The solar industry has been abuzz in the wake of the proposed Tesla-SolarCity merger, and a number of exciting developments surfaced this week in response. An IPO announcement from solar installer Sungevity, SunPower’s latest record-breaking panel efficiency and a clean energy pact between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are the key stories 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
The solar industry is soaring in 2016 just like the solar-powered plane that soared for 72 hours across the Pacific this past week. The arrival of Solar Impulse 2 in California, a new solar-powered town under construction in Florida and a mass migration of Texas workers from the oil industry to solar are three of the headlines you need to know in this week’s solar energy news report.
Who are the top solar leasing companies in the country, and how do they differ in structure and business model? This article aims to answer these questions, examining some of the biggest solar lease providers in the US – SolarCity, Vivint Solar, NRG Solar, Sungevity, Clean Power Finance, Sunrun, Astrum Solar, Sunnova, SunPower and Clean Power Finance.
SolarCity made headlines earlier this month when they announced that they had created “the world’s most efficient solar panels.” In independent laboratory tests by the Renewable Energy Test Center, SolarCity’s new solar panels received a rating of 22.04% efficiency. Given that full production of these panels won’t start until 2017, it’s understandable that solar shoppers are wondering if they should wait until then to buy the most efficient solar panels possible. Before you decide to wait to go solar, there are a few factors you should consider. Continue reading