It was a big week for the solar industry that rallied around a jobs report reaffirming the staggering growth of photovoltaics in the United States. Solar’s major contribution to new jobs in the U.S., China’s new title as the world’s top solar producer and the emergence of roofless community solar into mainstream markets are three key headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
Who are the top solar companies in the world and in the USA? Industry analysts from IHS, SEIA and Renewable Energy World released their list for the year of 2015, based on updated shipping forecasts from each of the companies included. Continue reading →
One of the things you may have questions about as you shop around for a solar system is where the solar panels are manufactured. This article will help you determine whether a panel’s country of manufacture should be a key consideration for you.
Does it matter where solar panel companies are based and where they make the panels?
When it comes to quality, the mention of any country’s name will evoke an association; each nation has its own brand image, which may or may not be justified. You as a smart solar shopper, however, will want to look at the facts in order to make a more well-informed decision. Our recommendation is to judge each panel by its own merits. (A good place to start is EnergySage’s Solar Buyer’s Guide.)Continue reading →
Three words to describe this week in solar for all of you solar savvy stakeholders out there: Innovation. Adoption. Momentum. Enough said. SolarWorld’s installer training partnership with SEI, solar growth in New York City thanks to a solar canopy startup and the projection that China will overtake Germany as the world’s top solar nation are the key headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News report.
A new documentary on the extreme air pollution in China is opening the world’s eyes to the health impacts of using coal for energy. At the same time the country’s energy officials are trying to increase the use of solar power in an attempt to reduce emissions. Continue reading →