In response to the US investigation of the supposed dumping by Chinese solar panel manufacturers, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced that it would also start an investigation on US subsidies and policies regarding the renewable energy industry.
According to Jifan Gao, CEO of Trina Solar, majority of solar equipment manufacturers may disappear in the next couple of years because of the decreasing prices that erode profit margins. This could drive the weaker companies out of the solar industry.
Facebook signed a deal with Cogenra Solar to install a cogeneration system in its head office located at Menlo Park, California. According to Cogenra, it would place photovoltaic solar panels on top of Facebook’s renovated fitness center.
Developers in the United States installed 69 percent more solar power capacity in the second quarter of this year compared to the year before. Majority of the installations were made by commercial and government entities.
The Department of Energy will be funding high efficiency, low cost solar energy projects through its new SunShot initiative funding.
Last October, Energy Secretary Steven Chu promised that the White House would install solar panels and a solar hot water heater before the start of the summer season.
Developers of the Blythe Solar Power Project in California switched from solar thermal technology to photovoltaic solar panels. This is one of the similar changes made by large-scale solar power plants.
Applied Materials, a semiconductor company, released its third annual solar energy survey just in time for the summer solstice. This is data regarding solar technology and industry stats.
An important breakthrough has been made in solar power technology. A University of Missouri engineer has developed a flexible solar power sheet that can capture up to 95 percent of sunlight. This is way more than the average 20 percent that present solar panels can achieve.
A scientist from the Washington University in St. Louis wrote an article that was published in the May 13 issue of Science that compared the efficiency of photosynthesis and solar cells.