Solar power was in a constant state of innovation in 2017, 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 tech and solar design tech. Read on to get the complete update on all the breakthroughs you should know about in the world of new solar panel technology.
In a week of breakthroughs for solar, utility-scale solar prices hit all-time lows and researchers in Australia confirmed a new ‘solar paint’ compound. These developments, in addition to the signing of a popular pro-solar bill in Florida, are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.
It was an exciting week as the solar industry reveled in the latest booming figures from the record year for the U.S. market in 2016. A report that shows solar leases don’t impact home values, figures from solar’s record year in 2016 and the new prospect of universities powered 100 percent by solar are the key headlines we’re discussing from this week’s Solar News Report.
It was a big week for the solar industry that saw a number of milestones around growth and political support. The bipartisan lobbying for solar and wind, solar’s overthrow of the coal industry and a new 100% renewable goal for California has solar stakeholders buzzing in this week’s Solar News Report.
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.
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.
With spring right around the corner, the solar industry’s outlook is as bright as this stunning shot of the James River over Richmond’s skyline. A major solar project expected to boost Virginia’s economy, new shared solar panel technology and projections for solar to shatter last year’s records are the top headlines from this week’s Solar News Roundup.
If you’ve been shopping around for a solar panel system, you may have heard of microinverters (from companies like Enphase and SolarBridge) and power optimizers (from companies like Tigo and SolarEdge). These devices – collectively referred to here as Module-level Power Electronics (MLPE) – are quickly gaining popularity in the US as an alternative to conventional string inverters.
In this article we take a look at this emerging trend and examine whether these technologies are the best option for all homes.