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Sunnova Expands Solar Ownership Loan Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 10, 2017

Sunnova announced the expansion of its EZ Own Loan, which the residential solar company says allows homeowners to own their solar power system with no out-of-pocket expenses for down payments or maintenance. The EZ Own Loan will be offered through [Read More]

Ten K Solar And CleanFund Partner On PACE Financing

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 10, 2017

Ten K Solar, a provider of commercial rooftop PV systems, and CleanFund, a property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financier for commercial renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the U.S., have teamed up to offer PACE financing to Ten K Solar’s [Read More]

Navigant Research Tallies Nearly 1,700 Microgrid Projects

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 06, 2017

Thanks, in large part, to the continued growth of energy storage and solar PV, Navigant Research has identified 1,681 microgrid projects that are proposed, under development or operating worldwide as of the fourth quarter of 2016. The latest edition of [Read More]

Tesla And Panasonic Start Production At Massive Battery Factory

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 05, 2017

Tesla, an electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturer and SolarCity’s new parent company, has kicked off battery cell production at its so-called Gigafactory in Reno, Nev., with partner Panasonic. In a blog post, Tesla says, “Tesla’s mission is to accelerate [Read More]

Sunworks To Deploy Sharp’s SmartStorage Systems

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 05, 2017

California-based Sunworks has selected Sharp Electronics Corp.’s SmartStorage system as the solar company’s primary energy storage solution. According to Sharp, the SmartStorage system is an intelligent, lithium-ion-based solution that uses predictive learning to reduce peak electricity consumption during demand spikes. [Read More]

Boviet Solar USA Launches New Module Lineup

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 03, 2017

Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Vietnam-based manufacturer Boviet Solar Technology Co. Ltd., has launched new solar modules and plans to begin shipping them in the first quarter of this year. Included in the new module lineup are [Read More]

imec: Ni-Cu-Ag-Plated Solar Modules Hit Reliability Milestone

Posted by Joseph Bebon on January 03, 2017

Nanoelectronics research institute imec and BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (Besi), a manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, say they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full-size 60-cell nickel/copper/silver (Ni/Cu/Ag)-plated solar cell modules. According to the partners, the modules [Read More]

Tesla, Panasonic Finalize Solar Manufacturing Deal For N.Y. Plant

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 27, 2016

Tesla and Panasonic have finalized an agreement to manufacture solar PV cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, N.Y. Although the two companies inked a non-binding letter of intent in October, the collaboration was contingent upon Tesla’s successful acquisition [Read More]

1366 And Hanwha Reach 19.6% Efficiency With Direct Wafer Tech

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 21, 2016

Massachusetts-based silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies has jointly achieved with Hanwha Q CELLS a new performance record of 19.6% cell efficiency for 1366’s Direct Wafer technology. The Fraunhofer ISE CalLab independently confirmed the result. According to 1366, the record demonstrates [Read More]

UL Tackles How To Store Solar Using Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

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Written by Ken Boyce on December 20, 2016

Second-life electric vehicle batteries are being evaluated for stationary energy storage uses. This can provide important new options to complement solar power and improve the sustainability and functionality of the grid.