Trina Sets New Solar Panel Efficiency Record

Trina Solar announced last week its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new world record for high efficiency p-type multi-crystalline silicon solar panels. Trina says its test Honey Plus multi-crystalline silicon module attained a new module efficiency record of 19.14% with an aperture area of 1.515 m2. The […]

Home Energy Storage – It’s All About Tesla (Or Is It?)

All eyes will be on Tesla this week as the eagerly awaited Tesla home battery is  unveiled. The online world was abuzz last week when Jeff Evanson, Tesla’s VP of investor relations, said details of the Tesla home battery and a very large utility scale battery would be announced on April 30. In February, Tesla […]

South Africa’s First Solar Powered, Off-Grid Cemetery

Unreliable electricity supply has cost South Africa 10% of GDP – and property developer Calgro M3 is doing something about it by embracing off-grid solar. In what it describes as a first for South Africa, the company is about to launch a subsidiary that will operate completely off-grid and generate its own renewable energy to […]

SEIA Celebrates Solar On Earth Day.

The U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association celebrated yesterday’s 45th annual Earth Day, with SEIA president Rhone Resch forecasting the USA’s current 20 gigawatts of solar capacity will double by 2016. According to the industry group, all solar market sectors – residential, non-residential and utility scale – will grow by 25-to-50 per cent in the next […]

SunEdison To Transform Old Landfill Into Solar Power Station

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) has signed an agreement to develop a 2.6 megawatt solar power plant on a 12 acre ‘brownfield’ site in Winchendon, Massachusetts. The previously unusable old landfill will soon be saving Winchendon up to $8 million on electricity over the duration of a 20 year power purchase agreement (solar PPA). The clean […]

Pakistan’s Parliament Goes Solar

Pakistan’s parliament has received an interesting gift from China – a solar power system. According to PakistanToday, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the 1.2MW project on Tuesday, which will supply power to the parliament building Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  said President Xi Jinping’s […]

Stanford Researchers Develop Viable Aluminium-Ion Battery

The decades-long search for a safe, fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive aluminium-ion battery may soon be over thanks to Stanford University scientists. An effective battery based on aluminium has been a holy grail of sorts for battery researchers as aluminum is plentiful, has low flammability and high energy storage attributes. One of the major challenges has […]

100% Renewable Energy Powered Australia Possible By 2050

Australia has the potential to reach 100% renewables and zero net emissions by 2050 according to a report from Australian National University’s Centre for Climate Economics and Policy. Commissioned by WWF-Australia, the report’s primary focus is on how deep cuts to Australia’s emissions can be achieved, and at a low cost. An important strategy is […]

SunPower & Apple Solar Partnership Expands

SunPower has announced it will continue a successful solar partnership with Apple Corp. with the construction of two solar projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in the remote Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures of Sichuan Province in China. One of the projects, a 20MW concentrated photovoltaic solar plant in Hongyuan County, is already exporting 2MW […]

Southern Sydney Region of Councils Launches Solar Initiative

The Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC) launched a new initiative on the weekend to help households and small businesses install solar power systems. Our Solar Future is a joint partnership between eight councils in the region – Ashfield, Bankstown, Canterbury, Canada Bay, Kogarah, Leichhardt, Marrickville and Rockdale. “Research has shown that the main barriers […]