On & Off The Grid

Dispatches from the global solar revolution
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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…

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Solar on the World Stage

By , in Markets, Soccer, Sponsorships, Technology

Tomorrow, the world will turn its attention to Brazil for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM. Thirty-two teams, representing 32 countries, will come together to compete for one of the most coveted titles in sports. More than three billion people, or roughly half of the world’s population, are expected to tune in for at least some portion of the tournament.

As a sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, our goal is simple: to show the world that solar technology is ready to solve our planet’s energy…

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The Distributed Revolution In North America

By , in Markets

Distributed Generation (DG) is a hot topic these days, and many analysts are painting a rosy picture of small electric generating facilities dotting homes and businesses across the American landscape, delivering power to nearby consumers and businesses.  Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), to name only a few, have recently published pieces on the rise of DG – some even describe an extreme scenario where a grid is no longer needed. In a PwC survey, more than 90% of utility and power executives based in North America thought…

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Happy Earth Day!

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Today is Earth Day. But what is the significance of April 22, anyway?

There’s an odd rumor that the date was selected to coincide with Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. But according to Kathleen Rogers, President of the Earth Day Network, the date was chosen for more practical reasons. April 22, 1970, happened to fall on a Wednesday, helping to ensure superior turnout rates for Earth Day rallies across the United States. It worked. The first Earth Day event “brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor…

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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

By , in Manufacturing, Markets, Soccer, Sponsorships, Technology

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

By , in Manufacturing, Technology

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

By , in Markets, Technology

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…