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Hey, Hippie — Get A Job! (In The Solar Energy Industry)

There’s no debate about it — 110% of hippies love solar power. (Okay, that may be is definitely incorrect.) However, it’s certainly true that most hippies love solar power… as ~90% of all people support the idea of solar power. If you’re human and have a brain (i.e., you are human and alive), there’s a pretty dern […]

October 26th

The Northern Cape Of South Africa To Develop Three New Solar Projects

South Africa is continuing to move up in the global renewable energy movement. With three new solar projects having a combined capacity of 225 MW, South Africa appears they may rise to near the top of the global marketplace for utility-scale solar energy projects this year. Plans to build these three projects in South Africa’s Northern Cape, on […]

July 22nd

SunPower Lands 30 MW Concentrated Solar Power Deal In Inner Mongolia, China

SunPower* has long been an efficiency leader in commercially available solar PV cells and modules. It also routinely ranks in the top 10 for global solar module sales. If the even-higher-efficiency concentrated solar PV market ever takes off, it seems SunPower will also be a leader there. It just landed a huge (70 megawatt) deal […]

April 8th

Concepts In Photovoltaic Technology

Since the first solar cell was produced by Bell Labs in the 1950s, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has been gradually evolving. The work resulted in the development of a compound which is formed of semiconductor elements found in the periodic table and the synthesis of an organic solar cell. Broadly, photovoltaic technologies are now classified as: crystalline silicon solar cells, […]

March 31st

ARPA-E Supports 12 Unique Solar Projects With $30 Million

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz this week announced $30 million of support for 12 more unique, hybrid solar projects through the ARPA-E program. Actually, it’s through a program within that program — the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, “which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that […]

February 7th

Solar Cell Efficiency World Record Broken — New Record Is 44.7%

A new solar cell conversion efficiency world record has been set — an impressive 44.7% conversion efficiency was achieved by a solar cell created by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, with help from Soitec, CEA-Leti, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin. The new record surpasses the previous one of 44.4%, that […]

September 24th

Record CPV Panel Efficiency From Soitec

Soitec, a consistent leader in concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) efficiency and commercial development, this month announced that it had set a 31.8% CPV commercial module efficiency record. “Soitec’s new module, which is already in industrial volume production, has the highest efficiency of any commercial product available for multi-megawatt installations,” the company noted in a press release. “Using […]

September 22nd

Which Solar Panels Are Most Efficient?

Updated several times, last time being March 21, 2015, in order to update the efficiency records. Reposted from Cost of Solar: One of the most common things people ask when they start to consider going solar or start to plan their life-changing solar expedition is which are the most efficient solar panels. However, first of […]

July 18th