A Deutsche Bank report has predicted “sharp declines” in U.S. solar module and inverter prices that it says could drive payback periods down to less than five years and spark a “final ‘gold rush’” in the American residential, commercial and industrial markets, starting in 2017.
The Chinese PV manufacturing heavyweight achieved an aperture efficiency record of 19.86%, which is up a significant 0.7% from the previous record of 19.14%, as the trend in the industry is for continuing efficiency improvements across all solar cells and modules.
The two firms have signed a non-binding letter of intent to collaborate on the production of solar modules and cells at Tesla’s Buffalo facility, and to source Panasonic cells. The deal rests on completion of Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition.
Mercom Capital’s Q3 report shows a significant increase in investment levels from last quarter, but funding is still down across the board compared to a year ago.
The Norwegian solar company shipped 326 MW of modules in the second quarter of 2016, with the United States accounting for 60% of all shipments.
Just over a year after Australian cleantech company Dyesol claimed to have achieved efficiency levels of 10 per cent in its perovskite solar cells, US researchers claim to have topped that, with a breakthrough that could also work to fast-track commercialisation of the technology.
The solar and polysilicon equipment maker hasn’t said what will become of its Merlin cell interconnection technology or its Hyperion ion implant technology.
In this interview with pv magazine LIVE, LG presents a new back-contact module for the residential market, as well as new modules for the utility-scale space.
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