China’s solar power 35 gigawatts by 2015

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China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, plans to increase fivefold its installed solar capacity to more than 35 gigawatts by 2015 to support an industry faced with declining profits, slowing exports and a supply glut. The nation will add 10 gigawatts of solar-power capacity annually over the next three years, according to a statement from […]

Fraunhofer Durability Tests Put SunPower First

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The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE in Boston and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg released their first solar panel durability report and placed the SunPower E20 model first in their PV Durability Initiative (PVDI). PVDI rates PV modules on a scale of zero to five relative to their […]

35 bids for solar power projects-Andhra Pradesh

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The Andhra Pradesh government has received bids from 35 companies for setting up solar power projects in the state with combined installation capacity of 418 megawatt. According to a press release issued by the Member Secretary, Energy Coordination Cell, the bidders have accepted solar power purchase price of Rs 6.49/unit, which was recommended by a group of […]

Bifacial Series – Glass-to-Glass Photovoltaic Module

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Photovoltaic manufacturers are working to get every last photon out of every module and they’re using an ever-increasing number of options to get there. For instance, Florida-based Advanced Solar Photonics introduced it’s new, glass-mounted, bifacial solar photovoltaic monocrystalline silicon modules, which use a variety of integrated mechanics to capture direct sunlight as well as sunlight that bounces […]

Firstgreen Product Review-First Solar Series 3 black Module

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Transferring its success in the R&D lab to its commercial modules, First Solar also launched a new evolution of its proven Series 3 thin-film PV module platform, the Series 3 Black, which incorporates First Solar’s latest advances in conversion efficiency as well as additional features to enhance its performance in utility-scale power plants. The all-black […]

Firstgreen Product Review- SUNTECH Introduces 300W Solar Module

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Suntech Holdings, which is the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer, now offers a 300-watt (0.3 kW) solar panel for utility-scale power plants (power plants that are usually upwards of tens of millions of watts), as well as commercial-scale solar power projects (powering office buildings is an example of commercial use). The new Ve-Series module has 72 […]

Can thin film really beat crystalline silicon technology?

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Last week MNRE has released the generation data of solar projects operating under NVVN and it is clearly visible that the energy yield from the projects which has used thin film technology is about 10-15% higher as compared projects of crystalline silicon technologies. Adoption of thin film technologies for utility scale plants started in the […]

Mounting and Installation options – Building-integrated photovoltaics

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Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) electric power systems not only produce electricity, they are also part of the building. For example, a BIPV skylight is an integral component of the building envelope as well as a solar electric energy system that generates electricity for the building. These solar systems are thus multifunctional construction materials. The standard element of a BIPV […]