Articles by: Chris Crowell

Photos of Sollega-mounted solar install that survived Hurricane Irma

Photos of Sollega-mounted solar install that survived Hurricane Irma

September 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm 0 comments

At Solar Power International, we chatted with Elie Rothschild, sales manager at Sollega, a leading commercial solar racking manufacture. He mentioned that Sollega’s injection molded FastRack 510 withstood 190 mph sustained (Category 5) winds of Hurricane Irma. Nearly 90 percent of the 900 kW array on the Westin Hotel areRead More

Solar system costs continued to fall across all sectors in first quarter 2017 (utility leading)

Solar system costs continued to fall across all sectors in first quarter 2017 (utility leading)

September 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm 0 comments

The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic (PV) module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy LaboratoryRead More

The Section 201 trade case ruling is this week, here’s a final update from SPI

The Section 201 trade case ruling is this week, here’s a final update from SPI

September 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm 0 comments

This week, the solar industry finds out its fate. On Sept. 22 (at the latest), the ITC will announce whether it finds in favor of the Section 201 petitioners or not. As a final update on where things stand before that day, a panel of industry executives took the stage atRead More

California solar thermal incentive bill heads to governor’s desk

California solar thermal incentive bill heads to governor’s desk

September 18, 2017 at 10:54 am 0 comments

Timed perfectly with Solar Power International, the California Legislature passed AB 797 last week. With the bipartisan vote in the Assembly of 45-19 and the Senate’s bipartisan 30-10 vote last Tuesday, the bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. The bill extends consumer incentives for solar thermal technologiesRead More

LG, SolarEdge release smart module collaboration at Solar Power International

LG, SolarEdge release smart module collaboration at Solar Power International

September 18, 2017 at 10:36 am 0 comments

At Solar Power International, SolarEdge Technologies and LG Electronics debuted a joint smart module targeting the high-end residential and commercial PV rooftop markets in North America. The first collaboration from the two industry staples will be one of the most power-dense rooftop offerings on the market. It includes both add-onRead More

Details on new solar fixed tilt, tracker Pro packages from SunLink

Details on new solar fixed tilt, tracker Pro packages from SunLink

September 18, 2017 at 10:22 am 0 comments

SunLink Corp. is offering new packages for its GeoPro fixed tilt and TechTrack Distributed single axis tracker products. The goal is to provide EPCs and developers with increased product pricing transparency and greater customization to meet the unique needs of the full spectrum of solar projects. “Today’s sophisticated solar customersRead More

Pika Energy expands energy storage capacity of Harbor Smart Battery line

Pika Energy expands energy storage capacity of Harbor Smart Battery line

September 18, 2017 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Pika Energy Inc.’s Harbor Smart Battery product line, which sold out during its beta production run, now features expanded energy storage capacities and reduced pricing, the U.S.-based manufacturer announced at Solar Power International. The Harbor Smart Battery, co-developed with Panasonic, is now available in two configurations: Harbor Plus, with 15.9 kWh ofRead More

A 6.9-MW community solar project completed on Massachusetts farm

A 6.9-MW community solar project completed on Massachusetts farm

September 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

Ameresco, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and BlueWave Solar just launched five community solar projects with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Twin Elm Farm in Mendon, MA. The solar arrays located in Hopedale and Mendon, three of which are located at Twin Elm Farm, comprise a total of approximatelyRead More

Commercial building PV transformation? Here are two new solar glass solutions getting buzz

Commercial building PV transformation? Here are two new solar glass solutions getting buzz

September 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Endorsed by leading glass and fabrication companies including Pilkington, AGC, and Walters & Wolf, Solaria is ready to roll out its PowerVision product, which could transform building facades, skylights, canopies and other structural components into power-generating assets. At the same time, SolarWindow Technologies, developer of electricity-generating windows for tall towersRead More

This solar+storage case study shows 96 percent reduction in grid-buy

This solar+storage case study shows 96 percent reduction in grid-buy

September 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm 0 comments

The post-net metering solar industry looms on the horizon, some day, for every state, but in Hawaii it is a reality, which makes it guinea pig. At SPI, Poncho’s Solar and Tabuchi Electric Co. will be presenting the results of their collaboration with J.O.B. Technologies (Aiea, Hawaii), detailing the resultsRead More

 
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