Articles by: Chris Crowell

Santa Rita Union School District takes advantage of California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program

Santa Rita Union School District takes advantage of California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program

September 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm 0 comments

Generate Capital and Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp) have broken ground on a six-site solar PV and SmartStorage energy storage installation with the Santa Rita Union School District (SRUSD) in Salinas, Calif. With project developer SolEd Benefit Corporation and construction company MBL Energy, Generate Capital willRead More

NABCEP credentials now included within SolarReviews.com platform

NABCEP credentials now included within SolarReviews.com platform

September 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners has partnered with SolarReviews.com, to integrate NABCEP certifications and credentials into the expansive SolarReviews.com website. As of September 2017, SolarReviews.com has received more than 22,000 unsolicited reviews on solar installers across the U.S. “With the addition of the NABCEP certifications, our visitorsRead More

Report: When given the choice, homeowners are going with premium modules

Report: When given the choice, homeowners are going with premium modules

September 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

The Solar Marketplace Intel Report released by EnergySage for the first half of 2017 – in which EnergySage examines the results of traffic and sales to its third-party solar marketplace – shows that PV system costs in several states fell below $3/Watt – while interest in premium panels increased. ShoppersRead More

Report by TÜV Rheinland explains how Array Technologies trackers drive O&M costs down 37 percent

Report by TÜV Rheinland explains how Array Technologies trackers drive O&M costs down 37 percent

September 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Array Technologies announced results of an independent analysis by TÜV Rheinland that indicates Array’s flagship tracker, the DuraTrack HZ v3, delivers 4 Cents/Watt DC higher Net Present Value (NPV) and 6.7 percent lower Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), driven by 37 percent lower lifetime O&M costs. The analysis found thatRead More

Sungrow’s 1,500-volt central inverter receives UL 1741-SA certification

Sungrow’s 1,500-volt central inverter receives UL 1741-SA certification

September 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm 0 comments

Sungrow’s 1,500Vdc turnkey station, the SG2500U, received its UL 1741-SA certification, a stringent grid interconnection requirement which will be required for North American projects in the near future, making it the first central inverter to receive do so. The containerized 2.5-MW SG2500U, Sungrow’s leading 1500-V central inverter product, features highRead More

Sungevity 2.0 continues to grow: Horizon Solar Power, Solar Spectrum acquire two more companies

Sungevity 2.0 continues to grow: Horizon Solar Power, Solar Spectrum acquire two more companies

September 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

Recently merged Horizon Solar Power and Solar Spectrum – a move that revived the Sungevity brand — have announced definitive agreements for two more acquisitions. Horizon has acquired BrightCurrent, a large retail marketing services provider for solar and other clean energy home services; Solar Spectrum has acquired the solar salesRead More

Nevados Engineering solar tracker system eliminates grading, excavation

Nevados Engineering solar tracker system eliminates grading, excavation

September 11, 2017 at 11:30 am 0 comments

San Francisco-based Nevados Engineering has developed an all-terrain, single axis tracking system and was just awarded $3 million in combined funds from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and the California Energy Commission (CEC) through its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program for its efforts. Nevados Engineering says itsRead More

Details on APsystems’ advanced microinverter (300 VA peak output power per channel)

Details on APsystems’ advanced microinverter (300 VA peak output power per channel)

September 10, 2017 at 5:06 pm 0 comments

APsystems introduces the YC600, a dual-module, utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology and Rule 21 grid support functionality at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. See it at booth #1745. The first of its kind, the YC600 was designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhancedRead More

Solar industry sees best second quarter yet, up 8 percent year over year

Solar industry sees best second quarter yet, up 8 percent year over year

September 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0 comments

As the solar industry awaits its uncertain ITC future, its present remains prosperous. The U.S. solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1’s totalRead More

Details on new AC, heterojunction solar modules from Mission Solar

Details on new AC, heterojunction solar modules from Mission Solar

September 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm 0 comments

Mission Solar Energy, a U.S. manufacturer of high-power solar modules, is displaying three new products at the annual Solar Power International Conference and Exhibition (Booth #3975) that incorporate heterojunction and AC technologies. As there are growing demands for higher panel power, increased lifetimes, and more stringent fire ratings, Mission SolarRead More

 
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