Ten more solar installers added to Premium ranks of Panasonic Residential Solar Installer Program

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Panasonic Solar Group announced its cross-country expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of 10 Premium installers located across Panasonic’s three main regions. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the country to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio.

Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. The program has seen impressive growth in the last two years, now with 36 Premium installers and more than 150 Authorized Installers.

Companies joining the Premium Installer program in Panasonic’s Western Territory include:

  • Alternate Energy Inc.: Honolulu, HI
  • Solar Optimum: Glendale, CA
  • Sol-Up USA: Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunbright Solar LLC: Tucson, AZ

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“The Western region has been a catalyst for the solar industry in the United States, supportive renewable energy policies and consumer popularity continue to drive further growth in the region,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage, Western Territory, Panasonic USA. “Expanding our Premium Installer partners in the West allows homeowners increased access to Panasonic’s industry-leading technology and warranty.”

Panasonic’s Central Territory will also see an expansion with six new Premium Installers joining the network:

  • Advance Solar & Energy: Fort Myers, FL
  • Energy Consultants Group: Anamosa, IA
  • Good Faith Energy: Houston, TX
  • Whole Sun Design: Bloomington, IN
  • Kapital Electric Company: Bensenville, IL
  • South Texas Solar Systems: San Antonio, TX

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly increasing among homeowners in FL, TX and in the Midwest,” said Jack O’Donohue, Sales and Business Development Manager, Panasonic USA. “The addition of new Premium Installers for the Central Region recognizes these installers’ success in offering Panasonic Solar and Storage solutions to meet the demands of homeowners who value quality, efficiency, and long-term commitment to performance as covered by Panasonic’s Triple Guard 25-year warranty.”

More on the Panasonic Solar Installer program

The Panasonic Solar Installer program is comprised of “Authorized” and “Premium” Installers, and Premium installers are involved in continuous efforts with Panasonic to promote the HIT brand. These installers receive leads generated from Panasonic’s website as well as from the new educational blog “Green Living”.

In addition, Premium Installers are the beneficiaries of cooperative marketing funds provided by Panasonic and are also provided access to Panasonic’s robust Installer Portal that offers additional benefits such as a library of tailored marketing materials and training programs designed to help installers enhance communication with consumers, and ultimately grow their businesses.

“Installers want the best products and tools to give their customers exactly what they need,” said Yessica Castillo, National Marketing Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “That’s why we’re working with installers who align with Panasonic’s customer-first values and commitment to taking solar to the next level, one installation at a time.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Ten more solar installers added to Premium ranks of Panasonic Residential Solar Installer Program

panasonic

Panasonic Solar Group announced its cross-country expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of 10 Premium installers located across Panasonic’s three main regions. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the country to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio.

Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. The program has seen impressive growth in the last two years, now with 36 Premium installers and more than 150 Authorized Installers.

Companies joining the Premium Installer program in Panasonic’s Western Territory include:

  • Alternate Energy Inc.: Honolulu, HI
  • Solar Optimum: Glendale, CA
  • Sol-Up USA: Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunbright Solar LLC: Tucson, AZ

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“The Western region has been a catalyst for the solar industry in the United States, supportive renewable energy policies and consumer popularity continue to drive further growth in the region,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage, Western Territory, Panasonic USA. “Expanding our Premium Installer partners in the West allows homeowners increased access to Panasonic’s industry-leading technology and warranty.”

Panasonic’s Central Territory will also see an expansion with six new Premium Installers joining the network:

  • Advance Solar & Energy: Fort Myers, FL
  • Energy Consultants Group: Anamosa, IA
  • Good Faith Energy: Houston, TX
  • Whole Sun Design: Bloomington, IN
  • Kapital Electric Company: Bensenville, IL
  • South Texas Solar Systems: San Antonio, TX

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly increasing among homeowners in FL, TX and in the Midwest,” said Jack O’Donohue, Sales and Business Development Manager, Panasonic USA. “The addition of new Premium Installers for the Central Region recognizes these installers’ success in offering Panasonic Solar and Storage solutions to meet the demands of homeowners who value quality, efficiency, and long-term commitment to performance as covered by Panasonic’s Triple Guard 25-year warranty.”

More on the Panasonic Solar Installer program

The Panasonic Solar Installer program is comprised of “Authorized” and “Premium” Installers, and Premium installers are involved in continuous efforts with Panasonic to promote the HIT brand. These installers receive leads generated from Panasonic’s website as well as from the new educational blog “Green Living”.

In addition, Premium Installers are the beneficiaries of cooperative marketing funds provided by Panasonic and are also provided access to Panasonic’s robust Installer Portal that offers additional benefits such as a library of tailored marketing materials and training programs designed to help installers enhance communication with consumers, and ultimately grow their businesses.

“Installers want the best products and tools to give their customers exactly what they need,” said Yessica Castillo, National Marketing Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “That’s why we’re working with installers who align with Panasonic’s customer-first values and commitment to taking solar to the next level, one installation at a time.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Former SolarWorld U.S. production facility now producing SunPower P-Series panels

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In October 2018, SunPower acquired the SolarWorld Americas facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, making good on its commitment to invest in American manufacturing. Just four months later, SunPower is assembling its 19 percent efficient Performance Series solar panel (P19 or P-Series) for commercial customers in the U.S. factory, leveraging U.S.-made automated stringing equipment and a workforce of about 200.

“Today we celebrate the revival of American solar panel manufacturing as SunPower’s high-quality P19 product starts coming off the line in Oregon,” said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. “Now that we’re in full production, we look forward to meeting our strong U.S. commercial market demand with these high-performance American-assembled panels.”

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SunPower will begin fulfilling commercial customer orders and shipping P19 solar panels from Oregon in the coming weeks. Several high-ranking Fortune 500 companies, an auto dealer in Texas, and a church in Missouri are just some of the customers who will soon benefit from SunPower panels that were assembled in America.

Incorporating P19 into a comprehensive high-efficiency product portfolio that includes SunPower’s Maxeon®-based X- and E-Series solar panels – as well as the company’s newly-developed Next Generation Technology coming this year – will enable SunPower to stay at the forefront of PV technology production.

SunPower’s P19 solar panel architecture leverages a unique cell interconnect technology developed by a U.S.-based company called Cogenra Solar and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative. SunPower acquired Cogenra in 2015 and introduced P-Series solar panels that same year.

— Solar Builder magazine

REC Solar hypes new solar panel as its most power dense yet

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REC Group, the largest European brand for solar panels, is hyping a new solar panel making its debut at Intersolar Europe. REC says this will be the world’s most powerful solar panel for rooftop customers, emerging from REC’s half-cut cell technology. The new panel combines heterojunction cells (HJT) with advanced connection technology from the joint development partner Meyer Burger. The new product reinforces REC’s position as the solar industry’s global technology leader and most trusted brand.

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Power density

The new product comes one year after the highly sought-after REC N-Peak solar panel out of REC’s innovation labs, and only a few months after the production start of monocrystalline panels based on REC’s multiple-award-winning TwinPeak technology. The new panel will leverage REC’s strength in process innovation. REC CEO Steve O’Neil explains:

“Our new flagship product will deliver significantly better power density and will fundamentally change the competitive balance between REC and Tier 1 players, opening up a big power gap far beyond what is available today.”

REC’s collaboration partner for this new solar panel is Swiss PV technology leader Meyer Burger. With HJT cell technology, pioneered by German engineering experts, REC can combine the benefits of crystalline silicon solar cells with those of thin film technologies for much higher efficiency and electricity yield. Panels can be manufactured without the higher temperatures of other methods, which simplifies the process and reduces energy consumption. Also, on board is Meyer Burger’s evolutionary SmartWire (SWCT) cell connection technology, which maximizes the energy yield of HJT solar modules

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar hits new n-type monocrystalline silicon solar cell efficiency record

 

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JinkoSolar Holding Co. announced a record high efficiency of 24.2% was achieved by its large-area N-type TOPCon monocrystalline silicon solar cell. Testing was conducted by the Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems Quality Test Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The large-area N-Type cell features JinkoSolar’s HOT cell design, which is based on tunnel oxide passivating contact technology. JinkoSolar’s high quality N-type wafer, selective doping technology, and advanced fine-line printing technology allow the Company to achieve 24.2% cell efficiency across its entire product chain. The world PV module power record of 387.6W for N-type half-cell module (60P) was fabricated using JinkoSolar’s HOT cell design.

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N-type HOT technology is a key R&D milestone for JinkoSolar and is opening up a new path towards developing high efficiency industrial products. N-type HOT technology also demonstrates the competitiveness of JinkoSolar products when compared to current HIT and IBC technologies.

JinkoSolar is jointly working with several globally-respected institutions on their advanced technologies including the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore’s mono-poly technology, University of New South Wales’ advanced hydrogenation technology and The Australian National University’s passivating contact technology.

— Solar Builder magazine