Texas-based Mission Solar wants to install more of its PV modules in Texas via TriSMART Solar


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Mission Solar Energy and TriSMART Solar on have formed a strategic partnership that to provide solar panels made in Texas more readily available for Texas homeowners. Mission Solar Energy is headquartered in San Antonio, with module manufacturing facilities onsite and wanted a partnership that would streamline the process for consumers looking for sustainable, energy-efficient homebuilding and remodeling.

“Mission Solar Energy is Texas-based and Texas-proud so we are especially excited about this new partnership with TriSMART,” said Sam Martens, Commercial Operations Director. “Together we will be able to help more families save money and go green while giving Texas a boost in becoming a top manufacturing and energy state.”

“As a Texas based company, it has always been our goal to be the best solar provider in the state,” said Jon Morris, Co-Owner of TriSMART Solar. “What better way to get there, then with a PV manufacturer that is also Texas based. We are big fans of supporting both the US economy, as well as that of Texas and we feel this is a huge step to support both.”

TriSMART Solar holds their corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas and installs Solar Power in every major city in Texas. With the growing demand for Solar Power in Texas, homeowners are looking for a solution that doesn’t utilize imported Solar Panels. With this new partnership, TriSMART will provide Texas homeowners with Texas made Solar Panels.

— Solar Builder magazine

Sunflare thin-film residential roof shingles to debut at Solar Power International

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Will the best solar shingle solution please stand up. Sunflare is rising from its chair at the 2018 Solar Power International (booth #2482) to debut its new, easy to install residential shingles . The photos look sharp, and Sunflare says these patent-pending residential roof shingles with snap-together electrical connectors allow for standard-roofing installation, simpler wiring and are 100 percent water-proof.

Similar to Sunflare’s larger modules, the shingles are CIGS solar cells encapsulated in durable, light weight polymer sheets. Each cell has a by-pass diode — that means only the cell that is shaded becomes inactive in a shadow. Sunflare roof-integrated solar has the potential to quickly replace traditional shingles and tiles as the roof covering of choice for homeowners.

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“These could definitely be a game changer if they can perform in the heat. I like the cosmetics of this design as well. After a quick glance at these, they look to be fairly easy to install,” says Brad Nally, Executive VP for Diversified Roofing Corporation, one of the largest roofing companies in Arizona.

As far as the heat goes, the Sunflare panel has a temperature coefficient of -.31% per 1 degree Celsius. Silicon runs -.45 per 1 degree Celsius.

The warranties are also a plus: 25-year linear production, 25-year workmanship, and 25-year warranty on the optimizer.

— Solar Builder magazine

Panasonic teams with SolarEdge for new optimized HIT S Series module


Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and SolarEdge Technologies are introducing the HIT S Series Module, a new premium smart module for the U.S. residential market optimized by SolarEdge. Expanding Panasonic’s photovoltaic high-performance HIT portfolio, the HIT S Series Module with a SolarEdge power optimizer is designed to generate more solar power in all conditions, including high temperatures, as compared to leading competitors, due to Panasonic’s industry-low temperature co-efficient. Attendees at Solar Power International 2018, Sept. 24 – 27, will be among the first in the world to see the new high-performance HIT S Series smart module on display in Panasonic booth #1520.

“As states across the U.S. follow in California’s footsteps to incentivize and require solar module installations, energy storage and energy-efficient upgrades, industry leaders like Panasonic and SolarEdge must continue pushing boundaries in solar technology innovation,” said Mukesh Sethi, General Manager, Solar and Energy Storage Division, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “Bolstered by a SolarEdge power optimizer, the new HIT S Series smart module represents the latest advancement for our Photovoltaic HIT portfolio, offering industry-leading premium power in even the highest temperatures, while yielding homeowners more cost savings and enhanced protection.”

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The new HIT S Series smart module with a SolarEdge power optimizer offers simplified logistics to accelerate installation. Designed to specifically work with SolarEdge inverters, the module offers all the SolarEdge benefits of increased energy production for faster return on investment, improved design flexibility for enhanced aesthetic and optimal rooftop design, module-level monitoring of real-time system performance, as well as enhanced safety with SafeDC technology for module-level shutdown. Additionally, the SolarEdge inverter, which works with the HIT® S Series smart module, is future-ready to upgrade to StorEdge or EV-charging, helping homeowners increase energy independence.

The HIT S Series smart module is covered by Panasonic’s 25-year TripleGuard warranty that provides module protection, including performance, workmanship and parts. With a guaranteed 90.76 percent rated power output after 25 years, homeowners can achieve more energy savings year over year. SolarEdge’s power optimizer warranty is for 25 years and its inverter warranty is for 12 years, extendable to 20 or 25 years. The SolarEdge solution includes remote and module-level monitoring free for 25 years.

— Solar Builder magazine

Sunlight Financial adds Solaria PowerXT modules to vendor list


Sunlight Financial, a national platform for residential solar and energy storage lending, have added Solaria’s PowerXT modules to the company’s approved vendor list.

“Sunlight Financial recognizes that the PowerXT module is one of the industry’s bankable solar products,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Combining Sunlight Financial’s loan products with Solaria’s efficient and aesthetic modules provides tremendous value for homeowners keen to deploy solar energy.”

Solaria’s high energy modules accelerate the payback period, and come all-black for an aesthetically pleasing look to make solar an attractive investment from both an appearance and performance perspective. The company’s high output PowerXT modules — 60 cell equivalent, with a black back sheet — are built on the company’s patented technology and module assembly processes. PowerXT significantly boosts power generation while eliminating reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules’ long-term performance.

In order to meet rapidly growing customer demand for its modules, Solaria has ramped up its manufacturing in Silicon Valley –a showcase for the company’s reliance on American ingenuity and innovation– and overseas. Solaria serves customers in North America, as well as select international markets.

— Solar Builder magazine

Ascent Solar Technologies nets DOE funding for thin-film, CIGS solar cell development

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Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for two exclusive development projects. As part of the awards, worth up to $100,000 each, Ascent Solar is to work toward commercialization of sputtered Zn(O,S) buffers in flexible CIGS solar cells and also development of next-generation, high-efficiency Perovskite/CIGS Tandems cell. These projects are part of Ascent Solar’s plans for next-generation lightweight and flexible solar cells.

The first project will utilize sputtered Zn(O,S) buffers, which will help reduce costs and would further improve the environmental friendliness of our CIGS manufacturing process. The Perovskite/CIGS tandem junction project is designed to significantly improve efficiencies and drive further cost reduction by enabling a more complete conversion of the solar spectral energy into electricity.

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“These are challenging yet exciting projects,” says Dr. Lawrence Woods, Director and Head of Research & Development for Ascent Solar. “While there are challenges to be overcome with the use of perovskite based devices, with already proven high-efficiencies, we believe that Ascent Solar is well positioned to incorporate these materials into our large-scale roll-to-roll processing.”

“We are honored to be the only PV developer and manufacturer to have been selected for the TCF projects, let alone two projects selected at the same time. This is a strong testament to the DOE’s faith in our ability to once again demonstrate our ‘lab-to-fab’ expertise,” says Dr. Joseph Armstrong, Chief Technology Officer and founding member of Ascent Solar Ascent Solar. “In both cases, we are leveraging our significant intellectual property with flexible monolithically integrated CIGS and teaming with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to inject their substantial knowledge in novel advanced materials to create a potentially substantial leap in the advancement of our product.”

The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) and Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to promote promising energy technologies. The TCF selections announced on August 23, 2018, will expand the DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. TCF funds require a 50 percent match of non-federal funds from private partners.

— Solar Builder magazine