SolarCity’s goals for the Silevo solar module manufacturing facility under development in Buffalo, New York, are certainly not unambitious ones — based on the company’s recent SEC filing detailing the achievements needed via its performance-based compensation plan to vest tranches of shares. Amongst these achievements, is the meeting of production costs of just 50¢/watt for […]
Solar PV Manufacturing
The 180-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Valinhos, São Paulo — now the largest such facility in the whole of Brazil — was recently inaugurated in a service put on by Globo Brazil. With the completion of the quite large PV manufacturing facility, the country’s domestic solar PV project market should get a boost. With […]
The Canadian company Silfab Solar is reportedly now aiming to add 50 new jobs in 2016, bringing the number of employees added in 2015–2016 up to 80, according to recent reports. In addition to the decision to add a further 50 employees, the company also reportedly has revealed that it intends to begin offering a […]
Rayton Solar, headquartered in California, says it can make a solar panel for less than any other manufacturer and that its panels convert more sunlight into electricity than any of its competitors. That makes a Rayton Solar panel the most cos- effective source of renewable energy in the world. That’s quite a claim. Can it back […]
SunEdison has announced that they will form a new $1 billion warehouse investment vehicle that will fund construction costs and acquire operating assets. The decision comes on the heels of an odd market response to SunEdison’s record second quarter growth. SunEdison, the world’s largest clean energy developer, announced its second quarterly earnings earlier this month, including […]
First Solar has already sold out of solar photovoltaic (PV) module capacity for 2015, and for most of 2016, according to the most recent figures. Overall, the company beat analyst predictions pretty handily — coming in with net sales of $896 million for the second quarter, accompanied by a 1:1 book-to-bill ratio. This amounts to […]
The much ballyhooed SolarCity “Gigafactory” under construction in Buffalo, New York, recently saw a new milestone passed in its development — with the “topping off” ceremony for the 1.2 million-square-foot facility recently taking place, and seeing the attendance of a wide range of important figures. As part of the ceremony, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo […]
New solar panel technologies are poised to drive down the cost of solar energy. Perovskite panels and organic solar panels cost much less to manufacture.
One of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, Yingli Solar, recently unveiled its latest product, a 1500 volt utility-scale solar panel. The panel has been specifically designed for use in utility-scale PV power plants, and improves upon system performance and reduces balance-of-system costs. The panel will be compatible with most tracking and mounting systems, and is among […]
Carrying out applied research throughout the entire process chain of wafer-based silicon solar module production, Fraunhofer CSP is currently working on improving the quality of wafer-thin silicon discs and in producing them as cheaply as possible.