Solar Cell Production Line Upgrades Driving Higher PV Performance

Manufacturers of multicrystalline solar cells are seeking to improve performance by implementing new technologies on existing lines.

Own Or Lease? Think Of Rooftop Solar As A Car That Makes Money

While upfront cost is often the first issue on the prospective solar customer's mind, it should not be the only one.

Minnesota PUC Passes On Value Of Solar, But Likely Not For Long

On Aug. 7, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted Xcel's proposal to put off a value of solar tariff for its community solar garden program for now. But experts expect a rapid return.

States Dangle Property Tax Abatements To Draw New Solar Customers

Tax abatement programs offer states an incentive option for property owners to install solar systems.

A New Set Of Rate Rules Could End The Tug-Of-War Over Solar

A new report from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center says arguments over the value - and costs - of solar are missing the mark. The key to a solar future, the authors conclude, is in utility rate design.



All new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Citing the [Read More]

While China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has lowered its installation target for this year from 14 GW to 13 GW, IHS reports that upcoming policy initiatives will help remove barriers for distributed generation [Read More]


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August 2014 - Volume 7, Number 8

Industry At Large: Municipal Utility Solar

Municipal Utilities Ride To The Rescue Of Beleaguered Solar Projects

After investor-owned utilities meet state requirements, local authorities can take the reins.


Marketplace: PV Materials

New Demands And Technologies Move PV Silicon Supplies

After delays, production is ramping up, and new partnerships are forming.

Marketplace: Residential Inverters

Inverter Makers Must Prepare For Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Systems

Grid operators will require discharge control over interconnected residential solar storage.

Marketplace: Module Lamination

Evaluating PV Module Lamination Materials To Reduce Costs

New lamination processes and materials offer module makers more options to deliver more reliable and cost-effective products.

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Wouldn't it be nice to have a map of all the backyards people don't want your proposed solar project in? Working under a $2.8 million grant from [Read More]

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Many governments around the world use some variation of the "20-20-20" framework for setting renewable energy and efficiency targets. Such a framework, pioneered by the European Union, [Read More]


Recently, some photovoltaic manufacturers announced plans to produce cells, panels and silicon wafers in the U.S. The solar companies point to various reasons for adding domestic manufacturing [Read More]


If it seems obvious that solar projects run on money, how solar business can put potential customers in touch with money is not always so clear. This [Read More]