Articles by: Chris Crowell

Aurora Solar remote shading assessment tool now allowed over on-site inspection by Connecticut Green Bank

Aurora Solar remote shading assessment tool now allowed over on-site inspection by Connecticut Green Bank

January 15, 2018 at 9:55 am 0 comments

Measurements providing the solar potential of a roof are a crucial piece of information that installers, private financing firms, and government rebate authorities rely upon in designing solar systems, and issuing financing and rebates for their installation. And they can be a pain to get done — an expensive —Read More

Jinergy’s high-efficiency modules first to achieve new IEC certification via TUV Rheinland

Jinergy’s high-efficiency modules first to achieve new IEC certification via TUV Rheinland

January 15, 2018 at 9:30 am 0 comments

The ultra-high efficiency heterojunction (HJT) module from Jinneng Clean Energy Technology Limited (JINERGY) passed the new IEC standards in a test conducted by TÜV Rheinland, an independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization. JINERGY became the first photovoltaic enterprise to receive the certification. The new PV module performance and safetyRead More

Four schools go solar in Trumbull, Connecticut via Greenskies Renewable Energy

Four schools go solar in Trumbull, Connecticut via Greenskies Renewable Energy

January 15, 2018 at 9:22 am 0 comments

Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC completed the installation of solar arrays at four schools in Trumbull, Connecticut. The projects will significantly lower the annual electric costs at Madison Middle School, Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull High School, and Frenchtown Elementary School. “The energy plan was developed shortly after my arrival in Trumbull inRead More

Our Project of the Year for 2017 was one such project.

Solar Foundation outlines path for nonprofits to go solar in new report

January 12, 2018 at 10:41 am 0 comments

Nonprofit community-based organizations, such as affordable housing developers and faith-based institutions, face many obstacles to funding solar projects, but innovative financing tools can help them overcome these hurdles. Our 2017 Project of the Year was one such project that found a way to overcome those hurdles. A new discussion paperRead More

Siemens, AES-owned company makes big splash with new solar + storage system

Siemens, AES-owned company makes big splash with new solar + storage system

January 12, 2018 at 10:28 am 0 comments

Fluence, an energy storage company owned by Siemens and The AES Corporation, launched a new platform, SunFlex Energy Storage, that will enable solar facilities to sell up to 50 percent more clean energy per site. The Fluence SunFlex Energy Storage technology platform builds upon many of the controls and architectural principles from AdvancionRead More

How EnSync completed a complex solar PPA for a multi-family residential community

How EnSync completed a complex solar PPA for a multi-family residential community

January 11, 2018 at 4:13 pm 0 comments

The latest deal from distributed energy resources (DER) developer EnSync Energy Systems cracked the code on multi-family residential PV projects, which is one of toughest segments to sell. The 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) is for a 792-kW solar project for a residential community in Hawaii to an undisclosed buyer. The projectRead More

Get to know NEXTracker’s Energy Storage Solutions offering

Get to know NEXTracker’s Energy Storage Solutions offering

January 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm 0 comments

Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts the global energy storage market will “double six times” by 2030, growing from less than 5 gigawatt-hours in 2016 to more than 300 gigawatt-hours. An estimated $103 billion will be invested in energy storage over that time period. All of those numbers mean a bigRead More

How Dominion Energy went from zero to 1.3 GW of solar in Virginia, North Carolina in two years

How Dominion Energy went from zero to 1.3 GW of solar in Virginia, North Carolina in two years

January 10, 2018 at 9:20 am 0 comments

Backed by an ongoing $1 billion investment, Dominion Energy has grown its solar fleet in Virginia and North Carolina over the last two years from near zero to approximately 1,350 MW in service, in construction or under development. That is enough clean energy to power nearly 340,000 homes during peak sunshine.Read More

First Solar to provide warranty service for Power Electronics inverters

First Solar to provide warranty service for Power Electronics inverters

January 10, 2018 at 8:32 am 0 comments

First Solar and Power Electronics have finalized an agreement to utilize First Solar’s PV Operations & Maintenance (O&M) team to provide Power Electronics warranty service on inverters installed throughout the United States. This unique relationship enables tangible owner value by reducing response time and repair time. The arrangement allows PowerRead More

HelioScope updates functionality within its PV project overlay tool

HelioScope updates functionality within its PV project overlay tool

January 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm 0 comments

HelioScope updated its program to provide its own enhanced overlay tool and is no longer compatible with SketchUp or dependent on KMZs. Users can upload any jpg, jpeg, or png via its new overlay tool (as well as still being able to upload KMZ and KML), which also makes it possibleRead More