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The Future of the Power Sector: What Exactly Is the ‘Next-Generation’ Utility? SolarCity on Building and Operating a 21st-Century Power Grid .

Does Nevada’s Controversial Net Metering Decision Set a Precedent for the Nation? MANUFACTURING .

2015 51   . yield and volume data. absent actual distribution. are mostly bluster and stunt specmanship.‘World’s Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel’ Revisited World-record claims of this nature. by Eric Wesof October 13.

Panasonic claimed the crown at 22. A chart might help clear things up.5 percent module efficiency. copper electrodes. The silicon-based bifacial PV cell combines n-type substrates.  Earlier this month. SolarCity made the claim that solar panels coming of of its 100-megawatt Silevo pilot production line were setting world records for solar module efficiency as "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel.04 percent module-level efficiency by theRenewable Energy Test Center. . and a tunneling oxide layer that yields high conversion efficiencies. SolarCity’s panel was measured with 22. thin-film passivation layers. with a module efficiency exceeding 22 percent." A week later.

Full production will be between 9.SolarCity claims that its module will be "the highest-volume solar panel manufactured in the Western Hemisphere.   MOST POPULAR MOST COMMENTS Breaking: California’s NEM 2. Adds Time-of-Use Flotation Is the Next Big Thing in Energy Production . SolarCity CTO Peter Rive noted that the record panel was manufactured on the company's 100-megawatt pilot production line -.8 percent.000 and 10. Rive acknowledged that the 22 percent panel is "on the high end. but most of the new solar panels will be produced at SolarCity’s 1-gigawatt factory in upstate New York.the Bufalo factory won't be at full production until 2017.000 solar panels per day when the Bufalo facility hits full capacity." but also noted that a majority of panels are hitting 21." Production will begin this month at the firm's 100-megawatt pilot facility.0 Decision Keeps Retail Rate for Rooftop Solar.

It’s great that we all agree -. and some of our customers are receiving panels with greater than 22 percent efficiency." Average cell efficiency across all SunPower lines was close to 23 percent during the quarter. "As a company that is leading in providing customers around the globe with the world’s most efficient solar panels.5 percent. SunPower always welcomes others to the efficiency race. The company also says demand for its X-Series product is "extremely high.US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Demand Response White Papers Leading-Edge Technology Evolution and the Next Generation Utility: DynamicEnergy™ D O W N L OA D N O W The New Face of Damage Assessment D O W N L OA D N O W SunPower claims its X-Series panels are the "most efficient panel on the market today" with an efficiency of 21." . A SunPower spokesperson added. A reliable source at SunPower told GTM that 22 percent efficiency panels were already coming of of its line." with "manufacturing volume [set] to increase more than 300 percent year-over-year. according to the company.efficiency matters. We’re proud that we’ve been shipping the industry’s highest-efficiency solar panels for years.

Source: Wiley Online Panasonic: As covered in PV Magazine. absent actual distribution. efficiency has less leverage on total system cost." In any case. are mostly bluster and stunt specmanship.6% efficiency record the company set in 2014 at cell level. SolarCity's pilot production line holds the title for now. starting with panel serial number J19M20279602. yield and volume data.  GTM RESEARCH . the Panasonic panel’s 22.5 percent conversion efficiency was verified by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology "and builds upon the 25.A source suggests that there are enough SunPower panels at the factory with greater than 22 percent efficiency to build a 10-kilowatt system. An anonymous source suggested. Energy is a commodity. With [balance-of-systems] costs declining. after all. "In solar." World-record claims of this nature. cost is king.

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