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Suntech Provides Update on 18% ‘Semiconductor Finger’ Technology

Suntech Provides Update on 18% ‘Semiconductor Finger’ Technology

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. announced that the commercial adoption of its latest 18% "semiconductor finger" conversion-efficiency technology is on schedule and that the performance of this technology has exceeded the company's expectations with respect to lower-grade and poor quality silicon wafers.
Fed. Research Grants Target Silicon Production

Fed. Research Grants Target Silicon Production

Solar module line manufacturer GT Equipment Technologies won three technical grants from the U.S. Government totaling nearly $1 million. One of the projects will explore the production of solar cells from lower-grade silicon as a way to lower the end cost of solar modules.
On Solar PV Net-Metering and Interconnection, How Does Your State Measure Up?

On Solar PV Net-Metering and Interconnection, How Does Your State Measure Up?

How easy is it to go solar in your state? A new “report card” by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Vote Solar grades all 50 U.S. states on two important criteria for solar development: interconnection standards and net-metering policies. Now in its 9th year, the report card shows that some states are making progress, raising their grades from, for example, a “C” to an “A” by enacting simplified interconnection rules or lifting net-metering caps. On the other hand some states are falling behind. The “Interconnection Procedure Grade” is based on the rules and processes that energy customers must follow to be able to 'plug' their renewable energy systems into the electricity grid. Five states - Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Hampshire and North Carolina - improved their interconnection grades in 2015. Only one, North Dakota, received a lower grade. Half of U.S. states have good 'A' or 'B' grades, and the remaining need improvement.
Why I say the Greatest Company

Why I say the Greatest Company

 I say I work with the Greatest Green Energy Company in the World because of the people involved, We do not bait and switch or cut any corners like the others that frequently do RFP type bidding, Every job we do is like a flagship job, Our whole future and reputation depends on it, and it will only be done […]
Researchers Boost Silicon Cell Efficiency

Researchers Boost Silicon Cell Efficiency

Researchers at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) have developed a method to improve the solar cell efficiency for a new generation of crystalline silicon industrial solar cells. Crystalline silicon solar cells are predominantly made from p-type silicon wafers and the researchers have shown that significantly higher efficiencies can be obtained by making the solar cells from n-type silicon wafers.
SolarWorld AG to Build Solar Cell Factory

SolarWorld AG to Build Solar Cell Factory

A contract has been signed for a US$60 million turnkey solar cell factory to be built for SolarWorld AG subsidiary, Deutsche Solar GmbH of Freiberg.
A Solar Panel Quality Manifesto

A Solar Panel Quality Manifesto

Falling prices for PV technology – new average price for inventory, $0.65/Wp, off brand b- and c-grade modules, falling margins, failing PV companies, fraud, poorly installed systems and even counterfeit module product that carries a name brand and is really an off brand – good grief, what's an industry to do? Any day now we may encounter a guy on the corner with a pile of counterfeit modules, an armful of fake Rolexes and a pile of faux-Gucci purses all to be had at $9.99.
Solar Cell Process Costs and Materials

Solar Cell Process Costs and Materials

While the solar cell market has shown healthy growth of >20% through the market recession of 2008/09, there is continuing concern over the market's long term viability. The cost of solar cell energy is still considerably higher than other forms of energy, especially when taking into account the large amount of government funding going into solar. As a result, solar fabs must look for ways to minimize their costs. In particular, most fabs are focused on achieving a target of
Solar Manufacturing Dilemma: Location, Location, Location

Solar Manufacturing Dilemma: Location, Location, Location

Must solar innovation and manufacturing take place in the same region? That was a question posed by a moderator at a clean power conference this week and one that is topical at a time when several manufacturers have shuttered or curtailed production in the United States.
Solar manufacturing: Do innovation and fab have to share a time zone?

Solar manufacturing: Do innovation and fab have to share a time zone?

Must solar innovation and manufacturing take place in the same region? That was a question posed by a moderator at a clean power conference this week and one that is topical at a time when several manufacturers have shuttered or curtailed production in the United States.