Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Solar Tech

Puppy Dogs and Solar Quotes: An Example of Cause Marketing

Getting a free solar quote is probably the best way to open the door to a residential sale. People can finally see the numbers and get past their fear of solar being too expensive. The problem is that it can take a lot of time and marketing dollars to get people to get that quote. Wouldn’t it be great if people were actually enthusiastic about gett

Updated: Suntech's Solar Manufacturing Unit Pushed toward Bankruptcy

In the latest twist in the solar industry's consolidation saga, eight Chinese banks have petitioned the local courts to initiate insolvency and restructuring for Suntech Power Holdings' main manufacturing subsidiary Wuxi Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.. The company says it will not object the filing, which the court could accept within the next few days.

Operations, Maintenance, and Solar Sheep

As gigawatts of commercial- and utility-scale PV power plants spring up around the world on a monthly basis, one critical industry sector that's growing in tandem is operations and maintenance, usually referred to simply as O&M. Read more »

Operations, Maintenance, and Solar Sheep

As gigawatts of commercial- and utility-scale PV power plants spring up around the world on a monthly basis, one critical industry sector that's growing in tandem is operations and maintenance, usually referred to simply as O&M. Read more »

De-Mystifying the 2011 National Electric Code for PV Installers

For those who are preparing to take the NABCEP Photovoltaic Installation Professional Exam on April 20th or for PV Installers who struggle with the NEC Codebook: This lecture will offer a laymen's perspective of how to use the 2011 NEC Codebook and will provide a breakdown of important areas for PV Installers.

Transphorm: Delivering the Promise of Gallium Nitride for Solar Inverters

While solar inverters are playing an increasingly important role for electric grid management, the march to reduce their size and price is reaching the limits set by silicon, which is commonly used to build them. Read more »

Abu Dhabi Boosts Solar Power 10-Fold with Shams CSP Plant, Plans for Increased Growth

Total SA and Abengoa SA, the European energy producers behind the Middle East's largest concentrated-solar plant, intend to expand further in the region as governments promote renewables to free up oil for export.

Abu Dhabi Boosts Solar Power 10-Fold with Shams CSP Plant, Plans for Increased Growth

Total SA and Abengoa SA, the European energy producers behind the Middle East's largest concentrated-solar plant, intend to expand further in the region as governments promote renewables to free up oil for export.

For Renewable Energy, Hands-on Learning Can't Be Beat

I’m a reader.  I love sitting down with a great book or an in-depth report full of charts and graphs and really digging in.  SEIA and GTM Research just released their Solar Market Insight Report with staggering figures about solar installations in the U.S. in 2012. If you, like me, love to learn about the global growth of renewable energy, you shou

For Renewable Energy, Hands-on Learning Can't Be Beat

I'm a reader. I love sitting down with a great book or an in-depth report full of charts and graphs and really digging in.
SEIA and GTM Research just released their Solar Market Insight Report with staggering figures about solar installations in the U.S. in 2012.
If you, like me, love to learn about the global growth of renewable energy, you s

New Solar Projects in Israel Will Significantly Increase Installed Capacity

Pop quiz: Which country ranks tied with Austria and South Africa for solar energy "attractiveness," and is tied with Saudi Arabia (and just behind Chile and the UAE) for overall renewable energy attractiveness?

New Solar Projects in Israel Will Significantly Increase Installed Capacity

Pop quiz: Which country ranks tied with Austria and South Africa for solar energy "attractiveness," and is tied with Saudi Arabia (and just behind Chile and the UAE) for overall renewable energy attractiveness?

China Seeking Solar Consolidation Damps Hope for Suntech

China won't rescue Suntech Power Holdings Co. from its creditors because the former biggest solar-panel maker needs to retrench along with the rest of the industry, two advisers to government agencies said.

China Seeking Solar Consolidation Damps Hope for Suntech

China won't rescue Suntech Power Holdings Co. from its creditors because the former biggest solar-panel maker needs to retrench along with the rest of the industry, two advisers to government agencies said.

15, Count 'Em, 15 Must-Have's for Any Modern Residential Solar Website

  A lot of residential solar companies contact me about programs for them, and one of the first things I do is look at their websites. Some are okay, but often they’re outdated and missing several key elements that every modern website should have. So, for the benefit of not repeating myself and helping these installers to at least look modern, her

15, Count 'Em, 15 Must-Have's for Any Modern Residential Solar Website

  A lot of residential solar companies contact me about programs for them, and one of the first things I do is look at their websites. Some are okay, but often they’re outdated and missing several key elements that every modern website should have. So, for the benefit of not repeating myself and helping these installers to at least look modern, her

Another Banner Year for Solar Power: Industry Breaks Records in 2012

Today the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association along with GTM Research released the results of its annual year in review, and 2012 numbers give the solar industry another reason to celebrate.

Asia Report: Suntech Debt, Chinese Solar Saga Still Playing Out

Suntech has managed to delay a major bond payment for another two months until May 15, but there's still considerable buzz surrounding the company and this $541 million debt deadline, widely anticipated as a major test of China's drive to consolidate its solar industry.

Asia Report: Suntech Debt, Chinese Solar Saga Still Playing Out

Suntech has managed to delay a major bond payment for another two months until May 15, but there's still considerable buzz surrounding the company and this $541 million debt deadline, widely anticipated as a major test of China's drive to consolidate its solar industry.

Solar Photovoltaic Demand to Reach 31 Gigawatts in 2013

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand will increase two gigawatts (GW), from 29 GW to 31 GW during 2013, up 7 percent Y/Y according to the new NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz 2013. For the first time, China will outpace Germany to become the leading PV consumer, while the top 10 PV territories will still account for 83% of global PV demand.

Hanergy Sees Thin-Film Solar Gaining Market Share

Hanergy Holding Group Ltd., a Chinese thin-film solar panel maker, expects the technology it has backed to take a greater share of the market that's dominated by silicon-based cells as the biggest manufacturers stumble.

China Drives Record Solar Growth While Panel Makers Wilt

The $77 billion solar-energy industry is forecast to expand the most since 2011, as China becomes the biggest market for the first time and drives annual global installations to a record.

Latin America Report: Uruguay, Future Home of the World's Cheapest Solar Energy

Uruguay is about to offer contracts to buy power from 200 megawatts of solar farms at $90/MWh, which is barely half the cost of power in China and Germany.

Clean Break Inspires Americans to Pursue "Energy Change"

Renewable energy journalist Osha Gray Davidson recently released a book called Clean Break, detailing the German Energiewende (translation: energy change).  It’s a story of how the Germans systematically shifted to clean energy, finding as they proceeded that the possibilities were greater, the costs lower, and the benefits for ordinary citizens mo

Asia Report: China Recommits to Energy, Emissions Goals

As China's national legislature opens up its annual meeting this week, issues of reducing carbon emissions and energy use are squarely on the table, perhaps signaling that incoming Premier Li Keqiang will push harder on environmental and energy concerns than his predecessor Wen Jiabao. Read more »

Asia Report: China Recommits to Energy, Emissions Goals

As China's national legislature opens up its annual meeting this week, issues of reducing carbon emissions and energy use are squarely on the table, perhaps signaling that incoming Premier Li Keqiang will push harder on environmental and energy concerns than his predecessor Wen Jiabao. Read more »

More Polysilicon Plants Still Under Construction Despite Enormous PV Overcapacity – Why?

Contradictory trends are currently pushing the polysilicon industry to simultaneously restrict production volumes while continuing to add new capacity.

More Polysilicon Plants Still Under Construction Despite Enormous PV Overcapacity – Why?

Contradictory trends are currently pushing the polysilicon industry to simultaneously restrict production volumes while continuing to add new capacity.