Imec reports large-area silicon solar cells with high efficiency

At the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (Valencia,Spain), imec presents several large-area silicon solar cells with aconversion efficiency above 19 percent. Two types of cells wererealized namely with Ag-screenprinted contacts and plated Cu-contacts.Efficiencies of cells with screenprinted contacts were up to 19.1percent, whereas 19.4 percent was obtained with Cu-plated contacts. These high efficiencies were […] Read more

Canadian Solar Reports Mixed Results $CSIQ

I’ve been on vacation for a few days so didn’t get this out Thursdaynight, but Canadian Solar (CSIQ) reported mixed Q1 results.  The company posted a non GAAP EPS of $0.03, 4 cents lower than the analyst estimate of $0.07 on revenue of $336.9 million, vs estimate of $330.97 million.  Those numbers are big increase […] Read more

SEPA Reports On Solar Fact-Finding Mission To Japan

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and utility partners have returned from a fact-finding mission to Japan. During the trip, SEPA observedthat Japan appears to have embraced solar at the consumer, manufacturing and national policy levels. Many of the participants describedtheir renewed sense that the U.S. is also on the right track, withgrowing utility integration […] Read more