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The Great Debate? Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

By , in Manufacturing, Technology
When choosing the most appropriate solar PV panel for your project, consumers are faced with many choices on the quality and cost spectrum. In many markets, not just solar, consumers seek the best-possible combination of high-quality at a competitive price… but in doing so, they might overlook their technology options. In solar, it’s important to consider the performance advantages between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels.
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NextGen Home TV with Host Ty Pennington Features Yingli Solar Panels

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Ty Pennington is no stranger to home building, and along with NextGen Home TV (NGHTV.com), he’s working on a new “First to the Future Home” that showcases sustainable, long-lasting building techniques and materials including clean solar power from Yingli.

Pennington, who is best known for shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, hosts NGHTV’s  “First to the Future Home” series that takes a detailed look at the process of building a beautiful and highly sustainable home. Pennington has already covered a wide variety of topics, everything from pouring a foundation…

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Collaboration Key to Success in Solar

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Photovoltaic (PV) installers around the world use Yingli Solar panels because of their high-quality materials, exceptional product design and quality manufacturing. Each day, homes and businesses around the world are choosing Yingli Solar more than any other solar panel brand. But the key to this success goes even beyond the world-class technology, high-quality workmanship and robust construction of their panels. Yingli Solar knows that down to the most basic elements, what goes into a solar panel determines what you get out of it.  They understand that materials matter.  This is why…

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Solar Wins in 2014

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It’s time to celebrate another record-breaking year for solar energy! Our global industry in on track to install nearly 50GW of solar panels in 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance – about 25% more than the 38GW installed in 2013. It was landmark year for Yingli, too, with the following major milestones:
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Yingli’s Guide to the Solar Zoo

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PANDA or Black Panther? Honey or Opal? Canadian, German, or Aussie Solar? When installing solar panels on your rooftop, you’re faced with an overwhelming number of choices. How do you make a well-informed decision? The Yingli Solar team in Australia put together this brief guide with five key characteristics to look for.

Before we get to the solar panels, it is important consider the installer who is selling you the products. Does your installer know what he or she is selling? Or have they only bombarded you with hard-to-understand…

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FC Bayern Munich Kicks Off a Solar Powered 2014

By , in Markets, Soccer, Sponsorships

It’s that time of the year again!

On the 22nd of August FC Bayern Munich kicked off the 2014-2015 Bundesliga season with a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg. It will be mathematically difficult for the club to exceed its extraordinary results of last season, when it won its 10th so-called “double,” by taking the German Championship and the German Cup. However, the squad will have a little extra power in 2014, thanks to a new 29.2kWp solar installation on the roof of the training hall at the FC Bayern München headquarters…

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Sustainability at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

By , in Soccer, Sponsorships
The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ has already been praised as one of the greatest ever. It was powered by frequent goals, drama, shocking match results – and even solar energy. Now that the final numbers have been tallied and the results are in, we wanted to report back on our commitment to becoming the world’s first carbon neutral FIFA sponsor, as well as on the larger impact of our FIFA World Cup sponsorship.
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Mia Hamm: How I Scored with Solar

By , in Markets, Soccer, Sponsorships

My journey from the soccer field to the solar arena.

I’ve always counted representing my country as a leader of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and raising three children with my husband, Nomar Garciaparra, as the most important milestones in my life. As a professional athlete, playing soccer is a huge part of my identity — and as a mom, I want to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the same fields, air, and natural environment that have meant so much to me. Every time I see…

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中国 • 英利 • 光伏入户

By , in Markets, Soccer, Sponsorships

For those estimated three billion people watching or planning to watch this year’s FIFA World Cup™, you may notice something slightly unusual: Chinese characters on the high-profile perimeter boards surrounding the football pitches.

So what’s the deal? Why now? And what do the advertisements say?

First, it’s important to remember than Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world, familiar to roughly 15% to 20% of the world’s population. It’s also important to note that football is an incredibly popular sport in China and for Chinese people…