From The Field: What Will Solar Look Like In 2017?

Solar Power World is happy to announce that it is giving solar installers the forum to speak their minds with a new feature called “From the Field.” This space will allow contractors to offer their thoughts on the industry in their own words. If you are interested in contributing, contact any of the Solar Power World


There’s A New Way To Guarantee Your Solar Project Goes Smoothly

  The U.S. Energy Information Agency calls the future of solar bright, projecting that it will be the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States until 2035. Still, as the number of building owners and sustainability officers looking to incorporate solar into their facilities grows, many still find pulling the trigger easier said


25 MW Of Solar Power Plants With Yingli Solar In China Commenced

  Yingli Solar, a global, integrated photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, commenced construction of its two ground-mounted PV plants in Hebei Province. The two projects will have a combined capacity of 25 MW and are located in the cities of Baoding and Xingtai of Hebei Province. The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Energy (China) Co. enjoys 100% economic interest in


Trina Solar Announces New High-Efficiency Honey Ultra Module

Trina Solar, a global manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, solutions and services, announced its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology has developed a new high-efficiency Honey Ultra solar module. Trina Solar’s Honey Ultra monocrystalline silicon module reached a new record of 326.3W, which has been independently certified by TUV Rheinland, an authoritative certification institution. This result


Suniva Powers Walter Reed’s Wounded Warrior Lodge

  Suniva, a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of  crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced its products were selected for a photovoltaic system to power the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), providing treatment and support for wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. The WRNMMC, located in Bethesda, Md., recently installed a


Solar Speaks: How Should Solar Installers Market To Women? Here’s How

  According to research, women are the chief financial officers in most homes and make 80% of the home improvement buying decisions. Logically, the solar industry should be targeting them in their marketing, but they don’t.  Glenna Wiseman has written about this for Solar Power World, and now she and Raina Russo (who some of


Solar Speaks: The Coming Boom Of Fleet-Level Monitoring

  At a recent conference, Editorial Director Frank Andorka heard MJ Shaio of GTM Research say the expected growth in residential solar will be 4X its current level by 2017. What this means there will be fewer and fewer individual installations and more and more need for fleet-management-level monitoring for companies managing huge numbers of


Paula Mints: What Is With These Tariff Wars? Where Do They End?

Paula Mints is one of the top market researchers in the country whose insights are sharp and incisive. She is also the founder and chief market research analyst for SPV  Market Research. In this post, she says the trade wars currently raging in the solar industry must stop — or the long-term damage to the industry may be


SunPower Corp. Closes $42 Million To Finance Residential Lease Program

  SunPower Corp. and Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital agreed to a $42 million deal to finance SunPower’s residential lease program. The transaction allows SunPower to leverage its existing lease assets and expand its program while increasing its cash position and strengthening its balance sheet.  More than 20,000 Americans are enrolled in the company’s lease


AXITEC Partners With Tigo Energy And SolarEdge For AXIplus Modules

AXITEC is now offering intelligent solar modules with Tigo Energy and SolarEdge embedded junction boxes with immediate effect. The modules can be purchased from all sales partners or directly from AXITEC under the name of AXIplus. The smart modules of the AXIplus series can be individually controlled and switched off thanks to the intelligence and smart technology that is