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Berkeley Lab: Median installed price of solar PV in the U.S. fell by 5–12% in 2015

2016-08-25 |

Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports released on August 24th, 2016 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Within the market for distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, installed prices in 2015 declined by USD 0.20-per-watt (W) or 5% year-over-year for residential PV systems, by USD 0.30/W (7%) for smaller non-residential systems, and by USD 0.30/W (9%) for larger non-residential systems. Read more...

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Solar Interviews

Solar Server interview with JinkoSolar’s Chairman Xiande Li on the company’s 10th anniversary and the PV industry

2016-08-24 |

Solar Server: What are the Company’s key achievements in the last 10 years? Xiande Li: It is important to acknowledge the role that JinkoSolar is playing today in maintaining both economic and technological progress in the solar PV industry. We are a pioneer in vertically integrated business model compassing from wafer, cell, module, system, to solar plant development. This allows us to drive down costs and maintain profitability while other failed. Jinko was the first company to recover from a negative margin in Q2 2013, and has secured the No.1 position in gross margin for 14 consecutive quarters. Read more...

Solar Report

Brazil’s new legislation to foster investment in distributed solar

2016-04-22 |

Brazil has made international headlines on political and economic issues lately, most of which did not paint a rosy picture of the country’s current situation. Nonetheless, development of the solar sector is on a promising path, with the successful execution of several large-scale PV auctions and increasing interest from industry players to set up a local value chain. The much touted small-scale distributed generation (DG) PV segment, however, is still struggling to meet growth expectations. Brazil has recently introduced new legislative measures to stimulate the DG segment, yet will these provide the remedy the market needs? Read more...

Solar point of view

Christopher Burghardt: Enabling long-term solar investments in Europe

2016-03-04 |

In just over a decade, solar energy has evolved from being relegated to highly specialized applications that justified the high cost, or heavily subsidized programs entirely dependent on continuing policy support from governments; to increasingly capturing a large share of the total power generation market on the strength of economics alone. Read more...

Solar Innovation

OELFLEX® SOLAR XLR WP – the waterproof solar cable certified by TUV

U.I. Lapp: OELFLEX® SOLAR XLR WP

If photovoltaic cables are exposed to wet conditions over a long period of time, this may have grave consequences. This is because, with standard solar cables, moisture can permeate a cable that has been lying in water for a long time. The moisture then reduces the performance and insulation resistance of the cable. This can then result in short circuits, which may in turn cause power failures or, in the worst case scenario, even damage to the systems.

To overcome this problem, the Stuttgart-based Lapp Group presented a permanently waterproof solar cable at the Intersolar Europe 2015 exhibition. The cable in question is an electron beam cross-linked solar cable of type PV1-F in accordance with TUV 2PfG 1169/08.07 for durable and weather-resistant use in photovoltaic systems. Its optimised cable design and permanently high contact resistance mean that it will still function reliably even after years in damp environments or in water. Read more...

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