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The world's cumulative photovoltaic capacity crossed the 100- gigawatt mark in 2012, showing evidence of an increasingly global PV market.
Date: 02/21/2013
Type: Article
China’s top tier solar manufacturers do have a legitimate cost advantage over U.S.-based solar manufacturers. China’s solar manufacturers are winning for good reason: they’re more competitive than their American counterparts.
Date: 05/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
Type: News
DOE’s SunShot Initiative is subsidizing research so it can stop subsidizing solar energy generation. DOE calls SunShot “the Apollo Mission of our time.”
Date: 04/23/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A new report shows lower module prices and greater incentives will help the US PV market grow over the next five years.
Date: 08/09/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
G24 Innovations' flexible thin film photovoltaics will be used to line backpacks and labtop bags which can be tapped to charge cell phones and other electronics.
Date: 10/14/2009
Type: News
In 2011, utilities interconnected more than 62,000 PV systems, according to new findings by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). These new systems resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of new utility solar capacity, over twice as much as was added in 2010, which itself had been a record year.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A unique arrangement of silicon oxide and metal allows the absorption of broad wavelengths from many angles, an improvement that could be used in traditional solar cells.
Date: 11/02/2011
Type: News
In this first installment of a three part video blog series from SunPower, Dr. Richard Swanson discusses solar cell efficiency and explains how higher efficiency solar panels benefit home owners.
Date: 07/09/2010
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Cogenra Solar's hybrid solar cell
Cogenra Solar has developed a hybrid solar array that produces electricity and uses waste heat to provide hot water. The company says it has a solution for the overheating problems that have stymied this type of hybrid solar in the past, and they also believe they can achieve reasonable efficiency.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Article

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