The U.S. solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1’s total and represents an 8 percent year-over-year gain, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said in the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.
According to a new market research report “Photovoltaics Market By Type (Organic PV, Inorganic PV), Component (Crystalline Silicon PV Cells, Thin Film PV Cells, Modules, Optics, Trackers), Application (Residential, Non-Residential and Utility) & Geography Analysis and Forecasts to 2013-2020”, published by MarketsandMarkets, the total Photovoltaics Market is expected to be worth $345.59 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 18.30 %.
Today, it means developing high-efficiency solar panels that you capture more electrons easier! I mean Tesla’s mission has been to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy – so that we can have a better future.
For the smartest Grid and towards clean energy, the three things that can help address climate change and have a positive impact on the world: sustainable energy generation, batteries and electric cars. These Renewable or green ideas separately have been climbing the hill toward success. Now as a smarter grid comes into play, when you combine these things they become even more powerful.
Ah, now you’re starting to connect the dots of all this battery, energy storage, Solar and Car connection. They are all interconnected. A combined Tesla and SolarCity will be able to offer customers better and more affordable ways to drive clean cars, use battery packs to consume energy more efficiently, and make use of solar energy.
Tesla already offers batteries and electric cars, and SolarCity already offers sustainable energy generation. Together, Tesla and SolarCity have introduced an integrated system that illustrates what the companies can do together. This system is beautiful, customizable, and offers a smart and simple way for people to live sustainably.
Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and renewable energy generation and storage. At the heart of these products are batteries.
So again let’s connect the dots. The Gigafactory’s electricity will, in part, come from solar. The entire roof of the factory will be covered in solar array. Power not consumed during the day will be stored via SolarCity Powerwall for use when needed.
As I wrote earlier in the year, Speaking to the National Governors Association summer conference in Rhode Island last week, Elon Musk gave the state solons their money’s worth. He told them that it would be possible to supply every electron needed to keep America humming by covering just 100 square miles with solar panels.
“If you wanted to power the entire U.S. with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah. You only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States.”
As Teslorati reported, Tesla shed light on its manufacturing strategy, announcing for the first time the location of Gigafactory 2 as the recently acquired SolarCity plant in Buffalo, New York. The company announced in December an agreement made with Panasonic that would allow both companies to begin manufacturing photovoltaic cells, and modules for Tesla’s Solar Roof and traditional solar panels, at the facility. Tesla is set to launch the Solar Roof product in the second half of 2017. USA.
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As PV magazine reported, it has taken three years, during which time the technology and even the companies involved have changed, but the much anticipated SolarCity “gigafactory” in Buffalo, New York has finally produced its first PV cells.
This news was broken by the Associated Press, and reaffirmed by a statement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Details are limited and it appears that so far this is only test production, as Tesla Chief Technology Officer J B Straubel told the Associated Press that ramp-of Tesla’s Solar Roof modules will begin “in a substantial way” by the end of 2017.
Panasonic has started making its high-efficiency HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar cells at Gigafactory 2 in RiverBend, Buffalo, New York State but actual modules like these not in production until 2019.
As we have talked about throughout my series of Panasonic USA stories, “The addition of newly minted Tesla Solar production to the Gigafactory model means Tesla will be producing all three of its core product families – Motors, Energy and Solar – in a single factory footprint. Vetting this concept out in Gigafactory 2 will provide a nice blueprint for future Gigafactories as Tesla looks beyond the borders of the U.S. towards international expansion.”
As MIT Technology Review posted: In an industrial park near the shore of Lake Erie, hard by the Buffalo River, the future of the solar power industry is under construction. SolarCity’s sprawling Buffalo factory, built and paid for by the state of New York, is nearing completion and will soon begin producing some of the most efficient solar panels available commercially. Capable of making 10,000 solar panels a day, or one gigawatt of solar capacity a year, it will be the largest solar manufacturing plant in North America and one of the biggest in the world.
When production begins, SolarCity, already the leading installer of residential solar panels in the United States, will become a vertically integrated manufacturer and provider—doing everything from making the solar cells to putting them on rooftops. At a time when conventional silicon-based solar panels from China have never been cheaper, investing in a new type of solar technology is a risky undertaking. However, the potential benefits are huge. The new factory, says SolarCity chief technology officer Peter Rive, could transform both SolarCity’s business, which has consistently lost money, and the economics of residential solar power.
So again: when Tesla needed to ramp up Solar production and add Solar to their gigafactory roofs for conserving Energy who did they call: Panasonic USA!!!
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