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Project of the Year 2017 voting: Commercial & Industrial category

Project of the Year 2017 voting: Commercial & Industrial category

September 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

California Department of Franchise Tax Board Sacramento, Calif.  |   3.6 MW The Franchise Tax Board complex is one of the largest business campuses in northern California, which makes this the state’s largest carport installation (10,400 PV panels), covering 1,276 employee parking spaces, spanning over 622,000 sq ft! Baja’s specializationRead More

Meet SunLink’s first chief operating officer

Meet SunLink’s first chief operating officer

August 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm 0 comments

SunLink‘s growth continues with the appointment of its first chief operating officer, Martin Lynch. In his new role as COO, Lynch brings more than 30 years’ experience across hardware and software engineering, operations, finance, product strategy and talent development to scale and optimize SunLink’s overall operations amidst the company’s rapidRead More

Enphase Energy CEO steps down as board searches for successor

Enphase Energy CEO steps down as board searches for successor

August 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm 0 comments

Enphase Energy announced today that after more than 10 years at the helm of the company, Paul Nahi is stepping down as President and CEO. He will continue to assist Enphase as it transitions to a new leader. The Company’s Board of Directors has begun a search for a replacementRead More

Intersolar North America Showcase: Here’s what to see at this year’s trade show

Intersolar North America Showcase: Here’s what to see at this year’s trade show

June 26, 2017 at 10:45 am Comments are Disabled

APsystems: True three-phrase microinverters APsystems boasts an industry best-selling 3-phase solar microinverter and the industry’s first true 3-phase (phase-balanced & phase-monitored) unit, the YC1000-3. This model handles 208V or 277Y/480V grid voltages with 900 watts maximum output, 95 percent peak efficiency and comes with ZigBee communication and integrated ground. AtRead More

Solar projects have so much potential when viewed as a collective bundle, like this group of 30 rooftop arrays Standard Solar is installing for the Washington, D.C., Department of General Services that combine for a total of 7 MW (pictured here).

Urban Planning: Commercial rooftops are biggest void, opportunity in solar

June 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm Comments are Disabled

Commercial rooftops offer a ton of potential job opportunities for solar installers and developers going forward. Analysts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimate a technical potential of 1,118 GW of capacity and 1,432 TWh of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of the nation’s electricityRead More

Ask an Expert: Inverter manufacturers give us their best troubleshooting advice

Ask an Expert: Inverter manufacturers give us their best troubleshooting advice

April 25, 2017 at 6:39 am 1 comment

Wi-Fi Can Cause Communication Issues Christopher Barrett, director of technical services, APsystems We often see issues our installers are facing related to communication, often due to misplacement of the gateway or an unreliable internet connection. Following best practices recommended by the manufacturer will help installers reduce repeat site visits toRead More

The NX Horizon, formerly the Self-Powered Tracker, brings self-contained motor power to each row.

Report: NEXTracker led PV tracker market share in 2016

April 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm 1 comment

NEXTracker, a Flex company, has attained the number one global market share position for the second consecutive year among PV solar tracker manufacturers in 2016. According to GTM Research’s upcoming Global PV Tracker Landscape Report 2017, NEXTracker captured 30 percent of the global PV tracker market share by megawatts (MWdc)Read More

How to optimize performance and profit through O&M monitoring

How to optimize performance and profit through O&M monitoring

March 20, 2017 at 10:48 am 1 comment

As the solar industry matures well past the early adopter stages, smart asset management and operations and maintenance (O&M) practices have increasingly become the focus of savvy solar plant owners and investors. Optimizing uptime has now become a critical foundation of ROI, and one of the keys to achieving optimizedRead More

Q&A: Seaward talks solar data trends and its cool new gizmo

Q&A: Seaward talks solar data trends and its cool new gizmo

February 28, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar Builder: What is the most important data analytics trend or innovation that installers should be paying attention to? Mark Barron of Seaward Solar: Along with ensuring electrical safety on both new and existing installations, it’s also important to measure the actual system performance. Customers invest considerable funds into solarRead More

Distributor point of view: Border States discusses benefits of Roof Tech’s rail-less system

Distributor point of view: Border States discusses benefits of Roof Tech’s rail-less system

February 23, 2017 at 8:20 am Comments are Disabled

As product manager for clean energy products for Border State’s southeast region, Jim Woods is the appointed champion for growing the company’s solar business. During his 17 years with Shealy Electrical Wholesalers before its 2016 merger with Border States, Woods had gained considerable experience working with residential and commercial solarRead More

 
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