Photovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Due to the growing demand for clean sources of energy, the manufacture of solar cells and photovoltaic arrays has expanded dramatically in recent years. Photovoltaic production has been doubling every two yearsreasing by an average of 48 percent each year since 2002, making it the world’s fastest-growing energy technology. At the end of 2007, according to preliminary data, cumulative global production was 12,400 megawatts. Roughly 90% of this generating capacity consists of grid-tied electrical systems. Such installations may be ground-mounted (and sometimes integrated with farming and grazing) or built into the roof or walls of a building, known as Building Integrated Photovoltaic or BIPV for short.
Photovoltaic (PV) Resources
Behnke, Erdman & Whitaker Engineering (BEW Engineering) | 925-867-3330 | San Ramon, CA
Provides engineering consulting services and performs research and development distributed generation, renewable energy systems (primarily wind and PV), and power electronics.
Berkshire Photovoltaic Services (BPVS) | 413-743-0152 | Adams, MA
Installer of commercial, institutional and residential PV Systems.
BP Solar International | 301-698-4200 | Frederick, MD
Manufactures, designs, markets and installs a wide range of photovoltaic solar electric systems for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
DayStar Technologies | 518-383-4600 | Halfmoon, NY
Develops, manufactures and markets photovoltaic products that are inexpensive, form factor flexible, lightweight and have numerous applications in a variety of market verticals.
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions | 302 999 2705 | Wilmington, DE
A leading materials supplier to the Photovoltaic (PV) industry.
ECD Ovonics | 800-528-0617 | Rochester Hills, MI
Thin-film amorphous photovoltaics (PV), fuel cell and battery products.
EDTEK | 253-395-8084 | Kent, Washington
Manufactures high-quality, highly efficient photovoltaic cells and is developing a unique product line of cost-competitive power generation systems.
EMCORE Corp | 626-293-3400 | Albuquerque, NM
Designs and manufactures Space solar cells, satellite solar assemblies, satellite solar panels, terrestrial solar cells & receivers, and terrestrial concentrator photovoltaic arrays.
Energy Photovoltaics (EPV) | 609-587-3000 | Princeton , NJ
A solar energy company that primarily designs, develops, manufactures, and markets thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules and Integrated Manufacturing Systems for the growing international PV marketplace.
GE Energy | Photovoltaic module products.
Isolink | 408-946-1968 | Milpitas, CA
Offers a wide range of standard and custom optocouplers and optoswitches.
OkSolar.com | 347-624-5693
Solar and photovoltaic shingles.
Photovoltaics | Developer of photovoltaic paint.
Plastecs Company | 508-943-1324 | Webster, MA
Manufactures PDA and PC solar chargers, solar battery chargers, solar battery extenders, cellphone solar battery chargers and small solar panels as well as providing poly- crystalline photovoltaic solar cells cut to size in small or large quantities for customers.
PowerFilm | Developer and manufacturer of thin, flexible solar panels and photovoltaic modules.
SANYO Solar | Photovoltaic modules, solar cells.
Schmid | +49 7441 538-0 | Germany
Printed circuit boards, photovoltaics, FPD.
Sierra Solar Systems | 888-ON-SOLAR | Grass Valley, CA
Energy production, solar water pumping, inverters, system control, batteries, PV panel mounting, solar hot water.
Southwest Photovoltaic Systems (now Ameresco Solar) | 281-351-0031 | Tomball, TX
Specializing in complete integrated packaged systems and distributed systems components, SWPV delivers least cost, state of the art engineered solutions for remote, stand alone, off-grid applications as well as utility grid-connected systems for residential, industrial and commercial customers primarily within the U.S.A. and North America.
United Solar Ovonic | 800-528-0617 | Rochester Hills, MI
World leader in thin-film amorphous photovoltaics (PV) technology and commercial applications.
Würth Solar | +49 (0) 7 91 946 00-0 | Germany
CIS solar modules.
Zomeworks Corp | 800-279-6342 | Albuquerque, NM
PV mounting racks, battery enclosures, sun control products.