Author Archives: Jacob Marsh

SolarWorld: bankruptcy status, trade case, and warranties

solarworld bankruptcy trade case

SolarWorld Industries GmbH (formerly SolarWorld AG) is a major player in the solar panel manufacturing space, and the company has had a year full of change. After it declared insolvency earlier this year and went through a reorganization and acquisition process, the company joined manufacturer Suniva to petition the government for tariffs against imported solar panels. Now, you may be wondering how SolarWorld’s financial standing impacts the coverage on their solar modules. In this article, we will look back at SolarWorld’s turbulent year and where they stand now, and we’ll examine their updated warranty offerings and consumer protections.

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Should you install solar panel snow guards?

snow guards for solar panels

When you install rooftop solar you save thousands on your electric bill, but if you live somewhere that gets lots of snow in the winter, you may also be at risk for a winter-specific side effect. Sometimes, large amounts of snow will slide off your solar panels all at once, which can damage your property. In this article, we will discuss solar snow guards, what they do, and why you might want to ask your solar installer to include them in your solar array.

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Solar news: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approves new solar programs, solar power costs expected to fall even further, solar securitizations pass $1 billion in 2017

hawaii solar panel news

In this week’s Solar News Roundup, the International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that solar power costs will fall by 60 percent in the next decade, Hawaii sets up two new solar-friendly programs, and total solar securitizations in 2017 pass $1 billion.

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Solar panel safety: what you need to know

solar panel safety

As with any electrical appliance, solar panels can be at risk to certain electrical damages and dangers, such as solar panel fires and power surges. Luckily, there are plenty of measures in place to ensure your solar panel installation is safe. This article will discuss some of the common safety concerns around solar panels, and what mechanisms are in place to prevent dangerous solar panel scenarios.

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Solar news: World’s largest rooftop solar tracker installation, Puerto Rico fire department turns to solar panels, butterflies influence new solar panel design

In this week’s Solar News Report, tech company Edisun claims the largest solar tracker installation for a rooftop system, a Puerto Rican fire department turns to a solar panel array for reliable power following Hurricane Maria, and new research identifies opportunities for more efficient solar panels modeled after butterfly wings.

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Solar trackers: everything you need to know

solar trackers overview

There are many unique ways to design and install a solar energy system for your property. If you are considering a ground mounted solar panel installation, you might be considering a solar tracking system so that your panels follow the sun across the sky. This article will examine what installing a solar tracker means, and if a tracking system is right for your solar project.

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Solar news: Solar PV fastest-growing form of power in 2016, Tampa Electric commits to solar for 100,000 homes, Dubai’s massive solar park

In this week’s Solar News Report: New analysis from the International Energy Agency on solar’s rapid rise, Tampa Electric’s 100,000 solar homes agreement, and approval for the world’s largest single-site concentrated solar park in Dubai.

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Zero-down solar financing options: which is best for you?

zero down solar

Installing solar at your home or business has significant financial benefits. In many cases, you can choose a zero down solar financing option and install your system without paying any money up front, leading to instant savings. In this article, we will examine the various options for $0 down solar and the merit of each option.

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