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Solar Kickstarter dreams

The design, quality, functionality, and pricing of solar-chargers for mobile electronics gizmos have greatly improved over the past couple of years. Although the devices work quite well, they still lack the total package of sufficient power, wallplug-like charging speed, lightweight portability, and adequate battery storage that would make them even more appealing to the consumer. […]

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Solar gift that keeps on giving

For solar system owners and lessors living in the snow belt, there are some winter days when their energy production suffers because of an overabundance of the white stuff. Many folks wonder if it’s worth their while to clear the snow off the array, and if so, how to do it. A fresh post on […]

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Screaming and shouting about solar

The gigawatt-scale global solar industry may be young, but it already has a fledgling seasonal tradition: SolarEdge Technologies’ “happy holidays” video. The Israeli company created a bit of a viral stir in 2012 with its “Solar Gangnam Style” parody, which has garnered more than 89,000 YouTube views to date. (For the record, Psy’s original breakout […]

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Solar project pitfalls, home premiums, and equipment orders

After attending the U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference and absorbing as much fresh info, ideas, and schmooze time as my sponge-brain could handle, the Curator needed to catch up on some of the other sun-inspired content from the past week. Here’s a quick variety pack of worthy blogs and articles that came out recently. Thomas […]

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Gigawatt solar realities

SAN DIEGO–Naysayers were hard to find at the U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference, which took place here this week. Although there are some potential storm clouds on the horizon, such as the reduction or elimination of the Federal Investment Tax Credit at the end of 2016, the mood was bullish and upbeat on the overall […]

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Solar supply chain collaboration

For many in the downstream segment of the solar market, the Neo Solar Power (NSP) brand name may not be familiar. But farther upstream, the Taiwanese firm has become a serious player, emerging as arguably the largest merchant supplier of crystalline-silicon solar cells. It counts among its customers many of the top names in the […]

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Last of the solar quarterlies

The last of the third-quarter financials are trickling in, with two publically traded Chinese up-and-comers—ReneSola and China Sunergy—issuing their results this week. While Sunergy muddles along, with shipments and revenues slipping from the previous quarter, ReneSola continues to make a strong statement to be included in the top Tier 1 conversation—despite taking a big Q3 […]

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

While this space is usually reserved for my musings about solar power, I must acknowledge the passing of Nelson Mandela. For many of us, the former freedom fighter, political prisoner, first black president of South Africa, and forgiveness agent stands as one of the great statesmen and public figures of this or any age. The […]

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Rooftop solar and PV moonbeams

One thing you can count on in the solar sector: there’s always an ebb and flow across a very wide range of ideas and applications, from the down-to-earth, nitty-gritty, dollar-and-cents practical to the harebrained, blue-sky, sci-fi visionary. A couple of recent stories highlight just how far this content continuum stretches. Representing the here-and-now is a […]

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Giving thanks for solar PV

Just because we Americans took a few days off to celebrate our annual Thanksgiving holiday, the parade of solar PV-related content did not abate. While still recovering from the feasting and fellowship of the long weekend, the Curator would like to comment on a trio of thanks-worthy stories and developments that hit the wires during […]

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