Black solar panels added to Panasonic’s HIT module line

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America introduced three new photovoltaic module HIT: the N320K, N315K and N310K. These new models are able to produce 320, 315, and 310 watts of power, respectively, and are a continuation of Panasonic’s line of high-efficiency residential solar panels. Boasting module efficiency of 19.1% with a sleek all-black appearance, the panels

PVComplete introduces first CAD software system for the solar industry

PVComplete, a solar design software provider, introduces PVCAD, the first and only CAD for solar. Powered by Autodesk technology, PVCAD rapidly accelerates solar project design and deployment. Solar designers, drafters and engineers use PVCAD to create comprehensive project designs for ground-mounted, rooftop, carport and sloped roof solar projects. For one low monthly subscription, designers leverage

TerraSmart releases new ground-mount rack for landscape orientation of panels

TerraSmart has launched its new TF2 Landscape, the latest edition to the company’s next-generation, fixed-tilt racking portfolio. Backed by seven years of experience and 1 GW of installed solar capacity, the new TF2 L rack brings TerraSmart’s cost-effective ground-mount technology to a landscape design. “By optimizing our TF2 for landscape orientation, we can increase table

SunShot solar forecasting program receives top honors from Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group

The SunShot Initiative’s solar forecasting program, launched in 2012, spearheaded a collaborative effort to develop real-world solutions to improve the accuracy, flexibility, and geospatial capabilities of solar forecasts. And now, the program and an Energy Department scientist are receiving the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group’s 2017 Annual Achievement Awards, which honor energy professionals for their success

Totem Power solar+storage+communication platform recognized by Fast Company

Totem Power has been recognized as a finalist for the inaugural World Changing Ideas Awards, a program launched by Fast Company to honor businesses, policies, projects and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. Totem announced its solar+storage+communication structures last November. Totem’s smart city platform was named a finalist in the Energy category, alongside 11

SolAero Technologies provides solar power for naval lab

SolAero Technologies Corp., a provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, has delivered its high performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator. SolAero’s specially designed UAV-TJ high efficiency solar cells will convert solar radiation

OutBack Power Energy roadshow rolls into NABCEP

OutBack Power Technologies will bring the Energy Express, its energy storage-focused roadshow to the 2017 NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Continuing Education Conference. The Energy Express van will showcase several energy solutions to help solar installers grow their businesses, including OutBack Power’s ProHarvest line and the ICS Plus. The equipment on display at

JinkoSolar to donate solar panels to support GRID Alternatives projects

JinkoSolar has activated a partnership with GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest non-profit solar installer. JinkoSolar will donate over 620 kW of high-efficiency solar modules to support GRID Alternatives’ work bringing solar power and job training to low-income communities across the country. JinkoSolar’s contribution will help GRID Alternatives meet its goal of providing solar to an estimated

Competing for the residential battery space: Who will win over homeowners?

By Erin Vaughan, Modernize Experts have long argued that the real issue with solar panels isn’t generating energy—improvements in solar cell design and materials have allowed developers to design cells with efficiencies of nearly 40%. The real hurdle that keeps solar from competing with conventional fuel sources is our inability to do much with the

Alencon optimizers achieve Intertek safety certification

Alencon Systems has successfully gained ETL certification for its newest string power optimizer and transmitter (SPOT) family of products. The ETL Mark from Intertek is proof that the product has been tested by an independent laboratory and meets the requirements of the applicable product safety standard. The new SPOT family of products meets the requirements of ANSI/UL1741, the safety standard for inverters, converters, controllers and interconnection system equipment for use with distributed energy resources.