Buying solar panels is easy. But squeezing the electrons out of them still difficult.

The editors of Ars Technica and The Sweethome have put together a must read if you are considering solar panels for your home. And doubly so if you are planing to go the do it yourself route. In their words: solar panels have become more or less a commodity item, there are small differences among vendors that are […]

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JinkoSolar powers the Miami Science Barge.

JINKOSOLAR has announced that it has donated 16.9 kilowatts (kW) of PV modules for the construction of the Miami Science Barge, a floating marine lab and environmental education center in Miami, Florida. “The Miami Science Barge embodies sustainability and solar panels are a critical part of our identity. Said Nathalie Manzano, Director of the Miami Science […]

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Trina Solar announces partnership with Cirque du Soleil

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL), a global leader in solar photovoltaic (“PV”) modules, solutions and services, today announced a partnership in which Trina Solar will become Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Official Solar Partner in the United States. Jing Tian, Trina Solar’s Head of Global Marketing said, ‘This partnership is a natural fit for Trina Solar.” “Cirque […]

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SEPA Announces Finalists For 2016 Solar Power Players Awards

SEPA Announces Finalists For 2016 Solar Power Players Awards Washington, DC | Aug. 16, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC — The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has announced the finalists for its 2016 Solar Power Player Awards, with the winners to be honored at special event Sept. 13, at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas. The […]

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Solar Impulse 2 – First Around the World by a Zero-Fuel Airplane

Powered by Kokam’s Ultra High Energy NMC Lithium-ion batteries’ are energy dense and efficient  to reduce the size and weight of the battery packs in the Solar Impulse 2, helping it store more solar power during the day for use at night. The Solar Impulse uses four 38.5 kilowatt hour (kWh) Kokam Ultra High Energy NMC […]

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Small Solar Businesses Earn Vouchers to Develop Next-Generation Solar Technologies

The Department of Energy today announced 43 small businesses that will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot, two of which focus on solar energy. The two solar projects, which together will receive $204,000 in support from national laboratories, are working to improve solar energy storage solutions and reduce the costs and […]

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Con Ed is Installing 4 Megawatt-Hours Across 300 Homes in Brooklyn and Queens

Each of the 300 homes will be outfitted with a 7-kilowatt to 9-kilowatt rooftop PV system and a 6-kilowatt/19.4-kilowatt-hour energy storage system.  The project is meant to explore the revenue streams made possible by software-enabled aggregation of energy storage. It’s an opportunity to learn how batteries operate in the real-world residential environment and how much consumers […]

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SolarCity’s integrated solar-roof tech planed for 5 million homes.

According to a story in the guardian SolarCity plans go beyond just retrofitting existing roof with solar cells. The plan is not just to add solar capability to an existing roof, but to use roofing materials that actually integrate solar cells directly as a substitute for more traditional materials, such as tile or steel. But a […]

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New York Leading the Way on Home Solar Energy

As published in Mother Jones “New York Just Showed Every Other State How to Do Solar Right.” The Empire State has set some very aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While that’s great news for solar companies and environmentalists, it’s a bit of a problem for electric utilities. New York ranks ninth overall for total […]

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Solar Power International 2015 Welcomes Vice President Joe Biden

SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL 2015 WELCOMES VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN Largest Solar Power Trade Show In North America Demonstrates Industry’s Growth and Impact ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Solar Power International 2015 (SPI) today welcomed Vice President Joe Biden, as he became the first sitting Vice President to deliver remarks at a solar power conference in North America. […]

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