Welcome To SPI — Here’s What You Need To Know

By Frank Andorka, Senior Editor For those of you attending Solar Power International (SPI), the team at Solar Energy Trade Shows (the company handling the show’s logistics, or SETS) compiled a list of what you need to know before arriving in Las Vegas: Before you travel to the show, schedule meetings with your current clients


Hanwha Q CELLS, AGR To Power Plant in UK

Hanwha Q CELLS teamed up with AGRenewables (AGR), to power up a 24.3 MW photovoltaic power plant for Ingenious Clean Energy in record-time. Despite severe weather conditions, the park in Stowbridge, Cambridgeshire, England, was constructed and grid-connected ahead of the changes in ROC at the end of March. More than 94,500 Q.PRO-G3 solar panels were


WINAICO Passes Highest Hail Stone Test From TÜV Rheinland

WINAICO, a division of Taiwan’s module manufacturer, Win Win Precision Technology Co., announced that its modules have passed the most stringent hail impact test conducted by TÜV Rheinland. WINAICO is one of the first PV manufacturers in the world to secure IEC 61215 with its modules withstanding the impact of 35 mm hail stones travelling at over 27.2


Trina Solar to Supply 70MW Modules To Project in Chile

Trina Solar, a global producer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, solutions, and services, agreed to supply 70MW high efficiency modules to a large-scale solar power project in Chile. Under the terms of the agreement, Trina Solar will deliver TSM-PC14 solar modules that have an output of between 300W and 310W per panel. Shipment of the modules


How To Choose The Perfect Charge Controller

What is the most important factor in choosing the perfect charge controller for your solar project? The most important job of all solar-charge controllers is to properly charge the batteries and to give them as long a life as possible. There are two types of charge controllers: Pulse width modulation (PWM) Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) The

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Which Battery Technology Will Win The Storage Race?

Lead-acid batteries and protective structures will remain the most popular technology to lead the RE market. By: John Connell, VP of SLI products at Crown Battery Manufacturing Co. As more utilities cut off subsidies for grid-tied solar users, a growing number of homeowners are investing in battery storage for their renewable energy (RE) systems, using


How The New NEC Codes Will Affect Your Installations

Rapid-shut down and other provisions in the 2014 NEC aimed at first responder safety are causing confusion among PV professionals. Here’s why. By Leland Teschler, Executive Editor A short section of the 2014 National Electrical code has caused a lot of head-scratching among solar installers and officials from local municipalities. NEC Section 690.12 reads in


The Trade Case Cometh (Again)

There’s a lot of consternation surrounding the Department of Commerce’s July 25 decision to levy heavy tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese panel manufacturers. Here’s what it means for you. By Frank Andorka, Senior Editor When Hillsboro, Ore.-based SolarWorld USA (a subsidiary of SolarWorld, a German panel manufacturer) filed its second trade complaint against Chinese panel


Webinar: Maximize PV Rooftop Space & Energy Output with Horizontal String Inverter Accessory

Live webinar is Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 2 PM Eastern.  The Advanced Energy 3TL horizontal mounting kit provides a compact and cost-effective means to install AE 3TL string inverters in a horizontal orientation. This innovative option is essential for installers and designers that need to comply with NEC 2014 rapid shutdown requirements by enabling a


How Can Distributors Help Installers Improve Their Businesses?

How can distributors help installers improve their business practices outside of supplying components? Demand for solar is at an all-time high. Worldwide solar demand will hit 40 to 46 GW this year and climb to 100 GW by 2018. A growing number of states in the United States want to implement renewable portfolio standards, and