On & Off The Grid

Dispatches from the global solar revolution
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UK Solar Industry Defies Weather Stereotypes

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When Britons and non-Britons alike hear ‘solar’ and ‘England’ in the same sentence, the overwhelming sentiment is often something akin to ‘…Have you seen the weather?’ or ‘Britain’s too cloudy for solar power!’ Despite these reservations, the British solar industry has developed rapidly over the last three years; proving once again that solar technology can make an impact, even in countries without thriving sunscreen markets (take a look at Germany).

So, how did this solar revolution come about? After the introduction of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), a government incentive that…

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Celebrating a New Sunrise

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Today, billions of people around the world will gather with friends and family to celebrate the Lunar New Year. This is a sacred time of year, especially for our colleagues in China, some of whom will travel thousands of miles to be with family. It’s so important that we encourage our China-based employees leave work a day early to beat the traffic.

In China, New Year’s Day is sometimes referred to as Yuandan (元旦), which literally means “the first dawn” or “the first sunrise.” The sun is certainly rising for solar…

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14 Reasons We’re Excited for Solar in 2014

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Where will 2014 take the solar industry?

In the last couple of years, our industry faced historic challenges, but solar professionals and enthusiasts around the world persevered, joining together to make 2013 a year of unprecedented growth for solar. As we enter 2014, we’re proud to remain the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer, with over 7 GW of installed capacity globally. No matter what challenges come our way, we are excited about the new opportunities for solar that lie ahead in 2014.

Here are the top 14 reasons why we…

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Solar Panels & Sandwiches: Quality Matters

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At Yingli Solar, we make solar panels that are designed, built, and proven to perform. But most top-tier, large-scale solar panel manufacturers – including Yingli – operate very similar production lines. So, what makes one company’s panel better or worse than all the rest?

It might help to think about a solar panel like a sandwich. Almost every deli makes sandwiches in the same way: two slices of bread, cheese, meat, maybe a veggie or two – but you can taste the difference between turkey that’s freshly sliced and turkey…

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Future of the Solar Industry in Australia Shines Bright

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Image Credit: Solgen Energy, 55kWp Solar Installation, Redfern Oval in City of Sydney 

The word Australia conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, kangaroos and cuddly koala bears. Behind all these somewhat stereotypical images, is the little publicised fact that Australia has the highest average solar radiation per square metre of any continent in the world.  Each year, Australia receives enough power from the sun to meet the country’s energy consumption 10,000 times over.

According to the Australian Solar Council, Australia has a total installed solar panel capacity of about 2.24GW, as…

5.35 kWp of Yingli Solar panels installed by Alta Quota Impianti, L’Aquila (Italy).

2,400 Italian Cities Rely 100% on Clean Energy

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Image: 5.35kWp of Yingli panels installed by Alta Quota Impianti, L’Aquila.

It’s no surprise that Italians love clean energy. Italy is known by a number of names, from the ‘Land of the Sun’ to ‘Green Country,’ but our country is not famous for vast carbon resources buried underground. To meet energy demands, many cities are looking confidently to the sky: sun, wind, and water. Rather than rushing headlong into the race for imported carbon fuels or nuclear resources, why not draw energy from the natural wealth that makes Italy the “Bel…

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Solar & Football: A Perfect Match

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We get asked all the time: why does Yingli Solar sponsor so many football events (like U.S. Soccer, FC Bayern Munich, and the FIFA World CupTM)? I mean really: what’s the connection between solar and football?  It isn’t always immediately obvious. While they may seem different on the surface, there are deep affinities between the world’s most popular game and the world’s most abundant energy resource.

One of the reasons why football is the most commonly played sport in the world is that it’s so simple: all you need is…

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And the Winner Is…

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Lilliana B. of El Paso, Texas! Congratulations for winning Yingli Solar’s All Under One Sun Photo Contest! Lilliana’s photo received the highest score among more than 2,000 photos submitted. She will receive two tickets to the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil and a $2,000 travel stipend!

Our “All Under One Sun” campaign challenged football fans to ‘power their favorite national football teams with their team spirit’ by submitting photos of themselves in their team’s colors to our contest microsite. The microsite received over 35,000 unique…

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Welcome to On & Off the Grid!

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Today, there are an estimated seven billion people on our planet. Our best guess is that about 80% of those people have access to electricity. That means more than one billion people still live off-the-grid, and most of those without reliable energy access. Remarkably, from 1990 to 2000, an estimated 1.6 billion people came on-the-grid, an outstanding humanitarian achievement and largely a reflection of urban migration in populous, developing countries like China and India. The aspirations of historically disenfranchised millions, seeking the right to participate in the benefits of modernization, represent…