Articles by: SB Staff

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

Solar hits No. 1 source of new electric generating additions, doubles own install record in 2016

Solar hits No. 1 source of new electric generating additions, doubles own install record in 2016

February 15, 2017 at 9:29 am 2 comments

The solar industry will continue to be tough to ignore politically if it keeps posting numbers like this: the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,625 MW of solar PV installed in 2016, according to a sneak peek at the U.S. Solar Market InsightRead More

How data can shift the energy market to solar

How data can shift the energy market to solar

February 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

The solar community, and the energy industry in general, has not yet realized the potential of data. It seems to be a vague and elusive concept — more sensors, more things to keep track of, more things that can break and more things to buy when reducing cost is paramount.Read More

Who really won the Super Bowl? In Hawaii, it was SimpliPhi Power Batteries

Who really won the Super Bowl? In Hawaii, it was SimpliPhi Power Batteries

February 9, 2017 at 9:13 am Comments are Disabled

Before either team would score their first points during the historic Super Bowl LI, Hawaiian Electric ratepayers living in Kaneohe and elsewhere on the island of O’ahu lost power. Not once, but twice. “When you have people over to watch the game, each time it takes the cable box 15Read More

Why high-efficiency modules are the best value for installers, homeowners

Why high-efficiency modules are the best value for installers, homeowners

February 9, 2017 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Looking ahead in an ever-evolving new industry like solar can be difficult, as “the next big thing” will come along and then be supplanted by something else the following year. But consider this a good bet: High-efficiency (HE) modules are going to be the expectation, not the exception. The valueRead More

Q&A: We get the inside scoop on Terrasmart’s new Robo-Surveyor

Q&A: We get the inside scoop on Terrasmart’s new Robo-Surveyor

January 30, 2017 at 11:06 am 1 comment

Going into 2017, everything you know about solar site surveying has changed, at least according to TerraSmart. Making its debut at the 2016 Solar Power International, TerraSmart’s Autonomous Precision Survey Rover (APSR) does just as the name suggests and automates the surveying process. Soon, a larger model will be ableRead More

 
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