Without constant monitoring, solar PV efficiency remains limited

Solar panels leveraging photovoltaic (PV) technology to convert sunlight into electricity are notoriously inefficient. According to research by the International Energy Agency, one way to improve PV efficiency is through the implementation of Statistical Performance Monitoring combined with some advanced machine-learning. In their report, the researchers identified 4 different methodologies for improving solar panel efficiency, … Continue reading Without constant monitoring, solar PV efficiency remains limited

Tesla modifies roll-out of glass solar-powered roof tiles… plus more details!

Business Insider's Danielle Muoio on Friday provided the following update regarding Tesla's ambitious and potentially disruptive photovoltaic glass roof tiles: CEO Elon Musk tweeted in March that the company would begin taking orders for its four solar roof shingle options this month. But during a TED Talk Friday, Musk said that two of the tile options won't be … Continue reading Tesla modifies roll-out of glass solar-powered roof tiles… plus more details!

Now at Amazon: DIY Solar Power Kits (Wait, what?)

According to Dawn Killough at Green Building Elements, Andalay Solar is now offering DIY solar energy kits for sale on Amazon. Andalay Solar offers grid-tied AC solar system kits either with 4 panels or with 1, making it quick and easy for go-getting DIYers to customize the size of their solar power system by simply … Continue reading Now at Amazon: DIY Solar Power Kits (Wait, what?)

Newer, more efficient and more sustainably sourced solar panel technology on the way

A team of researchers led by Stanford professor Shanhui Fan and Paul Braun at University of Illinois may have stumbled onto a real breakthrough in the efficiency, safety and long-term sustainability of solar panels. Conventional solar cells based on photovoltaic technology have come a long way in recent years, but they’re still missing a big … Continue reading Newer, more efficient and more sustainably sourced solar panel technology on the way

Defective Solar Panels Removed From 24 San Diego Unified Schools

As I mentioned while I was covering West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar in May, solar panel installers are one of the new targets for construction defect claims. The U-T San Diego is reporting that the school district recently was burned by solar installers: Solar panels were taken down from 24 San Diego Unified School … Continue reading Defective Solar Panels Removed From 24 San Diego Unified Schools