Industrial Solar News

  • U.S. Solar Market Adds 2 Gigawatts of PV in Q1 2017

    Following rapid growth across the industry in 2016, the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017. As installations grow, prices continue to fall to new lows, with utility-scale system prices dropping below the $1 per watt barrier for the first time, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) latest  ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Frost & Sullivan: Renewables Boost the Power Industry, and Solar Photovoltaic is the Fastest Growing

    Increased decentralization, the need to decarbonize electricity generation, and digitization to boost operational efficiency are driving market opportunities in the power industry. Continued regulatory support for renewable energy in key markets will see global power investment reach $443.5 billion in 2017, according to a new  ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Fifty-Eight Communities in 25 States Are Now “Open for Solar Business”

    Fifty-eight communities in 25 states have now achieved designation under SolSmart, a national program that recognizes cities and counties for lowering barriers to solar energy development. Representing more than 29 million people, these cities and counties are cutting red tape to reduce the cost of solar energy at the local level and become “open for solar business.” Today, SolSmart ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Natcore Surpasses 20% Efficiency Milestone With Innovative Laser-Based Solar Cell Structure

    Scientists at Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) have achieved an efficiency of 20.7% in their latest demonstration solar cell. Their result has received independent confirmation at the NanoPower Research Lab of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Natcore’s device efficiency has now increased by more than three absolute percent since June, when the company ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • PHEX+ Alexandra Palace - 17 & 18 May 2017

    Kingspan Albion are pleased to announce we’re back at PHEX and will be exhibiting at Alexandra Palace in May. Our stand is going to be packed with NEW products as we launch our range of electric point of use water heaters Ultra-flow, and also show off the new extended Ultrasteel range with slimline, horizontal and pre-plumbed models now available, plus hot water cylinder capacity now going ...


    By Kingspan Environmental Ltd

  • Difficulty Finding Qualified Applicants Costs Solar Employers Money, Inhibits Growth

    Two-thirds of solar installation firms report that difficulty finding qualified applicants is increasing costs and impacting their ability to grow, according to a new research report released today by The Solar Foundation, National Administrator of the Solar Training Network. The report also shows that increased investment in post-hire training could reduce ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • New Solar Career Platform to Connect Job Seekers, Training Providers, and Employers

    Today, the Solar Training Network launched an online solar career platform designed to match job candidates with training and career opportunities in the rapidly growing solar workforce. The platform, accessible at SolarTrainingUSA.org, will provide career resources for solar job seekers and connect solar trainers and employers to qualified applicants. The ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • SMA Inverters Selected for Massive Copper Mountain Solar Project

    SMA inverters were recently selected by Amec Foster Wheeler for Sempra Renewables’ 94 MW Copper Mountain Solar 4 project in Boulder City, Nev. This is the fourth phase of the Copper Mountain Solar Complex, one of the largest PV solar facilities in the U.S. When Copper Mountain Solar 4 is complete, it will power approximately 41,000 California homes. This is one of the first major solar ...


    By SMA America, LLC

  • Wind and Solar dominate a big year for new generating capacity in 2016

    The broad shift in U.S. electricity generating capacity—as coal declines while natural gas and renewable resources rise—has been easy to see in the overall numbers, but a federal analysis has drilled down in the data, offering stark illustrations of what is going on. The percentage of electricity from coal-fired generation declined to 33 percent in 2015 from 52 percent in 1997, as ...

  • Solar PV sets a record in 2016 and is top choice for new generating capacity

    The U.S. solar market—led by utility-scale projects—set a record in 2016, doubling its previous high and adding more generating capacity than wind or natural gas for the first time ever, according to a new report. A total of 14,762 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) came online in 2016 or 39 percent of all the new generating capacity for the year. In the next five years, the ...

  • SolSmart Designates Seven New Communities for Removing Barriers to Going Solar

    SolSmart is recognizing seven new communities as national leaders for cutting red tape and making solar energy more affordable and accessible. Two cities received the highest designation of SolSmart Gold: Louisville, Kentucky and New York, New York. Also, five communities were designated SolSmart Bronze: Maricopa County, ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Arizona Public Service, solar companies reach settlement on solar rates

    Solar companies and Arizona’s largest utility have reached a long-sought rate design settlement that could hopefully bring an end to years of contentious policy debates. The settlement between Arizona Public Service (APS) and solar installation companies includes a smaller net metering rate cut for rooftop solar customers than originally proposed, and includes rate design options for ...

  • Solar Accounts for 1 in 50 New U.S. Jobs in 2016

    The American solar workforce grew at a historic pace in 2016, a year when one out of every fifty new U.S. jobs was in the solar industry, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2016,the seventh annual report on solar employment issued by The Solar Foundation. TheNational Solar Jobs Census 2016found that solar industry employment growth outpaced the ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Good news for consumers and industry as solar thermal stays in the RHI

    There was great news for the UK renewable energy industry just before Christmas.  The Government announced it was dropping plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which pays a tariff to property owners who generate heat through renewable technologies. The announcement means the RHI will continue to support solar thermal domestic systems at the current level of ...


    By Kingspan Environmental Ltd

  • The Nuclear manufacturing industry gets a big boost

    Over last summer, the New York State Public Service Commission approved $7.6 billion to keep aging power plants in upstate New York running.  The subsidy is part of New York’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES).  Before the subsidy approval, nuclear power companies, including Exelon, stressed they could not keep the plants open without government assistance.  Exelon ...


    By R-V Industries, Inc.

  • Solar Contractors Cut Significant ‘Soft Costs’ With PROINSO’s New Software Platform

    Recognizing that software has changed most mature industries,PROINSO is committing to ensuring their customers stay ahead of the competition who will be streamlining and increasing productivity by making use of integrated digital platforms. Powered by the award-winning cloud software from Enact, PROINSO believes this is the best in class, offering end-to-end functionality for the majority of PV ...


    By Proinso USA

  • Natcore Technology Named Industrial Partner in DOE Grant

    Natcore Technology (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) will be the industrial partner in a $800K SunShot grant awarded to Arizona State University by the U.S. Department of Energy for a project titled “Monolithic silicon module manufacturing at < 0.40 $/W.” ASU received the grant to develop and demonstrate technology that enables a mass-manufactured solar module that costs less than ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • Protecting workers in industries that utilize cobalt and cobalt compounds

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). It contained newly reviewed substances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Included in this list was the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo.  According to the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • SolSmart Designates Seven New Solar-Friendly Communities

    SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is recognizing seven new cities and counties for making it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar. These communities will be honored today at the National League of Cities City Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. ...


    By The Solar Foundation

  • Using New Laser-Based Technique, Natcore Achieves 19.4% Efficiency With Innovative Solar Cell Structure

    By reducing resistance from laser-formed contacts, Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) has achieved an efficiency of 19.4% in its latest demonstration solar cell. The laser-formed base contact is critical in the Natcore Foil Cell™, which is an all-back-contact cell.  Higher resistance at this contact, as well as damage from the laser process, has been limiting ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

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