Articles by: Charles W. Thurston

Mounting Pressure: Today’s large-scale PV boom demands new levels of service from racking companies

Mounting Pressure: Today’s large-scale PV boom demands new levels of service from racking companies

May 11, 2017 at 9:09 am Comments are Disabled

For the first time ever, in 2016, U.S. solar ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions on an annual basis. In total, solar accounted for 39 percent of new capacity additions across all fuel types, and these big numbers are coming via big installs asRead More

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

April 10, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Services for solar inverters are improving markedly, from commissioning through replacement, as the flow of panel and string-level data becomes more granular, fueling more sophisticated monitoring systems. From string inverters at a commercial and industrial (C&I) level, to microinverters now dominant in the residential market, manufacturers are embracing dynamic improvementsRead More

The Holistic Home: We peer into the future of home energy generation, usage

The Holistic Home: We peer into the future of home energy generation, usage

February 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm 1 comment

The mid-term growth of the U.S. residential solar-plus-storage market will be nothing short of phenomenal, as the seamless melding of generation, storage and energy management emerges in single, overarching systems. Yes, we might finally be headed there — the 1950s vision of the all-electric GE kitchen of the future, butRead More

Solar Builder Project of The Year Winner: Fort Madison Middle School

Solar Builder Project of The Year Winner: Fort Madison Middle School

November 7, 2016 at 8:51 am 2 comments

Fort Madison Middle School Category: Roof-Mount Fort Madison, Iowa | 300 kW The landmark 1922 Fort Madison Middle School nearly wound up in an Iowa landfill, but thanks to the vision of developer Todd Schneider, and thanks to state-administered funding from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the apartmentRead More

Module-Level Electronics O&M Equation: Looking at the solutions to address MLPE issues

Module-Level Electronics O&M Equation: Looking at the solutions to address MLPE issues

October 17, 2016 at 11:00 am 7 comments

The rapid evolution of module-level electronics has spiked performance, extended reliability and crushed manufacturing prices, but there is still a ways to go before the operation and maintenance of the technology is satisfactory to all the players involved. “When people talk about the business model for solar microinverters or optimizers,Read More

Primer for buying, installing residential solar+storage systems

Primer for buying, installing residential solar+storage systems

April 20, 2016 at 10:00 am 6 comments

Energy storage has emerged as a technology that helps make solar power a winning choice for homeowners, and the rapid evolution of battery chemistries, storage management software and other combining technologies will help drive down cost and drive up value. Where to start at selecting a storage solution can seemRead More

Solar carports will spread across the country as costs decline

Solar carports will spread across the country as costs decline

October 20, 2015 at 9:13 am 5 comments

The evolution of carport design has yielded a leaner, more cost-effective structure that can deliver both the duty of vehicle protection and the function of a solar power plant. While a fairly large number of solar and other companies have attempted to enter this promising carport market — as evidencedRead More

 
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