It was a thrilling week in the solar industry with further technological advances in PV and a few partnerships that turned heads. A new type of solar panel that turns moisture into drinking water, EY’s latest report on the top renewable energy countries and a controversial Florida solar amendment are the big headlines we’re eying from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
When it comes to residential solar panel manufacturers, there is no shortage of options for homeowners in 2016. Solar panel technology is improving every year, and many solar panel companies offer products that boast both high conversion efficiency numbers as well as impressive long-term warranties. SunPower is the leader with regard to efficiency across the board, but companies like SolarWorld and Suniva offer much more appealing prices. How do the top manufacturers stack up? We’ll help you compare and contrast your options among the industry leaders – SunPower, Panasonic, Canadian Solar, SolarWorld, LG and Suniva.
Solar panel mounts like IronRidge and Unirac are critically important but lesser known components of a solar panel system. When it comes to installing solar on your roof, there’s plenty of information available to help you compare solar panel options and inverter technologies. Some solar installers are even starting to offer different options for solar-plus-storage products that include a home battery. However, not much has been written about the various solar panel rack options available to mount the system on your roof. While these items don’t typically have a significant impact on your solar system’s performance, solar panel mounts are still an important part of the installation process. Read on to learn more about the top solar panel mounts from Unirac, IronRidge, and SnapNrack, as well as specialized products from Quick Mount PV, Ecofasten, and AllEarth Renewables.
Community solar gardens, also known as “roofless solar,” “shared solar,” or simply “community solar”, are one of this year’s most exciting solar developments. While solar gardens are only available in certain areas, many states are considering regulations that will enable community shared solar options across the country. Homeowners, businesses and utilities are all excited about solar gardens, because you can support a specific solar project and see noticeable electric bill savings without hosting solar panels on your own property.
Solar power has been in a constant state of innovation in 2016, with new advances in solar panel technology announced almost every week. In the past year alone, there have been milestones in solar efficiency, solar energy storage, wearable solar technology and solar design tech. Read on to get the complete update on all the breakthroughs you should know about in the world of solar panel technology.
If you’ve found it difficult to stay up to date on the future of Tesla Motors and SolarCity in recent weeks, you are not alone. Numerous industries (solar, electric vehicles, and ridesharing, to name a few) worldwide are starting to feel the impact of a merger that could significantly alter growth plans for manufacturers and executives across the globe.
We’ve already heard about Tesla’s plans for total clean energy integration – a one step carbon reduction process that involves pairing solar panels with your Tesla electric vehicle. Now for the latest: thanks to a surprise appearance of Chairman Elon Musk in SolarCity’s 2nd quarter earnings call, we’ve learned that the company has set its sights on a roofing metamorphosis that will reinvent how we think about solar installation. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are going to be a part of SolarCity’s – or should we say Tesla’s? – future.
Solar is a smart energy decision for homes and businesses with flat roofs, but there are a few considerations you’ll need to keep in mind as you go through the installation process. Here are the top three things that you need to know if you want to install solar panels on a flat roof:
Key considerations for solar on flat roofs
Flat roofs are an ideal location for solar panels
Flat roof solar often costs less than standard installations on sloped roofs
Flat roof solar panels can be installed to maximize electricity production
This ground mount solar installation has tracking capability that allows it to track the sun as it moves during the day.
The past week in the solar industry, like many that came before it, can only be described with one word: optimistic. A promising emissions report thanks to significant growth from solar and wind, growing customer preference for tracking systems that improve the efficiency of solar systems, and a new community solar program in Missouri are three bright headlines we’re talking about from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
The Mass Save program is Massachusetts’ all-encompassing energy efficiency program, and is sponsored by both your electric utility and energy efficiency providers. The program is available to renters, homeowners, and businesses across Massachusetts. Here’s the complete breakdown of all the different measures that you can take to reduce your energy use and resultant utility bills through the Mass Save program. Continue reading →
Community solar – the concept of leasing or owning a share of a large solar array rather than having a personal solar installation on your rooftop – continues to gain popularity across the continental United States. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), there will be a 1.8 gigawatt (GW) increase in installed photovoltaics from community solar arrays over the next five years. Minnesota, Colorado, California and Massachusetts – the undisputed best states for community solar – will drive the majority of that growth. You might wonder, why are these four states so ideal for roofless solar compared to the 46 others in the U.S.? Here’s how these community solar leaders rose to the top.