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UL to test Solar PV Panels

good news! Underwriter Laboratories (UL), focusing on product safety testing and certification has opened North America’s largest photovoltaic (PV) testing center. The center located in San Jose, CA focuses strictly on Solar PV Panels, which turn sunlight into electricity. UL will finally be able to get solar pv products tested and onto the market much faster, thus offering more reliable and safer products for consumers like yourself. UL has always been a seal that has been trusted for consumer products, we are glad they have dedicated a testing facility just for solar pv panels, because we saw it to be a bottleneck in the industry. The lab has 14 test chambers and two solar simulators which provide both indoor and outdoor testing environments. The facility will also test power generation system accessories. The center will serve as a R&D lab for solar panels also which may push newer more efficient solar panels to the market even quicker then we are seeing. I suppose UL certification can help eliminate a myth some consumers believe in about solar power, “solar panels are just not reliable.” In fact solar panels are very reliable and now the industry has the full backing of UL. Look forward to many solar power products stamped with the UL seal in the near...

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BioSolar to reduce the cost of solar pv panels

BioSolar, a company that has created a breakthrough technology to reduce the cost per watt for solar panels by replacing traditional petroleum based plastic solar cell components with durable bio-based components which are made up of renewable plant material. What the heck does that mean? If you were to conduct and operation on a solar pv panel, taking it apart layer by layer, you would notice the last layer is called a “backsheet” and is typically made with an oil based products. Biosolar can make the same backsheet using plant materials which reduce the cost of the backsheet up to 50%! Therefore reducing the overall cost per watt of the final cost of the solar pv panel. We’ve seen some interesting innovation in working on bringing more highly efficient panels to the market, but this company is really digging into what makes up a solar panel and starting by reducing costs of traditional materials. This type of innovation needs to continue to happen, pick apart renewable energy products down to each level and figure out how to reduce costs at every level, not just focus on increased efficiency. Customers love solar power but most of them don’t move ahead because of the high upfront investment to eliminate their entire...

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