Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low. [...]
Shares of solar manufacturers rose sharply Thursday after President Donald Trump told supporters that mounting solar PV panels atop his proposed Mexican border wall would allow the project to pay for itself. [...]
A solar trade case pending before the International Trade Commission poses significant risks to the entire U.S. solar industry, believes the Solar Energy Industries Association. A petition was filed by Suniva, a Chinese-owned solar company that has filed for bankruptcy,and supported by SolarWorld, a German-owned solar company. They are requesting that the federal government impose tariffs on imported solar cells and establish minimum prices on imported solar panels.
SEIA estimates that [...]
A three-year study to develop a generic cybersecurity system for monitoring communications between distributed resource energy generators — including solar — and the grid is being developed by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under a $900,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.
Whether the market makes a flawed decision or not, the market is always the decider, and whether its decisions are based on price, personal beliefs, wanting to be part of the newest trend or fad or technology direction or for any number of other reasons, the market is the ultimate judge of whether a product or technology will meet success or fade away. [...]
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 is coming to Denver in October, and teams are building their entries to be ready for the competition. [...]
Energy and environmental trends are our friends when it comes to the long-term future of the solar industry. For more about the next dip on the Solar Coaster, Listen Up to the Energy Show on Renewable Energy World. [...]
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. [...]
One of the most vexing issues in the PV industry today is that of technical masking. Masking is all about accurately identifying technical issues, finding what is behind the curtain, the unseen, what is real but not being measured, and what is taking place that is not being accounted for. [...]
The recent announcement by Trina Solar that it had reached a new solar conversion efficiency record of 24.13 percent in a Changzhou, China laboratory for an interdigitated back contact (IBC) mono-crystalline silicon cell, is a “significant achievement,” according to a U.S. laboratory analyst.
“The efficiency is significant given the size of the cell at six inches,” says Abasifreke Ebong, a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of North Car [...]
Post Date: June 2, 2017
Job Title: Solar Installation Supervisor
Location: Denver, CO
Target Hire Date: Immediate
To Apply: Submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/work-at-grid*protected email*(No Calls Please)
GRID Alternatives Colorado is seeking a full-time, experienced Solar Installation Supervisor to oversee all aspects of PV installations for low-income families in Colorado. This position will be responsible for leading commercial scale proj [...]
The U.S. residential solar market is projected to contract in 2017 after at least 16 straight years of growth, reflecting a shift in sales strategies by some major installers and increasing pressure from utilities to adjust incentives. [...]
Post Date: June 1, 2017
Job Title: Residential and Commercial Sales Associate
Location: Durango, CO
Target Hire Date: Immediate
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to *protected email* (No Calls Please)
Come live and work in beautiful Durango, Colorado! We are looking for a bright, energetic and highly experienced solar advocate to join our sales team. This is not an entry-level position. Responsibilities would include anything and everything required to promote the [...]
The Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged as one of the hottest topics, covering home security systems to refrigerators that tell you when to buy milk. The technology, which extends connectivity and computing capability to devices that are not normally considered computers and allows these devices to generate and exchange data with minimal human intervention, is now integrated into off-grid solar, creating “smart” solar. [...]
French IPP Neoen, and energy management company Schneider Electric last week signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGen multi-year framework agreement that covers solar assets on three continents. The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1500V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers, and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.
SolarWorld AG’s U.S. unit joined a trade case asking the federal government to impose duties on low-cost imports that have fueled a nationwide boom in solar installations.
The company, which filed a separate trade complaint that led to U.S. tariffs on Chinese panels in 2012, become a co-petitioner Thursday in Suniva Inc.’s case before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Suniva, a bankrupt Georgia manufacturer, initiated the complaint in April, saying it’s impossible to [...]
On Friday, May 26, on what was expected to be one of the hottest days of the year, solar panels in the UK generated a record amount of power, enough to meet almost 25 percent of demand. This is according to data compiled by National Grid Plc and Sheffield University.
At noon London-time, 8.75 GW of power was being generated by the solar PV, breaking a previous record of 8.49 GW, overtaking nuclear power in the country. [...]
What is the best design for a livable home powered entirely by the sun that can be transported anywhere in the world and assembled in just a few days? Solar Decathlon competitions worldwide have netted 274 different-yet-correct answers to this question since it was first posed in 2002. [...]
Today, members of the solar industry sent a letter sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper expressing our disappointment that the legislature failed to secure funding for the Colorado Energy Office. The Colorado Energy Office plays and important role in the state’s energy ecosystem. The office is an important convener and serves as a mediator of different view points. Its programs serve as important incubators to encourage nascent technologies and new business models.
It is our hope that [...]
Amidst harsh price wars in the solar module maker space, Germany-based SolarWorld AG said in a statement that the company is bankrupt. The company statement said that “ongoing price erosion” and mounting debts have resulted in a negative prognosis for the company and that the board members will immediately file for insolvency.
It is unclear what will happen to the company’s affiliates, including the US-based operation based in Oregon. [...]
Tesla is opening up its online store for its solar roof tiles Wednesday, Elon Musk said in a message on Twitter. More details—presumably including pricing—will be disclosed shortly. [...]
When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is “how often do I need to clean my solar panels.” We’ll answer that question on this week’s show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is “how do I read my electric bill,” but that’s a topic for another show). [...]
With a variety of different careers to choose from in the solar industry, it should come as no surprise that there are now more than 260,000 people working in it. [...]