Manufacturing

Sometimes there’s so much solar panel beauty in the world

America’s beauty, Solaria’s all black shingled module, has a future set on higher efficiencies, better integration into a home’s natural look, and a fully designed system from the ground up as time of construction.

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PPAs for the lay people, the first-ever Solar Games: pvMB 11/13/19

Hello wonderful readers and welcome to the pvMB, where today we shall be looking at NeoVolta’s Iron Phosphate Energy Storage System, Vision Solar expanding to Orlando, DroneDeploy raising $35 million and more!

Storage for decades, Vote Solar partners with Beyond Carbon: pvMB 11/12/19

Hello and welcome back to the pvMB. Today we’ve got on the agenda McDonald’s virtual PPA, Nautilus acquiring 17 MW community solar and solar democracy in New Jersey.

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Federal grants aim to spark investment in U.S. solar manufacturing

Seven early-stage solar manufacturing firms have won U.S. Department of Energy grants to develop prototypes, which they could use to help attract private investment. DOE’s 21 PV research and development grants may hold more interest for established manufacturers.

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SunPower splits in two

The company’s transformation from a manufacturer to the 2nd-largest residential solar company in the United States is complete with it spinning off of its high-efficiency cell and module production into a new company, in partnership with Chinese wafer maker TZS.

Big banker thinks “world’s” largest *rooftop bifacial* solar panel install is worth it

JP Morgan Chase has completed a 2.8 MW rooftop bifacial solar panel installation, using Prism Solar modules, on their Columbus, Ohio location that will meet 18 percent of the site’s electricity usage.

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In the future there will be batteries, lots of batteries

The world is witnessing a global shift. A shift to clean mobility, to renewable energy. And this is where batteries come in.

Hardware brief: modules at 30¢/W, Enphase selling direct, solar+water, more!

It’s Friday, and Friday is the day you get to see new gear! Ideal Energy has put out a great white paper on a solar+storage demand charge management project, 8minute Solar Energy talks up their advanced solar power plant software partners, and Northern Reliability Company shows off the beautiful energy storage gear they assemble.

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Hardware brief: Module pricing falling, Enphase at 450W, sexy solar panels get $3.2 million, more!

We were gone till November, now we’re here. The US Air Force is researching space based solar power, SimpliPhi has discounts on energy storage products for Californians, and ESS Inc has raised $30 million to help roboticize a 1 GWh/year capacity factory to build flow batteries in Oregon!

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Bulking up: Storage heads for center stage

Energy storage has largely served at the margin of power grids over the past decade. But the continuing cost crash in wind and solar generation are changing storage’s role. A recent round of projects, from Indiana to Arizona, suggests that storage is bulking up and is set to act more equally in generation

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