Forward Labs says its solar roof costs 33% less than Tesla’s

Forward Labs, a Palo Alto–based start-up, has begun taking pre-orders for the company’s sophisticated—and affordable—solar roofing system in the San Francisco Bay Area. The advanced roofing system includes several features that differentiate it from conventional solar systems and other solar roofs. For example, while the current color scheme of other solar roofs is black, the

Siva Power closes millions to build out its thin-film solar business

 Siva Power, a manufacturer of next generation thin-film solar technology, today announces the closing of a $25 million dollar round focused on building out its pilot line and developing its solar module business. Jim Simons and Mark Heising led the investment with help from Jonathan Sheets. Siva Power continues to make steady progress developing its high

Astronergy to transition to 5-busbar solar modules

Astronergy is upgrading production at its German factory to five-busbar technology. Thanks to additional contacts on the front of the cells, these modules offer more power than four-busbar modules while also improving reliability. With the inclusion of these new modules, known as “PENTA,” in its product portfolio, Astronergy is following a trend in the premium

SolarWorld Americas operating as usual despite parent company’s insolvency

SolarWorld Americas Inc., based in Hillsboro, Oregon, is operating as usual and maintaining full operations as it produces and sells its market-leading solar technology. Parent company SolarWorld AG and its German subsidiaries are undertaking insolvency proceedings in Germany. However, SolarWorld Americas, the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, is continuing to

SolarWorld files for insolvency

SolarWorld AG, parent company to SolarWorld Americas (the largest crystalline-silicon solar module manufacturer in the United States for more than 40 years), announced in a brief statement that it has filed for insolvency. Citing the “ongoing price erosion and the development of the business,” SolarWorld AG said it “no longer has a positive going concern prognosis

Tesla to begin taking solar roof orders this afternoon

Update: CNBC reports the first two styles of Tesla’s new solar roof will cost about $21.85 per square foot. Elon Musk announced that Tesla solar glass roof orders are nearly ready for pre-order through a late-night tweet. Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon. I think it will be great. More in about 10 hours …

Panasonic launches 25-year product workmanship warranty for HIT solar modules

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America took a big step forward in guaranteeing the long-term viability of its HIT high-efficiency photovoltaic module, with the introduction of one of the longest product workmanship warranty in the residential solar industry. The warranty for HIT panels now extends to 25 years, backing up the claim that high-efficiency solar panels

The PV junction box: An overlooked, yet important part of a solar panel

The junction box is often an overlooked piece of the solar panel. Usually pre-installed on the backside of a solar module, installers pay it little mind until connecting panels. The PV junction box has a simple, but important role: housing all the electric bits on a solar panel and protecting them from the environment. Wires

Solaria PowerXT solar module selected as Intersolar Solar Industry Innovation Award finalist

Solaria Corporation announced that its flagship solar module, Solaria PowerXT, has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Intersolar Solar Industry Innovation Award by an esteemed panel of industry judges. Solaria PowerXT was among the impressive innovations submitted in the photovoltaics category in 2017. Solaria PowerXT is a high-performance module delivering 330 Wp and

Trina Solar reaches 24.13% efficiency with n-type mono-c-Si cell

Trina Solar announced that its State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) has set a new record of 24.13% total-area efficiency for a large-area (156 x 156mm²) n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell. The record-breaking n-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-sized phosphorous-doped Cz Silicon