Articles by: Patrick Keelin

PV Pointer: Why mass-customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

PV Pointer: Why mass-customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

November 30, 2017 at 9:18 am 0 comments

SunLink started designing solar mounting systems in 2004 when the concept of commercial rooftop solar was novel. The first systems were custom designed for the particular application because everything was new. Needless to say these first arrays were inordinately expensive by today’s standards, but the success of those installations helpedRead More

How to use tracker control systems to your advantage

How to use tracker control systems to your advantage

June 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm Comments are Disabled

In the December 2016 Solar Builder, I discussed the industry evolution from passive to active and dynamic systems. Here’s a primer on control systems and how to make them work for your project. The Basics Clients frequently ask how trackers will respond to a given condition. Your tracker manufacturer willRead More

PV Pointers: How dynamic systems increase the value of a solar project

PV Pointers: How dynamic systems increase the value of a solar project

December 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm Comments are Disabled

The primary function of solar will always be to generate energy from the sun. Yet we are seeing impressive advances in how solar interacts with the environment in which it is installed. Evolutions in design approaches and integrating intelligent, connected software is opening up a new era for increasingly valuableRead More

Patrick Keelin

PV Pointers: Five tips for purchasing from a mounting manufacturer

August 22, 2016 at 9:04 am Comments are Disabled

1) Engage manufacturers early Successful renewable energy projects optimize the power generation equipment in accordance with a site’s unique conditions. Unsuccessful projects fight their environment. Rather than advocating a one-size-fits-all solution, your mounting system manufacturer should be involved in project planning from day one to recommend options as to howRead More