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California Mandates Solar Panels on All New Homes

The move was approved unanimously by five-member California Energy Commission and is first of its kind in the country. It is seen as a latest effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Taking a lead in the US, California has made it mandatory for homes and low-rise apartments starting in 2020 to have solar rooftop panels […]

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NREL Researchers Offer Guidance for Solar Systems To Last

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have laid out a cost-effective five-point plan to improve the reliability of solar panels in light of extreme weather, rapid innovation, and extremely competitive prices. In a commentary piece published in the journal Nature, Dirk Jordan, Teresa Barnes, Nancy Haegel, and Ingrid Repins urge the solar industry […]

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Solar Marketplace Otovo Powers Up German Presence

Norwegian solar marketplace firm Otovo has started operations in Germany. That takes the country count to 7 for the firm launched in 2016 to make solar rooftop installations an easier task for customers. Otovo claims that over 500 installer companies work with Otovo in Europe. These companies select which types of solar systems they want […]

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Indian Scientists Recover Pure Silicon from Obsolete Solar Cells

The disposal of used photovoltaic panels is increasing day by day around the world, necessitating the need for an efficient recycling method to decrease environmental pollution. The average life expectancy of solar panel is about 25-30 years. Today, worldwide, around 60 million tons of solar cells, which are in their end-of-life stage, have become wastes. […]

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Will India be Inspired by Australia’s Solar Recycling Efforts?

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), a local government area located in New South Wales, Australia, has been selected as the pilot site for a first-of-its-kind project, where second hand (serviceable) solar panels are given a new lease on life. National Recycling Week runs 8 – 12 November this year, and DRC is encouraging residents to think […]

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India Most ‘Cost-effective’ in Rooftop Solar Power; Beats China, UK & US

A global study has found that India is the most cost-effective country for generating rooftop solar energy at USD 66 per megawatt-hour, while the cost in China is marginally higher at USD 68 per megawatt-hour. Due to the lower cost, rooftop solar photovoltaics (RTSPV) technology, such as roof-mounted solar panels used in homes, and commercial […]

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Rooftop Solar to Supply 25-49% of Global Electricity Needs by 2050: Study

Owing to improved deployment capability and reduced costs, rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) technology, such as roof mounted solar panels used in home, commercial and industrial buildings, is currently the fastest deployable electricity generation technology. According to a new report, it is projected to supply 25–49% of global electricity needs by 2050. Despite these predictions, a […]

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