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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.

Lux tips perovskite PV commercialization by 2019-2020

Oxford PV perovskite cell.

PV cells deploying a perovskite semiconductor layer are likely to reach commercial deployment around 2019-2020, reports Lux Research in a recent report. Lux notes that there are new opportunities for partnerships with...

Watly launches crowdfunding campaign for its off-grid power generator and water purifier

Watly 3.0 prototype

The Watly 3.0 solar-powered computer combines photovoltaic and thermal solar technology to sanitize 5,000 liters of water a day, while also providing free electricity and even internet connectivity.

JA Solar hands major contract to Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger

The contract, given out by the Chinese PV manufacturer to the Swiss technology group for its PERC solar cell and wafer production equipment, is worth more than 18 million Swiss francs.

Argentina establishes new landmark renewable energy policy

Argentina flag - Image by Finizio

Decree 531 outlines plans to create a trust fund of 12,000 million Argentine Pesos (USD819 million) for renewable energy this year, and also outlines bidding processes for renewable energy projects.

8point3 Energy Partners agrees deal to acquire 90MW of solar projects across the US

US solar photovoltaic Cimarron 30MW park

The energy partnership will take control of SunPower’s 50MW Hooper Project in Colorado, and First Solar’s Kingbird Project in California, adding to its growing solar portfolio.

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Oh look, a Tesla Powerwall.

Woes deepen for SunEdison, Mexico's energy reform invites 1.7 GW of solar, and Huawei shuffles to the top of the global inverter pack as another busy week in solar comes to a close.

Portable solar-powered tanning panel finds niche audience

The Solar Tanel works under a range of conditions, but hot, sunny, cloudless days are the optimum. There has been no interest in the Solar Tanel from the UK as yet.

Newly developed towel-based panel can, under optimum conditions, deliver an even bronzing across exposed skin, researchers claim.

TU Graz working on new solar cell and battery hybrid

Solar cell meets battery: A “2 in 1” hybrid system brings obvious advantages. © Lunghammer - TU Graz

The SolaBat project, supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), is breaking new scientific ground.

ZSW sets European CIGS efficiency record of 22%

ZSW's 22% conversion efficiency for a CIGS cell is the highest yet acheived in Europe, and just 0.3% off the world record set by Japan's Solar Frontier.

The German research center raises the conversion efficiency of thin-film CIGS solar cells to 22% in optimized laboratory conditions; Japan's Solar Frontier remains frontrunner worldwide with 22.3% efficiency.

Natcore hits 17.5 percent all-back contact cell efficiency

Natcore cell furnace.

U.S. heterojunction technology developer Natcore has announced hitting 17.5 percent laboratory efficiency with its aluminum ‘all-back’ contacted cells. The company says its HJT cells have increased in efficiency from four percent...

10MW PV solar farm being developed in Belize

Natcore workers in a research centre

The development of the project is being overseen by Natcore Technology along with Catalyst565, and will start adding a solar presence to a country with huge renewable energy ambitions.

Polysilicon prices on the rise in China, but the US is excluded


A sharp rise in demand for polysilicon in China is leading to a partial price recovery; however US manufacturers are unable to take advantage after losing access to the market, according to market research company IHS.

China aiming to reach 143 GW PV capacity by 2020

China flag new Image Flickr Renato Ganoza

The country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announces plans to triple capacity over the next five years, to cut China’s carbon emissions and become the world’s leader in clean energy.

Sungrow connects its first 1500V PV project to Chinese grid

Sungrow's 1500V project in Xinjiang Province, China

As the transition to 1500-volt (V) inverters builds up steam, the Chinese PV-inverter manufacturer successfully connects its first 1500V PV project to the grid to improve its generating efficiency.

Initial contract awarded to Queensland solar farm that would become Australia’s largest

Queensland Australia

Origin Energy has awarded an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract to engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Ltd for a 200 MW farm, however the project still needs to secure grant funding from ARENA and pass a...

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