Tag: solar panels

A Growing Market: Trends in the remote solar monitoring space

The performance of solar plants is a function of multiple components su­ch as panels, inverters and transformers. These devices are subject to malfunctions and failure due to environmental and systemic factors. In order to effectively and timely manage inefficiencies in the solar power system, remote solar monitoring sy­stems are being dep­lo­yed.

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Easing Of Solar Equipment Imports Restriction To Alleviate Risks To India’s Solar Growth

In the short term, we expect downside risks to India’s solar capacity growth to alleviate as the government of India postpones restrictions on imported solar equipment use by six months. We maintain our solar capacity forecasts as India implements basic custom duties on imported solar modules and cells, increasing the costs of solar projects and curbing stronger growth, given that domestic manufacturing is still unable to replace import quantities.

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First Solar to supply 1 GW solar module to Leeward Renewable Energy

First Solar and Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE) have signed an agreement under which First Solar will supply 1 GW of advanced, ultra-low carbon and thin-film PV solar modules to Leeward. As per the company’s statement, LRE plans to deploy these modules across its 20 GW solar development and construction pipeline in the US between 2023 and 2024.

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LG Electronics exits the global solar panel market  

LG Electronics, based in South Korea, has opted to exit the global solar panel market in order to focus on other energy-related industries. The decision was authorised by LG’s board of directors in South Korea, citing the effects of rising material and logistics costs, as well as supply restrictions. In the future, the company intends to concentrate on other high-growth areas, such as energy storage systems and home energy management. 

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Cleaning techniques for floating solar systems

Dust and soils have negative impacts on the efficiency of PV panels. Therefore, the importance of cleaning PV panels is considerable from both economic and performance points of view. A key factor to maximizing the economic advantage is the determination of cleaning times. There is no specified cleaning cycle for PV panels, and the soiling rate of the region mostly determines the cleaning frequency.

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Eco-design and energy labelling for solar PV in the EU

The European Commission’s policy scenario evaluation concluded that the best way to further regulate PV panels was via a combination of mandatory and voluntary policy instruments. This scenario evaluation considered mandatory instruments such as eco-design measures for photovoltaic panels and inverters, augmented by the use of the Energy Label for residential PV systems, and voluntary instruments such as Green Public Procurement Criteria.

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Italy’s FuturaSun opens its second factory in China

Two new production lines – supplied by an unspecified Chinese company – have doubled the site’s annual production capacity to 1 GW. The new lines will process 166-210mm half-cut cells for 2,120 x 1,050mm modules. One of the modules made at the site is a monocrystalline PERC product with a 60-cell dual-glass structure and power output of 320-330 W which was launched by FuturaSun in February.

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