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SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.


Mobisol reaches 250,000 people in Africa

Mobisol solar system installation in Tanzania. Image Mobisol

The German off-grid solar provider has now installed over 50,000 systems in East Africa, meaning that a quarter of a million people receive sustainable electricity from its solar solutions, which is an incredible landmark in a...


Intersolar Europe 2016 opens and it's got storage on the mind

Attendees entering Intersolar Europe 2016

The message at the opening press conference for the Intersolar Europe 2016 tradeshow was that growth is in the air in the solar industry, as prices experience a sharp decline. To take full advantage these developments, energy...


Fraunhofer CSE unveils plug-and-play PV systems

Installation and commissioning of a string inverter system in 75 minutes was demonstrated at the organization’s “2016 Demo Day”


Chile puts online 104 MW-AC of solar in May

The capacity of installed PV has reached 1.22 GW-AC, and projects under construction represent another 1.90 GW.


Solar market hitting new heights, as costs keep dropping

Sun shines through solar array. Image by SolarPower Europe

The solar market is growing at an unprecedented rate, with a possibility that there could be 700 GW of installed PV across the world by 2020, according to a new report from SolarPower Europe.


PV innovations helping to push the French market forward

La Réunion

Philippe Malbranche, Directeur Général of the French solar research institute INES, explains why his organization is hosting a workshop on innovations from France. The varying innovations take part in the whole PV value chain,...


Frequency response storage heating up in the UK

RES UK storage system

The UK’s storage market had already been boosted by news of a 20 MW frequency response project and an ongoing tender for 200 MW of additional projects, now the debate has been pushed further along after the release of a UK...


Ontario to re-open the microFIT program on July 21 (Updated with microFIT rates)

The Canadian province will launch version 4.0 of the program weeks earlier than scheduled, however installation levels are only a fraction of last year's.


Overheating and incompatible plug connectors

At the PV farm in question, actual black and white sheep occasionally graze beneath the solar panels.

Black sheep I: In a Bavarian solar farm, experts discovered overheated junction boxes after commissioning and, later, overheated plug connectors as well.


EUPVSEC opens with rallying call to Europe's solar industry

The opening sessions of the EUPVSEC 2016 conference began today, and will run all week.

This morning EUPVSEC kicked off at the International Conference Center in Munich. Some 6,500 authors and co-authors from 88 countries had submitted their abstracts for presentation at the week-long event. This year for the first...


India: Suzlon and CLP create JV for 100 MW solar project in Telangana

Telangana.

Indian clean energy firm Suzlon welcomes CLP India partnership on the 100 MW Veltoor solar PV project, which will produce solar energy for Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited.


Recycled PV materials could possess $15bn value by 2050, finds IRENA, IEA-PVPS report

Recycling PV.

Properly recovered materials from recycled solar PV panels could boast a value of $15 billion by 2050, or enough of an influx of material to produce two billion new panels, suggests a new report.


Solar Impulse begins 90-hour Atlantic crossing

The Atlantic crossing is expected to take four days, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls.

The solar-powered plane heads for Seville from New York with Bertrand Piccard at the controls. Crossing is expected to take approximately 90 hours.


Greenskies jumps to #1 in the U.S. C&I solar sector during Q1

GTM Research says SolarCity fell to second place in the commercial and industrial market during the quarter.


GTAT bounces back with large polysilicon orders

The American equipment maker has made its first announcement of large equipment orders since exiting bankruptcy in March.


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