Latest PV market updates

Vivint Solar targets IPO of $371 million

Vivint Solar HQ.

The financing target sees the residential solar installer step up its efforts to gain a greater share of the US leasing market.


Study: Solar customers may be better off using self-generated power

UK rooftop PV system

A U.K. smart grid project investigates whether solar PV owners could benefit from using their generated energy instead of exporting it back to the grid.


ZSW sets 21.7% thin film efficiency record

Flexible CIGS cell.

Scientists at Stuttgart's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have regained the gong for CIGS efficiency, improving upon the previous record of 21%.


SunPower produces one billionth solar cell

SunPower e20 PV module.

The US solar company's production milestone follows announcement of a new 350 MW manufacturing facility.


German PV equipment sales up 39% in first six months

Teamtechnik Stringer TT 1200

Booming business in Asian is driving sales in the sector, which is also seeing increased momentum from the U.S. and emerging markets, the German Engineering Federation reports.


The pv magazine weekly news round-up

The Bee Gees.

Good news from Italy and India, astonishing news about sunlight levels and the solar cell coming to a printer near you but it's all too late for one US state. We should have listened to Barry...


Solar investment twice as effective as oil in EVs

A Tesla electric vehicle.

Analyst calculates investing in renewables yields far more usable energy to the consumer than oil, dollar for dollar. Traditional combustion engines see a 75-80% energy loss compared to 25-30% in EVs.


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