Products & Technology

Midsummer Nets Repeat Order For CIGS Manufacturing Equipment

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 21, 2017

Midsummer, a Swedish provider of equipment for manufacturing flexible copper indium gallium selenium (CIGS) thin-film solar cells, has received a repeat order from an undisclosed customer for two new compact DUO solar cell manufacturing systems. Due to a strong demand for lightweight, [Read More]

Advanced Microgrid Passes 24-Hour Islanding Test In Illinois

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 17, 2017

Ameren Corp., a Midwest-based energy company, and S&C Electric Co., a smart grid solutions provider, conducted a successful 24-hour islanding test this month at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Ill. The microgrid – which the partners tout as [Read More]

CleanChoice Energy Launches 100% Retail Solar Service

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 16, 2017

Retail renewable energy provider CleanChoice Energy has launched 100% Solar, a new retail electricity supply product that will allow residents to fully tap into solar with no upfront cost or installation. The company’s new 100% Solar offering will initially be available to [Read More]

SunPower Announces New Research Facility With Pilot Line

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 14, 2017

PV manufacturer SunPower has announced a newly completed research facility with a pilot production line at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley. The company says it invested approximately $25 million in the new facility over [Read More]

Salt River Project Using Advanced Inverters To Study Solar Impacts

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 10, 2017

Arizona-based utility Salt River Project (SRP) says more than 750 customers are participating in an advanced inverter study to investigate how solar and other types of customer-generated energy sources impact the grid. The purpose of the pilot study, which is [Read More]

Utility APS Chooses Battery Storage Over Traditional T&D

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 09, 2017

Instead of rebuilding about 20 miles of transmission and distribution (T&D) poles and wires, Arizona Public Service (APS) will install two battery storage systems in rural Punkin Center, Ariz., making it one of the first electricity companies in the nation [Read More]

imec Claims Record Conversion Efficiency For Perovskite/Silicon Module

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 08, 2017

Belgium-based research center imec has announced an improvement of its 4cm2 perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9%. Reaching this level, imec claims it is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone [Read More]

Fronius USA Inverters Receive Rule 21 Certification

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 07, 2017

Fronius USA recently received UL certification for California’s Rule 21 inverter requirements, which are required in California for new net energy metering (NEM) applications from Sept. 8. As Fronius explains, Rule 21 refers to the generator interconnection requirements of each [Read More]

SolarWorld Americas Launches Secondary Warranty Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on July 21, 2017

Oregon-based manufacturer SolarWorld Americas Inc. has announced the SolarWorld Assurance Warranty Protection Program, which the company says features supplemental protection plans for residential and small commercial customers. SolarWorld Americas’ standard coverage includes a 20-year product warranty and a 25-year performance [Read More]

LG Electronics USA Launches Two New Residential Solar Panel Products

Posted by Lauren Tyler on July 11, 2017

Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based LG Electronics USA has announced the launch of two new solar panels for residential installation. The LG NeON R is a 60-cell solar panel for residential installation with back contact. The newly released technology has all electrodes on the rear [Read More]