JinkoSolar Launches the World’s First Double 85 Certified PID Free Solar Module
JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd., a leading global solar power product manufacturer, has unveiled its new series of solar modules called the “ Eagle” series. These modules represent a new standard for performance and reliability and are the world’s first potential induced degradation (PID) free modules to be certified under weather conditions of 85 Degrees Celsius 85% relative humidity. The Eagle series modules features the company’s innovative cell and assembly technology which enables them to resist induced degradation under the toughest weather conditions while reaching 260 Watts peak power output, a record for mass-produced solar modules.
Developers to Invest $1.9 Trillion in Renewables Over the Next 5 Years
According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, developers and financiers will invest $1.9 trillion in building clean-energy power plants worldwide from 2012 through 2018 as the demand for energy increases. The figure may increase even more if governments establish national energy policies that include commitments for renewable power. Global energy consumption is expected to increase 47 percent from 2010 to 2035, and cumulative investments in the renewable-energy industry may reach $5.9 trillion over the same period.
FERC Proposes Rule Changes to Expedite Solar Energy Grid Interconnection
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed rule changes to speed up the process and reduce the costs to interconnect smaller-sized solar power projects to the grid while maintaining system reliability and safety. The FERC proposes four specific reforms, namely: allowing customers to request for a pre-application report for better evaluation prior to the submission of the final request, increasing the current threshold of 2MW to 5 MW to be able to participate in the Fast Track Process, revise customer options and supplemental review for projects that fails the Fast Track screens and lastly, give interconnection customers the opportunity to give written comments.
Renewables Provides Half of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity Last Year
According to the latest report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources accounted for 49.10% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in the twelve months of 2012, totaling to 12,956 MW.. Wind led the way in 2012 with 164 new “units” totaling 10,689 MW followed by solar with 240units totaling 1,476 MW. Biomass added 100 new units totaling 543 MW while geothermal steam and water each had 13 new units with installed capacities of 149 MW and 99 MW respectively.